Monday, May 27, 2013

05-27-13 jive

Today we wish a fond farewell to Wesleyan’s Class of 2013, who graduated yesterday. WESU benefitted from dozens of students from this class who volunteered at WESU while in Middletown. We thank them and wish them the best along the way!

We are in the final leg of our Spring Pledge drive. The end is in sight but we still need to raise an additional $5,000 by the end of June to balance our budget and stay on air. With your help, we meet this goal.  Thanks so much to the 124 of you out there who have already contributed a whopping $10,000 so far.  Yep, that’s right. Out of the thousands of listeners who listen to WESU daily, only 124 have made donations. Please don’t allow yourself to think that we can do this without more listeners supporting WESU. Please go to and click on DONATE NOW. Any amount means so much.
Okay, on with the Jive!

Tonight at Cafe Nine in New haven, GATEHOUSE MUSIC and CAFE NINE Present: THE ALL-STAR RHYTHM & BLUES MEMORIAL DAY BARBECUE. Tomorrow, Broadcast Hearts; w/ Sleeping Giant take the Café nine stage for a night of Alternative Rock from CT.. Wednesday, Jill Hartman and Denise Clarke share a bill. Thursday, ODDBALL EVENTS Presents: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen; The Hillbenders, and Five in the Chamber for some rocking roots music. Friday night brings the anticipated Duece Bug  MANTIS album release show to Café nine.  The weekly Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by Mike Coppola this week. Then Saturday night Nightbitch, Gasoline Therapy, Thrillhouse, and Feed the Pigs make for a solid Heavy Metal Bill. DRINKDEEPLY Presents: Summer Surf Series with  Ninth Wave; and SPF-4 at 3pm Sunday afternoon. The Sunday After Supper Jam is hosted by the Legendary Cafe Nine All Stars, w/ master of ceremonies Dom Zullo. Go to for details.

Down in New Haven at Toad's Place, tonight brings the weekly sounds of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Wednesday it's the weekly Electronic Dance Mmusic Night. Thursday TEA LEAF GREEN and The Spring Standards Take the Toad’s Main stage.  Friday brings COSMIC DUST BUNNIES, The Manhattan Project, Full Spectrum, and Blessed & Gifted with ConnetiCON .DJing set breaks.  Saturday brings the annual Toad’s Place MEMORIAL DAY FUNKFEST FT. REARVIEW & SISTER FUNK, Mr. Council, Soul Circus, and  Funkinachea. for details. 

The 15th annual Memorial Service in the cemetery of Connecticut Valley Hospital will take place on Wednesday, May 29, at 1 p.m. As in each of the past 14 years, clergy and laity from Middletown and other Connecticut communities will recognize and honor persons buried in numbered, anonymous graves, speaking publicly their names, dates of death, and ages at death. This year’s group of 100 numbered graves spans the period from May 1942 to January 1946.

The Film Discussion Series at Russell Library led by film critic and former stage actor Richard Alleva, concludes this with a screening of Stage Beauty this Wednesday, at noon in the Hubbard Room.  The CT Poetry Society Middletown Chapter holds its meetings on the last Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. The Russell Library’s Meeting Room 3, Thursday evening  Author Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm Meeting Room 2. More online at

The Memorial Service will last approximately one hour. In case of very severe rain, the ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 30, at 1 p.m. The CVH Cemetery is located on Silvermine Road east of the main CVH campus. For more information, call. John Hall at 860-398-3771.

Through June 12, The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers gather every Wednesday from 7-9:30p at Middletown’s First Church on Court Street, offering  Classes for beginners/experienced dancers. Partners are not necessary. For info call 860-347-0278

Hear What's In The Heart - A Shoemaker's Tale, is set against the backdrop of a post-funeral gathering to celebrate the life of Scionti's grandfather, Angelo Morello (who owned Angleo's Shoe Repair on Main Street in Middletown) is Playing Thursday nights through June 20, at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown. 860-347-6143

Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford is closed for Memorial day tonight so there’s no Jazz Monday tonight. Tomorrow brings Michael Palin's Other Orchestra. Wednesday is the weekly Blues jam hosted by Tim Mcdonald this week.  Friday The Mighty Soul Drivers bring the classic Soul sounds of Memphis, Muscle Shoals and points South to the hills of New England to the Sally’s stage. Saturday, it’s the blues stylings of thee Roberto Morbioli Band. for more.

