Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it's Thursday, April 30th, 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. 

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

Tonight, 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 Russell Library in Middletown tonight 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.

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine 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, tonight it's The Black eyed sallys CT Blues Challenge is back on  Thursday at 8. On Saturday they feature Neal Vitullo & the Vipers. for more.

Also tonight, Manic Productions tonight at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, they’ve got The Relationship – members of Weezer, U.S. Bombs & The Bravery.

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.
Tonight 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

At Infinity Hall in Hartford,  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.

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 tonight, 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, tonight 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:

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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