Thursday, March 13, 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
Tuesdays from 8-9PM
Live and local... This ain't no commercial radio!

Good evening! It’s Thursday, March 13th.  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 here in Middletown, The Buttonwood hosts The Writers out loud poetry and Proes open mic. Friday night Hannah’s filed brings their unique “gypsy reggae” sound to the buttonwood. Saturday morning brings quigong (chi kung), tai chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop.  At 7:30 p.m Saturday, night Sean Clapis plays jazz guitar at the Buttonwood.  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. Sunday evening also brings the monthly Poetry potluck event to the buttonwood tree.   Details about all Buttonwood events at

Tonight Author, Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on  at Russell Library. 

Scatz restaurant and Jazz lounge on Main St Extension in Middletown hosts aThe Alvin Carter project for a night of Jazz Friday night. Saturday Scatz presents comedy and the Basically Blues Band.

Tonight The Art Guild of Middletown welcomes Contemporary Impressionist Leif Nilsson to present a demonstration of his techniques this Thursday at the Middlefield Federated Church at 7pm. contact: Eva Dykas at for more info

Down in New Haven tonight  Manic Productions brings Moonface ( w Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade / Sunset Rubdown) plus Saltland, and Violent Mae in The Ballroom at The outer Space in Hamden.  Find info at
Also Down in New Haven tonight, Food Will Win the War, Ultrabunny, and The Mendition of The Quay take the Café nine Stage. . Friday at 5, Lonesome Bill Calash plays a set then later at 9pm, you can catch Run Jenny, an explosive, all-female, pop/alternative rock infused band. Saturday afternoon’s jazz jam session is with Tony DioGuardi and friends this week. Saturday night, Manic Productions Presents: Xenia RubinosAn Historic, & Olive Tiger. Sunday afternoon brings a St. Patricks Day Parade Party featuring King Sickabilly & His Full Moon Boys to Café Nine for a 4pm show. Then at 8, it’s The Original Sunday Night Jam, with the Langley Project. Details

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, Friday brings Paul Gabriel to the Sally’s stage. Saturday,  Jeff pitchell and Texas Flood Return to the Black Eyed Sally’s stage. Details

The Riverwood Poetry Series, continues this tonight 3, at 7pm with 
Ginny Lowe Connors (Poet Laureate, West Hartford )  & Jonathan Gillman (Greater Hartford Academy of The Arts, Theater Department).  Featured readings are followed by an Open Mic.  Come early to sign up. The readings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at Asylum Hill Congregational Church,  814 Asylum Ave., Hartford with plenty of free, on-site, secure parking available.   Admission is free and everyone is welcome but donations greatly appreciated. They also accept donations of non-perishables and canned-goods for The Crisis Food Support Program of Asylum Hill Congregational Church. More online,

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 continues through tonight.  Like Father, Like Son, about the repercussions of two babies being switched at birth also continues this week through tonight. Thursday night The Science on the screen series features Backdraft.  The new Romanian Drama Child’s Pose opens on Friday

Tonight, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, begins a run of The Cohen Brothers Film, Inside Llewyn Davis. Sunday Cinestudio begins a run of Afternoon of a Fawn: Tanaquil Le Clercq, a new documentary on the gifted dancer Tanaquil Le Clercq for info

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

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

2014 Marks 75 years of Alternative music, Public Affairs, and community service for WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at

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