Wednesday, January 21, 2015

1-21-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, January 21st 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! 

Here's what’s going on in our area this week:

  At the Buttonwood in Middletown, tomorrow at 7 you can join the Middlesex Drum Circle, extra percussion instruments are available. Friday night at 7 they bring Bobtown – A Folk-Americana group to the Buttonwood stage.  On Saturday at 4 there’s an Art Reception with Andrew Wallach to celebrate his artpiece “Evolution of the Revolution.”  At 8 on Saturday, there’s a “Where’s Warren” 50th birthday solo concert with Hartford’s own Warren Byrd. 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.

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, tonight's show features Rabbit in the Rye, Sam Perduta, and Kindred Queer.  On Thursday they headline Eurisko, along with others, at the 9:00 show.   On Friday at 5, the Weekly Wind-down Happy Hour features Byl Cote, followed by the 9:00 show featuring Sasquatch & The Sick-A-Billys, along with Lushlife.  Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with the George Baker Band, followed by the January Jam at 9 with Rizzo’s Dilemma and Low Key. The Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 this week features the Morris Trent Band.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it's the Wednesday night’s Blues Jam is with Tommy Whalen this week.  On Thursday they bring you Paint Night with all materials provided. Friday night, it’s the Spiritual Rez reggae funk dance experience with Frank Viele at 9. On Saturday they’ve got Neal Vitullo & the Vipers.  More at

The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet Wednesday at First Church on Court St.  Partners not necessary.  Call 860-347-0278 for details.
At the Russell Library in Middletown this week, on Thursday at 7,  Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz will present “The Influence of American Rock ‘n’ Roll on the Beatles.”  The Veteran’s Writing Group also meets on Thursday. On Saturday at 10 a.m. there is a Preschool Information Fair for Middletown residents.

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, on Thursday they bring you the Bright Night 11: Electro Glow Party with a whole list of performers.  Friday’s 8:30 offerings are Shakedown, Tyrone Shoelaces, and Carbonated Insight. On Sunday, Helium Brothers, and The Professors of Bluegrass take the Toad’s stage. for more.

In Hartford, at Infinity Hall, on Thursday they have Comedy Night starring Dan Naturman with Shaun Eli and Katherine Williams.  On Friday they bring you the blues/funk favorite The Subdudes at 8.  On Saturday they’ve got Voyage, The #1 “Journey” tribute band in the world.

This Saturday at 11 and 2 the Connecticut Historical society invites you to a Behind-the-Scenes Tour:  The Downton Abbey Era in Connecticut.  Enjoy a special tour of costumes and artifacts from the Edwardian era.

The Baby Grand Jazz Series is underway at the Hartford Public Library.  This Sunday at 3 it’s the Tarantino/Terefenko Duo of piano and saxophone.

You can still skate for free at the Winterfest Hartford rink in Bushnell Park, 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 Friday.
Also continuing is “The Overnighters,” an award-winning documentary about job seekers chasing the American Dream in the tiny oil boomtown of Williston, North Dakota. It also runs through Friday. 
On Saturday they open the run of the Italian thriller “Human Capital,” about unexpected the events that occur when two families from different economic backgrounds become entwined.  Also opening is “Point and Shoot,” which won the Best Documentary award at the Tribeca Film Festival.  It follows a timid man with OCD who leaves home and ends up filming the war in Libya until he was captured by Gaddafi’s forces.  Both run through the weekend.

Tonight, Cinestudio at Trinity College will be screening “Birdman,” the Academy Award-nominated film starring Michael Keaton as a washed up superhero actor.  It continues through Saturday.  On Thursday and Saturday they’re also showing “National Theatre Live’s Treasure Island,” a new stage adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic.  On Sunday there’s a one-time screening of The Bolshoi Ballet:  Swan Lake,” directed by Vincent Bataillon.  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 it's The Vault with DJ Anton Banks. On the air since 1996! The Vault presents listeners with the very latest in hard techno, minimal tech-house, and leftfield mixed live each week. Regularly featuring exclusive music and mix sets from international producers and DJs.

And from 1am til 4,  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

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

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