Wednesday, March 6, 2013

03-06-13 Jive

Good evening. It's Wednesday,  March 6th 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!

And I'm Donna Denert. I have laryngitis today, so I'll leave the Jive for Bill tonight. Thanx for listening!

Thank you Donna!

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

Over at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight it’s Buttonwood Film Night, with a screening of “Happy,”  a 76-minute independent documentary film about the art and science of happiness. The film travels from India to Bhutan, Denmark, and Okinawa, Japan in search of some of the happiest people in the world. It combines real life stories of people from around the world and powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research.

On Thursday, and every first Thursday, it’s Bob Gotta's longstanding acoustic Open Mic at the Buttonwood,  Sign-ups start at 6:30 p.m.

On Friday,  award-winning Boston contemporary folk singer/songwriter Terry Kitchen comes to the Buttonwood. She  joins voices with acclaimed musicians Mara Levine and Gail Wade for a sound that’s described as both intensely dynamic and uniquely beautiful.

Saturday, it’s Saturday Morning Qigong (Chi Kung) at 7:30 a.m., followed by community yoga for beginners and intermediates at 8:30.And on Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food at about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome to enjoy a free vegetarian meal and to help prepare it beforehand at First Church at on Court Street at 11:30 am. For more information about all Buttonwood events, visit

Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight at 7, Manic Productions Presents: The Spring Standards; w/ Golden Bloom; and The Backyard Committee .

Thursday evening at 7:30, Fistful of Jokes Presents: Myq Kaplan; w/ Josh Gondelman; Andrew Morgan; Jerry Morgan, Derek Toombs; Craig Taylor; and Mike Finoia for a special night of comedy!

The Friday happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. features Sal Paradise. That’s followed at 9 by  Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos .

Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:30 at Café nine, it’s the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Gary Grippo and friends, followed at 9 by The Manchurians; w/ Party Horse; and The Radiation. Sunday, at 4 p.m., it’s the St. Patrick's Day Party w/ The Butcher Boys and Bold Ruckus. That’s followed at 8 by the Sunday After Supper Jam: w/ the Cafe Nine All Stars. Learn more at

Also in New Haven, over at Toad’s Place tonight is the weekly EDM Night to Toad’s.

Thursday, it’s Drive-by Truckers and The Whigs.

Friday brings Talib Kweli to Toad’s, as well as Cory Mo and Mr. Council and the Dwight Street Players, featuring Sotorios of Political Animals. Also on Friday, in Lilly’s Pad, it’s Just One More, playing U2 and other Irish favorites, presented by New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee and Youth Gaelic Sports Club. On Saturday afternoon at 4, it’s the New Haven Battle of the Bands in Lilly’s Pad, presented by Gorilla Music. Competing will be: Factors; Delayed Awakening; Stamps the Goat; Hot Chaos; Lion's Teeth; Destination Dimension; Kudra; Bellow; Dead and Gone; Skratch Happy; and Everybody Hates Me.  Later on Saturday, Riders on the Storm plays a Tribute to the Doors. Also performing: The Bonesmen; Eightfold; Agenda 21; Trag; and The Hell Catz. Then Sunday at Toad’s, it’s Every Time I Die, with The Acacia Strain; Vanna; Hundredth; and No Bragging Rights. For more information, go to

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight it’s the Blues Jam, this week with Brandt Taylor.

Thursday, The Skatalites plays ska at Sally’s. Also playing: The Excitement Gang. And Friday at 9, it’s Studebaker John & the Hawks playing blues. Saturday at 9 brings Avenue Groove, a Connecticut-based R&B, funk and dance band, to Blackeyed Sally’s.   More can be found online at

Back here in Middletown, tonight at 8 p.m. the Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents a senior music recital  by Ashlin Arnin. Called “L'Orgue: A Dialogue with the French Modernists,” it will be performed at Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street. Details at

On Saturday and Sunday at Wesleyan, it’s the 14th annual Dancemasters weekend master classes, one of the most-anticipated dance events in the Northeast. The two-day dance immersion combines inspiring performances by premier companies with master classes by expert instructors. Go to for details.

On Thursday at 7 p.m., the Middlesex Historical Society brings Trinity College Prof. Christopher Hager to the Russell Library’s Hubbard Room for a talk titled,  “Shock and Awe in 1862: American Writers and the Meaning of the Civil War.” This program is being held in conjunction with the Historical Society’s exhibit, “Hard & Stirring Times: Middletown and the Civil War,”  on display at the Society’s headquarters, the General Joseph Mansfield House on Main Street in Middletown. For more information, call the Historical Society at 860-346-0746.

Also at the Russell Library, from Friday to Sunday, the Friends of Russell Library host their monthly Book Sale to help raise funds for library projects and services. Go to www. for details.

And on Saturday at 2 at the Russell Library, former Congressman Bob Steele will discuss and sign his new novel, “The Curse: Big-Time Gambling’s Seduction Of A Small New England Town.” The novel comes at a time when Connecticut’s casinos face the prospect of heavy new competition from New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, and there is growing political pressure to legalize Internet gambling.

Now let’s check out cinema off the beaten track here in central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight through tomorrow brings “Caesar Must Die,” about inmates in a Roman prison who are preparing to stage Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. 

Then Friday and Saturday bring “Crispin Hellion Glover Night One,” a one-hour dramatic narration of eight different illustrated books, projected behind Glover during his performance. Different slides will be shown each evening.

Friday also brings a screening of “It is Fine! Everything is Fine,” a semi-autobiographical, psychosexual tale of a man with cerebral palsy fantasizing about a life in which society not only understands him, but finds him physically intimidating and sexually attractive.

Then Sunday begins a five-day run of “Knife Fight,” an inside look at American politics with Rob Lowe playing a savvy strategist. Details about all events at

Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, tonight presents the French drama “Rust and Bone,” about a marine mammals trainer who suffers a terrible accident, and an inarticulate but fundamentally decent boxer struggling to raise his young son.

Thursday brings the Oscar-nominated “How to Survive a Plague” to Cinestudio for one showing. It’s a documentary set during the 1980s AIDS crisis in New York City. Then Friday and Saturday, it’s Life of Pi, winner of the Oscar for best director, original score, cinematography and visual effects. Sunday begins a three-day run of “John Dies at the End,” with Paul Giamatti. It’s described as “deeply amusing, in the sickest possible way.” Details can be found at

And 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.

Then from 9:30-11pm it's The Vault with DJ Anton Banks
On the air since 1996! Anton presents listeners with the very latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house, and leftfield mixed live each week. The program regularly features exclusive music and mix sets from international producers and DJs.

From 11pm-12:30am it's N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk
Serious Turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, Ragga Jungle, and Breakbeats mixed live since 1998.

From 12:30-2am it's Midnite Munchiez with DJ Gus Lo
Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving.

Then in the wee hours from 2-3am 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.

From 3-4am it's Motion Picture Soundtracks with $pace Cadet, DJ Shoelace and DJ Sandwich. Tune in to soundtracks of movies that don't exist

The BBC World News begins at 4am and we begin tomorrow’s programming at 5am with 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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