Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it's Thursday, April 23rd  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. 

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

At the Russell Library in Middletown, Money Smart Week series continues with “Strategies for Maximizing your Social Security in Retirement” Thursday at 7pm. The Veterans’ Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7 as well.  There’s a Chair Yoga class on Saturday at 1, led by Sandra Koppell.     Visit for details and information on additional community activities. 

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, on Thursday, the Middlesex Drum Circle meets.  Bring your own, or use one on site.  On Friday they bring you storyteller and southern singer/songwriter Eric Taylor. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Miracles in Your Life.  Later at 8, they bring you Electronhic, to experience rhythmic drums and the Chapman Stick.  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.

It’s a busy time of year here on the Wesleyan Campus.  The Wesleyan Center for the Arts is home to lots of senior recitals and presentations throughout the week, many which are free and open to the public.  Check their website for details.  

In progress now at the Wesleyan Center for the Arts, Noah Baerman leads a colloquium on the philosophical origins of his suite “The Rock and the Redemption”.

Eugene Lonesco’s  “The Bald Soprano,” a seminal play of the Theater of the Absurd, runs  Wednesday through Saturday at CFA Theater. 

A cello recital with works by Brahms, Chopin, Scott Joplin, and more takes place at Memorial Chapel tomorrow evening at 7.  

The Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble perform this Friday at 7 in Crowell Concert Hall. Included is the world premiere of Noah Baerman’s “The Rock and the Redemption.”   

You can enjoy a Wayang Kulit, a Javanese puppet play with music, on Friday at 8 in World Music Hall.  Details about all of these events and more online at  

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, The Radiation, The 509ers, and Rope.  Friday’s 5:00 feature is The Coracles, followed at 9 by The Fleshtones and The Split Squad. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with the George Baker Band, and The Gravel Pit and Blockhouses take the stage later at 9. Their Sunday Soul Service happens at 8 p.m.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s,Their CT Blues Challenge is back on Thursdays at 8.  Phonosynthesis takes the stage on Friday.  On Saturday they feature the SNL Live Band vocalist Christine Ohlman &Rebel Montez. for more.

Manic Productions brings you The Color Morale and more at The Space in Hamden.  On Friday at The Space, they bring you Speedy Ortiz, Mitski, Krill, and Blessed State.  On Sunday, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, it’s the Spirit Family Reunion, appearing with The Horse Eyed Men.

Thursday through Sunday Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown is home to Terri Klein’s Vintage Players / Hours Apart stage production., “You Can’t Be Serious!,” an evening of short plays with music interludes. All proceeds will be donated to Oddfellows Playhouse and Adath Israel. This is a.  Visit for times and reservations.  

At Infinity Hall Hartford, they have singer/songwriter Howie Day, with Will Evans and The DuPont Brothers, on stage tomorrow night.  Friday, the reggae band Mighty Mystic takes the Infinity Hall Hartford stage.  Saturday you can catch the Eric Clapton Tribute with The Bell Bottoms Blues Band at 8.  Comedian Ralphie May takes the Infinity stage on Sunday at 7:30.

Big Lee and Co. makes for a night of smooth Jazz at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge here in Middletown, Friday night.   Saturday night, Scatz presents their Spring Fling Comedy showcase featuring, Del Harrison, Marlen Baker, and Hassan Oliver, Hosted by CT’s own Chris Clark followed by an after Party downstairs in lounge   and that’s Scatz with a “Z”!

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

The Music at the Hubbard House series in Middletown presents Dogs Like Us, performing blues, folk, and more, this Saturday at 7:30.  Proceeds benefit the Children of Peace Project.

This Saturday brings the fourth annual Big Draw Middletown, celebrating drawing in all its forms, with workshops and events at many locations around town.  Details at

This Saturday, WESU’s own Uncle John, host of our Sunday night Grateful Dead showcase. Dead Air, Celebrates 10 years of Radio with a WESU fundraising event at  New Britain’s  Austrian Donau Clublocated at 545 Arch St. Live music will be provided by Dead Show plus food, drinks, raffles, and surprises! Check out  the Dead Air 10th anniversary facebook event page for more details! 

This weekend also brings The Meriden Daffodil fest is a free annual music festival in Meriden's Hubbard Park celebrates a return of Spring with "food, flowers, fireworks and fun. Rob DeRosa, host of WESU's Home grown local music show on Thursdays, right after the jive, has put together another diverse line up of entertainment for this year's festival featuring over 30 bands on three stages. Some of the acts you can find are Kindred Queer, Giggle juice, "All-Capps LADD", Wise Old Moon, Mark Mirando, Big Fat Combo, Graylight Campfire, Straight to VHS, The Balkun Brothers and The Funky Dawgs Brass Band plus much more. Details online at

This Sunday, at First Church onCourt St in Middletown 11:30am,  Millicent Malcolm APRN and Cathy Zack MD will talk about what to expect as you get older and share tips on healthy aging. This event is free and open to the public and is presented by The Rite of Passage for Elders group at First Church. For more information call (860) 346-6657

You are invited to celebrate Poetry Month with The James Merrill House Spring Fellows, Moira Egan & Damiano Abeni who will discuss their work translating the poems of James Merrill, Allen Ginzburg, Elizabeth Bishop, Frank Bidart, and other American poets, into Italian. Egan, an award-winning poet will also present a reading of her own work. The event will be held at the Stonington Free Library, 20 High Street on Sunday April 26, 2015 at 5pm. The event is free and open to all. Reception to follow. For more information, go to Facebook or

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

Through tomorrow, Real Art Ways in Hartford continues their run of   “The Wrecking Crew,” about the unsung studio musicians that provided the backbeat for many 1960’s hits.  Also continuing through Thursday is “White God,” a Hungarian film about a young girl separated from her beloved dog.  Dr. Laurie Santos, from Yale’s Canine Cognition Center, leads of discussion before Thursday’s film as part of the Science on Screen series.     There’s a one-time screening of “Planetary,” a cinematic journey exploring human origins and the future of the species, this evening at 7.  On Friday they open “Hunting Ground,” an exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses.  There’s a post-film discussion after Friday’s show led by University of Hartford faculty members.  It runs through the weekend.

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio, opens “Selma,” about Marin Luther King’s 1965 march, a seminal event in the Civil Rights movement.  It runs through Saturday.  Saturday night it’s their annual Reel Youth Hartford Film Festival, featuring shorts made by local middle school and high school students.  It includes a red carpet event and reception.  On Sunday their National Theatre Live series presents Tom Stoppard’s new play, “The Hard Problem.”  On Sunday they open a run of “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” with Maggie Smith and others managing a hotel in Jaipur for silver-haired British ex-pats.

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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