Wednesday, November 9, 2016

11-9-16 Jive

Good evening, it's November 9th 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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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! Thanks for joining us!
Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:

Tonight (Wednesday), down in New Haven, Café Nine presents The Goddamn Gallows. Thursday Manic Productions presents Tony Molina, appearing with Wildhoney and Bilge Rat. At Café Nine.  Friday’s Early 5pm ser at Café Nine Victor Roland. Later, Friday night, Manic Productions presents Honus Honus, and Lea. The Weekly Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam Session at 4:40 is with Gary Grippo & Friends, tjhis week. Sat night, The Long Ryders take the stage with Elison Jackson at The Nine. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 headlines Max Loignon, and on Sunday night Café Nine concludes the weekend with Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, along with Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones.  

Up in Hartford tonight at Black-Eyed Sally’s its their long-running Wednesday Community Blues Jam hosted by Gene Donaldson. On Thursday it’s Sally’s house band The Po’ Boys, playing boogie-woogie blues and rock, and. Friday, Sally’s hosts a CD Release Party with Mambo Sons. On Saturday, Grammy-winning guitarist Paul Nelson and his band take Sally’s stage. 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight (Wednesday), they’ve got the Everyone Orchestra conducted by Matt Butler. On Thursday they headline Russ, appearing with The Yung God Tour. Friday they bring you Atmosphere and the Freshwater Fly Fishermen Tour.

This evening/Wednesday, Manic Productions presents Ben Sollee, Derik Hultquist, and Sam Moss at Bar in New Haven. Friday they bring you Paper Route, Halfnoise, and Bonsai Trees at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. Saturday Manic presents the Soil & the Sun, OWEL, Clouty And The Imagine Nation, and Audio Jane, also at the Ballroom. Sunday they headline the Reel Big Fish ‘Turn the Radio Off’ 20th Anniversary Tour, with Masked Intruder and Stacked Like Pancakes, at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, The Russell Readers meet this evening at 6:30 to continue their 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories series, reviewing “What You Pawn/Will Redeem” by Sherman Alexie. tonight/Wednesday at 7, the Middlesex County Historical Society continues its “A Vanished Port” Speaker Series, featuring Wesleyan scholar Richard Grossman speaking on “How Rich Was Rich?” – a lecture on 18th Century currency. Teen Writing Boot Camp with author Shari Arnold happens Thursday at 6; registration is required. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets Thursdays at 7pm. The Wadsworth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is at the library on Saturday at 10:30 to accept applications or help you locate a patriot ancestor. On Sunday at 2 they present Telabration! with Storyteller and Master Puppeteer Marilyn O’Connor Miller with her program, “Just Desserts.”

Also tonight/ Wednesday there’s an Opening Reception at 1:30 for the exhibit “Tracing-Drawing-Turning” by Matthew Weber at Middlesex Community College in Chapman Hall.

On Thursday Wesleyan students present an Art and Music Show with eclectic performers including an acapella group at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown. On Friday the Sinan Bakir Trio performs new compositions and jazz standards. Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source Workshop happens Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme of “Choosing Your Legacy.” At pm singer/songwriter Patti Rothberg performs, appearing along with multi-instrumentalist Kristin Hoffman. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30. Details at

The Greater Hartford Arts Council holds its first DIY event at their Pearl Street headquarters this Thursday at 5:30. You can create your own fall wreath with local artist Katherine Tolve.
The Bushnell Park Foundation presents “Painting in the Park” this evening/Wednesday at 5:30 at the Pump House Gallery in Hartford. Create your own masterpiece under guidance of a professional artist. 

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.   Partners not necessary but soft-soled shoes are! For information, call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278.

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts sponsors another in its Artful Lunch Series this Thursday at noon at the Davison Art Center. Professor Julia Randall will discuss her favorite works.
Members of the Middletown Garden Cub will bring plants, flowers and imagination to the meeting of the Art Guild of Middletown this Thursday at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell at 7 pm. A door prize will be awarded to an audience member.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they bring you Southern Rock with Outlaws this Thursday at 8. On Friday, Average White Band offers Funk, R&B, and Soul. On Saturday, singer/songwriter Jonathan Edwards takes the stage. On Sunday you can catch Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy presenting the Remember Keith Emerson Tour with the music of Emerson Lake & Palmer.

The Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford opens its Read It And Sleep series this Friday at 7 with a reading of “Chicken in Space.” The event is free, and the first 25 kids admitted will receive a free copy of the book. On Saturday at 2 they’re screening Suzanne Bachner’s “The Good Adoptee,” followed by a post-show talkback with the creators. They host the yearly commemoration of Kristallnacht this Sunday at 5 pm.
The Wadsworth Atheneum holds its Second Saturdays for Families this Saturday featuring free admission, music, story-telling and more. 
Artists in Real Time present Open Studio Hartford this Saturday and Sunday. It’s a self-guided tour of the artistic neighborhoods of the city. There’s free parking, shuttle buses, and more.

Music For Giving, a concert to benefit local social services, is happening this Sunday at 4 pm at First Church Middletown. This family event features the music of Harry Chapin performed by Grammy Award-winner Bill Pere, Kay Pere, and the LUNCH Ensemble. Details at

This Sunday (November 13th) at 4:00pm , three inspirational artists Peter Yarrow, Kristen Graves and Frank Waln with The Sampson Brothers will perform at Simply Smiles’ “There is an AlterNative” benefit Concert at The Quick Center For The Arts in Fairfield to raise support for a Lakota community on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.

Simply Smiles is a not-for-profit organization that provides bright futures for impoverished children, their families, and their communities. From the prairies of an Indian reservation in South Dakota to the remote mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico, Simply Smiles and its volunteers provide food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education, infrastructure, jobs, hope, and solutions. More details at

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). Also continuing is “Aquarius,” a Portuguese film about a widow fighting developers who try to evict her from her home. Both run through Thursday, On Friday they open “Girl Asleep,” about a 14-year-old girl navigating her Australian surroundings and inner turmoil in 1970.  

Though Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run of “The Battle of Algiers,” a 4K restoration celebrating the 50thanniversary of this Italian classic about Algeria’s war of independence, tonight and Tuesday. On Wednesday they open their annual Eros Film Festival with “Reel in the Closet.” The Festival continues with “Real Boy” on Thursday, “The Watermelon Woman” on Friday, “Arianna” on Saturday, and “Being 17” on Sunday.   

The Russell Library continues the 8th annual Middletown International Film Festival, Common Ground, with a screening of “The Fool,” a Russian film of one man’s fight against a corrupt political system, this Thursday at 7 pm in the library’s Hubbard Room.

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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