Thursday, May 8, 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
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Good evening, Its Thursday May 8th   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! 

During 2014, WESU is celebrating 75 years of Community radio. Please help keep us going for another year by making a pledge of support during our current Spring Pledge drive. You can make your donation online at
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

At Wesleyan University, a veritable fireworks finale of performances wraps up the spring semester:

Tonight at Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel, it’s the Annual Organ Romp, with Wesleyan student organists performing new music, pop, rock, jazz, and other unlikely pieces, with other musicians, instruments and percussion, costumes, video, and more. 

Friday afternoon at 3, the Center for the Arts presents a West African Drumming & Dance Concert, in which choreographer Iddi Saaka and Master Drummer Abraham Adzenyah will perform with their West African dance students. That’s in the CFA Courtyard, unless it rains and the show moves inside Crowell.

Friday night at 8 in World Music Hall, it’s Toneburst Electroextravaganza, with Wesleyan’s Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble, directed by Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen, performing works written by ensemble members.  More information about all these Wesleyan events can be found online at or by calling 860-685-3355.

On Thursday at 6:30pm in
 the Russell Library’s Hubbard Room, the Hampstead Stage Company Presents Hercules & the Heroes, geared toward children in grades 3 and up. Epictitus, the mask-maker, and Ovid, the poet, lead a journey of the imagination, exploring the ancient Greek heroes. Also on Thursday, at 7 p.m., Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group. That’s in the library’s meeting room 2. Friday and Saturday, the Friends of the Russell Library host their monthly book sale. Details about all events at

Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Buttonwood, Writers Out Loud, a literary prose open mic session, meets.

Friday at 8, the duo Stefilia’s Stone plays piano and guitar. Saturday morning, it’s the usual offerings of quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, and community yoga.

Then Saturday night at 8, Sissy Castrogiovanni, performs Intra Lu Munnu, which means Inside the World. It’s a blend of  Jazz, Mediterranean and World Music, with a touch of classical and African influences, all blended into Sicilian lyrics, rhythms and old folk traditions.

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.  Also, you can check out the shoreline artwork of WESU’s own Bill Revill, host of Acoustic Blender, on the walls of the Buttonwood throughout May.  More at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight, The CT Blues society challenge continues at Blackeyed Sally’s, with bands competing to represent CT at the finals in Memphis.Friday at 9, it’s the award-winning Delta Generators.Then Saturday, it’s Joe Louis Walker, who was inducted last year into The Blues Hall of Fame.
Sunday brings a Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch to Blackeyed Sallys, featuring live music by the Mary Taylor Soul Band. There will be two seatings .

Tonight is Jammin’ Thursdays at Toad’s Place in New Haven. The lineup includes All Good, The Before, Breakfast on Neptune, Indigroove, and ZWS. Friday, Conagra presents Hunter Hayes, the 24-Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger, an effort to break the Guinness World Records record for the Most Concerts Played in multiple cities in a 24-hour period. Also on tap are Dan & Shay. That’s followed at 9 by a night of electronic Dance Music. Saturday at Toad’s, it’s Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond; along with The Mushroom Cloud and The Remnants.

Also in New Haven, tonight, at Café Nine, it’s Dead Wives and Fins, with Steve Hartlett and James Fonicello.
Then Friday brings Ports of Spain, Surfing, and Spectral Fangs to Café Nine. Saturday afternoon’s jazz jam session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. The Original Sunday Night Jam is with the George Baker Band.

On Sunday, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, Manic Productions presents Sharon Van Etten and She Keeps

Also on Thursday, at 7 p.m., the Art Guild of Middletown invites you to their May Demonstration: Graffiti Made Legal!, featuring graffiti artists whose large-scale works are displayed throughout New England and Canada. That’s at Middlefield Federated Church, 402 Main St., Middlefield.

The Riverwood Poetry Series, concludes this Thursday with a featured reading by Allison Meyers  at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford (right down the street from Union Train Station). The evening begins with an Open Mic . Admission is free and everyone is welcomed. More online and on Facebook:

On Fridays in Middletown, Argentine Tango is taught at the First Church, 190 Court St. The beginners’ session is at 7:30; the intermediates’ at 8:30 and at 9:30 there’s a tango social which includes snacks. Teacher Jorge “Gem” Duras has information at 203-543-8099.

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 best and worst songs to perform, starting at 9 p.m. Details at 860-788-2736.

Friday also brings an opportunity to experience the unveiling of the Jazz Samaritan Alliance in CT, who will help Jazz composer, pianist, and educator Noah Baerman conclude his release tour for his recent CD, “Ripples”. The concept behind the Jazz Samaritan Alliance is to create and present socially conscious jazz. This event happens at Firehouse 12 in New Haven. Info and tickets at

ARTFARM's Fifth Shakespeare Slam and Elizabethan Birthday Bash will take place on Saturday, at 7 pm
at the Community Health Center, on Main Street in Middletown. This year they’ll celebrate the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare. The SlamBash is ARTFARM's primary fund raising event for their Shakespeare in the Grove productions, which will take on King Lear this summer. More online
 Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the films Mamele and Alan Partridge continue through tonight. Opening Friday is the documentary “Finding Vivian Maier”. She's now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, but was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Also opening Friday is Mistaken for Strangers, hailed by filmmaker Michael Moore as one of the best documentaries about a band he’d ever seen. It’s described as a truly hilarious, unusual, and moving film about two brothers, Matt (lead singer of The National) and Tom Berninger. Details at

Running through Saturday at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, is Le Week-end, a bittersweet love story that gets real about the ups and downs of longtime marriages. It’s described as “sad, sweet, dark, funny and possibly even redemptive.” Sunday brings Nymph()maniac, Vol. One, about a woman’s erotic adventures with the chilly intellectual who found her collapsed on a Parisian street.

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

2014 Marks 75 years of Alternative music, Public Affairs, and community service for WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at

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