Wednesday, September 17, 2014

09-17-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, September 17th 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 and GO NATS!!!

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:

Friday at the Buttonwood Tree, here in Middletown,  Indian Summer performs at 7 on Friday, with easy listening Jazz and Pop.  Saturday morning at 10:30 they continue the Aligned with Source workshop with Annaita Gandhy, and this week’s theme is “Our World – Our Family.”  Saturday at 8 they have New Age Piano with Dan Kennedy, and on Sunday there’s Poetry Potluck at 4 p.m.  Eric Kuhn’s photography exhibit, “Quintessential New England:  A Day in the Life,” continues though the month.

At Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, it's the Wednesday weekly Blues Jam at 8 hosted by Tommy Whalen.  On Friday at 8:45 they’ve got Shaka & the Soul Shakers, offering Swamp Soul. On Saturday at 9, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood takes the stage, offering blues, rock, funk, and soul. 

Tonight's headliner at Cafe' Nine in New Haven is La Tunda, along with Reptilian Race and Shaun Bowen. Also tonight, Go Kat Go! presents The Chop Tops, and Rusty Things at 9.   On Friday night they’ve got The Bernie Worrell Orchestra, along with Jen Durkin and the Business, at 9. Saturday afternoon’s weekly jazz jam session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by The Weeks, and Laundry Day.  On Sunday at 4 there’s Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School, with The Original Sunday Night Jam following at 8 p.m., featuring The Langley Project.

Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week. Tonight  at Bar in New Haven, there’s Steve Rodgers (of Mighty Purple), along with Kindred Queer.  Thursday’s show at The Space in Hamden brings you Whirr, Cloakroom, Stone Titan, and glow.

Infinity Hall’s new Hartford venue brings Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, and the Felice Brothers, to the stage tonight at 8.  On Thursday night you can catch Amy Helm and The Handsome Strangers, with special guest Darlingside, also at 8.  Fridays offering is New Riders of the Purple Sage with special guest Kerri Powers, and on Saturday there’s Deer Tick, with special guest Oh, Cassius!  Sunday’s 7:30 show brings you Chick Corea & The Vigil, with acoustic and electric classics. for information 

At Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge in Middletown, there’s an Open Mic Poetry Night this tonight at 8.  On Friday, they have Sez Zion on the stage at 8, with a first-time performance by SHOWTIME on Saturday That’s scatz with a z.

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Friday night Shakedown pays The Dead & beyond, with open performances by, Off the Dome, and Back From Earth.  In Lilly’s Pad on Friday, they’ve got Positive ID, Goat Herder, Zavier, and more for a 6:30 show.

The Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan features a landscape paintings exhibit of Tula Telfair. The exhibit runs through December 7.  This evening, there’s a panel discussion at CFA Hall at 7 on “Gender, Islam, and the ‘Muslim Problem’.” Also at the CFA Theater on Friday, the dance ensemble LeeSaar The Company will perform Princess Crocodile at 8 p.m. 

WESU is a sponsor of "Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan", a yearlong exploration presented by Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts to expand awareness, knowledge, and understanding of Muslim cultures through the lens of performance. 

This Saturday, September 20, the Planet Hip Hop Festival, curated by Nomadic Wax, will feature three afternoon workshops and evening performances by international  Muslim women in hip hop, including London's spoken-word duo Poetic Pilgrimage, the U.S. debut of Montreal-based Algerian singer-songwriter and rapper Meryem Saci as a solo artist, and the New England debut of Washington, D.C.-based and Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, poet, and emcee Maimouna Youssef a.k.a. Mumu Fresh as a solo artist.  More information by calling 860-685-3355 or online a t
Also this evening, the Friends of the Wesleyan Library present a free lecture, “Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and the American University,” by David Rabban at 7 p.m. at the Olin Library.

