Sunday, September 29, 2013

9-30-13 Jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, Sept. 30th, and this is the Jive at Five - our 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 weeknights and weekends.  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, a chorus of voices celebrating Pope Francis’s recent complaint that the Church is too obsessed with birth control, abortion and homosexuality. Find audio of that and other shows at Okay, on with the Jive.

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Tonight here in Middletown at 6pm, you can catch the up and coming Wesleyan student rock act, Grand Cousin, performing a stripped down acoustic set in Rob “Homegrown” DeRosa’s “Music Monday” live music series at Red and Black Café, at 45 Broad St. For info, look for the series on Facebook or Google it.
Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight is the Anything Goes open mic night. Starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow and running all month, take in “Sunsets: A Middletown Transformation,” a photography exhibit by WESU’s own Dave Bauer, with an opening reception planned for Sunday, Oct. 6. Tomorrow evening at 7 it’s Laughter Yoga with Mimi Claire and a potluck dinner. Thursday is open mic night with Bob Gotta. Friday at 8 p.m., Jamie Anderson & The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra plays. Saturday morning, the Buttonwood offers Qigong (Chi Kung), community yoga and an empowerment workshop. Saturday evening, The New Unity Band with Matt Dwonszyk performs. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1pm. All are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal beforehand at 11am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. Rumpus, an invitation to express the rhythm inside you, happens during Food Not Bombs. On Sunday evening at 7, it’s the Great Make Believe Improv Show. Details at

Tonight at 7:30 at the Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park, it’s the weekly open mic night. Tuesday brings acoustic solo music. Wednesday is Irish session night. Thursday brings the weekly jazz series. Friday night, it’s blues. Saturday, classic rock. And Sunday, mixed musical offerings .

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, tonight brings A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Tomorrow brings to Lilly’s Pad the Wham Bam Bowie Band, a complete performance of Ziggy Stardust, among other Bowie classics. Wednesday, it’s Immortal Technique & Brother Ali War and Peace Tour, with Diabolic, I Self Devine, and Hosted By Poison Pen. Thursday, Hestia Records presents Escape to EDM, with Narga & Bryski, Xeromynd, and Boltcutter. Friday, the Cosmic Dust Bunnies come to Toad’s, with 7 Below (a tribute to Phish), Turbine, and Rizzo’s Dilemma. Also on Friday, in Lilly’s Pad, Afton Presents Negative Three, Great Blue, Amanda Blackmarsh, J Crow, Orphan Andies, Fat Bradley, Man the Builder and Shemata. On Sunday, it’s Bayside/Motion City Soundtrack, with What's Eating Gilbert and State Champs. Details at

Also in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight brings Primitive Garage Rock, with The Neanderthals and The Outta Sites (featuring members of Los Straitjackets). Tomorrow, Manic Productions and Asbestos Records presents The Toasters, with The Hempsteadys and The Excitement Gang. Wednesday, the Raya Brass Band plays Café Nine, with Milksop: Unsung. And Thursday brings Mary Gauthier. Friday, it’s the L.A.M.P. Festival featuring Mark Mulcahy, with The Streams. Saturday’s afternoon jazz jam is hosted by Mike Coppola and Friends. The Gina Sicilia show that was to follow the jazz jam has been canceled. At 9 p.m. on Saturday  Murdervan plays, along with Orb Mellon. Sunday brings the Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod and his band to Café Nine.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is Jazz Monday. Tomorrow brings Michael Palin's Other Orchestra. Wednesday’s blues jam, one of the longest running in New England, is hosted by Mike Law. Friday,  the Truck Stop Troubadors stop off at Sally’s. And on Saturday, it’s Ana Popovic. www.blackeyedsally’

Also in Hartford, at Sully’s Pub, tonight is Acoustic Open Mic Night. Tomorrow brings Positive Jam w/ Joey Batts & Self Suffice. Wednesday is Karaoke w/ Tastefull Productions. Thursday, it’s Sully’s First Thursday Comedy Series. Friday, it’s the Fat Guy Friday Happy Hour and Up is Down and Post Modern Panic. Saturday, it’s Dirty Sanchez. And Sunday, it’s the Electric Open Mic. for details.

Back in Middletown, tomorrow kicks off Common Ground 2013: The Fifth Middletown International Film Festival, a lineup of films on Tuesdays through October and November, accompanied by expert commentary. Tomorrow’s film is at the Russell Library: More Than Frybread – directed by Travis Holt Hamilton, a  fun “mockumentary” about a fictitious frybread competition in Flagstaff, Arizona. Theodore Van Alst, of Yale University, will speak.

