Wednesday, June 4, 2014

06-04-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, June 4th 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for tuning in!
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Now here's some of what's happening in our area this week:
Thursday at 7 at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s the Acoustic Open Mic, with Bob Gotta. On Friday at 8 p.m., sacred-song preserver Peia will perform originals and traditional folk music from across the globe, accompanied by guitarist Sean Frenette and percussionist Tom Monaghan. Saturday morning, starting at 7:45, the Buttonwood offers Qigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop. Also on Saturday, at 8 p.m., Jim Matus— a composer, band leader, arranger, guitarist, teacher and studio engineer — who specializes in progressive world fusion and improvisational music, performs. Sunday at 1 p.m., Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree.  Anyone is welcome. You’re invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. More at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s ,it's the weekly Wednesday night Blues Jam,  hosted by Gene Donaldson, this week.  Thursday brings Ray Morant's Rotating Glitterati to the Sally’s stage.  On Friday, it’s the rockin’ bar band  Mixed Signals.  On Saturday, The Mighty Soul Drivers celebrate the release of their debut CD 'Qualified!' by returning to Hartford's 'Home Of The Blues'.  .

 Tonight, down at Toad’s Place in you can catch Smoke DZA, with Young Roddy and Monsta Beatz. Thursday brings Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. Friday at Toad’s, Shakedown plays The Dead and Beyond, with Blessed & Gifted and Off the Dome.

Also in New Haven, tonight at, at Café Nine, from 5 to 7, it’s La Cantina Flamenco. That’s followed at 7:30 by the Tony Purrone Trio. Thursday, Manic Productions presents PAPA, with Hubbell Mountain and Spectral Fangs. Friday’s Happy Hour features Dan Greene (of Mountain Movers). That’s followed at 9 by Manic Production’s presentation of Nat Baldwin (of Dirty Projectors), with Celestial Shore and Throw Vision. Saturday’s jazz jam at 4:30 is with Mike Coppola and Friends. That’s followed at 9 by a benefit for Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital featuring Losers Sometimes Win, Blastmat, and Death Prayers, with DJ Bill Beckett. Sunday’s Original Sunday Night Jam is with the George Baker Band.

Every Tuesday in June, WESU’s own DJ Lord Lewis presents The Rumpus Room on the Waterfront, playing vinyl sets of the best in contemporary and vintage heavy funk, soul, afrobeat, rare groove and more. That’s at the Canoe Club, 80 Harbor Drive, in Middletown and it starts at 6pm!

Manic Productions brings a number of additional acts to the area this week: tonight, at Bar in New Haven, it’s Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, with Blue and Gold, and Olive Tiger. Thursday, JD McPherson comes to the Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden, with Sean Rowe and The Cactus Blossoms. Saturday at the Ballroom at the Outer Space, it’s Lissie and The Sea, The Sea. And Saturday, at The Space in Hamden, it’s Saintseneca, Crying, Memory Map and 10,000 Blades.

Tonight, at 7 p.m., First Church on Court St. in Middletown hosts the Middletown Scottish Dancers.  Partners not necessary; 860-347-0278 for information.

Thursday is the first-Thursday-of-the-month gallery walk, from 5 to 7 p.m., at an eclectic array of venues in downtown Middletown, .offering art shows, music, refreshments, art classes, and opportunities to meet interesting crafters. The Buttonwood is displaying the artwork of Kathy Parrish Peterson during the gallery walk, with the opening for that exhibit scheduled for Saturday from 4 to 6. Also, Michelle Podgorski’s exhibit, “Fragmented Landscape,” will be on view all month at the Green Street Arts Center downtown.

Also on Thursday, at the Russell Library, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.,  it’s An Evening with Jennifer Pharr Davis, the 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. She has hiked over 12,000 miles of long distance trails on six continents, and in 2011, she became the first woman to claim the endurance record on the Appalachian Trail, hiking an average of nearly 47 miles per day for 46 days. .

Argentine Tango is taught in Middletown on Fridays through June by a teacher who studied with Forever Tango performers, at the First Church on Court St.: beginners at 7:30; .intermediate and advanced at 8:30 then a tango social is at 9:30. Information by calling Gem at (203) 543 8099.

Also on Friday, and every Friday, at 9 p.m., Dave Downs, president and CEO of The Highly Unsuccessful Songwriters Association (HUSA), invites songwriters to bring their worst songs to perform at The Nest, at 129 Church Street, Middletown. Info at 860.788.2736.

On Saturday, the Art Guild of Middletown hosts the opening reception of its 2014 exhibit, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Zilkha Gallery South, at Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown. The exhibit runs through June 22.  Eva Dykas has more information 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.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the installation of new digital equipment means no films will be screened until Friday, when a run of Sundance shorts begins.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford,  the 27th Connecticut LGBT Film Festival continues through Friday,  and then the cinema is closed for maintenance until Thursday, June 12th. .

Now, here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU.
 Right after the jive at Five from 5:05 - 6:00, stay tuned for the Rockabilly Willy Memorial Show!
That's followed by 30minutes Mind Matters with Doctor E. The show provides information and guest interviews on issues concerning mental illness. The focus is exploring holistic therapies and stories of individual achievement.

At 6:30,it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion for 90 minutes of techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

And at 8:00, Mike Nyce slows it down a few Beats per minute on The Warehouse. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30 to 11 features the Vault with DJ Anton Banks. One the air since 1996! Anton presents listeners with the very latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house and leftfield mixed live each week. The program regularly features exclusive music and mix sets from international producers and DJs.

at 11pm It’s 75 Years of... For 75 years, WESU has broadcast underground music and under-represented genres. During our 75th Anniversary, this program will feature a different genre or theme each month, with songs chosen by our listeners and staff.

At 12:30 it's an hour of Sussurus. Tune in for grunge, rock, folk and other whisperings of daydreaming music in the nighttime.

At 1:30 am it's and hour of Maximum Rock n' Roll Radio. A weekly radio show featuring the best DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rock n' Roll collection!

From 2:30 to 4am, stay tuned for The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation.

The BBC World News kicks on at 4am followed by Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

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 at

2014 Marks 75 years of Alternative music, Public Affairs, and community service for WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at
Thanks for listening! Stay tuned for the Rockabilly Willy Memorial Show!

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