Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday April 19th. 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:

Senior fine arts theses open this week in the Zilkha gallery. Capstone theater productions as well as Senior Thesis Dance Concerts and Senior Music Recitals happen from Thursday through the weekend. Full details at

Tonight in New Haven, Café Nine, SONIC SUPERCHARGER 66 and M-13. Friday night's weekly wind-down happy hour hosts Solin, performing covers and original work. Friday night Cory Branan, Daphne Lee Martin, and Christian Marrone, make for a mix of folk rock and country punk. Saturday's jazz jam at Café Nine is with Gary Grippo and friends this week, and later Saturday night Drinkdeeply Presents WESS MEETS WEST AND THE TRAVELER, CON ETIQUETTE and CITY STREETS COUNTRY ROADS. "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee from Cygnus Radio, features SUMMER EDEEN and AUGUSTE & ALDEN.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, Thursday night you can catch the music of Frank Zappa performed by the Other Orchestra. Unfortunately, Ed Mann has cancelled his appearance tonight due to a family emergency. Sally’s in house band-The Po Boys hold down a regular Thursday set, with mystery guests every week. On Friday, you are invited to get down with Wobblesauce, serving up a unique concoction of electronica, rock, and instrumental dance music. Saturday night ROBERTO MORBIOLI, a BLUESMAN FROM ITALY, makes for a night of blues guitar.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven Friday night, KUNG FU: THE FEZ TOUR offering one set of original Kung Fu music, as well as a Steely Dan set. Strange Machines is also on the bill. Sunday features the funky sounds of ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS on his ZOMBIES IN AMERICA TOUR, also featuring Atlas Genius and Night Riots. t

At the Russell Library in Middletown on Thursday, you can catch the Books to Blockbusters film series screening of Queen of Katwe, Based on the book by Tim Crothers, it's a  vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess.    Friday at 1pm Russell library presents: Compassion Counts: A Community Conversation on Opioid Addiction

The Jack n' Jill Open Mic Nights/Songwriting Contest opens here in Middletown at Mezzo Grille and will continue on the first Wednesday of Every Month, beginning around 7:30-8ish. singers, songwriters, musicians, poets, prognosticators, comics, dancers, thespians, watchers, listeners, drinkers, eaters, supporters, are all welcome.  This event benefits New Horizons Domestic Violence Services (

 Manic presents Vieux Farka Touré, Last Good Tooth, and José Oyola & The Astronauts play Sat, April 8, 2017 in The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Often referred to as "The Hendrix of the Sahara", Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali, and serves up jammin guitar and vocals.  for details.

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

Here in Middletown, Friday night at The Buttonwood Tree, Story City Troupe takes the stage for a night of stories about love, loss, joy and redemption. Saturday, Brian Friedland & Catherine Bent perform renditions of classic American and Brazilian folk tunes. Sunday closes out the week with NEAR and Far Storytellers, featuring an open mic opportunity for anyone in the audience, as well as headliners later on.

Also happening here in Middletown Friday night, Art Farm presents Where Are We Now?: Race, Pride, Class and Inequity, a work in progress followed by a community conversation moderated by the Middlesex County Chapter of the NAACP. for more info and to register
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, enjoy pop and rock on Friday with the Hollywood Allstars. On Sunday, it’s Live and Let Die: a Tribute to Paul McCartney.

The Bushnell Park Carousel in Hartford opens its 2017 season this Saturday.

Sunday brings WESU’s Annual Spring Community record fair to Wesleyan’s Beckham Hall featuring dozens of vendors selling new and used music in all formats. Plus WESU DJ’s spinning Vinyl live all day as well as WESU gear for sale and more!  Learn more at

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “Kedi,” a cat documentary filmed in Istanbul, through the end of the week. On Friday they open “Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” an educational journey into the Beatles' creative process. Friday through Sunday, they're playing "Frantz", set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War. This film recalls the mourning period that follows great national tragedies and tells the stories of those who are left to cope. 
Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford presents their April in Paris FILM FESTIVAL 2017 this week, with the film 1984, tonight. AIP films run through the rest of the week. And you can find the complete listing and screen 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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