Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, June 1st. 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.

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/ in New Haven at Café Nine,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 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.  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 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.

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