Wednesday, March 4, 2015

03-04-15 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday , March 4th, and this is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on WESU 88.1 FM 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 Ben Michael, Thanks for joining us.  With bad weather in the forecast, please check ahead with any venue before heading out in search of the events listed in our calendar.  With that said, here’s what’s scheduled for the week.

Tonight (Wednesday) at 8, Writing at Wesleyan in Middletown presents author Caryl Phillips, reading from his latest novel, “The Lost Child,” as part of the Russell House Writing Series.  A book signing and reception follows.  http://www.arts2go.org

The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet on Wednesday nights at First Church on Court St.  Partners not necessary.  Call 860-347-0278 for details.

Tonight at 6pmThe Hartford Public Library presents a panel discussion, Charlie Hebdo and the Four Freedoms:  Global and Local Implications, at the downtown library’s History Center. Their Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3 p.m. with guest artist Matt DeChamplain. http://www.hplct.org

Tonight (Wednesday), at Bar in New Haven, Manic Productions presents AMFMS, Jacques Le Coque, and Pools are A+Ice.  On Saturday, at the Space in Hamden, Manic presents Gladshot, The Zambonis, and others for a 7:15 show.  http://www.manicproductions.org


Also in New Haven tonight, Cafe Nine presents An Historic, Jacket Thor, and Entrance To Trains at 9.  Thursday they headline Brizzlor, appearing with Intercourse, Bardus, and No Way. On Friday at 5, there’s an Opening Reception and party for “It’s a Black & White World,” the Photos of John Lawler.  Friday night’s performers include The Hymans, Shock Pistols, and Bomber. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Mike Coppola and Friends.  At 8 they bring you Protest Karaoke, celebrating with Artspace the exhibition “Vertical Reach.”  The 10 p.m. headliner is Lea.  Sunday afternoon brings you The Excitement Gang and others at 3, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with the George Baker Band at 8. http://www.cafenine.com

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s weekly Blues Jam is with Ray Morant.  On Friday it’s the return of rock and roll favorites The Mambo Sons, with special guest Jack Sonni, “the other guitarist in Dire Straits,” at 8. On Saturday night, the Kortchmar/McDonald Band takes the stage at 9. www.blackeyedsallys.com for more.



Toorrow/ Thursday at 5:30 pm, The Mark Twain House offers “An Evening with Nell Bernstein,” with a discussion of the American juvenile justice system.   www.marktwainhouse.org

Here in Middletown at the Russell Library, The Veterans Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7.   On Sunday at 1:30, they sponsor “Introduction to Reiki” with Hillary Gauvreau.  http://www.russelllibrary.org for details and information on more community activities. 


At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Thursday brings their longstanding monthly acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta.  On Friday, the Ehud Ettan Trio performs jazz at 8. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Choose Your Expression.  There’s a free Poets Collective Open Mic at 1.  Saturday night at 8, the Buttonwood brings you saxophonist and vocalist Kendra Emery, along with Lisa Dowling and music for the upright bass. Sunday’s worship service at 10 is with Rev. Ronnie Bantum and at 11 with Pastor Sandra Steele. Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m. Help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30.  Celebrate International Women’s Day at 4 at the opening reception for The Wonder of Women art exhibit, which runs through March and features a variety of women artists.  Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets. http://www.buttonwood.org


Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tomorrow/ Thursday you can catcg DJ BL3ND, along with DNNYD and Mex-Em.  On Friday at 7 it’s the final show of Hostage Calm, with a variety of performers, brought to you in association with the ARC Agency.  Saturday’s feature is Bright Night 15:  Electro Glow party at 9:30. www.toadsplace.comhas the complete line-up.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, this Thursday you can catch a night of Americana and Texas swing with Asleep At The Wheel with The Quebe Sisters.  Friday, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, with Special Guest West End Blend take the Infinity Hall Hartford stage. .  On Saturday at 8 you can enjoy Juno Award-winner Jesse Smith and his nuevo flamingo music. On Sunday at 7:30 they bring you Mike & the Mechanics, with Special Guest Daryl Stuermer.   http://www.infinityhall.com

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts host a variety of events, beginning with a senior music recital this Thursday in Memoial Chapel by Ben Zucker, performing “Poetics in Motion.”  Their Dance Masters two-day immersion in contemporary dance series happens this weekend, with a Choreographers Conversation on Saturday at 12 at the Exley Science Center. The series’ Master Classes happen Saturday and Sunday with multiple teachers at a variety of locations.  The Opening Reception for the Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition happens Saturday at 5, at the Zilkha Gallery on Washington Terrace. It’s cosponsored by the Middletown Board of Education and the Middletown Public Schools Cultural Council.  Details at http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.

