Thursday, February 18, 2016

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, February 18th. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming, here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers a diverse program of NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs. Each night and weekend WESU offers the best in free-form community programming. Thanks for joining us! 

I'm J-Cherry, host of Voice of the City. 

Now here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tomorrow(Thursday), Cintamani and KaleYums play a Groove Jam session of world music. On Friday it’s An Evening of Music with Ashley Hamel and Orice Jenkins. Transitional Tai Chi and the weekly Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop happen this Saturday at the Buttonwood. Saturday evening, Don White brings a blended storytelling-comedy-author-troubadour-singer-songwriter performance.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight Henry Flower, Phemale and Verdigrls. This Friday's Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features Travis Moody for a solo performance. Friday evening Mission Zero, Bearstronaut and Superhuman Happiness rock the house. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friend and later Saturday night you can catch Bent Knee, Ports of Spain, Kindred Queer and Olive Tiger. Sunday matinee features artists Sam Perduta, Daniel Eugene and Xavier Serrano while Sunday evening showcases the bands Crunk Witch, If Jesus Had Machine Guns, The Forest Room and Sketch the Cataclysm. 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Friday evening in Lilly’s Pad…The Arc Agency Presents: Loner Chic for their Record Release Party. Pinegrove, Milkshakes and The Sleep Cozies also play. Rounding out the weekend, The Helium Brothers play hot bluegrass jams and cool country rock.

Tonight Pacific Standard Tavern in New Haven, Greener Grounds with Tweed take the stage and on Friday evening, Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan performs. On Saturday you can catch music from Black Rock Social.

This evening, Manic Productions in New Haven presents Kurt Vile and the Violators with Xylouris White at the College Street Music Hall. Also this evening The Soft Moon and Landing take the stage at Bar. Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band with Elephant Revival play Thursday night at College Street Music Hall. Friday evening, you can catch The Slackers, The Hempsteadys and The Screw-Ups at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight brings long running weekly Community Blues Jam with Tommy Whalen. Friday, Paul Gabriel Blues Band performs electric blues. Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez will be at Black-Eyed Sally’s on Saturday.

This Thursday, it's the 5th Connecticut Printmakers Invitational exhibition, Multiple Impressions. The February Creative Cocktail Hour in Hartford will host an artist reception from 6-8 with music provided by artist Tang Sauce. The Hartt School and Real Art Ways co-present the Bang on a Can All-Stars for a Saturday Performance. On Sunday, curator musicians Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes freely improve music for a show created in real-time.

At Russell Library here in Middletown, you can check out The Job Group, Thursday mornings for a chance to network with other job seekers and professionals. Veteran's Writing Group continues to meet every Thursday, 7pm. T’ai Chi lessons are held for the next two Saturday's. Also this Saturday, Russell Library presents the Steve Liskow Writing Workshop – Characters Create Story.

This evening Wesleyan University Center for the Arts hosts Richard S. Field in Cutting Remarks II, a talk on the intricacies and problems of cutting technique used in 15th and 16th century fine art. Thursday, Special Collections and Archives present Passion and Power, Prints and Text: German Books in the Age of Dürer. Sunday you can catch Stan Scott and Friends performing old and new songs of emigrants, soldiers, mystics and laborers.

The DeChamplains, bringing a mix of romantic jazz piano and vocals to the Northwest Park Nature Center in Windsor, on Saturday, February 20th, at 7:30 p.m. The DeChamplains will perform music from The American Songbook and Bebop classics as well as contemporary and original compositions.  for information and reservations.  Proceeds benefit environmental studies at the Park.  

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

Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, tonight and tomorrow you can catch Oscar Nominated Live Action and Documentary Shorts 2016. Films Aferim! A and A War open Friday and run through the weekend. 

Tonight Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing the Oscar nominated film Brooklyn starring Oscar nominee Saorise Ronan about an Irish immigrant in the 1950’s, opens and with viewings through Saturday. On Sunday, it’s a showing of the recently restored Chimes at Midnight, a film from 1965 based on five of Shakespeare’s plays and Holinshed’s Chronicles by Raphael Holinshed

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

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for 5:05-6:30pm For Homegrown with Rob DeRosa, who plays. Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience.  Hey, It's Homegrown...want some?

At 6:30 stick around for Imagine with Karen Stein, offering peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!

Up next at 8 it’s Bill Denert Evening Jazz with a broad range of swing, bebop and experimental jazz with a sprinkling of new releases.

From 9:30-10:30pm stay tuned for UnderCover with Ali and Ben exploring the concept of inspiration through imitation in cover tunes that bridge genres and generations.

At 10:30 it’s Meet Music with DJ Rami, who presents a new artist with each show by delving into artists' backgrounds, influences, and personal stories.

From 11:30-12:30am The Weirding Way with DJ Atreides who explores the expression of thoughts through sound: a cross-genre exploration of a sonic mood with an indie/alternative focus. New soundscapes each show.

At 12:30 Hard on the Spot with DJ Matty C and DJ Nikki brings you the best new music of each week!

From 1:30-2:30am stick around for The Karl Marx History Hour with DJ Fat Marco and DJ Ninjoo Pinjoo for a history-infused radio show, in which the hosts play tracks inspired by that episode's historical figure or event.

At you can catch 2:30- R-Evolution with Hyphy and DJ Mos Def Not, presenting socially-conscious music curated by two divergent musical backgrounds. From Public Enemy to Lou Reed, they'll explore tracks that give voice to movement.

The BBC World Report takes over from 4-5am and we start each weekday off bright and early with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. If you missed anything, you can find the script online at And 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.

Thanks for listening - stay tuned for a stiff dose of Homegrown with Rob DeRosa!

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