Thursday, October 23, 2014

10-23-14 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, October 22nd, 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 listening!
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:

WESU’s annual Record Fair happens this Sunday starting at 11 at Beckham Hall on the Wesleyan campus.  Vendors from the Northeast will sell music in all formats, with cool merchandise options and live DJs spinning vinyl all day.

At the Russell Library in Middletown tomorrow, Elizabeth Petry leads the Veteran’s Writing Group at 7, and Carte Blanche, a revivalist jazz group from New York, performs a Vintage Jazz Concert, also.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight you can catch, Natalie Tuttle and others, and on Thursday they’ve got Dan Bern and Seth Adam at 9.  On Friday at there’s Robert Obie, followed at 9 by Akua Naru and Dooly-O. Saturday’s jazz jam at 4  will be with the George Baker Band, with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Ian McLagan taking the stage at 9:30.  Sunday’s 4 p.m. Bluegrass Jam is with Stacy Phillips this week, and the Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 features The Morris Trent Band.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tomorrow, Nu World LLC presents Flag Party and Friday night Shakedown plays the Dead & beyond, with Deep and The Remnants opening that show.

Tomorrow evening, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, there’s the Middlesex Drum Circle at 7, and extra percussion instruments will be available. The Aligned With Source workshop, led by Annaita Ghandy, continues on Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme being “Transmutation & Transformation.” Saturday’s big event celebrates John Basinger, Buttonwood’s Board President Emeritus, and the musicians, poets, and artists who support the center.  It starts at 7 with a V.I.P Meet and Greet on the Rooftop garden of the Community Health Center on Main St. in Middletown.  That’s followed at 9 by a special presentation by the National Theatre of the Deaf, along with music and food at both the Mac 650 Art Gallery and the Buttonwood Tree.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime event and includes surprise artists.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s , it's the Wednesday night blues jam hosted by Tommy Whalen this week.  On Friday at 9, there’s a Connecicut Blues Society Fundraiser Party, with Balkun Brothers, who will represent CT at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.  Saturday’s show headlines the Michael Cleary Band, who in their 21st year presenting original groove/funk/rock.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tonight, vocalist Storm Large takes the stage. Tomorrow, they feature songwriter and instrumentalist David Bromberg, with Larry Campbell and Special Guest Eric Lichter.  Friday’s show headlines Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes at 8.  On Saturday there’s Grammy Award-winner Mary Chapin Carpenter, with Special Guest Tift Merritt, for an 8:00 show.  Sunday they bring The Marshall Tucker Band and their Southern rock to the Infinity stage at 7:30.

Tonight, 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

Also tonight,  Manic Productions presents Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas at Bar in New Haven. Thursday night they bring The Felix Culpa and others to the stage at The Space, as well as The Thurston Moore Band and others for an 8:30 show at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, both in Hamden.  Friday they headline Transit, Such Gold, and more at the Space for a 7:00 show.  On Saturday, they bring you The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die to headline at The Space, along with other performers.

On Friday Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents a Yiddish Dance Extravaganza at 157 Church St in Middletown at 5:30, featuring klezmer music and dancing.  A panel discussion, “To not Forget Crimea:  Uncertain Quiet of Indigenous Crimean Tatars, is scheduled at 6:00pm Friday in Wesleyan’s Beckham Hall. That’s followed at 8pm by the premier of an associated dance performance in Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel. Also on Friday night David McBride of the Hartt School in Hartford performs “Sonatas and Interludes: Keyboard Music by Cage, Scarlatti, and MacBride,” at Crowell Concert Hall at 8.  On Saturday, the Wesleyan University Orchestra presents a Symphony à la Carte at 8, also at Crowell Concert Hall, presenting movements from several large-scale symphonic works. Find information about all CFA events at

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.
On Saturday, the Art Guild of Middletown invites you to a charcoal portraiture workshop by award-winning local painter Jack Montmeat, from 9 to 3 at the First Federated Church in Middlefield.

On Saturday at 6, Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford holds their one-night-only Haunted History Lantern Tour.  Reservations are required.

The 13th annual Money Conference for Women happens this Saturday at the Connecticut Convention Center, sponsored by the YMCA Hartford Region and chaired by Connecticut State Treasurer Denise Nappier.

 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. Learn more at

Through this evening, Real Art Ways in Hartford, continues their run “The Two Faces of January,” a thriller set in Greece. The French thriller, “The Blue Room”, continues through Thursday. The film “20,000 Days on Earth: A Documentary about Nick Cave” will be shown on Friday and Saturday. Friday night  Real Art Ways begins 2 new film runs: Pump is  a documentary that tells the story of America's addiction to oil.  Listen up Philip tells the story of an angry novelist seeking refuge.

Through tonight, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, continues their run of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 classic “Vertigo,” recently rereleased a 4K ultra-high definition wide screen version.  Thursday night Cinestudio brings the latest Marvel block buster, Guardian’s of the Galaxy the big screen. More at

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

At 5:05-6pm tonight, stay tuned for The Explorer’s Hour with Pickup Sticks for an exploration into the realm of indie rock and roll.

From 6-6:30, 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.

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

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

Starting at 9:30 it's N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk. Serious turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

And from 11-12am it's Missteps with Djmsal. MISSTEPS is a monthly club night, FM radio show, and up-and-coming record label run by friends, DJs, and fellow producers – Djmsal & Guy Fridge. Dedicated to the underground, MISSTEPS seeks to bring attention to forward-thinking, cutting-edge club music from around the world. All rights reserved. All wrongs reversed.

At 12-1:30am 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!

From 1:30 to 2:30am stay tuned for  Biz Marquee with DJ Cole. Come join DJ Cole for some hip-hop and movie talk. The show features an eclectic mix of contemporary and old school hip-hop, ending with a discussion about films featuring rap artists and music created by those artists.

And at 2:30-4am it's  In the Mix with WillTech.  "In the Mix" aims to bring the best in trance, house, and deep house to the Wesleyan and Middletown community.  

The BBC world news kicks on at 4 and we start tomorrow’s broadcast day at 5am with Morning Edition from NPR.

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 for WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for The Explorer's Hour with DJ Pickup Sticks!

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