Tuesday’s Jive!

 Good afternoon, it’s Tuesday, Nov.6, and this is the Jive at Five – WESU’s Daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends. I’m Isabelle Gauthier, host of the Fuss an interview show with people from the Middletown area and Wesleyan, airing every first third and fifth Friday of the month from 1:00-1:30.
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Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week:
On Wednesday at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletownat 7 p.m., the documentary film “Genetic Roulette,” about the dangers of genetically modified food, will be shown .
Thursday at 7 p.m., Writers Out Loud, a networking opportunity for prose writers, meets at the Buttonwood; signups start at 6:45.
Friday at 8 p.m., the band The Violet Lights performs at the Buttonwood, playing a combination of indie and garage rock, with Britpop elements.
Saturday at 8 p.m., Turkish jazz guitarist and composer Sinan Bakir brings “Tales and Stories,” a CD-release concert, to the Buttonwood.
Every Sunday around 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood, Food Not Bombs shares vegetarian food. All are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.
 Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on their website at www.buttonwood.org.
Tomorrow at 8 p.m., over at Wesleyan University’s Russell House, 350 High Street, award-winning writer Bernard Cooper reads from his work. He has been described as “a master of the language of memory and truth,” and “one of the most compelling, ambitious writers at work today.” A reception and book signing will follow. For more information,  call 860.685.3448 or visit www.Wesleyan.edu/writing
On Thursday at 8 p.m., your favorite radio station, WESU, brings Lynn Levy, producer of RadioLab and a class of ’05 Wesleyan alum, to CFA Hall for a conversation with her thesis advisor Prof. Bricca as part of the WESU lecture series.

Also, on Thursday at 7 p.m., Wesleyan’s Music & Public Life series continues with a presentation by ethnomusicologist Anthony Seeger and performances by the string band Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem; and the Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church Choir. The event, at the Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave., is free.
On Friday, Merita Halilli & Raif Hyseni Orchestra/Cumbiamba Eneye will be playing in Fayerweather 202 from 8:30-10:00pm, and is free. More information can be found at www.wesleyan.edu/mpl
Here’s still another event on Thursday evening at 7. At Wesleyan’s Center for Film Studies, the film and discussion series
“Common Ground: 4th Annual Middletown International Film Festival” continues with a screening of  “Dancing Dreams,” directed by Rainer Hoffmann & Anne Linsel. The free series is the result of a collaboration among the Russell Library, Middlesex Community College and Wesleyan.
Here’s another Thursday event at 7 (good luck choosing!): the program “Harnessing the waterways: the history of dams in Middletown,” is being presented by the Middletown Historical Society and the Jonah Center for Earth and Art.
Wesleyan philosophy Prof. Elise Springer will recount the findings of a group of researchers who spent the last year wading in hip boots upstream from the Connecticut River along its many tributaries through Middletown to learn the significance of those streams and the industries that relied upon them. The talk will be given at the First Church of Christ Congregational, 190 Court Street. For more information, contact John Hall at 860-398-3771 or visit www.thejonahcenter.org .

