Thursday, April 27, 2017

Weds 04-26-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday April 26th. 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 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 tuning in!

Here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week.
On Thursday, 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

Down in New Haven tonight/Wednesday, Café Nine features  Sophie Auster with SEE takes the Café Nine stage. Thursday night 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, it's the Wednesday COMMUNITY BLUES JAM hosted by TIM MCDONALD this week.  Thursday night at Sally’s you can catch the premiere of the CT Blues Society’s ANNUAL BAND CHALLENGE, where Four blues bands compete to win a chance to represent CT at the national competition in Memphis!  Thursday nights, 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.
Tonight/Wednesday, Manic's free weekly event at Bar in New Haven feartures Honeysuckle, Sam Moss, and the Balkun Brothers.  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 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
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 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
Through this evening/Wednesday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing I Am Not Your Negro, a  film on author, black activist and gay icon James Baldwin. Cinestudio screens T2 - 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:

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 Robinson. 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 from 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
Thanx for listening. Now stay tuned for the Feminist Bloc.

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