Monday, November 26, 2012

Mon., Nov. 26 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, Nov. 26th, 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.
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Here's a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area:
At the Buttonwood Tree tonight, it’s the weekly “Anything Goes” Open Mic night.
Wednesday at the Buttonwood, it’s Karaoke w/ Deni.
Thursday brings The Music of Miles and Coltrane with the Noah Baerman Trio, featuring tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene.
The program is presented in conjunction with pianist and educator Noah Baerman’s course on Miles and Coltrain through Wesleyan University’s Graduate Liberal Studies program, and there will be a demonstration and Q&A session preceding the concert. Joining him and Jimmy Greene will be bassist Henry Lugo and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza.
Friday at the Buttonwood, it’s the Hartt School of Music: Classical Guitar Showcase. The Guitar Department at The Hartt School University of Hartford is the oldest performance-based guitar program in the country. The concert will feature ensemble and solo guitar music including guitar quartets, flute and guitar, as well as solos.
Saturday night, the Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet, which played last year at the White House, performs favorite jazz tunes and originals.
Sunday, and every Sunday, at about 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood Tree, Food Not Bombs serves vegetarian food. You’re invited to help prepare the meal at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church on Court.
Learn about all Buttonwood events at
At Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, Wednesday night brings the Braxton Ensemble Concert to Crowell Concert Hall.
Also on Wednesday, as part of the Adaptation Series, the film “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” starring Johnny Depp, will be screened at the Goldsmith Family Cinema in the Center for Film Studies. The Adaptation Series is a collaboration between the Friends of the Wesleyan Library and the Center for Film Studies to explore the transformation of literary texts to the movie screen. This adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel details his road trip across Western America searching for the “American Dream.”
Wednesday evening, an art lecture by University of Pennsylvania Prof. Andre Dombrowki will cover the relationship between Post-Impressionism and the history of modern, industrial time-keeping, focusing in particular on the advent of universal time in 1884 and Georges Seurat's pointillist art technique developed around the same time. It will be held at 41 Wyllys Ave.,  Room 112.

On Thursday evening, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents a festive concert of Ghanaian drumming and singing with Prof. Abraham Adzenyah and his advanced drumming class at Crowell Concert Hall.
Friday evening brings Music from East Asia to Wesleyan’s World Music Hall, featuring Wesleyan's East Asian Ensembles presenting a variety of musical styles and repertories from East Asian cultures.
Also on Friday, at Crowell Concert Hall, there will be a West African dance concert, in which choreographer and Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka will be joined by students and guest artists for an invigorating performance showcasing the vibrancy of West African cultures through music and dance forms.
Saturday evening, at World Music Hall, it’s the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble and Javanese dance performance, an orchestra of bronze gongs, xylophones, drums.
Sunday brings the Worlds of Dance performance  to Crowell Concert Hall.
For more information, go to
From Thursday through Saturday, the Oddfellows Junior Rep Company will present Huck Finn at the Oddfellow Playhouse on Washington Street.
Tomorrow from 4-8pm at The Gallery in Glastonbury, there will be a JINGLE BELL MINGLE. Co-sponsored by the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce and Women-Lead this free craft fair features over 30 vendors and local artisans.
Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight, it’s A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends.
Wednesday brings the weekly EDM night.
Thursday, it’s Dopapod; Soule Monde, featuring Ray Paczkowski + Russ Lawton of the Trey Anastasio Band; and The Mushroom Cloud.
Friday, The Machine performs Pink Floyd.
And Saturday it’s the Original Saturday Night Dance Party.
More about all Toad’s shows at
At Café Nine in New Haven tonight, it’s the Acoustic Open Mic Night.
Tomorrow, Manic Productions Presents: Mal Blum and Zoe Boekbinder; w/ An Historic; and Jacket Thor.
Wednesday, it’s Sugarbat; w/ Tet Offensive.
And Thursday, Jazz Haven presents New Unity Quintet.
Friday’s happy hour brings Malcolm Marsden, followed by a Tribute to the Anthology of American Folk Music, to benefit the CT Food Bank. The performance by an extensive roster of musicians pays tribute to an anthology compiled by folklorist, researcher and musicologist Harry Smith. Originally released as a three-record set in 1952, the anthology went on to influence folk musicians of the '50s and '60s, directly presaging the folk revival and providing a basis for folk and Americana musicians who followed.
Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by the Mike Coppola Trio. That will be followed by Oddball Events’ and Café Nine’s presentation of Andre Williams; w/ Barrence Whitfield & the Savages; and Bronson Rock.
Sunday, Manic Productions Simone Felice; w/ Smoke Signals.
More can be found at
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, it’s Jazz Monday, the best taste of live jazz in Hartford.
Tomorrow brings Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, to Sally’s.
Wednesday, it’s the  blues jam with Tim McDonald, one of the longest running open blues jams in New England featuring a different host each week.
Thursday,  the Roots Music Series, a folk-blues show, brings Detroit Rebellion and The Grimm Generation.
Friday, it’s Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang. It was the original backup band for Howlin’ Wolf until his death in 1975.
Saturday brings Bad Rooster to Sallys.
More can be found at
Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten path in Central Connecticut.
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Ingenious continues through Thursday, as does Knuckleball, the story of a handful of pitchers in the entire history of baseball.
Opening Friday is The Loneliest Planet, in which a momentary misstep threatens to undo everything a young engaged couple believes about each other and themselves.
Also opening Friday is Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters. Crewdson’s riveting photographs are elaborately staged, elegant narratives compressed into a single large-scale image. The film is a profile of the acclaimed artist, featuring fellow artists commenting on the motivation behind their friend's haunting images.
Sunday brings Improvisations, the artist-curated performance series, to RealArtWays.
Then on Sunday, the Story of Film: An Odyssey, concludes with Part 8: “Cinema Today and the Future” (2000s).
More at
Tonight over at Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema, Easy Money runs through tomorrow. 
Wednesday begins The Intouchables, a comedy in which a caretaker to a quadriplegic Parisian aristocrat tries to break through his patient’s wall of loneliness.
Sunday begins a double-feature: Searching for Sugarman and Neil Young’s Journeys. For music and movie fans: one ticket, two unforgettable documentaries!  
Searching for Sugarman is about two South African fans’ search for Sixto Rodriguez, a ‘70s superstar who disappeared after rumors of an onstage suicide.
Neil Young Journeys is directed by Jonathan Demme who gets the rock legend to share tales about his childhood and career, punctuated by classic songs as well as new ones.
Learn more at
Now let's look at what's on tap here at WESU tonight.
Right after the Jive at 5,from 5:05 to 6, it's
Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, a well-rounded jazz show for true jazz heads.

From 6-6:30pm:
Free Speech Radio News from The Pacifica Network
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting.
From 6:30-8pm:
75% Folk with Michael Benson, followed by
Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis
Then from 8-9:30pm it’s Anvil Isle with Nate
From 9:30-11:30pm:
The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee
From 11:30pm-12:30am:
The Noisy Wheelbarrow with Zach Schonfeld and DJ Meat Pie
From 12:30-1:30am:
Bazaar Sounds with Mac Taylor
From 1:30-2:30am:
Live From The Paris Hotel with The Sparrow
From 2:30-3:30am:
Maximum Rock and Roll Radio
From 3:30-4am:                 
DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections
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 If you tune in to WESU for information and music that you can’t find elsewhere, then we are counting on you to help support the service you depend on.

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