Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it's,Thursday October 6th 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 JCherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. 

Here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:

today, The Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program presents “Growing Up in Connecticut: Voices of Wisdom,” an evening of conversation, at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford at 5 pm. Speakers include a Laotian dancer and chef, a blacksmith, and more. Details at

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Veteran’s Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7. The Friends of the Library Book Sale happens on Friday and Saturday, with a featured theme of Angels and Devils. On Friday at 3, in collaboration with Wells Fargo Bank and March for Education, they begin a four-week series on Preparing for College, starting off this week with “Basics of Banking.” On Saturday at 11 am there’s Yoga in the Courtyard. 

St. Vincent de Paul Middletown and the MAC650 Gallery cohost an opening Thursday night for “Crossing the Street: Portraits of People in the Community,” an exhibition by artist Abby Carter, from 5-8 pm. Proceeds benefit the St. Vincent Soup Kitchen.

There’s another reception from 6-8 on Thursday at the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center in Middletown for “Woven Together,” an exhibition of works by Rosyln Carrier-Brault, a photographer, and her sister Jaan N. Unghire, a quilter.

Friday night at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, you can catch Khalif Neville, son of New Orleans jazz great Charles Neville, bringing you classics, BeBop, and more. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at 10:30 am. In the evening, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dave Kopperman takes the Buttonwood stage. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30.  Details at

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine Manic Productions presents Vetiver and The Mountain Movers. Friday’s weekly 5 pm Happy Hour features Tommy Doomsday. Friday night’s main event at Cafe Nine, features Duece Bug with Itz Urboi & DJ Funksway, Crooked Mind, and more. Saturday’s 4:30 Jazz Jam is with Gary Grippo & Friends.  Jeremy & The Harlequins, The Skeleton Beats, and 9th Wave coming your way later Saturday night. Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present The Sunday Buzz Matinee with Larry Kirwan at 3 pm, and they round out the weekend Sunday night with Nomad Stones, Telegram Scam, and Pleasure Beach, brought your way by Manic Productions.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s On Friday, you can hear dirty punk reggae with Danny Pease and the Regulators, appearing with Joey Batts & Them. Saturday’s headliner is Chris Ruest with special guest Gene Taylor, offering Texas blues and more.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, they’ve got another Bright Night Glow Party. On Friday you can catch The Get Up Kids, Brick + Mortar, and J. Russell & the Split Coils on the Toad’s stage. They finish out the weekend Sunday night with Neon Indian, Classixx, and Harriet Brown.

At the CFA Theater on Friday at 8 pm, choreographer Camille A. Brown returns with the Connecticut premier of “Black Girl: Linguistic Play,” a musical representation of black girlhood. The West End String Quartet performs works b Schumann and Neel Bruce at the Russell House on Sunday at 3 pm. Full details at

Manic Productions presents on Friday, it’s the wellRED Comedy Tour, with Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan, and Corey Ryan Forrester at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. On Saturday they’ve got Jason Isbell and Josh Ritter at the College Street Music Hall, with a second choice of Cabinet at The Ballroom at The Outer Space.

This Friday brings two opportunities to Wesleyan’s campus to learn about current issues facing Native Americans and join them solidarity. Standing with Standing Rock is This 90 minute rapid teach-in that will address key issues and important FAQs about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), its environmental costs, the indigenous sovereignty and other legal issues, and the #NoDAPL (stands for no Dakota pipeline) political and social movements that have emerged in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies who oppose the construction of the pipeline. Facilitators include: Wesleyan Professors - Jacob Doherty (Anthropology), Maria John (American Studies), J. Kehaulani Kauanui (American Studies), and Dana Royer (Environmental Studies). This event happens at 2:15pm Room 108 at the Usdan student center.

Later at 4:30pm in the Daniel Family Commons  “Prophecies, World Peace, and Global Healing: The Return of the White Buffalo” - a talk by Chief Arvol Looking Horse offers a rare opportunity to hear and learn from the 19th Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe and Bundle and spiritual leader of the Lakota Nation (Lakota, Nakota, Dakota) of South Dakota. for info 

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford has its monthly Second Saturdays for Families this week at their Hartford location, with free admission and special events starting at 10 am.  

Wesleyan University hosts “Mysterium: The Mystery Novel,” a writers’ conference, this Saturday starting at 9 am, with workshops, readings, and the opportunity to meet editors and agents. Registration is required and space is limited. Details at

The Eversource Hartford Marathon happens this Saturday starting at 8 am in Bushnell Park.

You can enjoy a celebration of seasonal change at Night Fall, happening at Elizabeth Park in Hartford this Saturday starting at 2 pm. There’s a local goods market, pop-up shows, food trucks, and more.

Hartford’s annual Columbus Day parade, hosted by the Italian-American Celebration and Parade Committee, happens this Sunday starting at 8 am along Franklin Avenue in the South End. Call 860-712-1300 for details.

WESU’s Fall Community Record Fair returns to Wesleyan’s Beckham Hall on Sunday October 9th from 11am to 4pm.  This fun filled annual event features dozens of vendors from across the northeast selling new and used records and music in all formats. It’s also a great place to find concert T-shirts and music memorabilia. Plus, you can pick up some WESU discounted swag!  WESU DJs will be spinning vinyl all day and the WESU booth will be selling thousands of albums and CDs for $1 each!!! As always, the event is free and open to the public. New this year, early bird record crate diggers can enter the hall before the event is open to the public for $5 admission after 10am.

Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are still going strong through October. Here in Middletown there two farmers markets. 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 markets in our area you can visit

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut: 

“Mia Madre,” the Cannes Film Festival-winning Italian drama about a film director dealing with the imminent death of her mother. Both run through Thursday. On Friday they open “Landfill Harmonic,” a documentary about the Recycled Orchestra of Catuera, a group of kids in Paraguay who create instruments from the garbage in one of South America’s largest landfills.  

Trinity College’s Cinestudio Thursday through Saturday they’re screening “Indignation,” based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Philip Roth about college life in 1951 Middle America. The Sunday matinee is National Theatre Live’s performance of “The Deep Blue Sea,” about British post-WWII loss and secrets. They also open “Don’t Blink – Robert Frank,” about the work of this 1950’s and ‘60’s photographer that challenged America’s poverty and racial divide. 

The Russell Library opens the 8th annual Middletown International Film Festival, Common Ground, with a screening of “The Second Mother,” a Brazilian film about class barriers, this Thursday at 7 pm in the Hubbard Room.

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

Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience.  Hey, It's Homegrown...want some?

Imagine with Karen Stein
Peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!

Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
A broad range of swing, be bop and avante garde with a sprinkling of new releases. "Hearing is the best experience"

Your English is good with Mizael Robledo
An exploration of the contextual experiences of people who learned English as a second language, with music in the guests' native tongue.

UnderCover with Ali & Ben
Bridging genres and generations, UnderCover explores the concept of inspiration through imitation.

The American Empire
Join our Lady, Dj Tootse Mutant on 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.

The Greatest Sounds Under The Sun with Sir Bruce
Old School R&B.

DJ coroner's last will & testimony

Haunting the midnight airwaves with an eclectic mix of oneiric, experimental sounds. Ambient, noise, drone, footwork, art pop, poetry readings and more.

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.
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