Thursday, November 6, 2014

11-05-14 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, November 5th, 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!
At the Buttonwood Tree, here in Middletown, there's Open Mic, Thursday night at 7  hosted by Bob Gotta.  On Friday the Mike Baggetta Quartet will be at the Buttonwood at 7 with the CD Release tour performance for “Thieves and Secrets.”  The  “Aligned With Source” workshop, led by Annaita Ghandy, continues on Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme being “Valuing the Abundance of the Universe.”  There’s a Chinese Bamboo Brush Painting Class at 1, and on Saturday night at 8 you can hear Brian May and Friends perform ballads and other soulful songs.

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

Down in New Haven, at CafĂ© Nine, you can hear Chem-Trails and Horror Vacui at 9.  And Thursday’s show headlines The Devil Plays Poker, along with Gasoline Therapy.  Friday at 5 you can catch an early set with Die Hipster Records Solo Showcase, followed at 9 by Laundry Day, Loom, Palehound, and Onwe.  Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session will be with Gary Grippo & Friends at 4:30, followed at 8 by the Elm City Music Festival featuring a variety of bands.  Sunday’s early event at 4 features Fuchsprellen and Light Upon Blight, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The George Baker Band at 8.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight, they’ve got The Outsiders Tour presented by Tilly’s, featuring The Ready Set, Metro Station, and more. Thursday they headline Aaron Carter, along with Corey Balsamo, Hobart Nation, and Honestly.  Friday they bring Shaggy, Ardie Cuban, and Phenom to the stage.  Sunday’s 8:00 show features Richie
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on it's the longstanding Wednesday night blues jam hosted by Bill Shaka and Tony C this week.  On Thursday they offer the roots-rock sound of John Mayock & the Homesteaders.  Friday night’s 9:00 show headlines Danny Pease and the Regulators. Saturday’s offering is the multi-instrumentalist Eliot Lewis, currently a member of the Daryl Hall & John Oates duo.

Tonight, Manic Productions presents TTNG (This Town Needs Guns), Emma Ruth Rundle, and Mylets at The Space in Hamden.  Also on Wednesday, they bring Blank Range, Oh, Cassius!, and Viet-Tom to the stage at Bar in New Haven.  Saturday’s 8:30 show at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden headlines Dry The River, performing with Nathaniel Rateliff, and American Elm.

As part of the Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan series, on Thursday a Sufi singer is the guest at CFA Hall at 7 p.m. for the presentation “Tell Your Story: A Conversation with Riffat Sultana and Party”.  She’ll discuss her experiences as a Muslim woman artist in America, Pakistan and India.  On Friday at 8 in Crowell Concert Hall, there’s the New England debut of Riffat Sultana and Party, premiering Sufi Indian and Pakistani vocal performances accompanied by traditional instruments.   On Sunday at 3, Sam Friedman presents “Just Breathe:  A Harmonica Retrospective” at The Russell House, and will demonstrate some of the ways the harmonica has been utilized since it’s invention. He’ll be accompanied by percussion, piano, guitar and bass. You can learn more at

Tonight, Writing at Wesleyan presents journalist Ariel Levy at 8 p.m. at the Russell House.  She’s a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of “Female Chauvinist Pigs:  Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture.”

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tonight, you can catch the English progressive rock band “Renaissance” at 8.  Thursday night they bring Acoustic Alchemy to the stage.  On Friday they headline singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox, with special guest Caroline Glaser.  On Saturday, they offer The Average White Band for performances of soul and funk.  Composer and bandleader Doug Woolverton takes the stage on Sunday at 1:30, where he’ll present a Tribute to Miles Davis.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Veteran’s Writing Group sponsor’s author Janet Barrett tomorrow at 6 p.m., who will discuss her book “They Called Her Reckless:  The True Story of War, Love and One Extraordinary Horse.”  On Saturday at 2, Bob Englehart, editorial cartoonist for The Hartford Courant, will read from his new book “Trackrat:  Memoir of a Fan.”

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

On Thursday, the MARC Players will perform “The Stone Cutter’s Wish” at 11:30 a.m. at Oddfellow’s Playhouse.  RSVP’s are encouraged.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
 At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the Danish travelogue “Expedition to the End of the World” continues through tomorrow.  A crew of scientists and artists travels to the rapidly melting massifs of Northeast Greenland.  “Listen Up Phillip” is also running through tomorrow.  This film explores the emotional ups and downs of an author awaiting the publication of a sure-to-succeed novel.   On Thursday, there’s a one-time live event, “Positively Center Street:  An evening with Iron Horse Music Hall’s Jordi Herold,” at 7. Their gay Happy Hour, GAZE, happens Friday at 5:30.  Also on Friday, they open a run of “Last Days in Vietnam,” Rory Kennedy’s documentary about the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War and the evacuation of Saigon.  It runs through Sunday.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, the run of “The Skeleton Twins,” starring SNL’s Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, continues through tonight. Tomorrow, they open a run of “Love Is Strange,” as part of their OutFest First Thursdays.  It stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina playing a gay couple whose lives take unexpected turns after they tie the knot.  The film continues through Saturday.  On Saturday at 12:30 they’re broadcasting “The Big Apple Circus:  Metamorphosis,” don their Ultra High Definition screen. On Sunday, they screen National Theater Live’s production of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” at 2:30. They start a run of the crime drama “The Drop,” starring James Gandolfini, on Sunday.

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.    

 At,  you can also make a donation in support of WESU.
Thanks for listening and stay tuned for The Explorers’ Hour with Pickup Sticks!

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

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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