Thursday, January 14, 2016

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it's Thursday, January 14th and this is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming, here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers a diverse talk radio program including NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs. Each night and weekend WESU offers the best in free-form community programming.

 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 happening in our area this week:

Tonight, the Russell Library, welcomes vocalist Indra Rios-Moore and her band for a 7 p.m. concert in the Hubbard Room.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine.Friday night, Café Nine presents a triple bill with PHONOSYNTHESIS  CHICA NON GRATA, and NICK DIMARIA WIRE. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4:30. Later Saturday night The Nine presents a 2016 St. Patrick' s Day Parade Fundraising concert with JOVIAL CREW and Buzz Gordo's Ski Lodge.  Sunday Night Off the Trax plays Classic Rock at the Nine.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Friday night at Toads Place you can catch Riders on the Storm, the Electric Lady band, and more.   Sat at Toads is a big night with 2 birthday bashes. Opus’s annual Blizzard B-Day bash features Dead by Wednesday (with special guests), Crossing Rubicon, Garbage Barge, Nassau Chainsaw and more, On the lily pad stage, they will be celebrating Mike Z’s birthday with Crosby, Heavy Breath, Shadow Kingdom, Vengence and more. Sunday brings Toad’s Annual MLK Music fest. This years’ lineup includes Sister Funk, L BREEZE, T.W.O., and Cluster Funk

Up in Hartford at Black-eyed Sally’s, 
Friday night ELIZA NEALS & THE NARCOTICS from Detroit make for a night of soul and blues.  Pink Talking Fish plays their mix of music by The Talking Heads, Pink Floyd, and Phish Sat night at Sally’s.

Here in Middletown at the Buttonwood Tree, Friday night, Chat Noir plays music from a variety of European traditions at The Buttonwood Tree. They focus on the music of Django Reinhardt but branch out to include classic folk tunes from the Italian, French, and Russian traditions. Saturday mornings, the Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop happens from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Buttonwood Tree. Saturday night Story City Troupe stops at the Buttonwood Tree. They're a troupe of storytellers based in the Hartford area. For this evening the topic will be "Sports" .

Friday night, the Michael Cleary Band   will be at The Celtic Cavern in Middletown to present their new album, Uplift.

Infinity Hall Hartford presents Peter Asher and Albert Lee Thursday night. Jane Monheit takes the Infinity Hall Hartford stage Friday night and Micky Dolentz of The Monkees is on stage Saturday night at Infinity Hartford.

Down in New Haven, Friday night, Pink Talking Fish are DEAD take the stage at Pacific Standard Tavern on Crown St as part of the LDDP Winter Concert Series. For this event, the band will add the music of the Grateful Dead to their usual fusion of Talking Heads, Pink Floyd, and Phish.
The Bernie Sanders Presidential campaign Middletown chapter invites you to a Democratic debate watching party at Taino Smoke house on South Main St in Middletown during Sunday's Democratic debate from 9 - 11pm. For details you can go to the  "Events" page and search for the 06457 zip code.

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 the documentary, The Messenger, which explores our connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds, due to climate change, might mirror our own. The run of Janis: Little Girl Blue about the life of the late rock legend Janis Joplin, continues through Jan 21. Thursday night at 7:30 pm, Hasta Manana will hit the screen. Filmed on-location in Hartford, using mostly local non-professional actors from the area captures the fraught relationship of a grandfather and grandson in the context of cultural tradition and financial hardship. Mustang, a film about five free-spirited sisters in rural Turkey begins its run Thursday night. You can catch Moonwalkers on Saturday at 1pm. More online at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing the film Trumbo, through this evening. This film features Bryan Cranston as an unapologetic Communist who was blacklisted during the Cold War paranoia of the 1950s.  Thursday night, Cinestudio shows the Brazilian film, Tattoo, as part of the OUTFIELD CT’s Second Thursday series that pays homage to the avant-garde gay theater scene of the 1970s. Ceinestudio begins a run of Bridge of Spies on Friday night. This film is the result of a collaboration by Steven Spielberg with the Coen brothers as screenwriters starring Tom Hanks 1950s spy thriller.

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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