Monday, April 29, 2013

Mon, April 29, Jive at Five

Good evening, it's Monday, April 29th, 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 Tuning in. I'm Maria Johnson, producer and host of "Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith," which airs every 1st, 3rd, and this month, 5th, Tuesday afternoon, from 4 p.m. to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow's episode will discuss married Roman Catholic priests. Next week's show, on May 7th, will be about being Catholic in college. One more thing before we get to our rundown of what's happening in the community this week. It may be hard to tell, but you're listening during our spring pledge drive. We've decided to take a subtler approach to fundraising this season -- there is no one manning the phones -- but we still need to raise $15,000 by the end of July. Please go to and click on DONATE NOW. Any amount means so much.
Okay, on with the Jive!:

Here in Middletown at 8 tonight, it's the Anything Goes open mic night at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street. On Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Buttonwood, catch the opening reception of "Making Books by Hand: An Apprentice's View," an exhibition about a year-long apprenticeship in letterpress printing, publishing artists' books and making books by hand. Thursday at 7 brings the weekly Open Mic night with Bob Gotta to the Buttonwood. Then Friday night at 8, students from the guitar dept of the Hartt School of Music will perform solo and chamber works for classical guitar, including a guitar quartet arrangement of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3;  trios for flute, viola, and guitar by Sergio Assad and Astor Piazzola; and solo works by Villa-Lobos and other major guitar composers. Saturday morning at 7:30, come to the Buttonwood for Qigong (Chi Kung) and Tai Chi, followed by community yoga for beginners and intermediates, starting at 8:45 p.m.  At 10:30 Saturday morning, the Free Poets Collective Presents Faith Vicinanza and Mar Walker reading poetry from their collections. That's followed at 1 by Alon Nechushtan's Words Beyond jazz trio. And, of course, on Sunday, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree. You're invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church on Court Street. Sunday evening at 7 brings The Great Make Believe Society to the Buttonwood, with different styles of improv comedy based on your suggestions. Details about all Buttonwood events at

Down in New Haven at Toad's Place, tonight brings A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Tomorrow, it's Gramatik, Cherub, HeRobust and Scatz. Wednesday it's the weekly EDM Night. Thursday brings Beenie Man to Toad's. Friday, it's Move and
ELECTRO/DUBSTEP/HOUSE/HARDSTYLE/TRAP/DNB, with DJ's spinning in three rooms. Saturday, it's the ORIGINAL SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY. And Sunday, Manic Productions presents, Restorations, with
Call It Arson and Dagwood. Go to for details.

Also in New Haven, at Cafe Nine, tonight is King Panos, a DJ set with special guests. Tomorrow, DrinkDeeply presents Dr. Caterwaul's Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps. Wednesday, it's the Larry Mitchell Trio. And Thursday, it's Todd Kramer; w/ Josh Taylor; and Magee Makes Three. Friday's happy hour features Shellye Valauskas and Dean Falcone. Then the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by Mike Coppola, followed at 9 by blues with Debbie Davies. Sunday, Drink Deeply presents the Summer Surf Series with Commercial Interruption. Then Sunday's After Supper Jam is hosted by theLegendary Cafe Nine All Stars, w/ master of ceremonies Dom Zullo. Go to for details.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally's, tonight is Jazz Monday. Tomorrow brings Michael Palin's Other Orchestra. Wednesday is the Blues jam with Gene Donaldson. Thursday, it's the CT Blues Challenge, one of the best “Blues Competitions in the country!  Friday, the Allegra Levy Band featuring Sean Clapis plays Sally's stage. and Saturday, it's Johnny Rawls. Go to for more.

