Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday February 23rd. 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 going down in our area this week as we ease into our new Spring program season: 

Tonight, the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown The Middlesex drum circle happen at the Buttonwood Tree.  Friday night you can enjoy a night of acoustic music with Connecticut based artists Dana Merritt (singer-guitarist) and Glenn Roth (acoustic guitarist). Saturday mornings at The Buttonwood brings Anniata Ghandy’s weekly aligned with the Source workshops and guided meditations.  Luke Hendon's Wandering with Silk & Steel brings gypsy jazz to The Buttonwood tree Stage Saturday evening. Sunday, John Basinger continues to recite from memory, Book II of John Milton's epic story of the Garden of Eden, Paradise Lost. Rick Silberberg’s "A Re -Visible Man" gallery show runs through February 26.

Tonight in New Haven, Café Nine presents OURSELVES, ALONE, LIGHTHOUSE and IF JESUS HAD MACHINE GUNS, make for a medley of Minimal post punk electronic pop music.  Friday, Café Nine’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour hosts the TUESDAY SAINTS. THE PROUD FLESH, BIRTHRATES, VIREO, and GREG MORAN take the Stage later Friday night. Saturday's Weekly afternoon JAZZ JAM SESSION at Café Nine features the George Baker Band. Saturday night, Fernando Pinto Presents MONSTERLAND, SAVAK, and Creature Did.  "The Sunday Buzz " Matinee from Cygnus Radio, features THE CARLEANS and THE WYRD BROTHERS this week. Sunday night, Café Nine presents: SEX BEAT W/ KID CONGO POWERS, a new DJ series featuring the best in 60’s soul, Garage, and 70’s glam.  For more info, visit

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight they’ve got Famous Dex takes the Toads place stage. Friday the 24th SHAKEDOWN plays THE Music of the Grateful DEAD AND BEYOND, Kazoo Crew Family Band, Jeff Summa & the Roasters and Brian Skidmore share the bill. Doors at 8 PM. Find more info at

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight Sally’s house band-The Po Boys plays blues, R & B and classic rock. Friday the 24th, you can catch The Professors of Sweet Sweet Music (POSSM), an Americana style band out of Hartford CT. On Saturday, The Beehive Queen of Rock and Roll, CHRISTINE OHLMAN & REBEL MONTEZ, returns to Sally’s Stage.

The Muhal Richard Abrams Quintet plays Fridayin the Crowell Concert Hall. Sunday, see Charlie Suriyakham in his series Clarinet Passion at Russell House. for more

Saturday at 12:30 The Library presents a screening of Ava DuVerney’s award winning civil rights film, Selma.

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

Saturday, Manic presents Young The Giant on their Home of the Strange Tour, and Lewis Del Mar at the College Street Music Hall.  for details

Middletown’s Poet laureate Susan Allison, keeps office hours on Thursdays, between noon and 2 pm at Brew Bakers Café on Main Street in Middletown’s North End.  Please feel free to bring your poems, questions, ideas to share and discuss! 

At Cherry Street Station in Wallingford, punk band The Hulls play on Fri the 24th @ 9PM, alongside KING SEXY and Zombii. The Shape, Deafmute, and VRSA make for a night of Heavy metal.   

Sunday here in Middletown, The Greater Middletown Concert Association presents the acclaimed Boston based big band ensemble, Swing Legacy on stage at The MHS Performing Arts Auditorium at Middletown High School.

Thursday night, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys bring their Louisiana sound to infinity Hall Norfolk.  New York Rocker, Willie Nile takes the Infinity Norfolk stage Friday night.  Saturday’s performance by KT Tunstall is sold out. Sunday Patti Sinclair take the stage.  Infinity Hartford also has a full lineup this weekend.  Friday night Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder make for a night of bluegrass and country music. Saturday brings Who’s Next to infinity Hartford. Sunday you can catch the Gin Blossoms.

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

On screen at Hartford’s Real Art Ways this week are the OSCAR NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS of 2017, running through Friday.   Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing  Loving plays Thursday through Saturday, and Sunday features I, Claude Monet. Details and screening times at

Saturday afternoon at 12:30 The Russell Library in Middletown presents a screening of Selma, the 2014 film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis.

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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