Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, June 16th. 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!

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

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, 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, tonight, the Russell Library 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

Tonight, down in New Haven 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 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 at 4:30pm. Saturday evening at Café Nine,  Fernando Pinto Presents:
Christopher Bousquet and Frank Critelli (Duo) open that show.  “The Sunday Buzz Matinee” presented 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, tonight, The White Panda Takes the Toad’s main stage.    Friday night Ding Dong & Ricky Blaze take the stage with special guests.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, 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

Here in Middletown 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

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. Friday night and shares a bill with 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 continues their run of Eva Hess, a documentary about the German-born American artist. Also on screen through Thursday at Real Art Ways is, “Wedding Doll”.  This Israeli film tells the story of Hagit, a young woman with mild mental deficiency, who works in a toilet-paper factory.  For 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 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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