Thursday, February 20, 2014

Tursday'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. 20th.  This is the Jive at Five – our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your listener supported 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.

Tonight at 7 p.m., the Art Guild of Middletown will offer a rescheduled demonstration by Keiji Shinohara, a master of Sumi-E Art (Japanese brush painting) and printmaker. The event will be held at The Middlefield Federated Church in Middlefield. More information by emailing Eva Dykas, at or by calling 860.508.4852.

Friday at the Buttonwood, there will be a CD release party for the acoustic duo BluesGrass. Saturday morning brings quigong (chi kung), tai chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop.  At 8 p.m Saturday., the Dan DeChellis trio plays original jazz compositions. 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.  At 3 on Sunday afternoon, the 2014 CT Youth Poetry Slam Tryouts take place at the Buttonwood Tree. Contestants must be between 13 and 19 years old to compete to join the OneWordCT National Youth Poetry Slam Team.  Details about all Buttonwood events at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s,Friday brings Jen Lowe and the Sensitive Dudes to the Sally’s stage. Saturday, The Bob Margolis Blues Band & Friends perform at Black-eyed Sally’s

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine  Manic Productions presents Two Cow Garage, Canvas, and New Year's Revolution. The Friday happy hour at Café Nine is with Victor Roland, followed at 9 by Atrina, Beasty, and New Turks. Saturday’s Jazz Jam session at 4:30 is with the George Baker Band, followed at 8 by Mission O and The Simple Pleasure. Sunday’s Bluegrass Jam at 4 is with Stacey Phillips, followed at 8 by the Original Sunday Night Jam with the Morris Trent

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Friday, Afton presents Keeping Company, Aye-Jay, Negative Three, Foxes in Sockses, Orice Jenkins, Cheem, MyOhMy!, Eli Cannon, and J-$wag General. Sunday, Toad’s Place, in association with Manic Productions, brings “Into It. Over It”, along with “The World is a Beautiful Place”,  “A Great Big Pile of Leaves”, “Old Gray”, and “Ovlov”.

At 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, back by popular demand after its sold-out January run, Circus in Wonderland will be performed at the Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington St., Middletown. This fast-paced, 45-minute show is performed by the talented teens of Circophony, a collaboration between the Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater and Artfarm.  Circus in Wonderland explores the magical world of Alice in Wonderland through the joy and spectacle of circus, with juggling, unicycling, clowning, and acrobatic feats. More information is available by emailing info@artfarm.orgor by calling the Oddfellows Playhouse at (860) 347-6143.

Now here's a rundown of some cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At RealArtWays in Hartford, Oscar-nominated shorts programming – both live action and animated – continues through the end of the month. Saturday brings a one-time showing of How to Die in Oregon, about physician-assisted suicide.

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom opens and runs through Saturday. Sunday, Visitors, by the director of the Koyaaniqatsi trilogy, with music by Philip Glass, opens for a three-day .

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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