Sunday, November 4, 2012

Mon., Nov. 5 Jive

Good afternoon, it's Monday, Nov. 5, 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 every first, third and, when there is one, fifth Tuesday, from 4 p.m. to just before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow’s Election Day episode will explore views you otherwise wouldn’t hear about the Catholic bishops’ objections to the contraception mandate in the Affordable Health Care act.  Thanks for tuning in.
Here's a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area:
Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s the weekly “Anything Goes” open mic night.
On Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Buttonwood, the documentary film “Genetic Roulette,” about the dangers of genetically modified food, will be shown .
Thursday at 7 p.m., Writers Out Loud, a networking opportunity for prose writers, meets at the Buttonwood; signups start at 6:45.
Friday at 8 p.m., the band The Violet Lights performs at the Buttonwood, playing a combination of indie and garage rock, with Britpop elements.
Saturday at 8 p.m., Turkish jazz guitarist and composer Sinan Bakir brings “Tales and Stories,” a CD-release concert, to the Buttonwood.
Every Sunday around 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
Over at the Russell Library tonight at 7, rescheduled from last Monday, Reader’s Theater, a group of local actors under the direction of Myron Gubitz, performs a reading of “Dinner with Friends,” an exploration of marriage and friendship in the lives of two couples.
Tomorrow at noon at the Russell Library, Patti Phillippon from the Mark Twain House and Museum will talk about “The Clemens Women”:  Mark Twain’s witty, powerful, and sometimes disapproving wife, Livy; his daughters: the amazingly creative Susy;, Clara, who kept an iron grip on his legacy for decades; and Jean, the sheltered one, who came into her own in her last years. Everyone is invited to bring lunch and the library will provide dessert and beverages.
On Wednesday at 8 p.m., over at Wesleyan University’s Russell House, 350 High Street, award-winning writer Bernard Cooper reads from his work. He has been described as “a master of the language of memory and truth,” and “one of the most compelling, ambitious writers at work today.” A reception and book signing will follow. For more information,  call 860.685.3448 or visit
On Thursday at 8 p.m., your favorite radio station, WESU, brings Lynn Levy, producer of RadioLab and a class of '05 Wesleyan alum, to CFA Hall for a conversation with her thesis advisor Prof. Bricca as part of the WESU lecture series.
Also, on Thursday at 7 p.m., Wesleyan’s Music & Public Life series continues with a presentation by ethnomusicologist Anthony Seeger and performances by the string band Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem; and the Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church Choir. The event, at the Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave., is free.
Here's still another event on Thursday evening at 7. At Wesleyan’s Center for Film Studies, the film and discussion series
“Common Ground: 4th Annual Middletown International Film Festival” continues with a screening of  "Dancing Dreams,” directed by Rainer Hoffmann & Anne Linsel. The free series is the result of a collaboration among the Russell Library, Middlesex Community College and Wesleyan.
Here’s another Thursday event at 7 (good luck choosing!): the program “Harnessing the waterways: the history of dams in Middletown,” is being presented by the Middletown Historical Society and the Jonah Center for Earth and Art.
Wesleyan philosophy Prof. Elise Springer will recount the findings of a group of researchers who spent the last year wading in hip boots upstream from the Connecticut River along its many tributaries through Middletown to learn the significance of those streams and the industries that relied upon them. The talk will be given at the First Church of Christ Congregational, 190 Court Street. For more information, contact John Hall at 860-398-3771 or visit . 
On Saturday, the Branford Folk Music Society presents fiddle and banjo workshops, followed by a Red Hen Stringband concert, all at the Branford Folk Coffeehouse, at the First Congregational Church of Branford, 1009 Main Street, Branford. The workshops will be led by two band members, one teaching the clawhammer banjo and the other, techniques for adding musicality to traditional tunes. Each workshop costs$25 and you must register by 5 p.m. Thursday. For more information, go to
 Now here’s a look at what’s going on in downtown New Haven.
At Toad’s Place tonight,  it’s A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends.
Wednesday is the weekly EDM night.
