Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thursday 05-11-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday May 11th and 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 Ben Michael, Thanx for tuning in. I hope you’ll take the step beyond listening and become a supporter of WESU. We are in the midst of our Spring Pledge drive and still need to raise nearly $15,000 to sustain WESU through the end of our fiscal year in June.  Donate online at where you can also see our selection of cool thank you gifts, including T-shirts, Hoodies, baseball caps, and a new Totebag. If you value what you hear at WESU, please support the service we provide.  

Tonight (Thursday), the Buttonwood in Middletown hosts comedian Emma Willmann. Emma made her late night debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2016 and has also performed standup on Fuse’s Uproarious and Seeso’s Night Train. Tomorrow (Friday) sees a night of jazz and blues at The Buttonwood, with vocalist Kosi on her “Who I Am Tour” Featuring Eric Lee. Saturday mornings bring the weekly, aligned with the source spiritual workshops to the Buttonwood. Saturday evening Terza Classe takes the stage offering the sounds of bluegrass and Americana through the lens of Naples. The week ends with Near and Far Storytellers on Sunday. 

Tonight/Thursday Cafe Nine in New Haven offers an evening With THE REVELERS. Friday's Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour is with MIKE HATFIELD at 5pm. Later Friday night at Café Nine Goat Herder, Slip and Fall, and Productive Member take the stage. Saturday brings the weekly JAZZ JAM SESSION hosted by Gary Grippo & Friends this week. Saturday night, THE CROWN STREET ORCHESTRA and THE BIRDMEN take the stage. On Sunday, Caroline Spence, Brian Dolzani play "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee from Cygnus Radio. On Sunday at Café Nine The Refurbished Original Sunday Blues Jam Session welcomes the GEORGE LESIW BAND for some good ol' blues.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s tonight, you can catch Sally’s house band, The Po Boys with special guests. Tomorrow/Friday May 12th brings SLAM ALLEN,a dynamic and original blues and soul artist. Saturday, PROFESSOR LOUIE AND THE CROWMATIX play a mix of rock n roll and blues. Sunday, the 14th Sally’s offers a Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch, Featuring a full Southern Buffet & the Mary Taylor Gospel Revue. 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight/Thursday, you can catch PINK TALKING FISH, who offer A FUSION OF PINK FLOYD, THE TALKING HEADS & PHISH. West End Blend opens this show. Friday, at Toads you can catch UGLY GOD with Nebu Kiniza and HG Locks. Saturday LIVE DEAD ‘69 PERFORMS  "LIVE DEAD" IN ITS ENTIRETY FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, Featuring artists Tom Constanten (Original Grateful Dead pianist), Mark Karan (Rat Dog, The Other Ones guitarist) and Slick Aguilar (Jefferson Starship, David Crosby lead guitarist). Friday is a big ol' party CELEBRATING SHAKEDOWN'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY! with Kazoo Crew Family Band, Klams Kasino, Bangcreek Puppies, No Mind, The Notch and more. Saturday night, In Lilly’s Pad…AFTON PRESENTS Mandala, Norris Blue, Sammy Maximin, and many more.

At the Russell Library this week, a Friends of the Library Booksale will be held on Fri. May 12 - Sat. May 13 in the Activity Room.

On Saturday, Manic presents, LANY and Goody Grace at College Street Music Hall. Also on Saturday, Manic Presents Meat Puppets and Mike Watt + The Jom & Terry show at The Ballroom at The Outer Space.   for details.

Tomorrow/ Friday brings an opportunity to catch AFRODELIC MUSIC by Chartwell Dutiro and Timbila at The Wood, on Main Street in South Windsor. Doors open at 6:30pm. This is a CD release show by TIMBILA, and Zimbabwean mbira (sound like em-beer-a) maestro Chartwell Dutiro. Tickets and information online at

If you’re looking for heavy duty rock and roll, Friday night Cherry Street station in Wallingford offers a line up featuring five heavy metal bands, Texas Death Match, I-within-I, Left Hand Backwards, Composing the Apocalypse, and Nuclear Unicorn for details.

Saturday, at Infinity Hall Norfolk, D. A. Foster & the Shaboo All-Stars & Friends offer A Musical Extravaganza to Benefit Work for Vessels for Vets. Heavy metal guitar shredder Yngwie Malmsteen takes the stage Sunday night. (sounds like Ing-vey)

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continue their run of A QUIET PASSION and CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY through next week. Opening Friday, Real Art Ways presents "Risk", a character study of Julian Assange. Also on screen this weekend at Real Art Ways, is MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA.  Details & screening times at

Tonight/Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is offers A Second Thursdays Out Film CT presentation of the lesbian horror/comedy, Women who Kill. 20th Century Women hits the Cinestudio screen Friday and Saturday. Sunday afternoon there’s an encore presentation of the National Theater Live’s production of Obsession, which was based on The Postman Always Rings Twice. Sunday, Cinestudio also begins a run of Frantz.   Details and screening times at

Now, here's what's on the air tonight, on WESU:

Right after the Jive stick around for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa featuring Connecticut Connected music until 6:30pm.

After that until 8pm, Imagine with Karen Stein, offers peace through music! With uplifting music from around the world and around the block!

From 8-8:30pm tonight, The Radical Radio with Oracle offers a weekly update on progressive news, that combines interviews, reporting, and discussion to look at the current state of the American left.

At 8:30 its back to the music on Evening Jazz with Bill Denert, where "Hearing is the best experience" offering a broad range of swing, be bop and avante garde with a sprinkling of new releases. 

At 10om Jazzalicious Definition with MC Mcgee and DJ Stocks'n'Socks offers an hour of
Jazz and jazz influenced music with something different every week.

From 11-midnight The American Empire with, Tootse Mutant 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.

At midnight The Audible Underground with Joshinvents invites listeners to explore a variety of underground music by independent or relatively unknown artists from many genres, while occasionally discussing current events neglected by mainstream media.

From 1-2am Festival Files with DJ Frita takes a look back at legendary folk and rock concerts from around the country and the music idols that dominated the stages throughout the years.

From 2-4am DJ coroner's last will & testimony Haunts 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 like what you hear on WESU, we need you to us help sustain the service we provide by making a donation in support of our spring pledge drive, happening, now. With nearly $15K left to raise, every dollar counts. Donate online at where you can find images of our awesome new thank you gifts, station audio archives, playlists, and more! 

Thanks in advance for your contribution and stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa up next.

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