Thursday, May 21, 2015

05-20-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, May20th 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!  Thanks for joining us!
 Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week.

Thursday night at the Buttonwood, Cintamani- Groove Jam and Super Foods blends the spirit of kirtan, world music, and chocolate and chanting.
On Friday The Buttonwood Tree presents: Attila Vural and Eugene Ruffolo in concert at 7:00 pm. ATTILA is an evening of boundary pushing guitar and vocals. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30am. This week’s theme is Living In Love. Later Saturday evening at 8, The Buttonwood presents Alba’s Edge who’ll offer their fusion of Scottish fiddle, jazz, funk and Latin rhythms. 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 Hearing Voices Network meets weekly on Monday Mornong at 10:30.

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, BIG MOON, Ian Biggs, and Tanuki Sui’s share a bill at Café Nine. Thursday at “The Nine” Safety Meeting Records Presents BLOOD WARRIOR, DEATH VESSEL, and VIOLENT MAE.  Tom Hearn plays the early 5pm set at Café Nine on Friday. Later on Friday night, Oddball Entertainment Presents THE BLUES MAGOOS, Happy Ending, & Rope. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session at Café Nine will be hosted by The George Baker Band this week at 4:30.  Saturday night at Cafe nine presents LOOM, Dr. Martino, The Sleep Cozies, and Disco Teen 66. Sunday night their Sunday Soul Service offers a night of 70's Rear Grooves, dope disco, and funk starting at 8 p.m.

At Black-eyed Sally’s in Hartford, it’s the Wednesday Blues Jam hosted by Tommy Whalen this week. The CT Blues Challenge is going down on Thursdays at Sally’s. Friday night Jen Durkin & The Business make for a night of Funk at Black-eyed Sally’s.   Saturday night you can catch a night with Paul Oscher, award-winning blues singer, songwriter, recording artist, and multi-instrumentalist,. .

The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet Wednesday nights at First Church on Court St.  Partners not necessary.  Call 860-347-0278 for details.

Tonight MANIC PRODUCTIONS AND REDSCROLL RECORDS PRESENT: Kayo Dot, Shilpa Ray, and Hex Inverter at BAR in New Haven. Sunday, MANIC PRESENTS: Ivan & Alyosha, and Kris Orlowski  (5/24) at The Ballroom at The Outer Space

The Veterans’ Writing Group meets every tomorrow at 7 at Russell library here, in Middletown. Visit for details
Thursday Toad’s place in New Haven, you can catch DC Hip Hop artist Shy Glizzy.    Friday and Saturday night Toad’s presents electronic Dance Music Friday its an event called LITUATION featuring 8 DJs. Saturday brings their glow party with more than a dozen DJs. On Sunday at Toad’s
GORILLA MUSIC presents The New Haven Music Festival.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, Mullet plays “Hair Rock” onstage tomorrow night. Friday’s Art Garfunkel show is sold out. Saturday night it’s the rock/roots Jackie Greene Band.  On Saturday Infinity Hall Hartford presents LIVE AT THE FILLMORE: THE DEFINITIVE TRIBUTE TO THE ORIGINAL ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND. Sunday brings FORWARD FESTIVAL IN CONCERT: SYBARITE5 WITH SARA CHASE, RUPERT BOYD AND FULL FORCE DANCE THEATRE

The Old State House in Hartford offers a tour of the artwork on its walls every other Thursday at noon.  Enjoy works by Trunbull, Stuart, and more.

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

As Wesleyan University wraps up its academic year with Reunion and Commencement this week, The Center for The Arts squeezes in a couple final events. This Saturday at 11:00 am in the CFA Hall Dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston will talk about their collaboration for the exhibition A Body in Fukushima.  The Wesleyan University Senior Thesis Art Exhibition Reception happens Saturday at 2pm in Zilkha Gallery showcasing the work of the Class of 2015’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. Curated by Professor of Art Tula Telfair. Details at

The Middletown house-concert series presents an Irish kitchen concert this Saturday, May 23rd, at 7:30pm. Their repertoire includes the driving reels and lilting jigs and hornpipes one would find in an Irish pub session, as well as stately waltzes, slow airs, and old and new songs of emigrants, soldiers, lovers, lawyers and computer programmers from both sides of the Atlantic.  The band features George Wilson on fiddle, banjo and vocals, Dora Hast on tin whistle and recorders, and Stan Scott on guitar, mandolin, banjo, and vocals. For reservations and directions, please call Jody Cormack 860-983-7963 or email

The Middletown Symphonic Band will be performing the first of a three part outdoor concert series at Riverfront Recapture Great River Park at 7 PM on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Admission is free. Rain Date: Sunday, May 25, 2015. Subsequent concerts in this series will be held on June 28th and July 26th.

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

Through tomorrow, Real Art Ways in Hartford, they continue their run of “Iris,” a documentary about nonagenarian Iris Apfel, a longstanding style maven on the New York fashion scene. Opening Friday and running through May 28th is Man From Reno, wherein a stranger in San Francisco, Japanese crime novelist Aki Akahori (Ayako Fujitani), nicknamed “the J. D. Salinger of Japan,” is unsure of precisely what role she has to play in a real-life murder mystery.  Also opening Friday, at Real Art Ways, is The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window & Disappeared, a comedy about a mischievous centenarian on the

 Trinity College’s Cinestudio begins their run of Woman of Gold, with Helen Mirren in a true story playing Maria Altmann, an elderly Austrian-Jewish woman driven to track down the priceless works of art that the Nazis stole from her family during World War II. Those works included Gustav Klimt’s masterful painting known as The Woman in Gold, which also happens to be a portrait of her Aunt.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:  

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for an hour of Undercover with Becca Seidel, bridging genres and generations, Undercover explores the concept of inspiration through imitation. Nothing is original.

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.
At 6:30-8pm it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion. Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It’s a vinyl world!

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 1:30, it's automated music especially designed for your listening pleasure.

At 1:30, it’s Indigenous Music from Radio Pacifica.
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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Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Undercover with Becca Seidel.

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