Thursday, October 20, 2016

10-20-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, October 20th.  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 Lara Hetzle, WESU Production Director. Thanks so much for joining us!

WESU is listener supported community radio and we need your help to get our Fall community pledge drive going. While most of our broadcasters are volunteers, it still takes money to keep the station up and running.  Whether you tune in to WESU for daytime talk  or free form music programming, or perhaps the Jive at Five, don’t expect someone else to make a donation on behalf of your listening. Show your support for WESU and help us pay the bills with a donation, today. You can make that donation online at where you can also see our thank you gifts.  Thanks!

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

Tonight (Thursday)  Grammy Award-winning banjo and vocal duo Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn perform  Appalachian folk music,  blues, and more tonight in Wesleyans Center For The Arts Details at

Down in New Haven at Café Nine, Tan and the Bangas, appear with Rudeyna. Friday’s weekly 5 pm early show features Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lodge this week. Later Tomorrow night, Manic Productions presents Kingsley Flood and Goodnight Moonshine on stage at Café Nine. Saturday’s weekly afternoon Jazz Jam is with the George Baker Band, this week.  Ports of Spain, Lost Boy?, Holy Tunics, and The Gabba Ghouls take the Café Nine stage for a  9 pm show.  The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3pm headlines The Bongos, and Café Nine rounds out the weekend Sunday night with Ada Pasternak and Todd Lewis Kramer.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight (Thursday) The Po’ Boys play boogie-woogie blues and rock.  Tomorrow/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 at Sally’s.

This evening (Thursday) at 7 pm, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown presents: Shaking the Tree, a Gong & Sound Meditation. Tomorrow/Friday night, you can catch singer/songwriter Jann Klose, appearing with guitarist Jaclyn Jones. At 10: 30 Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop works with this week’s theme of “Manifesting Your Desires.” Saturday evening there’s a double bill of singer/songwriters, Connor Wallowitz and Dan Merritt at The Buttonwood. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30. Details at

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight (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.

Tomorrow/Friday Manic Productions presents comedian Mike Birbiglia’s: Thank God for Jokes tour at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, appearing with Jon Fisch.  Sunday Manic presents Touché Amoré, Tiny Moving Parts, and Culture Abuse at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, The Veteran’s Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7. Also at 7 tonight, 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.”

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:

Hartford’s Real Art Ways has extended their run of “A Man Called Ove,” (ooh-veh), a Swedish film about an isolated retiree whose life is changed by new neighbors through Thursday. 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.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio is now showing 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 a 4K restoration of Akira’s Kurosawa’s 1985 masterpiece epic of family betrayal, “Ran,”.  

Tonight at 7pm, 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 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!

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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