Thursday, November 17, 2016

Good evening, it's Thursday, November 17th 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. 

Whether you tune in to WESU for daytime talk radio and free form music programming, or perhaps even the Jive at Five, please understand that WESU is listener-supported community radio and we need your help to wrap up our Fall Pledge drive. We’ve come a long way in the last month and your donation will helps end this drive.   You can make that donation online at where you can also see our thank you gifts.  We appreciate your generosity.

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

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents “Hoo-Ha,” with choreographer Darrell Jones, also in World Music Hall this Friday and Saturday. Full details at

Thursday, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown presents Shake the Tree Gong and Sound Meditation at 7 pm. Story City Troupe takes the stage on Friday at 7:30. Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source Workshop happens Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme of “Channeling Higher Frequencies.” At 8 pm the Sue Lopes Quartet performs favorites from the Great American Songbook. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30. Details at

Tonight (Wednesday), down in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, they’ve got Ill-Literate Wordsmiths. Friday’s Happy Hour at 5 features Lynn Malavolte & Friends this week. Later, Manic Productions brings you Mount Moriah and Jake Xerxes Fussell. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, and later they headline Sammus, Ceschi, Laundry Day, and Siul Hughes.  Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 features Seth Adam and Frank Critelli, on Sunday night you can end your weekend with Cheetah Chrome, The Lost Riots, and Zombii.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight it’s Sally’s house band The Po’ Boys, with blues, rock, and boogie-woogie. On Friday, they bring you the Michael Cleary Band with groove, funk, and rock. On Saturday, they headline the Alexis P. Suter Band with blues, soul, and rock. 

At the Russell Library in Middletown, The Veteran’s Writing Group meets Thursday at 7. Also on Thursday, the Readers’ Theater presents “The Sunset Limited” by Cormac McCarthy. Middletown Poet Laureate Susan Allison holds a Poet’s Corner on Friday at 1 pm. The Friends of the Library Book Sale happens this weekend from Friday through Sunday, and there’s Yoga in the Courtyard on Saturday at 11. 
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Friday, they’ve got Dave East, YFN Lucci, and Jus BeatZ. Saturday brings their annual Toys For Tots Benefit Concert, featuring Kung Fu, The Alpaca Gnomes, and the Funky Dawgz Brass Band.

Manic Productions presents tonight, Sad13 (pronounced Sade), Vagabon, and Sam Evian at The Space, and The Orbiting Human Circus Feat, Julian Koster and The Music Tapes at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. They’re back at the Ballroom on Friday presenting Jonathan Richman, along with Tommy Larkins. On Saturday it’s the In Flames & Hellyeah: Forged in Fire Tour 2016 at The College Street Music Hall in New Haven, featuring Ashes to New, and Source.

The Charter Oak Cultural Center presents a free staged reading of “Superman,” the award-winning play about the two men who created Superman in World War II-era Cleveland, Thursday at 7 in Hartford. On Sunday at 7, the Hartford Opera Theater presents its 7th annual New In November Festival, featuring original ten-minute operas.  Details at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they bring you Americana with Martin Sexton and Brothers McCann on Thursday. On Friday, it’s Jeff Pitchell, Charles Neville, and The Sheila Raye Charles Band. Saturday, you can catch Satisfaction, the world’s #1 Rolling Stones Tribute Band. On Sunday they host the Connecticut Humane Society Benefit featuring Charmagne Tripp’s Tribute to Whitney Houston.

The Circophony Showcase happens this Friday at 7 pm at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown. Enjoy the teen talent of the partnership between Oddfellows and ARTFARM.

The 6th annual Hartford Harvest Market happens this Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm at the Knox Greenhouse in Hartford. Get fresh veggies and food from local vendors and enjoy music, arts & crafts for the kids, and more.

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

Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways holds over its run of “A Man Called Ove,” (ooh-veh. Also continuing is “Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary,” a documentary about the two Harvard psychology professors and their renowned experiments with mind-expanding psychedelics. Both run through Thursday. On Friday they open “Christine,” about a news anchor whose life spirals out of control in 1970’s Florida. It runs through the weekend.  

Though Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run of “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years,” Ron Howard’s documentary about the iconic band and their music, through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday they’re screening “The Light Between Oceans,” the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who rescue an infant girl adrift at sea. Sunday’s National Theatre Live matinee is “Hamlet.” On Sunday night they open a run of “The Wanderers,” a 1979 drama about teenage rival gangs in 1963 Bronx.   

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford screens a double feature this Saturday at 2 pm, including “Dreams,” a 1955 film about a Stockholm photographer who is the ‘other woman,’ and the 1966 film “Blow-Up,” starring Vanesa Redgrave as a London photographer who finds suspicious happenings in her work. The films complement their photo exhibition, “The Thrill of the Chase.” On Sunday at 2 pm you can see “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” a 1951 classic about an alien and his robot who land on earth after WWII to bring an important message to all nations. Details at

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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