Thursday, April 10, 2014

04-10-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Thursday, April 10th 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 Ben Michael Thanks for joining us as we celebrate 75 years of community radio that matters in 2014.

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

Here in Middlewtown, 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

Tonight at 8:00pm at the Buttonwood Tree on Main St in Middletown Writers Out Loud invites prose writers of every ilk come to share up & coming works-in-progress.  Friday night The acoustic trio Ebin-Rose, makes for a night of America, celtic and traditional folk music.  Saturday morning at the Buttonwood there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, and community yoga. Saturday evening at 8 p.m. The Buttonwood’s  Jazz concert for Saturday night has been cancelled. 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
It’s senior thesis time at Wesleyan and tonight night you can catch Simon Riker’s Senior recital, “Me Prometheus” in Wesleyans Beckham Hall. Also tonight at Wesleyan, you can catch the stage production Vatzlav. This panoramic political farce is a mash-up of 18th-century French philosophical tales like Voltaire’s “Candide” and the Marquis de Sade’s “Justine.” 

Saturday at 7pm in Wesleyan’s World Music Hall, you can catch the senior music recital: “Gratitude: Music by Jeff Berman.” Later sat night at 9pm you can catch another music recital by Molly Balsam, called “Unstuck in Time.” Details for all of these events online at

The Riverwood Poetry Series, celebrates Poetry Month this Thursday at 7pm, with a rare CT appearance by Annie & Ted Deppe [DEP-ee], direct from Ireland. Riverwood readings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., in Hartford (right down the street from Union Train Station with plenty of parking.   The evening begins with an open mic. Admission is free and everyone is welcomed. Donations greatly appreciated. They also accept donations of non-perishable items for The Crisis Food Support Program. More at and  Facebook.

Hartford Public Library is hosting Hartford Loves Poetry, a free series of events from ongoing through April 16 featuring poets reading poems in 16 languages at its nine branches culminating in a community celebration at the downtown library, on April 19. Information and schedule: 860-695-6352,  

Tonight, Manic Productions presents X Ambassadors, Parade of Lights, and Grand Cousin at The Space.   Manic presents Crowded House’s Neil Finn for a solo show at the Shubert Theater.  You can also catch Cloud Nothings and Riley Walker at the Space in Hamden, Saturday night.
Tonight Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, night David Johansen of The New York Dolls appears at Café Nine for his gig that was rescheduled from February 13th. All original tickets will be honored.   Monster Eats Pilot, Revolution,  I Love You, Hot Girl Roadkill, and  All Riot take the Café nine stage Friday night.  Saturday, Café Nine’s weekly Jazz Jam session will be hosted by Gary Grippo and friends. Saturday night, you can catch a hip hop show featuring Duece Bug,  Joey Batts and Them,  Eli Hazel,  Wednesday Atoms and more.

In partnership with the Hartford Public Library, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra will present a Musical Dialogues concert celebrating National Poetry Month. Award-winning Connecticut poet and educator, Kate Rushin, will weave together the texts of great poets like Allen Ginsberg, e.e. Cummings, and Julia de Burgos with the music of renowned composers such as Vivaldi, Schubert, and Duke Ellington, performed by the HSO’s A Piacere String Quartet. Bringing to life both art forms in an intimate setting, guests are invited to enjoy their lunch during the performance.    All this happens this Friday, April 11,  12 noon  In the The Atrium at Hartford Public Library’s Downtown Branch,  at 500 Main St.,

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tomorrow/Friday night you can catch The Spampinato Brothers at Sally’s. Saturday night Avenue Groove makes for a night of R&B/Funk/Dance.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Friday you can catch WYBC’s Ante Fling 2014 featuring WET on the Toads Main stage while Afton presents a bill of local artists on the Lily pad stage.  Sunday night, Blast-Master KRS ONE returns to Toads Place for a night of conscious hip hop.

This Saturday as part of WESU 75th anniversary celebrations, WESU Presents a Free concert featuring Canadian Rockers “Yamantaka Sonic Titan” at Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel on High St. The Concert is free and open to the public. For info look for our event details on at and our facebook pages   

Now, here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:  tonight tomorrow, Real Art Ways in Hartford, concludes their run of “Particle Fever” documenting the making and launch of the Hadron Collider.  Tomorrow/ Friday Real Art Ways begins a run of "The Unknown Known" a documentary offering a portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War, who provoked equal levels of fury and adulation from the American public.  Saturday RAW also offers a onetime showing of Inequality for All presents a powerful look at Robert Reich and his theories on the growing divide between America's rich and poor.  Over the weekend, weekend Real Art Way’s continues to show New York International Children's Film Festival Animated Shorts

Tonight, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, kicks off a run of Gravity, Winner of seven Academy Awards this year.  Saurdnay night at 7pm Cinestudio presents Wild & Scenic Film Festival, sponsored by The Sierra Club. Sunday Cinestudio kicks of f a run of The Wind Rises, by Hayao Miyazaki’s creator of Japanses anime classics, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke. for details

Tonight,  at 7:00 pm  WWUH 91.3 presents Gas Land II,  the sequel to the controversial documentary exposing the harms of Fracking.  This happens at The University of Hartford’s Hillyer Hall - Auerbach Auditorium  200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT

Dr. Beth Weinberger, MPH, PhD will be speaking prior to the movie about health concerns related to hydraulic fracturing & waste. The Movie is free & open to the public. for details

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

Right after the Jive at Five stay tuned for  Homegrown with Rob DeRosa for
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

At 6pm, Words with Abigail Joella Shneyder features slam poets performing live in the studio  and talking about their work.

At 6:30  Call it Anything with DJ Skim profiles improvisational music of various traditions that transcend the bounds of genre categorization.

From 8-9:30pm stay tuned for  Evening Jazz with Bill Denert, where hearing is the best experience. Bill presents a broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde and new releases.

At 9:30 Muffin Top Colony with DJ Zing and DJ Vegetable 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.

At 10:30pm Live From The Paris Hotel with Grover Cleveland Jr. aka DJ Goat presents
A mercurial mixture of pop music and poetry, cavorting the ley lines of the human voice.

From 11:30-12:30am Midnite Munchiez with DJ Gus Lo features Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving.

At 12:30  Army of Me with DJ Dora explores 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.

From 1:30-2:30am it’s Teen Angst with The Kaiser and DJ LT for discussions about the harrowing, confusing aspects of coming of age, with an indie/alt/pop-punk soundtrack. \

2:30-4am The Weather Overair with Evan Bieder is social justice radio.

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 community Radio that Matters. Look for information on special programming and events online at

Thanks for listening! Stay tuned Home Grown with Rob DeRosa

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