Thursday, March 26, 2015

03-25-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, March 25th, 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for tuning in!
Now here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:

Tonight the Russell Library in Middletown author/scholar Hedda Kopf leads a discussion of “The News from Spain: 7 Variations on a Love Story,” this evening at 7.  The Veteran’s Writing Group meets tomorrow at 7.  On Saturday at 2 they continue their Jazz Up Close series with pianist Noah Baerman, guitarist Freddie Bryant, and others.  On Sunday the library celebrates India Heritage Month with a Photographers’ Reception featuring the works of Dianne Roberts and Harald Foellmer.  Their exhibit continues through April. Visit for details and information on more community activities. 

In New Haven tonight Cafe Nine presents Elison Jackson, Ian Fitzgerald, and Brian Carroll for a 9:00 show tomorrow. Friday’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour at 5 features Victor Roland, followed by Live Mike Live at 9, featuring interviews with New Haven artists and celebrities.  Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with the George Baker Band. At 9 they’ve got All Riot, The Screw-Ups, and Spectral Fangs.  On Sunday, there’s Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School at 3, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Cobalt Rhythm Kings at 9.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it's the Wednesday Blues Jam hosted by Tim McDonald.  On Thursday they bring you Broca’s Area with a future soul/hip-hop sound.  On Friday at 9 it’s Frank Viele bringing you acoustic funk, folk and soul. On Saturday at 9, they feature singer/sonwriter Jeff Pitchell, appearing with Texas Flood. for more.

Music at the Hubbard House presents their One Concert – One Child event this evening at 7:30 at their Middletown location.  Proceeds benefit Artists for World Peace and the Children of Peace project.  The featured artist is singer/songwriter Hannah Fair.  Details at

Also here in Middletown tonight from 7:30-11:30, The Cypress Grill on South Main St presents and open Blues Jam and invites you to join the session.   

The Hartford Public Library, presents “Explorers & Adventurers in Connecticut,”, this evening at 6. On Saturday, the Connecticut Poetry Society presents a moderated discussion of “The Source,” by Mark Doty, at 10:15 on Saturday.  They celebrate Women’s History Month on Saturday at 1 with “The Uncharted Path from Fear to Freedom:  A Glimpse into the Life and Work of Adrienne Rich.  Their Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3 p.m. with the Calvin Carter Project:  Confluence of Influence.

The Mark Twain House Book/Mark offers a Writing Political Poetry workshop with Edwina Trentham stating this evening. Their Book/Mark series also continues on tonight with author and Food Network star Simon Majumdar, who chronicled an exploration of American cuisine in his book “Fed, White and Blue.” They resurrect the popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours this Friday and Saturday.  On Friday they present Brian Dykstra:  Selling Out, at 7:30, and Saturday’s events include “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” and the workshop “Getting Started:  The First Steps to Writing a Story” with Jo Anne Burgh.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tomorrow, they’ve got the Middlesex Drum Circle at 7.  Bring your own, or use an instrument on site.  Singer/songwriter Don White takes the Buttonwood stage on Friday at 7. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Freedom Through Spiritual Awakening. At 8 p.m., Saturday night, there’s a live performance and CD recording session with the band Coconuts.  Sunday’s  Christian worship services begin 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. Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets. The “Wonder of Women” art exhibit continues through the month.

Manic Productions presents Honeyblood, Violent Mae, and Loom at Bar in New Haven tonight.  On Thursday they’ve got Swervedriver, and Gateway Drugs, appearing at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.  No Joy, Landing, and Grooms are back at the Ballroom on Saturday for an 8:30 show.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, on Thursday at 7:30 they’ve got The Priests singing classic rock.  The Heritage Blues Orchestra takes the Infinity stage on Friday at 8.  On Saturday, it’s Grammy Award-winning rock artist Marc Cohn with The Sweet Remains for an 8:00 show.  The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with special guest JD & the Straight Shot comes your way on Sunday at 7:30.  All details at

Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge presents live music this weekend with Touch of SOUL onFriday night and  straight ahead Jazz onSaturday night with John Brighenti.

