Thursday, May 15, 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
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Good evening, it’s Thursday, May 15th 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! 
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Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

For kids, the Russell Library offers the Builder’s Club this Friday at 4, with a chance for six to twelve-year-olds to build with Legos. Details this and other events can be found at

Friday night at The Buttonwood Tree, here in Middletown, there’s a CD Release Party for Cricket Tell the Weather, an indie string band with bluegrass-inspired original music. Saturday morning, beginning at 7:45, it’s the usual offerings of quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, and community yoga. Saturday night at 8, you can catch Ricky Alfonso, a trumpeter and mainstay on the East Coast jazz scene, playing compositions with elements of blues and swing. 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. Throughout May, The Buttonwood Tree is showing the paintings and photographs of WESU’s own, host of Acoustic Blender, Bill Revill in the exhibit “Down by the Sea,”. More at
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, brings the CT Blues Challenge to the Sally’s stage, with bands competing to represent CT at the finals in Memphis. Friday at 8:30, it’s the afrobeat sounds of The Superpowers. Saturday at 9 they offer singer/songwriter and guitarist John Fries and the Elements, highlighting Blues and Roots Rock and Roll. More details at . 

Tonight, at Cafe nine in New Haven,  at 8 Manic Productions presents Kingsley Flood, Golden Bloom, and Jay Prince (of Eurisko) at The Nine. 
Then Friday brings Peelander-Z, Guerilla Toss, and The Hymans to Caf√© Nine. Saturday afternoon’s jazz jam session will be hosted by Garry Grippo & Friends at 4:30, and Saturday night there’s a Blue Grass Supergroup event with The Deadly Gentlemen and Goodnight Blue Moon at 9. Sunday they’ll have Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School at 3:30, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam featuring The Langley Brothers Band at 8 p.m.
Manic Productions presents a number of shows this week, including Breton, Kid Karate, and Fake Babies at Bar in New Haven tonight. 

On Friday, Brick + Mortar, Yuppy Flu, and Branchwater will be at The Outer Space in Hamden. On Sunday, at the Ballroom at the Outer Space, they offer Geographer and Hooray for Earth at 8

Tonight Jammin Thursdays lineup at Toad’s Place in New Haven, includes Back from Earth, Balkum Brothers, The High Council, Lewd Buddha, and Stealhead. Friday at 9:30 there’s the Bright Night EDM Glow Party, featuring ChiCe, Scatz, UP Tone, and ZTB. Saturday’s Viral Sound show includes Eggy and Neon Ducks. On Sunday in Lilly’s Pad, bands will compete in Aspen Presents: Soundcheck, a Pilot TV show taping, hosted by Jessica Wolf.
Tonight brings Real Art Way’s monthly Creative Cocktail Hour. This month the Raya Brass Band performs and and there’s free admission for anyone who rides their bike to the event. It’s also the reception night for their two new exhibits: iPad Prints by Olu Oguibe, and Cat Balco’s The Ellipses Project, which explores how art-making can help individuals connect with hidden aspects of themselves.
At Oddfellow’s Playhouse in Middletown, the Elementary Repertory Company presents “For Feet’s Sake”, a take on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid this Friday and Saturday, by Krista Knight under the direction of Kristen Palmer. More at
Now on Fridays, Dave Downs hosts an open mic at The Nest, 129 Church St. in Middletown, starting at 9 p.m. Details at 860-788-2736. 

Friday night Gregory Glover and special guests take the stage at Scatz Restraint and Jazz Lounge on Main St Extension in Middletown. An author’s luncheon and Southern Style Tea is happening this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Scatz and Sez Zion takes the holds it down on Sunday. Call 860-685-0348, or visit . 

The 7th Annual Thank The Lake Day in East Hampton at Sears Park from 1-4PM. with Joseph FireCrow, gigglejuice, and J-Cherry and the Strawberries, yoga, food vendors and information on healing our water supply. 

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

Also on Saturday, Middlesex Hospital’s Vocal Chords choral group will present its annual spring concert at Portland High School, 95 High St. This year’s performance includes ballads, Broadway hits, classic pop and selections from the Great American Songbook. Call 850-342-3120, or

Continuing in the Wesleyan Potters Gallery shop on South Main St in Middletown, this week, you can catch “Black and White: a Member’s Show.”
At Wesleyan University, ongoing art exhibitions include Silent Faces/Ahgkor, a multidimensional exhibition by Mary Heebner at the Freeman Center. Hyperrealist drawings by Julia Randall are found in the “Oral Exhibitions” collection shown at the Davison Art Center. The Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of 2014’s thesis students of Art and Art History, and they’re celebrating the center’s fortieth anniversary on Friday with the exhibition: Roche and Dinkeloo’s Architecture for the CFA. The Film Studies Rick Nicita Gallery is showing posters representing thirteen collections from the Wesleyan Cinema Archives, also on Friday. More information about all these shows can be found or by calling 860-685-3355
The Middletown Commission for the Arts is now accepting applications for the summer Kids Arts enrichment program including The Children’s Circus and North End Arts Rising’s kids art program. 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 films Mistaken for Strangers, a band documentary, and Finding Vivian Maier, about a mysterious nanny who took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen in her lifetime continue tonight through tonight. 

Friday through Sunday they’re showing For a Woman, a French film about a woman examining her parents’ lives through old photographs and letters. On Saturday at 8 is Speak Up, an evening of live true stories with a common theme. Details at . 

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, continues its week-long run of Nymphomaniac, Volumes One and Two, about a woman’s erotic adventures with the chilly intellectual who found her collapsed on a Parisian street. On Sunday at 7:30 they open the newly-restored 1952 classic, Orson Welles’ Othello.

Now, here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU.

Now, here’s a rundown of 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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