Good afternoon, it's Monday, Oct. 15 – the Ides of October – 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 weeknights and weekends.
I'm Maria Johnson, host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs every 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday, from 4 to 4:55, right before the Jive. It’s a thoughtful discussion of progressive issues of faith and action, with interviews, features, book reviews, news and commentary. Look for it tomorrow, with an episode about the lay organization Voice of the Faithful and its 10 years of challenging the Church.
Here's a rundown of what else is happening in our area:
Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s the weekly “Anything Goes”open mic night.
Tomorrow night at 8 brings a free Laughter Yoga Playshop with Mylene.
Wednesday is the every-third-Wednesday Middletown North End Gallery Walk, when participating galleries, shops and restaurants collaborate and offer special promotions and discounts.
Then Friday at the Buttonwood, enjoy the “Talking to Walls’ Acoustic Rock Concert,” in which British arena rock meets American garage & indie.
Saturday night, guitarist Gale Wade performs an evocative mélange of Americana, bluegrass and blues, accompanied by Steve Wade, also on guitar.
Every Sunday at about 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood, Food Not Bombs shares vegetarian food. Anyone is welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.
Speaking of food, there will be a Poetry Potluck from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Buttonwood. It’s an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works.
Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on its website at www.buttonwood.org.
On Wednesday afternoon at 4:15, at Wesleyan University’s CFA Hall, it’s the 36th annual Navaratri Festival Colloquium on the legacy of the festival’s late founder T. Viswanathan, who taught at Wesleyan from 1975 to 2002. A panel of faculty members and Viswanathan's students will discuss aspects of his profound Wesleyan legacy in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of his death.
(The festival concerts themselves will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in either Crowell Concert Hall or World Music Hall. Details at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.)
On Wednesday, at 5 p.m., Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts will present Weston Naef’s "Drawing with Light—Experimental Photography Today." Naef was the founding curator of the photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum until his retirement in 2009 and is the author of numerous books on photography. This free lecture at the Russell House at 350 High Street will discuss contemporary photographers who are using traditional materials in new ways.
On Friday evening at 7 “An Eye for an Eye: an Open Reading” will bring to Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel a play by 2012 Graduate Liberal Studies Program alumna Linda Napoletano. The play tells the story of Bangladeshi immigrant Rais Bhuiyan [RACE BOO-yawn], who was shot in the face in the wake of the September 11th World Trade Center attacks. After recovering from his injuries, the victim fought to save the shooter from execution. Mr. Bhuiyan, founder of World Without Hate, will lead a discussion after the reading.
This is the second of five events celebrating Graduate Liberal Studies' 60th Year.For more information call 860.685.2900 or go to Wesleyan.edu/masters.
On Saturday afternoon at 2 in the Zilkha Gallery, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents Wesleyan Alums in Performance Art, a free talk by practitioners of that art form.
Also on Saturday afternoon, as part of the university’s Music & Public Life series, a free discussion titled “Pop Music Producers & The Real World -- A Dysfunctional Marriage” will bring award-winning songwriter and record producer Carl Sturken, class of ’78, to campus. Mr. Sturken’s career has included making music for such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, and Rod Stewart, as well as discovering and signing pop superstar Rihanna.
The event will be at 3 p.m. in CFA Hall.
"Bigger Than You Think" - a play presented by Middletown Youth Services – will be performed at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Middletown High School performing arts center, 200 LaRosa Lane. Based on the stories of Middletown youth and adults, the play is described as "a short play with a huge purpose: helping Middletown's children grow up well." It will be followed by a conversation about creating a stronger community for youth. For information go to the Middletown Youth Services website.
The Russell Knitters meets Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Russell Library. They are an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise.
Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, tonight brings GWAR, Devil Driver, Cancer Bats, and Legacy of Disorder to the stage, followed by A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends.
Tomorrow, it’s the AP Tour, featuring Miss May I, The Ghost Inside, Like Moths To Flames, The Amity Affliction, and Glass Cloud.
Wednesday it’s the weekly EDM night, and Friday brings Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond. Shakedown recently won the Connecticut Music Award for best cover band. Also performing: Poor Old Shine and Full Spectrum.
