Thursday, February 13, 2014

02-12-14 jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, Feb. 12th and this is the Jive at Five – our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming weeknights and weekends.  I'm Donna Denert, wife of Bill Denert, the producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and putting up with Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan!

Now for our rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it's the Wednesday’s blues jam session hosted by Ray Morant this week. Friday, Latanya Farrell and The Bookman Style takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday, independent artist and multi-instrumentalist Eliot Lewis, takes the stage.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight brings Eilen Jewell & The Barley Hoppers. Thursday night David Johansen of the New York Dolls stops in for a solo show. Friday brings a"Valentines Day Cabaret " and Lipgloss Crisis Birthday Party! To the Nine featuring The Blondettes, Dot Mitzvah, Uber Dami, Kitty Katastrophe, Robin Banks, Scarlett Damnation, DJ E-Bomb.   Saturday’s Jazz Jam session at 4:30 is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. At  8pm, Oddball Events presentsa bill featuring Leyla McCalla, Lara Herscovitch,  and Leila Crockett

Here in Middletown, tonight at 8:00 you can catch an “Evening Oasis” Belly Dancing Presentation at the Buttonwood Tree. On the 2nd Thursday of every month, talented prose writers of every ilk come to Writers Out Loud, at the Buttonwood, to present up & coming works-in-progress, directly from their own pens. Friday brings Uri Shaham and Julian Reid on electric keyboards, playing favorite Jazz Standards for a Valentine’s Day special concert.

Saturday morning at the Buttonwood there'll be quigong (Chi Gung), tai chi, community yoga and an an empowerment workshop. Saturday at 8 p.m. Brings a CD release concert for Harpeth Rising for an evening of acoustic Americana, Folk, Blues and more.  On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm; all are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street.

During February you can see "The Middle Towner" exhibit of stick figure drawings by drawings by Fred Carroll and Ebony Milling, also featuring  “The Art of Clean” by The Mattabesset Broom Club.  More at

Tonight, Scatz restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main Street Extension in Middletown is scheduled to host their monthly of open-mic Spoken Word poetry night.  Friday, Scatz presents an evening of live jazz with Ian Woods. and that's "Scatz" with a "z".

Manic Productions Presents: Jeffrey Lewis & The Rain and Laundry Day (formerly Brother Burnet) for a free show at BAR in New Haven tonight at  9:00 pm.

Manic Productions Presents a triple Bill at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden this Sunday, featuring Dead Meadow Lord Fowl, The Mountain Movers, and DJ Tim Daltrey .

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Tomorrow night,  EOTO performs LIVE, IMPROVISED Electronic Dance Music at Toads.  Sunday brings THE EXPENDABLES WINTER BLACKOUT 2014 tour to Toads.  Stick Figure and Seedless are the opening acts. Sunday also brings THE BOLD AND THE BRUTAL TOUR PRESENTED BY GORILLA MUSIC to Toads

Friday at noon Wesleyan University CFA presents: the opening Reception for "Mary Heebner: Silent Faces/Angkor"multi dimensional that interprets the myths of Cambodia’s ancient Angkor temple complex and plays on links the artist has found between human and geographic forms.  Friday night Wesleyan CFA invites you to enjoy an evening of classical and Romantic music in concert by 27-year old Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko, the Gold Medalist of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents: Margaret Jenkins Dance Companies 40th anniversary production: “Times Bones” a play on the myth of Osiris. There will be a pre-performance talk by Wesleyan DanceLink Fellow Cynthia Tong  on Friday, February 14 at 7:30pm in the CFA Hall.  Sunday afternoon at 3pm, brings “This Is It!” The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce—Part II – to Wesleyan’s Crowell Concert Hall.  More online at

Author Elisabeth Petry leads The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on Thursdays at Russell Library.

The Riverwood Poetry Series continues on Thursday, February 13, at 7pm with Edwina Trentham and Nancy Clarke Otter.  The readings are at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., Hartford. Doors open @ 6:30pm. Admission is free.   Donations of non-perishables and canned-goods are accepted for AHCC's Crisis Food Support Program.

The Art Guild of Middletown invites you to their demonstration meeting this Thursday, where Master Sumi-E Artist and Printmaker Keiji Shinohara will demonstrate Sumi-E Art (The Art of Japanese Brush painting) and printmaking. The Event will be held at The Middlefield Federated Church in Middlefield, CT. For info: Eva Dykas at or 860.508.4852.

Friday in Middletown is the 2nd in a series of enrollment fairs for folks who are uninsured or underinsured, and unsure about  how to apply for the new Health Insurance through CT's Exchange. Staffers of community-based agencies will provide free one-on-one help with the online application process between At the North End Action Team office at 654 Main St, Middletown.

Can’t make Friday’s enrollment fair? Mark your calendar for two in February, 22nd for another event at the Russell Library. If you are interested in attending any of the fairs, call Vicky Lowe at (860) 465-8281 x106.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Real Art Ways in Hartford continues their run of Oscar-nominated live action and animated shorts through the end of February; Tonight Real Art Way’s Science on Screen film series presents “Real Women Have Curves.  Friday Night RAW opens a run of The Girls in the Band, which sheds long overdue light on the many unsung female jazz instrumentalists of the 1930s and 1940s.

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, through tomorrow you can see "Philomena," which has been nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Friday Cinestudio kicks off a run of the 1942 classic film, Casablanca.

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU, as we launch this season's new schedule.

Right after the jive at Five stay tuned for Wild, Wild, Live with Hibiki and Ethan Hill. A sneak peek into the magical live music scene of Wes. Tune in for in-station sets from campus bands and recordings of up-and-coming artists' campus shows.

That's followed by 30minutes Mind Matters with Doctor E. The show provides information and guest interviews on issues concerning mental illness. The focus is exploring holistic therapies and storis of individual achievement.

At 6:30,it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion for 90 minutes of techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

And at 8:00, Mike Nyce slows it down a few Beats per minute on The Warehouse. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30 to 11 it's NE Tempo with DJ Berk. Serious turntablism - dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live

at 11pm It’s 75 Years of...  For 75 years, WESU has broadcast underground music and under-represented genres. During our 75th Anniversary, this program will feature a different genre or theme each month, with songs chosen by our listeners and staff.

At 12:30 it's the Chillin' Factory with Noah G. and DJ So Fresh So Clean. Quality hip hop analysis and dissection invariably favoring and promoting music which provides the best human interpretation for the Platonic form of "chill"..

At 1:30 am The Jangle Power Pop Hour with Adriana, playing music ranging from the 1960's bands that helped develop the genre to artists of the early 2000's that carried on their legacy; a focus on music from the past.

From 2:30 to 4am, stay tuned From A to B with Ali and Ben; DJs individually choosing the first and last songs of the show and collaboratively building the set around connecting the first and last songs.

The BBC World News kicks on at 4am followed by Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

And that’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at

2014 Marks 75 years of Alternative music, Public Affairs, and community service for WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at

Thanks for listening! Stay tuned for Wild Wild Live with Hibiki and Ethan Hill.

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