Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thursdays 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, March 20th 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 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.

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. On Sunday evening join father daughter duo performing Neil Diamond songs. Witness up close and personal the dynamic father-daughter duo of Brian and Sophia LaBlanc in addition to hearing your favorite Neil Diamond songs!
 Details about all Buttonwood events at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, 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 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. 

Tonight, 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 .

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 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 has details.

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 for details.

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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