Wednesday, February 1, 2017

02-01-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, February 1st. 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! Thanx for tuning in!

Now, here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week as we ease into our new Spring program season:

Thursday night at the Buttonwood Tree, there’s an Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, and Rick Silberberg in "A Re -Visible Man," running February 2 - February 26. Friday evening features Story City Troupe, modeled after The Moth. Saturday at the Buttonwood brings you Aligned with Source: An Interactive Workshop & Meditation hosted by Annaita Gandhy. On Saturday night, don’t miss the Daniel Meron Trio, presenting music from their newly released album Sky Begins.
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Tonight/Wednesday, down at Café Nine in New there’s a COMEDY OPEN MIC HOSTED BY DAN RICE, another free event. On Thursday, Jazz Haven Presents NICK DIMARIA WIRED, RECESS BUREAU and the LIZ DELLINGER TRIO. This Friday’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour showcases LYNN MALAVOLTE & DW DITTY. Also on Friday, prepare for an eclectic evening of jazz fusion and progressive rock with MID ATLANTIC TITLE, UNCONCIOUS DISTURBANCE, THE RIGHT OFFS and DR. MARTINO. Saturday February 4th, catch JAZZ JAM WITH MIKE COPPOLA AND FRIENDS, as well as PORTS OF SPAIN, JAKE MCKELVIE & THE COUNTERTOPS, Pleasure Beach and Thecolororange later on in the evening. On Sunday, Cygnus Radio & The Sunday Buzz Matinee present: CRISTINA HARRIS and the KIERSTIN JOY PUPKOWSKI BAND. Sunday also features the Rockabilly Folk-Fusion sounds of DO IT FOR YOUR HEROES.
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(Wednesday) Also down in New Haven, Toad’s brings you 6 MORE WEEKS OF local ROCK! Featuring 5 Below Zero, Chad Messier and the Old Souls, Crosby, A Dangerous Style, Fifth Street, Haris Shah, Low Pagoda, The Rising Tide, Screamin Eagle Band, Static Charmer, Still I Rise and Twiin Souls. On Friday, don’t miss Toad’s final event of the week, the Bright Night glow party, featuring a lineup of DJs and rockin original artists.
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Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s the Wednesday’s Community Blues Jam hosted by Ed Bradley this week. This Thursday come hear Sally’s house band-The Po Boys. Featuring some of the best musicians in the area. Friday the 3rd, catch EASY BABY’s smooth bluesy sounds. On Saturday, psychedelic groove masters FRESH PAINT show off their boogie tunes.
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At the Russell Library this Friday it’s We Read, You Play at the Russell Library in Middletown. Visit for more information.

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 Dominic (Lithuania, DRGN KING), Norwegian Arms and Grass Stains. Groove to some soul-pop on Friday with Lawrence, then stay on for the Funky Dawgz Brass Band and Great Blue.

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.

This evening/Wednesday, The Outer Space in Hamden hosts the SeeS and Lukas Graham.
You can find the full weekend roundup on Cherry Street Station listings at or find them on Facebook.

On February 1st,Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents The Old Northern Capital—Beijing, with talks from Curator Lucia Wang. Also on the first is a singing workshop in the World Music Hall. Further, as part of the University Lecture series, Lars Jan will give a lecture about his recent performance work, The Institute of Memory. Thursday features "Adilei" Ensemble Concert: Georgian Traditional Music. Senior thesis projects and performances run through the weekend.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut: 

Hartford’s Real Art Ways has extended their run of Neruda, a lavishly-mounted reimagining of the Nobel Prize-winning poet’s pursuit into political exile, starring Gael García Bernal. Both Neruda and Things to Come, detailing a professor’s journey through her husband’s abandonment, run through the 2nd. On screen Friday is Tanna, a film set in the south pacific that explores its native tribes. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing Fire at Sea Monday and Tuesday, and Doctor Strange, which will run through the end of the week. On February 5th, see Swan Lake and the Tree of Wooden Clogs.
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Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on WESU:
(1,3,5) Women’s Music, Women’s Wisdom with DJ Sense and DJ Sensibility
The work of female musicians whose lyrics aren’t focused on desiring attention from others.

(1,3,5) Your Mind Matters with Helen Evrard MD
We explore the brain conditions known as mental illness from a holistic viewpoint with guests who study them, treat them, or are affected by them.

Fusion Radio with James Fusion
The original ... and still the best damn Techno mix on radio!

The Warehouse with Mike Nyce
The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.
(1,3,5) The Vault with DJ Anton Banks
Presents listeners with the latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house, and leftfield mixed live. Featuring exclusive music from international artists.

(1,3,5) The Karl Marx Social Hour
Each episode hosts DJ Fat Marco and DJ Ninjoo Pinjoo pick a story, social event, or historical event and then play music that they think relates.

(1,3,5) Some Typa Way
Join DJ’s Crystal Beth and Shlomo as they provide you with music that stirs a specific mood within each of us.

(1,3,5) Dumpster Dive with GIRL FIERI and yourstruly
Offbeat DIY, punk and indie

(1,3,5) Paradise Airwaves with Plushie Avenger
A show dedicated to LGBTQ+ music genres (disco, house, queercore/punk, etc.), queer-themed songs, and music by LGBTQ+ artists.

An A and a B with DJ N
Every band has its hits - and a multitude of unknown, hidden gems. Songs played per band (70s-2000s rock) seek to highlight this dichotomy.

The BBC World News airs til 5 am and we start the day at 5 with NPR’s Morning Edition. 

And stay tuned weekdays for new morning lineup!  
At 9am its Rising up with Sonali from Pacifica

That's followed by NPRs 1A with Joshua Johnson
At 11am (Monday Through Thursday) Stay tuned for the newest edition to our Morning talk show line-up, Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod from Pacifica.
Of Course at noon every weekday, its our guiding light of truth and justice in journalism, Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.  Find the rest of our amazing Spring program schedule, a live audio stream, program archives, the script for today's Jive, a donation link and much more online at 

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