Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Good evening, it's Thursday, April 16th, 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.

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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

WESU DJ Bill Revill's paintings are up at the Underground Gallery, 122 Main Street, Collinsville, until this Sunday evening. The Underground Gallery is open 6-9 Friday and 11-4 Saturday and Sunday. 

tonight 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, 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 on Saturday they’ve got Mississippi Heat, playing traditional blues with a unique sound. for more.

Manic Productions brings you Elvis Perkins and Elison Jackson at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden on Friday.  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.

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown,  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”

Saturdays at BrewBakers on Main Street in Middletown there will be live music from 12-3PM.

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:

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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