On Thursday, Middlesex Community College History Professor Victor Triay will read from his historical novel, “On Freedom’s Shores,” at 7 p.m. at Founder’s Hall.  His work chronicles a family saga after the Castro takeover of Cuba in the 1960’s.  http://www.arts2go.org

The Iktus percussion ensemble performs this Friday at 7:30 at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford.  They’ll offer compositions from the Women Composers Festival of Hartford international score competition.  The Alpaca String Quartet performs music of local women composers on Saturday at 7:30. http://www.charteroakcenter.org

This Saturday (and next Monday), Middletown’s ARTFARM is conducting public auditions for their Shakespeare in the Grove production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Middlesex Community College.  Visit http://www.arts2go.org for details. 

As a reminder, with bad weather in the forecast, please check ahead with any venue before heading out in search of the events listed in our calendar.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

There will be silent films with live organ music this Saturday at 7 at First Church in Middletown, to benefit the Northeast Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists.  Music director Shari Lucas introduces the history of film accompaniment, and then provides organ music for two silent films, the 1923 classics “It’s a Gift,” and “Safety Last!”  http://www.arts2go.org

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, they continue their run of “Citizen Four,” the 2015 Oscar-winning documentary of the Edward Snowden story, through Thursday. Also running is “Magician:  The Astonishing Live and Work of Orson Welles,” in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birthday.  On Friday Real Art Ways opens a run of “Queen and Country,” follow-up to John Boorman’s “Hope and Glory,” the saga of two British mates now starting basic training in the 1950’s during the Korean War.  Also opening is the French coming of age film “Girlhood,” about three free-spirited girls as they explore a gang lifestyle.   www.realartways.org.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, their run of the 1956 John Ford film “The Searchers,” starring John Wayne and Natalie Wood, continues through Thursday.  They offer a sneak preview of “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about rape culture on college campuses, this Wednesday and Sunday only. Both screenings include a discussion with producer Amy Ziering following the film.  On Thursday through Saturday they’re showing “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon, based on the gritty memoir by Cheryl Strayed about her hike on the Pacific Coast Trail.  On Sunday at 12:55 they’re showing “The Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo and Juliet.”  Sunday night starts a run of the Oscar-winning “Whiplash,” chronicling the issues faced by a young student drummer who encounters a worse-than-drill-sergeant teacher. www.cinestudio.org.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:

 Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for: The Explorer’s Hour with Pickup Sticks for an exploration into the realm of indie rock and roll. 
From 6-6:30, it's Mind Matters with Helen Evrard, M.D. The show provides information and guest interviews on issues concerning mental illness. The focus is exploring holistic therapies and stories of individual achievement.

At 6:30-8pm it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion. Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992.
And from 8-9:30pm, it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce for The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure. Starting at 9:30 it's The Vault with DJ Anton Banks presenting listeners with the very latest in hard techno, minimal tech-house, and left-field mixed live each week.  at 11pm the electronic dance mix continues with Missteps with Nicholas Msall






 at midnight stay tuned for Romancipation with Dr. Love and DJ Smooth a late night 30 minute talk show.

 at 2:30 stay tuned for some jazz on full moon hacksaw followed by indigenous in music from the Pacifica network.

The BBC world news kicks on at 4 and we start tomorrow’s broadcast day at 5am with Morning Edition from NPR.




That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. Tune in 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.

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 http://www.wesufm.org anytime. Thanks for listening!

