Wednesday, July 16, 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’s Thursday, July 17th 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. 

We're celebrating our 75th anniversary of broadcasting here at WESU FM.  Please donate to keep our station on the air, by visiting

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

Tonight Artfarm’s Shakespeare in the Grove series begins this Thursday with a production of King Lear, starring John Basinger.  Performances continue through Sunday, and start with live music at 7 p.m. in the Grove at Middlesex Community College, Middletown.  More at

Tonight Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents the world premier of “Joe Lavano Trio Fascination” , which features that Grammy-award winning artist, along with special guest vocalist Judi Silvano, at 8 in Crowell Concert Hall.  On Sunday at Crowell Hall, music professor Neely Bruce presents the Part III recital of his original piano music at 3 p.m.

Tonight At the Russell Library in Middletown, Elizabeth Petry leads the Veteran’s Writing Group.  Refer to the website for information on summer children’s programs that include stories, rhymes, music, and building with blocks and Legos.

Tonight The Joseph N. Goff House Music Series, held at the Center School Pavilion in the East Hampton Village Center on Thursdays, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., will continue on July 17 with Americana, folk and roots rock by J-Cherry & the Strawberries. 

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, On Friday at 8 there’s The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra, performing originals and favorites, opened by Pretty Thieves, an indie-rock duo from a small island in the Pacific.  On Saturday they offer the Mike Augeri Jazz Quintet, with Afro-Cuban, jazz, Latin and contemporary-themed music. Sunday at 1 p.m., Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree.  All are welcome. The AMO glassware exhibit by Alexandra continues through the month.  More at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, Friday the Sally’s stage brings you The Mojomatics, specializing in the 1950’s blues-style music pioneered by Muddy Waters.  On Saturday at 8 they’ve got Gracie Curran & the High Falutin’ Band, a nominee for the Best Blues Act for the 2014 New England Music Awards. 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on tonight, they’ve got the Start Making Sense Talking Heads Tribute, and the HmfO Hall & Oates Tribute, featuring Eggy, and Tanooki Suit.  Friday’s 8:00 show gives you Zach Deputy, and on Saturday, Us the Duo, Caroline Glaser, and Sarah Barrios take the stage.

Also in New Haven, tonight Grizzlor, The Vultures, and Spectral Fangs.  Friday’s night you can catch one of New Orleans’ favorite bands, The Iguanas. On Saturday the weekly Jazz Jam will be hosted by Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4:30, followed by the 9 p.m. show with The Meatmen, and others.  Sunday’s 4:00 early show headlines Omega Vague, followed by the Original Sunday Night Jam with the Langley Brothers Band at 8.

Manic Productions brings several other acts to our area this week. Tonight at 9, The Deen Ween Group, and Back From Earth, will be at The Ballroom at The Outer Space at 9.  Friday’s show, also at The Space, features Cage, and others at 7:30. The headliner for Saturday’s show at The Space is The Early November (Acoustic), and I Can Make A Mess (Acoustic).  On Sunday, it’s back to The Ballroom at the Outer Space for an 8:30 show with Marissa Nadler, and Violent Mae.

Tonight Hartford Public Library holds an opening reception for cartoonist Joe Young’s Artwalk exhibit, “Young @ Art,” on Thursday at 5:30. They’ve also got African drumming classes at various locations.  Details at

The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz runs this week from Friday through Sunday at Bushnell Park.  Friday’s performance at 7 includes Manuel Valera and David Sanborn.  On Saturday, they’ve got David Davis, the Urban Jazz Coalition, Jazz All Stars, and others.  Sunday starts with Ross Tucker’s Hot Cat Dixieland Jazz Band, and later they’ve got Sherry Winston, Javon Jackson, and Azar Lawrence.

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.

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:

Hartford Parks’ free Movies After Dark series will present “Rio,”this Sunday at 6:30 p.m., in Pope Park.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight @ 6 they’ve got the monthly Creative Cocktail Hour, and this month’s theme is a maker-fair fest featuring food, music, and conversation.  “Life Itself,” the Steven James documentary of film critic Roger Ebert’s life, starts its run on Friday. On Saturday at 8 p.m. they’ve got the monthly live storytelling event, “Speak Up,” with this month’s theme being:  “Who’s the Boss?”

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, continues its run of “Palo Alto,” starring James Franco and Emma Roberts, tonight through tonight.  Gia Coppola directs this film about a high school soccer coach in Northern California.  On Friday they open the run of “Belle,” the lavishly-costumed drama about a British biracial woman raised on the aristocratic estate of Lord Mansfield in 18th century England.  More at

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

Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
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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