Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, May 28th,  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, 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 we 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 this week throughout our listening area this week.

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, you are invited to join the Middlesex Drum Circle this Thursday for a 7 p.m session.  Bring your own instrument, or use one on site.  On Friday you can enjoy music 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.

Artists for World Peace is holding its last concert of the season tonight Thursday at 7:30 at The Hubbard House in Middletown.  The featured artist is bellydancer Gia, performing with her troupe Venusrising.  E-mail for details.

Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown opens the premier of “The Adventures of Super Margaret,” a new comedy for young audiences performed by the Junior and Senior Repertory Companies.  It opens Thursday night and runs through Saturday, when you can catch a matinee performance.

Tonight at the Russell Library in Middletown @ 7PM,  The Veterans Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7.  Visit for details and information on additional community activities.

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

In New Haven tonight, Cafe Nine tonight presents  The Lost Bayou Ramblers and Orb Mellon on stage at Café Nine. Friday’s early show at 5 Calvin DeCutlass, followed by Live Mike Live at 9 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 present Haunted Cities and more at 3 p.m. on Sunday, followed by the usual Sunday Soul Service at 8.

Up in Hartford at Black-eyed Sally’s  On Friday it’s a double bill at Sally’s, 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.  

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tomorrow/ Thursday, you can catch a local punk rock showcase, with over 10 bands live on stage.  Friday they bring you 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

Tonight At Infinity Hall,Hartford, you can hear world music artist Ottmar Liebert and his band Luna Negra this  at 8.  On Friday, the Boston comedy Festival presents Boston 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

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

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

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours happen this Friday 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. 

You can 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.

This Sunday WESU's own Mr. Sparks will be at Higher Grounds Coffeehouse on Main Street in East Hampton as the featured guest for Acoustic Breakfast from 10-12PM

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

Through Thursday, 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. Also continuing is “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window & Disappeared,” a comedy about a mischievous centenarian on the run. Both run through Thursday. On Friday they’re 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.

 Trinity College’s Cinestudio is screening an Ultra High Def restoration of the 1952 British classic “The Tales of Hoffman,” an adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s popular opera.  It runs through Thursday.  On Friday the 28th Connecticut LGBT Film Festival brings you “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:

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

Imagine with Karen Stein
Peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!             

Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant-garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.                                         

(1,3,5) Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam
Featuring local hip hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists not normally played on the radio. 
(2,4) Experience The Experiement (ETEShow) with DJ Marquis
Album Cuts of main and non mainstream artists. The show does interviews from all backgrounds of music.

Metal on Metal!! with the Metal Messenger
Welcome to Metal on Metal!! Traditional heavy metal, progressive metal, death metal, power metal, black metal...any kind of metal as long as it's shreddin'!
Mentaltown with El Vee
Ill vill for the unsigned artist, small biz, and non profit with different guest hosts plus dj's

RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald

Democracy Now

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

If you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, please help us close out our Spring pledge drive with a meaningful donation. You can make that donation online at anytime. We are running out of time to make our studio upgrades possible and we could really use your help!  

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