Wednesday, January 25, 2017

01-25-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday January 25th 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!

Here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
At the Russell Library in Middletown, tonight (Wednesday),  there’s a Town Hall Meeting with State Senator Len Suzio From 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM in Hubbard Room with the senator for the 13th Senator District.

Thursday at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown the Middlesex Drum Circle invite you to join them to help keep the beat going at The Butonwood. Friday night, The Buttonwood presents “JAZZ: The Music of Our Lifetime!" Feat. The Carl Bartlett, Jr. Duet. The evening will feature a Jazz Duo (Saxophone & Piano) and an audience Q&A with the exciting and innovative artist, native New Yorker, saxophonist Carl Bartlett, Jr. 

 Annaita Gandhy’s Aligned With Source Workshop happens on Saturday at 10:30 am. Saturday night Moto Returns to the buttonwood for an evening of Soca music from Trinidad, traditional roots reggae and creative interpretations of rock, R&B and soul music with elements of jazz, salsa and afrobeat.

Tonight (Wednesday), down in New Haven at Café Nine, there's Words & Music, a monthly event full of local & touring musicians, writers, poets, and comedians. Thursday at Café Nine there’s roundup of regional indie rockers featuring PLUMROSE, WESTERN ESTATES, BLACK RIVER UNION, and MIKE GRIFFIN. Friday’s 5pm early show at the Nine features Lonesome Billy Calash. Later, Café Nine’s main Friday night event is the GO KAT GO! BIRTHDAY BASH WITH THE MEMPHIS MORTICIANS and Slip and Fall for a night of ska-punk, and psychobilly. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session at Café Nine is hosted by The George Baker Band this week. Saturday night at Café Nine, you can catch THE PLIMSOULS RE-SOULED Featuring members of The Plimsouls, The Woggles and The Forty Fives!.  Dust Hat opens that show.  The Sunday Buzz Matinee features WASHBOARD SLIM AND THE BLUELIGHTS and later Sunday night there’s an open mic with  Ashley Hamel.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it's the long running Wednesday Community Blues Jam  hosted by Tim McDonald this week. This Thursday, The Danny Draher Band makes for a night of Electric Blues on the Black-eyed Sally’s stage. Saturday night The Neybas bring their jam band sound to Sally’s and Saturday night The Johnny Winter All Star Band take the Stage .

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

Tonight/Wednesday, Manic Productions presents #FREEMUSICWEDNESDAYS at Bar in New Haven, this week featuring Mates of State and Active Bird Community. PREMIER CONCERTS AND MANIC PRODUCTIONS PRESENT: Umphrey's McGee ft. Joshua Redman with Spafford at The College St Music Hall in New Haven Thursday night. Friday they’ve got Rhett Miller (of Old 97's) with American Elm at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. 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.

Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Rep Company opens their production of Shakespeare’s finale play “The Tempest”, with some new twists, on January 26th for showings this weekend and next.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Thursday night, Toads presents The WINTER MELTDOWN METAL SHOWCASE featuring Before I Turn, Halcyon, Oath to Order, One Part Human, The Sadists, and To Fear the Fall. Friday night, SHAKEDOWN returns to Toad’s to play THE DEAD AND BEYOND. Relative Souls, and Spigs & Friends are also on the bill.  Saturday night, it’s a College Dance Party.

Friday Night, Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents a night of punk, pub rock, rock n roll with The Ratz.  Saturday night, Enemy of Reason makes for a night of Heavy Metal. You can find Cherry Street Station listings at or find them on Facebook.

On Friday at 9pm, Wesleyan’s Center for the Art reemerges from winter break with a free performance of Hidden Volumes, a performance by Associate Professor of Music Paula Matthusen and Visiting Scholar in Music Terri Hron explore and remember space through magnetic, transferred traces. Looping backwards and forwards, distorting time, they improvise on a series of recordings originally made in a dark Roman aqueduct. This event happens at Olin Library.  Sunday at 3:00pm at Wesleyan’s Russell House, there’s another free concert by Singer-songwriter Jess Best who returns to Wesleyan to perform her original soul and jazz compositions. She will be accompanied by Connor Schultze on bass and Paul Bloom on piano.

Sunday night brings the return of “Wax”, a monthly party at Firehouse 12 in New Haven celebrating 45 rpm records and vintage fashion and dance culture. The event happens from 9- midnight with a retro outfit contest and Wax Resident DJ's NEB and Dooley-O plus special guest DJ BOOGIE BLIND of the Legendary award wining "Executioners" DJ crew. 

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Hartford’s Real Art Ways has extended their run of The Eagle Huntress, through Thursday Jan. 26th. Also on screen at RAW through Thursday, is Neruda, a lavishly-mounted reimagining of the Nobel Prize-winning poet’s pursuit into political exile, starring Gael García Bernal. Details & screening times at 

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is also showing The Eagle Huntress, through tonight/Wednesday. Tomorrow/Thursday, Cinestudio Kicks off a run of (Academy award nominated) Arrival, which stars Amy Adams as a linguist called in by the govt to help communicate with some unexpected extraterrestrial visitors.  Friday, at 10pm, Cinestudio presents a special screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s classic animated film, Princess Mononoke, as part of their Friday night moonlight movies series. Sunday, Cinestudio begins a run of what is being dubbed as “The year’s most devastating – and necessary – documentary” offering a glimpse into the dangerous sea crossing of refugees from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Further details and screening times at 
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'sThink Twice Radio with Al Robinson. 

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 Chaim is in the house for a truly free form 90 minute 
festival of radio . 

From 11pm to 3am Franco wraps up his winter session studio 54 late night disco mix. 

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.

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

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