Wednesday, September 3, 2014

09-03-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, September 3rd, and this is the Jive at Five, our community calendar and rundown of nighttime 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for tuning in!

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:
Also happening here in Middletown Friday night at 5 p.m. there’s an artist reception for Erik Person at the Buttonwood.  Saturday afternoon, the free poets collective presents The Connecticut Beat Poetry Festival, followed at 8 by Slam Up! With Cali & Emily, giving you a musical ride through life and love.  On Sunday at 1, the Connecticut Beat Poetry Festival continues, with more poetry readings, as well as music by David Sergio and Janice McCune.

Wednesday’s weekly Blues Jam at 8 is hosted by Gene Donaldson at Blackeyed Sallys in Hartford. On Friday at 8:30, bring your dancing shows for classic rock and soul with The Rib Rockers and special guests.   On Saturday at 9, they’ve got the Mighty Soul Drivers, with classic Soul sounds.
Tonight in New Haven, at Café Nine,the headliner for the 7 p.m. show is Lonesome Billy Calash.  On Thursday they bring you Emil Asher’s Garden Party, and Jovan Alexandre.  On Friday at 5, Shaun Bowen takes the stage, followed at 9 by Laundry Day, Loom, 10,000 blades, and Kindred Queer.  Saturday afternoon’s weekly jazz jam session is with Mike Coppola and Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by Goodnight Blue Moon, The Soldier Story, Matt Wheeler, and Max Garcia Conover.   On Sunday at 8 they bring you Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod.

The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers classes resume this evening at First Church, Court Street in Middletown, at 7 p.m..  Partners not necessary, and wear soft-soled shoes.  Details at 860-347-0278
Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week. Tomorrow night, at Bar in New Haven, the featured artist is Call It Arson, with performances by New Year’s Revolution, and Death Black Birds.  On Friday, at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden, you can see S. Carey of Bon Iver, and Califone, at 8 p.m.

At The Green Street Arts Center you can catch a new sci-art exhibit throughout September. Joseph Smolinski is a visiting scholar at Wesleyan's College of the Environment is a guest artist for September's Middletown Gallery Walk. His work focuses on the notion of collapse in relation to human impacts on the environment in drawing, video, and 3D printed sculpture forms. The opening for his exhibit, Colony Collapse, is this Thursday, September 4th from 5:00-8:00pm. more information at
Infinity Hall’s new Hartford venue is now open. Thursday night you can catch Seun Kuti & Egypt 80. Seun Kuti leads the band his father, the legendary Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Kuti. Friday they have Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, and on Saturday there’s Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones Tribute Band. for information 

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tomorrow night, they’ve got the return of Day 26, along with Theory, Ru Williams, and Kendall and Kaeli.  Friday’s show headlines The Lox, with other performers, and is hosted by Jenny Boom Boom and Bam.
Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts begins its fall season with an opening concert by University Organist Ronald Ebrecht, “Bach to School,” Friday at 8 p.m. at Memorial Chapel. 

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.

Also on Friday, at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge in Middletown, the jazz group Easy Baby performs at 8. On Saturday, the R&B group Nu Direxion will play at 8:30. That’s scatz with a z.

Oddfellows Playhouse holds an Open House this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet the staff and artists, take a tour, and sign up for fall programs.
There’s a Mystery Scavenger Hunt this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford.  Prizes will be awarded.
The Ray Gonzalez Latin Jazz & Salsa Festival starts at 6 p.m. this Saturday at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford.
Wesleyan Potters exhibit “Earth, Wind and Fire:  A Members Show,” continues at the gallery and shop on S. Main St. in Middletown.
Hartford Public Library opens the exhibit “Pedal and Path:  Hartford & the Bicycle,” today at the downtown branch.  Maps, images, and a 1924 velodrome ‘track bike” will be displayed.
 The Nook Farm Book Talk meet the author series brings you Daniel Sterner this evening at 5 at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford.  He’ll discuss his book “Vanished Downtown Hartford.”
Through September 21, you can catch, “Woody Sez,” a stage show about the life, times and music of the legendary American folk musician, Woody Guthrie, at Theater Works in Hartford.
 Connecticut’s summer farmer’s markets are in full bloom, 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. fills in the details.

The 72nd annual North Haven Fair opens this tomorrow and continues through Sunday.  Enjoy the rides, Beer Garden, exhibits, food, and horse drawing competition.  Musical entertainment this year includes Double J Sound on Thursday, and Bad Mannerz on Friday, along with Cinderella’s Tom Keifer who debuts his solo act.  On Saturday they’ve got Groovetime at noon, followed by The Navels, and country artist Krystal Keith at 8.  Sunday’s entertainment includes the oldies band Flashback at 1, with Northeast Wrestling events happening at 5 p.m.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of  “Frank,” a comedy about a young wannabe musician who joins an eccentric pop band, continues through tomorrow.  Also continuing is “Jealousy,” a French drama about how a man’s life changes when he decides to leave his wife and daughter.  Also on Friday, they open a run of “Abuse of Weakness,” a French film about a woman who suffers a stroke who gets involved with  a con man who swindles celebrities.  Friday marks the opening of “The Trip to Italy,” a comedic culinary road trip that reunites Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they retrace the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy.  Both films continue through Sunday.
At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, the run of “Begin Again,” starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in a drama about New York musicians trying to reconcile integrity and success, continues through today.  Thursday’s offering is the British National Theatre Live’s performance of Medea at 2, which will be rebroadcast on Sunday. Their Outfilm First Thursdays kicks off with “Yves Saint Laurent,” a Friench film about the life of this world-famous designer.  On Friday and Saturday they’re showing “Get On Up,” starring Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown.  Sunday’s film is “The Dog,” a documentary of 1970’s New York about the man who inspired the 1975 classic “Dog Day Afternoon.”
Now here's what's playing tonight on WESU, 88.1 FM:
Now, Here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU Middletown.
Right after the jive at Five from 5:05 - 6:00, stay tuned for the Rockabilly Willy Memorial Show!
That's followed by 30 minutes of "Mind Matters" with Helen Evrard, MD. The show provides information and guest interviews on issues concerning mental illness. The focus is exploring holistic therapies and stories of individual achievement.

At 6:30,it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion for 90 minutes of techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

And at 8:00, Mike Nyce slows it down a few Beats per minute on The Warehouse. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30 to 11 features the Vault with DJ Anton Banks. On the air since 1996! Anton presents listeners with the very latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house and leftfield mixed live each week. The program regularly features exclusive music and mix sets from international producers and DJs.
at 11pm It’s 75 Years of... For 75 years, WESU has broadcast underground music and under-represented genres. During our 75th Anniversary, this program will feature a different genre or theme each month, with songs chosen by our listeners and staff.

At 12:30 it's an hour of Sussurus. Tune in for grunge, rock, folk and other whisperings of daydreaming music in the nighttime.

At 1:30 am it's and hour of Maximum Rock n' Roll Radio. A weekly radio show featuring the best DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rock n' Roll collection!

From 2:30 to 4am, stay tuned for The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation.
The BBC World News kicks on at 4am followed by Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.
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 at

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

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for the Rockabilly Willy Memorial Show!

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