Thursday, January 7, 2016

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it'sThursday, January 7th, and this is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming, here on 88.1 FM 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. 

Thanks to our supporters for a successful fall turned winter pledge drive.  When it really comes down to it, there are literally a few hundred people whose donations ensure free form community radio has a home at WESU.  On behalf of the thousands of listeners who listen to WESU regularly, but haven’t yet seen the light, and all of the WESU staff, thanks for having our back with a donation this fall. Your support sustains the community service that WESU provides. As more people join in and support our work, we can increase the value and impact of the work we do. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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

Here in Middletown, Friday night,  the Buttonwood Wood Tree presents the quartet Windborne, offering close harmony singing and spirited banjo picking mixed with polyphonic vocal music from Eastern Europe, Corsica, Basque Country and more. Saturday mornings, the Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop happen from 10:30-noon at the Buttonwood Tree. Later on Saturday, its’ AN AFTERNOON OF POETRY and SONG by Author, John Surowiecki and son.  Saturday night Seat of Our Pants offers Contemporary, acoustic folk.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, LONG LIVE THE KING! A TRIBUTE TO ELVIS, featuring DW Ditty, Kriss Santala, Sean Conlon, Buzz Gordo, Christoph Whitbeck, Terri Lynn, The Right Offs (solo), Brian Slattery, Tom Hearn, Paul Panamarenko, and Cristina Harris!  Friday’s Weekly 5pm early show features STEFANIE HARRIS AUSTIN and CALVIN DECUTLASS. Later Friday night at The Nine, Manic Productions Presents DOWNTOWN BOYS, Guerilla Toss, Maricamerica, and Jose Oyola (solo).  Café Nine’s weekly afternoon Jazz Jam session is with Gary Grippo and Friends at 4:30. Later Saturday night GIRLS, GUNS, AND GLORY and The Hickups offer a night of contemporary Americana.  Sunday afternoon at Café Nine, The Buttondowns take the stage for a 3pm show and Greg Sherrod Band hits the stage at 8pm.

Friday Manic Productions presents a night of serious heavy metal with Venom Inc, Necrophagia, and Nightbitch at The Ballroom at The Outer Space

TONIGHT Infinity Hall Norfolk presents their OPEN MIC BIG STAGE COMPETITION Friday on their Norfolk stage they present The Slambovian Circus of Dreams. At Infinity Hall Hartford, Friday night they present, Funk Sax Man Maceo Parker of James Brown and P Funk Lineage. Saturday night at Infinity Hartford you can catch Howie Day w/ special guest Brian Jarvis. On Sunday it’s the Young Studs of Comedy at Infinity Norfolk. Details at

In New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Friday night you can catch WINTER WONDERBAND 2016 featuring Something Simple, A Day Less, ATWA, Lawnchair Pilots, Monopole, Montgomery Parkway, The Not Mikes, and Woodstock Band.  Sat at Toads there’s a BRIGHT NIGHT: ELECTRO-GLOW PARTY featuring a dozen DJs.

 Friday night down in New Haven, The Elm City Noise Festival and DrinkDeeply present PEDESTRIAN DEPOSIT + PHEMALE + SICKNESS + CERISE MONTCLAIR + NEPHEW at Lyric Hall Theater on Whalley Ave. find more info on facebook

Also down in New Haven Friday night, The LDPP Winter Concert series at Pacific Standard Tavern features The Grays with special guests Dapperascal & Mark Pires. 

There’s an exhibit of paintings by WESU DJ, Bill Revill, The host of Acoustic Blender,  at the Cora J. Belden Library in Rocky Hill this month with an opening reception on Saturday, January 9th, from 2 - 3:30.  

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, through Thursday, They continue their run of: Janis: Little Girl Blue in which Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil) delves into the life of late rock legend Janis Joplin. Also continuing through Thursday is: NOMA: My Perfect Storm, A documentary about the celebrated chef René Redzepi, set against the backdrop of the Copenhagen-based restaurant NOMA, named the Best Restaurant in the World in several times over. Opening Friday at RAW is Su Rynard’s documentary, The Messenger which explores our connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. The Film Moonwalkers a high-tempo action-comedy starring Ron Perlman as a 1960s CIA agent in swinging sixties

Trinity College’s Cinestudio will emerge from their annual winter hiatus on Jan 6 with a run of MAcBeth!

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU: (note there may be variations due to winter break for students at Wesleyan)

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU: (note there may be variations due to winter break for students at Wesleyan)

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 9:30-10:30 you can catch UnderCover with Ali and Ben who explore inspiration through invitation in a variety of music genres. 

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

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