Thursday, February 9, 2017

02-09-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday February 9th. 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, Thanks for joining us. Take it slow and steady if you are out there on the roads, regardless of how many wheel drive you have under you. Please be very careful!

Now, here's a rundown of what's going on in our area this week, Keep in mind, it’s probably safe to assume most events scheduled for tonight have likely been cancelled due to the snow. I will list tonight’s event as originally scheduled but do check with venues ahead of time to verify listings.  

Tonight down in New Haven Café Nine had originally scheduled a bill featuring SARAH BORGES & THE BROKEN SINGLES along with the The Backyard Committee. Check with the venue on this one due to the storm. This Friday’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour at Café Nine 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 afternoon SOMEONE YOU CAN XRAY takes the stage for in the "The Sunday Buzz' Matinee from Cygnus Radio at Café Nine and then there’s a BROKEN HEARTED VALENTINE'S DAY LOUNGE in the evening.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on Thursday’s the Sally’s house band -The Po Boys play blues, R & B and classic rock. I’d imagine that is cancelled for tonight but feel free to give them a call and find out. MR. NICK & THE DIRTY TRICKS FEAT. DENNIS GRUENLING make for anight of Blues, tomorrow/Friday at Sally’s. Saturday night GRAYSON HUGH & THE MOON HAWKS return the the Black-eyed Sally’s Stage.   Get more information at

Manic Productions was scheduled to present Gad Elmaleh: Oh My Gad and Ryan Hamilton at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, tonight but you better check with the venue on that one dure to the storm. Sunday, Manic presents Switchfoot & Relient K at the College Street Music Hall, as well as Moon Hooch and Honeycomb at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

Tomorrow/Friday, the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown features, the Charter Oak Jazz Quartet. Saturday morning Annainta Ghandi’s Aligned with the Source guided meditation happens at 10 am. Later Saturday evening Bop Tweed performs take the stage. On Sunday, you can experience Tall Tales, a storytelling Open Mic by NEAR and Far Storytellers.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Friday night’s 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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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:

The Russell Library’s screening of the film, a Letter from Italy film originally schedule for tionight has been cancelled. The library is closed today due to the storm.  

Hartford’s Real Art Ways is also closed today due to the snow. Tomorrow / 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 scheduled to end their run of HURRICANE BIANCA, tonight. It is possible they will remain open despite the storm but do check ahead! Tomorrow, Friday night there’s a 7:30 screening of Fences’, Denzel Washington’s new film based on a play by the late, great August Wilson. There are two additional screenings of Fences on Saturday. At 10 pm tomorrow night (Friday), there’s a special screening of the classic fantasy comedy Princes Bride. Sunday Cinestudio kicks of a run of the classic romance, Casablanca. The National Theater Live’s Production of Amedeus will also hit the screen at 1pm Sunday.

Now, here's what's scheduled to be on the air tonight, at WESU: (keep in mind there may be some changes due to the storm)

Right after the jive, stay tuned for  
Homegrown with Rob DeRosa featuring
Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience.  

At 6:30 on Thursday’s evenings its Imagine with Karen Stein, offering Peace through music! With the best music from around the world and around the block!

at 8pm stay tuned for Dissecting the Political Landscape with DJ Politico for a 30 minute burst of Political news for the week, occasionally focusing on a single issue or event.
From 8:30-10pm its Evening Jazz with Bill Denert featuring A broad range of swing, be bop and avante garde with a sprinkling of new releases, where "Hearing is the best experience"

Jazzalicious Definition with MC Mcgee and DJ Stocks'n'Socks takes over at 10 pm for some Jazz and jazz influenced music with something different every week.

From 11-midnight its time for The American Empire with Tootse Mutant as as she explores the effects of American Cultural Imperialism on the world's soundscape. From Peruvian Punk to Japanese Jazz we'll take a look at how other countries have adopted American music styles.

At midnight Genrebusters with DJ Baby Ruth and DJ Willy J is a music history show that dives into the rise and phenomenon of cult sub-genres of music like MOR, "slacker-rock", prog-funk, and trap.

From 1-2am (2,4) Fun Times Only with DJ Dazzle and Aurora is the the biggest party on community radio, bringing you music and memories of fun times from the DJs, their friends, families, and anyone else who'll share!

DJ coroner's last will & testimony from 2-4am Haunts the latenight airwaves with an eclectic mix of experimental sounds including Ambient, noise, drone, footwork, art pop, poetry readings and more.

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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