Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thursday's Jive

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Good afternoon, it's Thursday, October 2nd, 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 JCherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. 

Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:
Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts hosts a number of events this week:

Tonight 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 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. 

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

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, 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.   

At Toad’s Place, in New Haven on tonight you can catch Lil Durk, with Gunemdown and DJ Rush. And Friday, it’s Cherub, with Ghost Beach and Gibbz.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight it's 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.

Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week.  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.

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    

On Sunday at YMCA Camp Ingersoll it is the 1st Portland Music Harvest! Featuring five local bands, including WESU's JCherry & The Strawberries, gigglejuice and more. The festival runs from12-6PM. Located at 94 Camp Ingersoll Road. For more information visit

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 tonight. 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.

Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

Words with Abigail Shneyder
Features spoken word artists with weekly performances and interviews.
(1,3,5) The Witching Hour with Lily Myers        
I will play contemporary American music from female artists, in a range of genres including folk, folk-rock, pop, indie, and experimental; anything that feels new and innovative, with an emphasis on strong female vocals, poetic lyricism, and an otherworldly quality.  
(2,4) Imagine with Karen Stein
Peace through music! Mostly world music, blended with music from the US and music from down the road.
Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
Where hearing is the best experience. A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.
(1,3,5) Radio Obscura with Joe McCarthy and DJ Pete 
It's like looking, but for your ears.  
(2,4) Good Times: Radio Plays with MKC, Omardaslayer, djspecialk 
Comedic Radio Plays and Good Conversation.

(1,3,5) Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam
The Underdogs Edge will feature local hip hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists normally not played on the radio.
(2,4) Multifarious with DJ Bard, DJ Sunny D
Tune in while your venerable hosts argue relentlessly about who has the better taste in music.

(1,3,5) MidniteMunchiez with DJ gusLo
Grab your sweets/treats and listen.                      
((2,4) Free Association with DJ Robin Hood
Traveling through the past half-century (and beyond!) of popular music through song-by-song associations, from lyrical similarities to historical connections to the occasional Freudian slip.

(1,3,5) The Chillin Factory with Noah G., DJ So Fresh So Clean
Quality hip hop analysis and dissection invariably favoring and promoting music which provides the best human interpretation for the Platonic form of "chill."
(2,4) The British Are Coming with DJ Babelfish           
Each show will focus on bands or artists from one British region or city. With a purely geographical organization, no show is limited

(1,3,5) Cinemusic with DJ Iceray  
Each show explores two movies with a short review of each and a playlist of music related to each movie.           
(2,4) Earwash with Le DJ   
Clean out your ears with grimy punk and tour the 70's musical explosion. Leather jackets, 2 minutes songs, and downstrokes.

RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald
A musical tour across borders and genres

The Divide and Conquer News Report with C.C.  Arshagra
A Concept radio Arts Skit that was introduced to the public on 'The I Do Not Know Show' also produced, and hosted by C.C. Arshagra. 

 4-5am BBC World News
International news coverage from the famous British news network.
We begin tomorrow's broadcast at 5 a.m. with Morning Edition from NPR.

And 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

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