Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it's Thursday, September 22nd 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. 

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

now At Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts there’s an Opening Reception 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 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, 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, 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 headlines 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 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, tonight it’s the Electric University EDM College Dance Party. On Friday they’ve got Denzel Curry, Boogie, and Yoshi Thompkins.

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

tonight  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

artford’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 pening 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.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut: 

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.

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.
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