Thursday, May 1, 2014

Thursday's Jive

Good evening! It’s Thursday May 1st, 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! 

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

Tonight You can experience the culture of Java, with a Javanese gamelan performance in Wesleyan’s World Music Hall at 7 p.m.  This concert includes a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble.
On Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. a showcase of performances by student choreographers highlights the Spring Dance concert in the Patricelli Theater.  Also on Friday, May 2nd, the Taiko Drumming Ensemble performs both traditional and contemporary rhythm works at 9 p.m. in Crowell Concert Hall. You can find all the details of these CFA events and more, including Senior Thesis performances. online at

Tonight kicks of the North End Gallery Walk and Community Gardens Concert Series. The gallery walk is from 5-8PM, and The concert starts ar 6;30 at Luis Lopez Garden on the corner of Main and Green Street. J-Cherry presents, LampLighter a Reggae SKA band. The walk and concert are free. for more information visit:

Green St opens their May art exhibit tonight as a part of the North End Gallery Walk featuring the art of Windsor painter Catherine Doocy who brings her show “Transitions,” a collection focusing on landscapes and the science of memory.  For more information, visit

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s the Connecticut Blues Society continues their Blues Competition. Friday night they offer Dave Keller, winner of the Best Self-Produced CD award for 2012, playing soul and blues. Dave Keller is a Wesleyan Alum who was a music director at WESU during his time at Wesleyan. Saturday night award-winning blues artist Roxy Perry takes the Sally’s stage. More can be found at   

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine tonight,The Miths, playing Smiths music, On Friday, the official New England Brewing Co band, Useless Degree, will be on during Brew On9, when you can sample craft and home brews while visiting businesses in New Haven’s Historic 9th Square Neighborhood, from 6 to 8 p.m. Later Friday night they’ll have singer/songwriter Milton on stage at 8 p.m., followed by the rock band Eurisko and singer/songwriter K. Bestia at 10. 

Saturday, Café Nine’s weekly Jazz Jam session at  will be hosted by Mike Coppola and Friends, and Saturday night’s Killer Glam/Rock and Roll show at 9 p.m. will feature Prophets of Addiction, The Erotics, and Switchblade Serenade.  On Sunday,  the Mystic Blues Festival presents the All Star Blues Jam in support of the Center for Hospice Care at 4 p.m., followed by Greg Sherrod’s Blues Boot Camp at 8 p.m. For details go to

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place On Friday you can catch Cosmic Dust Bunnies, with Indobox, Blessed & Gifted, and Uncle Sonny at 8 p.m. More can be found at

This Month at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, you can catch WESU’s host of Acoustic Blender, Bill Revill's artwork on display in a show called “Down by the Sea”, with an opening reception on Saturday at from 4:00 - 5:30. At 7:00pm  Thursday Bob Gotta  hosts his longstanding Monthly acoustic open Mic event. That’s followed by “Dance la Vie” at 9:00 with DJ Basil playing classic rock and contemporary tunes.  On Friday Hartt School of Music Guitar Department will perform at 8 p.m., playing a variety of works for guitar, viola, and flute.
Saturday morning at the Buttonwood there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, and community yoga, and a holistic healing workshop. At 8 p.m. Sat night, Turkish-born jazz guitarist and composer Sinan Bakir performs tunes with a blended jazz/rock 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, The Buttonwood Tree features the Mike Lorenz Jazz Trio at 3 p.m. followed by  the “Great Make Believe Improv Show”  at 7 p.m. featuring the live performances of
improvised theater.  More at

This evening, Manic presents Deerhoof, Awkwafina, and Celestial Shore at The Space at 8 p.m., and Friday brings Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, Empires, and Kate Myers at the same venue, also at 8 p.m. On Saturday Manic helps presents the Fauxchella CT Indie Music and Art Festival, starting at 2 p.m. at the Space in Hamden with performances by Kung Fu , Pissed Jeans,  MC PAul Barman,  MC Paul Barman, The McLovins, Political Animals, Ports of Spain, The Morning on Fire, The Vespers Nine and a bunch more CT acts. Details online at  For more, visit  

Wesleyan Potters presents “Black and White: A Members Show," running through June 22. The show features unique handcrafted clay, jewelry and fiber with a black and white theme. The opening reception is Thursday, May 1st ,  from 5 pm  to 7 pm.   More info about gallery hours can be found online at

Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on Thursdays in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library On Saturday at 2 the program is “In Retrospect:  Short works of the last 50 years by Barry O’Neal,” a presentation of short vocal and chamber works by that New York Composer., or call (860) 347-2528.

This Saturday, Gee Records presents The Legends, Beats, & Grooves festival, celebrating the roots of hip hop culture at Sound Spectrum / Club Lucent in Wallingford from 1-6pm. The event features living legends Grand Wizard Theodore (who invented the DJ scratch technique),  Rob-Swift (of the legendary  X-Ecutioners), Grandmaster Supreme, Billy Busch, and Middletown’s own DJ N-E-B.  all flexing their turntable skills.   Plus there will be a screening of the new documentary film, The legend of the Skull Snaps (about one of the most sampled tunes of all time). For info and details you can call 203-265-9796 or visit

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 "Nymphomania Volume I" and "Volume II,". 

Friday Real Art Ways kicks off a 4-day run of two films:  “Mamele and Cohen on the Telephone,” a 1938 short sound comedy directed by Joseph Green, and  “Alan Partridge,” a British comedy starring Steve Coogan and Colm Meany, and directed by Declan Lowney. 

Tonight, at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, tonight the New Theater Life’s “King Lear,” the Shakespeare play, and “Concussion,” written and directed by Stacie Passion.  On Friday, Cinestudio screens all five films nominated for the 2014 Oscars in the Short Film category at 7:30 p.m.  Saturday at 2:30 they offer all five entries into the 2014 Oscar category for Short Film Animation. Next on Saturday they’ve got the third annual Trinity Film Festival, a red carpet event featuring short films by student filmmakers, followed by a reception and awards ceremony. Doors open at 4:30.  Sunday May 4th brings back the New Theater Live’s King Lear film, and “The Great Beauty” at 7:30, the 2014 winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.  Details at

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

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