Wednesday, May 18, 2016

05-18-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, May 18th, 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. Week nights and weekends, 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! Thanks for joining us!

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

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, on Friday evening, CT State Troubadour Kate Callahan takes the stage at the Buttonwood Tree. Fellow Singer-songwriter Davey O. shares that bill.  On Saturday morning, The Buttonwood offers a class in Transitional Tai Chi at 9:15 am followed by the Aligned with Source meditation at 10:30am. This Saturday evening, The Buttonwood presents a special show that has been dubbed The French-American Connection. The night features creative music with: Christophe Rocher (France) on Clarinets -Joe Fonda on Bass, and Harvey Sorgen playing Drums. The group combines French and American jazz cultures in a creative, new way.

Tonight, down in New Haven Café Nine hosts the 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour of the THE MURDER JUNKIES. PUSS and Intercourse open that evening of fun. Thursday evening, Manic Productions Presents JAIMOE'S JASSSZ BAND with The Saint James Trio at Cafe Nine. Café Nine’s early 5pm set on Friday, features Country favorites from the husband & wife team of Bruce and Lora Lee Crowder. Friday night Fernando Pinto Presents Elm City Steam Punk Festival featuring WALTER SICKERT & THE ARMY OF BROKEN TOYS, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, and Frenchy & The Punk. Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends this week and begins at 4:30pm. Saturday evening, Manic Productions & Cafe 9 Present KID CONGO & THE PINK MONKEY BIRDS. The Tet Offensive and Mr. Airplane Man are also on that bill. Sunday afternoon, “The Sunday Buzz“ Matinee features SULTANS OF STRING (WITH SITAR MASTER ANWAR KHURSHID) and is hosted by Cygnus Radio and Cafe Nine. Sunday evening, OFF THE TRAX KINDRED QUEER takes the Café Nine Stage.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, on Friday night, SHAKEDOWN plays the music of THE (Grateful) DEAD AND BEYOND at Toad’s Place. The Hound and Voodoo open that

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s the Wednesday weekly community blues jam at Sally’s hosted by Tommy Whalen. Friday night Black Eyed Sally’s presents musical guest Erin Harp and the Delta Swingers. Saturday night, brings the New England Blues Harmonica Showcase featuring DARRELL NULISCH, CHERYL ARENA, and THE KOSHER KID backed by The SMOKING HOT DANNY DRAHER BAND!
Serving the communities of Middletown, Cromwell and Portland, One Book on the Riverbend annually offers a book for the community to read and discuss. For full details on each event and for late additions to the line-up, you can visit or their Facebook page. This year's book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Saturday is National Read-a-thon Day, with activities from 10am-5pm in Middletown at the Middlesex County Historical Society Mansfield House on Main St.
The Veteran’s writing group meets at the Library on Thursday evenings at 7pm Thursday night, you can also catch a program about Biagio “Max” Corvo of Middletown, who was a true hero of World War II. Saturday, Russell Library’s Shakespeare on screen: film series with Richard Alleva presents Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood, a 1957 adaptation of Macbeth.
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Call 860-347-0278 for details.
Tonight at Bar in New Haven, Manic Productions presents an Elison Jackson album Release Show.  Grubby Little Hands and Lea open that show.   On Saturday, Manic presents Jimkata, Broca's Area, & Joon at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden.

Thursday night at the Oakdale in Wallingford, brings the CTNO Best of 2016 Bash where winners from CTNOW Hartford and New Haven, along with the Connecticut Music Awards, will come together to celebrate the best of all things Connecticut!  The event Features red carpet photos, food and drink sampling, live performances from Connecticut’s local music scene and more!

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

Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways, is showing Dough, an endearing cross-cultural dramedy about an old-school Jewish baker struggling to keep his dying business afloat in London. Also on screen though Thursday at RAW is, Tale of Tales,  where John C. Reilly and Salma Hayek lead a cast in this baroque fantasy that invites Game of Thrones comparisons.
Through tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio, continues their run of Yasujiro Ozu’s classic film, Embrace of the Serpent, which tells the timeless story of a widowed father who is cared for by his only daughter, filmed during the American occupation of Japan.  Thursday night, Cinestudio begins a run of Eye on the Sky, billed as a black comedy / thriller that makes a political statement. for details.

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

 Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for an hour of Ear Candy with DJ Sick Nelden. Hear the pop songs that get in your head and won't leave you alone.

From 6-6:30pm stick around for Your Mind Matters with Helen Evrard MD, exploring the brain conditions known as mental illness from a holistic viewpoint with guests who study them, treat them, or are affected by them

From 6:30-8, it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion offering the original and best Techno mix on the radio.

At 8pm, Mike Nyce hosts The Warehouse, showcasing the best of underground house music mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30-11pm it’s 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.

#blackmusicmatters with DJ Frau Miau and DJ Xan is on at 11pm, a show dedicated to playing music for black people by black people. Ranging from slave songs to Kendrick Lamar, this show serves as a reminder why black lives matter.

From 12:00-1:00am, it's Metal on Metal!!! with The Metal Messenger, bringing you the best in death, thrash, black, long as it has shredding solos, it’s on this show.

1:00-2:00am features Nocturnal Mom with DJava, playing stories and the songs we remember them by.

From 2:30-3:30am it's Scripted Sounds with DJ Crystal Beth and Gideon Babe Howard. From the classics to indie movies, Scripted Sounds plays a variation of movie soundtracks to show how music and moving image can work together harmoniously.

At 3:30 you can catch the Something Old, Something New with DJ Dazzle and DJ Aurora. In this show they explore the sounds old and new looking at musical evolution in genres and styles.

BBC World news comes your way from  at 4 and then we begin tomorrow’s broadcast day 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.

Now stay tuned for Ear Candy with DJ Sick Nelden

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