Thursday, June 19, 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
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Good evening! It’sThursday, June 19th 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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Here at WESU, we’re celebrating our seventy-fifth year of Community Radio that Matters, and are in the middle of 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 as well. 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

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Friday at 8 there’s performer/songwriter Hugh Moffatt, offering music with international and multi-dimensional themes. Saturday morning, starting at 7:45, the Buttonwood offers Qigong, tai chi, and community yoga.  Saturday evening Omar Tamez & Angelica Sanchez Jazz Duo perform at the Buttonwood Tree.  Sunday at 1 p.m., Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree.  All are welcome. You’re invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am.
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. More at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight brings Ray Morant's Rotating Glitterati to the Sally’s stage, this week featuring The Matt Zeiner Band.  On Friday, they’re hosting the 15th annual Black-eyed and Bluesfest starting at 5 p.m. at the Bushnell Park Pavilion in downtown Hartford. Some of the hottest blues bands around will be performing.  On Saturday they’re featuring blues guitarist Chris Ruest at 9 p.m.  .
Tonight in New Haven, at Caf√© Nine,  Manic Productions presents show with The Toasters, King Django, and Across The Aisle. Friday’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour at 5 features Tom Hearn, and at 9 p.m. they offer True Blues, Someday Rumble, and Polluter.  Saturday’s jazz jam at 4:30 is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. Later Saturday night, Taco Hut presents Zanders, Not Blood Paint, Loom, and Branchwater at 9 p.m.   On Sunday at 3 they’ve got The Return of DrinkDeeply’s Summer Surf Series, featuring Ninth Wave, and The Vivisectors.. Sunday’s Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 features The Morris Trent Band.
Tonight, down at Toad’s Place in New Haven, bring Raekwon of The Wu Tang Clan take center stage at Toad’s.  On Friday, the Summer Jam 2014 starts at 7:30, featuring a variety of artists.  On Saturday at 8 their INTENSE! Series features The M Machine, Vaski, and others.  On Sunday at 7:45 they headline Tegan and Sara, with their Let’s Make Things Physical tour, along with other

Tonight at the Russell Library in Middletown, Elizabeth Petry leads the Veterans’ Writing Group on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Tours of the Wadsworth Mansion happen every Wednesday at 2 p.m.  860-347-1064
The Middlesex Community College 10th Annual Arts and Media Festival continues at the Middletown Campus.  Information at 860-343-5806.

At First Church, Argentine Tango is taught on Fridays through June by a teacher who studied with Forever Tango performers.  Beginners at 7:30; intermediate and advanced at 8:30; then a tango social at 9:30. Information by calling Gem at (203) 543 8099.
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.
Jeff Halper, founder and Coordinating Director of the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions, will be speaking this weekend in Storrs and Old Lyme. He is sponsored by the Israel/Palestine Peace, Education and Action Group of Northeast Connecticut.  More information at 203-934-2761.
This Sunday, Riverwood Poetry, Incl, presents its annual Social Justice Poetry Reading at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, from 2-4 p.m.  This years theme is “Alabanza:  In Praise of The Spirits That Move Us,” featuring Martin [Mar-teen] Espada, UMASS-Amherst professor who has been called the Latino poet of his generation.  He is joined by poet and performance artist Ngomo [In-go-mo] Hill. has more.
Also on Sunday, the Greater Middletown Chorale has its annual gala event at the Wadsworth Mansion, starting at 4 p.m.  This year’s theme is The Roaring Twenties.  More at, or 860-316-4854.
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, tonight its the Creative Cocktail Hour at 6 p.m., with this month’s theme being a Taste of Brazil. On Friday a run of “Next Goal Wins” begins, 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 and Saturday, the late show at 9:30 is The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg. On Saturday, Realartways and Family Life Education celebrate the reopening of George Day Park with a block party from 1 to 4 p.m. that includes free art and music workshops for kids.  Information  .

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, continues its run of “Queen Margot,” a high-definition restoration of a French film about the queen married to Henri VI, through tonight.  This is a special director’s cut edition.  On Friday through Sunday they’re showing  “The Lunchbox,” a comedic love story about a widower nearing retirement in Mumbai who receives lunchboxes from a mysterious source.  More at .

Now, here’s a rundown of tonight’s  programming on WESU, as the  new summer schedule continues.

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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