Thursday, March 17, 2016

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Good evening, it's Thursday, March 17th, 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 JCherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. 

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 Café Nine, tonight,  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, 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 winds down the week with Jimkata, Broca’s Area, and Joon appearing at The Ballroom at The Outer Space..

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 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.

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, its Homegrown...want some?

At 6:30 stick around for Imagine with Deni Young Filling in for Karen Stein. , offering peace through music! 

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. Tonight stay tuned for an extra hour of Evening Jazz until 10:30. 

At 10:30 it’s underdog’s edge with DJ Malik-1-Fam featuring the hip hop you won’t find on commercial radio.

At 11:30 stay tuned for the 5th and penultimate episode of Hydrus, an original 6 part original radio drama premiering on WESU exclusively, this week!

At Midnight it’s 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.

From 1:30-2:30am DJ Brian is in the air chair 

At 2:30- if we are lucky, Franco will be in the house with his never ending nonstop disco mix. 

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.

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