Thursday, June 9, 2016

Thursday's JIVE

Good evening, it's Tuesday, June 7th. 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, at The Buttonwood, it’s Comedy Night with  Darren Sechrist & Friends.   Saturday mornings being a transitional Tai Chi class followed by the Aligned with Source: guided meditation sessions. Saturday night, Renowned Brooklyn composer, Andrew Shapiro will perform his artful blend of classical and ambient piano music.  Throughout June you can experience the photography of Curt Tota’s exhibit “Joy”

Also here in Middletown at The Russell Library, The Veteran’s writing group meet Thursday nights at 7pm. The Friends of the Library book sale happens this weekend on Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m. www.russelllibra

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, Manic Productions Presents a night of indie rock with AND THE KIDS, Vundabar, & Bilge Rat.   Café Nine’s early 5pm set on Friday features THE INCORRIGIBLES. Later on Friday night, Cafe Nine presents a bill featuring MONSTER EATS PILOT, Revolution, I Love You, Lazy Way Out, and Chica Non Grata. Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends  this week and it begins at 4:30pm. Saturday evening, Café Nine presents a night with John Doe of the legendary band “X” for a solo performance in support of his new album. Jesse Dayton opens that show.  “The Sunday Buzz“  Matinee at Cafe 9 features The MUSCLE SHOALS REVUE FEATURING AMY BLACK, this week.  Sunday evening, Café Nine hosts a Fundraiser for the 6th annual Sounds of Summer - Music for the People. A free, family and pet friendly music festival located in Hamden, CT.

This week brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. Tonight, Nasty Disaster  take the stage Friday night for more loud music! You can find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info. 

Local musician Eric Kuhn is running for President! This Saturday at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown, he'll give a "speech" and perform selections from his recent album, Politics.  This event will benefit Oddfellows Playhouse.

Friday night, MANIC PRODUCTIONS AND PREMIER CONCERTS PRESENT: Conor Oberst and The Felice Brothers at The College Street Music Hall for an all ages event. Sunday Manic presents James McCartney and The Balkun Brothers in The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

Thursday evening, old school rapper, MOBB DEEP, stops by Toads Place in New Haven for a night of hip hop.   Friday night, at Toad’s Place, SHAKEDOWN plays the music of THE Grateful DEAD AND BEYOND. Cabin Fever and Just Wingin’ It open that show. Saturday night Toads offers a night of loud rock and heavy metal when home-town heroes, HATEBREED bring their CONCRETE CONFESSIONAL TOUR to CT. DevilDriver and Act of Defiance open the show. Sunday night In Lilly’s Pad…THE HELIUM BROTHERS perform HOT BLUEGRASS JAMS & COOL COUNTRY ROCK.

The Art Guild of Middletown is pleased to announce its 13th Annual Juried Exhibit at Wesleyan University’s Zilkha Gallery open through June -12. Gallery hours are from 1 to 7 p.m. on June 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12.

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 Viva, which explores sexuality and the relationship between a father and son who clash over their opposing expectations of each other, as the men struggle to understand one another and become a family again.  Also showing, through Thursday, at Real Art Ways, is the film Sunset Song, Terence Davies’ intimate epic of hope, tragedy and love at the dawning of the Great War.  Through June 12th, Real Art ways is also showing the critically acclaimed animated family film, April and the Extraordinary World. Friday, Real Art Ways opens runs of the films Wedding Doll and Eva Hesse. 

Continuing through Friday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio, hosts the 29th Annual LGBT Film Festival featuring 11 different films in 8 days! Details at 

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU as we kick off 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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