Wednesday, November 19, 2014

11-19-14 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, November 19th, 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!

And I'm Donna Denert. Thanks for joining us!
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:
On Thursday at 7p.m , you can catch a concert: called the The Happening 14: featuring Students in the “Materials and Principles of Jazz Improvisation I,”  class under the direction of  Pheeron Aklaff.  

On Friday at 9 in Memorial Chapel, “The Slot,” when the MIDI system of the concert organ goes live on the Web! 
On Saturday at 6, the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble presents “Classical Music of Central Java” at World Music Hall. 
And at 8, the University Orchestra and Choir present their symphonic repertoire at Crowell Concert Hall.  On Sunday at 7, their three East Asian ensembles, including the Chinese Music Ensemble, the Korean Drumming Ensemble, and the Taiko Drumming Ensemble, present “Music from East Asia” at Crowell Concert Hall. Next Monday at 4:15, their Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan series continues with an artist talk by Egyptian artist Ghada Amer, who will discuss female figures on canvas.

At the Buttonwood Tree, here in Middletown, tonight at 7pm, the Middlesex Drum Circle gathers at The Buttonwood. Extra percussion instruments are available.  On Friday at 7 the Jocelyn Pleasant Quartet performs “Medusa,” featuring her signature percussion talents.  The  “Aligned With Source” workshop, led by Annaita Ghandy, continues on Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme being “Gratitude.”  On Saturday, the gypsy reggae duo HannaH’s Field and Secret Sage take the stage for a Positive Acoustic Night.  Every Monday morning, the Hearing Voices Network meets at the Buttonwood at 10:30 a.m

On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree around 1pm. All are welcome to enjoy the meal and to help prepare it, beforehand, at First Church on Court Street in Middletown at 11:30am. You can learn more at:
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine tonight,  Uncertainty Music Series presents Jon Eriksen and others for an 8:30 show. Thursday’ night Café Nine presents “Mind Over Master”, “VRSA”, and “Goat Herder”.  Friday at 5 you can catch an early set with Victor Roland, followed at 8 by the Full Blast Productions presentation of Hip Hop Haven 3 featuring over 15 MCs from the area. Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session will be hosted by the George Baker Band then later at 9pm The Wagon Riders and DJ Dave Coon take the stage.  On Sunday’s at noon Café nine presents the Ball and Socket Arts Fundraiser, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Morris Trent Band at 8.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Thursday, The Revivalists, and Red Wanting Blue take the Toad’s stage.  Friday’s show headlines Shakedown, and brings you The Dead and Beyond, Carbonated Insight, and Solistic.  On Saturday at 9:30 there’s the Bright Night 8 Electric Glow Party.  On Sunday Jacob Whitesides and others take the stage for an early show at 2, with VIP Packages available.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s , it's the Wednesday night blues jam, hosted by Tommy Whalen this week.  Friday night’s 9:00 show headlines studio drummer Yonrico Scott . Saturday’s featured artist is Louisiana songwriter/guitarist Tommy Malone at 8.

Tonight Manic Productions presents Caroline Rose and Brian Dolzani at Bar in New Haven.  On Thursday, they feature Jessica Lea Mayfield and others at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden for a 7:30 show.  On Friday at The Ballroom, they bring you The Budos Band, and Electric Citizen. Saturday’s Ballroom offering is The Primate Fiasco, along with Elephant Wrecking Ball, and Yojimbo, for an 8:30 show.  On Sunday, the Ballroom stage will feature Moon Hooch, Out of the Beardspace, and Back from Earth at 8:30.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tonight, you can catch Point Break Live, a parody of the 90’s action blockbuster.  Thursday night at Infinity Hartford you can catch American Country singer/guitarist Jamieson “Junior” Brown.  On Friday, Dave Davies, original founding member of “The Kinks,” takes the Infinity stage at 8.  On Saturday they bring you the Del McCoury Band, with Bluegrass/country offerings.
At the Russell Library in Middletown, this evening at 6pm there’s a workshop called “Using Improv Comedy Techniques for Better Job Interviews.” The Veteran’s Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7.  Also at 7, Resonant Motion presents a Jazz Performance and Workshop with pianist and educator Noah Baerman.

Realto Café on Rapallo Ave in Middletown, presents “Caribbean Night” on Saturday November 22nd with the band “Caribbean Planet” featuring T-Forbes and Patrick Burke (lead Singer of the band “Cool Running’s”) with a special guest appearance by Sophia Brown and Music by DJ Tippy Don.  More info at 860-995-5094 .

At the Stonington Free Library this Saturday, Merrill Fellow Adam Wilson reads from his work at 6 p.m.  He’s a National Jewish Book Award finalist and winner of The Terry Southern Prize.  A reception follows.
There’s a one-woman pastel show featuring the work of Janine Janaki this Saturday from 11-5 at deKoven House, 27 Washington St., Middletown.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
 At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Citizenfour,” Laura Poitras’ documentary of the events of the Edward Snowden security leak, continues through tomorrow.  

This evening, they host “Other People’s Stories,” a free event when people tell stories that someone else told them.  On Friday they start a run of “Diplomacy,” a French drama about Hitler’s plan to destroy Paris in WWII. Also opening is “Force Majeure,” winner at the Cannes Festival, a wickedly funny film about a Swedish family on a skiing holiday in the French Alps.  On Saturday there’s a one-time showing of “I Am Eleven,” an Australian documentary about conversations with 11-year-olds around the world.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, Cinestudio begins a run of  “My Old Lady,” a comedy starring Maggie Smith and Kevin Kline about a playwright moving in with an English tutor in Paris.  It runs through Saturday.  On Sunday you can see the Bolshoi Ballet’s performance of “The Pharoah’s Daughter” at 12:55.  They open a run of “The Blue Room,” a French crime drama based on the novel by Georges Simenon on Sunday, which continues through next week.
Now here's a rundown of what's on air on WESU-FM tonight:

 Right after the Jive at Five, 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-repres
nted 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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