Thursday, November 12, 2015

11-12-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, November 12th, and this is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on WESU  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. Thank you for joining us! Now here’s some of what’s happening in our area this week:

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Now here's some of what’s happening in our area this week:

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, Cash Cash & Tritonal play at 8 pm. On Friday they headline Gwar at 7 pm. On Sunday, jam with The John Kadlecik Band at 8 pm.

In New Haven tonight, Cafe Nine presents Bruiser Queen along with The Right-Offs to play at 9 pm. Friday's Happy House features The Buttondowns at 5 pm. Followed by Roosevelt Dime at 9 pm. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session features Gary Grippo & Friends, followed by Glamour Assassins and Saving Skylar at 9 pm. Sunday, Tony & Irena play at 3 pm. This is followed by Words and Music, a monthly event full of local & touring musicians, writers, and poets at 8pm.

Tonight at Infinity Hall in Hartford,  Zach Deputy with The Hornitz play 8 pm. On Friday they headline Leon Russell at 8 pm. Saturday is "A Night at the Opry" presented by Gunsmoke at 1:30 pm. This is followed by Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show at 8 pm.The New Christy Minstrels play Sunday at 1:30 pm. Also on Sunday at 7:30 is the Madeleine Peyroux Trio, alongside Open Mic Night at the Infinity Bistro. Details at
You can tango at First Church on Court St every  Fridays. Partners not necessary.  Call 860-347-0278 for details.

Tonight,  brings opening night for The Oddfellows Playhouse Jr & Teen rep Companies 2 week run of of "Alice in Wonderland" which will continue through this weekend and next.  On Friday, Manic Productions brings David Bazan to the Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden, at 9pm. Puscifer plays on Saturday at 8 pm in the Shubert Theater, New Haven.
On Friday, up in Hartford at Black-eyed Sally’s, Start Making Sense, a Talking Heads tribute band plays at 9 pm. On Saturday, its the Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase featuring Tone Cool at 9 pm. 
This evening, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts brings in new media artist Reid Farrington for a conversation with artist R. Luke DuBois at 5pm. The “R. Luke Bubois--In Real Time” exhibit runs through December 13 in the Zilkha Gallery. Friday and Saturday, a breaking ground dance series event brings Faye Driscoll to Memorial Chapel at 8 pm. On Sunday, pianist Lisa Moore plays Philip Glass. Tanya Marcuse’s “Phantom Bodies” runs through December 13 in the Davison Art Center. More information at

Tonight, the Veterans’ Writing Group meets at the Russell Library in Middletown. Historian Dione Longley will illustrate and discuss the impact of WWI on Middletown at 7 pmThis is presented as a part of the WWI poster exhibition, running through November 30th.

Tomorrow evening here in Middletown, the African Students Association's present  "Faces of Africa" from 9-11PM at the World Music Hall here on campus. The event features music by Osekere and the Lucky Bastards and with a keynote address by Kwaku Obend Akoi.  

On Friday at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s folk duo The Kennedys at 8 pm. Saturday is the 10th Annual CT Jazz Composers & Improvisers Festival starting at 7:30 pm. Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 pm. Help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. The Hearing Voices Network meets weekly on Monday morning at 10:30.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, they screen "Of Men and War" a documentary about a dozen combat veterans starting anew in a pioneering war trauma therapy centre, which runs Friday until November 19th. On Sunday, "Gisela's Story" a documentary about three generations responding to a Holocaust survivor's legacy, at 11:30am. On Sunday, they present "improvisations: Arcade" where Curator Musicians Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes join guests for freely improvised music at 3pm.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio shows "Grandma":  Lily Tomlin's starring role of a poet and her niece on a roadtrip. Begins tonight and plays through Saturday. On Sunday, The Bolshoi Ballet presents George Balanchine's "Jewels". Also on Sunday, Noah Baumbach's new film "Mistress America" starring Greta Gerwig, is the story of two young New Yorkers. This film runs through Tuesday.

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

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa, playing Connecticut Connected music presented for the global audience for 13 years.

From 6:30-8pm it's Imagine. You can listen to the best music from around the world and around the block.

At 8, it's Evening Jazz with Bill Denert, bringing you a broad range of swing, bebop, and avante garde with a few new releases, where "Hearing is the best experience."

From 10:30-11:30, stay tuned for the Late Night Format with Adi Slepack, for a radio show that is; like a TV talk show, with a new media spin!

At 11:30, it's an hour of Meet Music with DJ Rami. Buckle up and tune in to meet a new artist with each show, exploring background, influences and personal stories.

At 12:30, it's High Tide with DJ Johnny Tsunami.: The tide is high and you know what that means... new waves! Wax down your board and ride the tide along the best post-punk/new wave jams from the 1970s and 1980's. 

From 1:30-2:30, you can catch The Weirding Way with DJ Atreides. With new soundscapes each show, it's the expression of thoughts through sound in a cross-genre exploration of a sonic mood with an indie/alternative focus.

From 2:30-4, it's People, Places and Things with Jackalope. Each week brings a new theme, each theme brings and exciting smorgasbord of songs relating to it.

The BBC World News follows at 4, and we start your day bright and early with Morning Edition from NPR at 5 am.
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 missed an item in our community calendar, you can find the script online at  If you turn to WESU for music and information that you cannot find elsewhere, please help us out with a donation today during our current fall pledge drive. You can make that donation online at 

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Ear Candy with Sick Nelden!

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