Thursday, February 9, 2017

02-08-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday February 8th. 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 Ben Michael

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

On Friday, the 10th, the Charter Oak Jazz Quartet performs, at The Buttonwood in Middletown.  Saturday morning Annainta Ghandi’s Aligned with the Source happens at 10 am. Later Saturday evening Bop Tweed performs. On Sunday, come out to hear Tall Tales, a storytelling Open Mic by NEAR and Far Storytellers.

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Tonight (Wednesday) at Café Nine in New Haven, you can catch GREG CARTWRIGHT (OF REIGNING SOUND) and Pete Mazza (of Jacques Le Coque). Thursday night Café Nine Features SARAH BORGES & THE BROKEN SINGLES with the The Backyard Committee. This Friday’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour showcases DW DITTY, and Friday night’s main event features The Bad Bad Hats. Saturday’s weekly afternoon JAZZ JAM SESSION at The Nine features Gary Grippo & Friends, this week. The SPIRIT FAMILY REUNION and Elison Jackson performing later Saturday night. On Sunday there are programs and music all afternoon with SOMEONE YOU CAN XRAY in the "The Sunday Buzz' Matinee from Cygnus Radio and BROKEN HEARTED VALENTINE'S DAY LOUNGE in the evening.

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Friday at Toad’s Place in New Haven, there’s a BRIGHT NIGHT GLOW PARTY features a long lineup of DJs including RAGEPAK, Alex Panda, MEXEM, Mumu, OD Dabber, Pan!c, Wired-Up and Zunk.

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Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s the Wednesday night Community Blues Jam hosted by Gene Donaldson this week. This Thursday Sally’s house band-The Po Boys play blues, R & B and classic rock. Get more information at

Tonight/WEDNESDAY- Central CT’s original Jam Band, THE BUS will perform and host the open mic AT THE CYPRESS Restaurant for the LAST TIME EVER, as the 80 year old Middletown eatery, watering hole, and music venue closes its doors permanently.  Things get under way around 8 PM, The Cypress Restaurant is on Rte. 17, or South Main St., in the southern part of Middletown.  

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

#freemusicwednesdays will be at Bar New Haven this week, with G-Nome Project and The Mushroom Cloud. Thursday features Gad Elmaleh: Oh My Gad and Ryan Hamilton at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, and Sunday is Switchfoot & Relient K at the College Street Music Hall, as well as Moon Hooch and Honeycomb at The Ballroom.

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts continues its run of Clarissa Tossin’s solo show Stereoscopic Vision this week, exploring three-dimensional visualization and the workings of human perception through photographs. Week One: Classical and Jazz Duets, and Sergio Pallottelli perform on Sunday at The Russell House, as well as a screening of Modern Times at the Wasch Center. Wednesday is Space Night, beginning at 8:00 pm in the Van Vleck Observatory. Senior thesis recitals are sprinkled throughout the week. for more

This Sunday (Feb 12th), The HARTFORD RECORD RIOT brings dozens of dealers to the Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Club in East Hartford, from 10 AM until 4 PM, for a day of record crate digging, CDs deals and music in all formats, memorabilia, and more!  

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

Thursday, here in Middletown, the Russell Library offers a screening of the film, a Letter from Italy film will be screene in the Hubbard Room at 6:30pm.  

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of Things to Come, detailing a professor’s journey through her husband’s abandonment through the week. Tanna plays through Wednesday and MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE BRAIN: THE LIFE AND SCIENCE OF DR. MARIAN DIAMOND is on Thursday. Beginning Friday, Real Art Ways begins their annual delve into Oscar nominated, shorts, animation, and live action films. Details & screening times at  

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing The Tree of Wooden Clogs, which will run through tonight/Wednesday. Thursday Cinestudio kicks off a run of HURRICANE BIANCA. There will be two screenings of Casablanca on Sunday. Details and screening times at

Now, here's what's on the air tonight, on WESU: 

From 5:05-6pm it’s Feminist Bloc with Vicky De Jesus

Play music by women and LGBTQ artists, and occasionally discuss feminist news and current events.

And at 6-6:30pm it’s Think Twice Radio with Al

The undertaking of "Think Twice Radio" is to reassert the "watchdog" role of the media by ramping up coverage of Connecticut issues in a nonpartisan manner.

Starting at 6:30 and running until 8pm, Fusion Radio with James Fusion

The original ... and still the best damn Techno mix on radio!

And at 8-9:30pm it’s The Warehouse with Mike Nyce

The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk happens from 9:30 until 11pm.

Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

From 11-midnight it’s The Weirding Way with Maya Stevens

Expression of thoughts through sound: an exploration of a sonic mood with an indie/alternative focus

And from Midnight-1am it’s Yours Truly with DJ Crystal Beth and DJ Megnanimous

Mixtapes dedicated to our past loves, past selves, fourth grade math teachers, and worst enemies, featuring indie, alternative, rock, and R&B.

From 1-2am, it’s Talking Music, Listening Words with DJ Finger Paintin Tuesday Afternoon

It's like hanging out, only on the radio.

2-3am Rap by Region with DJ ElectroGuru

seeks to explore the social evolution and societal implications of rap music through the perspective of cities around the world.


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 happens at 4 followed at 5am by Morning Edition from NPR.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. Tune in to WESU 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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