Thursday, January 19, 2017

Good evening, it's Thursday January 19th. 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. 

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

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight, there are 2 events taking place. Shaking the Tree Gong& Sound Medidation actually takes place in the Mac650 Gallery space across Main Street at 7pm. Meanwhile, 3 comedians, headlined by Mark Normand take the buttonwood tree stage from 8-10pm.  Friday night, The Free At Last Players present a new show: The Evolution of Trump? Can the Free At Last Players show our new President the light? Annaita Gandhy’s Aligned With Source Workshop happens on Saturday at 10:30 am. Saturday night at 8 pm, Warren Byrd’s Byrdspeak Sessions with Special Guest Mixashawn present “Refresh MLK” bringing The Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King into high focus.

At the Russell Library in Middletown Tonight, Middletown native author, Kevin Lacz, talks about his book, The Last Punisher” a true sniper’s account of the battle of Ramadi. There’s an Art Party at The Library from 4-5pm in the Activity Room.

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, Rockabilly Riot with THE BRAINS and THE DELTA BOMBERS. Friday’s 5pm early show features Tuesday Saints. Later at 9:30 Café Nine’s main event features  Sidestep Complex, Sky Swamp Orange, Drop Kick Pop, and Eugene Gallagher. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session at Café Nine is hosted by  Tony DioGuardi and Friends this week. Saturday night there’s an event called NHV PLAYS LEONARD COHEN, where a collection of New Haven's musical talents pay tribute to the late, legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen.  The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 4 brings the Sez Zion Jazz Band for a smooth blend of Jazz and R+B .

This Thursday Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown will be hosting #GhostlightProject in Middletown to take a stand for inclusion and compassion. #AllAreWelcome to participate on January 19th at the Playhouse to celebrate the beauty of our diverse community. The playhouse asks participants to bring a source of light to help illuminate downtown Middletown at 5:30pm and #BeALight for those in need.  Plan to arrive a little early to make a sign letting the world know what you stand for. This is part of an event that is happening at theaters all over the country. From the website: ON JANUARY 19TH, 2017 AT 5:30PM IN EACH TIME ZONE ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE WILL GATHER OUTSIDE OF THEATERS TO CREATE A "LIGHT" FOR DARK TIMES AHEAD, AND TO MAKE, OR RENEW, A PLEDGE TO STAND FOR AND PROTECT THE VALUES OF INCLUSION, PARTICIPATION, AND COMPASSION FOR EVERYONE REGARDLESS OF RACE, CLASS, RELIGION, COUNTRY OF ORIGIN, IMMIGRATION STATUS, (DIS)ABILITY, AGE, GENDER IDENTITY, OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION
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At Toad’s Place in New Haven on Thursday, STEPHEN LYNCH’s MY OLD HEART TOUR takes the stage. Friday, it’s the DEAN WEEN GROUP at Toad’s. The Mike Dillon Band opens that show. Saturday night, Toad’s presents a 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Doors album, Riders on the Storm , featuring 10 bands on 2 stages. Check the website for full details on who’s in the lineup.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s the Wednesday Community Blues Jam with Mark Nomad, this week. On Thursdays, Sally’s house band The Po Boys is on deck. This Friday, 7 Below recreates the Phish concert experience. Saturday, The Alchemists make for a night of positive Hip hop, reggae, dub, and soul.

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

Friday Night, Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents Mystic Seahorse and Crazy Havoc for a night of Punk Rock. You can find Cherry Street listings online at or find them on Facebook.

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 Jan 26th.  Tonight and Tomorrow the conclude their run of “Notes on Blindness,” a virtual reality journey into blindness based on the real-life experience of theologian John Hull.   Friday Real art Ways begins a run of Neruda, a lavishly-mounted reimagining of the Nobel Prize-winning poet’s pursuit into political exile, and notably marks his reunion with No star Gael García Bernal.

Through tonight/Wednesday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing The Forest Through the Trees, a dark comedy about a young teacher whose idealism transforms into isolation and terror. Thursday Cinestudio kicks off a run of a 4K restoration presentation of the 1968 classic, The Lion in Winter, strarring Katha rine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole!. Sunday  there are 2 showings of BOLSHOI BALLET: SLEEPING BEAUTY (Live) at 12:55 and 4pm. Cinestudio kicks off their run of The Eagle Huntress, Sunday evening.   for details

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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