The Weekly Monday night “Anything Goes” open mic night at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street is taking a break for the holiday, tonight. Friday night The Buttonwood Tree presents a singer songwriter Double Bill featuring Marci Geller and Kristen Graves. On Saturday mornings The Buttonwood offers a series of wellness activities from Chi kung and yoga to Self empowerment workshops. Saturday  night the buttonwood tree present another double bill, this time with Singer Songwriter, Frank Critelli and the banjo, trumpet, cello, violin, and upright bass wielding ensemble, Goodnight Blue Moon.

Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood each Sunday. All are welcome to enjoy a meal and help prepare them before hand at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.
Sunday afternoon at 3pm The Buttonwood Canadian performance artist Jonathon Ellison will give a lively and funny talk that turns international development on its head. En route from West Africa to the Buttonwood Tree, Jonathon will share his experiences of clowning to prevent Cholera, clowning for kids with HIV, clowning for the elderly, joining a theatre company in Sri Lanka to tackle heroin-use and young girls being sold into marriage, clowning in a Mumbai slum, and his most recent experience of being kidnapped and married off by a large group of African ladies.

Sunday night at 7pm, The Great Make Believe Society performs different kinds of improv comedy at The Buttonwood. Watch improvised scenes created right before your eyes, based on your suggestions! Get a taste for  the styles of improv comedy made popular in Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York!  There’s a new mixed media exhibit on display in the buttonwood gallery by Carole Dubiell.
Forest, Form and Fantasy features works on display of brown paper, copper, paint and more on canvas with a Reception TBA. Great Make Believe Improv Show at The Buttonwood Tree.  Information about all Buttonwood events can be found at .

On Sunday afternoon, here in Middletown from 4 to 6 p.m., the Shaped Note Singers Meet at Wesleyan’s Downey House gallery on High Street. A Potluck follows the singing. Bring a dish to share. Contact Neely Bruce at for further information or directions.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, this week you can catch  “Molly's Theory of Relativity,” a sexy, funny, surreal, and devastating portrait of a beautiful twenty-eight-year-old astronomer who, having unexpectedly lost her job, is poised to make perhaps the first reckless decision of her life. Also showing is “Gimme the Loot,” in which Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teenage graffiti writers from the Bronx, hatch a plan to get revenge on their rivals by tagging an iconic NYC landmark, but they need to raise $500 to pull off their spectacular scheme. This weekend brings Room 237 A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining plus a screening of the original Thriller. for details.

Through Thursday Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, continues their run of  "Safety Last", the Harold Lloyd classic where he hangs perilously from a large skyscraper clock. This is the 90th anniversary of the silent film. Friday Cinestudio kicks off the 26 annual CT Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.  You can find show times at

We’ve already slipped into our new Summer program schedule here at WESU Here’s tonight’s rundown!

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 on Monday evenings this summer, 75 % Folk with Michael Benson offers 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.

At 8pm
Anvil Isle with Nate presents a musical monsoon of alternative, blues, dream, funk, hard rock, indie, punk, reggae, surf and world music.
From 9:30-11:30 Aargh! Is back for 2 hrs of cosmic doom psychedelia avant garde noise.

then at 11:30 it’s the Explorers' Hour, with Pickup Sticks, for a synthesis of science, spoken word and a lot of popular music.

From 1-2am Distilled Discography with Cheshire Cat distills the discography of an artist to an essential 60 minute career retrospective, sampling at least something from every cataloged release.
After that DJ otto Nation takes over with a late night eclectic mix of music until 4am when the BBC word news service begins.

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

WESU needs still needs to raise $5,000 dollars by the end of Junee.  We'd like to avoid interrupting regular programming with the traditional Radio Pledge drive so help us out by making a donations as soon as you can.  If you tune in to WESU for information and music that you can’t find elsewhere, then we are counting on you to help support the service you depend on. Please take a moment to make a donation of any size online at . Every dollar counts and we need to hear from you.
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