Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday January 12th 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. 

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

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.

Tonight, down in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine,  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.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight 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 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.

Saturday Manic Presents headline Deerhunter, appearing with Palm, at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven.

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

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. 

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 tonight “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:

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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