Sunday, August 18, 2013

8-19-13 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, Aug. 19, 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 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow, the Pope on the Plane: two theologians unpack a suitcase full of surprising comments the Pope made in an impromptu press conference during his flight home from Brazil recently. How surprising were they? They made Peter Sagal of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me wonder, Is the Pope Catholic? If you can’t catch the show at 4, check it out later at, where all the shows are archived.
Okay, on with the Jive!:

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, arts and crafts for kids and adults are offered free every weekday through August from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At 8 tonight, it's the Anything Goes open mic night. Tuesday evening brings  Laughter Yoga, followed by a potluck dinner. Wednesday at 7 is the Buttonwood Film Night with “Shouting Secrets.” Friday, at 8 brings a co-bill of Beth Patella and Kelly Kancyr, a beautiful mix of folk and country. Saturday morning at 10:30 brings the Aligned with the Source empowerment workshop. On Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares vegetarian food at about 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone is welcome. You may help prepare the food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. Rumpus, an invitation to express the rhythm inside you, takes place during Food Not Bombs. For more about Buttonwood Tree events, go to

Also in Middletown tonight, at the Mattabesset Canoe Club at Harbor Park, it’s open mic night;  tomorrow, acoustic solo music is on tap; Wednesday is Irish Session Night; Thursday brings the weekly jazz series to the canoe club; then Friday, it’s Friday Night Blues. For details, go to

Down in New Haven tonight at 7:30 at Cafe Nine, it’s the Fistful of Jokes Comedy Series. Tomorrow at 7:30, Woody Pines performs. Wednesday, Drink Deeply presents Jay Russell (Diamond J and the Rough), with Jim Aveni, Dan Greene of Mountain Movers, M.T. Bearington, Eric Elligers of Goodnight Blue Moon, and Jay Labbe of Snake Oil. Thursday brings Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys to CafĂ© Nine. Then Friday, Twin Lakes Records presents Michael Beach, with Estrogen Highs, Closely Watched Trains and Fatal Film.  The Saturday Jazz Jam Session features the George Baker Band. That’s followed at 8 by Ideat Village Rock Lottery. The Sunday afternoon Bluegrass Jam is hosted by Stacy Phillips. That’s followed by the Sunday After Supper Jam with The Morris Trent Band. Go to for details.

Also in New Haven tonight, at Toad’s Place, it's A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Wednesday at Toad’s is the weekly EDM Night. Thursday brings a local band showcase with Apocalyptic Cataclysm, Fear the Tyrant, Fourth and Goal, Hard Water, Kings of Nothing, Kyle Flynn and the Vespers Nine, Mantyhose, and Moving Brooklyn. Then Friday, it’s a Concert for Kevin, with Kung Fu, Fikus, the Bobby Paltauf Band, and Like Violet. Also on Friday, Afton Presents in Lilly’s Pad, eleven11, Off The Dome, QuicksandPlanet, Tyrone Shoelaces, Like Changing Seasons, BANGFIELD, Zack Borgstedt, and Valence. Go to for details.

Up at Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, tonight at 8 it’s Jazz Monday. Tomorrow, Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam at 8 is hosted by Tommy Whalen. Then Friday, The Delta Generators play the blues. Saturday brings The Dirty Bones to Sally’s for the first time in 20 years; they’ll play their own brand of rock, blues, R&B and funk. Go to for details.

Back in Middletown, tomorrow at 7 p.m., enjoy the Summer Sounds on the South Green/Union Park, this week with Brazilian jazz by Sambaleza. The Middletown Commission on the Arts presents these free Summer Sounds concerts on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. (The rain location is South Congregational Church.) For more information, call the City Arts Office at 860.638.4510

On Friday, at 12:15 p.m. Green Street Arts Center will be hosting a lunch time artist talk by artist/illustrator, Jon Sideriadis. Jon is a Connecticut artist whose exhibit, Astromythos, features compelling, and other worldly illustrations. Please RSVP to Sandy Guze

On Sunday, the Wadsworth Mansion, 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown, hosts its 11th annual Open Air Market and Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The historic Mansion will transform its 700 foot vista into a marketplace and festival where over 80 Connecticut vendors will gather to sell their Connecticut grown or made products. Lounge on the lawn with lunch and listen to live music performed on the patio. Among the performers will be the Middletown Symphonic Band from 10 to 11:45 a.m., followed by The Michael Cleary Band from 12:00-1:45 p.m. Convenient shuttle parking will be available from Snow School. Additional parking is available at Mercy High School. For a complete listing of performers and vendors visit

Also on Sunday, the new Middletown Art Academy hosts an open house for children, teens and adults between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. To learn when a presentation for your age group is scheduled, go to

Several farmers' markets in our area are overflowing with fresh produce and other delights. In Middletown, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. there's a market on the South Green, and another in Middletown's North End at 575 Main Street, on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go to for info about that one, and learn about farmers' markets all over the state by going to In Durham, the farmers' market is on Thursdays, on the town green. In Cromwell, on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m., the farmers' market is at Covenant Village. In Higganum there’s a Market on Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m on the town green. In East Haddam, there's a farmers' market from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at the town grange on Town Street.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Blackfish continues through Thursday. It’s the story of a performing killer whale that killed several people. The film combines shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry. Also playing through Thursday is The Act of Killing, a documentary about small-time gangsters in Indonesia who go on to lead a notorious death squad, helping the army kill more than one million alleged communists, ethnic Chinese, and intellectuals in less than a year. Then Friday begins a run of another documentary, Free the Mind. Convinced by the Dalai Lama to apply the same methods used to study anxiety and depression to research kindness and compassion, renowned neurologist Richard Davidson examines the nature of consciousness as manifested in our physical body, and the possibility of using mental practices to change the physical structure of the brain. The results Davidson finds through the course of his studies offer new hope for soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and youngsters with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Go to for details.

Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, the Baz Luhrmann remake of The Great Gatsby, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey McGuire, continues through tomorrow. Then begins a run of director Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1960 film L’Avventura, a moody portrayal of the ennui of the elite. Shot in Rome, the Aeolian Islands, and Sicily, it follows friends whose yachting trip goes wrong when one of the women mysteriously disappears. This is a rare chance to see a 35mm film restoration of a great classic of cinema. Go to for details.

Now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

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 75 Percent Folk, with Michael Benson, a serving of contemporary folk and acoustic music, with side orders of blues, jaz, world, pop, movie soundtracks, readings and occasional live interviews.

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 plays stoner cosmic doom psychedelia avant garde noise 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.

From 2 to 3 a.m., it’s Rootsworld Radio with Cliff Furnald, a tour across borders and genres.

That’s followed at 3 by the Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation, an eclectic mix of music from the WESU library.

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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Thanks for listening!

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