Monday, May 20, 2013

Mon., May 20 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, May 20, 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 5th, Tuesday afternoon, from 4 p.m. to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow’s topic: Mouthy Women of the New Testament! Have trouble speaking truth to power? Or are you already a mouthy woman? Either way, you’ll find the encouragement and validation you need. 

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.  Tomorrow at 6 brings Laughter Yoga to the Buttonwood, along with a potluck dinner. Wednesday at 7, it’s karaoke with Deni. Friday at 8, Karl Rausch and the Moments Notice Ensemble plays contemporary and original jazz compositions. Saturday morning at 7:30 brings weekly Quigong (Chi Kung) to the Buttonwood, followed by community yoga. Saturday night at 8, the South Carolina Broadcasters bring their harmonies and acoustic music to the Buttonwood., 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. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found at

Down in New Haven at Toad's Place, tonight brings A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Wednesday it's the weekly EDM Night. Thursday is the Ultimate Local Showcase, with Round 3, Dexter, Drawing a Blank, The Foresters, The Yogibros, If Not for Dreaming, Big Charlie’s Rubber Band, Chaser Eight, Auburn Row, Deception Fades, Branchwater, Loki, Terra Firma, and Rockerific. Friday brings Talib Kweli, Cory Mo, and Jus & Company with special guest Sotorios of Political Animals; plus, The Shift. Saturday brings the Reggae Springfest to Toad’s, with I Anbassa, B-plus, Gnostic Roots, All Good Feel Good Collective, I Am Natty Congo and the Kronic Band, and BruckHeart. Sunday, Styles P performs. Go to for details. 

Also in New Haven, at Cafe Nine, tonight brings the Fistful of Jokes Comedy Series, hosted by the Morgan Brothers, Andrew and Jerry. Tomorrow, Manic Productions presents James McCartney; w/ Brian Dolzani; and Alyssa Graham. Wednesday, it’s Jess Klein, with Ada, playing gutsy folk rock. Thursday, JEFF the Brotherhood plays, along with Hunters and Lemuria. Friday’s happy hour is with Sal Paradise, followed by Broken; w/ Tomb & Thirst; and Anu. The Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by George Baker. Then Saturday night, it’s The Morning on Fire; w/ Milksop: Unsung; and Kindred Queer. Sunday’s Bluegrass jam is hosted by Stacy Phillips. And the Sunday After Supper Jam is hosted by the Legendary 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 Tommy Whalen. Friday brings Latanya Farrell & Bookman Styles Band to Sally’s. Saturday, it’s Mixed Signals. Go to for more.

Also up in Hartford, on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, it’s “Middletown High School Goes to the Symphony,” a biennial event in which students in the concert band, string orchestra and concert chorus perform side-by-side with the professional musicians of the Hartford Symphony. Tickets are still available. Go to for information.

Also on Thursday, back in Middletown, Oddfellows Playhouse presents “Hear What's In The Heart - A Shoemaker's Tale,” a theatrical family portrait celebrating the life of an Italian grandfather from Middletown. The show’s creator, Stephen Scionti, plays all eight characters, including some Middletown fixtures whom longtime local residents may recognize. The show will be performed every Thursday through June 20.

On Friday at 6 p.m., Middlesex Community College hosts an opening reception for its annual Arts and Media Festival, showcasing the most accomplished projects produced by the school’s humanities division students. In addition to the student film and multimedia projects screening, student art works will be displayed throughout the Jean Burr Smith Library, Pegasus Gallery and the Niche.

Over at Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon at 2, there will be an opening reception at the Zilkha Gallery for the graduating seniors’ thesis artworks in this showcase of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media and architecture. For more information, visit

On Saturday evening at 7, the Middletown Symphonic Band will perform an outdoor concert at Riverfront Recapture in East Hartford. Go to for details.

Sunday morning at 9  – and every last Sunday morning of the Month – have breakfast while enjoying the music of The Rusted Keys, an acoustic duet. They play at BrewBakers, 169 Main Street, Middletown.

On Sunday afternoon, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Shaped Note Singers Meet at the MAC650 gallery on Main Street. Shaped notes are a music notation designed to facilitate congregational and community singing. The notation, introduced in 1801, became a popular teaching device in American singing schools. 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, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” a post 9/11 story in which conflicting ideologies have the power to determine life or death, continues through Thursday. Then Friday begins a run of “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 opening Friday at Real Art Ways 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. Go to for details.

Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, tonight and tomorrow are your last chance to see “No”: in which Mad Men meets 1980s-era political repression in Chile. Then Wednesday begins a run of “Quartet.”  Dustin Hoffman’s first film as a director is set in a home for retired singers and musicians, as they prepare for their annual benefit operatic concert. Find show times 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 it's The Fermata with DJ Semiquaver for 90 minutes of free-form radio goodness.

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.

Aargh! with Tom Stoner, plays stoner cosmic doom psychedelia avant garde noise chair from 9:30-11:30 pm.

Then it's the Explorers' Hour, with Pickup Sticks, a synthesis of science, spoken word and a lot of popular music.

At1 a.m., DJ Otto Nation's night train offers a free-form mix of music from the WESU library until 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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