Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it's Thursday, May 7th, 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.

At the Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, tonight The annual Organ Romp is  at 10 in Memorial Hall.  On Friday, there’s a West African drumming and dance concert at 3 in the CFA courtyard.  Later, at 8, there’s an electronic music concert in CFA Hall.  The Feet to the Fire Riverfront Encounter happens on Saturday starting at noon at Harbor Park.  Enjoy art, kids’ activities, environmental exhibits, crafts and more as part of the Wesleyan Creative Campus Initiative.   Details at

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight brings  Open Mic with Bob Gotta.  Bring your own instrument, and there’s a piano on site. On Friday they bring you two songwriting teams:  Ben and Nancy Parent of The Rivergods, and the Ravens in the Woods duo with Rempe Kooij and Lauren Agnelli. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Honoring Your Truth. Later at 8, they bring you the jazz quartet Medusa, featuring tap dancer Corey Hutchins. 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.

ArtWalk is happening downtown north end of Main Street tonight from 5:30 to 8PM, with a free concert in Louis Lopez Community Garden at 6:30 with the ban SuperTrance! ArtWalk happens every 1st Thursday of the month from May thur October

In New Haven tonight, Head with Wings.  Friday’s 5:00 Happy Hour artist is The Helwigs, followed at 9 by Toyz, If Jesus Had Machine Guns, and Ports of Spain. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Gary Grippo & Friends, with a live concert-recording session of the George Baker Band later at 9. Their Sunday Soul Service happens at 8 p.m.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, is the CT Blues Challenge happens on Thursday at 8. Friday they bring you The Neybas, a Connecticut cult favorite with danceable classic rock.  On Saturday they feature the Roberto Morbioli Band with his unique guitar interpretations. for more.

Tonight Manic Productions brings Yoni Wolf of WHY? at The Space in Hamden.  On Saturday they bring you Polaris and more at the newly opened College Street Music Hall in New Haven.  Lazyeyes, Laundry Day, and Spectral Fangs this Wednesday at Bar in New

At the Russell Library in Middletown, tonight The Veterans’ Writing Group at 7.  The Friends of the Library Book Sale happens Friday and Saturday.  On Saturday at 2, it’s Stories and Secrets:  A Mother’s Day Event, featuring Elisabeth Petry and Hanna Perlstein Marcus sharing stories of their mothers’ extraordinary lives. Visit for details and information on additional community activities.

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

At Infinity Hall in Hartford,  tonight blues singer Travis Tritt. On Friday it’s the rock/roots Jackie Greene Band.  On Saturday they present An Evening with Delbert McClinton and his band.  There’s a Mother’s Day brunch at the Bistro on Sunday.

down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place,tonight they bring you hip hop popster Fabolous and other artists.  On Friday, you can catch Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg with Andrew W.K. on vocals. Saturday Toad’s features Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. has the complete line-up.

Sandbox Arts announces its Grand Opening this Friday at 6:30 with an open studio event at Starr Mill in Middletown.  View the art of Peter Adrian and Joe McCarthy, hosts of WESU’s Radio Obscura, and enjoy music, food and more.

There’s a free bird walk this Saturday starting bright and early at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford, led by Jay Kaplan of the Roaring Brook Nature Center.

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. 

Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown presents “The Waltz” by Carolyn Kirsch this Saturday at 7:30, stage by Vintage Players, with all proceeds going to the Playhouse to benefit ongoing children’s programs.  The play was a semi-finalist at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.  Details at

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  “Dior & I,” a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the first haute couture collection of it’s new art director, Raf Simons.  Also continuing is “La Sapienza,” about a man’s trip to Italy to complete a book about the architect Borromini.  They both run through tonight. On Friday they open “3 Hearts,” a French drama about destiny, connections, and passion in a classic love triangle.  It runs through the weekend.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, the run of  “Queen and Country,” a realistic comedy-drama about a young man entering the British Army in the 1950’s.  It runs through Saturday.  On Sunday they open “Seymour: An Introduction,” Ethan Hawke’s film about the octogenarian Seymour Bernstein who teaches piano in New York City.

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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