Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it's Thursday, March 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. 

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight it's 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.

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. Tonight 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
Tonight 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. 

Tonight the Russell Library  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. 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, tonight 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.
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.

Tonight Manic Productions presents  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 tonight 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 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
Saturday Night its the 8th annual SWAN DAY celebration at Illusions Cafe in Wolcott! Support Women Artists Now. featuring 15 female fronted bands with your's truly J-Cherry, Jen Hill Lady Elizabeth, Julia Autumn Ford, just to na,e a few. Burlesque, live art painting, female vendors, food and fun! For more information visit SWAN Day on FB. 

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Through tonight, Real Art Ways in Hartford, continues their run of “Boy Meets Girl,” a coming-of-age romantic comedy.  Also continuing through tonight 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, is a run of “A Most Violent Year,”  . 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.  Tonight 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:

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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