Friday, May 29, 2015

05-29-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Friday, May 29th,  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 Cyma Shapiro, the host of the bi-weekly contemporary lifestyle show, "For Women Over 40." You can catch us on Tuesdays @ 4 p.m. Thanks for joining us.  While most listeners are well aware of and are likely getting tired of being reminded that we are trying to wrap up our Spring pledge drive here at WESU, you might be surprised to learn that despite the thousands of announcements we have broadcast in the last 60 days, we have heard from less than 200 donors.  While the end of this pledge drive is in sight, we won’t reach our goal without your support. There’s just over $6,000 and we are counting on you. Every dollar counts!

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening throughout our listening area this week.

Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown is featuring the premiere of “The Adventures of Super Margaret,” a new comedy for young audiences performed by the Junior and Senior Repertory Companies.  It will run through Saturday, when you can catch a matinee performance.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, you can enjoy music, tonight, with the Trio 149 Jazz Group, the brainchild of jazz pianists Jen Allen and Noah Baerman.  The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. This week’s theme is Open Questions.  Later Saturday evening at 8, you can hear the Stanley Maxwell quartet, returning to the Buttonwood for the first time in over a decade. 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 morning at 10:30.

The Greater Middletown Concert Association brings you Puccini’s La Bohème tonight at 7:30 at the Middletown High School Performing Arts Auditorium.  Details at

In New Haven tonight, Cafe Nine's early show will be at 5 p.m. featuring Calvin DeCutlass, followed by Live Mike Live at 9 p.m. with comedy, interviews, and more on the Café Nine stage. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 headlines Billy Cofrances.  Saturday night, it’s Bella’s Bartok, The Asberry Boys, and Huntinanny featuring David Ramos.  Café Nine presents Haunted Cities and more at 3 p.m. on Sunday, followed by the usual Sunday Soul Service at 8.

Up in Hartford, tonight, Black-eyed Sally’s featuring a double bill with Turbine and The Balkun Brothers. Saturday, the Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase starts at 9, with regional and national blues harmonica talent including Handy Award winner Steve Guyger. 

Manic Productions will bring you Grammy-nominated Tig Notaro at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven on Saturday at 8.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, you can catch Shakedown, playing The Dead & Beyond.  Saturday, Toad’s features Bright Night 18: Electro Glow Party, with a big list of acts.  Also on Saturday, in Lilly’s Pad, Afton Presents brings you Mike Sands, Devolve, and

At Infinity Hall, Hartford, on Friday you can laugh to the Boston Comedy Festival, Irish Comedians, featuring Joe Carroll, Jack Lynch, Jim McCue, and PJ Walsh.  On Saturday, it’s the Soul Sound Revue, featuring the best Motown band in the land.  Details at

Just a reminder: The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford now offers free admission every Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 5 p.m.

And, you can take a free tour of the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arc every Thursday at noon in Bushnell Park in Hartford.  More information is available at

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours happen tonight and Saturday evenings at the Mark Twain House in Hartford.  Reservations are required.  Find out more at

This Saturday at 10 a.m., the Hartford Public Library presents Poets on Poetry, a monthly discussion of poetry collections.  This month’s focus is the work of Wallace Stevens.

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

Celebrate the planet this Sunday from noon to 5 at the Hartford Earth Festival, where you can enjoy food, music, exhibits, and more at Mortensen’s Riverfront Plaza.

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

Tonight, Real Art Ways in Hartford will be screening “Man From Reno,” a Japanese/English murder mystery that enters the world of a crime novelist.  Also opening is “Every Secret Thing,” another crime thriller based on the novel by Laura Lippman, about the deception surrounding a series of missing child cases.  Both run through the weekend.

Also, tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio, the Connecticut LGBT Film Festival brings the movie, “Boulevard,” with Robin Williams in his last dramatic role.  Several shorts will be shown first, and screenwriter Douglas Soesbe will be in attendance.  An Opening Night Gala follows. The festival continues on Saturday with screenings of “20 Lies, 4 Parents and a Little Egg,” “While You Weren’t Looking,” and “Velociraptor.”  On Sunday they offer “Liz in September and “Lady Valor: The Kristen Beck Story.  Check the website for times and details.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU, as we kick off our first week of our new summer program line up: 

From 5:05-6:30pm, it'll be Covering the Beatles - Take a ride forward and backwards on a "Magical Mystery Tour." An exploration of cover tunes of Beatles songs by new artists and early rock and roll tunes covered by the Beatles.             
6:30-7pm its Radio Curious from Pacifica.

At 7 until 8:30pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - Informing listeners about local and global issues with health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips, featuring a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.

Next up until 10pm, we take it  From the Otherside with Rok-A-Dee - The Voice of Hartford, including local artists from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He also features upcoming artists performing different genres like Reggae Dancehall, R&B, and new artiste.     
Then from 10pm - midnight, we go In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with
Dope Dave - Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied soundscapes.

At Midnight until 3am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

3-3:30 am will be Bassment Beats with DJ LOKASH from Pacifica - The best in underground & above ground hip-hop mixed by DJ LOKASH.

From 3:30-4 am is a New World Show with DJ LOKASH from Pacifica, exploring contemporary sounds in global bass redefining the term "world music." curated & mixed by DJ LOKASH.      
Sing Out! Radio Magazine with Tom Druckenmiller comes on at 4 until 5am with a weekly, hour-long “magazine format” program, featuring interviews in addition to “live” and recorded traditional folk musics.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the BBC World News - a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation
This is WESU Middletown, 88.1fm.

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