Wednesday, March 26, 2014

3-26-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, March 26th 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 a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Wedesday night, it's the Blues Jam, hosted by Tim McDonald this week. Friday night you can catch the country sounds of the Charlie Allen Band at Sally’s. Saturday night Mark Mercier & the Big Yams make for an evening of swampy New Orleans funk and soul.

Tonight Down in New Haven, at Café Nine you can catch a triple bill featuring Planeside, Big Mark and the Double Barrells, and Kev King. Thursday night Telecaster slinger Bill Kirchen plays a solo show. Greg Trooper opens that one. Friday brings mountains of the Moon to the nine for an early 5pm show. After that the nine is closed for a private party.  Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam session at the Nine will be hosted by Billy Cofrances this week. Saturday, you can catch a free show featuring Ceschi, Louis Logic. Gregory Pepper and his problems, Ecid, DJ Mo Niklz and more. Sunday brings a Bluegrass Jam with Stacey Phillips at 4 followed the The Sunday night Jam with the Cobalt Rhythm Kings  by

Tonight Manic Productions Presents DTCV (ex-Guided by Voices) Spaceships, and  Oughts  for a free show at BAR in New Haven. Manic presents Dead Rider (ex-US Maple), Florida=Death, Space Orphans, and  Phemale at the outer Space Thursday night and Little Daylight, Terraplane Sun, and Flagship at the space on Friday night.

This evening at 7:00pm, The Buddhist Film Festival continues at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown with The documentary “Souls of Zen – Buddhism, Ancestors, and the 2011 Tsunami in Japan”. Friday, there will be a Closing Reception for the “Through Her Eyes” Collective Women’s Art Show from 4:30-6:30pm. Friday night Singer Songwriter, Kerri Powers celebrates the release of her new CD.

Saturday morning at the Buttonwood there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, community yoga, and more. Saturday afternoon at 1pm, the Free Poets Collective the International Arts project, “Woman Scream” which has its origins in Dominican Republic and is part of that country’s celebration for National Woman Month. Saturday evening at 8 p.m. The Buttonwood presents a night of Jazz with Jen Allen and her ensemble. 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.   More at

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place Thursday night, there’s a Dub-Step EDM party featuring over 8 DJs. Friday night Shakedown plays the Grateful Dead and beyond at Toad’s. Sunday night, Dance Hall Reggae sensation, Mr Vegas bring his new tour to the toad’s main stage

This week brings the first of a few opportunities to participate in WORKSHOPS that are part of Wesleyan’s Living in Song residency with Members of the legendary vocal group, Sweet Honey in the Rock. Workshops continue from Tuesday through tomorrow from 7pm-9pm this week and for the next three weeks! This culminates with a free SHOWING Thursday April 17 at Crowell Concert Hall.

Thursday through Saturday Wesleyan University Center For the Arts presents: The 28th conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States.
There are also several opportunities to experience Wesleyan Senior Arts Thesis shows and performances this week. You can find details for all of these events online at

The CT Poetry Society Middletown Chapter holds its meetings on the last Wednesday of every month. The meetings are open to the public and take place at: 6 p.m. in The Russell Library’s Meeting Room 3 you can RSVP to Pamela: or 860.563.5761

Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on Thursdays in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library (860) 347-2528

This weekend brings WESU's Annual Spring Record Fair and Sale -  featuring record stores and vendors from across the region selling new and used Records, CDs, apparel, and other cool stuff.  Plus the Whey Station food truck will be parked outside selling their gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. The event is free and open to the public, so come on out and check out the thousands of items for sale. Don't miss the WESU Spring Record Fair and Sale at Wesleyan's Beckham Hall 45 Wyllys Ave Middletown - This Sunday March 30th from 11am - 4pm. Details online at 

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:  This week, Real Art Ways in Hartford, continues their run of “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me”, a documentary using rare archival footage and cinema verite to chronicle the life of the 87-year-old Broadway legend.  Friday there will be a screening of Maiden Trip, telling the story of a 14 year old girl who sails around the world alone.  This weekend Real Art Way’s begins a run of New York International Children's Film Festival Animated Shorts

Tonight, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, kicks off a run of American hustle.

And now here's a run down of tonight’s programming, here on WESU Middletown.

 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 it's NE Tempo with DJ Berk. Serious turntablism - dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live

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. This Month’s theme is 75 Years of Female Artists in honor of Women’s History Month.

At 12:30 DJ Otto nation steps in for a free form mix of music with a little something for everyone until…

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!

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