Thursday, May 22, 2014

Thursday's 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 May 22nd 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! 

Congratulations, all you Wesleyan grads -- especially our smart, talented WESU dj's! Keep in touch!

By the way, we’re in the midst of celebrating our seventy-fifth year of Community radio that Matters and we just kicked off our Spring Pledge drive. If you value the kind of unusual programming we provide, we need your support. You can make your donation on our website, Thanks!

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

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, tonight 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, Caf√© Nine presents  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.

Down at Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight 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

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.

The Jive At Five
A daily community calendar and rundown of WESU’s evening programming.

Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
Voted #2 Radio Show – Hartford Advocate “Best Of” Poll 2013
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

Imagine with Karen Stein
Peace through music! I'll play mostly world music, blended with music from the US and music from down the road. Music that I love that I want to share with WESU listeners. 
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) 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) Multifarious with DJ Bard and DJ Sunny D
Brief segments of music constantly interrupted by the hosts debating who has better taste in music.

Radio Obscura with Joe McCarthy and Pete
Looking at the arts and culture through an abstract prism. Radio Obscura aims to replace the tiny voice inside your head with new better voices. 
Dr. Pitkow and the Waste of Time with Jake Pitkow
No talk. No jokes. You're getting 60 minutes (ok, 53 with breaks) of eclectic delights, but here's the twist: every week's playlist will form a story based on a theme which is both specific and universal.
The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation

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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