Thursday, June 5, 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, June 5th 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. 

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

Tonight 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 Community Garden Concert Series with local band gigglejuice will be held indoors at either MAC 650 or Iguanas Ranas. 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.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight 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 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 Caf√© Nine, 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, 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
Tonight, 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 .

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

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 .

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

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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