Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it's Thurs, November 2nd 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. 

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

Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents the Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert, happening Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm at the Patricelli ’92 Theater. On Friday, South African musician Derek Gripper performs at Crowell Concert Hall. They’re sponsoring a tour of the NYC Grolier Club Exhibit and Print Fair on Saturday. On Sunday, jazz guitarist Tony Lombardozzi performs at The Russell House at 3 pm. Full details at 

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown has acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta Thursday evening at 7 pm. On Friday at 8 pm, classical pianist Carolyn Halsted performs works by Barber and Chopin in addition to two original works, Nocturne in E flat, and Labyrinth. Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source Workshop happens Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme of “Attracting the Best in Life.” At 1 pm, the International Beat Poetry Festival holds a Free Poets Collective with music and readings. The Jovan Alexandre Trio performs hard-bob and post-bop at 8 pm. On Sunday, Steinway Artist Robin Speilberg takes the piano at 3 pm, followed at 7 by comedy with the Make Believe Society Improv Show. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30. Details at

Tonight  it’s The Stunning, appearing along with Lines West. Friday they bring you Wolf Harbor, On the Fritz, Gravity Senses, Strawberry Cheesesteak, and Stalemate. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 showcases Mike Coppola and Friends, followed later by Dangerous Animals, Baka Fana, and more. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 is a CD Release Show with Bronson Rock, and at 8 Café Nine brings you The Helium Brothers and Phil Rosenthal.

Tonight it’s Sally’s house band The Po’ Boys, with blues, rock, and boogie-woogie. On Friday, The Mighty Soul Drivers brings you classic Soul. On Saturday night the blues guitar virtuoso Jay Jesse Johnson takes Sally’s stage.

Tonight  manic presents Fred Armisen. On Friday you they’ve got catch Patton Oswalt and Myq Kaplan. On Saturday, it’s Foals, Bear Hands, and Kiev. On Sunday, The Beach Boys take the Music Hall Stage at 7 pm.

At the Russell Library, the Veteran’s Writing Group meets every Thursday evening. On Saturday at 10:30 there’s a workshop on Revolutionary War Genealogy presented by the Wadsworth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; pre-registration is suggested. At 1:30 the FaReLa piano/cello Duo presents an Exotic Romanticism Concert. On Sunday at 2 pm there’s an Opening Reception in collaboration with the Art Guild of Middletown for the art, prose, and poetry exhibition that runs through the month.

On Thursday night at Toad’s Place in New Haven, they headline Young M.A. On Friday it’s another Bright Night Glow Party and EDM College Dance Party with loads of performers.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they’ve got the English progressive rock group Renaissance on Thursday. You can enjoy folk and rock on Friday with Aztec Two-Step and Brewer & Shipley. Its blues and rock on Saturday with Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, appearing with The Gary Douglas Band. The Olate Dogs, winners of “America’s Got Talent,” come your way Sunday at 1 pm, followed by a late show with award-winning jazz artist Madeleine Peyroux.

The 17th annual Connecticut Veterans’ Day Parade happens this Sunday in Hartford, starting at 12:30 pm at the Capitol Building and making its way through Bushnell Park.

Also on Sunday at the MAC650 Artspace in Middletown, there’s acoustic soul music by Elizabeth Dellinger, Paul Bryant Hudson, Orice Jenkins and more at 8:30 pm, along with a local artisan 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-veh), a Swedish film about an isolated retiree whose life is changed by new neighbors. 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.  

Though Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run of “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” starring Natalie Portman as the mother of celebrated Israeli author Amos Ox. On Friday they open “Southside With You,” the story of the well-known first date in Chicago of a community organizer and his law firm supervisor who became the first black couple to occupy the White House. It runs through Saturday. Sunday’s matinee offering is the Bolshoi Ballet production of Shostakovich’s “The Bright Stream.” They also open “The Battle of Algiers,” a 4K restoration celebrating the 50th anniversary of this Italian classic about Algeria’s war of independence.   

Thursday, The Russell Library continues the 8th annual Middletown International Film Festival, Common Ground, with a screening of “Aftermath,” a Polish film about two brothers who uncover a dark family secret, this Thursday at 7 pm at the Center for Film Studies on the Wesleyan Campus.

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

Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
Thursday, 11/03
Homegrown will be giving away tickets to see the 11/05/16 performance of Foals and Bear Hands at College Street Music Hall
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.
Thanks for listening!

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