Stay tuned for The Explorer’s hour with DK Pickup Sticks


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

03-03-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, March 3rd, and this is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on WESU 88.1 FM 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 Marianne O’Hare, producer of Conversations on Healthcare               
Here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week. With bad weather in the forecast, please check ahead with any venue before heading out in search of the events listed in our calendar.  That said, here’s what’s scheduled for the week.

Acclaimed Author, poet and Friend of WESU, Kate Rushin will be reading her poetry tonight at the Wallingford public library at 6pm, where she will also host workshops on March 16th and 31st.

Here in Middletown tonight at 7, at the Russell Library, guest speaker Roy Lisker presents “People, Places and Adventures in Western Ireland.” The Veterans Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7.   On Sunday at 1:30, they sponsor “Introduction to Reiki” with Hillary Gauvreau.
 http://www.russelllibrary.org for details and information on more community activities. 

The Mark Twain House Book/Mark series presents “Redeployment” with Phil Klay this tonight at 7 in Hartford.  “Redeployment” won the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction, and brings readers to the front lines of Iraq and Afghanistan.  On Thursday at 5:30 they offer “An Evening with Nell Bernstein,” with a discussion of the American juvenile justice system.   www.marktwainhouse.org

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, on Tuesday nights you can enjoy Laughter Yoga followed by a vegetarian potluck.  Thursday’s longstanding monthly acoustic Open Mic at 7 is hosted by Bob Gotta.  On Friday, the Ehud Ettan Trio performs jazz at 8. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Choose Your Expression.  There’s a free Poets Collective Open Mic at 1.  Saturday night at 8, the Buttonwood brings you saxophonist and vocalist Kendra Emery, along with Lisa Dowling and music for the upright bass. Sunday’s worship service at 10 is with Rev. Ronnie Bantum and at 11 with Pastor Sandra Steele. Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m. Help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30.  Celebrate International Women’s Day at 4 at the opening reception for The Wonder of Women art exhibit, which runs through March and features a variety of women artists.  Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets. http://www.buttonwood.org

In New Haven tonight, Cafe Nine presents Narcisister, PUS, and Eric Hartlett to the stage. Tomorrow/ Wednesday, it’s An Historic, Jacket Thor, and Entrance To Trains at 9.  Thursday they headline Brizzlor, appearing with Intercourse, Bardus, and No Way. On Friday at 5, there’s an Opening Reception and party for “It’s a Black & White World,” the Photos of John Lawler.  Friday night’s performers include The Hymans, Shock Pistols, and Bomber. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Mike Coppola and Friends.  At 8 they bring you Protest Karaoke, celebrating with Artspace the exhibition “Vertical Reach.”  The 10 p.m. headliner is Lea.  Sunday afternoon brings you The Excitement Gang and others at 3, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with the George Baker Band at 8. http://www.cafenine.com

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Tuesday nights, Michael Palins Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material on stage. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Ray Morant.  On Friday it’s the return of rock and roll favorites The Mambo Sons, with special guest Jack Sonni, “the other guitarist in Dire Straits,” at 8. On Saturday night, the Kortchmar/McDonald Band takes the stage at 9. www.blackeyedsallys.com for more.

Tonight (Tuesday), Manic Productions brings Hundred Waters, and Mitski, to the Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden.  Tomorrow/ Wednesday, also at the Ballroom, it’s Murder By Death, and O’Death.  Also on Wednesday, at Bar in New Haven, they bring you AMFMS, Jacques Le Coque, and pools are ice.  On Saturday, at the Space in Hamden, Manic is pleased to offer Gladshot, The Zambonis, and others for a 7:15 show.  http://www.manicproductions.org

The Hartford Public Library presents a panel discussion, Charlie Hebdo and the Four Freedoms:  Global and Local Implications, this Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the downtown library’s History Center. Their Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3 p.m. with guest artist Matt DeChamplain. http://www.hplct.org

Wednesday at 8, Writing at Wesleyan in Middletown presents author Caryl Phillips, reading from his latest novel, “The Lost Child,” as part of the Russell House Writing Series.  A book signing and reception follows.  http://www.arts2go.org

The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet Wednesday at First Church on Court St.  Partners not necessary.  Call 860-347-0278 for details.