On Saturday, the Branford Folk Music Society presents fiddle and banjo workshops, followed by a Red Hen Stringband concert, all at the Branford Folk Coffeehouse, at the First Congregational Church of Branford, 1009 Main Street, Branford. The workshops will be led by two band members, one teaching the clawhammer banjo and the other, techniques for adding musicality to traditional tunes. Each workshop costs$25 and you must register by 5 p.m. Thursday. For more information, go to folknotes.org/branfordfolk.
 Now here’s a look at what’s going on in downtown New Haven.
At Toad’s Place on Wednesday is the weekly EDM night.
Thursday brings Yelawolf , the Slumerican tour, to the Toad’s stage, as well as Rittz, Show You Suck, and DJ Vajra.
There have been some show cancellations, by the way, and ticket refunds are being offered. Go to toadsplace.com.
Over at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight it’s the Andy Gray Birthday Tribute featuring Gary Heriot; Leila Crockett; Donna Santala/Kriss Santala; Lonesome Billy; and Travis Moody And Friends, an acoustic and electric tribute to the late songwriter and rocker, Andy Gray. 
Wednesday brings Low Cut Connie to the Café Nine stage; w/ Rusty Things.
Thursday, Manic Productions presents Adam Arcuragi & the Lupine Chorale Society, with Spirit Family Reunion; and The Proud Flesh .
Then Friday, it’s Rockabilly Riot, featuring Rosie Flores; w/ Marti Brom.
Saturday, it’s the  Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ hosts Gary Grippo and friends , followed at 9 by the Manic Productions presentation of Dignan Porch; w/ Eraas; and Space Orphans .
Sunday at 4 p.m. brings Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, with a “A Very Viking Thanksgiving”: What do you get when you combine art school and alcohol? A great time and some creative drawings. Gorge on the glory of our featured model, Lipgloss Crisis!
Then at 8, it’s the Sunday After Supper Jam with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars.
More at cafenine.com.
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, has its weekly free jam session, as it works out new material.
Wednesday, it’s the weekly Blues Jam, one of the longest running in New England, this week with Brandt Taylor. 
Then Thursday at 8, it’s horn-fueled blues rock with Tommy Castro and his band.
Friday brings to Sally’s the Michael Cleary Band, a Hartford institution celebrating its 21st year of making original groove/funk/rock music.
Then Saturday, it’s Biscuit Miller & the Mix.
More  at blackeyedsallys.com.
Now let’s think about cinema outside the Cineplex box.
Real Art Ways in Hartford will cover the Election tonight, beginning at 6 p.m. WNPR’s Colin McEnroe and John Dankosky  will broadcast the results live. There will be Real Board (Games), also at 6.
Wednesday and Thursday, “Bill W” and “Stars in Shorts” continue.
Friday and Saturday, it’s “Compliance,” a film inspired by true events, telling the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority.  Also beginning on Friday and running for six days: “Holy Motors,” a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. The late show on Saturday is “The Room.”
Then Sunday, The Story of Film: An Odyssey, continues with Part 5: “American Cinema of the ‘70s”; and “Movies to Change the World” (1970s).
Details at realartways.org.
Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s movie theater, “Sleepwalk with Me” plays tonight and tomorrow night.
Then it’s the 14th Eros Film Festival with “Facing Mirrors” on Wedneday; “Gay by Friday” on Thursday; and “My Best Day” and “Loose Cannons” on Friday. Saturday’s festival offerings are “Cal me Kuchu,” “Four,” and “Strange Frame.” The festival wraps up on Sunday with “The Laramie Project.”
Also on Sunday, the film “Max et Les Ferailleurs.”
Learn more at cinestudio.org
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And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.
Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s Finding Bliss:
words and music with DJ Lauren “Bliss” Agnelli, an interview, free-form talk show about people who are collowing their hearts and living authentically.
From 6-6:30 is Free Speech Radio news from the Pacifica Network, your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting.
From 6:30-8:00 is Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill, an eclectic selection of Americana, country with root influence.
From 8-9pm is The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry, your source for live and local Connecticut arts and music at its best.
From 9-10:30 is Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat, he writes in, Ive got a song in my heart, a chemical imbalance in my head, and a musical library at my fingers. From krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, Wonderland has a place for it.
From 10:30-11:30 is this Southbound Train with Mary Barrett, featuring bluegrass, newgrass, and other acoustic sounds.
From 11:30pm-12:30 am is Hardly Strictly Bluegrass with DJ Sleepy Girl, the dulcet tones of bluegrass and folk–just not entirely.
Wednesday, 12:30-1:30am is Radical Roots with Junkyard Augustine and KC-Gull, presenting a mix of handed-down traditional favorites adn brand new world-folk numbers.
Wednesday, 1:30-2:30am is Wayfaring Stranger with Lily Myers. 

And that’s all for today’s Jive At Five. Tune in each weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.
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WESU Lecture Series: Doug Berman ’84 and Ilya Marritz ’99

If you missed the first two events of the WESU Lecture Series, fear not! Video of Ilya Marritz’s October 11th lecture and Doug Berman’s November 1st lecture are now online. Berman is the creator of beloved NPR shows Car Talk and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, and Marritz is a business reporter for WNYC. Both are WESU alums. Watch the lectures below, and subscribe to WESU’s YouTube channel for more lectures and other videos!

WESU Lecture Series: Doug Berman ’84 and Ilya Marritz ’99

If you missed the first two events of the WESU Lecture Series, fear not! Video of Ilya Marritz’s October 11th lecture and Doug Berman’s November 1st lecture are now online. Berman is the creator of beloved NPR shows Car Talk and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, and Marritz is a business reporter for WNYC. Both are WESU alums. Watch the lectures below, and subscribe to WESU’s YouTube channel for more lectures and other videos!

MD Picks #4: CMJ Follow-Up, Burger Records, Garage-Pop!

Sidewalk Dave- Hard On Romance
Sidewalk Dave is a good guy. I’ve known him for a while through a mutual friend who works with Dave at Miya’s Sushi, a sushi restaurant so good I will not try to do it justice in such a small amount of space. I have seen Dave perform a few times now, and, as I documented in my first CMJ post, he’s switched his style up from folk to rock & roll in the time I’ve known him, which I consider to be quite a good move. According to his website’s bio, Dave was kicked out of his 7th-grade band for improvising during shows for their parents, and broke up his college “pretentious prog-rock band” after he was arrested for possession of LSD. Now he’s doing what he wants, making music that expresses who he is, rather than trying to please anyone. From talking to Dave, I’ve gotten a sense that he’s in this for the love of the music. And he’s making some excellent music here.
Try #s 2 + 8 (“Something About Me”, “Soft Portal”)

Sky Ferreira- Ghost
We also got to see Sky Ferreira at CMJ, though in her case, I just barely got to catch a glimmer of her piercing blonde hair, as her set at Piano’s was packed to capacity. Soon after CMJ, Pitchfork said of Ferreira: It’s official: she’s the year’s next big latent potential. ” Also in that Pitchfork article: mention of her childhood friendship with Michael Jackson and of a tweet by Katy Perry of the then-17 Ferreira holding a bottle of vodka, along with the quote:”I like em right before they’re famous… Fresh meeeat.” For a girl with that kind of backstory, Ferreira, now 20, seems surprisingly grounded and poised to blow up on her own terms, not as some pre-fabricated pop star. Her outstanding single off this EP, “Everything Is Embarrassing” sounds like the assured work of a veteran singer/songwriter who knows how to make a great pop song. In fact, if I were to compare her to anyone, it would be veteran Swedish pop goddess, Robyn, or my new favorite Swedish pop combo Niki and the Dove. This is catchy pop with soul, far from the corporate garbage you might hear on the right side of your dial.
Try #s 1 + 5 (“Sad Dream” + “Everything Is Embarrassing”)

