Thursday, October 13, 2016

10-13-16 Jive

Good evening! It's Thursday, October 13th. 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, The Veteran’s Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7. Also at 7 pm tonight, 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 at the Library. On Friday at 3, in collaboration, they continue their series on Preparing for College with this week’s theme of “Budgeting.” 

Tonight’s live music line-up at Café Nine includes The Oddbodies, Honch, Mystic Seahorse, and Still I Rise. Friday’s weekly 5 pm set features Diddymack this week. Later tomorrow night Café Nine Main stage event is a Record Release show featuring The End of America, Death Black Birds, and The Proud Flesh. Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. SixFoxWhiskey and Keepers of the Vibe Take the Café Nine Stage Saturday night. On Sunday at 3 pm, there’s a Songwriter Series with Rex Fowler, Marc Douglas Berardo, and Richard Neal. Sunday night The Hickoids, appear with The Palomino Brothers.

Tonight (Thurs) Manic Productions presents 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, tonight, you can catch The Po’ Boys for a night of boogie-woogie blues and rock n roll. 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, tonight, (Thursday), they’ve got another Bright Night EDM College Dance Glow Party. Tomorrow/Friday they feature Dirty Heads, New Beat Fund, and RDGLDGRN.

The Art Guild of Middletown presents a Chinese brush painting demonstration tonight/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 opening tonight, Thursday through Sunday in Hartford. You can find the full schedule of events at

Writer, performer, and artist Patti Smith will be at Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford tonight/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

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 

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

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

Most of Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are going strong through the end of October. Here in Middletown 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: 

Right here in Middletown, tonight, The Russell Library continues the 8th annual Middletown International Film Festival, Common Ground, with a screening of “Rhymes for Young Ghouls,”. This is 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

Tonight, Hartford’s Real Art Ways ends their run of “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – the Touring Years,”. Their final screening of “Landfill Harmonic is at 5:45 tonight. 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.  

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio presents a screening of “Upstairs Inferno,” sponsored by Out Film CT, this is a documentary about the now second-largest mass gay murder in US history that occurred in a gay bar in New Orleans in 1973. Tomorrow/Friday, Cinestudio opens a run of “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 Bolshoi Ballet’s performance of Shostakovich’s “The Golden Age”.   Sunday they also begin a run of “Our Little Sister,” a Japanese film about three sisters who meet an unknown relative when they travel to their father’s funeral.   

Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on WESU Middletown:

Right after the Jive at Five stick around for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa until 6:30, for a stiff dose of Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience. 

From 6:30-8pm stay tuned for Imagine with Karen Stein offering Peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!

At 8pm it’s 90 minutes of Evening Jazz with Bill Denert

From 9:30-10pm, Your English is good with Mizael Robledo is an exploration of the contextual experiences of people who learned English as a second language, with music in the guests' native tongue.

At 10pm stay tuned for UnderCover with Ali & Ben, Bridging genres and generations, UnderCover explores the concept of inspiration through imitation.

From 11pm until Midnight, on The American Empire, you can join our Lady, Dj Tootse Mutant for 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.

From Midnight until 2am stay tuned for Upfront Soul with Sanguine Fromage, exploring a wide range of contemporary and vintage soul, Funk, and RnB.

At 2am DJ coroner's last will & testimony haunts the late night airwaves with an eclectic mix of oneiric, experimental sounds. Ambient, noise, drone, footwork, art pop, poetry readings and more.

The BBC World news Service comes your way from 4-5am. We begin our week day program with Morning Edition from NPR from 5-9am and don’t miss Rising up with Sonali, M-F at 9am!

That’s all for today’s jive at Five, Thanks for listening. If you value the service WESU provides, please join your fellow listeners in supporting WESU with a donation today, during our annual Fall pledge drive. You can make that donation online at where you can also see our great thank you gifts or download a pledge form to put in the mail.

Thanks so much – There is no listener supported community radio without listener support.
Stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa!

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