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, on Thursday you can catcg DJ BL3ND, along with DNNYD and Mex-Em.  On Friday at 7 it’s the final show of Hostage Calm, with a variety of performers, brought to you in association with the ARC Agency.  Saturday’s feature is Bright Night 15:  Electro Glow party at 9:30. www.toadsplace.comhas the complete line-up.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, this Thursday you can catch a night of Americana and Texas swing with Asleep At The Wheel with The Quebe Sisters.  Friday, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, with Special Guest West End Blend take the Infinity Hall Hartford stage. .  On Saturday at 8 you can enjoy Juno Award-winner Jesse Smith and his nuevo flamingo music. On Sunday at 7:30 they bring you Mike & the Mechanics, with Special Guest Daryl Stuermer.   http://www.infinityhall.com

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts host a variety of events, beginning with a senior music recital this Thursday in Memoial Chapel by Ben Zucker, performing “Poetics in Motion.”  Their Dance Masters two-day immersion in contemporary dance series happens this weekend, with a Choreographers Conversation on Saturday at 12 at the Exley Science Center. The series’ Master Classes happen Saturday and Sunday with multiple teachers at a variety of locations.  The Opening Reception for the Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition happens Saturday at 5, at the Zilkha Gallery on Washington Terrace. It’s cosponsored by the Middletown Board of Education and the Middletown Public Schools Cultural Council.  Details at http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.

On Thursday, Middlesex Community College History Professor Victor Triay will read from his historical novel, “On Freedom’s Shores,” at 7 p.m. at Founder’s Hall.  His work chronicles a family saga after the Castro takeover of Cuba in the 1960’s.  http://www.arts2go.org

The Iktus percussion ensemble performs this Friday at 7:30 at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford.  They’ll offer compositions from the Women Composers Festival of Hartford international score competition.  The Alpaca String Quartet performs music of local women composers on Saturday at 7:30. http://www.charteroakcenter.org

Middletown theater company ARTFARM has announced public auditions for its Shakespeare in the Grove production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream this Saturday and the following Monday at Middlesex Community College.  Visit http://www.arts2go.org for details. 


Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
There will be silent films with live organ music this Saturday at 7 at First Church in Middletown, to benefit the Northeast Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists.  Music director Shari Lucas introduces the history of film accompaniment, and then provides organ music for two silent films, the 1923 classics “It’s a Gift,” and “Safety Last!”  http://www.arts2go.org

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, they continue their run of “Citizen Four,” the 2015 Oscar-winning documentary of the Edward Snowden story, through Thursday. Also running is “Magician:  The Astonishing Live and Work of Orson Welles,” in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birthday.  On Friday Real Art Ways opens a run of “Queen and Country,” follow-up to John Boorman’s “Hope and Glory,” the saga of two British mates now starting basic training in the 1950’s during the Korean War.  Also opening is the French coming of age film “Girlhood,” about three free-spirited girls as they explore a gang lifestyle.   www.realartways.org.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, their run of the 1956 John Ford film “The Searchers,” starring John Wayne and Natalie Wood, continues through Thursday.  They offer a sneak preview of “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about rape culture on college campuses, this Wednesday and Sunday only. Both screenings include a discussion with producer Amy Ziering following the film.  On Thursday through Saturday they’re showing “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon, based on the gritty memoir by Cheryl Strayed about her hike on the Pacific Coast Trail.  On Sunday at 12:55 they’re showing “The Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo and Juliet.”  Sunday night starts a run of the Oscar-winning “Whiplash,” chronicling the issues faced by a young student drummer who encounters a worse-than-drill-sergeant teacher. www.cinestudio.org.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:
 Right after the Jive at Five stay tuned for Wild Wild Live with DJ Hibiki and DJ Rachie for a sneak peak into the live music scene at Wesleyan.

At 6pm it’s The Movement with DJ Aiss and DJ Dani, your weekly radio guide to All Black Everything

From 6:30 its Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill for 90 minutes of  Folk, bluegrass, singer-songwriter, Americana, real country, all roots oriented music with concert listings at 7pm and frequent ticket giveaways. 

