Wednesday, January 9, 2013

01-09-12 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday,  Jan. 9th, 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 Connecticuts Number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for tuning in!

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Now let’s look at what’s going on in the community this week:

Tonight the Buttonwood Tree brings “Evening Oasis,” a belly-dance presentation.Thursday at the Buttonwood, it’s Writers Out Loud, a literary prose open mic with co-hosts Cocomo Rock and Al Bower Jr. Friday brings the George Schuller Trio to the Buttonwood, with George Schuller on drums, Frank Kimbrough on piano, and Matt Pavolka on bass.

On Sunday, and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs  shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone is welcome. You’re also invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church, 190 Court St., at 11:30 a.m.
For more information about all Buttonwood Tree events, go to

Thursday at 6 p.m., the Russell Library celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a special event featuring performances by the Middletown High School Chamber Choir Singers, Oddfellows Playhouse, and The Shiloh Baptist Missionary Church Male Chorus. Writer and educator Kate Rushin will discuss Watch Night. Patricia Charles, Superintendent of Schools and the Honorable Daniel T. Drew, Mayor of Middletown, will judge a debate about the Emancipation Proclamation presented by the Middletown High School Debate Club. An audience discussion is planned, and refreshments will be served. Olin Library at Wesleyan University and the Middlesex County Historical Society will feature exhibits on slavery, the Abolitionist Movement, the Underground Railroad in Middletown and colonization. The Friends of the Russell Library and the Middletown Human Relations Commission are co-sponsoring the celebration.

Sunday afternoon at 2:30, Russell Library director Arthur S. Meyers will discuss his new book "Democracy in the Making: The Open Forum Lecture Movement" . In 1908 a remarkable direction in community learning began in Boston and spread across the country, becoming the Open Forum Lecture Movement. These locally planned, transdenominational lectures, followed by periods for questions, were characterized as “the striking of mind upon mind.” Meyers book explains how this initiative broadens our awareness of personal and community courage and democratic planning. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Tonight, down in New Haven at Toad’s Place is the weekly EDM Night.Thursday brings Kendrick Lamar to Toad’s.And Friday it’s Johnny Winter with the Johnny I Band and Murray the Wheel.  Also on Friday, in Lilly’s Pad, Afton Presents CityState, Four Barrel Billy and Madison Red. Saturday brings Unforgettable Fire, a U2 tribute, along with The Bonesmen, Circadian Rhythm, INK and The Modern Tribe. More at

Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight,  The Saint James Jazz Band plays Café Nine, bringing refried standards with a heavy R&B style from a quartet of veteran New Haven area jazz sidemen. Thursday, it’s Mercy Choir; Jason Prince; and Chris Bousquet. And the Friday Happy Hour brings Sal Paradise to Café Nine, followed by Atrina; w/ Old Man Lady Luck; and Lasher. Saturday, it’s the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Gary Grippo and Friends, followed at 9 p.m. The Iguanas; w/ Joe Flood.Sunday brings the Sunday After Supper Jam to Café Nine, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More at

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sallys, it’s the Blues Jam with Ed Bradley, one of the longest running open blues jams in New England! Thursday brings The Sawtelles to Blackeyed Sally’s. They’re a husband-wife duo balancing four elements: alternate-tuned guitar, stand-up drum kit (ala Velvet Underground’s Mo Tucker) and two voices. Sparse but intricately arranged pop that is as lush as it is threadbare makes what is played as important as what isn’t.

The late show on Thursday is the Jackleg Preachers, a diverse and dynamic group, in both age and musicianship, running the gamut of musical genres.
Saturday, it’s Delta Generators at Sally’s, finalists (out of 55 entries worldwide) in the best self-produced CD competition at last year’s International Blues Challenge.
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Saturday night at 8pm, The Connecticut Guitar Society Presents Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church at 814 Asylum Avenue in Hartford.

Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten track in central Connecticut.
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, “Chasing Ice” continues through tomorrow, featuring climate-change-skeptic-turned-true-believer James Balog, a National Geographic photographer who deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

Tonight also is a Science on Screen Night, this time with “Tremors,” in which a pair of small-town handymen living in a small desert community stumble upon several difficult-to-explain phenomena, including a couple of people who've died under extremely strange (and, in one instance, very grisly) circumstances. Eventually, they and a handful of their neighbors find the cause: gigantic prehistoric worm-like creatures that streak under the desert the way fish swim through oceans, reaching up and grabbing anything they need for food. Cut off from the outside world, they have to figure out how to get across the desert alive while these creatures -- that are smart as well as fast -- close in on them, stalking them like monster sharks.

The film will be discussed by Maureen Long, a seismologist and professor of geology and geophysics at Yale.

Tonight at Real Art Ways, it’s "Inescapable Rhythms", the every-second-Wednesday poetry reading and open mic series, this week featuring Lesley Yalen and Seth Landman.

Friday begins screenings of “Central Park Five,” a look at the events leading to the wrongful arrest and conviction of five black and Latino teenagers, accused in 1989 of brutally attacking and raping a Central Park jogger in what became a notorious case.
Saturday’s monthly late show is “The Room,” about a happy-go-lucky banker who sees his world fall apart when his friends begin to betray him one by one. the film is described as so amazingly bad it’s great.
More information can be found at

Over at Cinestudio tonight, the Trinity College cinema, wraps up the screenings of “A Royal Affair,” about a national hero in Denmark who's an 18th century man of reason up against the superstitions and despotism of the royal court.

Then through Saturday Cinestudio presents, of “A Late Quartet,” which takes place inside the lives of a New York City quartet as they rehearse Beethoven’s ravishing Quartet in C sharp minor. Hidden allegiances, ambitions and passions are revealed when the cellist (Christopher Walken) announces his plans to leave.
Sunday’s matinee and evening show is “Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel.”
More can be found at

Now here's what's playing tonight on WESU, 88.1 FM:

 Right after the Jive at 5 stay tuned for 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.

At 6pm each day Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network offers your  daily dose of alternative international news and reporting.

Beginning at 6:30 and running until 8pm it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion
Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992.

Starting at 8 it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce bringing you the best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30-11 DJ Otto Nation brings you an eclectic free form mix of music.

 And from 11pm- until 1:30am it's Midnight Munchies with DJ Gus Lo bringing you the Below Ground
Street music your ears have been craving.

After that DJ Otto Nation is back in the house for another set until DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections 3:30-4am.

The BBC World News kicks on at 4am and we begin another day with Morning Edition from NPR.

That's all for today's Jive at 5. If you didn't get a chance to write anything down you can access the Jive at 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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