Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, February 2nd. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. Your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day, and the best in free-form community programming week-nights and weekends.

I'm JCherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. 

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 at Café Nine in New Haven 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  catch JAZZ JAM WITH MIKE COPPOLA AND FRIENDS, as well as PORTS OF SPAIN,and more.  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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Also down in New Haven, Toad’s 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. tonight  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

 Manic Productions presents on Friday Groove to some soul-pop on  with Lawrence, then stay on for the Funky Dawgz Brass Band and Great Blue.

You can find the full weekend roundup on Cherry Street Station listings at or find them on Facebook.

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 Doctor Strange, which will run through the end of the week. On February 5th, see Swan Lake and the Tree of Wooden Clogs. 
Info online at 

Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on WESU:
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!
(1,3,5) The Radical Radio with Oracle
A weekly update on progressive news, that combines interviews, reporting, and discussion to look at the current state of the American left.
(2,4) Dissecting the Political Landscape with DJ Politico
Political news for the week, with a focus on the 2016 election in the fall semester, and occasionally focusing on a single issue or event.

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"

Jazzalicious Definition with MC Mcgee and DJ Stocks'n'Socks
Jazz and jazz influenced music with something different every week.
The American Empire with Yours Truly, Tootse Mutant
Join Tootse 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.
(1,3,5) The Audible Underground with Joshinvents
Come explore a variety of underground music by independent or relatively unknown artists from many genres, while occasionally discussing current events neglected by mainstream media.
(2,4) Genrebusters with DJ Baby Ruth and DJ Willy J
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.

(1,3,5) Festival Files with DJ Frita
A look back at legendary folk and rock concerts from around the country and the music idols that dominated the stages throughout the years.
(2,4) Fun Times Only with DJ Dazzle and Aurora
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

Haunting the midnight airwaves with an eclectic mix of oneiric, experimental sounds. Ambient, noise, drone, footwork, art pop, poetry readings and more.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. 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. IF you missed an item in our community calendar, you can find the script online at

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