Wednesday, April 15, 2015

04-15-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, April 15th, 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!  

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Now, here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:

On Friday at 7pm, WESU and the Wesleyan Argus present the third and final event of the series “Media & Journalism Speaker Series”with two speakers, MIRIAM GOTTFRIED '05, columnist for The Wall Street Journal's Heard on the Street and NICHOLAS QUAH '12, currently a reporter for the BuzzFeed Mobile News app.

Miriam and Nick will be discussing their paths from Wesleyan into journalism jobs. They will also be talking about what students can do now to improve their journalism and produce work that will impress future employers. Both event will take place Wesleyan’s Allbritton center for Public Life RM 311 and are free and open to the public. More online at .

Additional offerings at Wesleyan this week includes: Lebanese American writer and artist Leila Buck presenting a workshop performance on Thursday at 8 in World Music Hall on Wesleyan’s campus.  Thursday at 6 you can catch present The Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble, performing new and old works at CFA Hall.  Senior thesis exhibits and recitals continue through the week as well. Details at

The Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s 19th Annual Mad River Literary Festival is in progress. This evening at 6:30 p.m., poets Doug Anderson & Kate Rushin read from their work. The readings take place at Founder's Hall Auditorium on The Northwestern campus at 2 Park Place Winsted,CT  and are free and open to the public. or, call: (860) 738-6300.

Thursday at 7, at the Russell Library in Middletown, the Veterans’ Writing Group meets.  There’s a Beginning Meditation workshop on Saturday at 2, with Hillary Gauvreau. On Sunday they offer a Natural Products Workshop with Ann Buchanan at 1:30.   Visit for details and information on additional community activities.

 In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, The Destiny Twins are in town for the make-up show of the January cancellation.  On Thursday at 8, Gang Green takes the stage.  Friday’s show includes Duece Bug, Phil Blount, Heat Mizer, and the Eardrugz.  On Saturday they’ve got Los Jamones and more at 9.  Their Sunday Soul Service happens at 8 p.m.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it’s the Wednesday’s Blues Jam with Gene Donaldson.  On Saturday they’ve got Mississippi Heat, playing traditional blues with a unique sound. for more.

Manic Productions brings you the Funky Dawgz Brass Band and Mojo this evening at Bar in New Haven.  On Friday, it’s Elvis Perkins and Elison Jackson at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden.  On Saturday, at The Space, it’s River City Extension and more for an 8 p.m. show.  The Ballroom at the Outer Space brings you Kimkata and Back From Earth on Saturday at 9.  On Sunday at 8:30, it’s Todd Barry and Ken Reid at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

On Thursday at noon, the Connecticut Old State House in Hartford presents Herstory: Women’s Rights Tour, highlighting the historical influence of Connecticut women.
At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown on Thursday,  CinTamani and Aruna Chocolates presenting Groove Jam and Super Foods.  On Friday at 7, Ameranouche returns to the stage Buttonwood with their Gypsy Flamenco Swing. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Abundance & Privilege.  Later at 8, they bring you the folk singer/songwriting team of Terry Kitchen and Mara Levin.  Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m.  You can help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30. Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets.

At Toad’s Place, on Thursday down in New Haven, Rx Bandits, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, and Cayetana share a bill.  On Friday it’s Badfish, a tribute to Sublime, along with Primitive Whomp featuring Brightside & Friends in Lilly’s Pad.  On Sunday they headline QQ and The Jackhammer Tour. has the complete line-up.

Friday night, here in Middletown, Scatz Restaurant and Jazz lounge presents Basically Blues. Saturday night Fade2Black makes for a night of new and old school jams.  More online at and.. that’s scatz with a “Z”

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, it’s blues singer Taj Mahal this Friday at 8.  On Saturday, they’ve got Martha Davis and the Motels, with special guest Ruby Rose Fox.  You can hear toe tapping and foot stomping Americana and more at Infinity on Sunday with friend of WESU and her internationally acclaimed band, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem.

Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown presents a Master Class on  Acting For Film, by award-winning director Keith Bearden, this Saturday at 10 a.m. To register, visit

You can celebrate Earth Day by visiting the Trashion Fashion Eco-Market on Sunday at 11 in Hartford, featuring earth-friendly artisans, vendors, food, and more.  Details at

The Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3 at the Hartford Public Library.  This week they present The Brian Marsella Trio.

Artists for World Peace and Comedy On Demand present dinner and improv comedy on Sunday at Typhoon Restaurant in Middletown.

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 “The Wrecking Crew,” about the unsung studio musicians that provided the backbeat for many 1960’s hits.  Also continuing is “An Honest Liar,” a documentary about world-famous magician and escape artist James “The Amazing” Randi. Both run through tomorrow.  Their Film Series 101 presents François Truffaut’s classic “The 400 Blows,” this evening about a misunderstood young boy who enters a life of petty crime.  On Friday they open “White God,” a Hungarian film about a young girl separated from her beloved dog, and the unwanted dogs who rise up to reunite them.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, their April in Paris Film Festival continues all week.  Check the website for offerings and times.  Thursday’s matinée features National Theatre Live’s production of “The Hard Problem,” by Tom Stoddard.  On Sunday they’re showing the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of Prokofiev’s “Ivan the Terrible.”  They also open a run of the award-winning “Red Army,” a documentary about the Soviet Union’s dominance of ice hockey during the Cold War.

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

Right after the Jive, 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 Nyce for The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure. 

Starting at 9:30 it's The Vault with DJ Anton Banks presenting listeners with the very latest in hard techno, minimal tech-house, and left-field mixed live each week.  

And from 11 to midnight, stay tuned Missteps with DJmsal. Missteps is a monthly club night, FM radio show and forthcoming record lable. Dedicated to the underground, all rights resereved, all wrongs reversed..

And from midnight to 12:30, it's Romancipation with Dr. Love and DJ Smooth. 

At 12:30, it's Travelers Soundtrack with Ali and Ben. Your DJs will take you on a tour of the world, choosing a new location each week and highlighting the music of that area.

And at 1:30 stay tuned an hour of Revive the Cassettes with Iggy Che. Mix tapes in honor of public figures, celebrities and relatives, catered to the person's imagined taste or to fit their disposition.
At 2:30 it's Full Moon Hacksaw. Syndicated jazz and blues radio from Phoenix.

And it's the Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation beginning at 3:30.

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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Thanks for listening and stay tuned for The Explorer’s hour with DK Pickup Sticks

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