Monday, September 16, 2013

9-16-13 Jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, Sept. 16th, 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, an interview with the show’s patron saint, Fr. John Baptist Pesce, on immigration reform as a gospel imperative. 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.
Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight is the Anything Goes open mic night. Tomorrow evening at 6 brings the Happiness Project meeting, followed at 7 by Laughter Yoga with Mimi Claire and a potluck dinner. Wednesday is Buttonwood Film Night, this time with a double feature, followed by a discussion about the future of humanity: the first film is the Emmy award-winning documentary “Journey of the Universe”; the second film is an interview with visionary, futurist and social architect Barbara Marx Hubbard. Thursday through Saturday at the Buttonwood Tree, the Middle City Stage Company brings 5Arts2013, a rich, three-hour cultural meal, featuring servings of Film, Theatre, Music, Poetry and Visual Arts. Saturday morning’s Qigong (Chi Kung) and yoga sessions will be held this week at Wadsworth Falls; meet in the parking lot of the park at 7:15. 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.

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 by vocalist Nikita Waller.
Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, tonight brings A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Thursday, Toad’s, in association with Asterisk Concerts, presents Lettuce. Friday brings Shakedown, along with Weird Beards and Blessed & Gifted.
Also in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight at 7:30 brings the Fistful of Jokes Comedy Series. Tomorrow, Manic Productions Presents Califone, Richard Buckner, and The Backyard Committee. Wednesday brings Grammy Award Winning Guitar Player Pete Anderson, formerly with Dwight Yoakam. Thursday at Café Nine, it’s Kings and Liars, with Mind Over Master and Feed the Pigs. Friday’s Weekly Wind-down Happy Hour is with Tom Hearn, followed by the CT Music Awards Showcase, featuring Head With Wings, Violent Mae, Post Modern Panic, and the Isaac Young Quartet. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, followed by Lipgloss Crisis presenting Fall Frolics. Sunday afternoon, it’s the return of Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School, followed at 8 by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Morris Trent Band.

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 Tommy Whalen. Friday Willie J. Laws brings funky blues to the Sally’s stage. Saturday is the Advocate’s Grand Band Slam, with three of the area’s best bands, followed by the Harold Zinno Jazz Quintet, The Elligers Brothers, the  Brandt Taylor Band, and Goodnight Blue Moon.  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 Mike Dillon Band w/Ryan Montbleu at Sully’s. Friday, it’s the Shag Frenzy Tiki Party; the Fat Guy Friday Happy Hour with a Free Buffet by George; along with a pre-party for Saturday’s Wimbash - Hartford 2013 event, presented by Grand Band Slam. for details.
Back in Middletown, at the Russell Library at noon tomorrow, you can catch a screening of “Magnificent Obsession,” followed by a discussion of the melodramas of Douglas Sirk, led by Wesleyan film professor Scott Higgins.

Tomorrow, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the First Church on Court Street, the Middlesex County NAACP branch and First Church will host a Constitution Day panel discussion and call-to-action. Titled, "School-to-Prison Pipeline," it is a follow-up conversation based on community responses to the Aug. 21st talk by ACLU executive director Andrew Schneider, about the equiptable distribution of educational resources for all the children of our community. Info at and

Also tomorrow, Wesleyan University's Constitution Day Lecture will be by Theodore Shaw, class of '76. Titled "Looking Backwards: Looking Forward: The Persistence of Race in 21st Century American Life," it will be held at 7:30 in the Smith Reading Room of Olin Memorial Library.

On Thursday at Wesleyan's Powell Family Cinema, three films by Liz Magic Laser, Wesleyan class of ’03, will be shown. They are “Distressed,” “Mine,” and “Flight.” This screening is part of "The Alumni Show II" in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Center for the Arts, which looks back at four decades of Wesleyan artists.
Also on Thursday at Wesleyan, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be an opening reception for the exhibit, “Themes and Variations: Seriality in American Prints, 1960-1980.” Curator Clare Rogan will give a gallery talk at 5.

Back in New Haven, at Bar, on Wednesday, Manic Productions presents Détective (formerly Guided by Voices), with Spectral Fangs and Happy Ending. And on Saturday at the Shubert Theater, Manic Productions and Premier Concerts present The Waterboys and Freddie Stevenson.

On Friday evening, Wesleyan Potters, 350 South Main St., Middletown, holds its Second Annual Auction of Handcrafted Work by Notable Artisans, a fundraiser for the non-profit pottery. The evening will begin with a wine and hors d’oeuvre preview from 6:30 to 7:30. Auction will begin at 7:30.

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
In Cromwell, on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m., the farmers' market is at Covenant Village through September 26 with live entertainment weekly from 4-5pm.  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, there's a farmers' market from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at the town grange on Town Street through October 2nd. Learn about farmers' markets all over the state by going to .

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Computer Chess, in which a group of software designers, in the early days of personal computing, organize a chess tournament and lay the groundwork for artificial intelligence, plays through Wednesday. Friday begins a run of The Artist and the Model, set in occupied France in 1943. Also opening Friday is Short Term 12, an emotional drama set in a foster care facility. for details.

At Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, the Richard Linklater trilogy Before Midnight continues. Then Wednesday begins a run of This is the End, about the apocalypse, described as “so good, you’ll think you hallucinated it.” Then Sunday begins a run of this year’s Fruitvale Station, a devastatingly honest look at the last 24 hours of one young African-American man’s life.

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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