The Center for the Arts at Wesleyan has a busy week ahead with many student thesis exhibits, screenings and performances. Most are open to the public.   On Thursday there’s an Opening Reception for “Personal Recollections – Gifts from Robert Dannin and Jolie Stahl,” at Wesleyan’s Davison Art Center.
The Spring Faculty Dance Concert “Women of Myth Unleashed/The Seven Deadly Sins” takes place on Friday and Saturday at the CFA Theater.
On Friday, singer/songwriter Omnia Hegazy takes the stage at Crowell Concert Hall to perform American pop/rock and Arabic folk music as part of the CFA’s Muslim Women’s Voices series.
On Saturday at CFA Hall, Ming Zhu presents a senior recital, “Tunes of Ancient China.” Details at
Thursday night brings opening night of the second and final run of 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. 

The Coginchaug High School Scholarship Fund holds its 44th annual Social and Silent Auction this Friday at 7 p.m. in the Middletown Elks Crystal Ballroom.  There’s a dinner buffet, music by Jock in Box Entertainment, and a guest appearance by WFSB anchor Kevin Hogan.  Contact Anne Koba at 860-995-0532 or at for details and tickets.

The Greater Middletown Concert Association sponsors a performance of “The Barber of Seville” this Saturday at 7:30 at the Middletown High School Performing Arts Center.

This Saturday from noon -4pm, The Green Party of CT presents an event featuring  2012 GREEN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, JILL STEIN, who WILL GIVE A SPEECH ABOUT HER PLAN FOR PEACE, JUSTICE, AND JOBS IN THE USA AT THE PORTLAND SENIOR CENTER IN PORTLAND CT.  Music By Baird Welch-Collins. Call 1-888.877.8607 for details and info or

The WESU spring Record Fair will be held at Beckham Hall on 55 Wyllys Avenue in Middletown this Saturday from 11am - 4pm. The fair features dozens of vendors selling new and used music in all formats, plus WESU DJs spinning vinyl all day long! It is free and open to the public. For more information, go to

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Through tomorrow, Real Art Ways in Hartford, continues their run of “Boy Meets Girl,” a coming-of-age romantic comedy.  Also continuing through Thursday is “Living is Easy with Eyes Closed,” a Spanish film about a Beatles fan who takes a road trip in the hope of meeting John Lennon at a film shoot location.
Opening on Friday is “Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem,” an Israeli film that follows a woman seeking to divorce her manipulative husband who’s put on trial by her country’s religiously-based marriage laws.  Improv’d Cinema happens on Sunday at 2, featuring Sea Tea Improv as they do voice-overs on a terrible film selected by the audience.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, “A Most Violent Year,”  opens tonight. It's about a drama involving a contractor operating his business in the trash-filled streets of 1981 New York City.   It runs through Saturday.  On Thursday and Sunday they screen “National Theatre Live: A View from the Bridge,” the Arthur Miller classic.  Cinestudio celebrates their 45th anniversary on Saturday with a one-time screening of classic concert film from The Talking Heads, “Stop Making Sense,”.  On Sunday they open a run of “Timbuktu,” an Oscar-nominated film about radical jihadists who took over northern Mali in 2012.

The film “Music of Survival” about the Ukranian Bandurist Chorus, will be shown Sunday at Wesleyan’s Goldsmith Family Cinema, along with a performance and discussion by Julia Kytasty. 

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.
From 6-6:30, it's Mind Matters with Helen Evrard, M.D. The show provides information and guest interviews on issues concerning mental illness. The focus is exploring holistic therapies and stories of individual achievement.
At 6:30-8pm it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion. Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992.
And from 8-9:30pm, it's The Warehouse with Mike NyceThe best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.
Starting at 9:30 it's NE Tempo with DJ Berk. Serious turntablism – Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

And at 11pm it’s Space Music for Space with Cadet Q. All the electronic music that belongs with the world music that belongs in space.
And at midnight stay tuned for Romancipation with Dr. Love and DJ Smooth a late night 30 minute talk show.
Then at 1:30, stay tuned indigenous music from radio Pacifica. Interviews and a mix of new music from indigenous musicians from around the Western hemisphere.
From 2:30 to 3:30, it’s Full Moon Hacksaw. Syndicated jazz and blues radio from Phoenix.
And at 3:30, it’s the Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation.
 At 12:30 stay tuned for HD/Users/Desktop, fondling the violence of the radio signal.
The BBC world news kicks on at 4 and we start tomorrow’s broadcast day at 5am with Morning Edition from NPR.
That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. Tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 p.m. to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at WESU 88.1 FM, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.
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