Wednesday, September 14, 2016

09-14-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, September 14th and 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 radio from NPR and Pacifica, as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.

I'm Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for tuning in!

Here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:

Friday night at the Buttonwood Tree, Plywood Cowboy performs their brand of Americana roots music at The Buttonwood.  On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at 10:30 am. Saturday night, The Karen Frisk Jazz Group ft. Donn Trenner takes the stage. Details at

Here at Wesleyan, Friday and Saturday, the CFA presents the New England premiere of “GO FORTH” by actor, director, and Wesleyan alum Kaneza Schaal (sounds like Can-ay-zuh Shawl) with 2 each day on Friday and Saturday in the CFA Theater.  Inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead, “GO FORTH” is a meditation on loss, grief, and ritual in a theatrical performance incorporating projection, sound, text, and movement. On Sunday, The innovative contemporary woodwind quintet Harmonia V Performs a Free Concert at Wesleyan’s Russell House on High St. at 3pm. 

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Veterans Writing Group meets every Thursday at 

Down in New Haven at Café Nine, tonight,  there’s a COMEDY OPEN MIC HOSTED BY DAN RICE at The Nine. Thursday brings JACK OBLIVIAN AND THE SHEIKS and Jacques Le Coque to the Café stage. Friday’s Weekly 5pm set features THE INCORRIGIBLES this week. Later, Friday night, Manic Productions Presents MYSTIC BRAVES, The Dream Ride,and Elison Jackson. Café Nine’s Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam Session features Tony Dioguardi & Friends. Saturday night BIG MOON, Deafmute, and Five Stories Falling take the stage.  Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 Present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee at 3pm with TUESDAY SAINTS. Sunday night A PONY NAMED OLGA and 9th Wave Close out the weekend at Café
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s it's the  long running Community Blues Jam hosted by Gene Donaldson, this week. Thursday, the Balkun Brothers continue their September a Rock-N-Roll Residency, with special guests. Friday night, GRAYSON HUGH & THE MOON HAWKS take the stage at Black Eyed Sally’s. Saturday night, Mixed Signals takes the stage.

Middletown Scottish country dancers offer classes for beginners & experienced dancers at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, Every Wednesday from 7-9:30p.   Partners not necessary but soft-soled shoes are! For information, call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278

Manic Productions presents Acid Dad, Straight To VHS, and Western Estates at Bar in New Haven, this evening. Thursday night MANIC PRODUCTIONS, AND PREMIER CONCERTS PRESENT: Built to Spill, Hop Along, and Alex G at The College Street Music Hall. Sunday night Manic presents Against Me!, Potty Mouth, and Frameworks for a 7:30 pm show at College Street Music Hall in New Haven.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Thursday, SHAUN FRANK’s GETAWAY TOUR stops at Toad’s.  On Friday THE EXHIBITION 2016 TOUR with DANNY BROWN, Maxo Kream, and ZelooperZ stops at Toads Place. On Sunday they headline August Burns Red, appearing with Erra, Silent Planet, and Make Them Suffer.
Here in Middletown on Friday at 5:30 pm, The FRIENDS OF THE WESLEYAN LIBRARY present their 2016 Constitution Day Lecture  “Are We Better Than Our Predecessors? Toward a New Era of Progress” -  A talk by Dan Drew, Mayor of Middletown. A Q&A with the Mayor will follow. This happens in the Smith Reading Room at Olin Library on the Wesleyan Campus. Email for further information.
The Art Guild of Middletown presents an Oil Painting Demonstration by award-winning artist Shauna Shane this Saturday at 9am at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell.  Full details at

Friday night, Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents a night of loud rock with 5 bands including Reason to Fight, Progress, Out Live Death, Oh The Humanity, and Two Fisted Law.  Saturday brings Falling Further With Soldiers of Solace and Diabolis to Cherry Street. You can find Cherry Street Station on Facebook, or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

Fall is CT’s agricultural fair season. This weekend there are three different fairs around the state.  One of the state’s oldest fair, The Four Town Fair happens in Somers with an Antique & Classic Car Show, a rockabilly performance from The Whiskey Rebels and contests like the Women’s’ skillet toss and a corn eating competition.
The Guilford Fair is part traditional fair, part circus, part theater. In addition to the midway rides, games and food, visitors can enjoy performances by the fair’s family circus with live tiger and lion acts!
The orange county fair also happens this weekend. You can find details for all of these fairs at 

Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are still going strong. Here in Middletown you can you can support local farmers and get nutritious home-grown goods at two farmers markets through, the end of October.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays the long running market at the South Green on Old Church Street is open from 8am-1pm.  On Fridays, The Middletown North End farmers market happens on Main Street outside Its Only Natural Market. For times and dates, as well as info on the many more in our area you can visit

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Tonight, Hartford’s Real Art Ways ends their run “Life, Animated,” a true story about a family discovery that Disney animated films will help them communicate with their troubled son. Also showing through this evening (Wednesday) is “Unlocking the Cage,” a documentary about the animal rights lawyer Steven Wise as he seeks to transform animals from “things” to “persons” with legal protections. Thursday, Real Art Ways opens a run of The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, Directed by Ron Howard

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio ends their run of “The Lobster,” starring Colin Farrell in a dystopian comedy about singles who turn into animals if they don’t find a mate by a deadline.  Opening Thursday is a run of Swiss Army knife, about a suicidal man on a deserted island who makes a new friend when the corpse of a young man (played by Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore. Friday night, Cinestudio invites you to say farewell to Gene Wilder with a special one-time screening of WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY @ 10:30 pm. Saturday, Cinestudio offers National Theatre Live’s: A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at 1pm.  Sunday you can catch Globe On Screen: RICHARD II at 1pm on the Cinestudio screen. Sunday, Cinestudio opens a run of Under The Sun, about a young North Korean girl (Lee Zin-mi), her school and her family, filmed in North Korea.
Details and screening times at

Now here's what's on the air tonight, as we kick off the second night of our Fall program season, here at WESU Middletown.

From 5:05-6pm, it's Untracked with DJ PigInTheCity

Cinematic music that has yet to be heard in movies, held together by a thin layer of posturing from someone who likes both.

Starting at 6pm, it's (2,4) Think Twice Radio with Al Robinson. The undertaking of "Think Twice Radio" is to reassert the "watchdog" role of the media by ramping up coverage of Connecticut issues in a nonpartisan manner.

And from 6:30-8pm, it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion. The original ... and still the best damn Techno mix on radio!

At 8 and running until 9:30pm, it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

9:30-11pm it's  N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk. Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.
From 11-12am, it's Fresh Produce with DJ Blue Dream. Brand new hip hop, funk, and contemporary jazz, fresh from independent producers.

And at midnight, it's a hour of Hero Worship with DJ Girl Fieri &  DJ Give 'em hill, because everyone has that one obscure hero who they love to talk about!

In the wee hours, from 1-2am, it's Some Typa Way. Join DJ’s Crystal Beth and Shlomo as they provide you with music that stirs a specific mood within each of us.

Continuing at 2-4am, it's AirMail with Matt & Ophelia. Broadcasting pre-recorded messages from friends and family to their incarcerated loved ones.

 The BBC World Report comes your way from 4-5am before we start tomorrow’s program day with Morning Edition from NPR from 5-10 am. And don’t miss our new morning program, Rising Up with Sonali, weekdays from 9-10 am!

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. If you missed anything, you can find the written version 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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