Thursday, September 15, 2016

Good evening, it's Thursday  September 15th 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 JCherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. 

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,  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 tonight 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.

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 open The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, Directed by Ron Howard 

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio  Opening tonight 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.

Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience.  Hey, It's Homegrown...want some?

Imagine with Karen Stein
Peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!

Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
A broad range of swing, be bop and avante garde with a sprinkling of new releases. "Hearing is the best experience"

Your English is good with Mizael Robledo
An exploration of the contextual experiences of people who learned English as a second language, with music in the guests' native tongue.

UnderCover with Ali & Ben
Bridging genres and generations, UnderCover explores the concept of inspiration through imitation.

The American Empire
Join our Lady, Dj Tootse Mutant on an exploration of the influence of American Imperialism on foreign music, such as Korean Hip-Hop, Japanese Jazz, and Peruvian Punk and so much more.

The Greatest Sounds Under The Sun with Sir Bruce
Old School R&B.

DJ coroner's last will & testimony
Haunting the midnight airwaves with an eclectic mix of oneiric, experimental sounds. Ambient, noise, drone, footwork, art pop, poetry readings and more.

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