At 8pm stay tuned for The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry, a weekly show featuring the area’s finest artists and musicians of every genre.

From 9-10:30pm DJ Cheshire Cat presents Wonderland, a free form genre crossing music show.
At 10:30-tonight  DJ Zing and DJ Ping offer Fastest Gun in the West, with
Two Western gals, one radio show, and a lot of trouble. Tune in for a smattering of music and tales of the Old West.

From 11:30-12:30am its Thinking out Loud with DJ Stinky, a Contemplation through music and audio art.
At 12:30am  Fictive Sound with DJ LN presents a new soundtrack on each show inspired by an adored novel.

From 1:30-2:30am            its  The Blast Zone with Baggins and the G-O who will journey, drill, grab, sing, and banter our way through the wild world of sports.

From 2:30-3:30am stay tuned for  Occupy Radio from Pacifica, An extended conversation about the issues which gave rise to the Occupy Movement.

3:30-4am it's The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation

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

Stay tuned for Wild Wild Live with Rachie and Hibiki


Monday, March 2, 2015

3-2-15 Jive



Good evening, it's Monday, March 2nd, and this is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on WESU 88.1 FM 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, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs every first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. This month, I'll also be filling in for the spring break-ing Anarchy on Air, so look for Reasonably Catholic every Tuesday at 4. Tomorrow: a chat with Patti Vassia, a longtime pillar of the Middletown CT community and a lifelong spiritual seeker. Though Patti's background is Irish and Italian, she isn't Catholic. She's kind of a Buddhisto-Jewish-Christian who has lots of Catholic friends, which is why, when asked her religion, she says Eclectic. Patti is working on deepening her spiritual life, but she also has lots of wisdom to share. So tune in at 4 tomorrow, or find the audio archived at www.reasonablycatholic.com

Now here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight brings Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed by the Anything Goes Open Mic, hosted by WESU’s J Cherry and Tim.  On Tuesday, enjoy Laughter Yoga with Mimi, followed by a vegetarian potluck.  Thursday’s Open Mic at 7 is hosted by Bob Gotta.  On Friday, the Ehud Ettan Trio performs jazz at 8. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Choose Your Expression.  There’s a free Poets Collective Open Mic at 1.  Saturday night at 8, the Buttonwood brings you saxophonist and vocalist Kendra Emery, along with Lisa Dowling and music for the upright bass. Sunday’s worship service at 10 is with Rev. Ronnie Bantum and at 11 with Pastor Sandra Steele. Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m. Help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30.  Celebrate International Women’s Day at 4 at the opening reception for The Wonder of Women art exhibit, which runs through March and features a variety of women artists.  Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets. http://www.buttonwood.org

In New Haven tonight at 8, Cafe Nine presents Chris Arnott’s “Get to the Point,” with a variety of performers.  On Tuesday they bring Narcisister, PUS, and Eric Hartlett to the stage. On Wednesday, it’s An Historic, Jacket Thor, and Entrance To Trains at 9.  Thursday they headline Brizzlor, appearing with Intercourse, Bardus, and No Way.  On Friday at 5, there’s an Opening Reception and party for “It’s a Black & White World,” the Photos of John Lawler.  Friday night’s performers include The Hymans, Shock Pistols, and Bomber.  Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Mike Coppola and Friends.  At 8 they bring you Protest Karaoke, celebrating with Artspace the exhibition “Vertical Reach.”  The 10 p.m. headliner is Lea.  Sunday afternoon brings you The Excitement Gang and others at 3, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with the George Baker Band at 8. http://www.cafenine.com

Also this week in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends in Lilly’s Pad. On Thursday it’s DJ BL3ND, along with DNNYD and Mex-Em.  On Friday at 7 it’s the final show of Hostage Calm, with a variety of performers, brought to you in association with the ARC Agency.  Saturday’s feature is Bright Night 15:  Electro Glow party at 9:30. www.toadsplace.com has the complete line-up.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is the usual Jazz Mondays at 8, with the Rick Germanson Trio.  On Tuesday, Michael Palins Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Ray Morant.  On Friday it’s the return of rock and roll favorites The Mambo Sons, with special guest Jack Sonni, “the other guitarist in Dire Straits,” at 8. On Saturday night, the Kortchmar/McDonald Band takes the stage at 9.  www.blackeyedsallys.com for more.