Also on Friday, it’s Afton Presents, with Stealhead, Cloud Zenna, E.M.J., and Lauren G & Guests
More information at toadsplace.com.
Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight brings the monthly Fistful of Jokes Comedy Series, hosted by the Morgan Brothers Andrew and Jerry, with performers to be announced.
Tomorrow, it’s the Kineti-Go Magnetic Shuffleboard Tournament, a night of magnetic powered pub games, with a game inventor, Michael Stromberg, hosting.
Wednesday, it’s Unsung, Unplugged & Absolutely Unadulterated at Café Nine, with Travis Moody, Don DeStefano, Pat Haddon, and Kevin Saint James.
Thursday brings Oddball Entertainment: Jenn Bostic w/ Shellye Valauskas, Dean Falcone, and Terri Lynn.
Then Friday at Café Nine, the early show will feature Matt Jaffee, followed by The New Dirty; w/ Party Horse.
Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Tony Dioguardi and Friends, followed by Paper Hill Casket Company; w/ Eurisko and Bella's Bartok.
Then Sunday evening, it’s the Sunday-After-Supper Jam, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars.
More at cafenine.com.
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, it’s Jazz Monday.
Then tomorrow brings Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band jamming and working out new material.
Wednesday, it’s the Blues jam with Ed Bradley.
Friday, the Greg Sherrod Blues Band plays at Sally’s, and then Saturday, it’s Grayson Hugh, a singer/songwriter and master of the piano and Hammond B3 organ.
More at blackeyedsallys.com.
Now let’s think outside the cineplex box in central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways, the films “Liberal Arts”and “Bill W.” continue through most of the week. Also tomorrow, the Presidential debate will be shown on the big screen.
Thursday – being the third Thursday of the month – it’s the Creative Cocktail Hour, with Bi-Polar Jukebox, bringing creative people together for conversation, art and music.
Friday, the film “Detropia, a dreamlike collage of a documentary about Detroit.
Also on Friday, Real Art Ways presents Don Hertzfeldt's “It's Such A Beautiful Day Trilogy,” combining the cult animator’s recent “Bill” trilogy of short films into one darkly comedic feature.
Then Saturday night, it’s Burnt Sugar Does Steely Dan, a rendition of the Steely Dan songbook, taken apart and put back together in two sets.
Then on Sunday afternoon, the Story of Film: An Odyssey continues with part 2, “Expressionism, Impressionism and Surrealism: Golden Age of World Cinema” (1920s); and “The Arrival of Sound” (1930s).
More at www.realartways.com.
Tonight through Wednesday at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s movie theater, it’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Cannes Film Festival prize for Best First Film.
Thursday, it’s the Hartford premiere of “The Invisible War,” a documentary investigation into the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military. Director Kirby Dick will take questions following the film. This free event also includes a panel discussion that includes Senator Richard Blumenthal and activists for the cause.
Friday and Saturday, it’s “The Avengers,” directed by Wesleyan alum Joss Whedon.
Then Sunday begins screenings of “Keep the Lights On,” Ira Sachs’s semi-autobiographical film about his decade-long, loving, erotic, destructive love affair in New York City.
Details at www.cinestudio.org
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.
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 at 6 by Free Speech Radio News, your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.
Then from 6:30 to 8, stay tuned for 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.
From 8 to 9:30, 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.
From 9:30-11:30pm, it’s The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee, the music of yesterday's future, today.
Lee then pitches in and covers Dylan’s A Hate Supreem hour, from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
And at 12:30, he’s followed by Maelstrom of the Weird with Phil Void, surveying punk in all its innovation and abrasion - be it first wave, hardcore, post-pun, or noise.
At 1:30, something wonderful but yet to be decided will take the place of Live From The Paris Hotel with The Sparrow.
And then Maximum Rock and Roll Radio comes on at 2:30, featuring the best DIY punk, garage rock and
At 3:30, DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections: You've lost someone. Let's find them.
That’s followed at 4 by BBC World News, your chance to hear about the day's news from the famous British news network.
And then at 5 begins Morning Edition from National Public Radio, a daily offering of news and information from NPR.
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