Monday, June 3, 2013

Mon., June 3 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, June 3, 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, we go out on my back deck, uncork a few bottles of wine, and talk with my lapsed Catholic and lapsed Episcopalian neighbors about why they left the church and never looked back. I'll also bring you a digest of recent Catholic news and a remembrance of the late Father Andrew Greeley.

One more thing before we get to our rundown of what's happening in the community this week. WESU’s spring pledge drive is coasting to a close, a bit shy of the $15,000 goal. A generous supporter has offered to match your donations over the next two weeks. So if you haven’t already, please go to and click on DONATE NOW. Any amount means so much.

Okay, on with the Jive!:

Here in Middletown,  at the Buttonwood Tree, at 8 tonight, it's the Anything Goes open mic night.  Tomorrow at 6 brings Laughter Yoga to the Buttonwood, along with a potluck dinner. Wednesday at 7, Kirtan with Shubalananda gives a free performance of kirtan, a form of yoga that has a musical aspect. Thursday from 7 to 9, it’s open mic night with Bob Gotta. Friday at 8, the Eight Mile River Band plays bluegrass. Saturday morning at 7:30 brings weekly Quigong (Chi Kung) to the Buttonwood, followed by community yoga. Saturday at 8 brings a co-bill of country-soul and folk pop with Emily Hurd and Stephanie Lynn. 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. Also, all month, the Buttonwood will be exhibiting “Forest, Form and Fantasy,” a show of mixed-media works. 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. Tomorrow is the Decibel Magazine Tour, with Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Immolation and Magrudergrind. Wednesday is the weekly EDM Night. Thursday brings Funk Master Flex & Uncle Murda. Saturday, it’s the Glodown: Electro Glow Party, with electro/house/prog/dubstep and DnB. The bands are Austin Diogo, DJ Blink, A-Ron & Kapsoul, Greddy, Diatonic, Jimmy Fingaz, Tango, Psylar, Larry Luck, CarmyFresh, and e|roc. Also on Saturday in Lilly’s Pad, Gorilla Music presents New Haven’s Battle of the Bands, with Chaser Eight, Friends Without Benefits, The Ultra Violets, Grinning Dog, Victory Am I, Kamikaze Fighter Pilots, Set In Motion, Great Blue, Funk You Up, and This Was A Tragedy. Go to for details.

 Also in New Haven, at Cafe Nine, tonight at 8, it’s the spoken-word showcase Get to the Point!, hosted by Chris Arnott. Tomorrow at 8, Manic Productions presents Filligar, with the 4onthefloor and Daphne Lee Martin. Wednesday at 8, it’s Zoe Muth and The Lost High Rollers, with 16 tons, at CafĂ© Nine. Thursday at 8, it’s the Peter Herger Band with The Mudd Band. Friday’s happy hour features Monster Eats Pilot, with Bowen Arrow Three and The New Dirty. On exhibit  will be musically-inspired art by Dan Greene. Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Gary Grippo. Saturday night, Oddball Events presents Bluegrass Hoedown #5, featuring 10 String Symphony; w/ the Rosenthals; and Cricket Tell the Weather. 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 Gene Donaldson. Thursday at Sally’s, it’s blues guitarist Chris Tofield, Live from Las Vegas,with Ray Morant, Matt Zeiner, Eddie Corvo and John Peckman. Friday starting at 5 p.m. brings the Black-eyed and Bluesfest, the 14th annual blues festival in the park, with four great bands: the Rich Badowski Blues Band; Barrence Whitfield & the Savages; Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez; and Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood. The Rich Badowski Blues Band will also play at 9 at Sally’s. Saturday at 9, it’s blues chanteuse Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers, channeling the sound of Delta guys who got electric in that transitional period in the '40s and '50s on their way north. Go to for details.

This Thursday Brings The “Art for Haiti” art exhibition to Middletown. This Gallery show features the work of 12 visual artists in support of “Movin' With The Spirit", a non-profit organization dedicated to helping  Haiti’s poorest communities. WESU is proud to sponsor  Art For Haiti’s exhibit at Wesleyan’s  Zilkha Gallery in Middletown on display June 6-15  with an opening reception, This Thursday, June 6, from  5-7pm featuring – wine, hors d'oeuvres, an opportunity to meet the artists and a global mix of music by Ben Michael aka DJ Big Bent. Among the artists is WESU's own Bauer Hour host David Bauer, along with Andria Alex, Paul Baldassini, Catherine Epright, William Lawson, Ralph Levesque, Connie Nichols, Leif Nilsson, Tina McCurdy, Joyce Senesac and Balam Soto. The curator is Pierre Sylvain. We hope you will join us to celebrate fine art and artist supporting a worthy cause.  Art For Haiti June 6-15, in Wesleyan’s Zilka Gallery 283 Washington Terrace. Call (860) 685-2695 for information.

On Thursday, also 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 Saturday, it’s Much Ado About Something: The Shakespeare Series, part 1. Middlesex Community College and the Middletown-based theater company ARTFARM are collaborating to offer a three class series focusing on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on Saturday mornings in June. The classes are offered in preparation for ARTFARM’s Shakespeare in the Grove production of Much Ado, which will be presented on the College campus July 18 – 21 and 25 – 28.

Also on Saturday in Middletown, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Middlesex County Historical Society Participates in Connecticut Open House Day by participating with dozens of other museums around the state by offering free admission. The museum is at the Society’s headquarters, the General Joseph Mansfield House, 151 Main St. Current exhibits are award winning Hard & Stirring Times: Middletown and the Civil War and Within These Walls: One House, One Family, Two Centuries, the story of the Mansfield house and the family who occupied it. Of particular interest is a display of items owned by General Mansfield who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Antietam, and personal equipment used at the First Battle of Bull Run by Charles Pelton, the founder of Pelton’s Drug Store.

On Sunday afternoon, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Shaped Note Singers Meet at the MAC650 gallery on Main Street. Potluck follows the singing. Bring a dish to share. Contact Neely Bruce at for information.

And at 7 p.m. on Sunday, as well as at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, the Connecticut Gilbert & Sullivan Society will hold auditions for The Yeomen of the Guard at Congregation Adath Israel, 8 Broad Street, Middletown. For more details, call 1.800.866.1606 or visit the Connecticut Gilbert & Sullivan Society online.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, screenings continue of 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 itself. Also continuing this week, courtesy of Real Art Ways and Cinestudio, the Trinity College Cinema, is the 26th CT Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Tonight and tomorrow only brings Burn to Real Art Ways; it’s an action-packed documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of Detroit firefighters. Opening Friday is Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay,the world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor, a performer who regularly provokes astonishment from even the most jaded audiences. Saturday marks the return of The Room; the best terrible movie ever is booked for monthly late shows at Real Art Ways. Visit and for details and links to trailers.

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 from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., it's the Explorers' Hour, with Pickup Sticks, a synthesis of science, spoken word and a lot of popular music.

At 1 a.m. it’s Distilled Discographies with Cheshire Cat, distilling down the discography of an artist to an essential 60 minute career retrospective, sampling something from every cataloged release.

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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