Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's  Thursday March 16th. 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.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, the regular monthly Thursday night Gong & Sound Meditation will take place at the Mac650 Gallery this month. The Joe Fonda & Satoko Jujii Duet brings you experimental and exciting jazz on Friday night. Saturday morning brings the weekly Aligned with Source workshop and later Saturday night, songwriters Eric Taylor and Dana Coper perform at the Buttonwood Tree. Sunday afternoon, the folk group Cricket Tell The Weather takes the Buttonwood stage.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, they’re showing the film “Indignation” on Thursday as part of the Books to Blockbusters series. Middletown’s Poet Laureate Susan Allison presents Women Poets on Friday. There’s Tai Chi and Qigong on Saturday morning. Check out the website for the full schedule of events for all the family.

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

Tonight Manic Productions presents And The Kids, Vundabar, and SPORTS. Friday you can catch Movements, Firestarter, From States Away, and In Response. Saturday, they’ve got The Pietasters, The  Hempsteadys, and Dagwood.  for details

Tonight in New Haven, Café Nine Olive Tiger and Granite to Glass take the Café stage on Thursday. Café nine’s weekly Friday Wind Down Happy Hour brings you Stephanie Harris Austin, Te ri Lynn, and more, this week. TheMain event Friday night features Glambat, Tuxis Giant, Teen Spaceship, and Underwear. Saturday's weekly Jazz Jam Session features Tony DioGuardi & Friends this week. Saturday night’s line up at the Nine features Little Lesley & The Bloodshots sharing a bill with Bopthrills.  "The Sunday Buzz" matinee headlines the Zoo Front 25th Anniversary Tour. Later Sunday night Café Nine presents a triple bill featuring True Will, Zombii, and Sunday Morning.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s,tonight The Po Boys hold down a regular Thursday set, with mystery guests every week. On Friday it’s the Chris O’Leary Band. Saturday’s headliner is blues singer Regina Bonelli, appearing with Michael Hill.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, Thursday night there’s a Concert for Kymberly Cotton to benefit the ALS Association of CT, with a night of classic rock featuring That 70’s Band and Optic Nerve. Thursday, Infinity Hall Hartford presents the Mars vs Venus Cosmic Comedy Clash featuring Kerri Louise, Bob DiBouno and Joe Currie . Friday at Infinity Hall Hartford, you can catch blues and rock with the Matt Zeiner Band featuring Baby Dynamite. On Saturday, its funk and world music with Red Baraat Festival of Colors. Infinity Hall Norfolk presents a night with Masters of the Telecaster: Jim Weider (The Band) and Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan and Levon Helm) and Tash Neal (The London Souls), Friday

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Friday, it’s DJ Bucks Birthday Bash with reggae pop star, Shaggy. Saturday’s DMZ and 1 Shot Dealz perform at Toad’s.   Find more info at

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts hosts a reception for the Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition with an opening reception, this Saturday at the Zilhka Art Gallery on Washington Terrace. The exhibit runs through the end of the month and features hundreds of pieces of art created by city art students K-12. for more info 
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues their run of James Baldwin’s “I Am Not Your Negro” withSamuel Jackson through March 23rd. opening Friday, Real Art Ways opens a run of “Kedi,” a cat documentary filmed in Istanbul. In their Film 101 series, this Sunday, they’re offering the 1959 classic “Some Like It Hot,” with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. There’s a post-film discussion.
Details & screening times at

Tonight (Weds) Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford starts a run of Woody Allen’s 1979 classic, “Manhattan,” that runs through Saturday. On Thursday they show “A Prep School Negro,” about a boy from the Philadelphia ghetto who gets a chance at an elite education. There’s a post-film discussion. The Sunday matinée is the Bolshoi Ballet’s performance of Stravnisky’s “A Contemporary Evening.” In the evening they open a run of “Paterson,” starring Adam Driver as a New Jersey busman with a repetitive life. Details and screening times at

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Harford is screening the Academy Award-winning film “Moonlight” tonight (Wednesday) at the Wadsworth Atheneum, with a post-film  discussion.

And, don’t forget about the Middletown’s Russell Library screening of the film “Indignation” on Thursday night.

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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