Thursday, March 17, 2016

03-16-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, March 16th, and 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.

I’m Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for tuning in!!
Here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, on Thursday the Cintamani groove band brings you fusion world music.  On Friday it’s the Michelle Canning Band, performing songs from their new album, “The Flower and the Serpent,” along with original pieces and traditional bluegrass. Saturday morning Mike McEwen brings you transitional tai chi, followed by the Aligned with Source workshop.  Saturday night Hartford native Warren Byrd premiers new work including a musical tribute to master poet John Farris. The International Women’s Day art exhibit continues through the month.

Down in New Haven, at CafĂ© Nine, tonight, they bring you A Tribute to Jason Molina.  On Thursday Cafe Nine headlines Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots, appearing with Justin Chadbourne, and Tracy Jo and the Toads. Friday’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features The Tommy’s, followed by the evening show with Sniper 66, Haste, Blastmat, and Thrust. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, followed by a late show with Purling Hiss, Stove, Blessed State, Hellrazor, and Lea.  The Sunday Buzz at Cafe Nine features the Bakun Brothers, followed by Landing, Kindling, and Human Pontiac for the Sunday evening offering.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it's the Wednesday weekly Community Blues Jam with Ed Bradley this week.  Thursday evening, the month-long Strange Creek “Battle of the Bands” continues.  On Friday Bearly Dead takes the stage, highlighting the music of The Grateful Dead.  Saturday, they headline blues challenge-winner The Mike Crandall Band, with blues, swing, jump, and more.  On Sunday you can catch singer/songwriter Lazer Lloyd.

Tonight, Manic Productions present Oneida, Jerkagram, and Idiot Glee at Bar in New Haven. They wind down the week with Jimkata, Broca’s Area, and Joon appearing at The Ballroom at The Outer Space..

The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Call 860-347-0278 for details.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven,this Thursday they headline Candyland.  On Friday it’s the Spring Fling Glow Party with a variety of performers.  On Saturday, it’s Dexta Daps with the Dapa Don Experience.  Sunday, in Lilly’s Pad, enjoy The Helium Brothers with bluegrass jams and cool country rock.

Here in Middletown,  the Russell Library offers their weekly Veteran's Writing Group every Thursday at 7.  On Saturday at 2, renowned author and psychiatrist Dr. Lloyd Sederer speaks on How Families Can Help their Loved One with a Mental Illness. On Sunday, the Middletown Art Academy hosts an opening reception for their artwork exhibit “Water for People, Water by People,” in celebration of World Water Day.  The exhibit runs through April.  Visit the website for details on all activities for children, students, families, and more.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, it’s the Concert for Kym to benefit the Connecticut ALS Association of CT this evening, introducing two classic rock bands along with special guest Tammy Tanner. On Thursday it’s the Boston Irish Comedians St. Patty’s Day Spectacular, with Jack Lynch, Joey Carroll, Steve Macone and Mike Prior.  On Friday they headline Who’s Bad: The World’s Only Sanctioned Tribute to Michael Jackson.  On Saturday they bring the David Bromberg Quintet to the stage. Sunday, it’s Southern soul rock with JJ Grey & Mofro.

Oddfellow’s Playhouse in Middletown concludes their 2 week run of thier production of Shakespeare's “A Comedy of Errors” this week.  Show times are at 7:30 Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The show is  directed by ARTFARM’s Dic Wheeler and including clowns, masks, and circus elements.  It runs through Saturday.

The Art Guild of Middletown invites you to a workshop on “The Joy of Acrylics” with artist Josa Weatherwax this Saturday at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell.

Artists for World Peace is hosting a daylong event, The Heart of Inner Peace, with workshops and presentations this Saturday at the Mercy by the Sea center in Madison.  Information at

There’s a Revolutionary War-themed Open House this Saturday from 9 to 1 at the Godfrey Memorial Library on Newfield Street in Middletown.  Tour the library and find out about ancestors who fought in the Revolution.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Up in Hartford, Real Art Ways is screening “Embrace of the Serpent,” exposing the effects of Western colonialism over four decades on the Amazon, tonight through tomorrow with 4:30 screenings.  Also running through Thursday is “The Wave,” an intense environmental thriller set in a popular Norwegian tourist town.  On Saturday they open “Only Yesterday,” a new English-language version of the 1982 Japanese animated film about a young woman who revisits her past on a trip to her relatives in the countryside.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio presents a run of “Room,” starring Academy Award-winner Brie Larson, about a mother and her son imprisoned in a single room by a brutal kidnapper.  It runs through the weekend.

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

 Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for Ear Candy featuring Sick Nelden. Hear the old, hear the new, hear the songs that get in your head and won’t leave you alone. Listen to Ear Candy, please!

From 6-6:30 it's a half-hour of automated music from Pacifica and then we start the 6:30 slot with Fusion Radio with James Fusion until 8pm with the best Techno mix on radio.

From 8 to 9:30 it’s The Warehouse with Mike Nyce, bringing you deep underground sounds mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30-11pm its The Vault with DJ Anton Banks presenting the latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house and leftfield mixed live. Also featuring exclusive music from international artists.

From 11 to 11:30 it's another half-hour of automated music from Pacifica.

And from 11:30 to midnight, it's the new Wesleyan production of Hydrus. In case you missed it last night, catch up on HYDRUS with their second episode!

Episode Two: "Following the murder, Captain Rosemary gives Ava a peculiar offer. Meanwhile, the Baron and Quiche try to prevent panic. The Hobnoskins go to the spa."

Listen to last night's episode right now on StreamRewind and make sure to tune in tonight for a new episode at 11:30PM EST.

From midnight to 1,it's Metal on Metal, with Black Metal, Doom Metal, Thrash Metal, US Black Metal, Blues Metal and other metal of the ages.

From 1 to 2am stay tuned more automated music from Radio Pacifica and then Bryan Skowera comes on board with his Wonderland until 4am. He's got a song in his hear, a chemical imbalance in his head and a musical library at his fingertips From post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, Wonderland has a place for it. 

The BBC World News follows at 4, and we start your day bright and early with Morning Edition from NPR at 5 a.m.

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.
Now stay tuned for Ear Candy featuring Sick Nelden!

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