Thursday, November 1, 2012

10-31-12 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, Oct. 31st, 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!!


Here's a rundown of some of what’s scheduled to be happening in our area:
Thursday and every first Thursday at the Buttonwood Tree, 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

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. This free event will be held 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 March 11th 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 in downtownNew Haven.
At Toad’s Place tonight,  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.

More can be found at

And at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight it’s Halloween with Milksop: Unsung, featuring Jacques le Coque; Dr. Caterwaul with the Cygnet Sisters; and Modern Merchant. Hosted by Dan Rice • Prizes will be awarded 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. More can be found at

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight it’s the Blues Jam with Tim McDonald.
And Thursday, it’s The Clams & 9th Wave. All of the shows begin 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. More can be found at

Now let’s look at cinema off the beaten path in Central Connecticut

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).
More  can be found at

Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College's movie theater, “Robot and Frank,” with Frank Langella, continues through tonight.
Also tonight 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. More details can be found at

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, electronic, 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 The Vault with DJ Anton Banks. On the air since 1995! Presenting listeners with the very latest in underground electronica on vinyl format, so the music can be heard as it was intended. Regularly featuring exclusive sets from international producers and DJs.

Then from 11pm-midnight, it's The Smorgasboard with Hygge Li and Maneki Neko
A colossal mix of electronic infused with the spices of dance.

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 Today Is Yesterday’s Tomorrow with Fuzzball
Follow along as we ride the contours of recorded sound through history and explore the interplay of past and present.

And starting at 2:30 and running for an hour it's Alive Not Amplified with Adrien
The longest running student radio show on WESU! Electronics discouraged.

And from 3:30 to 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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