Wednesday, February 4, 2015

02-04-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, February 4th, 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 Ben Michael, Thanx for tuning in!

Here’s some of what’s scheduled to happen in our area this week.  Keep in mind with winter weather, its always a good idea to check with venues to confirm events before heading out.

The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet Wednesday at First Church on Court St.  Partners not necessary.  Call 860-347-0278 for details.
  In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, Peter Karp & Sue Foley Band takes the stage, along with Chris D’Amato.   Tomorrow/Thursday they bring you Toyz, If Jesus Had Machine Guns, and King Panos. Friday’s eary show at 5pm features Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lodge, followed at 9 by bill featuring Intercourse, Empty Vessels, Kings and Liars, and Sperm Donor. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Mike Coppola and Friends, and at 9 you can catch The Hempsteadys, The Screw-Ups, Head with Wings, and Wasted Days. Sunday night’s Original Jam is with the George Baker Band.

Also in New Haven tonight, Manic Productions brings you Semicircle (members of Reptar), White Violet, and Spectral Fangs at Bar.  On Thursday they feature Into It. Over It. at Center Church on the Green, also in New Haven.  Saturday’s performers at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden include Nick Thune, Ben Kronberg, and Kate Berlant.  On Sunday at 3 they’ve got a Hundred Waters Listening Party at The Outer Space in Hamden.

Up in Hartford, Wednesdays bring Black-eyed Sally's  long standing blues jam. This week's host is Ed Bradley.  On deck for Friday at Sally's is 7 Below bringing you A Phish Tribute. The American roots band Eight to the Bar takes the stage on Saturday at 9. for more.
Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts offers an Artist Talk in CFA Hall this Thursday at 5:30 with dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston, who discuss their collaborative exhibition “A Body in Fukushima.”  A walking tour of the exhibit follows the talk.  At 8 on Thursday, they bring author Daniel Handler to Memorial Chapel for the Russell House Prose and Poetry Series.  Best known for his Lemony Snicket series, he’ll be reading from new work.  On Friday and Saturday, Montreal’s Companie Marie Chouinard performs two new dance works in the CFA Theater at 8.  On Sunday at 3, finger guitarist Stephen Bennett presents original compositions of the Beatles, Ennio Morricone, and Elmer Bernstein in The Russell House.  Details at
 Tomorrow, Thursday, at the Buttonwood Tree, here in Middletown, brings  Bob Gotta's longstanding acoustic open Mic. On Friday at 7 you can catch Royal Guru Master Yastaban and the Royal Yastaband, with special guest Dr. the Buttonwood. The weekly  Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30am. This week’s theme is Laughter In Your Life.  At 1 there’s a Free Poet’s Collective, followed at 8 with traditional acoustic bluegrass featuring Charter Oak Bluegrass.  

Sunday’s worship service at 10 is with Rev. Ronnie Bantum and at 11 with Pastor Sandra Steele. Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m. Help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30. Sunday night the Great Make Believe Improv Show happens at 7 p.m.  Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Veteran’s Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7.  Visit for details and for information on more community activities. 

Honoring Black History Month, the Hartford Public Library presents “Nonviolence in a Time of Civil Unrest:  A Conversation with Legendary Civil Rights Leader Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr.,” this Thursday at 5:30 at the downtown library.

Thursday is the opening reception of “Ear Candy,” an earring show at Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop, and features bluegrass music by Arrowhead.  There are one-of-a-kind earrings from twenty-six jewelers, and the show runs through March 15.  The Gallery is located at 350 S. Main St., Middletown.
On Thursday, Toad’s Place in New Haven, present, along with RJ Julia Booksellers, Marky Ramone and his book “Punk Rock Blitzkrieg:  My Life as a Ramone,” with VIP seating beginning at 6 and a conversation with Toad’s Place President Brian Phelps. Also on Thursday, there’s the Bright Night 12: Electro Glow Party.  Friday’s featured artist is Kap Slap at 9, and they also bring you Cosmic Dust Bunnies and others for a show at 8. On Sunday at 9, Simon Posford presents Shpongletron 3.1, with Phutureprimitive. has the complete line-up.

Infinity Hall Hartford presents a night of funk and R&B on Friday with Robert Randolph and the Family Band.  On Saturday, old school funk and jazz sax man Maceo Parker (of the JBs and P-Funk) takes the Infinity Hall stage with  special guest Gedeon Luke & the People.  This Sunday it’s the Bob Marley Birthday Bash featuring Anita Antoinette, Jesse Royal and more at Infinity Hall Hartford.  t

This Saturday at 10 can bring your kids to make special Valentine’s Day cards at Hartford Prints, located at 42 ½ Pratt St.  Glitter, glue, and paper are supplied.  More at

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, they continue their run of the 2015 Oscar Shorts, offering you three sets to choose from including Animated, and Live Action, which run through February 22nd, and two Documentary series which run through the end of this week.  Their Speak Up series of live story-telling happens this Saturday at 8, under the theme of “Office Space.”  Full details at

Tonight Trinity College’s Cinestudio, opens their run of “Top Five,” written and directed by, and starring, Chris Rock, about a comedic actor who wants to make a serious film but ends up disappointing his fans.  It runs through Saturday.  On Sunday they bring back “Ida,” a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film, about a Polish novice in a nunnery who discovers her family is Jewish, and takes a trip with her aunt to discover the truth about her parents.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:

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.

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 presenting listeners with the very latest in hard techno, minimal tech-house, and left-field mixed live each week.

 at 11pm the electronic dance mix continues with Missteps with Nicholas Msall
 at 2:30 stay tuned for 90 minutes of indigenous in music from the pacifica network.

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!

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

and while I have your attention, WESU could use your help in the current Hartford Reader Poll which is going on now. Ballots are online at and we'd surely appreciate it if you could vote for WESU as the BEST College Radio station and look for and write in your favorite WESU DJs and personalities too! 
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