Thursday, February 13, 2014

Thursday's Jive

Today's Jive was produced by,
J-Cherry... producer and host of, 'VOICE of the CITY'

 Airing on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown
Tuesdays from 8-9PM
Live and local... This ain't no commercial radio!

Good evening! It’s Thursday, Feb. 13th 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 J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY, Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. Thanks for joining us! 

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

Due to the storm please call ahead to venues tonight before heading out there. Be safe, stay warm! 

Here in Middletown, 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

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.

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.

On Friday Scatz restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main Street Extension in Middletown, Scatz presents an evening of live jazz with Ian Woods. and that's "Scatz" with a "z".
Author Elisabeth Petry leads The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on Thursdays at Russell Library.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, 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 Caf√© Nine. tonight 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

Manic Productions Presents: Ja 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, tonight,  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

The Riverwood Poetry Series continues on tonight, 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.

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

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.

Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
Voted #2 Radio Show – Hartford Advocate “Best Of” Poll 2013
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

Words with Abigail Joella Shneyder
Tune in as slam poets perform live in the studio and talk about their work.

(1,3,5) The Movement with DJ Danni and DJ Aissa
Two Black Girls spinning discs and talking about the things we care about.
(2,4) Call it Anything with DJ Skim
Call it anything profiles improvisational music of various traditions that transcend the bounds of genre categorization. Strong emphasis on live recordings.

Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
Where hearing is the best experience. A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.

(1,3,5) UnderCover with Rebecca Seidel
Bridging genres and generations, UnderCover explores the concept of inspiration through imitation.
(2,4) Muffin Top Colony with DJ Zing and DJ Vegetable
Muffin Top Colony is your place to discuss and listen to your favorite things: muffins and groovy tunes. There will be surprises. There will be recipes. There will be fun for the whole muffin-loving family.

(1,3,5) The Hip-Hop Kitchen with Alex and Jake
Welcome to hip hop kitchen where you’ll hear african, jazzy, soulful, upbeat hip hop and rap mixed with food news, recipes, reviews, tips, tricks, fun facts. basically food to eat while you listen.
(2,4) Live From The Paris Hotel with Grover Cleveland Jr. aka DJ Goat
A mercurial mixture of pop music and poetry, cavorting the ley lines of the human voice. Step outside the Dr. Luke degeneration into the magnificent streets of the city.

(1,3,5) Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam
The Underdogs Edge will feature local hip hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists normally not played on the radio.
(2,4) MidniteMunchiez with DJ Gus Lo
Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving.

(1,3,5) Pop! Goes My Heart with Ian
Sad pop songs with a different title-based theme every show, with a focus on experimental pop, chamber pop, and Kate Bush.
(2,4) Army of Me with DJ Dora

The music that influenced and was influenced by the Riot Grrl sound of the 1990s, focusing on strong female fronted bands, with an emphasis on pop, rock and electronic music.

(1,3,5) Your Turn with Rachel Day
Each episode, a different guest will chronologically share songs that were fundamental in shaping who they are.
(2,4) Teen Angst with The Kaiser and DJ LT
Discussions about the harrowing, confusing aspects of coming of age, with an indie/alt/pop-punk soundtrack. Listeners are invited to recount highlights and embarrassments of their adolescence.

(1,3,5) #burnnotice with DJ Sabatoge
Underground HIP HOP, 90's Hip Hop 80's HIP HOP influenced show. Interviews with upcoming artists on local and national scale. Your mom's favorite radio show!

(2,4) The Weather Overair with Evan Bieder
social justice radio: “A dream you dream alone may be a dream, but a dream two people dream together is a reality.” – Yoko Ono
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

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