Wednesday, January 11, 2017

01-11-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday January 11th 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 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, down in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine,  Wes Swing, Olive Tiger, and Jay Sirianni share a bill. On Thursday they bring you Wise Old Moon and Muddy Ruckus. Friday’s Happy Hour at 5 features Buzz Gordo, followed later by We Are Scientists and Straight To VHS, brought to you by Manic Productions. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4 is with Gary Grippo & Friends, with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fundraiser happening later at 9 pm. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 4 brings you An Afternoon with Larry Kirwan of Black 47.

Tonight/Wednesday, Manic Presents Mates of State and The Sun Parade at Bar in New Haven. Saturday, they headline Deerhunter, appearing with Palm, at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it's the Wednesday Community Blues Jam with Tommy Whalen this week. On Thursday, house band The Po Boys is on deck. On Friday, the Jeremy Baum Trio brings you blues and soul-jazz from the ‘60’s. On Saturday, guitarist/songwriter Tom “The Suit” Forst takes Sally’s stage.

The North End Action Team of Middletown is showing their appreciation for the North End Community this evening/Wednesday at 6 pm at La Boca Restaurant on Main St. Enjoy free food, games,   raffles, and more. Details at the Arts2Go Facebook page.

The Hartford Public Library hosts a Community Conversation and Public Allies Open Forum this evening/Wednesday at 6 pm at the Downtown Branch. Refreshments will be served. On Thursday at 6 pm they celebrate Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday with a reading of “The Raven,” followed by coffee and conversation. On Saturday at 1 pm there’s a community conversation, Solidarity with Standing Rock, led by New England Native artists and educators. The James Weidman Aperturistic Trio performs in the Baby Grand Jazz Series on Sunday at 3 pm.

Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at

Wednesday night, one of CT’s original Jam Bands, “The Bus,” hosts the Wednesday night open mic at The Cypress Restaurant on South Main Street in Middletown.  (860)346-3367 for details.

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.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Thursday at 8 pm it’s a double bill, with Jennifer Hill of Murderous Chanteuse and Kierstin Sieser of The Tiny Ocean combining talents for a night of Little Girls with Loud Mouths. Annaita Gandhy’s Aligned With Source Workshop happens on Saturday at 10:30 am, with this week’s theme of Honoring Your Unique Self. Acoustic folk comes your way Saturday night at 8 pm presented by Seat Of Our Pants (SOOP). Details at

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Thursday they’re present a night of jam bands with Keepers of the Vibe, Viva la Hop, and Flowers N Kain. On Friday and Saturday it’s two days of the Opus Blizzard B-Day Bash. Check the website for full details on who’s in the lineup.
The Art Guild of Middletown starts off thier New Year at 7 pm on Thursday with a demonstration of monotype printmaking by Nancy Whitcher at the Woodside Elementary School in Cromwell.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can hear world music performed by Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars Friday at 8 pm. On Saturday, it’s classic rock with Vanilla Fudge. Details at

The Eli Whitney Museum in Hamden invites you to their classic American Flyer Trains exhibit this Saturday and Sunday at their Whitney Avenue location. Admission is free. Come run a train, or build a wooden train from a kit. Details and times at

Asylum Hill Congregational Church, The Urban League of Greater Hartford, and the CT Center for Nonviolence invite you to a film screening and discussion, “Get in the Way, the Journey of John Lewis,” Sunday at 6:30 pm the church’s Hartford location. Call 860-525-5696 for details.

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

Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues its run of “The Eagle Huntress,” a documentary about a thirteen-year-old girl who becomes the first female in her family to train for an eagle hunting festival in Mongolia, through Thursday. They’re also continuing “Nocturnal Animals,” Tom Ford’s romantic thriller about a divorced couple discovering dark truths. The matinee screening on Thursday in their Film 101 learning series is “Paths of Glory,” Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 classic anti-war movie about a WWI French hero on an impossible mission. There’s a post-film discussion afterwards.  There’s a matinee screening on Friday of “Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness,” a virtual reality journey into blindness based on the real-life experience of theologian John Hull. On Sunday it’s the Connecticut Premier of “How to Build a Time Machine,” in their Science on Screen series, featuring UConn physicist Dr. Ron Mallett and animator Rob Niosi who collaborate to introduce you to the fourth dimension. There’s a post-film Q&A with Dr. Mallett.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run of “A Man Called Ove,” a bittersweet comedy from Sweden about a lonely retiree forced to adjust to his new noisy neighbors, through Wednesday. On Thursday they screen “Esteros,” in their Out Film CT series, about the reunion of two childhood friends in their native Argentina. On Friday and Saturday they offer “Nocturnal Animals,” Tom Fords romantic thriller about a divorced couple and their secrets. Their National Theatre Live matinee on Sunday is Harold Pinter’s “No Man’s Land.” They also open “The Forest For the Trees,” a dark comedy from Germany about a young teacher whose idealism leads to isolation and terror.  

Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on WESU Middletown:
Right after the Jive, Stay tuned for an hour conversation and music with Eric Kuhn.
From 6 -6:30 it's Your Mind Matters with Helen Evrard, MD. We explore the brain conditions known as mental illness from a holistic viewpoint with guest who study them, treat them, or are affected by them.

From 6:30 until 8 it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion. The original and still the best damn Techno mix on radio!
Beginning at 8 and running until 9:30 it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

At 9:30 it's The Vault with DJ Anton Banks, presenting listeners with the latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house and leftfield mixed live. Featuring exclusive music from international artists.
And at 11pm to 3am, it's  The Studio 54 Disco Mix with Franco .

From 3 - 4am it's The Hour of Slack from the Church of the SubGenius Radio Ministry. The compendium of the best and newest from all SubGenius radio and stage shows, bands, ranters, media barrage collage artists, plus the weirdest of the indie audio underground.

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.

GThanks for listening! Now stay tuned for an hour of conversation and music with Eric Kuhn!

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