Thursday, May 19, 2016

05-19-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, May 19th, 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 J-Cherry, producer and host of Tuesday night’s Voice of the City, here onWESU. 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, tonight brings Bob Gotta’s long running acoustic open mic. Tomorrow/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.

Also here in town, Oddfellow Playhouse opens their production of The Wiz! Performances are scheduled for May 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28 at 7 pm. Tonight is opening night and is a Pay What You Will performance. Tickets are available through the website –, by email at, or phone at 860-347-6143.

The Junior and Teen Company actors performing in “The Wiz” range in age from 12 to 19. Music will be live, performed by a kicking combo. More online at

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, 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

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

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tomorrow/Friday night you can catch 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!

The Veteran’s writing group meets at the Russell Library on Thursday evenings at 7pm. Tonight (Thursday ), 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.

Saturday, Manic Productions presents Jimkata, Broca's Area, & Joon at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden.

Tonight (Thursday) the Oakdale in Wallingford, hosts the CTNOW 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! Thanks to everyone who voted to make WESU the # 3 best college radio station.

The Bus plays at the Cypress Grill on South Main Street here in Middletown, Saturday night. 860-346-3367

This Friday a Cherry Street Station in Wallingford, presents a night of heavy progressive rock with Ascension. Breathe and Frank Morin share the lineup. Saturday night Cherry Street features The Netherlands and InAeona.  (203) 265-2902

Tonight Real Art Ways ends their run of  Tale of Tales,  where John C. Reilly and Salma Hayek lead a cast in this baroque fantasy that invites Game of Thrones comparisons. Tonight Real Art Ways also ends their run of Dough,  a cross-cultural dramedy about an old-school Jewish baker struggling to keep his dying business afloat in London. Sparks and challah sales fly when his new young Muslim apprentice, accidentally drops his stash of cannabis in the challah dough.

Through Saturday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio, is showing a Film based on real events called Elvis and Nixon.  Sunday Cinestudio begins a run of FRANCOFONIA, directed by master Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov exploring the relationship between art, culture, and 20th century European history, set in occupied Paris circa 1940. for details.

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

 Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for more CT connected music on Homegrown with Rob DeRosa.

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 stay tuned for Underdog’s Edge with DJ Malik One Fam bring you underground hip hop. 

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 2:30 stay tuned for DJ Otto Nation’s mixed bag of musical of treats.

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

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