This Tuesday, Manic Productions brings Hundred Waters, and Mitski, to the Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden.  On Wednesday, also at the Ballroom, it’s Murder By Death, and O’Death.  Also on Wednesday, at Bar in New Haven, they bring you AMFMS, Jacques Le Coque, and pools are ice.  On Saturday, at the Space in Hamden, Manic is pleased to offer Gladshot, The Zambonis, and others for a 7:15 show.  http://www.manicproductions.org

This Tuesday at 7, at the Russell Library in Middletown, guest speaker Roy Lisker presents “People, Places and Adventures in Western Ireland.” The Veterans Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7.   On Sunday at 1:30, they sponsor “Introduction to Reiki” with Hillary Gauvreau.  Visit http://www.russelllibrary.org for details and information on more community activities. 

There’s a special event on Tuesday at the Middletown Senior Center, featuring Sing-a-Long! With Barbara Arafeh & the Middletuners, at 1 p.m.  http://www.arts2go.org

The Mark Twain House Book/Mark series presents “Redeployment” with Phil Klay this Tuesday at 7 in Hartford.  “Redeployment” won the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction, and brings readers to the front lines of Iraq and Afghanistan.  On Thursday at 5:30 they offer “An Evening with Nell Bernstein,” with a discussion of the American juvenile justice system.   www.marktwainhouse.org

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, on Wednesday it’s Trivia Night in the Bistro hosted by BaR Rated Trivia at 8.  On Thursday they’ve got Asleep At The Wheel with The Quebe Sisters at 8, an Americana country swing group.  Friday, it’s Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, with Special Guest West End Blend.  On Saturday at 8 you can enjoy Juno Award-winner Jesse Smith and his nuevo flamingo music. On Sunday at 7:30 they bring you Mike & the Mechanics, with Special Guest Daryl Stuermer.  All details at http://www.infinityhall.com

This Wednesday at 8, Writing at Wesleyan in Middletown presents author Caryl Phillips, reading from his latest novel, “The Lost Child,”  as part of the Russell House Writing Series.  A book signing and reception follows.  http://www.arts2go.org

You can tour the Wadsworth Mansion every Wednesday at 2 p.m.  Details at http://www.wadsworthmansion.com

The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet Wednesday at First Church on Court St.  Partners not necessary.  Call 860-347-0278 for details.

The Hartford Public Library presents a panel discussion, Charlie Hebdo and the Four Freedoms:  Global and Local Implications, this Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the downtown library’s History Center. Their Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3 p.m. with guest artist Matt DeChamplain. http://www.hplct.org

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts host a variety of events, beginning with a senior music recital this Thursday in Memoial Chapel by Ben Zucker, performing “Poetics in Motion.”  Their Dance Masters two-day immersion in contemporary dance series happens this weekend, with a Choreographers Conversation on Saturday at 12 at the Exley Science Center. The series’ Master Classes happen Saturday and Sunday with multiple teachers at a variety of locations.  The Opening Reception for the Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition happens Saturday at 5, at the Zilkha Gallery on Washington Terrace. It’s cosponsored by the Middletown Board of Education and the Middletown Public Schools Cultural Council.  Details at http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.

On Thursday, Middlesex Community College History Professor Victor Triay will read from his historical novel, “On Freedom’s Shores,” at 7 p.m. at Founder’s Hall.  His work chronicles a family saga after the Castro takeover of Cuba in the 1960’s.  http://www.arts2go.org

The Iktus percussion ensemble performs this Friday at 7:30 at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford.  They’ll offer compositions from the Women Composers Festival of Hartford international score competition.  The Alpaca String Quartet performs music of local women composers on Saturday at 7:30.  http://www.charteroakcenter.org

Middletown theater company ARTFARM announces public auditions for its Shakespeare in the Grove production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream this Saturday and the following Monday at Middlesex Community College.  Visit http://www.arts2go.org for details. 

