Sunday, February 19, 2012

2-20 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, February 20th, 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.

All this month, Bill Revill, Meriden artist and WESU DJ, is showing over 50 of his seascape, landscape and other types of paintings at the Sandman Gallery, 14 West Main Street, Meriden. To contact the gallery, call 203-686-0000.

Middletown's third graders are invited to explore their past and partake in
The Middlesex County Historical Society's William E. Sheedy Memorial History Contest. Each spring Middletown third graders are invited to research the life of an ancestor and report their findings in an essay format. Materials have been distributed to the Middletown Public Schools and some private schools. Third graders from Middletown who are home schooled or attend private schools may participate by contacting the Society at 860-346-0746 to receive a packet of instructions. Entries are due at the Society, located in the General Joseph Mansfield House, 151 Main Street, Middletown, no later than 5:00 pm on April 5.

Korean-born and Brooklyn-based playwright and director Young Jean Lee gives a talk in Wesleyan's Memorial Chapel tomorrow. Lee's works deal with issues such as gender identity and race in unpredictable, inventive and humorous ways. A 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, Ms. Lee founded her own theater company in 2003, swiftly becoming one of this country's most influential voices in experimental theater. The talk is at 8, with a book signing to follow. More information online at

Tomorrow, the middletown commission on the arts has their monthly meeting
at 7 in Rm. 208 of the Municipal Building, 245 deKoven Dr. All are welcome.

Professor of Art David Schorr will talk about how he came to produce the exhibition "APOTHECARY (storehouse)", a collections of prints featuring imagined potions and elixirs.
Wednesday at 4:30pm in CFA Hall. Free admission.
For more information, please visit the CFA website at

Wednesday night at 9, Richard Buckner performs with The Backyard Committee at Bar in New Haven, 254 Crown Street. Buckner will perform songs from his 8th Album, Meadow. It's about the restless energy of the heart, full speed ahead, or the consequences taken and embraced, those good and those bad. The false starts, roadblocks, and pitfalls along the way only add to the richness of the journey. This concert is free of charge to ages 21 and over. visit bar for more details.

Celebrated author Robert Sullivan will read from his recent work on Wednesday, February 22nd at 8:00 P.M. in Wesleyan University’s Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT.
Robert Sullivan is the author of Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants, The Meadowlands: Wilderness Adventures on the Edge of a City, How Not To Get Rich, and The Thoreau You Don’t Know. He has written for many periodicals, including The New Yorker and Vogue, where he is a contributing editor.
Free and open to the public.
For more information, please call 860.685.3448 or visit Wesleyan Writing Events

Thursday at 8, Spoken word/slam poet Javon Johnson merges the sharp criticism of critical race and gender theory with comedy, lyricism and hip-hop rhyme schemes to discuss the power of words, communication and performance. Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 8pm in Crowell Concert Hall.
For more information, please visit the
CFA website

thursday 7-9 in the Daniel Family Commons at 45 Wyllys Ave,
Black history month keynote speaker, Touré, is a journalist, novelist, and TV host on FUSE. He will be discussing topics from his recent book, Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?

Saturday, Two wesleyan students and an art instructor will lead students in a glass cutting workshop where they will learn how to work with glass. Join us as we create Stained Glass from 4:30 to 6:30 in Albritton 311

Saturday, Benin-born jazz guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke combines harmonic sophistication, soaring melodies and grounding in West African music to create a warm, intimate sound with his trio, which features Swedish-born bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Marcus Gilmore.
There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:15pm.
The concert starts at 8 in Wesleyan's Crowell Concert Hall
For more information :

Saturday at 7 in Fayerweather 202 in Beckham Hall on the Wesleyan University Campus, see SPILL
A collaboration between writer Leigh Fondakowski and visual artist Reeva Wortel, "SPILL" is a new play and installation that explores the true human and environmental cost of oil. "SPILL" is based in part on interviews with people from the Gulf Coast of southern Louisiana in the wake of the "Deepwater Horizon" oil spill of April 2010, the largest environmental disaster in United States history. The performances at Wesleyan are the first public showing of the art installation, featuring life-sized painted portraits of the interviewees, along with a choral reading of the play. 
more online at

The Buttonwood Tree on Main Street presents Riverwood Poetry Series.
Saturday at 6:30pm. THis week, see Ngoma, a performance poet, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and paradigm shifter, who for over 40 years has used culture as a tool to raise sociopolitical and spiritual consciousness through work that encourages critical thought.
For More Info:

the Alturas Duo Concert at the Russell Library has been moved to its snow date, which is this Saturday at 2 in the Russell Library Hubbard Room.
The Alturas Duo is one of the most engaging ensembles performing in the chamber music world today.  The only group of its kind, they created the idea of playing South American and classical music by bringing together the unusual combination of the viola, charango and guitar.

This week, see tracy walter ferry's exhibit, "genetically modified organisms"In the Niche at Middlesex Community College through Mar. 2 in Pegasus Gallery.
The assemblages of Tracy Walter Ferry are influenced by processes of microbiological and genetic experimentation. Inspired by her work as a registered nurse, these mixed media sculptures are anatomical in nature and combine contrasting components and materials. Balloons, children's toys, baby nipples, x-rays, fabric, thread, medical and building hardware are manipulated into striking organic forms that balance the sharp, soft, fragile and resilient.
For more information please contact:
Matthew Weber, Art Curator

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.

Sunday at 4, The Poetry Potluck series continues at the Buttonwood Tree.
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.  It will occur on the third Sunday of each month.

Now here's what's going on in the world of cinema in central connecticut:

All this week at Real Art Ways in Hartford, catch runs of this year's Oscar-nominated shorts, both animated and live-action- both extending through thursday. Also playing through Thursday is Sing Your Song, which unearths Harry Belafonte's significant contribution to and his leadership in the civil rights movement in America and to social justice globally. This powerful documentary reveals Belafonte's multifaceted contributions to the arts, the U.S. Civil Rights movement, the fight against Apartheid, ending starvation in Ethiopia, and much more. Friday and Saturday catch Tomboy, a story of a young french girl who lives as a boy. Tickets, trailers and more at

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College Cinema in Hartford, presents a 40th Anniversary screening of the newly restored director’s cut of The Last Picture Show, in which two texas high school seniors' lives are changed by first affairs, tragedy, the shadow of the Korean War, and their own dawning maturities.
Thursday, Cinestudio has a special showing of The Yacoubian Building. this epic film is a revealing look at life in Egypt before last year’s demands for change in Tahrir Square, Hidden behind the closed doors of a single Cairo art deco apartment building. More Online at

Thursday, see Resotration, nominated for 11 Israeli Academy Awards, at the Goldsmith Family Cinema at 8. this film centers on Mr. Fidelman's attachment to his antique restoration workshop. After his longtime business partner dies, Fidelman rejects his son's idea to sell his business in order to build an apartment complex on the site. Fidelman believes that with the help of his new apprentice, Anton, he will find a way to save his workshop and preserve his solitary world. Speaker, Peter Gedrys,a professional restorer, will deliver a talk, "Restoration: Embracing the Past While Creating the Future."
for more information, contact Dalit Katz (

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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