Thursday, July 10, 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, July 10th 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 J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY, Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. 

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

WESU is proud to present our Doo Wop Extravaganza at the Middletown High School Performing Arts Center on This Saturday, July 12 at 8 p.m. It’s headlined by The Tokens, who recorded the mega hit “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”  There’s also The Super Girls Group, with five amazing female singers from hit-making groups of the 50’s and 60’s.  making for a night to remember with world-class entertainment. For tickets and info call the Wesleyan Box office at 860-685-3355 or visit

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, on tonight at 7, there’s Writers Out Loud, a literary prose open mic. Friday at 8 brings the Eight Mile River Band, offering traditional and modern interpretations of bluegrass.  On Saturday, there’s an Art Reception featuring the glassware of Alex Ortiz at 4 p.m., followed at 8 that evening by the CD Release Party for WESU’s own J-Cherry and the Strawberries.   Sunday at 1 p.m., Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree.  All are  welcome. More at

At Cafe Nine in New Haven  tonight Hannah Fair, Ian Fitzgerald, and Wise Old Moon.  Friday night you can catch Ports of Spain, Hannibal Montana, and Dance Charlatan!  On Saturday the weeklyJazz Jam will be hosted by Gary Grippo and Friends at 4:30, followed by the 9 p.m. show with M.T. Bearington, and Snake Oil.  Sunday’s 4:30 show headliners are Michael William Charles, and High Times For Low Lifes.

Down at Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Tonight, Manic Productions presents Guided by Voices, with Speedy Ortiz.

Tonight This week’s World of Sounds Summer Concert Series event, sponsored by the Hartford Public Library, takes place at the Albany branch at 6 p.m.  The Hartford Steel Drum Symphony, Trombeatz, Los Calientes, and others provide world music of various genres.

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents Camille A Brown and Dancers at 8 p.m.Friday at CFA Hall.

The Middletown Symphonic Band is playing an outdoor concert Friday they perform at The Village at South Farms, 645 Saybrook Rd, Middletown, at 6:30 p.m.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, tonight, Elizabeth Petry leads the Veteran’s Writing Group.  The Russell Writers meets on Saturday morning at 9:30.

 Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, Friday the Sally’s stage brings you B. Willie Smith at 9, said to be the best Blues-based band to come out of Connecticut.  On Saturday at 8 they’ve got the three acts of Connecticonn Entertainment, including Art the “Adult” Hypnotist, the Glum Puppet Band, and Zach Anderson.   

Manic Productions brings several other acts to our area this week.  On Saturday, at the Ballroom at Outer Space in Hamden, they present King Buzzo (of Melvins), Mary Halvorson, and Emma Ruth Rundle.  On Sunday, at the Space, also in Hamden, there’s DIIV, Lodro, and Regal Degal.

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. 

Hartford’s Riverfront Recapture presents its annual Riverfest on Saturday at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford, and Great River Park, East Hartford.  The event ends with a fireworks display at 9 p.m.

 Connecticut’s summer farmer’s markets are in full gear, and are located: in Middletown on Tuesdays; in East Haddam and Old Saybrook on Wednesdays; in Clinton, Durham, and Middletown on Thursdays; in Higganum and Middletown on Fridays; in Ivoryton on Saturdays, and in Chester on Sundays.

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

The Wayback Wednesday Summer Movie Series at the Hartford Public Library presents the 1933 Laurel and Hardy film “Sons of the Desert,” this evening at 5:30 p.m.

 Hartford Parks’ free Movies After Dark series will present “Whip It,” on Friday at 6:30 p.m., in Bushnell Park.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “We Are the Best,” a Swedish film about three girls in the 1980’s who decide to form a punk band, continues through tonight.  They’re also showing “Cold in July,” starring Don Johnson, a drama about a small town hero in Texas who gets in trouble after killing a low-life burglar. On Friday  “Sol LeWitt,” a film about the contemporary American conceptual artist , opens.  The opening event includes a post-film discussion with Lary Bloom, the authorized biographer of DeWitt.  “The Dance of Reality” also starts its run on Friday.  This is a Chilean autobiographical film about the surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, continues its run of “A Hard Day’s Night,” the stunning 50th anniversary restored edition of a Beatles classic, tonight`.  Friday opens the run of “Palo Alto,” starring James Franco and Emma Roberts.  Gia Coppola directs this film about a high school soccer coach in Northern California.  More at

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

Right after the jive at Five stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa for the best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience. 

From 6:30-8:00pm it's Imagine with Karen Stein, with an aim to embrace peace, Karen plays mostly world music, blended with music from the US and music from down the road.

At 8:00 stay tuned for 2 hrs of Evening Jazz with Bill Denert, where hearing is the best experience.  Bill presents a broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde, as well as a sprinkling of new releases.

From 10-11:30pm, DJ Bard and DJ Sunny D present Multifarious, a radio show featuring brief segments of music constantly interrupted by the hosts debating who has better taste in music. 

At 11:30 it’s time for Radio Obscura with Joe McCarthy and Pete, who present arts and culture through an abstract prism aiming to replace the tiny voice inside your head with new better voices.  

From 1-3am  stay tuned for Dr. Pitkow and the Waste of Time with Jake Pitkow No talk. No jokes. You're getting 2 hrs minutes of eclectic delights, with a twist: every week's playlist will form a story based on a theme which is both specific and universal. 

3-4am is The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation, for an eclectic romp through the WESU music library. 

The BBC World News kicks on air at 4am, and we continue tomorrow's broadcast at 5 a.m. with Morning Edition from NPR. 

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

2014 marks 75 years of alternative music, public affairs, and community service from WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online, where you can also make a donation to support community programming during our Spring Pledge drive.

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