Thursday, September 29, 2016

09-28-16 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, September 28th 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! Thanks for joining us!  

Here's our rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
At the Ballroom tonight/Wednesday, Manic presents Blitzen Trapper, appearing with Kacy & Clayton and another show Wednesday night with LVL UP, Puppy, and Spit-Take at Bar in New Haven. On Thursday, Mike Snow headlines a manic show at The College Street Music Hall, appearing with Zelia Day. On Friday, it’s Woods, John Andrews & the Yawns, and Elison Jackson at The Ballroom at The Outer Space.

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, it's Wednesday’s Upstart Fest!, headlining The Queers, appearing with The Fantastic Plastics, Svetlanas, and more. On Thursday, Hellbound Glory, and Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots take the stage. Friday’s weekly 5 pm set features Gary Heriot & Mike Damico, followed later Friday night by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, and The Right Offs. Saturday’s 4:30 Jazz Jam is with Mike Coppola and Friends, with Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, and Big Fat Combo coming your way later that night. Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 pm with Mr. Airplane Man and La Tunda, and they round out the weekend Sunday night at 7 with The Helium Brothers and The Birdmen.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it's their long-running Community Blues Jam hosted by Tim McDonald this week. The Balkun Brothers Rock-n-Roll Residency happens on Thursday. Friday night it’s the Dave Keller Band with blues and soul. On Saturday night it’s Bad News Barnes, featuring “Blue Lou” Marini of Blues Brothers and James Taylor fame.

Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at

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 reccomended! For information, call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, The Veteran’s Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7. From 10 am to 1:30 pm on Saturday, THE AMERICAN STUDIES DEPARTMENT at Wesleyan University and AND THE RUSSELL LIBRARY present Anarchist Histories and Activism.  Offering an opportunity to hear Wesleyan students publicly present their research on a range of subjects From Haymarket to Occupy Wall Street, taught by Professor of American Studies J. K eˉ haulani Kauanui, who will moderate the following two panels.
at10 A.M. you can catch the panel HISTORIAL GENEALOGIES AND RADICAL ANALYSIS and the NOON panel is called COMMUNITY RESISTANCE AND DIVERSE FORMS OF DIRECT ACTION  for more information.

You can tour the historic Swift Factory in northeast Hartford this Thursday at 4:30 and learn about plans for its revival into a vibrant community center. Find it on Facebook at Swift Factory Tours in Northeast Hartford.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, this Thursday, it’s the Bright Night Glow EDM College Dance Party. On Friday its Rock This Wild World, a local showcase celebration with a variety of performers.

Friday night, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown presents singer Sissy Castrogiovanni, bringing you original Sicilian music along with jazz and Mediterranean melodies. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at 10:30 am. Later at 2, the International Beat Poetry Festival presents, “Celebrating the Beats: Their Words, Their Legacy, Their Music,” featuring the Sergio-Mayo Jazz Duo and readings by The Meeting House Poets. Saturday night they’ve got a singer/songwriter double bill with Middletown’s Cathy Kreger appearing with Caroline Doctorow, singing solo and combination blues, adult contemporary, folk, and more. On Sunday at 7 you can enjoy the Great Make Believe Society Improv Show with improvised comedy theater. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30.  Details at

This Saturday, Company G of the 14th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry stages a Preservation March starting at 1:00 at the General Mansfield House, 151 Main St. in Middletown. The public is invited to follow along and visit designated sites to hear brief talks about the city’s rich Civil War history. Full details at

This Saturday, Gee’s records presents a master of the DJ mix showcase at Club Lucent in Wallingford from 2-7pm.  It's an all age event with no dress code. DJs include DP-One, DJ Ragoza, DJ Precision, DJ E.L. DJ G.L.I. and DJ K.G. (who once, called WESU home). For information call 203-449-8912

The Middlesex County Historical Society’s 31st annual Car Show and Flea Market happens this Sunday at Palmer Field in Middletown starting at 7 am. Car registration opens at 8:30. Rain date is next Sunday, October 9 Details at, or call the county Historical Society at 860-346-0746.

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

The 68th annual Berlin Fair happens this weekend, starting off with juggling and marching bands on Friday, and headlining Kick Band on the main concert stage, as well as the On the Serious Side Band. On Saturday there’s spinning and weaving and more, with musical entertainment by the Colin Axxxwell Band, the “Kick It Out” Heart Tribute Band, the Coyote River Band, and 1974 Band. They close it out on Sunday offering food and fun for all, along with country music by Presley and Taylor, and LANco Band. Full details at

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Through tonight/Wednesday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – the Touring Years,” directed by Ron Howard, that follows the band during their sixties touring years, through Thursday. Also continuing is “Ixcanul” (sounds like: Ike’s-can-ool), a film exploring the lives of marginalized women in the Guatemalan coffee highlands. On Friday they open “Mia Madre,” the Cannes Film Festival-winning Italian drama about n film director dealing with the imminent death of her mother. It runs through the weekend.  

Though this evening/Wednesday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run of “Dark Horse,” about a depressed Welsh village that puts its faith in a steeplechasing thoroughbred, tonight and tomorrow. On Wednesday they open “Florence Foster Jenkins,” starring Meryl Streep as a deluded diva who believes she’s a talented singer. It runs through Saturday. On Sunday they open “The Fits,” a film about a Cincinnati all-girl dance troupe with mysterious convulsive attacks. 

The Manhattan Short Film Festival happens this Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, offering you the chance to vote on this year’s finalist entries. Details a
Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on WESU Middletown:

Right after The Jive, 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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