Wednesday, October 10, 2012

10-10-12 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, October 10th, 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for tuning in!!

Tonight, at the Buttonwood Tree, it’s the “Evening Oasis” belly dancing presentation.
Thursday – and the second Thursday of every month – brings Writers Out Loud!, an open mic night and critique of literary prose; participants can sign up at 6:45.

Friday evening, Karaoke with Deni comes to the Buttonwood, and Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m., it’s a free afternoon of readings by International Poets – their only Connecticut stop on a whirlwind tour, with live music, an open mic, and a lavish reception with Indian foods.

Saturday night, from 8 to 10 p.m., catch “Explorations in Sound,” with Rich McGhee and Margaux Modimo at The Buttonwood Tree. Tickets are $10.
On Sunday, "Food Not Bombs" shares food in front of the Buttonwood beginning about 1 p.m. All are welcome! Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on its website at

Wednesday evening, at 8 p.m., poet and biographer Lisa Jarnot reads at the university’s Russell House. Jarnot's acclaimed biography of the San Francisco poet Robert Duncan was published this year, and her Selected Poems is forthcoming next year. She teaches poetry and works as a freelance gardener in Queens, New York.

On Thursday at Wesleyan, WESU will host Ilya Marritz, Wesleyan class of '99, as the station's lecture series continues. Marritz is a business reporter for WNYC and has worked as a producer for the Brian Lehrer Show and NPR's All Things Considered. He has contributed stories to NPR's Morning Edition and reported with radio stations in Berlin and Prague about everything from employment and economic development to energy and the environment. His talk on Thursday at CFA Hall about his experience working in public radio will be from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

This evening at Russell library, everyone who cares about Middletown and the Russell Library is invited to “Bringing Together People and Ideas for the Future.” Attend one of the Library's Public Forums on either this evening at 6:00 p.m., or on Saturday morning, November 10, at 9:00 a.m.

The forums will be led by Alan Gray, a planning consultant with extensive experience in libraries, the business world, and in education.

On Saturday at the Russell Library, the Russell Knitters meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Look for more info at

Over at the Wesleyan Potters gallery shop, through Nov. 2, you can catch “Fibers,” a show of baskets and weavings in the Gallery Shop.
With the arrival of fall, farmers’ markets have given way to country fairs, including this one: the Portland Fair on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, on the Exchange Club Grounds, Rte 17A in Portland. Go to for details.

For the latest in local arts and entertainment anytime you're not hearing it on our Jive, go to – the City’s website for what’s going on and what’s to do with a highlight on the arts in Middletown. That's

Tonight, down at Toad’s Place in New Haven, you can catch The White Panda on the Toad’s stage, as well as 2 A.M. Club and Kinetics and One Love, as well as the usual EDM Night.

Thursday, it’s WAKA FLOCKA FLAME, along with Reema Major and Wooh Da Kid.
Then Friday, it’s EOTO and Jansten. Sunday evening you can catch Rebelution, Passafire and Through the Roots. More information and details can be found at

Over at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight, TACO HUT MUSIC Presents: Fake Babies; Netherfriends; Mission Zero; and Ports of Spain and on Thursday, it’s Black Top Forest.

And on Friday, the happy hour features Billy Calash & Friends, followed by Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys.

Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted Gary Grippo and Friends, followed by the Manic Productions presentation of the David Liebe Hart Band of Tim and Eric's Awesome Show and Adult Swim.

Sunday afternoon brings Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School to Café Nine: What do you get when you combine art school and alcohol? A great time and some creative drawings. Come down and enjoy a fun three hours of life drawing.

That’s followed at 8 by the Sunday-After-Supper Jam, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More info can be found at

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight at 8, it’s the weekly Blues Jam with Ray Morant. Sally’s hosts one of the longest running open blues jams in New England, featuring a different host each week.

Friday, the Eric Gales Band band takes the Sally’s stage. He plays his blues guitar upside-down and left-handed in the style passed down by his grandfather Dempsey Garrett, Sr, who was known to jam with Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.

And on Saturday at 9, it’s the Bluegrass Hoedown with three bands for the price of one: Too Blue; Cornfed Dogs; and Chasing Blue. More can be found online at

Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten path in central CT:

At Real Art Ways tonight, it's “Inescapable Rhythms”;  a second-Wednesday-of-the-month poetry reading and open mic series that takes its title from the Wallace Stevens poem, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird." Stevens was a major American Modernist poet and a badass Hartford resident.

