Sunday, December 9, 2012

Mon., Dec. 10 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, Dec. 10th, 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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I'm Maria Johnson, host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs every 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday from 4 p.m. to right before the Jive. My guest a week from tomorrow will be Rev. Gabriella Velardi Ward, one of a growing number of women ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood despite the Vatican?s prohibition of it.
Thanks for tuning in.

Here's a rundown of some of what?s happening in our area:
At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, throughout the month of December, photos by WESU's own dj Bill Revill will be exhibited.
Tonight is the weekly Anything Goes Open Mic night.
Wednesday brings ?Evening Oasis,? a belly dancing presentation to the Buttonwood.
Thursday, it?s Writers Out Loud, the monthly open mic showcase of literary prose.
Friday, it?s Marci Geller?s Open Book Tour , with a musical trio led by singer-songwriter Geller on piano and vocals.
Saturday afternoon, the Middletown Parks and Recreation Department sponsors an ornament decorating activity. Supplies will be provided.
Saturday evening brings the Electroacoustic Improvisation to the Buttonwood.  Among the performers is a ?percussionist/laptopist? and an ?effects-addicted guitarist.? The music has been called ambient, spacious and cinematic.
On Sunday, and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food at about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone is welcome.  You?re invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church at 190 Court Street at
11:30 am.
Find out more about Buttonwood events at
Tonight and every Monday night at Vinnie?s Jump and Jive in Middletown, there?s a free Swing and Blues Practicum, offering a chance to practice your dancing in a low-key and friendly setting. 
Beginners welcome. Details at
Over at the Russell Library tomorrow at noon, the 1938 film ?Three Comrades? will be shown. It?s the next in the series Hollywood
Romantic: The Films of Frank Borzage. Director Borzage defined cinematic romance during the Hollywood studio era. Wesleyan film professor Scott Higgins will lead a discussion after the film.
On Friday, ARTFARM?s Circus for a Fragile Planet presents SUBMERGED! 
at Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street in Middletown. SUBMERGED! 
  is a sixty minute, five person circus about water-related environmental issues. The show starts on the beaches, lawns and bathrooms of central Connecticut and journeys around the globe, exploring human impacts on the hydrosphere through the artistry, imagination and spectacle of circus. Contact: Dic Wheeler ? or 860.346.4390 for information.
Down in New Haven at Toad?s Place tonight, it?s Robby Krieger?s Jazz Kitchen.
Wednesday is the weekly EDM Night.
Thursday brings Sessions: A Nite of Reggae Dancehall & Soca, with Mr. 
Vegas, Laza Morgan, Shane Fre, Indian, Alandon and Frassman & Dezey Coyotte.
Friday brings Riders on the Storm, a Tribute to the Doors, to Toad?s, a celebration of Jim Morrison?s birthday, as well as Electric Lady Band, INK, Silvergun, Terra Firma, and Action Potential.
Saturday, it?s Marion Meadows?s Annual Jazz Christmas Show.
More at
Over at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight brings the Harris Brothers Band Balkan Jam Session, followed by an Acoustic Open Mic.
Tomorrow brings Joe Flood Soiree Brassens.
Wednesday brings Vandaveer to Café Nine,  w/ Kindred Queer.
Thursday, it?s Them Damn Hamiltons. Also performing: Lys Guillorn.
The Friday happy hour brings Sal Paradise to Café Nine, followed by Bill Kirchen?s Honky Tonk Christmas, with The Forgotten Ones, described as ?the twangiest holiday show in town with the Titan of the Telecaster Bill Kirchen.?
Then Saturday, it?s the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Tony Dioguardi and Friends, followed by the North Shore Troubadours; w/ the Clams; MC "Thick Beef" and DJ Dave Coon.
  Sunday, it?s the Sunday After Supper Jam with host Kevin St. James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars.
More at
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally?s, tonight is Jazz Monday.
Tomorrow night, it?s Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18 piece band jamming and working out new material.
Wednesday brings the Blues Jam with Ed Bradley to Sallys. It?s one of the longest running open blues jams in New England.
Thursday, it?s Eight to the Bar.
And Friday brings the Bob Margolis Blues Band & Friends to Sallys.
Saturday, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood.
Details at
Now let's take a look at cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford tonight through Thursday, screenings of The Flat continue.
Tomorrow from 4 to 6 is the Thomas Chapin Quartet CD Release. Jazz artist Thomas Chapin passed away at age 40 in 1998.  "Never Let Me Go" 
is a new 3-CD set of Chapin live-quartet performances from '95 and '96. The gathering will be hosted by Chapin's widow Terri Castillo-Chapin and Emmy-winning filmmaker Stephanie J. Castillo. A 7-minute trailer to a new documentary film-in-the-making, Night Bird
Song: The Thomas Chapin Story, about the Manchester native's life and music, will be shown at the reception, and the 3-CD set will be available for purchase.
Wednesday brings Inescapable Rhythms to Real Art Ways, the every-second-Wednesday poetry reading and open mic series.
Friday through Sunday bring screenings of The Waiting Room, a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients.
Also on Saturday, it?s the Best of the New York International Children?s Film Festival Kid Flix Mix 2012, a family favorite, suited for Real Art Ways?s youngest audiences, ages 4 to 8.
This and lots more can be found at
At Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema tonight through Wednesday, Roman Polanski?s Tess, in 4K,  continues. Four-K is the new ultra high-definition digital projection format now in place at Cinestudio.
Thursday through the weekend, also in 4-K, are screenings of Samsara. 
Shot over four years in 100 locations in 25 countries, it offers images of our planet that few of us will have the opportunity to see in person. The mesmerizing scenes of unprecedented clarity were created by shooting large format 65mm film, then transferring the film through the highest resolution scanning process available to the new 4K format.
Friday brings a 10:30 p.m. showing of Back to the Future, with Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, to Cinestudio.
More can be found at

And now let?s take a look at tonight?s programming on WESU.
 From 5:05-6pm, it?s Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry. From classic bop to smooth contemporary sounds. 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, it?s 75% Folk with Michael Benson A serving of contemporary folk and acoustic music with side orders of blues, jazz, world, pop, movie soundtracks, readings and occasional live interviews. Bring a big plate.
 From 8-9:30pm, it?s Anvil Isle with Nate, a musical monsoon of alternative, blues, dream, funk, hard rock, indie, punk, reggae, surf and world music.
 From 9:30-11:30pm, it?s The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee, the music of yesterday's future, today.
 From 11:30pm-12:30am, it?s The Noisy Wheelbarrow with Zach Schonfeld and DJ Meat Pie, merging noise rock and other noise-based music with poetry and verse  From 12:30-1:30am, it?s Bazaar Sounds with Mac Taylor, highlighting a different country and corresponding underground/experimental music scene every week  From 1:30-2:30am, it?s Live From The Paris Hotel with The Sparrow, a mercurial mixture of pop music and poetry.
 From 2:30-3:30am, it?s Maximum Rock and Roll Radio, 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.
Then from  4-5am, it?s the BBC World News, your chance to hear about the day's news from the famous British news network.
That?s followed by Morning Edition from National Public Radio from 5 to 10 a.m.
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.
The written form for what you've heard on today?s jive is online at If you were among the listeners who made our winter pledge drive such a great success, thank you so much! If you have yet to pledge, we do value your support. And thank you!

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