Wednesday, October 12, 2016

10-12-16 Jive

Good evening! It's Wednesday, October 12th. 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. WESU is listener supported community radio and we’ve just begun or Fall community pledge drive. While most of our broadcasters are volunteers, it still takes money to keep the station up and running. WESU relies on funding from all of our stakeholders. If you value the service WESU provides, we are counting on you to make a donation in support of this great station!  You can make that donation online at where you can also see our thank you gifts.  Thanks in advance!

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

At the Russell Library in Middletown, tonight/ Wednesday night, Dr. Chris Maslowski presents a workshop, “Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine: Health for Life.”  The Veteran’s Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7. Also at 7, the East Haddam Stage Company presents a live-action radio drama, “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Specked Band,” using the 1930 radio script of William Gillette. On Friday at 3, in collaboration with Wells Fargo Bank and March for Education, they continue their series on Preparing for College with this week’s theme of “Budgeting.” 

Tonight (Wednesday), down in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, you can catch Red Dog Run, and Phil Rosenthal. Thursday’s roster includes The Oddbodies, Honch, Mystic Seahorse, and Still I Rise. Friday’s weekly 5 pm Happy Hour features Diddymack this week, followed later by a Record Release show with The End of America, Death Black Birds, and The Proud Flesh. Saturday’s 4:30 Jazz Jam is with Tony Dioguardi& Friends, with SixFoxWhiskey and Keepers of the Vibe coming your way later that night. On Sunday at 3 pm there’s a Songwriter Series with Rex Fowler, Marc Douglas Berardo, and Richard Neal, and they round out the weekend Sunday night with The Hickoids, appearing with The Palomino Brothers.

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

Tonight (Wednesday) Manic Productions presents Dinowalrus, The Shifting Sands, and Mission Zero to Bar in New Haven. Thursday, it’s Polyphia, Cheem, and Jelani Sei at The Space in Hamden. On Friday Manic presents Andrew Bird, appearing with Sinkane, at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Saturday, they’ve got mewithoutYou, Into It. Over it., and Needle Points at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Saturday night Manic presents Regina Spektor at the College Street Music Hall on Saturday. Sunday, they’ve got White Lung and Perennial on stage at The Ballroom at The Outer Space

In Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s their long-running Community Blues Jam hosted by Gene Donaldson. On Thursday it’s Sally’s house band The Po’ Boys, with blues, rock, and boogie-woogie. On Friday, they’ve got roots and more with Plywood Cowboy. On Saturday night you can hear Regina Bonelli, appearing with featured bluesman Michael Hill.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven on Thursday, enjoy another Bright Night ECM College Dance Glow Party. On Friday they feature Dirty Heads, New Beat Fund, and RDGLDGRN.

On Friday, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown presents Swiss acoustic guitar virtuoso Attila Vural, appearing along with singer/songwriter Julie Last. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at 10:30 am, with this week’s theme of “Balance.” In the evening, it’s Story City Troupe, bringing you true stories using the formula from NPR’s “The Moth.” The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30.  Details at 

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts in Middletown sponsors their “Artful Lunch” series featuring Professor Michael Moore this week on Thursday at noon, who discusses his favorite works in the Davison Art Center collection. Details at

The Art Guild of Middletown presents a Chinese brush painting demonstration this Thursday at 7 at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell with artist Amy Fang Zie. Details at 

Hartford Fashion Week presents its second season of runway shows, a trade show, and more this Thursday through Sunday in Hartford. You can find the full schedule of events at

Writer, performer, and artist Patti Smith will be at Immanauel Congregational Church in Hartford this Thursday at 7 pm for a conversation, “Mark My Words.” Details at

The award-winning Aeolus String Quartet performs works by Haydn and Beethoven on Thursday at 7:30 pm at Trinity College’s Gruss Music Center in Hartford. Details at

St. George Armenian Church in Hartford holds its annual Armenian Food Fest this Friday and Saturday with food, gifts, crafts, and more.

Hartford Blooms presents its annual Foliage & Fall Garden Tours this Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 am in Elizabeth Park. Dozens of fall gardens in the West End and Asylum Hill neighborhoods of Hartford will be viewed.

This Saturday the Mark Twain House in Hartford brings you “Ralph Nader: Breaking Through Power,” as part of their Mark My Words ongoing series. The event begins at 7; he’ll be discussing his latest book, “Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think,” followed by a book sale and signing.

The Light Source Center, a non-profit meditation school in West Hartford, holds its ninth annual fundraising auction this Sunday at the Simsbury Inn starting at 1:30 pm.  Live and silent auctions, music, and great food are happening. Details 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: 

Through Thursday, 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. Also continuing is “Landfill Harmonic,” a documentary about the Recycled Orchestra of Catuera, a group of kids in Paraguay who create instruments from the garbage in one of South America’s largest landfills. On Friday they open “A Man Called Ove,” (ooh-veh), a Swedish film about an isolated retiree whose life is changed by new neighbors. It runs through the weekend.  

Though tonight (Wednesday), Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run of “Don’t Blink – Robert Frank,” about the work of this 1950’s and ‘60’s photographer that challenged America’s poverty and racial divide. On Thursday they’re screening “Upstairs Inferno,” sponsored by Out Film CT, a documentary about the now second-largest mass gay murder in US history that occurred in a gay bar in New Orleans in 1973. On Friday they open “Equity,” a corporate thriller starring Anna Gunn as a high-flying investment banker fighting back after she’s turned down for a promotion. It runs through Saturday. Sunday’s matinee is the Boishoi Ballet’s performance of Shostakovich’s “The Golden Age,” with a new libretto by Girgorovich. They also open “Our Little Sister,” a Japanese film about three sisters who meet an unknown relative when they travel to their father’s funeral.   

The Russell Library continues the 8th annual Middletown International Film Festival, Common Ground, with a screening of “Rhymes for Young Ghouls,” a Canadian film about a residential school for Indian children run by a sadistic agent. It’s being screened at Chapman Hall on the Middlesex Community College Campus at 7 pm

Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on 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 2-3am, it's catch of the day with DJ Lobster.
Rootsworld radio comes your way at 3am. 

 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.

Thanks for listening. Now stay tuned for Untracked with PigInTheCity!

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