Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday April 27th. 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 students 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.
Tonight Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents advanced Javanese Gamelan performing in the World Music Hall, and the Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble plays on Friday. The Spring Dance Concert will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 8:00pm in the Patricelli '92 Theater.  Full details at

Thursday evening brings the Middlesex drum circle to the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown. Friday, The Buttonwood features folk artists Kristen Graves and Natalie Gelman. Saturday morning brings the Weekly “Aligned with Source” guided meditation and workshop. Saturday evening 71 Strings, Three Men, and a Concertina featuring Larry Kaplan, Dave Paton, and Tom White return to the Buttonwood Tree with a special mix of contemporary songs as traditional music from around the world. Sunday,  John Basinger continues his performance of Miltons Paradise Lost, performing the epic poem from memory!

At the RUSSELL Library in Middletown, this Thursday, it’s The Middletown World War I Digitization Day.  In an effort to help preserve this significant piece of our history, the Russell Library will be partnering with the Connecticut State Library’s Remembering World War One: Sharing History/Preserving Memories project to hold a digitization day event. The event Healthy Me, Healthy Start happens on Fridays at Russell Library. This is a free early childhood nutrition program designed to support parents in establishing healthy eating habits in their young children. On Saturday, in Meeting Room 3, the library offers How to find a grant – where you can learn about Grants Databases available through the Russell Library. Saturday evening there's Yoga in the Hubbard Room.  Next Monday, The Russell Library in is holding an all-day Youth Mental Health First Aid Training from 9 am to 5 pm. The workshop teaches how to help an adolescent experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or crisis and includes action plans for both crisis and non-crisis situations. Registration is required. Call 860-347-2520 for details, and to register.  Details at

Down in New Haven tonight/Café Nine features Western Estates, Straight to VHS, and Witch Hair.  DW Ditty plays at the Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour on Friday. Later Friday night, GO KAT GO! Presents THE'S and Sasquatch, as well as Bloodshot Bill. Café Nine’s Saturday's Jazz Jam Session is with Billy Cofrances this week. The ELM CITY FOLK FESTIVAL brings in Michael Hunton, Oh Cassius, Rusty Things, The Can Kickers, and The Goddamn River to Café nine Saturday night.  "The Sunday Buzz" matinee from Cygnus Radio presents SARAH BORGES & THE BROKEN SINGLES, with The Backyard Committee. Café Nine ends their weekend with music from THE WILD REEDS and Blank Range on Sunday night.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed  Sally’s house band, The Po Boys, feature special guests. This Friday ELIZA NEALS & THE NARCOTICS bring their award-winning, blues-rock-soul to Sally’s. Saturday night features Robert Frahm.

Saturday, Manic Presents: Tokyo shoegaze rockers, MONO alongside Holy Sons at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. This Sunday, you can see The Wild Reeds, an LA based band, with Blank Range at Cafe Nine.  

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

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Thursday brings the SPRING MUSIC FEST 2, featuring artists Crosby, Exist, Placeville, Pre-Owned, Street Tiger, Torque and Treehouse of Bees. Friday night BADFISH, pays TRIBUTE TO SUBLIME on THE HERB & LEGENDS TOUR, playing alongside with Roots of Creation, Ian Biggs & the Ruckus, and Tales of Joy.

This Friday, Circophony's Circus Indivisible opens at the Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater Company in Middletown for a 2 day run. This production is about communication, acceptance and working through differences and combines circus, dance, acrobatics and comedy to build connections across the communication gaps in our contemporary culture. for details.

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

Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues their run of “Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s 
Lonely Hearts Club Band,” an educational journey into the Beatles' creative process. Also n screen 
through Thursday is, Tomorrow, a film about French actress and director Mélanie Laurent who decided to travel the world in search of concrete solutions that can be implemented throughout the world by hundreds of communities. Opening on Friday at Real Art Ways, A Quiet Passion stars Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing Trainspotting Thurs-Sat, depicting Edinburgh’s underworld and how it has changed as director Danny Boyle and the original cast drop in 20 years after Trainspotting’s original glory. Sunday, Cinestudio offers: Personal Shopper, the tale of a young American working as the personal shopper to an obnoxiously wealthy socialite in Paris, and trying to connect with her dead twin at the same time. 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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