Wednesday, March 5, 2014

03-05-14 jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, March 5th 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanks for tuning in!

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

Tonight the Buttonwood Tree brings Kirtan with Shuba la nanda. Thursday is Open Mic Night with Bob Gotta. Friday brings Marci Geller and Stefilia’s Stone to the Buttonwood stage. Saturday morning brings quigong (chi kung), tai chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop.  At 7:30 p.m Saturday, Joe Fonda presents the Ninth Annual Composers and Improvisers Festival.  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.  Details about all Buttonwood events can be found at

Tonight at 8, the CFA presents the Wesleyan Creative Music Ensemble Concert, led by cornet player and instructor Taylor Ho Bynum, class of ’98. The concert will explore various strategies for the integration of composition and improvisation. It will take place at World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave, Middletown.
More info at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it’s the Wednesday Blues Jam with Ed Bradley this week. Friday brings the West End Blend Record Release Show. Saturday at Sally’s, it’s Gracie Curran & the High Falutin' Band. Details at

Also in Hartford, at Sully’s Pub, on Thursday it's the First Thursday Comedy Series and on Friday, it’s Shag Frezy. More can be found at

Down in New Haven tonight, Café Nine brings Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols and Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls to Café Nine. Thursday, it’s Orkestar BAM, and The Harris Brothers Balkan Band. Friday at 5, it’s the ARTS ON9 Photo Exhibit Opening, with special musical guests the Furors! The photo exhibit focuses on the early years of punk in NYC and New Haven. Friday night at the  Nine, it’s Sarah Borges, and Girls, Guns, and Glory. Saturday afternoon’s jazz jam session is with Gary Grippo and Friends. Saturday night, it’s The Black Hollies, Trummors, and The Mountain Movers. Sunday afternoon brings Liz Wood to Café Nine. Then at 8, it’s the The Original Sunday Night Jam, with the George Baker Band. Details at

Tonight in New Haven, Manic Productions brings Ringo Deathstarr, along with Purple, and Spectral Fangs, to Bar in New Haven. On Thursday, Bowery, in association with Manic Productions, brings the Old Crow Medicine Show, with Carrie Rodriguez & Luke Jacobs to the Shubert Theater in New Haven. Find info at

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Thursday, TDE presents the Oxymoron World Tour, with Schoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad, and Vince Staples. Friday, Twiddle takes the Toad’s stage, along with Mun, and Eggy. Saturday, it’s the Blackout Party, with Psylar, MIX MASTER DJ SCIENCE, Zip, Xander, Diatonic, and HighLife. Sunday brings the 19th annual Amity Teen Center Benefit to Toad’s, with Set Sail at Sunrise, Those Guys, Bepo and the Like 12 Experience, Henry Sidle, Keegan Jay, Speed, Attack Memphis, Limitless, and The Foresters. Details at

At the Russell Library in Middletown on Saturday at 2, the Atwater-Donnelly Duo and sibling band, The Millers, perform traditional American and Celtic folk music and percussive dance. On Sunday at 2 at the library, Durham resident Cindi Pietryzk will lead an illustrated program called Off the Beaten Path, about her exploration of Connecticut. The Friends of the Library book sale will run from Friday through Sunday. for more information.

Saturday night Joe Flood celebrates the release of 2 new CDs in a show called “Busker Stories, Blues and Brassens” at Lyric Hall on Whalley Ave in New Haven.  Joe will be joinedon stage by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Skip Ward, and Special guests Danny Fitzgerald and the  Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band. for info

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

At RealArtWays in Hartford, Best Offer, a mystery starring Geoffrey Rush, continues through tomorrow, as does The Great Beauty, winner of the Oscar for best foreign film. Opening Friday is: Like Father, Like Son, about the repercussions of two babies being switched at birth.

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, The Act of Killing continues through tonight. Tomorrow,  Dallas Buyers Club, which won Matthew McConaughey the Oscar for best actor, opens. Sunday begins a run of the 1963 Italian classic Il Sorpasso. .

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

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 features the Vault with DJ Anton Banks. One the air since 1996! Anton presents listeners with the very latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house and leftfield mixed live each week. The program regularly features exclusive music and mix sets from international producers and DJs.

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 Space Music for Space with Cadet Q, bringing to the airwaves an exploration of the final frontier through listening to experimental dance, future beat and out there garage tunes. Join Space Cadet Q as we travel to spaces unknown.

At 1:30 am it's Proof of Concept with DJ JR and DJ Kevin, examining the history of concept albums in popular music and how this type of musical expression influences contemporary artists.

From 2:30 to 4am, stay tuned for Galactic Thematics with Tess and Rohan. Each show's cosmic vision will transgress "genre" itself by focusing around a specific theme. Space facts will be interspersed throughout our intergalactic voyage.

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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