Check out Fletcher C. Johnson, Natural Child, King Tuff, and The Barbaras after the jump…


Fletcher C. Johnson- Salutations
This is one of 25 cassettes that Burger Records sent to our station. Burger is a very cool record label that releases garage, psych, punk, and generally weird albums, many of which are cassette-only. I have yet to be disappointed by anything I’ve heard from the label, and Salutations is no exception. Johnson is a member of King Tuff‘s group, and, as much as I like this year’s King Tuff,  this one might actually be better. Like Tuff, Johnson has a great ear for catchy pop melodies, but will also speed things up on garage-y tunes like “Wasted Boys.”
Try #s 2,3,8,10 (“Wasted Boys”, “Send Me Your Love”, “Happy Birthday”, “Radio High”)

Natural Child- For the Love of the Game
Natural Child is my favorite of the Burger bands. Burger provides some often-hilarious genre descriptions on their cassettes. The best is For the Love of the Game‘s: “Whiskey-soaked Doobie-smoked Boogie rock.” That’s right on the money. Natural Child are a band from Nashville who play the hell out of 70s-style rock & roll and don’t give a damn about doing nothing else. This is the sound of a great band having a great time.
Try #s 2 + 3 (“She Got a Mind” + “Baby”)

King Tuff- “Screaming Skull” b/w “Love Potion”
As mentioned above, King Tuff knows how to make some catchy, catchy garage-pop. He sent this one in on vinyl, along with a note that says “WESU Rocks!” Well, just check out the album art for  visual proof that King Tuff, too, rocks. “Screaming Skull” is also a very fun song.
Try #1 (“Screaming Skull”)

The Barbaras- 2006-2008
If you, like me, are a sucker for exuberant, fun, catchy garage-pop, then this has been a good couple of weeks. Here’s a series of long-rumored-to-be-lost recordings by members of Jay Reatard‘s old backing band. If you’ve listened to that man’s (RIP) oeuvre, you know that his band made some astoundingly awesome, undeniably foot-stomping rock & roll. This compilation matches that quality. Reatard produced these songs, but after two of the band members quit his band, he claimed to have destroyed their songs in retaliation. Thankfully for us, he was bluffing.
Try #s 1 + 5 (“Day At The Shrine” + “Superball”)

MD Picks #4: CMJ Follow-Up, Burger Records, Garage-Pop!

Sidewalk Dave- Hard On Romance
Sidewalk Dave is a good guy. I’ve known him for a while through a mutual friend who works with Dave at Miya’s Sushi, a sushi restaurant so good I will not try to do it justice in such a small amount of space. I have seen Dave perform a few times now, and, as I documented in my first CMJ post, he’s switched his style up from folk to rock & roll in the time I’ve known him, which I consider to be quite a good move. According to his website’s bio, Dave was kicked out of his 7th-grade band for improvising during shows for their parents, and broke up his college “pretentious prog-rock band” after he was arrested for possession of LSD. Now he’s doing what he wants, making music that expresses who he is, rather than trying to please anyone. From talking to Dave, I’ve gotten a sense that he’s in this for the love of the music. And he’s making some excellent music here.
Try #s 2 + 8 (“Something About Me”, “Soft Portal”)

Sky Ferreira- Ghost
We also got to see Sky Ferreira at CMJ, though in her case, I just barely got to catch a glimmer of her piercing blonde hair, as her set at Piano’s was packed to capacity. Soon after CMJ, Pitchfork said of Ferreira: It’s official: she’s the year’s next big latent potential. ” Also in that Pitchfork article: mention of her childhood friendship with Michael Jackson and of a tweet by Katy Perry of the then-17 Ferreira holding a bottle of vodka, along with the quote:”I like em right before they’re famous… Fresh meeeat.” For a girl with that kind of backstory, Ferreira, now 20, seems surprisingly grounded and poised to blow up on her own terms, not as some pre-fabricated pop star. Her outstanding single off this EP, “Everything Is Embarrassing” sounds like the assured work of a veteran singer/songwriter who knows how to make a great pop song. In fact, if I were to compare her to anyone, it would be veteran Swedish pop goddess, Robyn, or my new favorite Swedish pop combo Niki and the Dove. This is catchy pop with soul, far from the corporate garbage you might hear on the right side of your dial.
Try #s 1 + 5 (“Sad Dream” + “Everything Is Embarrassing”)

Check out Fletcher C. Johnson, Natural Child, King Tuff, and The Barbaras after the jump…


Fletcher C. Johnson- Salutations
This is one of 25 cassettes that Burger Records sent to our station. Burger is a very cool record label that releases garage, psych, punk, and generally weird albums, many of which are cassette-only. I have yet to be disappointed by anything I’ve heard from the label, and Salutations is no exception. Johnson is a member of King Tuff‘s group, and, as much as I like this year’s King Tuff,  this one might actually be better. Like Tuff, Johnson has a great ear for catchy pop melodies, but will also speed things up on garage-y tunes like “Wasted Boys.”
Try #s 2,3,8,10 (“Wasted Boys”, “Send Me Your Love”, “Happy Birthday”, “Radio High”)

