Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Weds 05-03-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, May 3rd. 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 tuning in!
Here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week.

At the Russell Library at 1 p.m.  on Saturday, in the Hubbard Room, Ava DuVernay's film '13th', which links the 13th amendment to mass incarceration will be shown. Details at

Tonight/Wednesday, The South Indian Music Student Recital happens in the World Music Hall. Also in the World Music Hall, The Beginner Javanese Gamelan ensemble will perform Thursday with a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble. Heinrich Isaac performs “Hofkomponist to Emperor Maximilian I” on Friday, May 5, followed by Wesleyan Korean Drumming and Taiko Ensembles in the Crowell Concert Hall. The Spring Faculty Dance Concert: Shake takes the stage Friday, May 5, and Saturday in the CFA Theater. You can see the Wesleyan University Orchestra Concert on Saturday, May 6, in the Crowell Concert Hall. Full details at

Tonight /Wednesday at Cafe Nine, Fernando Pinto Presents LOCUST HONEY, playing with The Bandolins serving up a rotating instrumentation of fiddles, open-back and resonator banjos, acoustic and resonator guitars. Thursday MARBIN and Strawberry Cheesesteak, make for a night for a night of genre bending progressive jazz-rock. Friday's Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour hosts LYNN MALAVOLTE and SOLIN, and later Friday Café Nine presents a CD release party for KINDRED QUEER, DR. CATERWAUL'S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS shares that bill. Saturday's weekly JAZZ JAM is WITH MIKE COPPOLA AND FRIENDS this week. Saturday night JACQUES LE COQUE, DUST HAT and THE RIGHT OFFS, offer a night of rough, raw, fuzzy rock n' roll. "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee at Café Nine from Cygnus Radio features MARCH & BEAUTY and JELLYSHIRTS, and THE STRAY BIRDS and Five in the Chamber play later on.   
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it's the Wednesday COMMUNITY BLUES JAM hosted by Mark Nomad this week.  Thursday night, catch the premiere of the CT Blues Society’s ANNUAL BAND CHALLENGE where bands compete to win a chance to represent CT in Memphis in the national finals!  Friday brings MIXED SIGNALS- CINCO DE MAYO PARTY. On Saturday, SHAKA & THE SOUL SHAKERS play WITH THE SCISSORMEN for some rockin' slide guitar. 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven  Thursday, you can catch PNB ROCK with Daveon and DJ Meechie & Hosted by G.Money da Prince**. Friday the 5th, brings the SPRING HEELED JACK USA RECORD RELEASE PARTY to Toad’s featuring The Doped Up Dollies and The Snails. Sunday night, AB-SOUL’s YMF TOUR stops at Toads.

Manic's Wednesday night show at Bar in New Haven features Hollis Brown this week, with accompanying acts, The National Reserve and Frank Viele. Twiddle and Sinkane play Fri, May 5 at the College Street Music Hall. On Saturday, Manic Presents Mayday Parade: A Lesson In Romantics 10th Anniversary Tour with musical guests Knuckle Puck, and Milestones, at the College Street Music Hall. Preoccupations and Furnsss play that night at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. Sunday, The Cult and VOWWS go on stage at the College Street Music Hall.   for details.

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

This evening/WEDNESDAY and the First Wednesday of Every Month, at Mezzo Grille in Middletown, starting ‘round 7:30 p.m.-ish. Local Crooner, Old lonesome Dave Downs, invites singers, songwriters, musicians, poets, prognosticators, comics, dancers, thespians, watchers, listeners, drinkers, eaters, supporters, to present an original song at the Jack n' Jill Open Mic Nights/ Songwriting Contest to which culminates with the The Jack n' Jill Music Festival, which benefits New Horizons Domestic Violence Services  for info.

THE BUS will perform at NINO'S (formerly Tommy’s Pizza) in Middletown, hosting this week’s  open Mic (and the first Weds monthly). Music gets underway around 8 PM. Nino's is at 825 Saybrook Rd. Middletown, and at 860 346 8686

The Middletown ART WALK is on May 4th from 5-8pm and tours local galleries featuring work by local artists and crafts for kids and grownups.

Thursday, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown opens a new Galley show, "Seeing the Unseen: Connecting to Creation" by Phoebe Legere.  Later, Thursday evening it’s Bob Gotta’s monthly Acoustic Open Mic at The Buttonwood.  Friday, Story City Troupe brings you a night of storytelling. Saturday, morning brings the weekly Aligned with the Source workshop.  Saturday evening, DenMar Jamz! with Carol Hahn. Sunday the theater troupe, Concrete Tomato, with History of the Future and Cloud 9.   

This Saturday, Cross Street AME Zion Church, Middlesex Chapter of NAACP, and  Wesleyan University presents a  COLLEGE FAIR AND ADMISSIONS WORKSHOP from 11 am – 3 pm. At Cross Street AME Zion Church on West Street in Middletown  more info at  860-344-9527 or

This Sunday, brings The CROMWELL RECORD RIOT! To The Radisson Hotel from 9:30 AM until 3:30  PM. The event features over 45 dealer tables selling LP's. 45's, CD's, DVD's, Collectibles, much more.

Now, here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways is showing A QUIET PASSION, starring Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson in this biopic. Friday, Real Art Ways opens a run of: opens CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY, about the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Sunday RAW is also showing Buster Keaton’s silent classic THE GENERAL - WITH LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT. Details & screening times at

Through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing the French film, Personal Shopper, the tale of a young American working as the personal shopper to an obnoxiously wealthy socialite in Paris, whilst trying to connect with her dead twin at the same time. Friday and Saturday, Cinestudio presents The Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films 2017:  Saturday evening, Trinity Film Festival returns to Cinestudio for the 6th year. On Sunday, you can see Land of Mine, a story exploring the moment when war ends and the road to rediscovering one’s humanity begins.

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 DJ Sense and DJ 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.
Some Typa Way comes along at Midnight. Join DJ’s 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 DJ Sense and DJ Sensibility.

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