Thursday’s Jive

Good evening, it’s Thursday, April 12th, 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. Thanks for making WESU your listener supported source for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs and free-form community radio.I’m J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY airing on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday from 6:30 to 8PM Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture.Thanks for tuning in.

This Sunday from 11 – 4 at Wesleyan University’s Beckham Hall, it’s WESU’s spring community record fair and sale!
There will be dozens of dealers selling bazillions of Records, CDs, and Tapes from All Genres of Music, plus food truck vendors and Live WESU DJ sets all day!

Tonight at 7 at the BUTTONWOOD TREE on Main Street, talented prose writers of every ilk come to Writers Out Loud and six sign up seeking constructive critique of their latest works in progress. Sunday, Poetry Potluck is an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works at The Buttonwood Tree at 4. For more information about Buttonwood events, go to

Tonight through Sunday, view the talents of the seniors in the Wesleyan Art Studio Program during the third week of thesis exhibitions. Featuring Cordelia Blanchard, Luke Erickson, Pok Yan Ho, Aaron Eidman, and Harry Hanson, in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery.

Tonight at 7pm at the Crowell Concert hall, there will be a senior music recital by Sean Curtice entitled “Sean Curtice and Composers of 18th-Century Music.”. Admission is free and open to the public.

Saturday, Wesleyan University center for the arts presents Argentine composer and pianist Fernando Otero, who evokes the tango sounds of Buenos Aires with his rhythmically vibrant works at 8pm at the Crowell Concert Hall. There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:15pm.

Saturday at 2pm, Wesleyan University presents a piano recital featuring the winner and finalists of The Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Piano Competition in the Russell House. Admission is free of charge. The Students in the Wesleyan Opera/Oratorio ensemble perform selections from its repertory on Sunday at 5pm at the Crowell Concert Hall.
For events on the Wesleyan Campus, plus tickets and directions, go to

This weekend, the Friends of the Library Booksale returns, from noon to 6 on Friday and Saturday in the Activity room. Go to for more information.

Connecticut’s Jeff Davis and Dan Milner present a special program of Civil War Era songs from the sea, land and home front at the Branford Folk Music Society on Saturday evening at 8, in the auditorium of the First Congregational Church of Branford. For more information, call 203-488-7715 or access the society’s Web page at

On Friday the 13th, Roots Music Hall in Hartford hosts a Haunted Luau Tiki Party.

Friday, Michael Cleary Band will be at their hometown club, The Winchester Cafe on Rt 66 in Portland. This show starts at 8:30 and the place gets packed so plan on getting there early to catch what is always a rocking show!

Friday nights at Michael’s Restaurant & Lounge in Middletown, 139 Main St Ext from 7-9. Vintage Vox Quartet. play music from the “American” songbook. This includes a wide variety of some of the greatest songs ever written.

Friday nights in East Hampton at 70 Main Street, Higher Grounds Coffee House, it’s their weekly open mic. the show starts at 8PM. Every Staturday it’s live and local music.

Saturday,famed cuban soul group Sierra Maestra, featuring members of The Buena Vista Social Club, brings infectious dance music to the Roots Music Hall, and Sunday, singer/songwriter Melissa Ferrick performs. For more info, call 860 724 4444 or go to

If you are looking for concerts in central connecticut this week, Manic Productions brings “Many Arms and Geoglyphs” to Cafe Nine in New Haven tonight,

At BAR in New Haven, Body Language, D. Gookin, and “Universal Remote” perform.  More concert and ticket information can be found at manic

Now Here’s what’s going on in the world of cinema in central Connecticut:

Tonight through Friday at Cinestudio in Hartford, “The Iron Lady” , Meryl Streep’s tour-de-force, Academy Award winning performance as Britain’s first woman Prime Minister. Showtime and ticket information an be found at

There are no films at Real Art Ways Thursday and Friday, in anticipation of the Theater’s 2012 Odd Ball gala. For more information, check out

Now, Here’s the lineup for tonight’s programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown.Right after the Jive at Five it’s Homegrown with Rob DeRosa – The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network – An independently produced half hour daily national and international radio news program focusing on peace and social justice issues in the US and around the world. FSRN is collectively run by its workers and reporter.

Total Praise with Minister Latrecia – A diverse and inspirational blend of contemporary Christian gospel music to uplift your spirit! Get your Praise on!

Evening Jazz with Bill Denert – Where hearing is the best experience.  A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.

Bridging the Gap with JBrent – Exploring how music has changed forms through the years, and the links that tie together seemingly disparate genres such as blues and rap, or funk and Krautrock.

10:30-11:30pm [alternating – 1st, 3rd, & 5th weeks]
Alphabet Soup with DJ Blaze- An anti-genre, request-based show where we randomly select a letter from the alphabet, and play bands or artists whose names start with that letter.

10:30-11:30pm [alternating – 2nd & 4th weeks]
The Slap-Happy Hour with Rachel Silton – A modern mix of indie pop and singer-songwriter material, with an emphasis on the acoustic and the up-and-coming

11:30pm-1am [alternating – 1st, 3rd, & 5th weeks]
Flight 881 with Captain Q – Not your Grandma’s World Music Show! Strap in your seatbelts, put out that cigarette, and open up that small packet of honey roasted peanuts! Flight 881 every week is going to a new country to check out what music scenes are happening in the country with a focus on contemporary world music, including Bhagra from India, Afro-Beat, and Brazillian funk.

11:30pm-1am [alternating – 2nd & 4th weeks]
Tokyo Sonata with Dangerous Dan – Covering Japanese music, new and old, from a wide variety of genres.

Songs Without Words with Jacob Feder  – An eclectic assortment of instrumental music from all genres and generations.

Undercover with DJ Becca – The best covers take original tracks and transform them into their own creations. Bridging genres, musical styles, and time, Undercover explores the concept of inspiration through imitation. Sometimes they surpass the original, sometimes they miss the mark – it’s your call.

Itso-ezee with DJ Otto Nation providing an eclectic mix of new releases from the WESU music library

The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast at 5am 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, and if you know of any events that you’d like to have announced on the Jive, send them to

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Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Home Grown with Rob Derosa

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