Thursday, March 20, 2014

3-19-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, March 19th 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!


And I'm Donna Denert! Thanks for joining us!

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

Tickets go on sale this week for a Hunger Awareness Banquet, sponsored by the ECO Club at Coginchaug Regional High School. The event will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students with i.d. Tickets are available in advance by calling 860-759-0085.

Tomorrow at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown, the Free at Last Players, a nonprofit performance troupe that advocates for the mentally ill, will perform skits, songs and poems.

Friday brings John Pray & Dan Pelletier to the Buttonwood stage, performing original compositions.

Saturday morning brings qui gong (chi kung), yoga and an empowerment workshop to the Buttonwood.

Then on Saturday evening at 7:30, it’s a One Book One Middletown Event, featuring the Zydeco music of the Bayou Brethren, and Author Rita Leganski, who wrote The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow.

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 at


Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight, it's the weekly blues jam hosted by Tommy Whalen.

Friday at 9, the Lustre Kings with Mark Gamsjager play rock and roll at Sally’s.

Saturday, The Beehive Queen, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez return to the Sally’s stage for a night of rock and soul.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight you can catch Dane Scozzari and The Human Race, with the Dan Arcamone Trio.

Thursday brings a night of Hip Hop to Café Nine, featuring Political Animals, with Fugitive 9, Mertz, Chachi, DJ Neb, and Zak G.

On Friday, Go Kat Go presents The Di Maggio Connection, with The Clams.

Saturday’s Jazz Jam session is with the George Baker Band, followed by the rescheduled All I’ve Got is a Photograph. Then Sunday at Café Nine, the original Sunday night jam is with The Morris Trent Band. Details can be found at

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, it’s the All I Wanna Do Tour, starring T. Mills, with Mod Sun.

Thursday, it’s Bass Off: the EDM DJ Battle. Friday at Toad’s, it’s the Sweet Beats EDM Party. The Slaughterhouse concert originally scheduled for Friday has been canceled; refunds will  be given.

Saturday at Toad’s, it’s the Original Saturday Night Dance Party. Information about these events and more can be found at .

Also in New Haven, at Bar tonight, Manic Productions presents Wess Meets West, with Ports of Spain and Breakthrough Frequencies.

Back in Middletown on Friday, at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, 139 Main St. Ext., Sez Zion performs. On Saturday, it’s Rahsaan Langley. And Sunday brings Ol’ School Soulful And that’s scatz with a z.


On Saturday morning at Middletown’s Russell Library, 123 Broad St., members of the Connecticut Irish-American Historical Society will show you how to research your Irish family history.  They will focus on starting family research and learning to use available Irish records, including online documents.  The program benefits beginners and seasoned genealogists alike.  Although this workshop is free, registration is requested.  You can find more details or reserve your place by calling the library’s Information Department at 860-347-2528, or go to .

Also in Middletown, on Saturday evening from 5 to 7, the second annual Passionate Waters art show will celebrate World Water Day at the MAC650 Gallery on Main Street. The event will feature a water-themed art exhibit, presentations by local legislators and water activists, music and dance performances and a water blessing ceremony. Appetizers, wine and spring water will be served, and proceeds from the $10 ticket will benefit the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s 18th annual Source to Sea Cleanup. More information can be found You can also learn more at or by contacting Jacqueline Talbot at

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

At RealArtWays in Hartford, The Great Beauty, winner of the Oscar for best foreign film has been extended through this evening. Also running through tonight is the Romanian drama Child’s Pose, about a mother’s attempt to keep her son out of jail for being implicated in a hit and run accident.

Opening Friday at Real Art Ways is Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, a documentary using rare archival footage and cinema verite to chronicle the life of the 87-year-old Broadway legend. has details.

Opening tonight and running through Saturday at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford,  it’s "Her", the Spike Jonze film in which Joaquin Phoenix falls for the voice of his phone’s operating system, played by Scarlett Johansson. Opening Sunday is the Belgian film Broken Circle Breakdown, in which a woman’s idyllic life in the countryside is disrupted by her daughter’s illness. for details.


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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