Sunday, October 28, 2012

Mon., Oct. 29 Jive at Five

Mon., Oct 29 Jive
Good afternoon, it's Monday, Oct. 29th, 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 “Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith,” which airs tomorrow, and every 1st, 3rd and, when there is one, 5th Tuesday, from 4 p.m. to right before the Jive. Tomorrow’s episode will feature an interview with Judith Levitt, a photojournalist whose portraits of Catholic women priests appeared recently in the New York Times.
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This episode of the Jive is being recorded as Hurricane Sandy has barely touched us, so you'd be wise to check with the venues listed before heading out to an event.


Here's a rundown of some of what’s scheduled to be happening in our area:
Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree, it’s the Anything Goes open mic night at 7:30.
Thursday and every first Thursday, it’s Open Mic with Bob Gotta; sign-ups start at 6:30.
Friday brings a co-bill to the Buttonwood, with Kyle Carey & Sean Earnest and Liz Simmons & Flynn Cohen, an evening of roots-steeped Celtic Americana. Experience the camaraderie of traditional folk music– and inspired new compositions.
Saturday at the Buttonwood Tree, it’s An Evening with IYQ: The Isaac Young Quartet Jazz Band. 
Every Sunday at about 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood, Food Not Bombs shares vegetarian food. All are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on their website at
For information about all Buttonwood events, go to
Tomorrow at 7 p.m., The Middlesex County Historical Society and the Russell Library present “Panic in Connecticut: Accused Witches Have Their Say,” a one-woman show in which actress Virginia Wolf brings to life five women accused of witchcraft in 17th century Connecticut. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Hubbard Room of Russell Library. For further information, call the Historical Society at 860-346-0746.
On Thursday afternoon, Wesleyan’s Music & Public Life series continues with: Instrumental influence: a discussion of musical trends in political advertising. Using the data from the Wesleyan Media Project, this presentation will analyze the content of current political ads and the type of music they contain. The free event will be at 4:15 p.m. at CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace.
Another Music & Public Life event on Thursday is: Kuromori Kagural a centuries-old folk music and dance tradition from northern Japan that even the ferocious earthquake and tsunami of 3/11 could not destroy. It will take place at 8 pm at Wesleyan’s Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue.
Thursday also begins the 4th Annual Middletown International Film Festival. Russell Library has partnered with Middlesex Community College and Wesleyan University to select and screen six acclaimed international films on Thursday evenings this fall. Each screening is at 7:00 p.m. and is followed by a scholarly discussion of the film’s cultural and societal themes. Thursday’s screening at Wesleyan’s Film Center will be of the 2010 Korean film “Poetry,” in which a sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.
Friday’s Music & Public Life event is a performance by Wesleyan University Jazz Ensemble Coach Noah Baerman at 8 p.m. at the Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street. He will be joined by his longtime trio partners bassist Henry Lugo and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza.
Also on Friday, at 8 p.m., the university’s Navaratri Festival continues with vocal music of south india with vocalist and artist in residence B. Balasubrahmaniyan in concert at the Crowell Concert Hall. The concert will open with a performance by Wesleyan students and there will be a pre-concert talk at 7:15pm by Wesleyan Ph.D. Candidate Joseph Getter.
Continuing Friday’s abundance of riches, over at the First Church of Christ Parish Hall, 190 Court Street,  the Diversion will present a comedy night at 7:30 p.m., featuring these four acts: Tick Tick… BOOM!; The Sticks Improv;  Wesleyan University's own Gag Reflex; and Desperate Measures. Reservations are recommended. Call 860-325-2386 or visit for more info.
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
Now here’s a look at what’s going on down in New Haven.
At Toad’s Place tonight, it’s A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends.
Tuesday brings Citizen Cope to the Toad’s stage.
Then Wednesday, it’s WPLR’s Kooks and Spooks Convention, with costume contests and prizes. That will be followed by the weekly EDM Night.
Thursday, it’s State Radio and Bronze Radio Return.
Friday brings Max Creek and the McLovins.
Sunday, it’s Matisyahu and The Constellations.
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And at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight is the Acoustic Open Mic Night with Miss Kriss.
Tomorrow, Manic Productions Presents: The David Mayfield Parade; w/ Hoots & Hellmouth and Elison Jackson.
Wednesday, it’s Halloween with Milksop: Unsung, featuring Jacques le Coque; Dr. Caterwaul with the Cygnet Sisters; and Modern Merchant. Hosted by Dan Rice • Prizes for best costume!
Thursday brings Jonathan Edwards to Café Nine.
And Friday, it’s The Manchurians; w/ Anne Castellano & the Smoke; and Forgotten By Friday.
Saturday, it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host The Mike Coppola Trio, followed The Heritage Blues Quartet; w/ The George Baker Trio.
Then  Sunday at 8, it’s the Sunday After Supper Jam with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars.
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Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is Jazz Monday.
And tomorrow brings Michael Palin's Other Orchestra.
Wednesday, it’s the Blues Jam with Tim McDonald.
And Thursday, it’s The Clams & 9th Wave. All of the shows are at 8 p.m.
Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., it’s the 5h annual Feed the People fundraiser, with music by Kumar Ramanan. Donations of non-perishable foods, cash and checks made payable to Feed the People are welcome. The fundraiser is followed at 9 by Forward Motion.
Saturday brings Joe Louis Walker to Sally’s for a 9 o’clock performance of electric blues.
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Now let’s look at cinema outside the Cineplex box:
At Real Art Ways, the film “How to Survive a Plague” continues tonight through Thursday, as does “Bill W.”
Friday begins a run of “Stars in Shorts” and “Wake in Fright (Outback).” Friday is also the every-first-Friday Gaze event, featuring music by My Gay Banjo.
Opening Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. and running into March, it’s the exhibition Intimate Science, showcasing works reaching beyond conventional approaches in up-close observation.
Then Sunday, The Story of Film: An Odyssey continues at 1 p.m. with Part 4: “European New Wave” and  “New Directors, New Forms” (the 1960s).
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Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College's movie theater, “Robot and Frank,” with Frank Langella, continues through Wednesday.
Also on Wednesday and running through Saturday, it’s The Dark Knight Rises, which the theater calls your last chance to see the film on a screen bigger that your laptop.
Sunday, National Theatre Live presents Timon of Athens, followed by Sleepwalk with Me.
Details at
If you do venture out to any of the events listed on the Jive, we hope you'll be careful out there. A better idea, for today and tomorrow, anyway, is to stay put and listen to the amazing programming on WESU. Here's what's on tonight:

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, a well-rounded jazz show for true jazz heads.
That’s followed from 6-6:30pm by Free Speech Radio News, your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.
From 6:30-8pm, 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 8-9:30pm, it’s Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis, the best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, etc.  
From 9:30-11:30pm, it’s The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee, the music of yesterday's future, today.
Then from 11:30pm-12:30am, it’s A Hate Supreem with DJ AWOL, combining jazz and metal.
From 12:30-1:30am, 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.
From 1:30-2:30am, it’s Live From The Paris Hotel with The Sparrow, a mercurial mixture of pop music and poetry.
Then from 2:30-3:30am, it’s Maximum Rock and Roll Radio, a weekly radio show featuring the best DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore.
From 3:30-4am, DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections: You've lost someone. Let's find them.
From 4 to 5 a.m., the BBC World News kicks in, your chance to hear about the day's news from the famous British news network.
Then from 5-10am, it’s Morning Edition from National Public Radio, a daily offering of news and information from NPR.
And that’s it for today’s Jive at Five. The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at
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