Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday 03-22-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday March 22nd. 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for joining us!
Now, here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week:

The Cultural Connections group, a meeting place for women of all nationalities, meets today/Wednesday at the Russell Library. Also tonight (Weds), Bill Graham speaks on A Physicist’s Perspective of water, to celebrate World Water Day. There are two, screenings of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” on Thursday as part of their Books to Blockbusters series. Yoga in the Hubbard Room happens on Saturday, and on Sunday enjoy music and clogging by the Atwater-Donnelly Trio. Check the website for the full schedule of events for all the family.

The Middlesex Drum Circle meets at the Buttonwood Tree this Thursday. On Friday, storyteller, troubadour and songwriter Don White takes the Buttonwood stage. Saturday morning’s Aligned with Source workshop is followed later that night by folk artists Lisa Bastoni and Naomi Sommers.  Sunday afternoon, John Basinger presents Book III of Milton’s “Paradise Lost.”

Tonight/Wednesday, in New Haven at Café Nine, Manic Productions  brings the monthly Words & Music gathering of poets, writers, comedians and musicians to Café Nine, Manic Productions returns on Thursday to bring you Quinn XCII, Kolaj, and Ian Biggs. Friday’s Happy Hour brings you Lynn Malavolte & DW Ditty. Friday night’s late show features Ian Fitzgerald & Something Else, Lys Guillorn, and James Maple. Saturday's weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Billy Cofrances. Saturday night’s main event features Cash’d Out and Slim Francis.   "The Sunday Buzz" this week hosts a book signing with Chip McCabe, along with Canyon and Frank Critelli.. The Sunday Blues Jam brings the George Lewis Band to the Café Nine stage. For more info, visit

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it's the Wednesday Community Blues Jam with Mark Nomad, this week. Sally’s in house band-The Po Boys hold down a regular Thursday night set, with mystery guests weekly. Friday, you can catch some dirty punk reggae with Danny Pease and the Regulators at Sally’s. Duppy Conquerors, a Bob Marley tribute band, perform at Sally’s on Saturday.

Tonight, Manic Productions presents Laura Stevenson, Adult Mom, and NYR at Bar in New Haven. You can catch Le Butcherettes, Lea, and Perennial at The Ballroom on Thursday.  for details

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Friday, they headline The Knocks, appearing with Bipolar Sunshine and Gilligan Moss. Saturday brings you another Original Saturday Night College Dance Party. 
Find more info at

There’s a reception for the exhibition “Shifting Surfaces,” by artist Kim Sobel, this today/Wednesday at 5:30 at Chapman Hall on the Middlesex Community College campus in Middletown. Call 860-343-5806 for details.
Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at

The Salons at Stowe series at the Harriett Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford presents a panel discussion and conversation, Unpacking Islamophobia, this Thursday at 5:30. Visit for details.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, check out Celtic Rock with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers (not Peppers!) on Thursday. There’s funk/rock on Friday with Pink Talking Fish bringing you the Dark Side of Gamehendge.  On Saturday it’s Moondance: The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Show. At infinity Hall Norfolk, Friday night you can catch Vance Gilbert w/ Kerri Powers. Saturday Jeff Pevar take the infinity Norfolk stage. Sunday on stage at infinity Norfolk brings the Southern New England High School Jazz Festival. At 1pm you can catch Berlin and Simsbury High Schools followed by Middletown and Farmington High Schools at 4pm
You can enjoy multi-genre dance performances this weekend at HarttWorks, the Hartt School Community Division’s annual celebration of local student talent. It’s happening at the Millard Auditorium at the University of Hartford campus. Visit for performance times.

The Middletown Art Academy and WESU’s own J Cherry celebrate World Water Day this Sunday at 1:30 at the Academy’s Main St. location. Enjoy an exhibit and presentations, performance art, and a water blessing ceremony.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “I Am Not Your Negro” about James Baldwin, and “Kedi,” a cat documentary filmed in Istanbul, through Thursday. On Friday they open “Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” an educational journey into the creative process of the Beatles classic. They’re screening the 1970’s classic “M*A*S*H” on Sunday as part of their Film 101 series.
Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues “Paterson,” starring Adam Driver as a New Jersey busman with a repetitive life, through this evening/Wednesday. On Thursday they open Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” about missionaries trying to keep Christianity alive in 17th-century Japan. The Midnight Movie on Friday is the animated Japanese film “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.” There’s a hint of spring in the Sunday screening of “The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism,” and they open a run of “Julieta,” a Spanish film about motherhood, passion, and loss. Details and screening times at

Thursday, Russell Library presents two, screenings of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” on as part of their Books to Blockbusters series.

Now here's what's on the air tonight, on WESU:

From 5:05-6pm it’s Feminist Bloc with Vicky De Jesus
Play music by women and LGBTQ artists, and occasionally discuss feminist news and current events.

And at 6-6:30pm it’s Think Twice Radio with Al
The undertaking of "Think Twice Radio" is to reassert the "watchdog" role of the media by ramping up coverage of Connecticut issues in a nonpartisan manner.

Starting at 6:30 and running until 8pm, Fusion Radio with James Fusion
The original ... and still the best damn Techno mix on radio!

And at 8-9:30pm it’s The Warehouse with Mike Nyce
The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk happens from 9:30 until 11pm.
Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.
From 11-midnight it’s The Weirding Way with Maya Stevens

Expression of thoughts through sound: an exploration of a sonic mood with an indie/alternative focus
And from Midnight-1am it’s Yours Truly with DJ Crystal Beth and DJ Megnanimous
Mixtapes dedicated to our past loves, past selves, fourth grade math teachers, and worst enemies, featuring indie, alternative, rock, and R&B.

From 1-2am, it’s Talking Music, Listening Words with DJ Finger Paintin Tuesday Afternoon
It's like hanging out, only on the radio.
2-3am Rap by Region with DJ ElectroGuru
seeks to explore the social evolution and societal implications of rap music through the perspective of cities around the world.
3-4am An A and a B with DJ N
Every band has its hits - and a multitude of unknown, hidden gems. Songs played per band (70s-2000s rock) seek to highlight this dichotomy.

The BBC World News happens at 4 followed at 5am by Morning Edition from NPR.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. Tune in to WESU 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.

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