Thursday brings Yelawolf , the Slumerican tour, to the Toad’s stage, as well as Rittz, Show You Suck, and DJ Vajra.
There have been some show cancellations, by the way, and ticket refunds are being offered. Go to
Over at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight Manic Productions presents Eyes Lips Eyes; w/ Pools Are Nice;and Kindred Queer.
Tomorrow, it’s the Andy Gray Birthday Tribute featuring Gary Heriot; Leila Crockett; Donna Santala/Kriss Santala; Lonesome Billy; and Travis Moody And Friends, an acoustic and electric tribute to the late songwriter and rocker, Andy Gray.  
Wednesday brings Low Cut Connie to the Café Nine stage; w/ Rusty Things.
Thursday, Manic Productions presents Adam Arcuragi & the Lupine Chorale Society, with Spirit Family Reunion; and The Proud Flesh .
Then Friday, it’s Rockabilly Riot, featuring Rosie Flores; w/ Marti Brom.
Saturday, it’s the  Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ hosts Gary Grippo and friends , followed at 9 by the Manic Productions presentation of Dignan Porch; w/ Eraas; and Space Orphans .
Sunday at 4 p.m. brings Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, with a "A Very Viking Thanksgiving": What do you get when you combine art school and alcohol? A great time and some creative drawings. Gorge on the glory of our featured model, Lipgloss Crisis!
Then at 8, it’s the Sunday After Supper Jam with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars.
More at
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is Jazz Monday, with featured performer Ed Fast & Conga Bop.
Tomorrow, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, has its weekly free jam session, as it works out new material.
Wednesday, it’s the weekly Blues Jam, one of the longest running in New England, this week with Brandt Taylor.  
Then Thursday at 8, it’s horn-fueled blues rock with Tommy Castro and his band.
Friday brings to Sally’s the Michael Cleary Band, a Hartford institution celebrating its 21st year of making original groove/funk/rock music.
Then Saturday, it’s Biscuit Miller & the Mix.
More  at
Now let’s think about cinema outside the Cineplex box.
At Real Art Ways in Hartford at 7:15 this evening, it’s “Stars in Shorts,” an assemblage of short films featuring some of the world’s biggest actors, including Dame Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Lily Tomlin, Jason Alexander, and Kenneth Branagh.
Tomorrow, Election Night, beginning at 6 p.m., WNPR’s Colin McEnroe and John Dankosky  will broadcast the results live. For those of you who can’t bear to watch, there will be Real Board (Games), also at 6.
Wednesday and Thursday, “Bill W” and “Stars in Shorts” continue.
Friday and Saturday, it’s “Compliance,” a film inspired by true events, telling the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority.  Also beginning on Friday and running for six days: “Holy Motors,” a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. The late show on Saturday is “The Room.”
Then Sunday, The Story of Film: An Odyssey, continues with Part 5: “American Cinema of the ‘70s”; and “Movies to Change the World” (1970s).
Details at
Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College's movie theater, “Sleepwalk with Me” plays tonight through Wednesday.
Then it’s the 14th Eros Film Festival with “Facing Mirrors” on Wedneday; “Gay by Friday” on Thursday; and “My Best Day” and “Loose Cannons” on Friday. Saturday’s festival offerings are “Cal me Kuchu,” “Four,” and “Strange Frame.” The festival wraps up on Sunday with “The Laramie Project.”
Also on Sunday, the film “Max et Les Ferailleurs.”
Learn more at
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 by Free Speech Radio News, your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.
Then, from 6:30 to 8, it’s Life is a Killer with Johnny Analog, followed at 8 by Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis.
From 9:30-11:30pm, it’s The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee, followed by A Hate Supreem with DJ AWOL, till 12:30, when we get swept up in the Maelstrom of the Weird with Phil Void.
That’s followed at 1:30 by Live From The Paris Hotel with The Sparrow, and then, at 2:30 Maximum Rock and Roll Radio.
From 3:30 to 4, DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections: You've lost someone. Let's find them.
The BBC World News kicks on at 4 a.m., followed at 5 by Morning Edition from National Public Radio.
That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.
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