Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thursday's Jive

Today's Jive was produced by,

JCherry... producer and host of 

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Good evening, it's Wednesday, February 11th, 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 happening in our area this week. With more snow in the forecast, it’s always a good idea to check with venues for cancellations before heading out

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight you can try out your own literary prose at the Writers Out Loud open mic at 7 with hosts Al Bower Jr and Cocomo Rock.

The Buttonwood presents the Alturas Duo on Friday at 7, offering a blend of classical and South American music played on viola, charango, and guitar. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30 with the theme:  A Perfect Match.   Saturday night at 7:30 it’s the Buttonwood’s Meet Your Mates Potluck Party.  Bring a dish and meet others who enjoy music and life.
Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m. You can help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30. On Mondays at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets at The Buttonwood Tree.  The exhibit “The Love Affair of Chaos And Beauty” by David Chorney runs through the month.

Tonight The Veteran’s Writing Group meets at the Russell Library on at 7. The talk by  New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz; “Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion,” originally schedule for 2 p.m. Saturday has been postponed. Visit for details.

Also happening tonight here in Middletown, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents a book signing and presentation at the Mansfield Freeman Center of “3.11:  Disaster and Change in Japan,” with Professor Richard Samuels. He’s a Founding Director of the MIT Japan Program.  University Organist and Artist in Residence Ronald Ebrecht will play Romantic music by Widor, Liszt, and others in Memorial Chapel on Saturday, Valentine’s Day, at 4.

The Art Guild of Middletown presents Soup to Nutz by nationally- published cartoonist Rick Stromonski at their meeting this Thursday at the Woodside Intermediate School i
n Cromwell.  He’ll lead a workshop later this month at the school.  More at
In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, headlines Navi Singh and Rachael Sage.  On Friday it’s the Albert Lee Band, along with Girls, Guns and Glory. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Gary Grippo & Friends, and at 9 they bring you Valentine’s Day Jazz Cocktails in the Living Room with Kevin St. James.  Sunday’s 3 p.m. show brings you Sonic Supercharger 66, Diztrict Allstars, and The Boardlords.  Sunday night’s Original Jam is with The Langley Project.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, On deck for Friday is Roots of Creation, bringing you reggae, rock and funk. On Saturday Latanya Farrell takes the stage, bringing you soul, blues, and dance classics.

Tonight, Manic Productions brings you  Manic and Fistful of Jokes present Ophira Eisenberg at the Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, along with Dan Rice and Andrew Morgan.  And on Sunday at The Ballroom, you can catch Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic & DJ Abilities for an 8:30 show.

A writing workshop, “Romance is in the Air,” happens this Friday at noon at the Mark Twain House in Hartford.  Learn about writing the love stories you love to read with Connecticut authors Katy Lee and Nan Rossiter.

On Friday at Toad’s Place in New Haven, they headline Cosmic Dust Bunnies, along with Relative Souls, The Mushroom Cloud, and The SETI Project. has the complete line-up.

At Infinity Hall Hartford, this Friday, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell takes the stage.  On Saturday it’s country star Robert Earl Keen, with Special Guest Bonnie Bishop. On Sunday multiple Grammy-winner jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves comes your way at 8.

Enjoy “Second Saturday for Families” this Saturday from 10 to 1 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford.  Admission is free.

The third annual Art Sled Derby takes place this Saturday starting at 11 at Elizabeth Park in Hartford.  There are judges and prizes for the best art sleds.  Details at

The “Journey Writer’s Workshop” happens this Sunday at 1 at Sweet Harmony Café on Main St in Middletown.  Writers, playwrights, poets and more will showcase their talents.

On Sunday afternoon there’s free jazz with the Baby Grand Jazz series at the Hartford Public Library.  The featured performer is The Steve Clarke Trio.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, their run of the 2015 Oscar Shorts continues through the week.  Choose from Animated and Live Action categories. On Friday and 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.  They also bring back a limited run of “Citizen Four,” Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature, on Februray 14, 16, and 17. This film brings you details of the Edward Snowdon story in his own words.  Another Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature, “Song of the Sea,” opens a limited run on Saturday.  It’s the story of two siblings who journey across a magic world to return to their home by the

Tonight, Cinestudio at Trinity College, tonight Outfilm’s Second Thursdays series continues this week with a one-day screening of “Life Partners,” about lesbian and straight roommates who are both looking for the right one.  On Friday and Saturday you can enjoy the 1942 Oscar-winning classic “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Sunday’s new offering is “The Long Goodbye,” the 1973 Robert Altman classic starring Elliott Gould and Nina Van Pallandt in a restored version for the big screen.

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! 

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