Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wednesday 03-29-17 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday March 29th. 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!

Here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week as we ease into our new Spring program season:

The Russell Library in Middletown screens the film “A Man Called Ove” on Thursday as part of the ongoing Books to Blockbusters series. On Friday morning it’s 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.

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

Tonight in New Haven at Café Nine, The Roomsounds, and Ryxno share a bill tonight/ Wednesday. The Lost Bayou Ramblers and Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps take the Café stage,Thursday night.  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, it’s the Wednesday Community Blues Jam with Tim McDonald this week. Sally’s in 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/Wednesday, they headline Crystal Garden, featuring Boyd Tinsley. On Thursday a night of hop hop when The Lox’s and Filthy America. . . It’s a Beautiful Tour stops by.  On Friday you can catch Shakedown playing the music of The Dead and Beyond, and much more, with a second stage of musicians in Lilly’s Pad. On Sunday they’ve got Periphery, The Contortionist, Norma Jean, and Infinity Shred.

Here in town at Wesleyan, tonight/Wednesday in Memorial Chapel they host a talk by Letterpress printer and book artist Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr, at the Ring Performing Arts Hall. A talk and opening happens at the Davidson Art Center on Thursday 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, on Friday at Crowell Concert Hall. Senior Thesis Dance Concerts and Senior Music Recitals happen from Thursday through the weekend. Full details at

Tonight/Wednesday, Manic Productions presents  Kevin Morby, Waxahatchee, and Mary Latimore at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. Or you can catch Stop Light Observations, Western Estates, and Dangerous Animals at Bar in New Haven. We’re back at the Ballroom on Thursday for Sofi Tukker, Verdigris, and LP Giobbi, and on Friday for John K Samson & The Winter Wheat, appearing with The End of America. Also on Friday, moe appears at the College Street Music Hall.  for details.

Tonight/ Wednesday, the Miracle League of Connecticut hosts a Sensory Friendly Day at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford. They’re lowering the volume and dimming the lights to accommodate individuals and families on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities. Full details at

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

The Howl, Milkshakes, Cold Collective and more perform at the Mac650 Gallery in Middletown this evening/Wednesday at 6:30. Details at

Middletown’s Poet Laureate Susan Allison holds Open Hours on Thursday morning at Brew Bakers North End Location in Middleton.

The Friends of the Davison Art Center of Wesleyan University host a Benefit Dinner and Auction this Thursday at Lan Chi Restaurant in Middletown. Details at
Refugee Palestinian Hip Hop Dance performers, The Shoruq Debka will be performing at two venues this weekend in Connecticut, before returning to Palestine: 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.) 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  

The Connecticut Historical Society hosts Brooklyn Museum’s curator Lisa Small on Thursday who will speak on “Killer Heels: The Art and History of the High-Heeled Shoe.”

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, enjoy pop and rock on 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.

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “I Am Not Your Negro” a documentary about James Baldwin, and “Kedi,” a cat documentary filmed in Istanbul, through Thursday. In a National Evening of Science on Screen, they’re showing “My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond.” On Friday they open “Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” an educational journey into the Beatles' creative process. They’re screening Woody Allen’s “The Purple Rose of Cairo” on Sunday as part of their Film 101 series.
Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues “Julieta,” a Spanish film about motherhood, passion, and loss, tonight/(Wednesday). On Thursday they open “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 after The Jive at Five stay tuned for an hour of Women’s Music, Women’s Wisdom with DJ Sense and DJ Sensibility.

6-6:30pm it's Your Mind Matters with Helen Evrard MD. We explore the brain conditions known as mental illness from a holistic viewpoint with guests who study them, treat them, or are affected by them.
And from 6:30-8pm, stay tuned for Fusion Radio with James Fusion. The original ... and still the best damn Techno mix on radio!

Starting at 8 and running until 9:30pm, it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30-11pm, it's  The Vault with DJ Anton Banks. Presenting listeners with the latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house, and leftfield mixed live.

From 11 to midnight, it's The Karl Marx Social Hour.

Each episode hosts DJ Fat Marco and DJ Ninjoo Pinjoo pick a story, social event, or historical event and then play music that they think relates.

Some Typa Way comes along at Midnight. Join DJ’s Crystal Beth and Shlomo as they provide you with music that stirs a specific mood within each of us.

During the wee hours, it's  Dumpster Dive with GIRL FIERI and yourstruly. Offbeat DIY, punk and indie

From 2-3am it's Paradise Airwaves with Plushie Avenger. A show dedicated to LGBTQ+ music genres (disco, house, queercore/punk, etc.), queer-themed songs, and music by LGBTQ+ artists.

And from 3-4am, stay tuned for 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 airs til 5 am and we start the day at 5 with NPR’s Morning Edition.

Find the rest of our Spring program schedule, a live audio stream, program archives, the script for today's Jive, a donation link and much more online at  

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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