Thursday, October 27, 2016

10-27-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, October 27th, 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 Ben Michael, Thanks so much for joining us. Ya, know if we depended solely on donations in response to our on air calls to support WESU, we would be off air a long time ago.  Since we started our fall pledge drive over 2 weeks ago, our on air solicitations have garnered less than a dozen pledges. Scary as that is for me (the one full time employee at WESU), Dspite that scary fact, I'm fairly confident that our major appeal gogion out to past donors via snail mail this week, will bring in the lionshare of the funding we need to reach our goal.   Fortunately, The Wesleyan university administration and the Wesleyan student assembly also support WESU. That covers just about all of our stakeholders except you! How many times do have to hear that there is no listener supported community radio before you step up to the plate and help sustain this important media outlet? When you figure it out, please donate online at  , where you can also pick out a great thank you gift!  We appreciate your generosity.

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

Tonight, down in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, 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, you can hear 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.

Tonight at 7 pm at 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 tonight 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.

Manic Productions brings a lot your way this weekend, all at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. On Friday they headline Gov’t Mule. On Saturday you can catch Railroad Earth and The Ghost of Paul Revere. They round out the weekend 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, The Veteran’s Writing Group meets tonight. 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.

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts continues its 40th annual Navaratri Festival on Friday at 8 in Crowell Concert Hall, presenting “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 Dance Ensemble at Crowell Concert Hall. Details at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, Grammy Award-winner Marc Cohn returns with an all new show tonight.  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. Tomorrow, 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 tonight, 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. Tomorrow they open “Aquarius,” a Portuguese film about a widow fighting developers who try to evict her from her home. It runs through the weekend.  

Cinestudio at Trinity College in Hartford is screening “Kubo and the Two Strings,” a 3-D stop animation film based on the Japanese legend of a boy and a vengeful spirit, tonight 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 tonight at 7 pm.

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

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.

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. On tonight's episode of Undercover, Ben and Ali will be giving away tickets to see the 11/13/16 performance of Reel Big Fish at College Street Music Hall. Tune in for your chance to win!

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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