Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thursday's Jive

Today's Jive was produced by,

JCherry... producer and host of 

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Good evening, it's Thursday, February 5th, 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 JCherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. 

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.
Tonight 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.

tonight @ 7PM At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Veteran’s Writing Group meets on .  Visit for details and for information on more community activities.
Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts offers an Artist Talk in CFA Hall this tonight 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

This Friday MC, Edmund, Jedd and Saxophonist Chip Fenney will be joined by Six Train Soldier and other talented musicians for a benefit at Lyman Hall High School. Details below.

Benefit Concert for Fisher House CT and Soldiers' Angels
Friday February 6, 2015 7:00 PM (snow date Feb. 20)
Lyman Hall High School Auditorium 70 Pond Hill Road, Wallingford, CT 06492
Ticket donation $20 at the door
$15 in advance at
Seniors & Veterans $10.00. Contact Lisa Catherine for more information at 203-213-8355 or

 Bus News

 Paul Bozzi, Eric Kuhn and Michael Cleary are reuniting as The Bus for a few select dates in 2015. The next performance will be at The Cypress in Middletown on Saturday Feb 7th at 8:00pm followed by a performance at The Main Pub in Manchester on Friday Feb 13th, 10:00pm. The Bus performed at festivals and clubs in the late 80s until 1991. They play a variety of rock music which includes their own originals as well as the Talking Heads, Hendrix, Dylan, Dead, Steely Dan, Cream, The Rolling Stones and much more.

tonight  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.
tonight, 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.

  In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine,  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 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,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.

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.

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.
The Jive At Five
A daily community calendar and rundown of WESU's evening programming.

Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

(1,3,5) Radio Obscura with Joe McCarthy and Paco Winebox
Radio Obscura is an enormous rocket ship secretly being constructed in the Connecticut River Valley in preparation for an “extinction level event.”
(2,4) Imagine with Karen Stein
Peace through music! Mostly world music, blended with music from the US and music from down the road.
Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
Where hearing is the best experience. A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant-garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.
(1,3,5) Undercover with Rebecca Seidel
Bridging genres and generations, UnderCover explores the concept of inspiration through imitation. Nothing is original.
(2,4) Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice with DJ Mac Cavity
Bask in the light of the sunshine pop, baroque pop and surf music of the past and indulge in the sweet, sugar coated, happy tunes of yesteryear.
(1,3,5) Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam
The Underdogs Edge will feature local hip-hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists normally not played on the radio.
(2,4) Good Times: Radio Plays with MKC, Omardaslayer, and djspecialk
Omardaslayer, SpecialK and MKC are back for a third season of transatlantic knee-slapping guffaws and bantering industry talk.

(1,3,5) The Chillin Factory with Noah G. and DJ So Fresh So Clean
Quality hip hop analysis and dissection favoring and promoting music which provides the best human interpretation for the Platonic form of "chill."         
(2,4) The British Are Coming with DJ Babelfish
Explore British music, one region at a time. With music from the British invasion to today, this show is not limited to a specific time or genre.

(1,3,5) Sleep Walk Radio with Clip
Eavesdropping on a night brain: techno, house, post-rock, and snippets of radio talk shows
(2,4) Earwash with Le DJ
Clean out your ears with grimy punk and tour the 70's musical explosion. Leather jackets, 2 minute songs, and downstrokes.

(1,3,5) Efly in the Mix with DJ Efly
From modern hip hop bangers to old school funky jams, Efly spins an eclectic mix of music that will keep his listeners grooving late into the night.           
(2,4) Trance on the Porch with DJ Mark
Spinning since 2000, laying down deep progressive house and trance grooves.

RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald

The Divide and Conquer News Report with C.C.  Arshagra
A weekly fake news (comedy) show and spin off series from producer, host, spoken mind poet C.C. Arshagra.

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! 
Stay tuned for Wild Wild Live with DJ Rachie and DJ Hibiki

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