Wednesday, October 15, 2014

10-15-14 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, October 15th, 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! Thanx for tuning in!

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

 Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, The Cabin Project, Krizta Moon, and An Historic takes the stage. Thursday’s show headlines Sean O’Reilly and Daniel Eugene, along with Ashley Hamel.   On Friday at 5 they have Victor Roland, followed at 9:30 by The Paul Collins Beat, Matt Jaffe& The Distractions, and The 509ers.  Saturday’s jazz jam will be with Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by Circus Delecti, Falling Further, and Teenagers From Mars.  The Original Sunday Night Jam features The Langley Project this week.  Cafe

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tomorrow night, they’re bringing Electron, along with The Indobox, to the Toad’s stage.  Friday brings you New Found Glory, We Are The In Crowd, Fireworks, and Candy Hearts.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it’s the Wednesday night blues jam hosted by Brandt Taylor this week.  On Friday at 9, they bring you the award-winning Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, with vintage 1930’s Mississippi delta blues.  Saturday’s show features West End Blend, a 14-piece Afro-Funk/Jam Collective covering everything from classic funk and soul to hip-hop.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tomorrow evening,  they bring you the April Verch Band, with the performance happening at the MAC 650 Gallery on Main St.  This Canadian group brings you old-time Appalachian music with fiddling, step dancing, and more.  Friday’s show at 8 features Alba’s Edge, giving you Scottish fiddle music with jazz, Latin, and funk influences. The Aligned With Source workshop, led by Annaita Ghandy, continues on Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme being “Seeing is Believing.”  Saturday night’s show is Thollem’s Myriads, featuring the solo piano music of composer/singer/songwriter Thollem McDonas.

Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week.  Tonight, at The Space in Hamden, they bring you JEFF the Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet, and Ceramics.  Also tonight at Bar in New Haven, Fly Moon Royalty is featured, along with Yadda Yadda, and Frank Viele.

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts hosts a number of events this week starting tomorrow (Tuesday).  There’s a studio performance at 4:30 featuring Moroccan choreographer Hind Benali, Artistic Director of the dance company Fleur D’Orange, at the Cross Street Dance Studio. This is part of the Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan Series.

This evening, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts is  Artist in Residence Keiji Shinohara as the guest speaker at the Artful Lunch Series at noon in the Davison Art Center.  Also this evening, the Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning offers “Painting for the People:  Lithography in France in the 19th Century.”  This three-week series meets at the Davison Art Center at 6 p.m.  Find information about all CFA events at

The Center for Contemporary Culture at the Hartford Public Library is co-sponsoring, along with the Noah Webster House, a presentation and book signing by award-winning author Joshua Kendall, who will speak about his book “The Forgotten Founding Father:  Noah Webster’s Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture,” at 5:30.  The library’s annual meeting occurs Thursday at 8, and features ESPN’s Doug Glanville speaking on “How Libraries Are a Home Run for our Community.”

At Infinity Hall in Hartford this week, they’re featuring Puss N Boots with Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Catherine Popper, along with Van Hayride, this evening at 8. Tomorrow, they headline Australia’s Little River Band.  The Vienna Boys Choir performs on Friday at 7:30. On Friday, they have guitarist Richard Thompson with Special Guest Kerri Powers.  On Saturday at 1, there’s a Martin and Lewis Tribute show, recreating the classic routines of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.   Saturday night they bring singer Jonathan Edwards to the stage, with Special Guest Kerri Powers, at 8.  And on Sunday, Black 47 performs at 7:30, giving you a chance to see this Alternative/Celtic Rock group before they disband in November.

At the Russell Library tomorrow, Elizabeth Petry leads the Veteran’s Writing Group at 7.

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

Guided tours of the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown happen every Wednesday at 2 p.m.

There’s an Armenian Food Festival happening this Friday and Saturday at St. George Armenian Church in Hartford.  It features Armenian delicacies to eat in or take out, novelty items, and more.

Every Friday and Saturday in October, “Spirits at Stowe:  An Otherworldly Tour” happens at 6:30 at the Harriett Beecher Stowe House in Hartford.  Join them for a flashlight tour in the dark and learn about unexplained events from past and present.

Hartford’s Hooker Day Parade happens this Saturday, celebrating the founder of the city, Thomas Hooker.  There’s a first annual Mayor Mike’s Classic Car Show, along with bands, costumes, beads, and more.

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

The Connecticut Historical Society has a Behind-the-Scenes Tour this Saturday at 2 p.m. Tour the galleries and storage areas and learn about vampires, séances, and more.

The Greater Middletown Concert Association presents the celebrated three Sicilian Tenors in concert this Saturday at 7:30 at the Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School.  Ticket information at 860-347-4887 or 346-3369.

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

The Russell Library, Middlesex Community College, and Wesleyan University have partnered to show acclaimed international films on Tuesday evenings through November 4.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Kelly and Cal,” a film about the relationship between a punk-rocker turned suburban mom and her 17-year-old neighbor continues.  Also showing is “The Two Faces of January,” a thriller set in Greece and Istanbul involving an expat American scam artist, starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst, .  Both films run through tomorrow.  Their monthly Creative Cocktail Hour, where creative people join for conversation, art, and music, happens this Thursday at 6.  “The Blue Room” opens Friday and runs through the weekend.  It’s a French thriller about two lovers who go from pillow talk to the possibility of murder.  The film “20,000 Days on Earth A Documentary about Nick Cave” will be shown on Friday and Saturday, and portrays the international cultural icon and musician in a fictitious 24 hour period.  On Friday night, Slate’s Mike Pesca hosts a panel discussion, “Masculinity and Its Discontents,” leading authors and bloggers in discussing football, war, and the American way.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, there’s a one-night showing of “The Immoral Daughters in the Land of Honor,” a documentary of the resistance movement that fights against honor crimes and discrimination in contemporary India. The Connecticut NOW chapter is among the sponsors of this screening. On Thursday afternoon they’re showing “Tarnation,” with a special appearance by director Jonathan Caouette, who made this documentary about growing up with a schizophrenic mother.  Tomorrow, they open a run of “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson as an actress whose abilities transform after an accidental overdose of an experimental drug.  It runs through Saturday.  On Saturday afternoon there’s a singalong to the 1965 classic, “A Sound of Music.”   On Sunday they open a run of the 1958 Hitchcock classic “Vertigo,” now showing in a 4K ultra-high definition version on the wide screen.

Now here's a rundown of what's on air on WESU-FM 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.

 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 where you’ll also find our live internet stream, program archives, and our program schedule as well as news and information about WESU’s 75th anniversary. At,  you can also make a donation I support of WESU and learn more about our Annual, Fall Record fair and sale, happening on Sunday October 26.

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for The Explorers’ Hour with Pickup Sticks!

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