Friday at 5 p.m., it’s the monthly Middletown Gallery Walk, a chance to take in the latest art exhibitions downtown.

Saturday afternoon at 2, at the Russell Library, you can enjoy "Romanticism Forever Young" with Pianist Pi-Hsun Shih and Cellist Tanya Anisimova performing Chopin and Mendelssohn.

Sunday, a rare Model T-Ford advertising vehicle will be among the features of the  Middlesex County Historical Society’s 28th annual  Antique Car Show and Flea Market.  The show, at Middletown High School on LaRosa Lane, off Newfield Street, opens with car registration at 8:30 a.m. The featured car, used primarily for advertising, appeared in many parades and was used by a lumber company to keep its business in the public eye. The owner at the time was John C. Barry, a gentleman very much loved by the people of Portland. He had held virtually every office in the town government save for First Selectman since he became a registered voter in 1891. This car has been in Portland all its life and was also under water in the 1936 flood and 1938 hurricane. The car has been restored by its owners Edward and Rosemarie Organek of Portland, CT. Details by calling the Society at 860-346-0746.

Also on Sunday in Middletown, the Shaped Note Singers meet from 4 to 6 p.m. at the MAC650 Gallery, 650 Main St. All are welcome. A potluck follows the singing. More information by emailing Neely Bruce at

Back in New Haven, at Bar, on Wednesday at 9 p.m. Manic Productions Presents Potty Mouth, with California X and Blessed State.

Several farmers' markets in our area are still in full swing. In Middletown, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Halloween, there's a longstanding farmer’s market on the South Green. Through October 25th, on Fridays in Middletown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The North End Farmers Market happens in the parking lot of It's Only Natural Market on Main St., near the intersection of Liberty St. from 
Through October 25th, in Higganum, there’s a market on Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m on the town green. In East Haddam, this Wednesday is the last chance to shop the farmers' market from 4 to 7 p.m. at the town grange on Town Street. 

Now that the Durham Fair has ended, fairgoers turn their attention to the Berlin Fair, which runs from Friday through Sunday at 430 Beckley Road, East Berlin. Info at

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Short Term 12, an emotional drama set in a foster care facility, runs through Thursday. Also through Thursday: The Trials of Mohammed Ali, a documentary exploring the famous boxer’s refusal to serve in the Vietnam war, even after his status as a conscientious objector was denied, on the grounds of protesting racial injustice at home. The film captures his passion and anger in interviews and television appearances culled from a rich variety of rare archival sources. Opening Friday is Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers, and Herb and Dorothy, 50 by 50, about a world-class art collection built by a postal clerk and a librarian in their modest home, then donated, one work to each of the 50 states. for details.

At Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, it’s The Attack, about a highly successful Palestinian surgeon) living in Israel who finds his life changed in the instant that his wife is suspected of being the suicide bomber in an attack that killed innocent children in a café. Wednesday is a special one-night screening of Girl Rising, about how educating girls can change the world. Children in nine countries, from Cambodia to Sierra Leone to Peru, perform vignettes written by nine authors  and narrated by nine actresses. Thursday brings a double feature to Cinestudio:  the Israeli film Yossi and Jagger, about an Army commander stationed in the mountains on the border of Lebanon, and his passionate love affair with Jagger, one of his soldiers known for his rock star looks. And the sequel, Yossi, set 10 years later, with Yossi a closeted and lonely cardiologist in Tel Aviv who still dreams of finding satisfaction, both emotional and sexual, after losing Jagger, the love of his life. Friday begins a run of The Conjuring, a creepy horror film based on real events in Rhode Island. And Sunday begins a run of Twenty Feet from Stardom, a documentary in which great backup singers get the attention they deserve.

Now here’s what's on the air tonight on 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 rrom the Pacifica Network offers a daily dose of alternative international news and reporting.
At 6:30 it's Life is a Killer, with Johnny Analog.
That’s followed at 8pm by The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis.
Then at 9:30, stay tuned for the Attention Deficit Disk Jockey, with Lee, the music of yesterday’s future, today.
That’s followed at 11 by A Hate Supreem with DJ AWOL.
Then at midnight, it’s Maelstrom of the Weird with Phil Void, followed at 1 a.m. by Local Color with Peter Helman.
Next, at 2, comes the Explorer’s Hour, with Pickup Sticks, a synthesis of science, spoken word and a lot of popular music.
Then at 3, it’s 88 Keys with Mads, playing tracks chosen for their outstanding piano features.

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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