Thursday, February 27, 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
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Good evening! It’s Thursday, Feb. 27th 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! 

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Tonight, Wesleyan Center for the Arts: presents a Graduate Recital for Gabriel Kastelle who invites “friends, singers, veterans of Sacred Harp, Billings, and Neely Bruce Bill of Rights”  for a community sing along as part of this performance. 

also tonight The CFA presents the Thesis Theater Production—“A la ronda/To the circle”, directed by Claire Whitehouse that is an English-language adaptation of  testimonies by mothers’ of those who disappeared under the rule of the Argentine Dictatorship from 1976-1983. The production asks: Where is there a place to mourn in a society that refuses to acknowledge that the dead ever existed? On stage at Wesleyan’s 92 Theater this Thursday through Saturday. 

Tonight Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library

Tonight Wesleyan Potters hosts an opening Reception for their new Student Exhibit-  Thursday, February 27, 5pm –7pm.  the exhibit  will be on display from February 26 – March 16. It he Gallery Shop.

Tonight Toad’s Place, in New Haven presents Dopapod, Lespecial, and The Bobby Paltauf Band. Shakedown plays The Dead and Beyond at Toads Friday night. The Mushroom Cloud and The Great Blue open that show.   Sunday, Dweeezil Zappa offers an intense guitar master class clinic during the day before his band Zappa Plays Zappa brings their Roxy and Elsewhere 40th anniversary tour to the main stage.

Friday Night at 7pm Nate Respasz presents his Musical Senior Thesis recital entitled “Some Drums” in Wesleyan’s Crowell Concert Hall.

This Friday and Saturday Wesleyan’s Art History Program hosts a two-day symposium on architectural palimpsests, which opens with a keynote lecture by F. Barry Flood on Friday evening and continues all day on Saturday, with twelve papers delivered in four thematic sessions.  More online at

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, Friday brings a night of Hip Hop to the Nine featuring “Sketch tha Cataclysm”, DJ Mo Niklz, and Old Self.  Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam session at will be hosted by Mike Coppola this week. Saturday night Thinman Records presents The Downbeat 5, The Manchurians, and Big Fat Combo.  Sunday brings 10,000 blades, Make it up, and Gregory McKillop to The Nine

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, Friday night Dana Fuchs (sounds like Fewks) for a night of soulful rock and blues. Saturday, southern blues man, Tinsley Ellis, takes the stage.

This week at The Buttonwood   Saturday morning at the there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, and community yoga. Saturday afternoon at 1pm, the Free Poets Collective gathers featuring Glastonbury’s Meeting House Poets performing to jazz and music from the American song book. Saturday at 8 p.m. La Hot Jazz takes the stage for a night of sophisticated Jazz. 

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. Later Sunday evening from 7-9pm, you can catch some creative and funning improve comedy with The Great Make believe Society.   During February you can see "The Middle Towner" exhibit of stick figure drawings by drawings by Fred Carroll and Ebony Milling. More at

THE GREATER MIDDLETOWN CONCERT ASSOCIATION presents a night of music at Church of The Holy Trinity on Main St in Middletown Saturday night at 7:30 featuring mezzo-soprano D’ANNA FORTUNATO accompanied by PETER H. BLOOM on flute and MARY JANE RUPER on piano and harp. for ticket info 

Manic Productions Presents: Milagres, Plume Giant, and  Ports of Spain  for a free show at BAR in New Haven tonight at  9:00 pm. Friday Manic productions Presents Touché Amoré, mewithoutYou, Seahaven, and  Caravels at the Heirloom Arts Theatre in Danbury, CT.

Scatz restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main Street Extension in Middletown  Friday, Scatz presents an evening of live jazz with vocalist Theresa Wright.  That’s scatz with a “z”

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

RealArtWays in Hartford, continues their run of Oscar-nominated live action and animated shorts through the end of the Month. This week Real Art Ways is also showing, “The Best Offer” , which has been described as a sumptuous and entertaining mystery of passions, neuroses and intrigue.   Friday Night RAW opens a run of the new Italian Film,  The Great Beauty, a 2014 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. 

Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, kicks off a run of Nebraska, taking viewers on a poignant, humorous father-and-son road trip through the Midwest.  Sunday evening Cinestudio begins a run of “The Act of Killing” . Cinestusio also host’s the National Theaters’s live stage production of War Horse, this Thursday at 2pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:30. 

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

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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