Saturday, February 11, 2012

February 13th Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, February 13th, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Tomorrow, Otakus of Russell Library Unite!
at 7, the Russell Library’s Teen Group for fans of Anime, Manga and all things Japanese meet in the Hubbard room. No Registration necessary - Ages 12 and up, please.

Celebrated author Daniyal Mueenuddin will read from his recent work on Wednesday 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

Wednesday at 7, the Middletown Rotary Club presents "one book/one middletown",  a talk by professor of history william johnston about Laura Hillenbrand's book ‘Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption’
This talk is 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.

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.

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

Passing Time
Guest Curators: Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of c2, curatorsquared
Friday, January 27 through Sunday, March 4, 2012
Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 from 5pm to 7pm
Gallery Talk at 5:30pm by Judith Hoos Fox
Visit the Passing Time website for more information and reflections by faculty.
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. Some artists turn to sport, some to music; some refer to nature and its rhythms to explore concepts of time--short term, long term and terminating. Others partner with time itself in their making of art. Time is a concept that philosophers and physicists ponder. Time provides a framework that orders, measures and defines. We spend time, we waste it, we keep it; time flies, it drags. It is elastic in its perception--long when we are young, gaining momentum as we age. This exhibition explores the relationship between the time of our life and the time of the eons. The exhibit features works by Rineke Dijkstra (The Netherlands), Shaun Gladwell (Australia), Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Stefana McClure and Bill Viola (United States), among others

Here's what's showing in theaters nearby:

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. Ingrid Bergman is radiant as the ultimate Hitchcock heroine: blonde, intelligent, and, quite possibly, duplicitous. 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 wednesday. Tomorrow 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 on Wednesday, 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, stay tuned to WESU, because after the Jive, it's Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry
From classic bop to smooth contemporary sounds. A well-rounded jazz show for true jazz heads.

at 6, Free Speech Radio News brings your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

6:30, it's 75% Folk with Michael Benson- A serving of contemporary folk and acoustic music with side orders of blues, jazz, world, pop, movie soundtracks, readings and occasional live interviews. Bring a big plate.

at 8, Uncle Dad spins Eclectic but dad-friendly sets showcasing funk, soul, R&B and groovy tunes from afropop to electronica in his show, Uncle Dad Air

9:30 The Attention Deficit DJ with Lee
The music of yesterday’s future, today.

at 11, it's Total Trash with "A"
From stage dives and pile-ons to grudges and misanthropy. Hardcore, youth crew, crust, grind, thrash, powerviolence, emotional whatever, sludge-/black metal and more. 

Midnight comes The Noisy Wheelbarrow with Zach Schonfeld and DJ Meat Pie, merging noise rock and other noise-based music with poetry and verse, highlighting both seminal and up and coming artists who have blended the spoken word with experimental music.

At 1, it's 600 Pounds of Sin with Maggie
A brew of prog rock, jam band, metal, and the spaces between.

2 am, it's  Mind the Gap with Tyler 
A music and poetry hybrid, incorporating songs and literary works into shimmering explosions, demanding to be heard

3-4am , Maximum Rock and Roll Radio 
A weekly radio show featuring the best DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rocknroll record collection.

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 (the five is the number five), and if you know of any events that you'd like to have announced on the Jive, send them to

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