Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday 5-24-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday 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 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! Thanks for joining us.

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Now, here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week.
Tonight/Wednesday the Buttonwood Tree presents an artist’s reception for Maria Louise featuring Lady Liz. 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, the ongoing series, Words & Music continues tonight/Wednesday. Thursday, Café Nine presents 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, it's the Wednesday weekly Community Blues Jam hosted by Gene Donaldson this week. On Thursday, 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/Wednesday you can catch Mantis, Ponicz, Bommer, and more for a night of loud rock. Thursday 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, Cultural Connections happens on today/Wednesday; it’s a meeting place for women of all nationalities. At Thursday morning’s Job Group, WESU’s own Dr. Helen Evrard speaks on Brain Health, Words, and Strengths. 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 Piebald and Simon Doom to The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. They’ve also got Girls Guns and Glory, Palomino Brothers, and Whiskey Priest at Bar in New Haven tomorrow (Weds) 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 “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent,” a documentary of the rise and fall of America’s first celebrity chef. Also showing through Thursday at RAW is “Obit,” a film that explores the world of obituary writers. On Friday Real Art Ways opens a run of the Italian film “Like Crazy,” about friendship and madness in a psychiatric clinic.  Details & screening times at

Tonight/Wednesday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing “Song to Song,” about aspiring singer/songwriters who fall in love, through Wednesday. On Thursday Ciestudio opens “Glory,” a Bulgarian comedy about national discord. It runs through Saturday. They screen National Theatre Live’s production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” for a Sunday matinee, and open “Panique,” the restoration of a 1947 classic about intrigue in Nazi-occupied France.  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, playing 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 at 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  Crystal Beth and  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  Finger Paintin Tuesday Afternoon
It's like hanging out, only on the radio.
2-3am Rap by Region with  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  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
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