Thursday, Real Art Ways features Improvisations, featuring Marco Eneidi on alto sax, Joe Morris on guitar and Stephen Haynes on cornet. Improvisations is an artist-curated performance series centering on improvised music.

Also on Thursday, the screening of Presidential campaign-season debates continues with the vice-presidential candidates battling it out on Real Art Ways big screen. The cafe opens at 5 PM, and the debate starts at 9 PM. Get your absolute political fill in addition to drink specials, debate BINGO and free WIFI for all of your tweeting, blogging or Facebooking needs.

The debates will lead up to a special election night event featuring a live, in-house broadcast by WNPR's Colin McEnroe and John Dankosky.

Friday begins seven days of the documentary film “Bill W.,” the story of the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Saturday’s screening of “Bill W.” is followed by a one-time showing of “Breaking the Maya Code.” The complex and beautiful Maya hieroglyphic script was until recently the world's last major undeciphered writing system. Its decoding has unlocked the secrets of one of mankind's greatest civilizations.

That’s followed by “The Room.” Called “the best terrible movie ever,” it’s booked for monthly late shows at Real Art Ways.

Then Sunday begins the series, “The Story of Film: An Odyssey.”
Prodigious, poetic, and unlike any other “history” of cinema, Mark Cousins’s The Story of Film: An Odyssey is, as the title promises, a thrilling journey. Cousins’s personal voyage—complete with side-trips and retraced steps—is an illuminating, idiosyncratic tour of the emotional and intellectual pleasures of cinema.
Offered in 15 weekly chapters, with a combined running time of 15 hours, the film is a treasure trove of clips from films both famous and underappreciated, interviews from a global who’s-who of filmmakers, and passionate, provocative commentary.
Sunday’s chapter covers the “Birth of the Cinema” (from 1900–1920); and “The Hollywood Dream” (the 1920s.) More can be found at

Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s theater, “Ruby Sparks” continues through this evening.

Then Thursday brings a free, one-time showing of “The Cup,”  a fascinating and amusing look at the Western influences reaching into a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. High in the Himalayas, the young monks (who play themselves in the film) have devoted their lives to an ancient religious tradition and rigorous spiritual discipline. They are also high-spirited teenagers obsessed with soccer.

Friday begins screenings of “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Armed with a 16mm camera and a limited budget, a New Orleans collective of filmmakers took off for a Louisiana bayou to make a movie (with non-professional actors) about a 6-year-old girl named Hushpuppy and her father Wink, living on the economic edge. What they came back with is homegrown magic realism and two astonishing performances - along with the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Cannes Film Festival prize for Best First Film.

Sunday, there’s also a matinee feature, National Theatre Live presents THE LAST OF THE HAUSSMANS, a three-generational drama set in a crumbling Art Deco cottage on England’s Devon coast. The matriarch, in a show-stopping turn by Julie Walters, has summoned her children and grandchildren as she recovers from cancer. No tea and scone-serving Granny, she is an alternately hilarious and selfish survivor of the 1960s, whose radical journey has brought an angry next generation home to roost.
Tickets and information at

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive at 5, it's the Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano. An hour of the latest and greatest in the world of independent rock, pop, electronica, and experimental music out there today.

From 6-6:30 it's
Free Speech Radio News. Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

Starting at 6:30 and running until 8pm it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion. Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

From 8-9:30pm it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

Beginning at 9:30 until11pm it's Missteps with Guy Fridge and Nicholas Msall

Missteps is a club night, record label, and radio show run by Guy Fridge and Nicholas Msall that seeks to bring attention to the latest in underground club music from around the world. Missteps focuses on forward-thinking dance music including juke, global bass music, uk-garage, underground house/techno, and wonky beats.

Then from 11pm-midnight, it's Shelf Life with DJ Quandry

Shelf Life is an electronic music show consisting of random cds plucked from the shelves of the electronic music section minutes before the start of the show. It's a guaranteed way to discover new, different, and surprising artists in the electronic genre.

From midnight to 1:30am, DJ Gus Lo presents Midnight Munchies! Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving for!

From 1:30-2:30am it's Pop! Goes My Heart with Ian McCarthy

From 2:30-3:30am it's Alive Not Amplified with Adrien
The longest running student radio show on WESU! Electronics discouraged.

And starting at  3:30 until 4am it's DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections
You’ve lost someone. Let’s find them.

The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow's broadcast at 5 a.m. 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, and if you know of any events that you'd like to have announced on the Jive, send them to

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