Thursday, May 26, 2016

Good evening, it's Thursday, May 25th. 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 talk radio featuring NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs. Week nights and weekends, WESU offers the best in free-form community programming. Thanks for joining us!

I’m J-Cherry, producer and host of Tuesday night’s Voice of the City, here onWESU. Thanks for joining us!

If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to help us close out our Spring pledge drive by making a donation in support of the service WESU provides.  The sooner we raise the monney we need, the sooner we can get back to the good stuff. We are 2/3 of the way towards our goal.  Please donate online at or send a check or money order to WESU Radio, 45 Broad St., Middletown, CT 06457

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

Here in Middletown, tonight (Wednesday) brings the Connecticut Poetry Society Monthly meeting to the Russell Library’s Hubbard Room at 6pm.  The Veteran’s writing group meets at the Library on Thursday nights at 7pm.

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

Tonight also brings the first public forum for the Middletown on the Move project, which aims to get the community involved with reclaiming brownfields for public use.  Middletown residents are encouraged to participate. The form takes place at The Dekoven House located at 27 Washington St  for more info!

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, a night if indie rock with The Color Orange, Lea, and Spectral Fangs.  Café Nine’s early 5pm set on Friday, features SHELLYE VALAUSKAS & DEAN FALCONE. Later on Friday night, Cafe Nine presents a night of hardcore rock with Intercourse, heavy breath, MouthBreather, and MudSkipper. Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with George Baker & Friends this week and it begins at 4:30pm. Saturday evening, at Café Nine Twin Lakes Records presents a Willie Nelson Songbook tribute featuring Frank Critelli, Elisa Flynn, Lys Guillorn, Mercy Choir, No Line North, Brian Slattery and more.  “The Sunday Buzz“Matinee presented by Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 features THE SAINT JAMES TRIO for a 3pm set this week.  Sunday evening, Café Nine Stage features a night of alternative hip hop featuring JE DOUBLE F, OLD SELF, ZAK G, THE FOREST ROOM, and JULES BAXTER.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight their weekly Friday night, Black Eyed Sally’s presents Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts for a night of West coast, Chicago, and Texas tinged blues. Saturday night, brings KIM LOGAN- W/ SPECIAL GUEST MATT HAECK for a night of dirty blues, classic country, and rock ‘n’ roll.

Tomorrow/Thursday night in Middletown, the Middlesex Drum Circle gathers at The Buttonwood Tree.  Friday night brings Carrie Johnson & Julia Russo sharing a bill with Belle of the Fall.  After both groups perform separately, they will join forces for a closing set.  On Saturday morning, The Buttonwood offers a morning class of Transitional Tai Chi at 9:15 am followed by the Aligned with Source meditation at 10:30am. This Saturday evening, The Buttonwood presents The Uri Shaham - Mark Kaplan Quartet for a night of creative takes on the Jazz song book.

Also here in town at Oddfellows Playhouse, The Junior and Teen Rep Company actors continue their production of The Wiz! Performances are scheduled for Thursday through Saturday nights, this week, at 7 pm. Tickets are available through the website –  by email at, or phone at 860-347-6143.

Back down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, Thursday evening, JADAKISS  and BEANIE SIGEL stop by perform on the main stage.  AceIsWorking and ANoyd opening the show.. Friday night SHAKEDOWN plays the THE DEAD AND BEYOND at Toad’s Place. Friday and Saturday night bring dance parties to

The Middletown Symphonic Band will open its 2016 outdoor concert series with a program of patriotic music as part of the Riverfront Recapture Concert Series. The concert will be held in the amphitheater at Great River Park, in East Hartford, beginning at 7 PM on Saturday, (Rain Date: Sunday, May 29). You are invited to watch and enjoy music to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend while overlooking the Connecticut River. Admission is free. Details at

This weekend brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. Friday night’s bill features punk , death, and thrash metal from 4 acts ThanOnauT,  Shallow Ground ,  Minotaur's Redemption, and  RÖÄRGH. Saturday night’s event features Inspired To Expire , I within I , My HamartiaDestination Dimension , Open The Nile , and Mothman Apparatus.  Sunday brings an outdoor Memorial Day metal matinee to Cherry Street Station. Black River Union,  Kings Of Nothing,Ditch WizardAPE!  and Formed From Anger  fill the bill!  Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info. 

Here in Middletown this Sunday The Cypress Grill on South Main Street celebrates their 90th anniversary with live music starting at noon. Learn more by calling 860 346 3367.

The City of Middletown and the Middletown Council of Veterans will be sponsoring the annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30, 2016. The theme this year is "Honoring Gulf War Veterans."

The parade will start after the Middletown Vietnam War Vets Chapter conducts their annual 9am wreath-laying ceremony at on The Washington Street Veteran's Green Memorial.

The Main Street parade will start around 10:30 am at Spring and Main Street, move south on Main Street to Union Green at Pleasant and Main Street. There will be a ceremony on Union Green after the parade.

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways, is now showing Sonic Sea, a film about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution. Representatives from the Cetacean Society International will be on hand before and after each screening to educate, advocate and answer questions about the marine environment.  Friday, Real Art Ways begins a run of Our Last Tango, which  tells the life and love story of Argentina’s most famous tango dancers Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, who met as teenagers and danced together for nearly fifty years until a painful separation. 

Tonight in Hartford, Trinity College’s Cinestudio, begins their run of Richard Linklater’s Golden Globe-winning comedy, Everybody wants some.  Sunday, Cinestudio kicks off their annual LGBT film festival which runs all week and kicks off with a presentation of short films by men =,on Sunday. Shorts by females will run on Monday. for details. 

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU as we continue through the first week of our new Summer Program:

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 enjoy hometown browns with dj jaFREE and the nan who offer South Asian diasporic meditations on: music, talk and live art. Half-music, half-music workshop. 
From 10:30-12am it’s the The American Empire with Tootse Mutant who explores the influence of American Imperialism on foreign music, such as Korean Hip-Hop, Japanese Jazz, and Peruvian Punk and so much more.

At midnight it’s time for 4 hours of “The Greatest Sounds Under the Sun” with Sir Bruce laying down some serious old school R&B music.
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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