Wednesday, April 16, 2014

04-16-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, April 16th 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 our rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Saturday morning at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown brings Tai Chi, Qui Gong (chi kung) and community yoga to the Buttonwood Tree. On Saturday afternoon from 1 to 3, the Free Poets Collective hosts a lively presentation of music, poetry and an open mic at the Buttonwood Tree. This month features musician Don Lowe and poet Donna Marie Merritt, author of HER HOUSE AND OTHER POEMS and the Poetry for Tough Times series.

On Saturday night at 8, Last Fair Deal, a three-piece vocal band, plays an eclectic mix of Americana Roots, Swing and Bluegrass.

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.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, each Tuesday night, Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece Big-band, works out new material. Wednesday’s blues jam, one of the longest-running in New England, is with Ray Morant. Friday at 9, the Tom Sanders Band takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday at 9 brings JR Krauss & the Shakes. Details at

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, Loner Chic, with Margene Without Borders.

Thursday’s show is by Jose Oyola and the Astronauts, with Netherfriends, Elison Jackson and Twin Berlin.

Friday’s Weekly Wind-Down Happy Hour at 5 is with Mark Daniel, followed at 8 by The Hempsteadys, with Murphy's Kids.

Saturday’s afternoon Jam Session at 4 is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. That’s followed at 9 by  Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs, with Proud Flesh and Milksop: Unsung. The original Sunday Night Jam Session at 8 features The Langley Project. for details.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place on Friday it's The Hold Steady, with Deer Tick. Then Friday, it’s Woofstock 2014, presented by Bikers Against Animal Cruelty. Saturday, it’s Mike Stud, with IamG and Jitta on the Track, followed at midnight by The Original Saturday Night College Dance Party. Sunday brings EOTO to Toad’s with live, improvised EDM and V1bes. Details at

Tomorrow, from 4 to 9 p.m., Wesleyan university Seniors Isadora Dannin and Grace Kuipers in the Art History Program of Wesleyan's Department of Art and Art History will present their honors talks. The location is 41 Wyllis, room 112. More info by emailing or calling 860-685-3355.

Friday brings a senior music recital by Michael Deck. Titled “"Fascinating Rhythm: Playing with Rhythmic Standards," it’s an exploration of polyrhythmic and shifting pulse/feel perceptions in Ghanaian-drumming-ensemble and Western-rock-band contexts. That’s at 7 p.m. in Crowell Concert Hall.

Also on Friday, at 9, there’ll be a senior music recital by Daniel Light. Called "Resonance," it’s an infusion of rock, pop, and jazz with folk music from various cultures. That’s at World Music Hall.

Saturday’s senior music recital is by Julius Thor Bjornson and titled “Apropos Space.” It’s an exploration of physical and temporal spaces in harmony, structure and performance. That’s at 8 p.m. in Wesleyan’s  Memorial Chapel. For info about all recitals, you can call 860-685-3355, or email

Also here in Middletown on this Friday, at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, 139 Main St. Ext.,  you can catch vocalist Nekita Waller, and Sunday brings Ol’ School Soulful Sundays. … That’s scatz with a z.

This Saturday at 2PM, at The East Hampton Public Library, J- cherry and The Strawberries invite you for a funky tour of blues, rock, roots, and poetry. J-Cherry, is a regular performer and open mic emcee at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, and producer and host of VOICE of the CITY airing on WESU Tuesdays from 8-9PM.  The East Hampton Library is located at 105 Main Street in East Hampton and The concert is free and open to the public. 860-267-6621

GuitartownCT presents an All Star Bluegrass Benefit Concert on Saturday, April 19, 7:00 PM, at Unitarian Hall, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT. This concert is to raise money directly for Tony, until he can get back to playing guitar. Rob Ickes, Josh Williams, Tony Trischka, Jesse Brock, Luke Bulla, Chris Eldridge, Cody Kilby, Sam Grisman and Dominick Leslie are donating their time to perform. Information, directions and tickets at  or 203-430-6020 

Here in Middletown, The Shaped Note Singers meet every Sunday at 4pm at MAC650 Gallery on Main St. and all are welcome to this singing activity organized by Neely Bruce.  860.343.3239 for details.  Stay tuned for an opportunity to experience Live Shaped note singing in the WESU Studios tonight on Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill!

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the New York International Children's Film Festival Animated Shorts run through Sunday. It’s the largest festival of film for children and teens, and stands at the forefront of a movement to define new, more compelling film for kids. There are two programs: Kid Flix Mix, recommended for ages 4 to 8,  and Party Mix, recommended for ages 8 to 18. 

Continuing through this evening is “Particle Fever,” which follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collidor, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet. Also continuing is "The Unknown Known" a documentary offering a portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War.  Two films open on Friday at Real Art Ways: the romantic drama Just a Sigh, and The Missing Picture — a brilliant documentary about a child who held onto life in Cambodia's killing fields. More  at

At Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, brings The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese featuring Leonardo diCaprio . Sunday, the documentary Tim’s Vermeer, in which a handy guy with no painting experience tries to replicate one of the brilliant 17th–century Dutch artist’s works to prove he used gadgetry. Learn more at .

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 stories 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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