Sunday, February 5, 2012

02-06-12 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, February 6th, 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 Zach.

Every Monday it's "ANYTHING GOES!” OPEN MIC WITH J-CHERRY AT THE BUTTONWOOD TREE on Main Street, with 7:30pm sign-up, 8:00pm start. More at www.

Today is the first day of photographer Daniel Mosher Long's exhibit “eye / object” In Pegasus Gallery at Middlesex Community College, with a reception that goes until 6 today.

there is another art reception today at Middlesex Community college's Pegasus gallery, featuring the assemblages of Tracy Walter Ferry, which are inspired by her work as a registered nurse and combine contrasting components and materials like Balloons, children's toys, baby nipples, x-rays, fabric, thread, medical and building hardware.

Tonight at 5, Four Wesleyan Theater alumni talk about their professional careers in acting, directing, dramaturgy and playwriting in Wesleyan's CFA Hall. Admission is free.

Today is the first day to sign up for spring programs with the Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education, or MILE.
All adults 50+ are invited to hear brief overviews of the coming sessions which begin on March 5th, at Chapman Hall on the campus of Middlesex Community College.
This eight week spring term includes programs on computers, travel, music, scheduled mini-trips and much more. Call 860-343-5863 for more details.

Tuesday, the greater middletown chorale starts to rehearse for its May 12 concert of Music by Three B's: Bernstein - Chichester Psalms, Brahms - Nänie, and Britten. Rehearsals open to new singers are Feb. 7 and 14 at First Congregational Church, Court Street Middletown. All vocal parts welcome. To schedule an audition, experienced singers may call Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio at (203)288-3021.

Tomorrow at noon, Russell library kicks off its series Great Movies from Great Books with a showing of Oliver Twist in the Hubbard Room.
How many times have you heard 'The movie wasn’t as good as the book'? Though some great stories have been wrecked by Hollywood, some adaptations have been as good as their source or even better.
Film critic Richard Alleva will introduce four of the best adaptations ever made and will pinpoint just how, in each, a great moviemaker has preserved the essence of a great tale.
February 7th is the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, a novelist who has never lost his popularity and whose books have been a continual source of inspiration for moviemakers. Just to show how different adaptations can be, we’ll watch a few scenes from Oliver!, a wonderful musical that transforms the grim realities of the book into playfulness and hilarity. Bring a sandwich; the library will provide dessert and beverages

Wednesday, MacArthur Fellow and National Book Award winner Edwidge Danticat reads her latest work at wesleyan university memorial chapel at 8:00 P.M.
This is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow. The event is co-sponsored with the African American Studies Program.

 The Connecticut Vegetarian and Healthy Living Festival is a 2 day event taking place at the Connecticut Convention Center from April 28-29, but the first meeting for volunteers and planners is this Wednesday at 6pm at the The Holiday Inn Express on 185 Brainard Rd in Hartford. The CT Vegetarian and Healthy Living Festival was created to bring together people who strive to live a healthy lifestyle with exhibitors and professionals who can help them achieve their goals, but the meeting is open to everyone, including non-vegetarians. Find out more at

Oddfellows & hygienic theaterworks presents “The King," showing Thursday, Friday and Saturyda at 7:30.
"The King", conceived and adapted by John Basinger, is the story of King Lear, from one man’s perspective – Lear’s. The performances will benefit Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater. Tickets are $25.00 for adults and $12 for students and can be purchased by calling the box office at (860) 347-6143 or online

Friday, The Modern Riffs bring an evening of jazz, classic rock and swing to the buttonwood tree. The high-energy nine-piece group of experienced musicians and talented high school performers takes the stage at 8. Call the buttonwood for tickets at (860) 347-4957

Friday from noon to six, the Friends of the Russell Library are holding their monthly book sale in the Activity Room.

Friday, at 7 and at 10, the wesleyan university center for the arts presents "Risk!" at the Crowell Concert Hall.
Creator Kevin Allison  will host two performances of "RISK" featuring a special guest headliner to be announced, as well as members of the Wesleyan community, dropping their "act" and telling their amazing true tales, showing sides of themselves that they never thought they'd dare to share in public.
Tickets are $12 for the general public; $10 senior citizens and students. Go to for more details.

Friday starts the february organ fete: a mini-festival of organ music featuring some of the top players at Wesleyan. Brian Parks  will perform University Organist and Artist in Residence Ronald Ebrecht's editions of works by Maurice Durufle. On Saturday afternoon Wesleyan organ students will perform. Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 4pm in Memorial Chapel. Free admission.

Experience Kirtan Yoga at Yoga in Middletown on Main Street this Friday at 7:30.
The devotional chanting live ensemble, including Shubalananda, Joesph Getter, and Ashley Flagg, invites you to participate in call and response, or just to listen.
call 860.347.YOGA (9642), or email for more information.

The Alturas Duo performs chamber music in the Russell Library's Hubbard Room at 2 on Saturday. The only group of its kind, the Alturas Duo created the idea of playing South American and classical music by bringing together the unusual combination of the viola, charango and guitar.

Every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of The Buttonwood. Anyone is welcome. Consider yourself invited to help us prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.FOOD FOR PEOPLE, NOT FOR PROFIT

Sunday in Wesleyan's Crowell Concert Hall, Flutists Helene Rosenblatt and Peter Standaart, and pianist Neely Bruce, Professor of Music, will perform a program that includes premieres by Mr. Bruce and composer Martin Bresnick. this concert, at 3pm, is free and open to the public.

The 16-piece New England Jazz Ensemble will appear on the stage of the Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School on Sunday afternoon at 3.
Also, two guest artists at the performance will be Giacomo Gates - a Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist, and Ali Ryerson - internationally recognized for her jazz flute. For tickets call 860 347-4887 or 860 346-3369

And Here's what's showing in theaters in Central Connecticut:

Through Wednesday at Cinestudio, Trinity College's theater in Hartford, catch A Dangerous Method, film that begins when a tormented young Russian played by Keira Knightley, is brought by carriage to Carl Jung’s Swiss clinic for an experimental “talking cure” invented by Freud. As the fiercely intelligent Sabine responds to treatment, she and Jung become lovers and Freud begins to doubt the more mystical methods of his most trusted acolyte. Thursday Cinestudio has a special showing of the Black Power Mixtape, and through the weekend its Jason Reitman's new film Young Adult, featuring Charlize Theron.

Through Thursday there's a run of Woman on the 6th Floor at Real Art Ways in Hartford. Woman on the 6th Floor chronicles the colliding world of a rich frenchman and his spanish maid in 1960's Paris.
Although through Thursday at Real Art Ways is "Urbanized", a documentary which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policy makers, builders, and thinkers. Over the Weekend, Real Art Ways showcases this year's Academy Award-nominated short films.

Now stay tuned, here's what's playing on WESU tonight in our new spring 2012 line-up:

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for an hour of straight up Jazz on Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry during our weekday commercial free musical drive time.

At 6pm we bring you 30 minutes of alternative news reporting from the Pacifica Network on Free Speech Radio News.

6:30 it's Life is a Killer with Johnny Analog, Moving through the blues diaspora from front porch country blues and big city electric blues to jazz, R&B and soul

8:00 it's Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis: The best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and latin dancefloor grooves. Pure Dynamite Mojo Explosion!

11:00PM Austen Fiora presents Total Trash

12:00 its Dylan Atwalt-Conley's new show A Hate Supreem

1:00 Margaret Toth hosts 600 Pounds of Sin, A brew of prog rock, jam band, metal, and the spaces between.

2:00 - 3:00 Rebecca Kitsis & Ella Dawson co-host City Spotlight

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

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