Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it's Thursday, October 16th, 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. 

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

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight 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.

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

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

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, 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, tonight, 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.

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 tonight, 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.

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,  Both films run through tonight.  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, tonight 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.

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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