Thursday, February 26, 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 26th, 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 going on in our area this week.

Tonight, at the Russell Library in Middletown,  The Veterans Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7.  On Saturday, Connecticut author Beth Lapin launches her latest novel “Caravan of Dreams” at 2 p.m., with a book signing after the talk. Visit for details and information on more community activities. 

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, The Middlesex Drum Circle meets on tonight at 7; bring your own, or use one from the onsite collection.  On Friday, celebrate Chinese New Year with traditional music by Ming Zhu, poetry by Lara Peng, and more.  The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Balancing Your Life.  Enjoy jazz with guitarist Dan Arcamone and friends Saturday night at 8. 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 2:30, enjoy the Connecticut National Youth Poetry Slam Team tryouts, followed by comedy with the Great Make Believe Improv Show at 7.  The Wonder of Women art exhibit opens on Sunday and features a variety of women artists.  Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets.

At Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, tonight through Saturday they present the “Starfall” thesis theater production by Grace Herman-Holland, with actor-audience interactions and elements of Japanese Kabuki theater. On Friday and Saturday, Sara Guernsey presents her thesis theater production “The Visiting Room,” based on testimonials and interviews with five prison inmates.  On Friday in Crowell Concert Hall it’s the Connecticut premier of Tari Aceh! Music and Dance from Northern Sumatra, with traditional Indonesian dancers.  On Sunday, they sponsor the Stanley Maxwell Quartet, playing original arrangements of jazz at the Russell House.  Details at .
In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, Manic Productions brings you And The Kids, The Sun Parade, and Rudeyna.  On Friday at 5, Victor Roland takes the Café Nine stage, with Natalie Tuttle, Rusty Things, and Peter J Brail following at 9.  Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with The George Baker Band, and at 9 you can catch MV & EE, Spectre Folk, and more.  Sunday afternoon brings you the Americana Songwriter Circle 3, followed by Sunday night’s Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod at 8.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven on tonight it’s Bright Night 14: Electro Glow Party, with music on two stages.  On Friday at 9:30 Partynextdoor takes the has the complete line-up.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, Friday, enjoy the reggae/hip-hop fusion group The Alchemystics, along with Danny Pease & the Regulators.   On deck for Saturday is Caravan Of Thieves, with a blend of gypsy swing and popular music.   for more.

 Manic Productions brings you Yung Lean & Sad Boys at The Space in Hamden.  Saturday, they offer The Dodos, and Springtime Carnivore, also at the Space in Hamden.    Details at

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford brings you Hugh Howard in their Nook Farm Author Talk series, who will present “Houses of Civil War America,” tonight at 7 p.m.

Tonight Music at the Hubbard House presents a concert by BluesGrass  at 7:30 at their Middletown location.  Proceeds benefit  the Artists for World Peace “Children of Peace,” along with the Amazing Grace Food Pantry.  Info at

At Infinity Hall - Hartford, On Thursday, pop star Mary Lambert takes the Infinity stage at 8.  Friday’s headliner is “The New Queen of Soul” and Broadway star Bettye Lavette at 8. On Saturday it’s Comedy Night: Battle of the Sexes, bringing you headliner stand-up comics from late night TV. On Sunday three-time Grammy winner and roots music storyteller Keb’ Mo’ takes the Infinity stage at 7:30. All details at

The Hartford Public Library presents “Hartford Renaissance: Celebrating the Art of Romare Bearden,” this Saturday from 9 to 12 a.m. in honor of Black History Month. There are panel and group discussions, and a performance by The Iron Poets.  Register at the library website.  Their Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3 p.m. with guest artist Laszlo Gardony.

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 “Northern Borders,” the story of a young boy sent to live on his grandparents’ farm in Kingdom County, Vermont in 1956, through tonight.  Also continuing 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.  Improv’d Cinema happens tonight at 8, when Sea Tea Improv does the voiceover for the audience choice from five bad films.  This week they’ll open a run of “Magician:  The Astonishing Live and Work of Orson Welles,” in honor of the eve of his centenary.  Check website for dates and times.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, the run of “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 party, continues through tonight.  On Friday and Saturday they’re screening “Foxcatcher,” starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo, based on the true story of a DuPont heir who invites two struggling wrestlers to his farm for training.  On Sunday they open a run of the 1956 John Ford film “The Searches,” starring John Wayne and Natalie Wood, restored in Technicolor.  It was voted number 12 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time.

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

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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