Monday, October 21, 2013

10-21-13 Jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, October 21st, 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 Ben Michael. Thanks for tuning in!

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

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight brings the weekly Anything Goes open mic, hosted by WESU’s own J-Cherry.  Tomorrow evening at 6, The womenʼs organization S.W.E.E.T. Potato Society, hosts a Meeting at the buttonwood tree.   Wednesday brings a night of  Free Karoke with Deni. Friday night Klezwoods mix traditional klezmer and Balkan music with modern grooves, improvisation and original repertoire on the Buttonwood Tree Stage. Saturday morning, the Buttonwood offers Qigong (Chi Kung) at 7:30 am, followed by community yoga. Saturday evening, The John Funkhouser Trio performs in celebration of the release of their 4th CD, Still, for anight of modern jazz with a wide range of influences. 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. During October at the Buttonwood Tree you can catch the photography exhibit, “Sunsets: A Middletown Transformation,”, by WESU’s own David Bauer, Details about this and more online 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. Sunday, The Eric Kuhn Group performas The Canoe Club at 6 and Vocalist Nekita Waller takes the stage at 7pm mixed musical offerings .

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, tonight brings A weekly Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Wednesday, MINUS THE BEAR,  INVSN,  and Slow Bird take the stage. Thursday, KB EVENTS PRESENTES CEDRIC GERVAIS with Joey Fedz, JONESY, and JuanDingo opening. Friday,Shakedown plays the Grateful Dead and Beyond. String Band and Eggy open that show. Details at 

Also in New Haven tonight, Café Nine, presents the Fistful of Jokes Comedy Series. Tomorrow, The Franklys and  Stark Raving Lulu share a bill at Café nine. . Wednesday, you can catch Atrina, The Mountain Movers, and Beasty.  Thursday at Cafee Nine, Manic Productions Presents: Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons, Toy Soldiers, and Goodnight Blue Moon. Friday night The Grimm Generation Spaghetti Western Roundup features members of The Danbury Lie, The Sawtelles, Lys Guillorn, Rope, Dave Hogan, and The Grimm Generation. Saturday Café nine’s Weekly afternoon jazz jam will be hosted by the George Baker Band.  Saturday night New Haven Burlesque presents Day of the Dead Burlesque Cabaret.  Sunday brings a Bluegrass Jam w/ Stacy Phillips at 4pm. More online at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s featured Jazz Monday performer is the Craig Hartley Trio. Tomorrow brings Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18 piece big band, for their weekly session. Wednesday’s long running weekly blues jam is hosted by Tommy whalen this week. Friday, Lustre Kings stop make for a night of rooting tooting rock and roll at Sally’s. Saturday, night Easy Baby a brand new New England Blues act takes the stage. www.blackeyedsally’

Back in New Haven, on Wednesday at 9 p.m., Manic Productions Presents William Tyler (of Silver Jews & Lambchop) along with The Inclined Plane for a free show  at Bar.   Thursday night Manic Presents: Spring Heeled Jack, Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One, The Hempsteadys, and Choke Puppy  at The Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden. Also on Thursday night in Hartford,  Manic Productions Presents: The Sea and Cake and Teen Daze at Arch St Tavern. Friday night at The Spaceland Ball Room,  Manic presents: Obi Fernandez, Sammy Kay & The Fast Four, and  Math the Band plus another show at the Space featuring Cute is what we aim for, Turnover, Tallhart, and more.

The Middlesex County Historical Society is presents  furniture restorer and gilder, Peter Gedrys who will speak on the topic, “Furniture Finishes, Past and Present,” on Tuesday, October 22 at 7:00 pm at the General Joseph Mansfield House, 151 Main Street, Middletown. 860-346-0746 for information.  Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents: Virgil and Juwil Topazio Lecture—“Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings, 1968-2007: Minimal to Maximal” charting the history from Sol LeWitt's first wall drawing to his later wall drawings. This event is free and open to the public and happens at the CFA Hall. Friday night Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents a performance by Vieux Farka Touré  in Crowell Concert Hall. Often called the "Hendrix of the Sahara," Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunke, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary guitar player Ali Farka Touré (1939-2006). Vieux Farka Touré is known for dazzling audiences with his speed and dexterity on the instrument, combining West African music with blues, rock, and reggae.

Saturday night Wesleyan’s CFA presents: So Much of Any Year is Flammable: Mantra Percussion + Paula Matthusen for an evening of works by Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen performed by Mantra Percussion Ensemble as well as special guest vocalist Jamie Jordan in Wesleyan’s  Memorial Chapel on High Street.

Thursdays at 7pm, Author Elisabeth Petry leads The Veterans' Writing Group at the Russell Library here in Middletown.
On Saturday from noon to 5pm,The core artists of the local ARTFARM Ensemble and Vermont's iconic Bread and Puppet Theater join forces in offering  "Arse Kicking Puppetry, Ding Dongs and the Radical Farming of Art", a unique community workshop open to anyone age eighteen and over.  Participants will learn techniques that each company uses to develop new work and then create original pieces to be performed outdoors in Middletown that afternoon.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Contact ARTFARM at or call (860)346-4390 for more information or to register.

While the Farmer’s Market season is just about over, Middletown’s longstanding farmer’s market on the South Green continues through Halloween from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This Friday brings the final North Ed Farmers Market of the season to the parking lot of Its Only Natural Market on Main St.  The Higganum Farmer’s Market also wraps up this Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m on the town green.

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

Here in Middletown, on Tuesday nights during October and November you can catch Common Ground 2013: The Fifth Middletown International Film Festival. Tomorrow brings a screening of the 2011 French Film, Intouchables to the Center for Film Studies, Wesleyan University.  More online at

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Through Wednesday, you can catch, Rebels with a Cause a documentary spotlighting a group of citizens from many walks of life who fought to preserve open space, protect agriculture and wildlife, establish public parks next to a densely populated urban center yearning for access to nature. Real Art Ways is also showing Good Old Freda through Wednesday. This is a film about the Beatles Secretary and Friend, who worked with them for 11 years.    There will be no films Thursday, through the weekend as Real Art Ways prepares for their annual fundraising gala, The Odd Ball.  for details.

Tonight and Tomorrow Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, is showing The 50th anniversary restored British 1963 psychological thriller, The Servant. Thursday night Cinestudio begins a run of LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER

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 Feature Story News from 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.

At 11pm its time for Declan MacManus: International Art Thief with DJ Jeffrey and DJ Moe, who, each week, portray a different part of Elvis Costello's vivifying and varying musical persona.

From  Midnight - 1am  Maelstrom of the Weird with Phil Void brings you punk in all its innovation and abrasion – be it first wave, hardcore, post-punk, or noise.

From 1-2am Songs Without Words with Jacob Feder offers an eclectic assortment of instrumental musics both new and old.

From 2-3am Background Appreciation with Clip invites you to experience how much no words can say as "accompaniment" takes center stage on this Kyric- less hour of radio featuring post-rock, electronica, and more! 

From 3-4am RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald brings you music from far flung places and sometimes from right in your own backyard.
The BBC kicks on at 4, followed by NPR's Morning Edition at 5.

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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