Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it's Thursday, May21st 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.

 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.

The Veterans’ Writing Group meets every tonight at 7 at Russell library here, in Middletown. Visit for details 
tonight 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.

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe 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, tonight 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,. .

This Friday join us as we return to The Winchester Cafe on Rt 66 in Portland. 8:00 start, no cover. We are planning on dusting off some classic mcb originals as well as giving a preview of some tunes from the upcoming cd. 

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.

Sunday, MANIC PRESENTS: Ivan & Alyosha, and Kris Orlowski  (5/24) at The Ballroom at The Outer Space

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 

Homegrown with Rob DeRosa 
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

8-9:30 Evening Jazz with Bill Denert will feature a live set from Saxophonist Jovan Alexandre  and his trio. 

At 9:30 -  DJ Malik Fam 1 will be in the house for 2 hrs of underground hip hop.

From  11:30-12:30  DJ Pretzel of The Spice of Life is back in the Air Chair until 12:30 

At 12:30 stay tuned for more jazz on Full Moon Hacksaw from Pacifica.

At 2:30 its rootsword 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 

Morning edition from NPR  starts tomorrow’s broadcast day at 5am.

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