Thursday, May 29, 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 29th 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. Thanks for joining us, 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! 

By the way, we’re in the midst of celebrating our seventy-fifth year of broadcasting, as well as 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:

You can still catch the artwork of WESU’s host of Acoustic Blender, Bill Revill, in his exhibit "Down by the Sea," which is showing at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown through Tomorrow. On Friday at 8 the Buttonwood presents, "Not Without My Guitar, featuring Attila Vural and KALEIDOS. This Swiss innovative artist performs acoustic numbers on guitar, some with up to fourteen strings.Saturday morning, beginning at 7:45, it’s quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, community yoga, and a guided forgiveness meditation at the buttonwood. Saturday night at you can catch a night of jazz with vocalist Karen Fisk and her band. 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, the Great Make Believe Improv Society brings their Improv Show. More at

This Friday Wesleyan Potters on South Main St in Middletown is presents their 7th annual Bowlapalooza, fundraiser featuring folk artist Kent Aldrich, and the Irish band Coel Go

At the Russell Library in Middletown, tonight, author Elizabeth Petry leads the Veterans Writers Group at 7 p.m. On Friday at 4, kids from six to twelve are welcome to attend the Lego Builder’s Club. Details about all events at

On Friday, Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown offers the Teen Voices Open Workshop at 6 p.m. On Saturday, at 1 p.m., there’s a Shadow Puppetry family workshop. More at

At Middlesex Community College the 2014 Arts and Media Festival continues this week, showcasing films and multimedia projects by MxCC students. The number for that is 860-343-5806.

On Friday, Dave Downs hosts an open mic at The Nest, 129 Church St. in Middletown and invites songwriters to bring their music to perform, starting at 9 p.m. Details at 860-788-2736.
Down in New Haven, tonight at Caf√© Nine, you can catch TV Freaks, Estrogen Highs, and Worn Leather. Thursday’s offering is Webb Wilder, along with DogBite. On Friday Oddball Presents! Brings you Skanarchy Fest, along with Special Mystery Guests, The Hempsteadys, and The Dialtones. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 brings Billy Cofrances, and at 9 there’s the Circus Dilecti 12 Year Anniversary Show, along with Dot Mitzvah, Craig Taylor, and Scarlett Damnation. Sunday’s 8 p.m. show features Blues Boot Camp with Greg, and Sherrod.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight the CT Blues Challenge to the Sally’s stage, with bands competing to represent CT at the finals in Memphis.Tonight at 8 it’s Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble. Curley started on drums in his native Louisiana, and went on to learn accordion, which he’ll showcase with the band.On Friday there’s Johnny Rawls , winner of the Best Soul Blues Album title, a living Blues Award, for his album "Red Cadillac."On Saturday at 9 they offer Frank Viele, a singer/songwriter in the independent rock genre, with selections that blend acoustic funk, alternative pop, folk, and soul. Other details .

 at Toad’s Place in New Haven,Friday night Reggae Dance Hall King, Beenie Man’s "Hottest Man Alive" tour stops at Toads with Cee Gee, Jego Lethal, and Kantana opening the show. In Lilly’s Pad on Saturday there’s Spring Glow 2 EDM party, featuring DJ Knowledge, Soappy, Joey Fedz, Tango, and more. On Sunday at 8 they showcase Future’s "The Honest Tour" - with special guest Crime Family. More at .

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 programs. 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 tonight. Also through tomorrow, they’re showing "The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden," a documentary about an unsolved murder that took place in the 1930’s.tonight at 7 there’s a panel discussion led by local artist Sharon Louden, author of "Living and Sustaining a Creative Life,". On Friday you can catch a weekend run of the French film, "Young and Beautiful," and "The Retrieval," a Civil War era film about a young boy working with bounty hunters who are pursuing runaway slaves. These films run through Sunday. Details

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, continues it’s run of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" through tonight, Wes Anderson’s comedy about a World War II era central European republic. On Friday Cinestudio kicks off their 27th annual Connecticut LGBT Film Festival with the 2014 Eric Schaeffer comedy "Boy Meets Girl" at 7:30, followed by a Gala Reception.On Saturday the Festival continues with three films: "To Be Takei," a documentary that follows George Takei of Star Trek fame; "The Way He Looks," a Portuguese film about a blind teenager trying to lead an independent life; and "Tom at the Farm,"Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s dark drama about family secrets.On Sunday they’re showing the 2013 retrospective documentary "Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia," followed by the Finnish film "Open up to Me," about a transgender woman dealing with the hidden prejudices of her new life.

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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