Wednesday, April 29, 2015

04/29/15 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, April 29th, 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.
In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, they bring you Voltaire, and Ego Likeness.  Thursday it’s Lydia Lunch, Retrovirus, and Downtown Boys. Friday’s 5:00 feature is Mountains of the Moon, followed at 8 by a benefit for the Devil’s Gear Bike Shop, with a variety of artists. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Billy Cofrances.  At 9, it’s the CD Release Party for Mission 0. Their Sunday Soul Service happens at 8 p.m.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, They’ve got an Electric Thursdays: EDM Party this week, with DJs spinning in two rooms.  On Friday they offer Circa Survive, Balance and Composure, and Chon. On Sunday they headline ILOVEMAKONNEN for their Loudest of the Loud Tour at 9. has the complete line-up.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it’s the Wednesday night  Blues Jam with Tim McDonald.  The Black eyed sallys CT Blues Challenge is back on  Thursday at 8. On Saturday they feature Neal Vitullo & the Vipers. for more.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Connecticut Poetry Society holds their monthly meeting this evening at 6pm.  The Veterans’ Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7.  On Saturday they have an Introduction to MELT class at 10 a.m., led by Joanne Wilcox.  At 2 p.m. they have Stories from India with storytellers Angela Calderella and Tata Canuelas. Visit for details and information on additional community activities.

The History of Middletown’s Riverfront and Its Future is the topic of the Middlesex County Historical Society meeting this evening taking place at the new Senior Center in Middletown.  Society Director Deborah Shapiro will present a lecture “Down by the Riverside,” and Michael Wackers, Director of Planning, Conservation, and Development, will speak about future plans for the riverfront.

Also tonight, Manic Productions brings Dreamers, Gold Lake, and Ian Biggs to Bar in New Haven. Thursday, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, they’ve got The Relationship – members of Weezer, U.S. Bombs & The Bravery.
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can catch The Wailin’ Jennys with special guest Heather Maloney tonight. On Friday, it’s the “Back to the Eighties” Show with Jessie’s Girl.  On Saturday, they feature D.A. Foster & The Shaboo All-Stars with Duke & The Esoterics, as a benefit for Work Vessels for Vets.   On Sunday at 7 it’s Puccini’s La Bohème by the Connecticut Lyric Opera and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.

Thursday night “The Bus” featuring Michael Cleary, Eric Kuhn and other area musicians plays the THE BACK PORCH in Old Saybrook for more info you can call 860 510 0282
Also on Thursday, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts features, Javanese gamelan music at 7 in the World Music Hall. The Collegium Musicum performs vocal music at 8 in Memorial Chapel, Thursday night while the The Wesleyan Taiko Drumming Ensemble performs at 9pm at Crowell Concert Hall.  On Friday, members of the New York Virtuoso Singers present Experimental Music for Vocal Quartet at 8 in Crowell Concert Hall. 

The Wesleyan Spring Dance Concert takes place on Friday and Saturday.  On Saturday at 8, the Wesleyan University Orchestra performs in Crowell Concert Hall, including works by the winners of the university Concerto Competition.  The Worlds of Dance Concert happens on Sunday at 2 in Crowell Concert Hall, and the Wesleyan Concert Choir performs works for chorus and organ at 3 in Memorial Chapel.  At 7, the Chinese Music Ensemble presents their spring concert, “Middle Kingdom” in Middletown, at 7, in World Music Hall.    Details at

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, On Friday at 5:30 there’s an Artists’ Reception to open the new exhibition “Paint the Town,” by Jacqueline Jones, featuring local scenes from Middletown.  At 8:00, (Friday) Keri Powers and Eric Lichter take the stage. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday morning at 10:30. This week’s theme is Cleaning up and Letting Go.  At 1, there’s a Free Poets Collective with music and an Open Mic, featuring Tony Brown of the Duende Project.  At 8 p.m. it’s The 2nd Line Quartet with jazz offerings. 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.
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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Ronnie Spector sings the Fabulous Ronettes Friday night at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville. Showtime is 8pm.

It’s a bit out of our area but there’s also a big doo wop show happening at the Vets Theater in Providence this Saturday, when Richard Nader’s DooWop and Rock and Roll All Stars present an evening with Shirley Alston Reeves, The Legendary Teenagers, Jay Siegel’s Tokens, The Charlie Thomas Drifters and more. Details at   

WESU DJ Karen Stein, host of Imagine Radio, performs acoustic guitar every Saturday from 12:15 to 3 p.m. at the original Brewbaker’s on Main Street in Middletown. 

Samba Fest, cosponsored by Trinity College and Riverfront Recapture, happens this Saturday at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford starting at 11.  Celebrate the regions’ rich Brazalian culture with international and local music and more.

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

Through Thursday, Real Art Ways in Hartford, continues 2 films,  “The Wrecking Crew,” about the unsung studio musicians that provided the backbeat for may 1960’s hits and  “Hunting Ground,” an exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses.  On Friday Real Art Ways open a run of “Dior & I,” a behind-the-scenes look at the haute couture collection of its new artistic director, Raf Simons.  It runs through the weekend.

Cinestudio at Trinity College’s, continues their run of “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” tonight.  On Thursday, Cinestudio presents “Show your Shorts,” the work of film studies majors at the college.  On Friday they’re showing the 2015 Oscar-Nominated short films in the Live Action Category.  The Oscar nominee series continues on Saturday with screenings of Animation nominees.  At 4 on Saturday it’s the fourth annual Trinity Film Festival, with red carpet arrivals, awards and more, screening short film entries from students across the country. On Sunday they open a run of “White God,” a Hungarian film about a young girl separated from her beloved dog, and the unwanted dogs who rise up to reunite them.

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.

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