Natural Child- For the Love of the Game
Natural Child is my favorite of the Burger bands. Burger provides some often-hilarious genre descriptions on their cassettes. The best is For the Love of the Game‘s: “Whiskey-soaked Doobie-smoked Boogie rock.” That’s right on the money. Natural Child are a band from Nashville who play the hell out of 70s-style rock & roll and don’t give a damn about doing nothing else. This is the sound of a great band having a great time.
Try #s 2 + 3 (“She Got a Mind” + “Baby”)

King Tuff- “Screaming Skull” b/w “Love Potion”
As mentioned above, King Tuff knows how to make some catchy, catchy garage-pop. He sent this one in on vinyl, along with a note that says “WESU Rocks!” Well, just check out the album art for  visual proof that King Tuff, too, rocks. “Screaming Skull” is also a very fun song.
Try #1 (“Screaming Skull”)

The Barbaras- 2006-2008
If you, like me, are a sucker for exuberant, fun, catchy garage-pop, then this has been a good couple of weeks. Here’s a series of long-rumored-to-be-lost recordings by members of Jay Reatard‘s old backing band. If you’ve listened to that man’s (RIP) oeuvre, you know that his band made some astoundingly awesome, undeniably foot-stomping rock & roll. This compilation matches that quality. Reatard produced these songs, but after two of the band members quit his band, he claimed to have destroyed their songs in retaliation. Thankfully for us, he was bluffing.
Try #s 1 + 5 (“Day At The Shrine” + “Superball”)

11-04-12 Staff Meeting Notes

11/04/12 Staff Meeting Notes

-Quick meeting! Yay!

-Congrats! Record Fair went pretty well, especially considering the Sandy storm warnings.

-Congrats on WESU lecture series! Doug B interview was filmed.

-hang up posters for Lynn Levy (this Thursday at 8pm); feel free to think of questions related to RadioLab

-PSA and Promo folder-click promo-then priority and play the Lynn Levy promotion!

-Concert series in the spring:

-CMJ: J and A talked to some acts about coming here in the spring. Talking with concert committee to get money.

-Keep checking out middletownremix.org

-Play promos for Music in Public Life

-Thanks to everyone who participated in the homelessness marathon

-MTVU video-delayed because director is working on a senior film thesis (talking with MTV tomorrow to see if we can extend the deadline)

-Training: email Adam if you have a service hour idea (have a trainee help you with spinitron); look out for interns soon.

-Spinitron! We are required to report the music we are playing. Please keep your playlists updated.

-required to update your playlist within an hour after the show (unless computer is down at the station, you then have 24 hrs)

-TuneIn: new streaming service. Mobile app. Search any song and find a college radio station that has played it. We potentially have thousands of listeners in Japan every 90 days.

-spinitron only updates if you’re recording the spinitron info while live on air. Work with spinitron to adjust this, fine tune our settings to make sure everything (i.e. playlists made before show, streaming talks, etc.) entered in spinitron is displayed (in general and in terms of TuneIn)

-Audio archiving system should be delivered this week. Up and running soon!

-Mary is leaving to go abroad so need a new VP (email mtbarrett@wesleyan.edu with questions. board@wesufm.org is interested) VP works with budget and takes notes. Must be a student.
-Updating the Code of Conduct-email atrufelman@wesleyan.edu or president@wesufm.org if interested in contributing to this process.

-White board where people schedule studio time: marker color change system established (use the appropriate color for the appropriate week as labeled by Virgil on the white board).

-Let us know if you feel the new system doesn’t work.

-Pledge drive: December 3rd-December 10th  (good service hour opportunity-answering phones)

-Next meeting (December 2nd)

Mon., Nov. 5 Jive

Good afternoon, it’s Monday, Nov. 5, and this is the Jive at Five – WESU’s Daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends. I’m Maria Johnson, host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs every first, third and, when there is one, fifth Tuesday, from 4 p.m. to just before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow’s Election Day episode will explore views you otherwise wouldn’t hear about the Catholic bishops’ objections to the contraception mandate in the Affordable Health Care act.  Thanks for tuning in.

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Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area:

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s the weekly “Anything Goes” open mic night.

On Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Buttonwood, the documentary film “Genetic Roulette,” about the dangers of genetically modified food, will be shown .

Thursday at 7 p.m., Writers Out Loud, a networking opportunity for prose writers, meets at the Buttonwood; signups start at 6:45.

Friday at 8 p.m., the band The Violet Lights performs at the Buttonwood, playing a combination of indie and garage rock, with Britpop elements.

Saturday at 8 p.m., Turkish jazz guitarist and composer Sinan Bakir brings “Tales and Stories,” a CD-release concert, to the Buttonwood.

Every Sunday around 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood, Food Not Bombs shares vegetarian food. All are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.

 Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on their website at www.buttonwood.org.

Over at the Russell Library tonight at 7, rescheduled from last Monday, Reader’s Theater, a group of local actors under the direction of Myron Gubitz, performs a reading of “Dinner with Friends,” an exploration of marriage and friendship in the lives of two couples.

