Wednesday, April 23, 2014

04-23-14 jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, April 23rd 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! Thanx for tuning in!

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

Friday at the Buttonwood brings Singer/Songwriters Hugh Birdsall and Arlene Wow, who showcase acoustic versions of their original songs with violinist Dana Takiki. They've been playing music in Soutneastern Connecticut for decades.

Saturday morning at the Buttonwood there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, and community yoga. Saturday evening at 8 p.m. At 10:30 a.m. Annaita Gandhy, a Spiritual and Holistic Healer, will present the workshop "Aligned with Source."  At 8 p.m. enjoy Jussi Reijonen:Un, a group of musicians blending American and Scandanavian jazz with the folk music of the Middle East and Africa.

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

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, Tommy Whalen hosts Blackeyed Sally’s weekly Blues Jam. Thursday night the Connecticut Blues Society hosts a Blues Competition.  Come and see four or five bands compete for a chance to represent CT at the finals in Memphis.Friday night presents the Truck Stop Troubadours, with classic sounds of country music.  Round out the week on Saturday night with Boston-based vocalist and harmonica player Diane Blue.

Tonight down in New Haven, at Café Nine, you can catch some Psychedelic Country Blues with Ramsay Midwood.
Steve Broderick and The 100 Watt Suns open that show.  Tomorrow 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.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, on Friday night you can catch Max Creek on the stage.   On Saturday night stop in to "The Original Saturday Night College Dance Party."  Sunday night features "The Both" with Aimee Mann & Ted Leo.

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Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet at First Church Congregational, 190 Court St., tonight at 7pm. Partners not necessary but soft-soled shoes are! 860-347-0278

The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate has guided tours of it's Beaux Arts mansion
every Wednesday at 2 p.m. 

This evening until 6pm, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts invites you to experience the talents of the seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History, who’s Senior thesis work is on display at Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown. The reception is FREE and open to the public.  Thursday night you can also catch Simon Riker’s Senior recital, “Me Prometheus”  in Wesleyans Beckham Hall. Also onThursday night 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.” Detaisl for all fo these events online at

Tonight Manic Productions presents Jounce and Lord Fowl at the Ballroom in Hamden.  Or catch Dustin Wong, Child Actor, and Landing at Bar in NewHaven.  Thursday night features Baths, Young Fathers, and Pl Morris at The Space, and on Saturday see Andrea Gibson and Jesse Thomas there.  Also on Saturday, Neil Hamburger, Major Entertainer Mike H, and Dan Rice perform at The Ballroom. 

Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on Thursdays in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library On Saturday, come for Aaron Krerowiza's multimedia presentation "The Beatles' Alter Ego, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" at 1 p.m. (860) 347-2528

The Vintage Players marks its 20th anniversary with the award winning play, "Dancing at Lughnasa," tonight through Friday at the Green St. Arts Center in Middletown.  This beautiful play is a ssemi-autobiographical reminiscence of the impact of change on the lives of five sisters and their family in a rural Irish community during the summer of 1936. 

Riverwood has nothing until May

The Hartford Public Library presents Emery Austin Smith in it's Baby Grand Jazz series this Saturday, at 3 p.m. Or check out their ongoing exhibit, "The Way We Worked," created by the Smithsonial Institution, until April 23rd.  It documents 130 years of changing work life in America.  For the fashion-oriented, there's also an exhibit of Beatrice Fox Auerbach's garments and personal items.  She was the owner and CEO of America's privately owned department store, G. Fox & Co.  All at Hartford Public Library’s Downtown Branch, 500 Main St., Hartford.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:  Through tomorrow, Real Art Ways in Hartford, continues their run of “Just A Sigh," a romantic drama directed by Jerome Bonnell.  Or choose "The Missing Picture," a Grand Prix Winner at Cannes and Oscar nominee for best foreign film, a brilliant documentary about a child who held onto life in Cambodia's killling fields. Friday through Sunday brings "Nymphomania Volume I" and "Volume II," a film about the memories of a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who's taken into the home of an old bachelor.

Tonight, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, kicks off a run of Disney's "Frozen," winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Picture and Best Original Song.  It's based on Hans Christian Anderson's classic story of The Snow Queen, and runs until Saturday.  Sunday brings "The Last of the Unjust," a shorter version of Claude Lanzmann's documentary on the Holocaust.  .

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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