Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wednesday Jive 5-31-17

Good evening, it's Wednesday May 31st. 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!

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

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it's the Wednesday night Community Blues Jam hosted by Tim McDonald this week. On Thursday Sally’s house band, The Po Boys, takes the stage. On Friday Sally’s debuts Dylan Doyle. On Saturday, it’s Danny Pease and the Regulators.

Tonight/Wednesday in New Haven at Café Nine, they headline a Benefit for the Connecticut Bail Fund with Ceschi, Patrick Dalton, and Swamp Yankee. On Thursday it’s Maybird, appearing with Mission Zero. Friday’s Happy Hour features Shellye Valauskas & Dean Falcone, followed by the evening show with Phat Astronaut, The Telle, Baka Fana, and Mizeyesis.
Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola and Friends, with Manic Presents! Bringing you the evening show with Bent Knee, Great Caeser, and The Refectory. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Anne Marie Menta & Dick Neal, with the late show headlining Ryxno, Dr. Beardface and the Spacemen, and Zombii.
Tonight/Wednesday at the Russell Library this week the One Book on the Riverbend series continues with Eating Like a Champion: How Elite Athletes Build Their Power, featuring Jeff Hush, founder of Food & Movement Therapy. The Jazz Up Close and Crossing Cultures series presents music with Japanese violinist Meg Okura and her quintet on Thursday at 7. A 2-week exhibit of photographs celebrating the Middletown Summer Hoopfest opens June 1.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, On Friday its Riders on the Storm with multiple performers appearing on two stages. On Saturday it’s an Electronic Pop & Dance Night featuring RAGEPAK and TreFyah. Info at

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, The Story City Troupe takes the stage on Thursday, and on Sunday you can enjoy comedy with Cloud 9 & Friends Improv.

Tonight/Wednesday, Manic Presents brings The Orwells and The Walters to The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Or, enjoy Ruby The RabbitFoot, José Oyola & The Astronauts, and Ashley Hamel at Bar in New Haven. They’re back at The Ballroom on Thursday with Joseph, and Overcoats, and Friday with Barns Courtney and Brian Bonz.
There’s free yoga every Wednesday at 6 p.m. brought to you by Riverfront Recapture and Hartford Sweat. Bring your own mat to Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. On Thursday they offer Thursday Nights on the Plaza, with free music and more, also on the
 Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register
An Opening Reception for Flohana, photographs of the Hawaii Fire Artists, happens Thursday at the MAC 650 Gallery on Main St in Middletown at 5 pm.
The First Thursday Jazz Series in Middletown, hosted by Central City Productions, continues this Thursday at Lan Chi Restaurant on Main St. in Middletown with music by Trevor Davis’ Jazz Affair. Info at
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, enjoy blues and rock with the Eric Johnson Band and special guest Arielle on Thursday. It’s metal and rock on Friday with Ozzmosis. On Saturday it’s vocal tribute galore with Barbra & Céline: Double the Divas. Details at
Cherry St. Station in Wallingford brings you Skinlab with Product of Hate, Ikillya, Soul Conversion and more on Thursday. On Friday it’s the Jeremy Zombii Birthday Show. On Saturday it’s Baconfest 3! with a recipe contest, two stages and ten bands.
In Hartford, there’s free music at noon every Friday in their Pratt Street Music Series, featuring Belle of the Fall this week.
Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford offers a free Tree Walk Saturday morning at 10 to explore their rare and notable
The Middletown Recreation Department sponsors a guided nature walk on Saturday at McCutcheon Park that includes a discussion of Native uses of the area. Call 860-262-2788 for details.
And the Rockfall Foundation hosts a Day Hike at Wadsworth Falls State Park in honor of Connecticut Trails Day led by geologist Christine Witkowski. You can learn more about the geology and ecology of the area.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “Obit,” a film that explores the world of obituary writers. Both run through Thursday. Continuing through Wednesday is “Like Crazy,” an Italian film about friendship and madness in a psychiatric clinic. On Thursday they screen “Disturbing the Peace,” a film about former Israeli and Palestinian enemy combatants who come together to challenge the status quo. There’s a post-screening Q&A with director Stephen Apkon. They explore the ideology of White House strategist Stephen Bannon’s  with Bannon’s documentary “Generation Zero” on Saturday, along with a post-film discussion. They open “The Commune” on Friday, about a post-70’s Copenhagen commune, and “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” about resistance efforts in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Both run through the weekend.   Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues “Panique,” the restoration of a 1947 classic about intrigue in Nazi-occupied France, through Thursday. Their 30th annual Connecticut LGBT Film Festiv al opens Friday with “Center of the World,” followed by an Opening Night Reception. Check the website for times and offerings through the weekend.

Now here's what's on the air tonight, on WESU as we kick off our new Summer program season!
Right after The Jive at Five stay tuned for an hour of Latin music from the 80's, 90's and early 2000's, starring Isabel Calione.
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 4am it's Studio 54, starring Franco, playing all of those disco hits from the 1970's!
The BBC World News comes on board at 4am followed at 5 with 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 service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

Thanx for listening! Now stay tuned for The Latin Music Hour!

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