Wednesday, June 11, 2014

06-11-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, June 11th 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!

We’re celebrating our seventy-fifth year of Community Radio that Matters and we still need to raise over $8000 to complete our Spring Pledge drive. If you value the kind of important programming WESU provides, we need your support to help us cover the daily costs of operating WESU.  Your donation will also help us stay on track to implement some needed studio upgrades including backup power to keep us on air during extended powered outages. Please make your donation at our website, , Thanks!

Now here's some of what's happening in our area this week:
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.

Tonight at 7:30, here in Middletown, the Buttonwood Tree here in Middletown, features the Jessica Fichout Quartet.  She’s an LA-based chanteuse and songwriter with French/Chinese/American heritage.
On Thursday, at 7, it’s the monthly Voices Out Loud literary prose open mic, hosted by Cocomo Rock and Al Bower, Jr.
On Friday at 8 you can catch Don White, a songwriter from Lynn, Massachusetts. 
Saturday morning, starting at 7:45, the Buttonwood offers Qigong, tai chi, and community yoga.  At 2 p.m. The Buttonwood participates in Connecticut Open House Day, with an outdoor concert in the Rockabilly style performed by The Whiskey Rebels.   Also on Saturday, at 8 p.m., the Omar Tamez and Angelica Sanchez duo performs, presenting combined improvisational and original compositions.  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.  The Buttonwood’s Monthly Poetry Potluck gathering will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday.  

This week, The Buttonwood displays the artwork of Kathy Parrish Peterson.  Also, Michelle Podgorski’s exhibit, “Fragmented Landscape,” will be on view all month at the Green Street Arts Center downtown. The Art Guild of Middletown offers their 2014 exhibit tonight through Saturday at the Zilkha Gallery South daily from one to four.  More at

Up in Hartford tonight Blackeyed Sally’s, will showcase the winners of the Hartford Advocate Grand Band Slam.  .

Down in New Haven tonight, Café Nine, from 5 - 7, presents  La Cantina Flamenco, with guitarist Ed Peccerillo. That’s followed at 8 by Ponybird, M.T. Bearington, and Lexi Weedge. On Thursday they’ve got the Connecticut Music Awards Showcase. Friday at 5 you can catch an early show with Mountains of the Moon, followed at 9 by the 2nd annual Luau Caberet, including burlesque, circus, and music performances. 
Saturday’s jazz jam is with Gary Grippo and Friends this week. Later Saturday night, Manic Productions presents Simone Felice, and Elison Jackson. Sunday’s Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 features The Langley Project.

Manic Productions brings a number of additional acts to the area this week.   Tonight, at The Outer Space in Hamden, they offer Peter Murphy of Bauhaus, and Ringo Deathstar.  Also tonight, there’s Gringo Star and Atrina, at Bar in New Haven.  On Thursday, at the Space in Hamden, Manic presents Wakey!Wakey!, The Soldier Story, and Broadcast Hearts.  On Saturday, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, they offer Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, as well as The Primate Fiasco, and Frank Viele.  On Sunday, Manic presents Willie Nelson & Family to the Summer Concert Series at Simsbury Meadows, with Alison Kraus & Union Station, and Kacey Musgraves.
At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Veteran’s Writing Group meets tomorrow night at 7pm.  On Saturday there’s a book sale from 9-5, and at 3 p.m. international tap dance star Kazunori Kumagai performs, accompanied by Joe Fonda. .

Tomorrow down at Toad’s Place in New Haven, you can catch the legendary monster horn band Tower of Power, and the Greg Sherrod Duo. On Friday, Getter & AFK’s “Gnartillery Tour,” passes by Toads.

The Middlesex Community College 10th Annual Arts and Media Festival continues at the Middletown Campus.  Information at 860-343-5806.

Also, every Friday, at 9 p.m., Dave Downs hosts a new weekly open mic and invites songwriters to perform at The Nest, located at 129 Church Street, Middletown. Info at 860.788.2736.

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.

On Saturday the Green Street Arts Center in Middletown hosts an Open House, with an arts and crafts sale and music.  There will be door prizes, and the unveiling of the Green Street Mosaic Project, as well as the presentation of a new donor tree.  Information at 860-685-7871.

The Middletown Artists Co-op presents the Occom Woods Trio in concert at the MAC650 Gallery on Sunday at 7 p.m.  Information at 860-347-0834. 

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, through tomorrow, you can catch "Ida", a Polish film about a woman who, before taking final vows as a nun, discovers a family secret from the Nazi occupation. Also showing through tomorrow is the 2014 Sundance Shorts Tour, which includes fiction and documentary.  

Tonight at 7 there’s Purple Light Poetry, with both featured readers as well as an open mic.  On Friday the run of “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago” begins, and continues through Sunday.  This film follows pilgrims from all walks of life as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot.  On Friday there’s also a post-film discussion with Annie, on of the pilgrims featured in the film.  Information at  .

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, is closed for maintenance and reopens  tomorrow with National Theatre Live’s “A Small Family Business,” a comedic exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier-award-winning playwright Alan McCracken with a second show on Sunday.  Friday they offer a high-def restoration special director’s cut of Queen Margot,  a French film about the queen married to Henri VI.  This is.  More at

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

 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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