Back here in Middletown, tomorrow, at 12:10 p.m. at Wesleyan, bring your lunch to Artful Lunch series at Davison Art Center, featuring one artwork, one speaker, and 15 minutes of time. Tomorrow's presentation will be by William D. Johnston, a Wes professor of history and East Asian Studies. Also tomorrow at Wesleyan, at 7 p.m., the Wesleyan Cello Ensemble will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert and Debussy in Memorial Chapel.  At 8 p.m. , at CFA Hall, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents Grateful Dead's "Dark Star: a psychedelic lecture by Dr. Graeme Boone." On Wednesday at 8, at Crowell Concert Hall, there will be a graduate recital by Liz Albee. Then Thursday evening at 7 brings "Celebrating Four Decades of Javanese Dance: A Retirement Celebration" to World Music Hall. Honored will be Artist in Residence Urip Sri Maeny. Also on Thursday, at 8 p.m. in the Davison Art Center's Alsop House, there will be a senior music recital, "The Entropy of Dynamic Structures" by David Preddy. Then at 10 p.m. on Thursday, it's the annual Organ Romp, with Wesleyan student organists performing new music, silly music, rock, pop, Bach and slop. At Memorial Chapel, where else? On Friday at 2 p.m. , at World Music Hall, the Center for the Arts presents Decades of Javanese Dance.  Then at 8 p.m. on Friday, there will be thunderous and exhilarating Japanese Taiko drumming at Crowell Concert Hall. On Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. , student choreographers will present works created during a year of dance composition studies. The venue is the Patricelli '92 Theater, 213 High Street. The Friends of the Wesleyan LIbrary host their Special Spring Book Sale starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Olin Library on Church Street. Also on Saturday, at 7 p.m., Wesleyan's Chinese Music Ensemble, directed by Huan Li, will perform a variety of Chinese instrumental music—traditional, modern and hybrid. That's at Crowell Concert Hall. At 9 p.m. on Saturday, there will be a senior music recital by Madeline Holland at World Music Hall.  Sunday at 2 p.m., it's Wesleyan's World of Dance Concert, with dance students performing various styles, including Bharata Natyam (South Indian classical dance) and Javanese dance. Also on Sunday, at 4 p.m., the Shaped Note Singers meet at Downey House, at the corner of High and Court Streets.
Information about all Wesleyan events can be found at

At the Russell Library on Saturday, the Russell Knitters meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; bring your projects.

On Sunday at 2 p.m., take a musical journey to the roots of Israeli music. Presented by Congregation Adath Israel in its large social hall on Broad Street.

Now let's look at cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, A Place at the Table and Lore play through Thursday. Then begins a run of The Angels Share. Go to for more.

CineStudio, Trinity College's cinema, shows The Gatekeepers tonight and tomorrow, then on Wednesday, it's the Reel Youth Hartford Film Festival, followed on Thursday by My Brother the Devil. Friday brings Academy Award Nominated short films of 2012, live action, then animated. And Sunday, it's War Witch. Details at

And now here’s a run-down of what's on the air here at WESU, 88.1 FM in Middletown:
 Right after the Jive at Five stay tuned for a well-rounded jazz show on Charles Henry’s Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry until 6pm.
Weekdays at 6 Free Speech Radio News From the Pacifica Network offers a daily dose of alternative international news and reporting.
At 6:30 Life is a Killer with Johnny Analog Moves through the blues Diaspora from front porch country blues and big city electric blues to jazz, R&B and soul.
At 8pm The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis offers the best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and latin dancefloor grooves.
The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee, is in the air chair from 9:30-11pm bringing you the music of yesterday's future, today.
At 11pm its A Hate Supreem with DJ AWOL for an hour of melodic, improvisational,  jazz coupled with the overtly technical, rigidly composed, and aggressively loud elements of Heavy metal.
At Midnight it’s Maelstrom of the Weird with Phil Void, Surveying punk in all its innovation and abrasion - be it first wave, hardcore, post-punk, or noise.
At 1am Local Color with Peter Helman features local music scenes from a different state episode. Tune in to experience the diverse sounds of the union, from Brooklyn art-rock to Chicago house to Louisianan swamp-pop.
From 2-3am Venture into the infinity of the unknown via a synthesis of science, spoken word, and a lot of popular music on The Explorers’ Hour with Pickup Sticks.
From  3-4am 88 Keys with Mads hand-picks tracks for their captivating piano features, incorporating an eclectic mix of genres that demonstrate the versatility of one of the world's most time-honored instruments, including classical, singer-songwriter, alt rock, easy listening, and electronic.
Then the BBC kicks on at 4, followed by NPR's Morning Edition at 5.
And 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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