Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it's Thursday, April 9th, 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. 

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week.

Tonight 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.

Tonight, 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

At the Russell Library here in Middletown, 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.

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.

There’s an opening reception at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown this tonight 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.

The Hartford Public Library hosts its Cynthia Boynton, 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 you 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 tonight 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, 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 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

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: 

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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