Tomorrow at noon at the Russell Library, Patti Phillippon from the Mark Twain House and Museum will talk about “The Clemens Women”:  Mark Twain’s witty, powerful, and sometimes disapproving wife, Livy; his daughters: the amazingly creative Susy;, Clara, who kept an iron grip on his legacy for decades; and Jean, the sheltered one, who came into her own in her last years. Everyone is invited to bring lunch and the library will provide dessert and beverages.

On Wednesday at 8 p.m., over at Wesleyan University’s Russell House, 350 High Street, award-winning writer Bernard Cooper reads from his work. He has been described as “a master of the language of memory and truth,” and “one of the most compelling, ambitious writers at work today.” A reception and book signing will follow. For more information,  call 860.685.3448 or visit www.Wesleyan.edu/writing
On Thursday at 8 p.m., your favorite radio station, WESU, brings Lynn Levy, producer of RadioLab and a class of ’05 Wesleyan alum, to CFA Hall for a conversation with her thesis advisor Prof. Bricca as part of the WESU lecture series.
 
Also, on Thursday at 7 p.m., Wesleyan’s Music & Public Life series continues with a presentation by ethnomusicologist Anthony Seeger and performances by the string band Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem; and the Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church Choir. The event, at the Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave., is free.

Here’s still another event on Thursday evening at 7. At Wesleyan’s Center for Film Studies, the film and discussion series
“Common Ground: 4th Annual Middletown International Film Festival” continues with a screening of  “Dancing Dreams,” directed by Rainer Hoffmann & Anne Linsel. The free series is the result of a collaboration among the Russell Library, Middlesex Community College and Wesleyan.

Here’s another Thursday event at 7 (good luck choosing!): the program “Harnessing the waterways: the history of dams in Middletown,” is being presented by the Middletown Historical Society and the Jonah Center for Earth and Art.

Wesleyan philosophy Prof. Elise Springer will recount the findings of a group of researchers who spent the last year wading in hip boots upstream from the Connecticut River along its many tributaries through Middletown to learn the significance of those streams and the industries that relied upon them. The talk will be given at the First Church of Christ Congregational, 190 Court Street. For more information, contact John Hall at 860-398-3771 or visit www.thejonahcenter.org . 
 

On Saturday, the Branford Folk Music Society presents fiddle and banjo workshops, followed by a Red Hen Stringband concert, all at the Branford Folk Coffeehouse, at the First Congregational Church of Branford, 1009 Main Street, Branford. The workshops will be led by two band members, one teaching the clawhammer banjo and the other, techniques for adding musicality to traditional tunes. Each workshop costs$25 and you must register by 5 p.m. Thursday. For more information, go to folknotes.org/branfordfolk.

 Now here’s a look at what’s going on in downtown New Haven.

At Toad’s Place tonight,  it’s A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends.

Wednesday is the weekly EDM night.

Thursday brings Yelawolf , the Slumerican tour, to the Toad’s stage, as well as Rittz, Show You Suck, and DJ Vajra.

There have been some show cancellations, by the way, and ticket refunds are being offered. Go to toadsplace.com.

Over at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight Manic Productions presents Eyes Lips Eyes; w/ Pools Are Nice;and Kindred Queer.

Tomorrow, it’s the Andy Gray Birthday Tribute featuring Gary Heriot; Leila Crockett; Donna Santala/Kriss Santala; Lonesome Billy; and Travis Moody And Friends, an acoustic and electric tribute to the late songwriter and rocker, Andy Gray.  

Wednesday brings Low Cut Connie to the Café Nine stage; w/ Rusty Things.

Thursday, Manic Productions presents Adam Arcuragi & the Lupine Chorale Society, with Spirit Family Reunion; and The Proud Flesh .

Then Friday, it’s Rockabilly Riot, featuring Rosie Flores; w/ Marti Brom.

Saturday, it’s the  Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ hosts Gary Grippo and friends , followed at 9 by the Manic Productions presentation of Dignan Porch; w/ Eraas; and Space Orphans .

Sunday at 4 p.m. brings Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, with a “A Very Viking Thanksgiving”: What do you get when you combine art school and alcohol? A great time and some creative drawings. Gorge on the glory of our featured model, Lipgloss Crisis!

Then at 8, it’s the Sunday After Supper Jam with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars.

More at cafenine.com.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is Jazz Monday, with featured performer Ed Fast & Conga Bop.

Tomorrow, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, has its weekly free jam session, as it works out new material.

Wednesday, it’s the weekly Blues Jam, one of the longest running in New England, this week with Brandt Taylor.  

Then Thursday at 8, it’s horn-fueled blues rock with Tommy Castro and his band.

Friday brings to Sally’s the Michael Cleary Band, a Hartford institution celebrating its 21st year of making original groove/funk/rock music.

Then Saturday, it’s Biscuit Miller & the Mix.

More  at blackeyedsallys.com.

Now let’s think about cinema outside the Cineplex box.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford at 7:15 this evening, it’s “Stars in Shorts,” an assemblage of short films featuring some of the world’s biggest actors, including Dame Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Lily Tomlin, Jason Alexander, and Kenneth Branagh.

Tomorrow, Election Night, beginning at 6 p.m., WNPR’s Colin McEnroe and John Dankosky  will broadcast the results live. For those of you who can’t bear to watch, there will be Real Board (Games), also at 6.

