Thursday, October 20, 2016

10-19-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, October 19th 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! Thanx for tuning in!

I'd like to remind you that WESU is listener supported community radio and we’ve just begun our 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:

Tonight (Wednesday) at 6 pm Wesleyan President Michael Roth interviews Art History Professor Henry Adams about hyper-realistic landscape painting in the new book “Tula Telfair: Invented Landscape,” in the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall. On Thursday you can hear the Grammy Award-winning duo Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn presenting folk, blues, and more. Details at

Tonight, (Wednesday) down in New Haven at Café Nine, the featured artists are The Hooten Hallers, and Rusty Things. On Thursday it’s Tan and the Bangas, appearing with Rudeyna. Friday’s weekly 5 pm Happy Hour features Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lodge this week, followed later by a Manic Productions show with Kingsley Flood and Goodnight Moonshine. Saturday’s 4:30 Jazz Jam is with the George Baker Band, with Ports of Spain, Lost Boy?, Holy Tunics, and The Gabba Ghouls following with a 9 pm show.  The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 headlines The Bongos, and they round out the weekend Sunday night with Ada Pasternak and Todd Lewis Kramer.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it's their long-running Community Blues Jam hosted by Tommy Whalen, this week. On Thursday it’s Sally’s house band The Po’ Boys, with blues, rock, and boogie-woogie. On Friday, they’ve got the Chris Smith Band, appearing with special guest the Over Easy Band. On Saturday night you can hear Connecticut-based Avenue Groove, bringing you R&B, funk, and dance music.

This evening (Wednesday) at 7 pm, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, the National Theatre of the Deaf presents a preview of “The King,” performed by Patrick Graybill, with a Q & A session following. On Thursday at 7 pm they’ve got Shaking the Tree, a Gong & Sound Meditation. On Friday night you can catch singer/songwriter Jann Klose, appearing with guitarist Jaclyn Jones. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at 10:30 am, with this week’s theme of “Manifesting Your Desires.” In the evening there’s a double bill of singer/songwriters, Connor Wallowitz and Dan Merritt. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30. Details at

Manic Productions presents Brothers In Yarn, Werewolf Police, and Silverteeth tonight (Wednesday) at Bar in New Haven. On Friday, they headline Mike Birbiglia: Thank dGod for Jokes at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, appearing with Jon Fisch.  Sunday they bring you Touché Amoré, Tiny Moving Parts, and Culture Abuse at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Thursday it’s Yelawolf with the Trial by Fire Tour, appearing with Bubba Sparxxx, Jelly Roll, and Struggle Jennings. On Friday they bring you the Lupe Fiasco Tour.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, tonight (Wednesday) at 6:30,  the Middlesex County Historical Society hosts Dr. Joseph Avitable in their “A Vanished Port” speaker series, who will discuss the horse trade in pre-Revolutionary America. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7. Also at 7, the Readers’ Theater presents “The Consultant,” by Heidi Schreck. On Friday at 3, the Library continues their series on Preparing for College with this week’s theme of “Credit.”

Read to a Child in Connecticut hosts its second annual fundraiser this evening (Wednesday) at 6pm at the Mark Twain House in Hartford. Live and silent auctions and historic tours are

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

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

Wesleyan University’s English Department hosts a reading by poet and artist Dawn Lundy Martin this evening (Wednesday) at 8 pm at the Russell House. Details at

Music in the Atrium, a new series at Artists’ Collective in Hartford, happens this Friday at 6 pm featuring the percussion ensemble Ed Fast & Conga-Bop. 

The Art Guild of Middletown presents a Chinese brush painting demonstration on Saturday at 9 am at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell with artist Amy Fang Zie. Details at

The MAC650 Gallery on Main St. in Middletown hosts “Beat the Devil Out of It” this Saturday at 7 pm, featuring Connecticut artists and musicians in an intimate Fall showcase.

The Middletown Concert Series presents the celebrated three Sicilian Tenors this Saturday at 7:30 at the Middletown High School Performing Arts Center on LaRosa Lane. More information at

Trinity College in Hartford presents a fall dance performance sponsored by the Department of Theater and Dance this Saturday at 7:30 at the Austin Arts Center.

NBC Connecticut hosts a free Health & Wellness Festival this Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm at the XL Center in Hartford. There are free health screenings, flu shots, giveaways, and

Many of Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are still open. Here in Middletown you can you can support 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 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

WESU’s Dr. Helen Evrard, host of “Your Mind Matters,” will be at the Milford Artisan Market on the Milford Green this Saturday and Sunday with her book, “Positive Matters: Words, Quotations, and Stories to Heal and Inspire,” and Positive Pulls, decorated wooden sticks that accompany the book. Stop by from 11 am to 4 pm. Sales of Positive Pulls benefit Vista Life Innovations in Madison, supporting individuals with disabilities through various stages of life.

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 “A Man Called Ove,” (ooh-veh), a Swedish film about an isolated retiree whose life is changed by new neighbors through Thursday. Tonight there’s a one-time screening of “Yarn,” about the artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet. On Friday they open “Harry & Snowman,” a true Cinderella story about the transformative relationship between a Dutch immigrant and an Amish plow horse. It runs through the weekend.

Tonight (Wednesday), Trinity College’s Cinestudio opens Woody Allen’s “Café Society,” starring Kristen Stewart as a 1930’s ingénue who gives up acting to work for a successful producer. On Sunday they open a run of “Ran,” a 4K restoration of Akira’s Kurosawa’s 1985 masterpiece epic of family betrayal.  

The Russell Library continues the 8th annual Middletown International Film Festival, Common Ground, with a screening of “Horses of God,’ a Moroccan film about the suicide bombers in Casablanca in 2003, at Chapman Hall on the Middlesex Community College Campus at 7 pm.

Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on WESU Middletown:
Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for Untracked with DJ PigInTheCity for a spotlight on Cinematic music that has yet to be heard in movies.

at  6pm, stay tuned for  Your Mind Matters with Dr. Helen Evrard, MD, exploring the brain conditions known as mental illness from a holistic viewpoint with guests who study them, treat them, or are affected by them.

From 6:30-8pm its Fusion Radio with James Fusion  - for a 90 minute live techno mix.
At 8m Mike Nyce keeps the beat going with his 90 minute live mix of deep underground house music on The Warehouse .

From 9:30-11pm it's the vault with DJ Anton Banks, presenting listeners with the latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house, and leftfield mixed live. Featuring exclusive music from internationals artists.

at 11pm stay tuned for Fresh Produce with DJ Blue Dream for an hour of Brand new hip hop, funk, and contemporary jazz, fresh from independent producers.

At midnight, its Hero Worship with DJ Girl Fieri & DJ Give 'em hill.

After that at 1am, The Second Sex with DJ Crystal Beth & DJ Megnanimous  offer a look at female singers, shredders, and rockers across various decades and genres.

From 2-3am, Catch of the Day with DJ Lobster speaks in-depth about one new release and plays songs that inspired the artist and are related to the work.

from 3-4am stick around for The Hour of Slack from The Church of the SubGenius Radio Ministry

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

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