Thursday, January 5, 2017

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's January 5th 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. 

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

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown you can catch  Bob Gotta’s long running acoustic open mic continues this Thursday at 7 pm. Friday at 8 pm the Hartford Story City troupe takes the Buttonwood Tree stage. Annaita Gandhy’s Aligned With Source Workshop happens on Saturday at 10:30 am, with this week’s theme of Opening Up to Divine Grace & Joy. The jazz/blues quartet Bop Tweed performs at The Buttonwood Saturday night at 8 pm. On Sunday at 3pm, John Basinger continues his ongoing of the Live performance of Milton’s Paradise Lost - Book 1. Details at

Tonight/ Steve Mednick & Hard Road share a bill with Rob Carlso & Benefit Street.  The Café Nine weekly 5pm early set this Friday features Lynn Malavolte & Dave Duffy. Later Friday night, Psychoala, Strawberry Cheesesteak, Coastal Notion, and Flight of Silence take the stage.  Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session at 4pm is with Mike Coppola and Friends this week. The Saturday night main event at Café Nine features The Proud Flesh, and Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 brings you Long Live the King! A tribute to Elvis. The Greg Sherrod Birthday Bash happening later at 8 pm.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on Thursday, The Sally’s house band, The Po Boys are on deck for a night of boogie-woogie blues rock and roll.  Saturday, night  Cafe Nine presents The New York Blues & Jazz Society’s Best Artist winner, The Danny Draher Band, live on stage.

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

Middletown Scottish country dancers offer classes for beginners & experienced dancers at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, Every Wednesday from 7 - 9:30p.    For information, call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278.

Manic Productions brings Mates of State and Laundry Day to Bar in New Haven tonight/ Wednesday. Thursday Manic presents Big Thief, Twain, and Zanders at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden and Sunday they’ve got Squirrel Nut Zippers, appearing with Davina and The Vagabonds at The Ballroom.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, this Friday, it’s Cosmic Dust Bunnies, with Lespecial, The Mushroom Cloud, and Black Data. There’s a Bright Night Glow Party on Saturday.

At the Russell Library in Middletown this Saturday, they host UFC legend Chris Lytle presenting Lights Out On Bullying at 11 am. Free signed copies of his book, “Lights Out,” will be given to participants. Find details of these events and more at

Infinity Hall Hartford, presents progressive rock and Rush tribute band Lotus Land Friday night. On Saturday, it’s the cast of Beatlemania at 8 pm. Infinity Hall Norfolk presents The Will Evans Band with Special guests Whiskey Treaty Road Show feat Jeff Howard performs at Infinity Hall Norfolk Friday night. Saturday in Norfolk, Infinity presents Albert Lee with Atlas Grey.  Sunday Sessions! Live music in the Norfolk Bistro featuring Allysen Callery, this week.  Details at

For some loud rock music, you can head over to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford for a night of heavy Metal on Friday with Everybody Hates Me. Saturday night Chalice takes the Sherry Street stage to share a bill with One Part Human and Half  Dragon. Details at or find them on facebook.  

The Art Guild of Middletown hosts the Opening Reception for its fifth annual Exhibit of Artwork by Members this Saturday from 2-4 pm at the Portland Public Library. The exhibit runs through the month.

The City of Hartford’s seventh annual Winterfest continues through Sunday. Enjoy free ice skating at Bushnell Park. Go to for details of these activities and more.

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. Real Art Way’s Film 101 Intersession series continues on Thursday with a screening of “McCabe and Mrs. Miller,” Robert Altman’s 1971 film starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie as newcomers who bring a brothel to the Pacific Northwest. A post-film discussion follows. Check the website for weekend offerings.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio reopens Thursday with a run of “Loving,” based on the true story of the interracial couple who take their fight for legal marriage all the way to the Supreme Court. It runs through Saturday. On Sunday they bring back a run of “A Man Called Ove,” a bittersweet comedy from Sweden about a lonely retiree forced to adjust to his new noisy neighbors.   

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.
Thanks for listening!

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