Wednesday and Thursday, “Bill W” and “Stars in Shorts” continue.

Friday and Saturday, it’s “Compliance,” a film inspired by true events, telling the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority.  Also beginning on Friday and running for six days: “Holy Motors,” a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. The late show on Saturday is “The Room.”

Then Sunday, The Story of Film: An Odyssey, continues with Part 5: “American Cinema of the ‘70s”; and “Movies to Change the World” (1970s).

Details at realartways.org.

Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s movie theater, “Sleepwalk with Me” plays tonight through Wednesday.

Then it’s the 14th Eros Film Festival with “Facing Mirrors” on Wedneday; “Gay by Friday” on Thursday; and “My Best Day” and “Loose Cannons” on Friday. Saturday’s festival offerings are “Cal me Kuchu,” “Four,” and “Strange Frame.” The festival wraps up on Sunday with “The Laramie Project.”

Also on Sunday, the film “Max et Les Ferailleurs.”

Learn more at cinestudio.org

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And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, a  well-rounded jazz show for true jazz heads.

That’s followed by Free Speech Radio News, your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

Then, from 6:30 to 8, it’s Life is a Killer with Johnny Analog, followed at 8 by Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis.

From 9:30-11:30pm, it’s The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee, followed by A Hate Supreem with DJ AWOL, till 12:30, when we get swept up in the Maelstrom of the Weird with Phil Void.

That’s followed at 1:30 by Live From The Paris Hotel with The Sparrow, and then, at 2:30 Maximum Rock and Roll Radio.

From 3:30 to 4, DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections: You’ve lost someone. Let’s find them.

The BBC World News kicks on at 4 a.m., followed at 5 by Morning Edition from National Public Radio.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

The written form for what you’ve heard on today’s jive is online at wesufm.org/jive .

If you’d like an event included in the Jive, send it to jive@wesufm.org.

And if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can make that donation online at wesufm.org anytime. Thanks for listening!

Now stay tuned for Charles Henry.

Friday’s Jive 11-2-12

Good afternoon, it’s Friday, November 2nd, and this is the Jive at Five – WESU’s Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends. I’m Stephan Allison, host of River Valley Rhythms heard Thursdays at 4 pm here at WESU. Thanks for tuning in.

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For the latest in local arts and entertainment anytime you’re not hearing it on our Jive, go to arts2GO.org – the City’s website for what’s going on and what’s to do with a highlight on the arts in Middletown. That’s arts2GO.org

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area:

There’s a co-bill tonight at The Buttonwood Tree, with Kyle Carey & Sean Earnest and Liz Simmons & Flynn Cohen, an evening of roots-steeped Celtic Americana. Experience the camaraderie of traditional folk music– and inspired new compositions. Saturday, it’s an evening with IYQ: The Isaac Young Quartet Jazz Band. Every Sunday around 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood, Food Not Bombs shares vegetarian food. All are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on their website at www.buttonwood.org.

Friday at Green St. Arts Center in Middletown, the series Music & Public Life presents Noah Baerman. While Wesleyan University Jazz Ensemble Coach Noah Baerman is a pianist and composer whose primary medium is instrumental jazz, he has increasingly gravitated towards “message music” in the spirit of artists such as Nina Simone, Charles Mingus and John Coltrane. He will be joined by his longtime trio partners bassist Henry Lugo and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza. With the Music & Public Life series, Wesleyan University is celebrating and studying the sounds, words, and spirit of music in public at the local, national, and transnational levels through concerts, workshops, gatherings, and courses, all designed to cross disciplines and engage the campus and Greater Middletown communities. Phone: 860-685-3355


Also tonight, at 8 p.m., the University’s Navaratri Festival continues with vocal music of south India with vocalist and artist in residence B. Balasubrahmaniyan in concert at the Crowell Concert Hall. The concert will open with a performance by Wesleyan students and there will be a pre-concert talk at 7:15pm by Wesleyan Ph.D. Candidate Joseph Getter.

Continuing Friday’s abundance of riches, over at the First Church of Christ Parish Hall, 190 Court Street, the Diversion will present a comedy night at 7:30 p.m., featuring these four acts: Tick Tick… BOOM!; The Sticks Improv;  Wesleyan University’s own Gag Reflex; and Desperate Measures. Reservations are recommended. Call 860-325-2386 or visit thediversion.com for more info.

Brenda Bufalino, master tap performer and teacher from New York City, will perform on Saturday at 2pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. “All That’s Jazz” will include tap dancing and singing from swing to bop with live music of Ellington, Coltrane, Mingus and others. She will be accompanied by internationally acclaimed bassist/composer Joe Fonda and Italian pianist/composer Carlo Morena.

Sunday at 3pm at Wesleyan University’s Russell House you can hear the music of Dead Cat Bounce with selections from their 2011 album Chance Episodes. The band invokes Charles Mingus and the World Saxophone Quartet, featuring four saxophonists–Mr. Steckler, Jared Sims, Charlie Kohlhase, and Terry Goss–plus bassist Dave Ambrosio and drummer Bill Carbone. For more information, call 860.685.3448.


Now here’s a look at what’s going on in downtown New Haven.
At Toad’s Place tonight,  it’s Max Creek and the McLovins. Sunday, it’s Matisyahu and The Constellations. More can be found at toadsplace.com.

