Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday March 9th. 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:

At Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts Thesis productions will  run throughout the week, including the theater production Mnemonic, a show about the act of remembering. Pamela Z performs Correspondence, an immersive ensemble performance, on Thursday, March 9, in the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall. Find the details for these events andmore at

At the Russell Library in Middletown, On Thursday they’ve got two screenings of “Girl on the Train,” in their ongoing Books to Blockbusters series. This weekend also brings the friends of the Library book sale!

Tonight in New Haven, CafĂ© Nine, Manic Productions Presents CO/NTRY, with Spectral Fangs and Dr. Martino as well. Friday's Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour hosts Off The Trax, with a full lineup of artists later on, including the Duece Bug 'March Radness Tour' featuring Lingo and Grind Mode Cipher, Sky Swamp Orange, Eugene Gallagher and more. Saturday's weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session features Gary Grippo & Friends; Manic Productions brings Chad Valley, Mission Zero, and Procedure Club to the stage later on. "The Sunday Buzz" this week is a St. Patricks Day Parade Edition with Jovial Crew--celebrate St. Pat’s to the smooth sounds of 12 string guitars. For more info, visit

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight Sally’s house band-The Po Boys hold down a regular Thursday set, with mystery guests every week. This Friday (the 10th,) you can get down with some real Americana with Jeff Przech (sounds like Per-check) & The Outfit. Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood play the blues on the Sally’s stage Saturday night.

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown presents tonight, Orlando Baxter performs at Stand-up Comedy Unplugged at The Buttonwood. Friday Hiroya Tsukamoto and Andrew Biagiarelli perform mesmerizing and eclectic acoustic music described as Cinematic Guitar Poetry. Saturday Morning’s Bring Annaita Ghandi’s Aligned with Source guided meditation to the Buttonwood. The Eric Mintel Quartet returns for encore performance of "EMQ Plays TV" – Saturday evening. Sunday, brings NEAR and Far Storytellers to the Buttonwood Tree, featuring an open mic opportunity for audience members during the first half of the show, with headliners in the second half.

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

Tonight Manic Productions presents, JD McPherson and Girls Guns & Glory play in The Ballroom at The Outer Space. On Friday it’s AJR and Hailey Knox at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, and Marc Maron: The Too Real Tour and Marina Franklin perform at College Street Music Hall. The Paper Kites and Ports of Spain round out the weekend on Sunday at The Ballroom at The Outer Space.  for details

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, this tonight you can catch John Kadlecik Band, and Friday Toads presents another Bright Night Glow Party. Also on Friday, In Lilly’s Pad, AFTON presents Broken Insanity, The Blameless Project, Fading Not Receding and many more. On Saturday there’s a Spring Music Fest showcasing local performers. Sunday March 12th is The New Haven St Patty’s PARADE DAY featuring JUST ONE MORE.  Find more info at

The Art Guild of Middletown presents a demonstration by fiber artist Kristen Walsh this Thursday at Cromwell Intermediate School at 7 pm. Info at

The Mac650 Gallery in Middletown hosts a figure drawing session this Thursday at 7 pm. There’s an opening reception on Friday at 7 for The Bookstore Project, featuring photography by Florin Ion Firimita.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford hosts a conversation, “In Limbo: Challenges Facing Undocumented Students,” on Thursday at the Center’s Hartford location.

At Cherry Street Station in Wallingford, Sperm Donor plays on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 8PM with L.M.I. and Poor Lily. 

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, Parsonfield performs Americana and folk this Friday. On Saturday it’s Live Wire, an AC/DC tribute band. There’s more folk and rock on Sunday with An Evening with Dawes.

The 46th annual Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade happens this Saturday starting at 11 am. Full details of the parade route and more are at:

This weekend brings 2 opportunities to See Americana stars, Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem. Saturday they’ll be at Branford Folk at 8pm Sunday, you can catch them at Bread Box Folk in Willimantic CT for a 4:00pm show. All proceeds rfom this show benefit Covenant Soup Kitchen  

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways screens “I Am Not Your Negro” a black history documentary, through Thursday. “You're Killing me Susana” opens Friday, a Mexican comedy about a soap opera actor trying to win back his wife.  They’re screening the 1933 Marx Brothers classic, “Duck Soup,” on Sunday.
Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing “Elle” all week, a French film about a woman who goes straight for revenge after being raped. In their 2nd Thursdays series, they screen Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s restored 1979 film, “Fox and His Friends,” about a young gay boy who wins the lottery. Their National Theatre Live series continues with screenings of Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” on Thursday and Sunday. On Friday they open “Jackie,” a biopic of Jackie Kennedy Onassis starring Natalie Portman. It runs through the weekend. 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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