Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it's Thursday, March 5th, 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. 

Thanks for joining us.  With bad weather in the forecast, please check ahead with any venue before heading out in search of the events listed in our calendar.  With that said, here’s what’s scheduled for the week.

Tonight at 5:30 pm, The Mark Twain House offers “An Evening with Nell Bernstein,” with a discussion of the American juvenile justice system.

Tonight here in Middletown at the Russell Library, The Veterans Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7.   On Sunday at 1:30, they sponsor “Introduction to Reiki” with Hillary Gauvreau. for details and information on more community activities. 

Tonight At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, monthly acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta.  On Friday, the Ehud Ettan Trio performs jazz at 8. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Choose Your Expression.  There’s a free Poets Collective Open Mic at 1.  Saturday night at 8, the Buttonwood brings you saxophonist and vocalist Kendra Emery, along with Lisa Dowling and music for the upright bass. 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.  Celebrate International Women’s Day at 4 at the opening reception for The Wonder of Women art exhibit, which runs through March and features a variety of women artists.  Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets.

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place,tonight  you can catch DJ BL3ND, along with DNNYD and Mex-Em.  On Friday at 7 it’s the final show of Hostage Calm, with a variety of performers, brought to you in association with the ARC Agency.  Saturday’s feature is Bright Night 15:  Electro Glow party at 9:30. www.toadsplace.comhas the complete line-up.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tonight you can catch a night of Americana and Texas swing with Asleep At The Wheel with The Quebe Sisters.  Friday, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, with Special Guest West End Blend take the Infinity Hall Hartford stage. .  On Saturday at 8 you can enjoy Juno Award-winner Jesse Smith and his nuevo flamingo music. On Sunday at 7:30 they bring you Mike & the Mechanics, with Special Guest Daryl Stuermer.

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts host a variety of events, beginning with a senior music recital this tonight in Memoial Chapel by Ben Zucker, performing “Poetics in Motion.”  Their Dance Masters two-day immersion in contemporary dance series happens this weekend, with a Choreographers Conversation on Saturday at 12 at the Exley Science Center. The series’ Master Classes happen Saturday and Sunday with multiple teachers at a variety of locations.  The Opening Reception for the Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition happens Saturday at 5, at the Zilkha Gallery on Washington Terrace. It’s cosponsored by the Middletown Board of Education and the Middletown Public Schools Cultural Council.  Details at

tonight, Middlesex Community College History Professor Victor Triay will read from his historical novel, “On Freedom’s Shores,” at 7 p.m. at Founder’s Hall.  His work chronicles a family saga after the Castro takeover of Cuba in the 1960’s.
At the Hartford Public Library, it's  Their Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3 p.m. with guest artist Matt DeChamplain.

At Bar in New Haven, On Saturday, at the Space in Hamden, Manic presents Gladshot, The Zambonis, and others for a 7:15 show.

Also in New Haven tonight, they headline Brizzlor, appearing with Intercourse, Bardus, and No Way. On Friday at 5, there’s an Opening Reception and party for “It’s a Black & White World,” the Photos of John Lawler.  Friday night’s performers include The Hymans, Shock Pistols, and Bomber. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Mike Coppola and Friends.  At 8 they bring you Protest Karaoke, celebrating with Artspace the exhibition “Vertical Reach.”  The 10 p.m. headliner is Lea.  Sunday afternoon brings you The Excitement Gang and others at 3, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with the George Baker Band at 8.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s On Friday it’s the return of rock and roll favorites The Mambo Sons, with special guest Jack Sonni, “the other guitarist in Dire Straits,” at 8. On Saturday night, the Kortchmar/McDonald Band takes the stage at 9. for more.

The Iktus percussion ensemble performs this Friday at 7:30 at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford.  They’ll offer compositions from the Women Composers Festival of Hartford international score competition.  The Alpaca String Quartet performs music of local women composers on Saturday at 7:30.

This Saturday (and next Monday), Middletown’s ARTFARM is conducting public auditions for their Shakespeare in the Grove production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Middlesex Community College.  Visit for details. 

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

There will be silent films with live organ music this Saturday at 7 at First Church in Middletown, to benefit the Northeast Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists.  Music director Shari Lucas introduces the history of film accompaniment, and then provides organ music for two silent films, the 1923 classics “It’s a Gift,” and “Safety Last!”

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, they continue their run of “Citizen Four,” the 2015 Oscar-winning documentary of the Edward Snowden story, through tonight. Also running is “Magician:  The Astonishing Live and Work of Orson Welles,” in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birthday.  On Friday Real Art Ways opens a run of “Queen and Country,” follow-up to John Boorman’s “Hope and Glory,” the saga of two British mates now starting basic training in the 1950’s during the Korean War.  Also opening is the French coming of age film “Girlhood,” about three free-spirited girls as they explore a gang lifestyle.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, their run of the 1956 John Ford film “The Searchers,” starring John Wayne and Natalie Wood, continues through tonight.  They offer a sneak preview of “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about rape culture on college campuses, this Sunday only. include a discussion with producer Amy Ziering following the film.  On Thursday through Saturday they’re showing “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon, based on the gritty memoir by Cheryl Strayed about her hike on the Pacific Coast Trail.  On Sunday at 12:55 they’re showing “The Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo and Juliet.”  Sunday night starts a run of the Oscar-winning “Whiplash,” chronicling the issues faced by a young student drummer who encounters a worse-than-drill-sergeant teacher.

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

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