And at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight it’s The Manchurians; w/ Anne Castellano & the Smoke; and Forgotten By Friday. Saturday, it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host The Mike Coppola Trio, followed The Heritage Blues Quartet; w/ The George Baker Trio. Then  Sunday at 8, it’s the Sunday After Supper Jam with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More can be found at cafenine.com.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight from 5 to 8 p.m., it’s the 5h annual Feed the People fundraiser, with music by Kumar Ramanan. Donations of non-perishable foods, cash and checks made payable to Feed the People are welcome. The fundraiser is followed at 9 by Forward Motion. Saturday brings Joe Louis Walker to Sally’s for a 9 o’clock performance of electric blues. More can be found at blackeyedsallys.com.

Now let’s look at cinema off the beaten path in Central Connecticut

At Real Art Ways in Hartford they begin a run of “Stars in Shorts” and “Wake in Fright (Outback).” Tonight is also the every-first-Friday Gaze event, featuring music by My Gay Banjo. Then Sunday, The Story of Film: An Odyssey continues at 1 p.m. with Part 4: “European New Wave” and  “New Directors, New Forms” (the 1960s). More can be found at realartways.org.

Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s movie theater, tonight and Saturday, it’s The Dark Knight Rises, which the theater calls your last chance to see the film on a screen bigger than your laptop. Sunday, National Theatre Live presents Timon of Athens, followed by Sleepwalk with Me. More details can be found at cinestudio.org

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And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s
 Wild Wild Live with MC Apper

A sneak peek into the magical live music scene of Wes. Tune in for in-station sets from campus bands and recordings of up-and-coming artists’ campus shows.

From 6:00 to 6:30pm 
it’s Free Speech Radio News – Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

For the next half hour, until 7pm you have the Middletown Youth Radio Project – A weekly radio program featuring the thoughts, voices, creativity and talent of the kids in the WESU neighborhood.

At 7, until 8:30pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - Informing listeners about local and global issues with health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips, featuring a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.

Next up until 10pm, we take it
 From the Otherside with 
Rok-A-Dee - The Voice of Hartford, including local artists from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He also features upcoming artists performing Caribbean R & B, Soca and international music.

From 10 until Midnight, take in
 the sounds of Rumba en el Patio 
with Michael
- Classic Salsa for the dancers, Afro-Latin Big Band for the discerning ear. Join us as we adventure through the history of Musica Latina!

At Midnight until 1:30am Saturday it’s 
N.E. Tempo with 
DJ Berk
- Serious turntablism – Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

At 1:30am we go 
In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with 
Dope Dave 
until 3am – Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.

At 3, to 4am it’s the Bassment Beats – the Real Hip-Hop is over here.

Then, we bring you
 Sing Out! 
from 4 to 5am, on a mission to preserve and support the cultural diversity and heritage of all traditional and contemporary folk musics, and to encourage making folk music a part of our everyday lives.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the 
BBC World News 
- a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation

And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6:00 to 7:00am it’s
 the Celtic Café
 with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé Italiafrom 7:00 to 8:00am 
with Francesco Fiumara, the former host of WESU’s own WESParla 
 – A weekly roundup of news, music and memories from Italy.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

The Music behind today’s Jive At Five is from Kevin Norton’s Metaphor Quartet, a CD entitled Not Only In That Golden Tree . . . featuring (the late) Wilber Morris, Masahiko Kono, Hitomi Tono’Oka and Kevin Norton, the selection “not drunk, but stunned” and it’s out on clean feed records.

The written form for what you’ve heard on today’s jive is online at wesufm.org/jive 

And if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can make that donation online at wesufm.org anytime. Thanks for listening!

10-31-12 Jive


Good evening, it’s Wednesday, Oct. 31st, and this is the Jive at Five – WESU’s Daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends. 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!!

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Here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled to be happening in our area:
Thursday and every first Thursday at the Buttonwood Tree, it’s Open Mic with Bob Gotta! Sign-ups start at 6:30.

Friday brings a co-bill to the Buttonwood, with Kyle Carey & Sean Earnest and Liz Simmons & Flynn Cohen, an evening of roots-steeped Celtic Americana. Experience the camaraderie of traditional folk music– and inspired new compositions.
Saturday at the Buttonwood Tree, it’s An Evening with IYQ: The Isaac Young Quartet Jazz Band.

Every Sunday at about 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood, Food Not Bombs shares vegetarian food. All are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on their website at buttonwood.org.

On Thursday afternoon, Wesleyan’s Music & Public Life series continues with: Instrumental influence: a discussion of musical trends in political advertising. Using the data from the Wesleyan Media Project, this presentation will analyze the content of current political ads and the type of music they contain. This free event will be held at 4:15 p.m. at CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace.

Another Music & Public Life event on Thursday is: Kuromori Kagural a centuries-old folk music and dance tradition from northern Japan that even the ferocious earthquake and tsunami of March 11th could not destroy. It will take place at 8 pm at Wesleyan’s Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue.

Thursday also begins the 4th Annual Middletown International Film Festival. Russell Library has partnered with Middlesex Community College and Wesleyan University to select and screen six acclaimed international films on Thursday evenings this fall.

