Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Weds 04-19-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday 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 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.

Friday night, the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown offers special guest Warren Byrd with  contemporary jazz. Saturday morning it’s the Aligned with the Source workshop and meditation. Saturday evening, the jazz saxophone quartet Tetraptych (Tetra Pitch) takes the Buttonwood stage. Sunday, from 3 to 5 pm, you can visit Pieces of the Moment, the abstract collage art exhibit by Bruce Blackman, which continues through the month.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, Cultural Connections, a group for immigrant women, meets on this evening/Wednesday at 5:30. At 7 pm, the Connecticut State Library brings you a presentation on Connecticut’s Role in WWI. On Thursday at 10:30, they present Smart Searching: Internet Research, Fact Checking, and Staying Safe. Jazz Up Close with Noah Baerman and Sunny Jain comes your way Thursday night. On Friday at 1 pm, it’s Poet’s Corner with Susan Allison, presenting Poets Resist! The Survivors Swing Band brings you classic swing melodies on Saturday at 1:30.

Tonight/Wednesday in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, Manic Presents Ceschi (sounds like Chess-Key), Gregory Pepper, Dear Rabbit, Laundry Day and Ricky Swift. Thursday, you can catch Honch, The 34's, Dutty Winehouse and Spectral Fangs. Friday's Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour hosts Bronson Rock this week, followed by Sean Rowe and That Virginia, courtesy of Manic Presents. Saturday Jazz Jam session starts early at 4, and features the Nick DiMaria Quartet. Saturday evening’s headliner is Juliana Hatfield, appearing with Ports of Spain. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you The Dusk Whales, Brawlix, and Oberon Rose, followed by a Dance Party with Sex Beat and Kid Congo Powers.

Tonight/Wednesday, Manic  STS9 and City of the Sun at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, or you can catch Manic Presents Matt Pryor, Dan Andriano and more at Bar in New Haven as part of their Freemusic Wednesdays series. Thursday Manic Presents Explosions in the Sky and Thor and Friends at College Street Music Hall. There’s plenty more at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, with Frank Lero and The Patience on Thursday, along with Dave Hause and The Mermaid; Kishi Bashi, Tall Tall Trees, and Olive Tiger on Friday. Legendary CT Rock and Rollers, Miracle Legion take the stage The Ballroom at The Outer Space Saturday night. The Backyard Committee opens that show.  

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s it's the Wednesday Community Blues Jam  hosted by Hash Brown. On Thursday, the Connecticut Blues Society hosts their Annual Band Challenge at Black-eyed Sally’s. Sally’s house band, The Po Boys, appear every Thursday with special guests. Tom Guerra &The Mambo Sons takes Black-eyed Sally’s stage on Friday, and on Saturday The Healing Blues Band brings you music based on stories from the homeless.

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents senior theses and recitals in music and art all week at various locations across campus. Check the website for details. Wednesday, the Collegium Musicum and Concert Choir presents Seasonal Music Across Four Centuries in Memorial Chapel. The world premiere of “Islands: The Lost History of the Treaty that Changed the World,” happens Friday at CFA Theater. The play explores colonialism and the US/Indonesia relationship. It runs through Saturday.  Full details at

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

This Thursday at 7 is the launch of Crossing Cultures, the 2017 edition of the Jazz Up Close program produced by Resonant Motion, now in its third year of bringing guest artists to the Russell Library in Middletown, CT. This year’s series of folks mixing jazz with music from other cultural frameworks begins with drummer, percussionist, and composer Sunny Jain, (of) brass band Red Baraat, saxophonist Mike Bomwell, Henry Lugo on bass, and Pianist Noah Baerman.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven Thursday, you can catch Chop Drop featuring Crowell &Codd Dubz. Yale’s African Arts and Culture Festival brings you Cosmic Homies and Oshun on Friday. There’s another Original Saturday Night College Dance Party on Saturday. The African Culture series continues on Sunday with Africa Into Jazz/Jazz Into Africa, featuring The Richard Bona Trio and The Randy Weston Sextet.
This Saturday Aprill 22nd brings The WESU Spring Record Fair to Wesleyan's Beckham Hall located at 55 Wyllys ave. There will be vendors selling music in all formats, plus WESU gear for sale and WESU DJs spinning vinyl all day long. The record fair is free and open to the public from 11am to 4pm. with an opportunity for early bird crate diggers for $5 rfom 10-11am. details at      

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “Frantz,” a story of post-WWI guilt and conflict, through Thursday. Also continuing is “Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” an educational journey into the Beatles' creative process. On Friday they open “Tomorrow,” a documentary about concrete solutions to preserve humankind. It runs through the weekend.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing “The Salesman,” a tale of crime and punishment set in modern Tehran, through this evening/Wednesday. On Thursday they open “Lion,” the true story of a search for a birth mother, which runs through Saturday. National Theatre Live’s production of Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guilderstern Are Dead” will be screened on Thursday and Sunday. Raul Peck’s film on black activist and gay icon James Baldwin, “I Am Not Your Negro,” opens on Sunday.

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.

Midnight-1am 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.

Thanx for listening! Now stay tuned for Women’s Music, Women’s Wisdom with DJ Sense and DJ Sensibility.

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