Thursday, January 26, 2017

Thursday's jive

Good evening, it's Thursday January 26th 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

Tonight 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, 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,  tonight  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/ Manic Productions PREMIER CONCERTS: 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

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:
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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