Tomorrow, Salons at Stowe hosts a discussion “Women’s Healthcare in the Age of Obamacare and Hobby Lobby,” at 5 p.m. at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford.  Details at

The Middletown Arts Stakeholders Group has a potluck supperthis evening at 5 at the Russell Library. Details at

On Saturday at 2pm, Anthony Riccio will speak on his book “Farms, Factories and Families:  Italian American Women of Connecticut.” at the library

The Hartford Public Library has offerings to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.  Bomba & Plena workshops and presentations occur all week.  On Saturday at 1 p.m. the Damian Curtis Trio performs jazz outdoors at the downtown branch. The exhibit “Family Traits,” by Peruvian artist Isabel Acosta, continues through the month at the Artwalk gallery downtown.

Connecticut Heritage Productions of Middletown presents “Equus” this Thursday through Saturday at Oddfellows Playhouse.

Every Friday, at 9 p.m., Dave Downs hosts a weekly open mic and invites songwriters to perform at The Nest, located at 129 Church Street, Middletown.  Info at 860.788.2736.

The Guilford Agricultural Fair happens this weekend, Friday through Sunday.  Enjoy rides, a llama show, tractor pull, food and more.

The Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program sponsors the Connecticut Cycling Festival this Saturday and Sunday in Hartford, and includes trials, tours, training, freestyle shows, and more.  Find locations and start times at

Hartford’s Envisionfest festival takes place this Saturday in Hartford from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and includes art, theater, music, biking and more.  Their two open-air markets include Hartford HodgePodge and State of Makers Marketplace.

Connecticut’s summer farmer’s markets are offering their fall harvest to you, 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.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run 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, continues through tomorrow. And tonight they’re showing “Alive Inside,” a documentary about the power of music to awaken memories in nursing home residents.   

On Friday the run of “God Help the Girl” opens; it’s a story of musicians spending a dream-like summer together in Glasgow, Scotland.  On Saturday they open “The One I Love,” about a couple on a weekend romantic getaway that turns surreal. As part of the Feminist Film Festival, there’s a one-time showing at 3 on Saturday of “Strong,” a documentary about Olympic weightlifter Cheryl Haworth.  And Saturday night at 7, there’s the monthly Improvisations event, featuring legendary British saxophonist Evan Parker.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, this evening through Sunday you can see “Magic in the Moonlight,” Woody Allen’s film about a British magician and American clairvoyant who meet on the Riviera in the 1920’s.  It stars Colin Firth and Emma Stone.  On Saturday they open “The Dance of Reality, a film by Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, about a copper-mining town high above Santiago.  There’s a matinee of National Theatre Live’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” this Sunday.

Now here's a look at what's on WESU-FM tonight.

From 5:05-6pm, it's Wild Wild Live with Hibiki and Rachel. A sneak peek into the magical live music scene of Wes. Tune in for in-station sets from campus bands and recordings of up-and-coming artists' campus shows.
And then from 6 until 6:30, it's Mind Matters with Helen Evrard, M.D. The show provides information and guest interviews on issues concerning mental illness (brain disease). The focus is exploring holistic therapies and stories of individual achievement.

From 6:30-8pm, it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion. Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

Then from 8-9:30pm it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

And from 9:30-11pm, it's 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.

From 11-12am , tune in for Space Music for Space with Cadet Q. Space Music for Space brings to the airwave an exploration of the final frontier through listening to experimental dance, future beat, and out there garage tunes. Join Space Cadet Q as we travel to spaces unknown.           

And from midnight to 1:30am, 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!

Stay tuned from 1:30-2:30am for Hoo-Ha's and Ha-Ha's with DJ Tanner, DJ Billy Ballz presenting to you all things current in comedy--music, sketches, and stand-up. We will discuss what we play on-air and maybe even do a little bit of our own making of the jokes and the laughs.        

From 2:30-4am, it's 36 Degrees of Wu-Tang with DJ Larry. Like the "6 Degrees of Separation," this hip-hop show will revolve around the Wu-Tang Clan and their connections to nearly everything else in the rap world.          

The BBC World News kicks on at 4 followed by NPR's Morning Edition 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 offerings listed in 
our community calendar, the Jive is posted online at

2014 marks 75 years of community radio that matters from WESU-FM. Keep an eye and ear out for news of special events marking this landmark anniversary.

Thanx for listening and now stay tuned for Wild, Wild Live!

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