Wednesday, February 15, 2012

02-15-12 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, February 15th, 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience." Thanks for tuning in.

For the latest in local arts and entertainment beyond the Jive At Five, go to – the City’s new website that features the arts/entertainment options available on any given day along with much more for anyone interested in what’s going on and what’s to do in Middletown.

Pilobolus, the award-winning and world-renown modern dance troupe based in Washington Depot, Connecticut is currently holding auditions BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. E-mail or call 860-868-0538 x 16. Callbacks are in early march in NYC.
Check out for more about the company.

Celebrated author Daniyal Mueenuddin will read from his recent work tonight at 8:00 P.M. in Wesleyan University’s Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT.
Mueenuddin’s collection was praised by Publishers Weekly: “An elegant stylist with a light touch, Mueenuddin invites the reader to a richly human, wonderous experience.”
Free and open to the public.
Reception and book signing to follow the reading.
For more information, please call 860.685.3448

Tonight, starting at 5, Broad Street Books on Broad Street proudly welcomes featured author Joseph M. Siry
A reception and signing will be held for Professor Siry's new book, Beth Sholom Synagogue:  Frank Lloyd Wright and Modern Religious Architecture. Refreshments will be served.  All are welcome to attend.

Also tonight, the Middletown Rotary Club presents "one book/one middletown". At 7, professor of history william johnston talks about Laura Hillenbrand's book ‘Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption’ in Olin Library's Develin Room on the 2nd floor.

Thursday at 4:30, learn about Pearl Primus, Pioneer in dance, education, anthropology, and African studies, who defied entrenched ideas about both race and art. Her life and legacy are presented with original footage, by Peggy and Murray Schwartz, authors of 'The Dance Claimed Me: A Biography of Pearl Primus'. At the Powell Family Cinema on Washington Street. Contact Katja Kolcio, 860-685-3329, for more details.

Thursday at 7:30pm THE MIDDLETOWN HOUSE CONCERT SERIES presents:
Matt and Shannon Heaton
The Mattabessett Canoe Club
80 Harbor Drive
Husband-and-wife duo Matt & Shannon Heaton offer updated and traditional Irish music with stirring traditional-style singing accompanied by flute, guitar, and bouzouki, and a fresh, appealing stage show.

Friday, Maxwell Tfirn presents his graduate recital, "Pieces from Nature", in Crowell Concert Hall at 7.
"Pieces from Nature" is an experimental graduate music recital that explores how plants grow throughout music. Music will include works for the piano, cello, computer and video.
Free of charge.

Also on Friday, Shinbone Alley plays Irish-american folk at the buttonwood tree at 8. Saturday at the Buttonwood, bassist Avery Sharp & saxophonist Charles Neville play a set entitled “From New Orleans to New England”
Sunday at 4:30, the Buttonwood hosts their poetry potluck series.
Poetry Potluck is an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. It isn’t an open mike. Almost like a salon, it’s a gathering for discussion and literary conversation using poetry as the focal point.

Aces High, a local high school robotics team consisting of students from Windsor Locks and Suffield high schools, is hosting their annual FIRST robotics scrimmage for over thirty local robotics teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and New Hampshire.  The Suffield Shakedown will be held on February 18, 2012 at Suffield High School, 1060 Sheldon Street in Suffield, CT beginning at 9 AM with qualification rounds.  Opening ceremonies and elimination rounds will begin about 12:00 PM.  This event is free to the public.

And Sunday at the Buttonwood, like every week, 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.
check out

Also on Sunday, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic are coming to Toad's Place in New Haven. Tickets are online at

Also, currently on display at wesleyan's zilkha gallery is the exhibit Passing Time, now through march 4th.
The multiple and converging meanings of the phrase "passing time"--spending time, time to die--are explored in the evocative imagery of recent art by fourteen international artists working in video, photography, sculpture and works on paper. This exhibition explores the relationship between the time of our life and the time of the eons.go to for gallery hours and more

Now, here's what's showing in the world of central Connecticut cinema:

At Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, tonight through wednesday catch the Hitchcock classic, Notorious. No, it's not about Biggie Smalls, but it is a darkly romantic thriller with erotic undertones. Cary Grant stars as a U.S. agent who must convince the cool-headed agent he has fallen in love with to sleep with the enemy, a Nazi spy. Sunday, Cinestudio presents a run of the 40th Anniversary screening of the newly restored director’s cut of The Last Picture Show.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, catch showings of this year's oscar-nominated shorts, animated and live action, through tonight. Tonight is a special showing of The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, with a pre-film discussion with Nicole Dudukovic, a professor of Psychology at Trinity College. This weekend, you can catch showings of both "Outrage" and "Sing Your Song" at Real Art Ways.

At 7 pm tonight, the Buttonwood Tree on main street presents the Buddhist Film Festival Series – Un Buda.
Un Buda is the feature film debut of director Diego Rafecas, a Zen teacher in Argentina. The film follows two brothers orphaned as children when their parents were taken by the military during the Dirty Wars of the 1970s in Argentina. Tomas is now a drifting and withdrawn young man who experiments with ascetic practices and has an instinctive compassion for others. His older brother Rafael is a university philosophy professor, detached and alone. Their struggles with each other and the world around them in Buenos Aires take a dramatic turn when they find themselves at a rural Zen center.

Now here's a rundown of what's playing tonight on WESU in our new spring 2012 line-up:

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.

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.

Fusion Radio with James Fusion  - Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

The Warehouse with Mike Nyce - The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

9:30-11pm [alternating – 1st, 3rd, & 5th weeks]
The Vault with DJ Anton Banks - Presenting the very latest in underground electronica in vinyl format, so the music can be heard as it was intended. Featuring exclusive sets from international producers and DJs.

9:30-11pm [alternating – 2nd & 4th weeks]
Smorgasbord with DJ Maneki Neko  & Higge Li- A colossal mix of electronic infused with the spices of dance.

Word…Life Radio with H Biz & B Fiz - Early 90's hip-hop is the focus here, with the occasional touch of punk, funk, reggae and soul.

12:30-2am [alternating – 1st, 3rd, & 5th weeks]
Missteps with Guy Fridge - A chance to hear the most idiosyncratic and eccentric brands of left-field electronic dance music around today. Featuring club-centric genres such as footwork, bass, UK funky, tribal guarachero, UK garage, vogue house, kuduru, and more.

12:30-2am [alternating – 2nd & 4th weeks]
Beats with Dylan Bostick - Hip-hop. Electro. Techno. UK bass. Music that makes you groove.

The Postman Express Hour with DJ JD, DJ MacChillin, & DJ Jack - 3 DJs give their take on a specific "post" genre, be it post-folk jangling, post-psychedelic, post-rock, post-punk, any other post. Exploring jarring, weird and stimulating new music, and placing it in a historical context.

3-4 am
Search and Recover with DJ Cheshire Cat

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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