Wednesday, May 21, 2014

05-21-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, May 21st 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!

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Now here's some of what's happening in our area this week:

The Middletown Symphonic Band will be performing an outdoor patriotic music concert on Saturday at the Great River Park in East Hartford, at 7 p.m. More details can be found at

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown you can catch the documentary film "Happy", about the science and art of happiness.

On Friday at 8 p.m. Hartford’s Orice Jenkins Trio performs with music ranging in scope from hip-hop to Beethoven. Saturday morning, beginning at 7:45, it’s quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, community yoga, and a guided forgiveness meditation.

Saturday night at 8, The Buttonwood presents the Matabesset String Collective, a 5-piece acoustic ensemble playing an eclectic mix in string-band style.

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 afternoon, WESU’s own J-Cherry invites you to celebrate the life of Tommy Jakula Moses at 4 p.m. More at can be found at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it's the Blues Jam, one of the longest running in New England,hosted by Tommy Whalen tonight.

Thursday evening brings the CT Blues Challenge to the Sally’s stage, with bands competing to represent CT at the finals in Memphis. Later on Thursday at 8:30, funk-rockers Jen Leigh and Superlove reunite for the first time in ten years.

On Friday there’s multi-instrumentalist Eliot Lewis at 9, a featured performer on VH1’s "Live at Daryl’s House." On Saturday at 9 they offer the Kortchmar/McDonald Band, featuring singer/songwriter Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar. Other details at .

Tonight, down in New Haven, Café Nine presents The Woggles and the 509ers.

Thursday’s show features Yarn, and Seth Adams.

The holiday weekend starts off Friday with Lonesome Billy’s Rockathon and BBQ beginning at 5, featuring TORQUE, Gary Heriot, and more.

Saturday afternoon’s jazz jam session starts at 4:30 with the George Baker Band, and Saturday night Manic Productions offers Acid Mothers Temple, Perhaps, and The Mountain Movers. On Sunday they’ll have a Bluegrass Jam starting at 4, with Stacy Phillips.

This evening, at 7 p.m., The First Church on Court St. in Middletown hosts the Middletown Scottish Dancers. Partners not necessary. Call 860-347-0278 for information. They also offer Argentine Tango classes on Friday starting at 7:30 p.m. Teacher Jorge "Gem" Duras has information at 203-543-8099.

Manic Productions presents The Zambonis, and Jounce, featuring Danny Tamberelli, at Bar in New Haven, on tonight.

Down at Toad’s Place in New Haven this week’s Jammin Thursdays lineup includes The Backyard Committee, Branchwater, Mojo, The Mudd Band, and Sun Dagger.

Their Memorial Day Meltdown, presented by Gorilla Music, starts Friday at 6 p.m. and features the Bright Night EDM Glow Party, featuring twenty different performers on two stages.

Saturday’s EDM Party Spring Glow 1 at 9 includes Mike Skillz, stylite, Psylar, V1BES, Alex Panda, GBJ, Sith, and Basket Case.

On Sunday you can catch HardCore Rapper, Mobb Deep with Opium Black, Political Animals, and more opening the shows. More at .

On Friday Middlesex Community College kicks off its 2014 Arts and Media Festival, with a reception and screenings starting at 6 p.m. The number for that is 860-343-5806.

Also on Friday, Dave Downs hosts an open mic at The Nest, 129 Church St. in Middletown. As president and CEO of The Highly Unsuccessful Songwriters Association, he invites songwriters to bring their worst songs to perform, starting at 9 p.m. Details at 860-788-2736.

And also on Friday, The Greater Middletown Concert Association sponsors Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at 7:30. The number to call for info is 860-347-4887.

Spring Bird Walks happen every Saturday at 8 a.m. at The Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Rd in Madison. The number to call is 203-245-9056.

The Middletown Commission for the Arts is now accepting applications for the summer Kids Arts enrichment program for both local kids and out-of- towners. The number is 860-638-4510 (MCA Office).

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the film "Finding Vivian Maier," about a mysterious nanny who took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen in her lifetime, continues through tomorrow. Also through tomorrow you can catch "For a Woman," a French film about a woman’s discovery of family secrets through old photographs and letters.

On Friday a new runs starts with another French film, "Young and Beautiful," about a seventeen-year-old who returns from a family holiday and starts working as a call girl.

Starting Friday also is "The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden," a documentary about an unsolved murder that took place in the 1930’s.

Saturday at 8 is Spectacle, when musicians gather for small ensembles, ending in a collective performance by the entire group playing as the Abstract Forest orchestra. Details at

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, continues the newly-restored 1952 classic, Orson Welles’ Othello, through tomorrow.

Friday begins a run of The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson’s comedy about a World War II era central European republic.

On Sunday at 2:30 there’s a one-time presentation of National Theatre Live’s "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," about a 15-year-old savant with a social disorder who solves a neighborhood mystery.

Now, here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU, as we set sail on a new summer schedule.

Right after the jive at Five from 5:05 - 6:00, stay tuned for the Rockabilly Willy Memorial Show!

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 an hour of Sussurus. Stop by and discover the mysteries of obscure music that you can't find anywhere on most radio stations.

At 1:30 am it's and hour of Maximum Rock n' Roll Radio. A weekly radio show featuring the best DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rock n' Roll collection!

From 2:30 to 4am, stay tuned for The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation.

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 the Rockabilly Willy Memorial Show!

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