Saturday, March 16, 2013

Mon., March 18 Jive at Five

Good evening, it's Monday,  March 18th 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.  Thanks for listening, I'm Tim Blanchette.
Now let’s look at what’s going on in the community this week:
Here in Middletown tonight at 8, at the Russell Library, Craig Elkin, a retired Middletown police sergeant and author of “A Cop’s Tale: Amusing Short Stories Written at the Expense of Others,” will discuss the book. Tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the library, it’s a program on video game design, presented by Ira Fay, assistant professor of game design and development at Quinnipiac University. Wednesday at noon, author and gardener Colleen Plimpton will come to the library to talk about how to get your garden started – as well as pruned, mulched and fertilize --this spring.
Over at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight at 7:30, it’s the “Anything Goes” open mic night. Tomorrow brings Laughter Yoga with Mimi Claire and a vegetarian potluck supper to the Buttonwood, beginning at 6 p.m. On Wednesday, it’s the 2009 Buddhist film “The Visitor,” set in Connecticut and New York City and starring Richard Jenkins who was nominated for an Oscar for his portray of Walter.  Come see why Walter could be a modern day Bodhisatva. On Friday evening, it’s Pat Braxton Jazz at the Buttonwood. Saturday, it’s Saturday Morning Qigong (Chi Kung) at 7:30 a.m., followed by community yoga for beginners and intermediates at 8:30. Saturday afternoon brings Susan Peak’s Stupendously Wonderful Music Show to the Buttonwood Tree; it’s an interactive extravaganza of silliness and song with audience members becoming part of the show as they dance, clap, play percussion and even bark along to the music – a cure for the winter blues. Saturday evening, it’s Matthew Terrell with music and poetry by performers “to be announced.” 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
Down at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight is the Fistful of Jokes Comedy Series, hosted by the Morgan Brothers, Andrew and Jerry. Tomorrow, it’s Big Charlie's Rubber Band, w/ The Taubl Brothers, with their three-part harmony accompanied by guitar, drums and piano. Wednesday brings a singer-songwriter showcase to Café Nine, with Sarah Lou Richards; Mike Clifford; Marjory Lee; and Joy Ilke. Thursday’s show is The Benders, “classic rockin’ blues with a whole lotta soul.” Friday’s happy hour with Byl Cote is followed by The Mountain Movers; w/ Landing; and Human Pontiac. Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by George Baker. That’s followed by MANIC PRODUCTIONS Presents: Mount Moriah; w/ Blessed Feathers; and Daphne Lee Martin.  Sunday afternoon brings the Bluegrass Jam, hosted by Stacy Phillips, to Café Nine. That’s followed by the Sunday After Supper Jam with the Café Nine All-Stars.

Also in New Haven tonight, Toad’s Place, brings A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Wednesday brings Figure to Toad’s, and Thursday is a local punk rock showcase, with Fourth & Goal;Hookie; The Hulls; Portland; and Real Life Parody. Friday’s show is the Grateful Dead cover band Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond, along with Dizzyfish and Nutopia.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight brings the weekly Jazz Monday event, which spotlights Hartford's Live Jazz scene. Tomorrow brings Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18- band, to Sally’s stage. And Wednesday it’s the long running Blues Jam, hosted this week by Tommy Whalen. Thursday, it’s A.J. Sansen, a singer-songwriter who divides her time between Connecticut and Nashville. Friday, it’s Jackleg Preachers at Sally’s. a“Jamband” out of Salem, Mass. Saturday at Sally’s, it’s Sarah & the Tall Boys, a nationally touring band that has shared bills with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, Delbert Mclinton, Steve Earle and Richard Thompson. More at

Friday evening and Saturday morning, Artfarm will host auditions for its 2013 Shakespeare in the Grove production of “Much Ado about Nothing.”  The auditions will be held in Founders Hall at Middlesex Community College. Auditioners must register for one of the two dates, dress to move, and plan to spend the entire two hours. Anyone wishing to audition as a singer should prepare a short song. Experienced men are particularly encouraged; there may be a limited number of Equity contracts available. Ages 18 and over only, please. Small stipend available for actors. For more information, email

Now let’s check out cinema off the beaten track here in central Connecticut.
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight through Thursday, it’s “The House I Live in,” capturing heart-wrenching stories of individuals at all levels of America’s war on drugs. Thursday’s screening is followed by the Creative Cocktail Hour from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday begins a run of the film “Like Someone In Love,” in which a Tokyo student moonlighting as a call girl is dispatched to an elderly new client interested in more than having sex. Details about all events at
Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, tonight continues a special weeklong screening of Werner Herzog’s “Happy People: A Year in the Taiga.” In 2010, Herzog discovered hours of film by Russian director Dmitry Vasyukov, shot in an isolated Siberian taiga, documenting four seasons in a small community of Yet people and their faithful dogs. Thursday and Sunday afternoon, National Theater Live presents “People,” a satire in which Frances de la Tour plays an aging aristocrat pining for the past. Then Sunday night, it’s “56 Up.” In 1964, Michael Apted was a researcher for the acclaimed documentary “Seven Up!,” that filmed fourteen British kids from the working, middle, and upper classes. Each seven years, the now-director Apted returns with his camera to revisit the same group, and the resulting series is an intimate document of personality, class, and change. Details about all shows 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 fans of classic jazz.
Then at 6pm each weekday, it’s Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network, your evening dose of alternative international news and reporting.
From 6:30-8pm,  Johnny Analog is in the house for Life is a Killer, exploring the blues from front porches to big city sounds to jazz, RnB, and soul.
From 8-9:30pm, it’s Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis, the best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and latin dancefloor grooves.
From 9:30-11pm, it’s The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee, the music of yesterday’s future, today.
Then at 11pm its time for a special edition of Record Roulette with Avery.

At midnight, Stay tuned for a 2 hour documentary on Pink Floyd.

After that DJ Otto Nation offers an eclectic free form mix of music.

The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM followed at 5 by 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
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The sound bed for Today's Jive at Five features the sound "Sam Coins" from the MiddletownRemix project, a collaborative, place-based sound project that enables participants to develop and express the acoustic identity of Greater Middletown, and to explore and experience the soundscapes of the city. You can learn more online at


Now stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

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