Thursday, April 3, 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 Thursday, April 3nd 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! 

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown, brings the monthly Open Mic Night with Bob Gotta beginning at 7:30. Friday at 8, Danny Fitzgerald and the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band takes the Buttonwood stage, offering romping versions of classic Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey blues. Saturday morning brings Quigong (chee gung), tai chi, and community yoga to the Buttonwood Tree. Saturday afternoon, there’ll be an artist’s reception for Sheila Margaret Mullen’s exhibit, “Structured Chaos: Assemblage Collage.” Then Saturday night at 8, it’s rockabilly time with The Whiskey Rebels. 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 at 7, it’s the Great Make Believe Improv. Details about all Buttonwood events can be found at

Tonight at 8 p.m. brings the Spring Senior Thesis Dance, in which Wesleyan senior choreographers present a collection of new works as the culminating project of the dance major. That’s at the Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street. Friday, there will be two senior recitals. The first, at 7, is by musician Tennessee Mowrey. Titled “Actualizing Time,” it will take place at at Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave. The second music recital, by Noah Rush, is titled “Shoestrings,” and will take place at 9 p.m. at Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street. Saturday at 7 p.m. brings “Highway Alive: A Concept Album,” a recital by senior Lindsay Schapiro, to World Music Hall, 200 Church Street. More info about all the recitals can be found at the
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s Friday at 9, Neal Vitullo & the Vipers come to Sally’s.  Saturday at 9 brings the Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase to the Blackeyed Sally’s stage, featuring four premier harmonica virtuosos, backed by the jump blues trio The Eric Ducoff Band. Details at

Down in New Haven, at Caf√© Nine, tonight, brings Run Boy Run, with Dr.Caterwaul's Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps.  Friday’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour is with Sean Conlon. That’s followed at 8 by the CT Rollergirls Fundraiser with Chaser Eight, Bragging Rights, Nasty Disaster and Rusty Things. Saturday’s jam session at 4:30 is with The Morris Trent Band, followed at 9 by the New Haven Record Release for “Frost,” with Daphne Lee Martin, Elison Jackson, and Amy McCarley. Sunday’s Blues Boot Camp at 8 is with Greg Sherrod. Details at

Friday morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Connecticut Native and Best-selling Author Beverly Donofrio will deliver the keynote address at Middlesex Community College’s Women Students’ Forum in Chapman Hall.  Donofrio will talk about the meaning of healing through writing, a process she experienced in three memoirs, including “Riding in Cars with Boys.” Reservations are required for this free annual event, and can be made online at

Saturday morning at 10 at the Russell Library, Judith Margolin, former executive with the Foundation Center in NYC, will present a workshop offering advice and resources for the individual grant seeker..  A light lunch will be provided, and there will be time for networking afterward as well as a hands on course in Microsoft excel. Register by calling the library at 860 347 2520. More info about all programs can be found at

Down in New Haven tonight at Toad’s Place, Dirty Heads, with The Burning of Rome and Remember September. Friday at Toads is a Tribute to Sublime, with Badfish, Something Simple, Balcony, and Anchors Away. Details at

On Friday evening at 7:30 and on Saturday and Sunday afternoon at 2, the Jr. Rep Production at Oddfellows Playhouse is “Buccaneers,” about young Enid Arabella who longs for adventure and escape from her family’s poverty. She runs away and is captured by a pirate king and his crew of kidnapped children. More info at

Also in Middletown on Friday, at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, 139 Main St. Ext., Out the Box performs. On Saturday, it’s MD111. ... And Sunday brings Ol’ School Soulful And that’s scatz with a z.

Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the Greater Middletown Concert Association brings the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra to the MHS Performing Arts Center, 200 LaRosa Lane, Middletown, to perform “Ellis Island: The Dream of America,” a multimedia production with live narration by actors, and images from the Ellis Island archives. More info at

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:  Through tonight, Real Art Ways in Hartford continues its run of  “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me”, a documentary that chronicles the life of the 87-year-old Broadway legend.  Also running through tomorrow is “Maiden Trip,” telling the story of a 14-year-old girl who sails around the world alone.  Friday, “Particle Fever” opens.  The film follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation as they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe. Then Saturday and Sunday, it’s the New York International Children's Film Festival Animated's Shorts. . Check out the full line-up at

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, April in Paris, a week-long festival of French and Francophone films, continues. Tonight, is Holy Motors. Friday is Barbarella. Saturday’s matinee is City of Lost Children, followed at 8 by Mars et Avril.  Sunday, it’s  an encore presentation of Alphaville. Visit  for the complete schedule.

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.
Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
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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