Monday, June 13, 2016

6-13-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, June 13th. 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 Ben Michael.

And 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.  With just over $500 left to raise, your donation now can help put us over the top and close our fiscal year with a balanced budget. Make that donation online at or send a check or money order to WESU Radio, 45 Broad St., Middletown, CT 06457 - As of today. We still need over $5,000 to meet our goal. Thanks so much to the donors who have already pitched in!

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

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch a performance DREW ANGUS with opening act,Tracy Jo and the Toads. Tomorrow (Tuesday), at Cafe Nine,  Fernando Pinto Presents: CARL VERHEYEN
And Glenn Roth.  On Wednesday, THE VOODOO FIX stops by Café Nine to share a bill with  Paul Bryant Hudson, Chaser Eight, and Glamour Assassins. Thursday at Café Nine Manic Productions Presents JAIMOE'S JASSSZ BAND.  Paul Gabriel opens that show.  Café Nine’s early 5pm set on Friday, features THE BUTTONDOWNS. Later on Friday night, Cafe Nine presents WOODY PINES and The Suitcase Junket.   Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends this week and it begins at 4:30pm. Saturday evening, Café Nine presents Fernando Pinto Presents:
Christopher Bousquet and Frank Critelli (Duo) open that show.  “The Sunday Buzz“ Matinee presents by Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 features Dogbite, this week.  Sunday evening, The Café Nine Stage features SARAH BORGES & THE BROKEN SINGLES

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, every Monday you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends on the Lily Pad Stage. Tomorrow night at Toad’s Place ANDERSON .PAAK & THE FREE NATIONALS take the stage with Duckworth and Promo. Wednesday night brings ZACH DEPUTY to Toad’s with Jose Oyola & the Astronauts opening. Thursday eveningWhite Panda Takes the Toad’s main stage.    Friday night feat. Ding Dong & Ricky Blaze with special guests. Toad’s Place.

Here in Middletown this Wednesday, The Cypress Grill on South Main Street offers an OPEN MIC/JAM, HOSTED BY MARTY of BASICALLY BLUES. Alika Hope and Ray of Hope take the Cypress stage Saturday night at 8PM. Learn more by calling 860 346 3367. Or look for their event calendar at

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, on Monday night you can participate in the Weekly “Anything Goes” Open Mic. Tomorrow (Tuesday), The Connecticut Songwriter Association Presents: a Songwriters Workshop with Nationally known career coach Deb Russell of "The Artist's Edge" presenting a workshop on "Effective Use of Social Media. Friday The Omar Tamez Fantasia Quartet Presents an evening of Improvisation, composition, Jazz. Saturday morning, The Buttonwood offers a morning class of Transitional Tai Chi at 9:15. Saturday evening, Artists Supporting Artists and The Buttonwood present The Soul Harmony Show from 8-10pm Middletown CT.

Also here in Middletown at The Russell Library, Tuesday night at 7pm, russell readers will discuss “By the River” by Joyce Carol Oates. The Veteran’s writing group meet Thursday nights at 7pm. Also at 7pm this Thursday, Resonant Motion, Inc. presents the second event of “Spanning Generations”, the 2016 Jazz Up Close series on Thursday, at 7:00 pm in the Russell Library’s Hubbard Room featuring Guitarist/vocalist Monnette Sudler Philadelphia to perform in a trio featuring bassist Henry Lugo and pianist/series curator Noah Baerman. www.russelllibra

The Godfrey library in Middletown is invites you to join them this Saturday at 9:00 am to discover resources that can help your discover your families genealogy.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, On Tuesday evenings, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on the Sally’s stage.Wednesday nights B;lackeyed Sally’s features one of New England’s longest running blues open mics, GENE DONALDSON hosts this week.  Friday night CARL RICCI & 706 UNION AVE take the Sally’s stage.  Saturday brings the 17th Annual BLACK-EYED & BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL to Bushnell Park, in Hartford, from 2:00pm – 11pm. The event is free and open to the public and features: Max Creek & Spiritual Rez, The Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, and Mighty Soul Drivers. .Saturday night, back at the club, Sally’s presents a night of Reggae with The Equalites.

Wednesday night MANIC PRODUCTIONS AND PREMIER CONCERTS PRESENT: The Wombats and Coast Modern at The College Street Music Hall in NH.  MANIC PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: Ian Biggs, Tanuki Suit, &The Cluster Flies at Bar in New Haven on Wednesday night, as well. Manic Productions presents Wye Oak and TEEN At the Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden Thursday night. Friday night, Manic Presents The Neighbourhood
MOTHXR, & Kevin Abstract at The College St Music Hall.  Sunday Manic presents John Paul White at The Ballroom at the Outerspace.  in Hamden.

This week brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. Wednesday night you can catch Youth League @ 7PM. Kaos Reign takes the Cherry St stage Friday night for a Metal showcase. Also on the bill are I within I, Left Hand Backwards, and more (TBA).  Ghost Ship Octavius makes for more heavy metal at Cherry Street, Saturday night. Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info. 

This Friday brings Shakespeare goes to Italy!, a fundraising event on the rooftop garden of Middletown’s Community Health Center to support the 11th Season of ARTFARM’s Shakespeare in the Grove. The event features Italian wines, hors d’oeuvres, live Italian music, selections from this summer’s production, good company and the spectacular view of Middletown, the Arrigoni Bridge and the Connecticut River Valley from the sustainable gardens on the fifth floor of the Health Center. "Shakespeare Goes To Italy" will run from 7 - 9 pm on Friday, June 17. For information  email

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

Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways is showing continues their run of Eva Hess, a documentary about the German-born American artist/. Also on scree through Thursday at Real Art Ways is “Weding Doll”.  This Israeli film tells the story of Hagit, a young woman with mild mental deficiency, who works in a toilet-paper factory.  Fron one Day only. This Wednesday evening Real Art Ways presents “Time to Choose” from oscar-winning documentary director Charles Ferguson who turns his lens to address global climate change in a new film showing the breadth of the climate challenge. Saturday Real Art Ways presents a double feature of “Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation,” along with director Eric Zala in person to tell the amazing story of this legendary movie. 

Through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing Eye in the Sky, featuring Alan Rickman in his last onscreen role with Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul. Friday night, Cinestudio opens a run of BELLADONNA OF SADNESS. 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 Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

From 6-8:00pm, Deni fills in for Michael Benson’s 75% Folk.

At 8pm, stay Chip Austen’s Unfocused Folk.

From 9:30-10:30pm, Cruiser’s Radio with Jack Sullivan offers a blend of Rock & Roll from the 1950 - 1960s that provides the music and the news of that era.

At 10:30 stay tuned for an hour of “Free Talk” with Al Robinson & Deni Young, this is a commentary talk show addressing news, politics, entertainment and weather.

From Midnight to 3am all summer, Franco’s Studio 54 with Francaccio di Roma provides 3 hours of  Disco and dance music of the 70’s and 80’s.

We switch it up big time at 3am when Maximum Rock & Roll Radio comes alive to offer the best DIY punk, garage, and hardcore Rock and Roll.  

BBC World news comes your way 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.

If you’ve yet to make a donation in support of our Spring Pledge drive here at WESU, what are you waiting for – We’ve reached the end of the road, Help us close the remaining $500 gap needed to put this drive out of its misery.  Every dollar counts. You can donate online thanks so mic tpo everyone who’s already contributed.
Stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry!

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