Thursday, October 27, 2016

10-26-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, October 26th 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.

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

Tonight (Wednesday), down in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, you can catch The Dickies, appearing with Dead City. Lonesome Billy’s Halloween Bash starts at 5 pm on Thursday. Friday’s weekly 5 pm Happy Hour features Snake Hill Blues, followed by the Lipgloss Crisis Halloween Burlesque Party.  Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 showcases Billy Cofrances, followed later by The Proletariat, M-13, and Chem-Trails. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 headlines the Palaminos in a Pre-Party for The Blasters, appearing later Sunday night along with The Delta Bombers.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s,  it's their long-running Wednesday night Community Blues Jam hosted by Tim McDonald. On Thursday it’s Sally’s house band The Po’ Boys, with blues, rock, and boogie-woogie. On Friday, they’ve got Bella’s Bartok, melding Klezmer pop with a circus vibe. On Saturday night it’s the return of the New England Blues Harmonica Showcase, with  Brian Templeton, Diane Blue, and much more.

On Thursday at 7 pm The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, the Middlesex Drum Circle meets. Orice Jenkins and Chad Browne-Springer come your way Friday with unique genre-bending sounds. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at 10:30 am, with this week’s theme of “Channeling Higher Frequencies.” In the evening it’s the Steve Band Halloween Show with one of a kind original music. There’s an Artist Reception Sunday at 8 with Nicole Kelly, celebrating her current exhibition “The Beauty of Age.” The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30. Details at

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, On Thursday its Dop-a-pod, with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Friday they’ve got the Shakedown Halloween Costume Ball featuring Creamery Station and the Terry Rand Band. The Team Roland Tour is on the roster for Sunday at 4 pm.

Tonight (Wednesday), Manic Productions presents Half Waif, Adult Mom, and Namesake at Bar in New Haven.
Fresh Produce will be giving away tickets to see the 11/08/16 performance of Young Thug with 21 Savage at College Street Music Hall. 

Gov’t Mule appears at the College Street Music Hall on Friday. They’re at the Music Hall again on Saturday with Railroad Earth and The Ghost of Paul Revere. They round out the weekend at the Music Hall on Sunday, bringing you the Rocky Horror Picture Show 40th Anniversary Screen Party with Barry Bostwick at 7 pm.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, this evening (Wednesday), at 6:30pm, their Great Reads Book Discussion series with Hedda Kopf reviews “Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories” by Edith Pearlman. The Job Group meets on Thursday morning, followed at noon by the opportunity to meet with reps from Macy’s for seasonal employment opportunities. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets every Thursday evening. On Friday at 3, they continue their series on Preparing for College. Saturday at 1pm, Theatrical Productions presents an adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ “It Can’t Happen Here, at the library, to celebrating the 80th anniversary of the work.

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.   

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts celebrates the 40th annual Navaratri Festival, starting on Thursday at 4:30 with “Building a Home: The First half-Century of Music and Dance of India” at Ring Family Performing Arts Hall. On Friday at 8 in Crowell Concert Hall they present “Vocal Music of South India.”  On Saturday at 8 pm, violinist and composer L. Shankar performs at Crowell Concert Hall. Sunday morning at 11 am, a Hindu religious service, Sarawati Puja, will be held at World Music Hall. The Festival concludes Sunday at 3 pm with a performance by the Nrityagram (sound like en-ritty–a-gram) Dance Ensemble at Crowell Concert Hall. Details at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, Grammy Award-winner Marc Cohn returns with an all new show on Thursday.  They also bring back the Slambovian Circus of Dreams’ Halloween Costume Ball on Saturday. On Sunday, the Legacy Foundation holds their annual “My Little Black Dress” fundraiser, featuring music by Black Violin.

Trinity College’s Music Department presents Stephen Sondheim’s musical, “Company,” Thursday through Saturday at the Austin Arts Center in Hartford.  Visit for information on how to obtain free tickets.

The Connecticut State Library holds another Conversations at Noon this Friday at the Capitol Avenue, Hartford, location. The theme is “Voting and Beyond: Citizens Take Action.”  Details at

Artists for World Peace presents a screening of the original 1924 silent film, “Phantom of the Opera,” with live musical accompaniment by The Flying Particles, Friday at 7:30 at the DeKoven House in Middletown. Proceeds benefit the Children of Peace Project and the Amazing Grace Food Pantry.

The Wadsworth Mansion Haunted Halloween Bash beckons all ghosts and ghouls on Friday from 7 to midnight at the Middletown grounds. There’s music, food, and prizes for best costumes.

This Sunday at 9 pm, Firehouse 12 in New Haven continues their monthly All-45 Record Party, “WAX: curated by and featuring DJs N-E-B and Dooley-O on turntables. There’s also a Retro Outfit contest. Details at

Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets end this week. Thursday, you can catch the long running market at the South Green on Old Church Street is open from 8 am-1 pm.  On Friday, The Middletown North End farmers market will happen on Main Street outside Its Only Natural Market.

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-vay), a Swedish film about an isolated retiree whose life is changed by new neighbors through Thursday. Also continuing is “Harry & Snowman,” a true Cinderella story about the transformative relationship between a Dutch immigrant and an Amish plow horse. Both runs through Thursday. On Friday they open “Aquarius,” a Portuguese film about a widow fighting developers who try to evict her from her home. It runs through the weekend.  

Tonight (Wednesday),  Cinestudio at Trinity College in Hartford opens “Kubo and the Two Strings,” a 3-D stop animation film based on the Japanese legend of a boy and a vengeful spirit. It runs through Saturday. On Saturday and Sunday at Cinestudio, you can catch matinees of National Theatre Live’s “Frankenstein,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch. On Sunday, they open “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” starring Natalie Portman as the mother of celebrated Isralie author Amos Ox.   

The Russell Library continues the 8th annual Middletown International Film Festival, Common Ground, with a screening of “The Good Road,” an Indian film about the intersection of random lives on a highway in India, at the Center for Film Studies on the Wesleyan Campus at 7 pm, Thursday.

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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