Wednesday, January 14, 2015

01-14-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, January 14th, and this is the Jive at Five – our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on WESU 88.1 FM 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 joining us!
Here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:

At the Russell Library in Middletown, tonight, the Middletown Arts Stakeholders Group meets at 5 for discussion and a potluck dinner.  On Thursday at 7 they’re screening Jeremy Seifert’s “GMO OMG,” a documentary about genetically modified food, with a discussion following.  The Veterans’ Writing Group also meets on Thursday at 7.

In New Haven tonight, Cafe Nine, presents the King & Queens of East Rock.  On Thursday at 9 Rival Nova takes the stage, along with Rudeyna. On Friday at 5, the Weekly Wind-down Happy Hour features Victor Roland, followed by the 9:00 show with Ballroom Thieves, The Korey Brodsky Band, and Three In The Hand. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, with the 9 p.m. show later featuring Jet Fueled Horses and F. Sean Martin. On Sunday at 3 there’s Lys Guillorn’s Big Little Sunday Show, and the Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 features The Langley Project.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it's the Wednesday night Blues Jam hosted by Gene Donaldson this week.  On Thursday they bring the Selwyn Birchwood Band to the stage at 8:30.  Friday night’s double billing brings you The Neybas, along with Rizzo’s Dilemma, an improvisational rock band from Southern CT.  On Saturday they’ve got Delta Generators, whose 2014 album “Get on the Horse” has been nominated for Blues Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards.   More
Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place tonight, Corey Smith headlines a show with opening act The Wind + The Wave.  On Thursday Toad’s presents A$AP Ferg & Yg to the stage for the Bestcoast Connection Toure.  Friday night, Riders On The Storm offer their Doors Tribute and headlines a long bill of bands.  Saturday’s early show at 7 is the Winter Rock Showcase featuring over 10 regional acts . for more.

At the Hartford Public Library, Emmy-award-winning broadcaster and journalist Kara Sundlun will discuss her book “Finding Dad,” at 6 p.m. tonight. The book details growing up fatherless and building a relationship with her father, a war hero and governor of Rhode Island.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, on Thursday at 7:30 there’s a High Vibe Groove Jam, offering World Fusion music by CinTamani, and smoothies and superfoods by Kale-Yums.  Friday night at 7 is Groovin’ for Girls:  A Benefit Concert for Girls Education in West Africa.  On Saturday they bring Elaine St. George Sings Steve Goodman to the stage, celebrating the music of that Chicago-born folk music  singer/songwriter.  Sunday’s worship service at 10 is with Reverend Ronnie Bantum, followed by Pastor Sandra Steele at 11.  At 1 p.m., Food Not Bombs serves food in front of the Buttonwood.  Help prepare the vegetarian meal at 11:30 at First Church on Court Street.  Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets.

Tonight, Manic productions pre
sents several Monogold and Child Actor on stage at Bar in New Haven.  

The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet this evening at First Church on Court St.  Partners are not necessary but soft soled shoes are suggested.  Call 860-347-0278 for details.
Back up in Hartford, at Infinity Hall, on Friday they bring you the pop/rock sounds of Orleans at 8.  On Saturday there’s The Sounds of Frank – The ultimate musical tribute to Frank Sinatra, featuring John Cooper.  Sunday’s 7:30 show features Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, and Meet-and-Greet packages are available.

Friday night at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, here in Middletown, you can catch Fade 2 Black. Saturday night Scatz presents the LAUGH FOR JOY COMEDY REGGAE TOUR. that’s Scatz with a “Z”
On Friday the Charter Oak Center in Hartford presents “Read It And Sleep:  The Lorax,”  at 7 p.m.  Hot chocolate and snacks will be available as you listen to the Dr. Suess classic read by a guest reader.  The first 25 families take home a free copy of the book, and you can come in your pajamas.

The Greater Middletown Chorale invites experienced singers to audition for the 2015 season.  E-mail, or call Margie at 860-633-6198 for more information.

On Saturday there’s a “Journey Writer’s” workshop at Sweet Harmony Café in Middletown at 1 p.m.  Writers, playwrights, and other performers showcase their talents.

Also on Saturday, the Mark Twain House presents a special workshop, “Hidden Potential:  An Introduction to Found Poetry” with Lisa Mangini at 1 p.m.  Details at

You can skate for free at the Winterfest Hartford rink in Bushnell Park all week long, thanks to the City of Hartford and The iQuilt Partnership.  Free skate rentals are available.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford the run of “Antartica:  A Year on Ice,” a documentary following the scientists, technicians and craftsmen who live year-round on the Antarctic continent, continues through tomorrow.  Also continuing is “The Great Invisible,” a documentary about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oilrig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. They’ve also got their Creative Cocktail Hour this Thursday at 6, where creative people meet for art, music, and more.  On Friday they open “The Overnighters,” an award-winning documentary about job seekers chasing the American Dream in the tiny oil boomtown of Williston, North Dakota.

Tonight, Cinestudio at Trinity College opens a run of “Gone Girl,” starring Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s thriller about the unexplained disappearance of a man’s wife.  It runs through Saturday.   On Sunday they open “Force Majeure,” a Swedish film about the impact of a terrifying avalanche on a vacationing family of four.  More at

Now, here’s a look at tonight’s programming on WESU 88.1 FM:

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. 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 until 11pm it's NE Tempo with DJ Berk.  Serious turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

And from 11 til 4pm,  we go into our mid year automation of music that you'll all enjoy.
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

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Thanx for listening and stay tuned for The Explorer's Hour with DJ Pickup Sticks!

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