Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thursday 3-30-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday March 30th. 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, thanx for joining us!

Here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week.

In just about an hour at 6pm, Russell Library in Middletown screens the film “A Man Called Ove” on as part of the ongoing Books to Blockbusters series. Tomorrow (Friday) morning the Library offers Drawing Mandalas for Insight into Life Issues, with a Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving demonstration later to celebrate Women’s History Month. There’s a Volunteerism Forum Saturday morning. Check the website for the full schedule of events for all the family.

Tonight in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch The Lost Bayou Ramblers and Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps.  Friday’s Happy Hour guest is Snake Hill Blues for a 5pm set. Later, Friday night, Café Nine’s main event features Beniz Tek of Radio Birdman sharing a bill with Dust Hat. Saturday Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam session is with Mike Coppola and Friends, and later, Saturday night you can catch the Demkovic CD Release Party. On Sunday it’s a Buzz Music Marathon for the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, starting at noon. For more info, visit

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on Thursday nights, the house band-The Po Boys hold down a regular Thursday set, with mystery guests every week. On Friday, catch some serious jazz and blues with Popa Chubby. On Saturday it’s the return of their popular Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight/Thursday a night of hop hop with The Lox, whose “Filthy America. . . It’s a Beautiful Tour” stops by.   Friday you can catch Shakedown playing the music of The Dead and beyond, and more. There’s a second stage of musicians in Lilly’s Pad Friday night as well. On Sunday Periphery, The Contortionist, Norma Jean, and Infinity Shred take the stage.

Here in town at Wesleyan, tonight a talk and art opening happens at the Davidson Art Center with Andrew Szegedy-Maszak for the photography exhibit “Converging to a Center.” Philadelphia’s Tempesta di Mare perform their baroque chamber music concert, A Tale of Two Italian Cities, featuring pieces from Venice and Naples, tomorrow/Friday at Crowell Concert Hall. Senior Thesis Dance Concerts and Senior Music Recitals happen from Thursday through the weekend. Full details at

Tonight, Manic Productions presents  Sofi Tukker, Verdigris, and LP Giobbi, at The Ball Room at the Outer space in Hamden. Tomorrow / Friday Manic presents John K Samson & The Winter Wheat, appearing with The End of America at the Ballroom. Also on Friday, Manic and Premiere concerts present “moe” at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven.  for details.

The Friends of the Davison Art Center of Wesleyan University host a Benefit Dinner and Auction tonight/Thursday at Lan Chi Restaurant on Main St in Middletown. Details at

Refugee Palestinian Hip Hop Dance performers, The Shoruq Debka will be performing at two venues here in Connecticut, before returning to Palestine: Tonight/Thursday night at 7:30 p.m., you can catch them on stage in New Haven at Southern Connecticut State University’s Engleman Hall at 501 Crescent Street (doors open 6:30 p.m.) tomorrow/Friday Night at 7pm, the dance crew will perform at The Artists Collective, on Albany Avenue in Hartford (doors open 5:45 p.m.) for information call (860)200-5396  

Tomorrow/Friday night, here in Middletown, The Buttonwood Tree offers Sassy Songwriters on with three women performing stories of love, loss, joy and redemption. Saturday, The Buttonwood presents a night of jazz classics with the Connor Wage Quartet. It’s short- and long-form comedy Sunday night with Cloud 9 & Friends Improv.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can enjoy pop and rock tomorrow/Friday with the Hollywood Allstars. On Sunday, it’s Live and Let Die: The Ultimate Tribute to Paul McCartney.

The Bushnell Park Carousel in Hartford opens its 2017 season this Saturday.

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

CPTV hosts a screening of “Newtown,” a film about the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Saturday at the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall on the Wesleyan campus. A moderated panel discussion follows the film.

Through Sunday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “I Am Not Your Negro” a documentary about James Baldwin. Showing through next Thursday is “Kedi,” documentary about cats filmed in Istanbul. Sat and Sunday Real Art Ways offers a 2017 academy award nomitated animation film, My life as a Zucchini . They’re screening Woody Allen’s “The Purple Rose of Cairo” on Sunday as part of their Film 101 series.  Opening Tomorrow and running through April 6, is You’re killing me Susana, starring Gael García Bernal in a flim about lost love.  Details & screening times at

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford opens their run of “La La Land,” a contemporary movie musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Their annual April in Paris Festival opens Sunday, starting with the matinée screening of the 1928 film “The Italian Straw Hat,” and the evening film, Robert Bresson’s 1959 film, “Pickpocket.”

Details and screening times at

Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on WESU:

Right afte the Jive stick around for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa featuring Connecticut Connected music until 6:30pm.

After that until 8pm, Imagine with Karen Stein,  offers peace through music! With uplifting music from around the world and around the block!
From  8-8:30pm tonight, The Radical Radio with Oracle offers a weekly update on progressive news, that combines interviews, reporting, and discussion to look at the current state of the American left.

At 8:30 its back to the music on Evening Jazz with Bill Denert, where "Hearing is the best experience" offering a broad range of swing, be bop and avante garde with a sprinkling of new releases.  

At 10om Jazzalicious Definition with MC Mcgee and DJ Stocks'n'Socks offers an hour of
Jazz and jazz influenced music with something different every week.

From 11-midnight The American Empire with, Tootse Mutant 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 The Audible Underground with Joshinvents invites listeners to explore a variety of underground music by independent or relatively unknown artists from many genres, while occasionally discussing current events neglected by mainstream media.
From 1-2am Festival Files with DJ Frita takes a look back at legendary folk and rock concerts from around the country and the music idols that dominated the stages throughout the years.

From 2-4am DJ coroner's last will & testimony Haunts 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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