Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thursday's JIVE

Good evening, it's Monday, June 23rd. 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 talk programs featuring NPR, Pacifica, and independent and local public affairs broadcasts. Weeknights and weekends we bring you 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!

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

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight the Middlesex Drum Circle meets, and on Friday you can catch Medusa, a Hartford-based jazz quartet playing standards, R&B, and original compositions. Saturday morning there’s transitional Tai Chi class, and on Saturday night it’s a record release show for singer/songwriter Allysen Callery, with special guests Lys Guillorn, Paul Belbusti & American Elm. Through the month you can view the photography of Curt Tota’s exhibit, “Joy”.

Tonight, down in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, you can catch Woodhead, and Sperm Donor.  Friday’s Happy Hour features Ed Peccerillo’s Flamenco, followed by Dangerous Animals, Lea, Off Days, and The Right Offs. Saturday’s Jam Session is with the George Baker Band, followed by the evening show with Savak, Hamish Kilgour, and Spectral Fangs. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features Kath Bloom and Linda Draper, with the evening show bringing you Western Estates, Zulynette Morales, White Savages, and Zak G.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, they headline Maino and Uncle Murda.  Friday’s show is the One Love, One Life Tour with Beres Hammond.  On Saturday it’s another Bright Night Glow Party with a variety of performers.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s the West Hardford Jazz Jam, hosted by James Antonucci. Friday’s headliner is Roots of Creation, with reggae pop and electronic improvisation. On Saturday the Eric Ducoff Band takes the stage with vintage blues and more.

Tonight, at the Russell Library in Middletown, the Veteran’s Writing Group holds their usual meeting at 7.  Visit the website for more information on programs and activities for all.

Here in Middletown this Wednesday, The Cypress Grill On Saturday they feature The Redliners 8 pm.

This Wednesday Manic Productions brings you  On Friday, it’s Rodrigo y Gabriela and Ryan Sheridan at the College Street Music Hall.

This week brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford.  On Friday, you can catch Necroptic Engorgement, Physics of Demise, and more. On Saturday it’s the CRY HAVOC! 10 Year Anniversary Show. Nasty Disaster take the stage Friday night for more loud music! Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

The fourth annual Dance for Peace performance, a signature event of the non-profit Artists for World Peace, takes place this Saturday at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook. An opening reception and performance by Melissa Craig starts at 7, followed by performances by acclaimed dancers and dance companies. will perform.
Connecticut’s Famers Markets are going into full gear. Here’s a rundown of some of the many places where you can support local famers and get nutritious home-grown goods too:  On Mondays, check out New Britain; Tuesdays, it’s the Middletown South Green; Wednesdays, visit East Haddam; Thursdays, check out Durham or Middletown South Green; Fridays, we’ve got Cromwell, Higganum Village, Middletown North End, Plainville and Farmington; on Saturdays, there’s Meriden, Wallingford, Glastonbury, Berlin, Bristol and Newington. There’s even one on Sundays in Chester.  For times and dates, as well as info on many more markets, visit

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 “Chevalier,” a Greek film about six men playing a sinister game on a luxury yacht.  Also continuing is “Weiner,” a Sundance Prize-winner about the political meltdown of Anthony Weiner. Both run through Thursday. On Friday they open “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble,” about a group of international musicians who performing at various locations across the globe.  Also opening is the 2015 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan,” a Sri Lankan film about refugees who flee their homeland only to encounter more violence in the streets of Paris. Both run through the weekend. 

Continuing through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is screening “Belladonna of Sadness,” a restored version of a 1973 Japanese animated film about a young woman who makes a pact of revenge with the devil.  On Friday they open “Cinema Paradiso,” a restored version of the 1989 Italian film about a director’s journey back to his childhood of watching movies in the hometown movie theater! Details at 

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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