Thursday, June 12, 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 12th 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. 

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

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree here in Middletown, 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

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Veteran’s Writing Group meets tonight 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. .
Up in Hartford tonight Blackeyed Sally’s, will showcase the winners of the Hartford Advocate Grand Band Slam.  .

Down in New Haven tonight, Caf√© Nine, 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 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.
tonight 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.

Strawberry Festival in East Hampton on Saturday kicking off with Free Yoga on The Green at 9:00AM

@ 10:00 am Street Vending w/ Over 30 Different Vendors, Burgers in The Alley Galley, Strawberries will be available thru out the Village Shops, Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Strawberry Sundaes, Henna, Face Painting, Free Games & Activities for the Children and much much more.......

~Live Local Music~

~Anything Goes Stage~

*Gatsby's Shipwreck will Entertain between Bands*

11:30 am "David Coffey & Sammy The Pirate"
1:00 pm "Seat of Our Pants"
2:30 pm "Parkers Tangent"
4:00 pm "Gigglejuice"

~Higher Grounds Stage~Moving the Fun Inside~

6:00 pm "HannaH's Field"
7:30 pm "Sympetalas"
8:00 pm "J. Cherry & The Strawberries"
10:00 pm

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 tonight, 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.  
 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, reopens tonight 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.

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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