Good afternoon, it's Monday, September 17th, and this is the Jive at Five - WESU's Daily community calendar and rundown 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 Maria Johnson, host of the new show Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, to be heard for the first time tomorrow at 4 pm here at WESU. Thanks for tuning in.
Tonight at 7:30 at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s the "Anything Goes" Open Mic night.
Tomorrow at 7 at the Buttonwood, relieve stress with the Laughter Yoga Playshop. Did you know that laughter clubs have met regularly for more than 15 years in major parks in India? Mylène Poitras, a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, will lead the free session.
Also on Wednesday, from 5 to 8 p.m., the Middletown Gallery Walk, held on the third Wednesday of the month into October, will take place. Spend the evening exploring North End galleries, shops, and restaurants and enjoy special promotions and discounts. Middletown’s North End is undergoing a change – come and be a part of the change you wish to see!
Food Not Bombs shares food beginning about 1 pm Sundays in front of The Buttonwood Tree. Anyone is welcome. Consider yourself invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.
Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on its website at www.buttonwood.org.
Tomorrow and Wednesday, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Oddfellows Playhouse, auditions begin for two shows. Actors in grades 9-12 are invited to try out for “William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead: A True Account of the Zombie Plague of 1599” and Paula Vogel’s “A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration.” For more information, call 860-347-6143.
On Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Russell Library, there will be a Constitution Day Celebration, with federal Judge Stefan R. Underhill speaking on “The Constitution Today.” Find out how the Constitution is relevant today and how it can help guide us through pressing contemporary issues.
On Saturday at the Russell Library, the Russell Knitters meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
And all through September drawings, paintings and sculpture by inmates of Connecticut prisons will be displayed at the Russell Library. The exhibit is sponsored by Community Partners in Action, which operates on the belief that the arts are an important tool for inmates to develop life skills while also providing the general public a window into an often-unseen part of our community.
Over at Wesleyan University’s CFA Hall at 5 p.m. tomorrow, the Center for the Arts will present a free artist’s talk by Andrew Raftery. Using the age-old technique of engraving, Raftery has created a thoroughly contemporary commentary of real estate and social relations today. The exhibition at the Davison Art Center includes models, figure models and working drawings prepared for the series, "Open House." The talk will be followed by a reception at the Davison Art Center gallery.
On Thursday, the Center for the Arts’s “Performance Now” Film Series, featuring French conceptual dance, will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Film Studies 190, the Powell Family Cinema.
On Saturday, from 8 to 10 p.m., the Center for the Arts brings the Anonymous Ensemble’s “Liebe Love Amour!” to the CFA Theater. The ensemble’s latest interactive work is a raw, theatricalized "live film" of a search for an understanding of the phenomenon of love, inspired by the iconography of actress and singer Marlene Dietrich and director Erich von Stroheim. The audience's stories become part of the fabric of the piece as they help guide the spontaneous "choose-your-own-adventure" narrative.
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
Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, tonight brings A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends, and Wednesday is the weekly EDM Night.
Friday at Toad’s, it’s Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime, with Scotty Don’t and The Green Line, followed by Afton Presents, with a wide array of bands.
Then Sunday it’s ASAP Rocky, with three packages of tickets to choose from.
Go to Toadsplace.com for details.
Over at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight it’s the Fistful of Jokes Comedy Series, hosted by the Morgan Brothers Andrew and Jerry.
Tomorrow at 9 at Café Nine, it’s the Elm City Americana series, a local roots-rock showcase.
Wednesday, Die Hipster presents “Unpunked,” presenting the area’s snarliest punks playing acoustic renditions of their favorite songs.
Thursday at Café Nine, Manic Productions presents Raymond Raposa with his musical project Castanets, part of the freak-folk movement; also on Thursday, Alameda; and The Mountain.
Friday’s Café Nine happy hour features Robin Banks and Bingo for Booby Prizes, followed Rohn Lawrence and Friends.
Saturday, the Afternoon Jazz Jam from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. is hosted by Morris Trent Trio, followed by CT.COM and ADVOCATE’s WEEKLY GRAND BAND SLAM WINNERS SHOWCASE: Hannah Fair; Dan Soto; GraveRobbers; and Elison Jackson.
Then the weekend is rounded out with the Sunday After-Supper Jam starting at 8 p.m., with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-.
More at cafenine.com.
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is Jazz Monday, the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. See jazzmondays.org for more.