There will be silent films with live organ music this Saturday at 7 at First Church in Middletown, to benefit the Northeast Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists.  Music director Shari Lucas introduces the history of film accompaniment, and then provides organ music for two silent films, the 1923 classics “It’s a
Gift,” and “Safety Last!”  http://www.arts2go.org

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, they continue their run of “Citizen Four,” the 2015 Oscar-winning documentary of the Edward Snowden story, through Thursday. Also running is  “Magician:  The Astonishing Live and Work of Orson Welles,” in honor of the eve of his centenary.  Check website for dates and times.  On Friday they open a run of “Queen and Country,” follow-up to John Boorman’s “Hope and Glory,” the saga of two British mates now starting basic training in the 1950’s during the Korean War.  Also opening is the French coming of age film “Girlhood,” about three free-spirited girls as they explore a gang lifestyle.   www.realartways.com.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, the run of the 1956 John Ford film “The Searchers,” starring John Wayne and Natalie Wood, continues through Thursday.  They offer a sneak preview of “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about rape culture on college campuses, this Wednesday and Sunday only. Both screenings include a discussion with producer Amy Ziering following the film.  On Thursday through Saturday they’re showing “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon, based on the gritty memoir by Cheryl Strayed about her hike on the Pacific Coast Trail.  On Sunday at 12:55 they’re showing “The Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo and Juliet.”  Sunday night starts a run of the Oscar-winning “Whiplash,” chronicling the issues faced by a young student drummer who encounters a worse-than-drill-sergeant teacher.  www.cinestudio.org.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:
Evening schedule:

Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry follows the jive from 5 to 6.  With
classic hop to smooth contemporary sounds, it's a well-rounded jazz show for
true jazz heads.

From 6 to 6:30 it's Radio Curious from Pacifica, bringing you interviews on
a curiously wide array of topics concerning life and ideas.

75% Folk with Michael Benson follows from 6:30 to 8, bringing you
contemporary folk and acoustic music with side orders of blues, jazz, world,
pop, movie soundtracks, readings and occasional live interviews.

From 8 to 9:30 it's Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis, with the best in vintage
and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and Latin
dance floor grooves.
The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee follows from 9:30 to 11, bringing
you the music of yesterday's future today
 Sleep Paralysis with Erin and Ethan comes your way from 11 to midnight.
They'll be chatting about dreams, floating on sounds, and poking around in
the subconscious.
At midnight it's Your Turn with Rachel Day.  In each episode, a different
guest comes on and chronologically shares and explains the songs that have
been instrumental in shaping who they are.   

From 1 to 2 a.m. we bring you Meet Music with DJ Rami. Buckle up and tune in
to meet a new artist with each show! Explore artists' backgrounds,
influences, and personal stories.

Next is All Mixed Up from Pacifica, airing until 3 a.m.  It's an eclectic
mix of arts and information, featuring mood-driven music mixes and
interviews.
We follow that with Maximum Rock and Roll Radio until 4, followed by BBC
World News from 4 to 5 a.m., bringing you international news coverage from
the famous British news network.  Morning Edition from NPR comes your way at
5.

 




Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday's Jive 02-27-15

Good evening, it's Friday, February 27th, 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

Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.

On Saturday, Connecticut author Beth Lapin launches her latest novel “Caravan of Dreams” at 2 p.m. at the Russell Library in Middletown with a talk and book signing. Visit russelllibrary.org for details and more community activities. 

In New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine, at 5 Victor Roland takes the stage, with Natalie Tuttle, Rusty Things, and Peter J Brail following at 9. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with The George Baker Band, and at 9 you can catch MV & EE, Spectre Folk, and more. Sunday afternoon it's the Americana Songwriter Circle 3, followed by Sunday night’s Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod at 8. Visit cafenine.com

In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight you have the reggae/hip-hop fusion group The Alchemystics, along with Danny Pease & the Regulators.  Saturday is Caravan Of Thieves, with a blend of gypsy swing & popular music. Visit blackeyedsallys.com 

At Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, tonight & Saturday they present the “Starfall”, a thesis theater production by Grace Herman-Holland, with actor-audience interactions and elements of Japanese Kabuki theater. Also tonight & Saturday, Sara Guernsey presents her thesis theater production “The Visiting Room,” based on testimonials and interviews with five prison inmates.  In Crowell Concert Hall tonight catch the CT premiere of Tari Aceh! Music and Dance from Northern Sumatra, with traditional Indonesian dancers. On Sunday the Stanley Maxwell Quartet, playing original arrangements of jazz, perform at the Russell House.  Details at wesleyan.edu/cfa

Manic Productions presents Yung Lean & Sad Boys at The Space in Hamden tonight.  Saturday, they offer The Dodos, and Springtime Carnivore at the same location. Details at manicproductions.org

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight, celebrate Chinese New Year with traditional music by Ming Zhu, poetry by Lara Peng, and more.  The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Balancing Your Life.  Enjoy jazz with guitarist Dan Arcamone and friends Saturday night at 8. Food Not Bombs serves food outside The Buttonwood Tree every Sunday round about 1 p.m. Help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30 a.m if you like. At 2:30, enjoy the Connecticut National Youth Poetry Slam Team tryouts, followed by comedy with the Great Make Believe Improv Show at 7.  The Wonder of Women art exhibit opens on Sunday and features a variety of women artists. Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets. buttonwood.org has more.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight at 9:30 Partynextdoor takes the stage. toadsplace.com has the complete line-up.

At Infinity Hall – Hartford tonight’s headliner is “The New Queen of Soul” and Broadway star Bettye Lavette at 8. On Saturday it’s Comedy Night: Battle of the Sexes, bringing you headliner stand-up comics from late night TV. On Sunday three-time Grammy winner and roots music storyteller Keb’ Mo’ is on at 7:30. Details at infinityhall.com

The Hartford Public Library presents “Hartford Renaissance: Celebrating the Art of Romare Bearden,” this Saturday from 9 to 12 a.m. in honor of Black History Month. There are panel and group discussions, and a performance by The Iron Poets.  Register at hplct.org. And the Library's Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3 p.m. with guest artist Laszlo Gardony. Learn more at hplct.org

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles looks at the remarkable genius of Orson Welles on the eve of his centenary. It opens tonight running through Mar. 5. Also, CitizenFour, the 2015 Oscar winner for best documentary feature is back for a limited run as the early show tonight through Mar. 5. Visit realartways.org

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, tonight and Saturday they’re screening “Foxcatcher,” starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo, based on the true story of a DuPont heir who invites two struggling wrestlers to his farm for training.  On Sunday they open a run of the 1956 John Ford film “The Searchers,” starring John Wayne and Natalie Wood, restored in Technicolor.  It was voted number 12 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time. Visit 
www.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 6pm it’s
 Chocolate Cake with DJ Rob on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of the month. An hour long musical sugar high. Power-pop plus Brit-pop and singer/songwriters from the 60's to today. Then at 6, following Chocolate Cake it's half an hour with Argus News Radio with campus and Middletown news, from our microphones to your ears. And on the 2nd and 4th Fridays it's Ear-Candy with DJ Sick Nelden where you hear the newest in Indie Rock, through the lens of pop and the absurd straight through to 6:30.

Then from 6:30 to 7pm listen to 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.

Then at 10pm we go 
In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with 
Dope Dave - Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.

At Midnight until 3am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

At 3, it's Bassment Beats with DJ LOKASH, celebrating its 10th year of bringing you the latest in aboveground & underground hip-hop mixed live; followed by his New World Show, with the best in Global Bass mixed live til 4. Baila coño!

Sing Out! Radio Magazine with Tom Druckenmiller comes on at 4 until 5am with a weekly, hour-long “magazine format” program, featuring interviews in addition to “live” and recorded traditional folk musics.

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 Italia from 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 the Anthony Braxton Quartet, 8 Standards (Wesleyan) 2001, featuring Anthony Braxton, Kevin O'Neil, Andy Eulau, and Kevin Norton. The selection is Nuages and it's out on Barking Hoop 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!