Wednesday, October 29, 2014

10-29-14 Jive

 Good evening, it's Wednesday, October 29th and this is the Jive at Five  our 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 tuning in!
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:

As part of the Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan series, tonight you can see the stage production “Hkeelee” (Talk to Me) which offers a personal and political exploration of family, memory, and what it means to be(come) American. Thursday night at 7pm in the CFA Hall, Playwright Leigh Fondakowski will discuss the development of her newest work, SPILL, a multimedia play about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Thursday night also brings the Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert to the Patricelli ’92 Theater at 8pm. This is a collection of new works presented by senior choreographers as part of their culminating project for the dance major. The weekend brings other Senior Thesis performances as well and you can learn more at

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, the bands CHILLED MONKEY BRAINS, MONSTER EATS PILOT, Hot Girl, and Roadkill share a bill. Tomorrow night Café nine hosts a Bloodthirsty Thursday Pre - Halloween Party!! With THE CONVERTIBLES and THE CROWN STREET ORCHESTRA.    Friday at 5 you can catch an early set with MARK FERRARO, followed at 9:30 by Zak G C.D. release / Halloween Party featuring  VINYL CAPE, SKETCH THE CATACLYSM, JULES BAXTER, APOLLO SUNS, ZAK G, MISTER, DJ MO NIKLZ, and ABNORMAL AREA.  Saturday’s jazz jam will be with Mike Coppolla & Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by A DAY OF THE DEAD BURLESQUE CABARET with Robin Banks, Kitty Katastrophe, Dot Mitzvah, Circus Delecti,and Lipgloss Crisis.  Sunday evening you can catch BLUES BOOT CAMP WITH GREG SHERROD.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight, the funk band “LETTUCE” will perform at Toad’s Place on Wednesday night with Exmag opening the show.  TY DOLLA $IGN PRESENTS: THE “IN TOO DEEP TOUR” featuring Lil Bibby Joe Moses and  Tone Eyeful.  Friday night the TWIDDLE: HALLOWEEN Show features MUN and the Bobby Paltauf Band. Sunday night Toads presents BROTHERS KEEPER WITH JOHN POPPER (of Blues Traveler).

Up in Hartford, at Black-eyed Sally’s, it's that longstanding Wednesday night blues jam hosted by Tim McDonald this week.  On Friday night Ray Morant's Soul Tsunami Takes the Black-eyed Sally’s stage.  Saturday night The Cedric Burnside Project takes the stage. Cedric Burnside is the grandson of the legendary late blues man R.L. Burnside.

Tonight MANIC PRODUCTIONS AND PREMIER CONCERTS presents Orchestra of Spheres, Florida=Death, and Sun at Bar in New Haven. Friday night you can catch Ex Hex (feat. Mary Timony from Helium and Wild Flag), alongside Speedy Ortiz, Ovlov, and loom. At The Space in Hamden. Saturday night manic presents AJR, Minor Soul, and The Go To at the Space. Details at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, Thursday night you can catch Jubilee Riots, formerly known as Enter The Haggis.    Friday night the Legendary Los Lobos take the Infinity Hall Hartford Stage and Saturday classic rockers, America, take the stage

This evening, 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.

Hypnotist Mathew James performs at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m., in a "Hypno Hartford" with opening act, Comedy jugglers King & Ryan. for info.

This Friday, “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.

At the Buttonwood Tree, here in Middletown, The Aligned With Source workshop, led by Annaita Ghandy, continues on Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme being “Your Life, Your Purpose, Your Story.”  Saturday night, vocalist Sissy Castrogiovanni and her group & Intra Lu Munnu, offers a provocative blend of Sicilian / Mediterranean music and contemporary jazz.

On Sunday’s Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree around 1pm. All are welcome to enjoy the meal and to help prepare it at First Church on Court Street in Middletown at 11:30am. You can learn more at:

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the French thriller “The Blue Room” continues through tomorrow and the documentary "Pump", that tells the story of America's addiction to oil, begins a run tonight through Tuesday. Visit 

At Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford,a run of Woody Allen’s 10th film, Magic in the Moonlight.

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

rom 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, 

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.     

 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.

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

minimal, tech-house, and leftfield mixed live each week. The program regularly features exclusive music and mix sets from international producers and DJs.

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.
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