Wednesday, April 8, 2015

04/08/15 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, April 8th, 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 Ben Michael. Thanks for joining us today!

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week.
Tonight (Wednesday) at 8, Writing At Wesleyan presents author Ruth Ozeki at the Russell House.  The award-winning novelist, filmmaker, and Buddhist priest will be reading from her work.  A book signing follows.  Details at 

The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life presents “We Almost Lost Detroit:  A Tale About Cars, Crises, Cities and America,” tonight (Wednesday) at 7:30 on the Wesleyan Campus, featuring Ron Bloom, university alumnus and President Obama’s “Auto Czar.”  Details at

And here’s the event we here at WESU are truly excited about for this evening: WESU and The Argus present a lecture by Julie Burnstein this tonight at 7 p.m. in Wesleyan’s CFA Hall as part of their Journalism and Media Speaker Series.  Julie Burnstein is a Wesleyan Alumn who was involved with WESU during her undergrad days. She is  co-creator of the Nationally syndicated radio show Studio 360 with Kurt Anderson (from WNYC), and author of “Spark: How Creativity Works.”  This event is fee and open to the public. Visit  for details.

Down the street tonight (Weds), at the Russell Library here in Middletown, they host Dr. Joyce Saltman in their Holistic Health Program series, who will speak about the therapeutic value of laughter at 7.  Tomorrow (Thursday) they’re screening the 1976 film “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” starring David Bowie, at 6, with a post-film discussion following. The veterans’ writing group meets every Thursday at 7. Saturday at 3, dancer and author Rachna Agrawal will perform classic North Indian dance.  On Sunday at 1:30, you can attend a Zentangle drawing class led by Pam Miller. The Friends of the Library book sale happens this Saturday and Sunday.  

Visit for details and information on more community activities.
Tonight, The Hartford Public Library hosts its Cynthia Boynton, author of  “Remarkable Women of Hartford,” for a lecture and book signing. There’s a Veterans Open Mic and Poetry Reading Saturday at 1, followed by a reading by Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely, author of “Letter from Italy, 1944.”  Their Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3, featuring the Curtis Brothers. 

Manic Productions brings Matt Pone PA and Young Buffalo to The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden tomorrow/Wednesday. You can also enjoy Landlady, Oh, Cassius!, and LADD at Bar in New Haven on Wednesday.  On Sunday they’re co-sponsoring Sufjan Stevens and Cold Specks at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford.

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, you can catch Tal National and The Mountain Movers.   Thursday they headline Orkestar Bam, The Harris Brothers, and Balkan Band at 8.  On Friday, it’s M.A.K.U Sound System, Rudeyna, and Fernandito Ferrer at 9.  Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Gary Grippo & Friends, followed by Lipgloss Crisis presenting Spring Fever Burlesque at 9.  On Sunday they host the Elm City Folk Festival at 1, closing with a Sunday Soul Service at 8 p.m.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s weekly Wednesday’s Blues Jam will be hosted by Danny Draher this week. On Thursday, it’s Po’Diddlers, with anything from New Orleans funk to top 40. On Friday, enjoy the Brummy Brothers, blending bluegrass, rock, and improvisation.  Saturday they bring Big Mean Sound Machine to the stage at 9, with selections from traditional funk to avant-garde jazz.  On Sunday at 4 you can enjoy Paint Night, all materials provided. for more.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Writers Out Loud poetry and prose open mic hosted by Cocomo Rock and Al Bower Jr, meets on (tomorrow) Thursday at 7.  On Friday, classical pianist Smullyan performs Brahms, Beethoven, and more at 8.  The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is What Is Our Youth Telling Us?  At 8, they bring you NS4GK4strings, playing their favorite dynamic violin duos  going back four centuries. 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. The Great Make Believe Improv Show brings you comedy Sunday night at 7.  Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets.

On Thursday, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents Dr. Robert Dannin’s “The Money Shot” and other 20th century artifacts at CFA Hall at 5 p.m.  A senior music recital by Eriq Robinson (aka WESU’s own DJ Cadet Q, host of Space Music for Space), “The Reality Ends Here: Beginning of the End” happens Thursday at 7 at Beckham Hall, followed by Jacob Masters’ recital, “Exploring F#,” at 9 at Memorial Hall.  On Friday at 8, at Crowell Concert Hall, they present the world premier of “The Nile Project,” featuring musicians and vocalists from countries along the Nile Basin.  There’s a pre-concert talk at 7:15.  There’s a senior music recital on Sunday by Robert Don, “Humble: An Indie Game Expo,” at World Music Hall at 7, followed at 9 by Tim Gallivan’s recital, “Let There Be Light!” in Beckham Hall. Details at

There’s an opening reception at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown this Thursday at 5 for the new exhibit celebrating the art of thirty-one past and present faculty. Works of pottery, weaving, jewelry and basketry are included.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Thursday they headline Barstool Hoedown.  On Friday, Lil’ Bibby and others take the stage at 9. has the complete line-up.
The Art Guild of Middletown hosts award-winning artist Bob Noreika this Thursday at 7 for a watercolor demonstration at the Woodside Elementary School in Cromwell.  He returns for an all-day workshop in watercolor painting starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, also at the Woodside School.  Details at

The tenth annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival happens this week from Thursday through Sunday at Trinity College in Hartford.  The featured headliner is the living legend credited with starting HIP HOP, himself, DJ Kool Herc!!  The International Hip Hop Festival at Trinity College in Hartford features many concerts, lectures, workshops, film screenings and more. You can learn more and Register at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, on Friday, Rubblebucket and Vacationer take the stage at 8pm.  On Saturday, blues and pop artist Bernie Williams makes his Infinity Hall debut, appearing with the Gil Parris Quintet.  All details at

The Greater Middletown Concert Series presents a Multimedia Musical Tribute to three 19th Century Middletown musicians, by Joe Flood, this Sunday at 3 at the Middletown High School Performance Auditorium.

A concert to benefit Artists for World Peace happens this Sunday at 3 at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Gallery in Chester.  The blues singer/songwriter Chester “Big Boy” Coda performs, along with special guests.

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 “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” about an Israeli woman seeking divorce from her manipulative husband, through Thursday.  Also continuing is “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,” about a Japanese woman who believes she can find buried money revealed in a treasure map from the movie “Fargo.”  Opening Friday is “The Wrecking Crew,” about the unsung studio musicians that provided the backbeat for may 1960’s hits.  Also opening is “An Honest Liar,” a documentary about world-famous magician and escape artist James “The Amazing” Randi. Both run through the weekend.  Their Speak Up live storytelling series continues this Saturday at 8.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio,  tonight (Wednesday) they open “The Imitation Game,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch as mathematician Alan Turing, a British mathematician who breaks the Nazi Enigma Code in World War II.  It runs through Saturday.  On Sunday they open their April in Paris Film Festival with two offerings, :Le Brasier Ardent” and “Hiroshima Mon Amour.”
Now here's a rundown of what's on air tonight on WESU:
 Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for: an hour with life Coach. Stacey Zackin  
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, it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion. Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992.

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 who flexes his serious turntable skills as he mixes Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, break-beats mixed live.

And at 11pm it’s Space Music for Space with Cadet Q. playing 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 love advice talk show.

At 12:30 stay tuned for HD/Users/Desktop, fondling the violence of the radio signal.

Then at 1:30, stay tuned indigenous music from radio Pacifica featuring 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.

 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. 

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