Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday May 24th. 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.

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Now, here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week.
Tonight the Buttonwood Tree, The Middlesex Drum Circle meets Thursday night at The Buttonwood. Chat Noir perform traditional folk and Gypsy Jazz Friday night. The regular Aligned With Source Workshop happens on Saturday morning. Patrick & Kate Music Duo perform alt pop on the Buttonwood stage Saturday night.  John Basinger performs Book 5 of Paradise Lost (from memory) on Sunday at 3 pm.

Tonight in New Haven at Café Nine,a triple bill featuring Rudeyna, Sarah Golley, as well as Elsie and The Vibe. Friday’s Happy Hour set features The Dont’s, Kamryn, and Donna Santala. Friday night Café Nine’s main event is features Savage World, Polluter, and Lift. Saturday’s weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session at The Nine is with the George Baker Band. Saturday night, Kings and Liars, Model Decoy, and Chuggernaut. Café Nine presents a Sunday Buzz Memorial Day BBQ at 2 pm. Sunday evening, The Nine brings you Olive Tiger, Tiny Diamond, and Cat Has Claws.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, Sally’s house band, The Po Boys, takes the stage. Friday night West Hartford’s GRaviToNik holds it down on the Black-eyed Sally’s stage. Grayson Hugh & The Moon Hawks on make for a night of soul this Saturday at Sally’s. At the same time, The University of St. Joseph & Black-eyed Sally’s presents: The Legends Live! On Saturday night as well.  This concert features the music of sons & daughters of music legends: BB King, Ray Charles & Greg Allman when Claudette KING, Sheila Raye CHARLES, Michael Allman & Jeff Pitchell take the stage, The University of St. Joseph’s Hoffman Auditorum for details

At Toad’s Place in New Haven this evening you can catch pop singer CardiB. On Friday at Toad’s there’s a Throwback Dance Party with DJ action.

At the Russell Library this week,  Thursday night, the library co-hosts a workshop with the CCSU Journalism department, “Fake News: Can You Spot It?” On Saturday morning enjoy a workshop on nature writing and a book signing with Katherine Hauswirth, author of “The Book of Noticing: Collections and Connections on the Trail.” There’s Yoga in the Courtyard at 11 a.m.

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

This evening/(Wednesday), Manic Presents brings, They’ve also got Girls Guns and Glory, Palomino Brothers, and Whiskey Priest at Bar in New Haven tomorrow  night. On Friday it’s Animal Collective and Circuit des Yeux at the College Street Music Hall.

In Hartford, there’s free music at noon every Friday in their Pratt Street Music Series, featuring Seth Adam, this week.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can enjoy jazz and jazz fusion this Friday with Kevin Eubanks. They bring Joe Cocker’s band back with Cocker Rocks on Saturday at 8 pm. Details at

The Greater Middletown Concert Association presents Puccini’s “Tosca” this Friday at 7:30 at the Middletown High School Performing Arts Auditorium. Details at

Saturday night in Wallingford, Cherry Street station features a night of loud rock and heavy metal with Our Own Destruction, Crypitus, An Auction in Braille and more! Saturday night Green Jelly takes the Cherry Street stage with Gwell-O, Over the Line, and She Walks without Legs.

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 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:
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, please help sustain the service we provide by making a donation in support of our spring pledge drive, happening, now. 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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