Wednesday, October 1, 2014

10-01-14 Jive

Good afternoon, it's Wednesday, October 1st, and this is the Jive at Five - WESU's Daily community calendar and run down 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 week nights 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!Thanks for joining us and GO NATS!!!

Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:
Tonight, down in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, The Lost Riots take the stage, along with Dear Sirs, Rusty Things and Straight to VHS. Tomorrow, it’s Yarn, with the Lost Bayou Ramblers. Then Friday brings Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lodge at 5, followed at 9 by Las Cafeteras, with Rick Reyes and Fernandito Ferrer. Saturday’s jazz jam will be with Mike Coppola and Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by The 3 Pack and The Manchurians. Sunday afternoon, the Vultures, Thee Icepicks and Tsunamibots perform at 3, followed at 8 by the Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod.   

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it's the  Wednesday’s blues jam with Gene Donaldson.  Then Thursday brings 7 Below, a Phish Tribute, to the Sally’s stage. Friday, it’s Lee-Ann Lovelace & G Tree. Saturday, it’s Mike Law and the Playboys.

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts hosts a number of events this week, Sunday at 4pm in Memorial Chapel, there will be a Masterclass led by Filippo Mariottini, from Rome. The program is cosponsored by the American Guild of Organists. 

Tomorrow at 4:15, in Wesleyan’s Public Affairs Center, author Eli Clifton presents a talk called, Big Data Investigative Journalism: How Public Documents and the Internet Helped Map the Islamophobia Industry.

Thursday and Friday at 8 at the CFA Theater, the Builders Association presents Sontag: Reborn,  the Connecticut premiere of a synthesis of poetic video and sound about Susan Sontag, an event that’s been described as “a spellbinding x-ray of a writer’s psyche.”

Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Russell House, the West End String Quartet performs works by Shostakovich and Mozart.  The West End String Quartet features Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Jessica Meyer on violin, and fellow Wesleyan chamber music instructors Sarah Washburn on violin, Anne Berry on cello, and John Biatowas on viola. Find information about all CFA events at

This evening, the Middletown Scottish Country Dancers hold classes for beginning and experienced dancers from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at First Church on Court Street. Partners not necessary. Wear soft-soled shoes. For information, call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278

Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week. tonight Manic presents Vacationer and Brick + Mortar at Bar in New Haven.  Friday, Manic presents Balance and Composure at The Heirloom Arts Theater in Danbury.  Also on Friday, EMA and other bands will be at The Space in Hamden.

At Toad’s Place, down in New Haven on tomorrow night you can catch Lil Durk, with Gunemdown and DJ Rush. And Friday, it’s Cherub, with Ghost Beach and Gibbz.

Friday, Wesleyan students are invited to compete in the university’s Midnight Madness 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, from 10 pm to 3 a.m. at the Freeman Athletic Center fieldhouse for prizes and campus bragging rights. More info by emailing

Friday evening, The Buttonwood Tree presents NYC-based performing artist Zach Maxwell for a unique blend of hypnotic-spiritual grooves and pop hooks. Saturday’s performance is by Turkish jazz guitarist/composer Sinan Bakir.

This weekend brings the Powder Ridge Festival to Middlefield. This two-day family friendly event brings together more than a dozen regional and local bands, food, a beer and wine garden, and a Kid’s Zone! Vendors and sponsors will be on-site including a bounce house, face painting, jugglers, craft activities and foliage lift rides.  Musical entertainment includes The Michael Cleary Band, The Bus, The McLovins, Shakedown, James and the Untold Riches and more. Details    

This Saturday The Spiritualist Church of Love and Light presents a  Fund Raising concert with Didgeridoo performer, Phil Shiva Jones from at 7pm at First Church of Christ, Congregational Church on Court Street in Middletown. more online at  or 

Higganum Congregational Church hosts its annual Gladys Burr Peck Memorial Concert this Sunday, hosting a visiting concert organist from Spoleto, Italy. Filippo Mariottini will perform pipe organ music by Mendelssohn, Frank, Brahms, Bach, Buxtehude, Frescobaldi, and Hindemith. This takes place Sunday, October 5 at 4pm at Higganum Congregational Church, 23 Parsonage Rd. in Higganum. The concert is free and open to the public with a free will offering. 

On Saturday and Sunday, The Connecticut Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "The Gondoliers” at Valley Regional High School in Deep River.

On Sunday, the Middletown County Historical Society’s 29th Annual Antique Car Show and Flea Market will feature a 1964 ½ Mustang , which was introduced to the public at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, with more than 22,000 cars ordered the first day. The sticker price: $2,557. This year’s event is at a new location, Palmer Field, adjacent to Washington Street in Middletown. Car registration begins at 8:30 am and judging starts at 11:30 am with trophies awarded at 2:30 pm. In case of rain, the show will be held Sunday, October 12. The Middletown Sports Hall of Fame at Palmer Field will also be open to visitors beginning at 10 am.

Based in Middletown, Artists for World Peace presents its fourth annual Broadway fundraiser, this Sunday October 5th in NYC, featuring over one dozen Broadway performers who will sing, dance, and tell stories to help children all over the world. The evening will begin at 9:00 PM in Joe's Pub, and will be followed by a post-show party with the cast in The Public Theater's restaurant, The Library. This is a rare opportunity to see Broadway performers in an intimate club setting. Artists for World Peace is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Artists for World Peace raises funds through making art to support grass-roots organizations in communities around the world.

The Hartford HodgePodge street fair and festival continues through October 18 every Saturday from 11 to 4 at State House Square. Visit

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
The Russell Library has partnered with Middlesex Community College and Wesleyan University to select and screen six acclaimed international films on Tuesday evenings through November 4.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford,   the surreal romance  “The One I Love,”  and  “Take Me to the River,” a celebration of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians making a historic new album continue through tomorrow. Friday, Real Art Ways presents a onetime screening of Richard Linklater's Boyhood.  Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, this groundbreaking story of growing is seen through the eyes of a child named Mason, who literally grows up on screen before our eyes.
Friday Real Art Ways also opens a run of the film Wetlands, telling the story of 18-year-old Helen Memel, who, struggling with her parents’ divorce, spends her time experimenting and breaking one social taboo after another. 

Tonight Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, ends their run of “Frank,” about a group of performers who take to the Irish countryside. Tomorrow Wednesday brings a one-time showing of Iranian documentary films. Thursday brings a one-time showing of the thriller, Eastern Boys, to Cinestudio.  Friday and Saturday, it’s Boyhood, chronicling the coming-of-age of a boy played by a single actor filmed over 12 years. Then Sunday begins a run of A Letter to Momo, a delicate hand-drawn film that will delight fans of anime, no matter their age.

Now here's a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU tonight.
From 5:05-6pm, it's  Explorers’ Hour with Pick Up sticks for an hour of indie rock.

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 Explorers’ Hour with Pickup Sticks.

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