Tomorrow night at Sally’s, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, jams and works out new material beginning at 8 p.m.
Wednesday brings the Blues Jam with Brandt Taylor, one of the
longest running open blues jams in New England! Featuring a different host each week.
Thursday, it’s Advocate’s Grand Band Slam, with Bad Rooster, Forgotten By Friday, and Daphne Lee Martin & Raise The Rent.
Friday at Sally’s, just back from Europe, it’s Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood taking the stage at 9 with a high-energy mix of Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Soul and funky Texas Blues.
Saturday, it’s the Tom Sanders Band, with former Blues Society President Tom and the boys laying down some tough blues rock.
More information at blackeyedsallys.com
Now let’s take a look at cinema – as well as a bit of public art – off the beaten path:
At Real Art Ways, Sleepwalk with Me continues through Thursday. Also, tonight at 7:30, for a free, one-time-only showing, it’s Occupy #S17, a performance of monologues crafted from interviews with Occupy activists conducted throughout the last year. The event marks the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.
This performance of Occupy #S17 is presented by Real Art Ways and the HartBeat Ensemble, and includes theater artists from HartBeat Ensemble, Hartford Stage Company, ARTFARM, Theater 4, Baited Breath and Jaques Lamarre, a CT Playwright.
On Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Real Art Ways presents the unveiling of Adam Niklewicz’s “The Charter Oak,” a water mural located at 215 Pearl Street in downtown Hartford, on the exterior wall of a long-vacant deconsecrated synagogue. The mural, while barely visible when the wall is dry, blossoms into full detail when water saturates the piece, a symbol of Connecticut’s revolutionary spirit. The iconic image, which appears and disappears from view, is based on Charles DeWolf Brownell’s painting of 1857 in the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum. After a brief reception, all are invited back to Real Art Ways for Creative Cocktail Hour. After the initial reception, the mural will be "watered" every day at 3PM until the beginning of November.
A companion piece, “Walking Around a Tree,” will debut on Saturday. The projection, which animates a young tree that revolves 360 degrees, will be displayed at night, high on the exterior of the AT&T building adjacent to the synagogue.
On Friday and continuing into next week, the films “Mahler on the Couch” and “You’ve Been Trumped” will be screened.
Information about all events at realartways.org.
At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema, “Damsels in Distress continues tonight and tomorrow. Written and directed by Whit Stillman, it’s about well-spoken co-eds who are bored to distraction by their classmates and so go on a mission to improve the music, clothes, dance – and especially the fraternity men – on campus.
Wednesday through Saturday, it’s the Woody Allen film “To Rome with Love,” four intertwined stories of Americans and Italians bewitched by the Eternal City.
Then Sunday begins “Farewell, My Queen,” set during the French Revolution and focusing on the emotional lives of four women living at Versailles.
Tickets and times at cinestudio.org.
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU as we kick off the new Fall Season.
Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s 5:05-6pm
Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry. From classic bop to smooth contemporary sounds. A well-rounded jazz show for true jazz heads.
From 6-6:30 p.m., it’s Free Speech Radio News, your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.
From 6:30-8 pm, 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.
Then from 8-9:30 pm, it’s the Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis, the best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and latin dancefloor grooves.
From 9:30-11:30 pm, stay focused for The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee, the music of yesterday’s future, today.
After that, from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., it’s A Hate Supreem with DJ AWOL, he melodic, improvisational, and off-kilter groove of jazz coupled with the overtly technical, rigidly composed, and aggressively loud elements of metal.
From 12:30 to 1:30 a.m., it’s Maelstrom of the Weird with Phil Void, surveying punk in all its innovation and abrasion – be it first wave, hardcore, post-punk, or noise.
Then, from 1:30 to 2:30 a.m., it’s Live From The Paris Hotel with The Sparrow, a mercurial mixture of pop music and poetry, where the ravings of mad poets and mods dissipate into a smoky rain spilling down on an ocean of umbrellas. A showcase of all dimensions of lyric-centric pop from the 1950s to the present, interspersed with spoken word tracks and poetry readings.
Then, from 2:30 to 3:30 a.m., it’s Maximum Rock and Roll Radio, a weekly radio show featuring the best DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore.
Then, from 3:30-4am, DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections
You’ve lost someone. Let’s find them.
The BBC World News kicks on from 4 to 5 a.m., and then NPR’s Morning Edition begins at 5.
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