Thursday, March 19, 2015

03-20-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Friday, March 20th. While it looks like spring has not yet sprung here in CT, Happy first day of Spring!!  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. Thanks for joining us!

Here in Middletown, it’s opening night for Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream  featuring the talents of over 25 young people on stage and behind the scenes.  The company has been rehearsing since January and is excited to welcome spring with this youthful, effervescent production of Shakespeare’s delightful comedy. 

Also here in Middletown tonight, Theresa Wright takes the stage at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main St Extension.   (that’s scatz with a “Z”…)

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Tonight, Israeli Singer/Songwriter Yael Deckelbaum performs at 9The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues tomorrow morning at 10:30. This week’s theme is Emerging Goddess.   Tomorrow (Saturday) night at 8, the Buttonwood brings you indie pop rocker  Sherman Ewing  with an opening set  by Jon Christopher Allen.  Sunday’s Christian worship services start  at 10am.

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.   The Wonder of Women art exhibit,  hangs in the gallery all month and features a variety of women artists.  Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets.

Tonight in New Haven, Shakedown performs the music of the Grateful Dead and Beyond on the main stage.  Saturday brings the 5th annual Woofstock to Toads presented by Bikers against cruelty to animals. The bill includes Blackmail Radio, Cross Fire, Murray The Wheel and more.  Boombox takes the Toads stage Sunday night.  

In New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine Christoph Whitbeck is performing an early set (right about now).  Later you can catch Hyman Holocaust, American’t, and Progress on the Café nine Stage. Tomorrow, Café Nine’s week;y Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session will be hosted by Tony Dioguardi and friends.  Tomorrow (Saturday) night at 8, Café Nine presents The Wagon Riders. Sunday afternoon There’s a  Die Hipster records showcase with The Lost Riots, Tomb & Thirst, and the 509ers. Sunday night brings The Original Sunday Night Jam with the Morris Trent Band at 8.

Tonight at Infinity Hall in Hartford, The Southern Comfort Band makes for a night of southern Rock.  Tomorrow (Saturday) at 8 you can catch Masters of the Telecaster featuring Jim Weider, G.E. Smith, and Danny Kortchmar.  More at at

At Blackeyed Sally’s, in Hartford, on Tonight/Friday Brother Jocephus & The Love Revolution takes the stage with their 12 piece band  on a mission to spread the word of peace, love, and unity. Tomorrow/ Saturday night, Street Life Rock & Soul Review takes the stage. for more.

Sunday Manic Productions brings Lower Dens, All the Friends and Sunatirene at The Space in Hamden.

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

Tonight, Real Art Ways in Hartford opens a run of Boy Meets Girl, a coming-of-age romantic comedy exploring how falling in love transcends gender, and how important it is to live a courageous life without fear standing in the way of your dreams.  Also opening on tonight (Friday)  is Living is Easy with Eyes Closed, a film about a school teacher in Spain, who takes a road trip in 1966 to Almeria, where he hopes to Meet John Lennon who is there shooting a film.  

Trinity College’s Cinestudio is a run of The Theory of Everything, It's about theoretical physicist and author Stephen Hawking, on screen through Saturday. Sunday Cinestudio begins a run of “Inherent Vice” starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Whitherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, and more in this adaption of the novel by Thomas Pynchon.

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

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6pm Eloise Tencher, host of The International Muisic Hour,  is in the air chair for a special spring break show.

At 6pm, Karen Stein keeps the international sounds going with a short does of her show, Imagine.

from 7 until 8:30pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - Informing listeners about local and global issues with health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips, featuring a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.

Next up until 10pm, we take it From the Otherside with Rok-A-Dee - The Voice of Hartford, including local artists from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He also features upcoming artists performing Caribbean R & B, Soca and international music.

Then at 10pm we go In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with Dope Dave - Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.

At Midnight until 3am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

At 3, it's Bassment Beats with DJ LOKASH, celebrating its 10th year of bringing you the latest in aboveground & underground hip-hop mixed live; followed by hisNew World Show, with the best in Global Bass mixed live til 4. Baila coño!

Sing Out! Radio Magazine with Tom Druckenmiller comes on at 4 until 5am with a weekly, hour-long “magazine format” program, featuring interviews in addition to “live” and recorded traditional folk musics.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the BBC World News - a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation

And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6:00 to 7:00am it’s the Celtic Café with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am with Francesco Fiumara, the former host of WESU's own WESParla - A weekly roundup of news, music and memories from Italy.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

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