Wednesday, September 21, 2016

09-21-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, September 20th 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 Ben Michael, Thanks for joining us.

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

Here in Middletown, tonight at 8, the Russell House Series Prose and Poetry at Wesleyan University hosts a reading by Matthew Burnside and Danielle Vogel. Both are experimental writers who explore genres and media., or call 860-685-3613 for details.

At Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts there’s an Opening Reception tomorrow/Thursday at 5 at the Davison Art Center celebrating William Earle Williams: A Stirring Song Sung Heroic African Americans. On Sunday at 3, in Crowell Concert Hall you can enjoy This Is It!  The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part X.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Cultural Connections Women’s Group for immigrant women meets this evening at 5:30 The Veteran’s Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7. On Saturday at 1:30 they present the Great American Folk Song Revival with the Caroline Doctorow Duo. 

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, Gina Sicilia takes the Café stage. Thursday’s there’s an early show at 4:30 with The New Haven Jazz Band. Later Thursday night, Baka Fana, Ashley Hamel, Fit to Fly, and Off the Trolley take the Café Nine stage. Friday’s weekly 5 pm set features Lynn Malavolte & Friends. Later Friday night they bring you Orquesta Afinke. Saturday afternoon there’s a Playing for Change Foundation event, featuring George Baker, Gary Heriot, and Mike Damico, with the 4 pm show bringing more of George Baker your way. Saturday night, Manic Productions presents Ages & Ages, Cereus Bright, and The Sea The Sea. Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 Present The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 pm with John D’Amato, and they round out the weekend Sunday night at 7 with Box Set Duo Trio and The Alpaca Gnomes.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s the Wednesday Community Blues Jam hosted by Tommy Whalen this week. Friday night it’s One Love – a tribute to Bob Marley. On Saturday it’s award-winning guitarist Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood bringing you R & B, blues, and

Tonight, Manic Productions presents The Bronx, Crowbar, and Dead Heavens at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. There’s another Manic show featuring Ian Sweet, Stove, and Yohuna at Bar in New Haven, tonight. Tomorrow/Thursday night, they headline Ben Folds and Gracie Folds at the College Street Music Hall. Friday night Manic presents St. Lucia, Sofi Tukker, and DL is OK, also at the College Street venue in New Haven.

Tonight Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents Sperm Donor, Husbandry, Migrant, and huo. Thursday’s lineup includes Isenmor, Vacant Eyes, The Green Invader, and Matt Danger. On Friday it’s Bang Your Head at Cherry Street Station with local favorites. On Saturday they’ve got FN Fest 10, Scotty Anarchy’s Birthday Banger. You can find Cherry Street Station on Facebook, or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tomorrow/Thursday it’s the Electric University EDM College Dance Party. On Friday they’ve got Denzel Curry, Boogie, and Yoshi Thompkins.

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

The Connecticut Historical Society holds a cross-generational conversation in Hartford tomorrow/Thursday at 5:30 on Generations of Struggle: Connecticut and Civil Rights. Registration is requested.

Also tomorrow/Thursday in Hartford, the Charter Oak Cultural Center holds an opening reception for Traversing Traditions: India, a month-long visual arts exhibition of Indian arts, music, film, and more.

On Friday night at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Grammy Award-winning flutist Rhonda Larsen performs at 8 pm. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at 10:30 am. Connecticut’s Doug White Quintet takes the stage Saturday night at 8 with jazz offerings and more. On Sunday at 5 there’s an opening reception for this month’s featured artist, Lindsay Behrens. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30.  Details at

This Saturday at 4 pm Wesleyan Potters in Middletown hosts the exhibit, Comforts from Our Past: Gary and Kyle O’Neill, at their Middletown gallery location. The series celebrates the artists’ blended Native American and African American heritage.

This Saturday also brings the thirtieth annual Many Colors of a Woman Jazz Festival to The Unitarian Society of Hartford at 7pm.  This is the longest running jass festival showcasing the music and women of jazz. With Featured acts Mathis’ AFRIKAN AMERIKAN JAZZ,  New Millennium All Stars, and  The Bertha Hope Trio.   The event is free. Call 860-951-7694 for details.

The 97th Annual Durham Fair happens this week, starting on Thursday, offering a Farm Museum, Kids Place, Discovery Center, and more. Thursday’s music includes performances by Coginchaug High School musicians and the Rising Tide Band. Friday’s events include a tractor pull and motorized demolition derby, with performances by The Kerry Boys, Kara and Zach, CJ West and the Downtown Train, the Carrie Ashton Band, Mixed Signals, and more, with the headliner appearance of Old Dominion. The fun continues on Saturday with animals and food galore, along with music by the Brown Paper Sax Band, Salt Island Seanotes, Kings of Karma, The Meadows Brothers, Sister Funk, the Truckstop Troubadors, and headliner Foreigner. Sunday’s schedule includes a monster truck show, draft horse pull, and music by Bourbon Chaser, Jackson Hill, and the Rob Glassman Band.  They cap things off with Martha Reeves& The Vandellas Sunday night.  Full schedule 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 October. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the long running market at the South Green on Old Church Street is open from 8 am-1 pm.  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: 

Hartford’s Real Art Ways has extended their run of “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – the Touring Years,” through the 29th. Directed by Ron Howard, the film follows the Beatles during their sixties touring years. On Friday Real Art Ways opens “Ixcanul,” (sounds like: Ike’s-can-ool)  a film exploring the lives of marginalized women in the Guatemalan coffee highlands. On Friday, They also open “Author: the JT LeRoy Story,” a film about the literary hoax of a San Francisco housewife. On Saturday they celebrate Art House Theater Day with screenings of “A Town Called Panic: Double Fun,” and “Phantasm: Remastered.”  

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio ends their run of “Under The Sun,” a scripted film shot in North Korea that captures revealing off-camera moments. They screen “The Three Penny Opera” as part of their National Theatre Live series this week. Thursday also brings the opening run of “Jason Bourne,” the fifth installment of the series starring Matt Damon. On Sunday they open “Dark Horse,” about a depressed Welsh village that puts its faith in a steeplechasing thoroughbred. 

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.

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for Untracked with DJ PigInTheCity for a spotlight on Cinematic music that has yet to be heard in movies.

at  6pm, stay tuned for  Your Mind Matters with Dr. Helen Evrard, MD, exploring the brain conditions known as mental illness from a holistic viewpoint with guests who study them, treat them, or are affected by them.

From 6:30-8pm its Fusion Radio with James Fusion  - for a 90 minute live techno mix.
At 8m Mike Nyce keeps the beat going with his 90 minute live mix of deep underground house music on The Warehouse .

From 9:30-11pm it's the vault with DJ Anton Banks, presenting listeners with the latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house, and leftfield mixed live. Featuring exclusive music from internationals artists.

at 11pm stay tuned for Fresh Produce with DJ Blue Dream for an hour of Brand new hip hop, funk, and contemporary jazz, fresh from independent producers.

At midnight, Hero Worship with DJ Girl Fieri & DJ Give 'em hill

After that at 1am, The Second Sex with DJ Crystal Beth & DJ Megnanimous  offer a look at female singers, shredders, and rockers across various decades and genres.

From 2-3am, Catch of the Day with DJ Lobster speaks in-depth about one new release and plays songs that inspired the artist and are related to the work.

from 3-4am stick around for The Hour of Slack from The Church of the SubGenius Radio Ministry

At 4am you can catch the BBC world report before we kick off tomorrow’s program 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.
Thanks for listening!

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