Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday 5-17-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday May 17th. 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!

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

A reception for the Phoebe Legere exhibit happens this/Wednesday evening at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown. Legere, celebrates her gallery show “Seeing the Unseen: Connecting to Creation,” which runs through the month. Thursday evening, The Buttonwood Tree hosts a Connecticut Songwriter’s Association Workshop. Friday’s headliner at The Buttonwood Tree is Stanley Maxwell, a four-piece group offering jazz, funk, and rock. Saturday morning The Buttonwood tree offers Annaita Ghandi’s Aligned With Source Workshop; they round out the week with a concert by Phoebe Legere in the evening, bringing her Acadian-Cajan renaissance ensemble to the Buttonwood.

Tonight/Wednesday in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch The Murder Junkies, RYXNO, and Intercourse. On Thursday night it’s Joe Jack Talcum, F. Woods, Kyle Trocolla, and more at Café Nine. Friday’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features Calvin Decutlass and the Cut Loose Band. Friday night, Café Nine’s main event is a CD Release Show with Dutty Winehouse and a host of other performers. Saturday’s weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. The Living Deads and So Long Friendly take the Café Nine stage later Saturday night. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Eric Ambel & Joe Flood, followed later by Audy Shaur and S.G. Calson, brought to you by Manic Presents!

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it's the Wednesday Community Blues Jam  hosted by Tommy Whalen this week. On Thursday it’s the CT Blues Society’s Annual Band Challenge, with bands competing for the chance to play In Memphis. On Friday you can enjoy jazz sax and more with the Noah Preminger Quartet. Saturday night, Sally’s features blues with the Chris Bergson Band from NY, celebrating a CD release show for the new album, Bitter Midnight.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, this Friday they celebrate Shakedown’s 30th anniversary with performers on two stages.  The Main Stage features Kazoo Crew Family Band, Klams Kasino, and Bangcreek Puppies. On the Lily Pad stage you can catch, No Mind, The Notch, The Remnants, and Tablature. Saturday’s Bill includes Mandala, Norris Blue, Sammy Maximim, and more.

The Peggy Stern Trio brings you music of the Great American Songbook at The Russell library on Thursday. Saturday, brings a Hip Hop Festival exploring the art forms behind this contemporary American music, including workshops on Tunrtablism, graffiti art, and rhyming. Also n Saturday, there’s a reception to open their photography exhibit celebrating the annual Middletown Summer Hoopfest. The library also offers a passport workshop on Saturday where you can apply for or renew a Passport.

Tonight/Wednesday, Manic Presents brings Wrekmeister Harmonies, Thalia Zedek, and Polluter to Bar in New Haven.  At The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden on Friday Manic Presents: The Obsessed, Karma To Burn, Lo-Pan, and Curse The Son. At the Ballroom on Sunday, Manic presents Com Truise, and Clark. They’ve also got Flogging Molly, The White Buffalo, and Dylan Walshe at The College Street Music Hall in New Haven.

Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at
Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report will be speaking at the University of Hartford as part of the WWUH Progressive Movie/Speaker Night tonight/Wednesday at 7 pm at Auerbach Auditorium in Hillyer Hall.

Also on this evening/Wednesday at 7:30, you’re invited to The Hubbard House in Middletown presenting “the wind blows through,” the Zen poetry of Ryokan, featuring The Flying Particles, as part of their ongoing One Concert-One Child series. Proceeds benefit the Children of Peace Project, and the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. Info, or visit

In Hartford, enjoy free music at noon every Friday in their Pratt Street Music Series, featuring Olive Tiger this week.

The 10th annual Arts and Media Festival happens this Friday at Middlesex Community College in Middletown. Student film, video and new media projects will be showcased.

This Saturday brings Biker’s Against Animal Cruelty’s 7th Annual WoofStock Concert to raise and awareness and funds in the fight to end animal cruelty!  This year’s event happens at The Outer Space in Hamden CT and offers a Bar, Food, two stages and plenty of free parking. FIVE BANDS will hit the stage including: Soldiers of Solace, Murray the Wheel, Savile Row, Social Convention and Hair of the Dog ft members of Naja. They’ll also be collecting donations of Pet Food, Cleaning Products, Blankets, Toys, Beds, Leashes, Collars, Bowls and anything else that will make the life of a shelter pet better!

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “A Quiet Passion,” with Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson, through Thursday.  They also continue “Risk,” Laura Poitras’ documentary of Julian Assange. On Friday they open “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent,” a documentary of the rise and fall of America’s first celebrity chef. Also opening is “Obit,” a film that explores the world of obituary writers.  Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford screens “Frantz,” a film about post-war loss, through tonight/Wednesday. On Thursday Cinestudio opens a run of “Get Out,” Jordan Peele’s film about an interracial relationship.  Their Thursday matinee is National Theatre Live’s production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”  There’s a Sunday screening of “Song to Song,” about aspiring singer/songwriters who fall in love.” Details and screening times at

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  Sense and  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.
And from Midnight-1am, it's Some Typa Way. Join  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 Sense and Sensibility

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