Thursday, March 2, 2017

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday March 2nd and 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 what's happening in our area this week.

Tonight Bob Gotta hosts his long running acoustic open Mic at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown. Friday, you can catch Story City Troupe, a band of storytellers. Saturday morning Brings the Weekly Aligned with source guided meditation and later on Saturday, Colin Haskins and Free Poets Collective Present "Woman Scream 2017". Saturday night at The Buttonwood Tree, The Modern Riffs play straight ahead jazz, in combination with 70's and 80's classic rock and funk. This Sunday, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, presents Past Life Regression with Dan LaRosa, an interactive self-help hypnotist at 4pm. Later Sunday  at 7pm, CLOUD 9, an improv comedy team, performs both long and short form comedy.

At Cherry Street Station in Wallingford, experimental band Destination Dimension takes the stage Friday night. Saturday night Cherry Street presents: So Long Liberty, Slip And Fall, HONCH , and more.  

Tonight at  Black Eyed Sally's tonight, RISEUP presents The MIKE CASEY Trio.

This Sunday March 5th, the Russell Library celebrates international women's day, with a panel discussion on women's issues in the Hubbard room.

Friday the 3rd, at 8pm, Wesleyan’s Center For the Arts presents the Connecticut premiere of the dance work “Walking with ‘Trane” by Urban Bush Women. Inspired by the musical life and spiritual journey  of the famed jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, the dance is set to live music inspired by  "A Love Supreme” and other works. One night only – Urban Bush Women “Walking with ’Trane” on Friday, March 3 in Middletown. For tickets and more information, 860-685-3355

Tonight/ in New Haven at Café Nine, COLE QUEST AND THE CITY PICKERS, OLD ROYALS and EVENING DARLING take the Café Nine stage. This Friday's Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour is features THE INCORRIGIBLES. Later Friday night at Café Nine, Manic Productions Presents MODERN MEASURE with Project Aspect and The Forest Room. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon JAZZ JAM is WITH MIKE COPPOLA AND FRIENDS this week.   DANGEROUS ANIMALS, THE Z-BOYS, Dickicker and Art School Girls take the stage later Saturday night. "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee brought to you by Cygnus Radio hosts GINA SICILIA this week, and Sunday night, Café Nine hosts A BENEFIT FOR THE ACLU featuring Mates of State, The Shellye Valauskas Experience, Mercy Choir, Tiny Ocean, Frank Critelli, and more.   For more info, visit

tonight, Manic Productions presents, Polyphia, Jason Richardson, and Covet at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. Saturday night Manic presents Wild Child and Goodnight Blue Moon at The Ballroom at The Outer Space.  

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!

Down in New Haven Thursday night, Conscious Reggae singer CHRONIXX and special guest Kelissa bring their CHRONOLOGY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR to CT. Friday, Toad’s offers a BRIGHT NIGHT GLOW PARTY with DJ’s RAGEPAK,  D.Brown, and more; doors are at 9:30. Find more info at

Now, here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Through March 2nd, Real Art Ways is screening 2017 Academy Award Nominee for Best Animated Feature Film, The Red Turtle.  Additionally, this week, Real Art Ways continues screenings this week of 2017the OSCAR NOMINATED live action and ANIMATED SHORTS through Thursday.  Friday Real Art Ways begins their run of the 2017 Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Feature, I Am Not Your Negro about James Baldwin.  Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing oscar nominated films all week. Thursday night Cinestudio begins a run of Manchester by the sea.  Saturday they kick off a run of The French Film, Elle. Details and screening times 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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