Thursday, February 19, 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 19th. 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. 

Tonight, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Cintamani and Aruna Chocolates bring you a World Fusion Music Jam with Super Food Sweets at 7:30.  On Friday, Ear Candy for the Soul, with special guest Vincent Tuckwood, take the Buttonwood stage at 7:30.    The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Embracing Your Feminine Self.  Saturday night Karen Frisk sings jazz, and Bernard Purdie performs and brings his autobiography, “Let the Drums Speak,” for a book signing.  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. At 3, there’s an artist reception for David S Chorney.  You can view his ongoing exhibit “The Ultimate Love Life of Chaos and Beauty.”  Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets.
Tonight At the Russell Library in Middletown, The Veteran’s Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7.  On Saturday at 2 you can hear award-winning pianist Ko-Eun Yi in concert.  Visit for details and information on more community activities.
Tonight, Infinity Hall Hartford presents pop star Mary Lambert.  Friday’s headliner is Grammy-nominated blues singer Tab Benoit.   On Saturday it’s Beau Bolero, The World’s #1 Tribute Band to Steely Dan.  On Sunday the Connecticut Lyric Opera and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra bring you Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at 7. All details at

At Cafe Nine In New Haven tonight, Yarn takes the Café Nine stage at 9. Friday’s headliner is Midge Ure, appearing along with Richard Barone. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, and at 9 you can catch Goodnight Blue Moon, Dan & The Wildfire, and Kate Callahan.  Sunday afternoon brings you Lys Guillorn’s Big Little Sunday Show at 3, followed by Sunday night’s Original Jam with The Morris Trent Band at 8.

Tonight At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on it’s Bright Night 13: Electro Glow Party, with music on two stages.  On Friday, along with the Black Solidarity Conference at Yale, they bring you Vic Mensa and DJ RellyRell. On Sunday at 9, Simon Posford presents Shpongletron 3.1, with has the complete line-up.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s  On  Friday is The Bus Drivers, featuring rootsy rock.  On Saturday at 9 it’s Johnny & the Pushers with Brian Jackman. for more.

This Friday and Saturday Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts hosts “Idiopreneurial Entrephonics,” a series of concerts, workshops and talks at World Music Hall.  It’s a festival of artisanal and homemade electronic music together with the instruments used to make it.  On Saturday at 7:30, Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental and the CFA offer the Connecticut premier of “17 Border Crossings,” a solo work by Thaddeus Phillips based on his actual travel experiences, at CFA Theater. There’s a post-performance discussion with the author.  On Sunday at 3 Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the fifth in his piano recital series “This Is It!” at Crowell Concert Hall. Next Monday at 4:30 there’s an artist reception for “(Re)presenting Place: A Portrait of the Coal River Valley,” at the Zelnick Pavilion. This photographic exhibit explores areas in West Virginia that are highly affected by mountaintop coal mining.    Details at
Also at Wesleyan, on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., there'll be a conference, "Creating a Better World: Perspectives on Local and International Development. That's at the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, 222 Church St. No registration is required, there is no fee, and brunch will be served.

The Art Guild of Middletown hosts “Soup to Nutz” cartoonist Rick Stomoski this Saturday for a workshop where he’ll demonstrate cartoonist and illustration techniques.  It takes place at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell.

Oddfellows Playhouse and ARTFARM bring you Circophany’s Circus on the High Seas this Saturday at 2:30 p.m.  Come and enjoy the talents of teenage circus performers.  Information 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 selections from the Animated and Live Action categories, through Sunday  “Song of the Sea” continues through the week.  It’s an Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature.  They have a limited run of “Last Days in Vietnam,” an Oscar nominee for Documentary Feature, tonight and Thursday only. On Friday they open a run of “Northern Borders,” the story of a young boy sent to live on his grandparents’ farm in Kingdom County, Vermont, in 1956.  Also opening Friday is “Timbuktu,” a story of a cattle herder and his family who live near this ancient city that is now ruled by religious Jihadist extremists.  This month’s Creative Cocktail Hour takes place on Thursday at 6 and features a traditional dragon dance and martial arts demonstration in honor of Chinese New Year.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio  a run of “Big Eyes,” Tim Burton’s film that stars Amy Adams as the artist whose husband took credit for the big-eyed waifs of the ‘60’s that she painted. On Sunday they’ll start screening “The Passionate Thief,” a restored 1960 Italian classic about a seductive starlet who hooks up with a con man to pull off a robbery at a lavish

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

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for: 

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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