Each screening is at 7:00 p.m. and is followed by a scholarly discussion of the film’s cultural and societal themes. Thursday’s screening at Wesleyan’s Film Center will be of the 2010 Korean film “Poetry,” in which a sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.

Friday’s Music & Public Life event is a performance by Wesleyan University Jazz Ensemble Coach Noah Baerman at 8 p.m. at the Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street. He will be joined by his longtime trio partners bassist Henry Lugo and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza.

Also on Friday, at 8 p.m., the University’s Navaratri Festival continues with vocal music of south india with vocalist and artist in residence B. Balasubrahmaniyan in concert at the Crowell Concert Hall. The concert will open with a performance by Wesleyan students and there will be a pre-concert talk at 7:15pm by Wesleyan Ph.D. Candidate Joseph Getter.

Continuing Friday’s abundance of riches, over at the First Church of Christ Parish Hall, 190 Court Street,  the Diversion will present a comedy night at 7:30 p.m., featuring these four acts: Tick Tick… BOOM!; The Sticks Improv;  Wesleyan University’s own Gag Reflex; and Desperate Measures. Reservations are recommended. Call 860-325-2386 or visit thediversion.com for more info.

For the latest in local arts and entertainment anytime you’re not hearing it on our Jive, go to arts2GO.org – the City’s website for what’s going on and what’s to do with a highlight on the arts in Middletown. That’s arts2GO.org

Now here’s a look at what’s going on in downtownNew Haven.
At Toad’s Place tonight,  it’s WPLR’s Kooks and Spooks Convention, with costume contests and prizes. That will be followed by the weekly EDM Night.

Thursday, it’s State Radio and Bronze Radio Return.

Friday brings Max Creek and the McLovins.

Sunday, it’s Matisyahu and The Constellations.

More can be found at toadsplace.com.

And at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight it’s Halloween with Milksop: Unsung, featuring Jacques le Coque; Dr. Caterwaul with the Cygnet Sisters; and Modern Merchant. Hosted by Dan Rice • Prizes will be awarded for best costume!
Thursday brings Jonathan Edwards to Café Nine. and Friday, it’s The Manchurians; w/ Anne Castellano & the Smoke; and Forgotten By Friday.

Saturday, it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host The Mike Coppola Trio, followed The Heritage Blues Quartet; w/ The George Baker Trio.
Then  Sunday at 8, it’s the Sunday After Supper Jam with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More can be found at cafenine.com.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight it’s the Blues Jam with Tim McDonald.
And Thursday, it’s The Clams & 9th Wave. All of the shows begin at 8 p.m.

Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., it’s the 5h annual Feed the People fundraiser, with music by Kumar Ramanan. Donations of non-perishable foods, cash and checks made payable to Feed the People are welcome. The fundraiser is followed at 9 by Forward Motion.

Saturday brings Joe Louis Walker to Sally’s for a 9 o’clock performance of electric blues. More can be found at blackeyedsallys.com.

Now let’s look at cinema off the beaten path in Central Connecticut

At Real Art Ways, the film “How to Survive a Plague” continues tonight through Thursday, as does “Bill W.”
Friday begins a run of “Stars in Shorts” and “Wake in Fright (Outback).” Friday is also the every-first-Friday Gaze event, featuring music by My Gay Banjo.
Opening Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. and running into March, it’s the exhibition Intimate Science, showcasing works reaching beyond conventional approaches in up-close observation.

Then Sunday, The Story of Film: An Odyssey continues at 1 p.m. with Part 4: “European New Wave” and  “New Directors, New Forms” (the 1960s).
More  can be found at realartways.org.

Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s movie theater, “Robot and Frank,” with Frank Langella, continues through tonight.
Also tonight and running through Saturday, it’s The Dark Knight Rises, which the theater calls your last chance to see the film on a screen bigger that your laptop.
Sunday, National Theatre Live presents Timon of Athens, followed by Sleepwalk with Me. More details can be found at cinestudio.org

Now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive at 5, it’s the Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano. An hour of the latest and greatest in the world of independent rock, pop, electronic, and experimental music out there today.

From 6-6:30 it’s
Free Speech Radio News. Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

Starting at 6:30 and running until 8pm it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion. Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It’s a vinyl world!

From 8-9:30pm it’s The Warehouse with Mike Nyce. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

Beginning at 9:30 until11pm it’s The Vault with DJ Anton Banks. On the air since 1995! Presenting listeners with the very latest in underground electronica on vinyl format, so the music can be heard as it was intended. Regularly featuring exclusive sets from international producers and DJs.

Then from 11pm-midnight, it’s The Smorgasboard with Hygge Li and Maneki Neko
A colossal mix of electronic infused with the spices of dance.

From midnight to 1:30am, DJ Gus Lo presents Midnight Munchies! Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving for!

From 1:30-2:30am it’s Today Is Yesterday’s Tomorrow with Fuzzball
Follow along as we ride the contours of recorded sound through history and explore the interplay of past and present.

And starting at 2:30 and running for an hour it’s Alive Not Amplified with Adrien
The longest running student radio show on WESU! Electronics discouraged.

And from 3:30 to 4am it’s DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections
You’ve lost someone. Let’s find them.

The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast at 5 a.m. with Morning Edition from NPR.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at www.wesufm.org/jive, and if you know of any events that you’d like to have announced on the Jive, send them to jive@wesufm.org

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