Wednesday, June 25, 2014

06-25-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, June 25th.  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 Ben Michael.

 Here at WESU, we’re celebrating our seventy-fifth year of Community Radio that Matters, and are trying to wrap up our Spring Pledge Drive. We are still a little short but with your help we can reach our goal and stay on track to implement some needed studio upgrades as well. Please make your donation at our website,  Thanks!

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

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight brings their long running weekly blues jam, hosted by Tim McDonald this week. Tomorrow/Thursday brings Ray Morant's Rotating Glitterati to the Sally’s stage.  On Friday at 9 they have Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers, with a new blues sound they’re calling “Charles River Delta Blues.” On Saturday at 9 Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood return to Sally’s, with their mix of blues, rock, funk, and soul. 

Tonight down in New Haven, Café Nine  from 5 to 7, it’s La Cantina Flamenco, with guitarist Ed Peccerillo. That’s followed at by the Outlaw Country!! Show with Whitey Morgan and the 78s, and Dave Hill.  On Thursday they’ve got JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers, and Joe Fletcher.  Friday’s Happy Hour at 5 features Victor Roland, and at 9 p.m. they offer Jesse Mailin’s Full Band, Don DiLego, and The Backyard Committee.  Saturday’s jazz jam at 4:30 is with the George Baker Band. Later Saturday night, they’ve got Five in the Chamber, and Brother Stanley.  On Sunday at 4 they’re presenting a Bluegrass Jam with Stacy Phillips, followed by the Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 with The Cobalt Rhythm Kings.

Alsotonight, down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, you can catch their Jam Series Finale, featuring Back From Earth, The Backyard Committee, Balkun Brothers, and more.  On Thursday at 10 they’ve got roots reggae singer Luciano with Ikronic, A New Day, Blessing, and Be Aware.  Thursday’s 9:00 show features Get The Led Out.  On Saturday you can catch The White Panda.

Manic Productions brings a number of additional acts to the area this week.   Tonight, at Bar in New Haven, they present The Courtneys, Stagnant Pools, and Jacques LeCoque. On Saturday, at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden, they’ve got Mother Falcom, Goodnight Blue Moon, and The Family Crest.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, there will be a meeting of the Connecticut Poetry Society this tonight at 6 p.m.  On Thursdays at 7, Elizabeth Petry leads the Veterans’ Writing Group.

Also on Wednesday, at 7 p.m., First Church on Court St. in Middletown hosts the Middletown Scottish Dancers.  Partners not necessary; 860-347-0278 for information.   Also at First Church, Argentine Tango is taught on Fridays – more Information by calling Gem at (203) 543 8099.

This Friday night at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown,  there’s a CD Release Celebration for singer songwriter Frank Critelli & Friends, who are presenting their 13th album.  Saturday morning, starting at 7:45, the Buttonwood offers Qigong, tai chi, and community yoga.  Saturday evening brings the musical universe of Beppe Gambetta, an Italian composer and performer who plays and sings his personal mosaic sounds. 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

In some of our local galleries 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 Middletown. The Art Guild of Middletown offers their 2014 exhibit tonight through Saturday at the Zilkha Gallery South daily from one to four p.m. 

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

Registration is still open for the Middletown Children’s Circus, a five-week summer program offering instruction in Circus Arts to children ages 8-15.  More at

The Jonah Center for Earth and Art is sponsoring River Paddle, a crowd performance art event, this Saturday at Harbor Park in Middletown.  Canoe and kayak paddlers of all ages are needed for the event.  For information, call 860-398-3371.

The Middletown Symphonic Band performs on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Riverfront Recapture in East Hartford.  More at .

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.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Ida,” a Polish film about a woman who, before taking final vows a nun, discovers a family secret from the Nazi occupation, continues tonight through Wednesday.  “Next Goal Wins” also continues through Thursday.  This film is about the American Somoa soccer team that’s transformed from the world’s worst team into World Cup contenders by a Dutch coach.  On Friday they’re showing “Citizen Koch,” an exposé that follows the money behind the rise of the Tea Party.  There’s a post-film discussion Friday night with AFL-CIO of Greater Hartford President Peggy Buchanan, and others.  “Citizen Koch” continues on Saturday.  Also on Saturday, at 6 p.m. there’s a one time showing of “Before Stonewall,” commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.  There will be an after-screening discussion with Executive Producer John Scargliotti and True Colors. 

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, continues its run of “The Lunchbox,” a comedic love story about a widower nearing retirement in Mumbai who receives lunchboxes from a mysterious source, tonight through Thursday.  “Fed Up,” a documentary that investigates corporate interests in the food industry, runs from Friday through Sunday.  This film was co-produced by Katie Couric and Laurie David.    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 from WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at where you can also make a donation to support community programming during our Spring Pledge drive.

Our pledge drive goal is within reach and with your support we can wrap it up. please make a contribution to support the community service we provide. You can do that online at

Thanks for listening! Stay tuned for the Rockabilly Willy Memorial Show!

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