Wednesday, October 23, 2013

10-23-13 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, October 23rd. 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 (filling in for Bill Denert), Thanks for listening!

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

As I speak,  Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents: the lecture—“Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings, 1968-2007 at the CFA Hall. The lecture started at 5pm.  Friday night, The Center for the Arts presents a performance by Vieux Farka Touré  (sounds like View Farka Too-ray)  in Crowell Concert Hall. Often called the "Hendrix of the Sahara,", He is the son of late legendary guitar player Ali Farka Touré. 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.

Here in Middletown, tonight Deni offers a free night of  Karoke 0at The Buttonwood Tree. Friday night The Klezwoods mix traditional klezmer and Balkan music with modern grooves, improvisation 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 makes for a night of modern jazz in celebration of the release of their new CD, called  “Still”. 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. You can catch the photography exhibit, “Sunsets: A Middletown Transformation”, by WESU’s own David Bauer, during the month of October at the Buttonwood Tree. Details about this and more online at .

Wednesdays night’s the Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown presents their weekly Irish music session. Thursdays the Canoe Cub presents a live jazz series and Friday night, it’s the blues. Sunday, The Eric Kuhn Group takes The Canoe Club stage at 6 to be followed by Vocalist Nekita Waller at 7pm.

Down in New Haven tonight, Café Nine, you can catch Atrina, The Mountain Movers, and Beasty.  Thursday at Cafe 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

Tonight up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, their long running weekly Wednesday  night blues jam is hosted by Tommy Whalen. 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’

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place on tonight, MINUS THE BEAR,  INVSN,  and Slow Bird take the stage. Tomorrow/Thursday, KB EVENTS PRESENTs CEDRIC GERVAIS with Joey Fedz, JONESY, and JuanDingo opening. Friday, Shakedown plays the Grateful Dead and Beyond at Toad’s. String Band and Eggy open that show. Details at 

Back in New Haven, on tonight 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.

On Thursdays at 7pm, Author Elisabeth Petry leads a Veterans' Writing Group at the Russell Library here in Middletown.
This Saturday from noon to 5pm, Middletown’s ARTFARM and Vermont's iconic Bread and Puppet Theater join forces to offer "Arse Kicking Puppetry, Ding Dongs and the Radical Farming of Art", a unique community workshop where participants will learn techniques to develop new work and then create original pieces. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Contact ARTFARM at or call (860)346-4390 for more information or to register.

Saturday night Real Art Ways in Hartford presents The Oddball, their annual masquerade party and biggest fundraising event, featuring, Tricked out galleries, eerie photo ops and outrageous tunes. Doors at 8 PM. and the night features a DJ & live performances by Girls Like Bass. Learn more online at

As the frost threatens to stamp out the remainder of our seasonal gardens tonight, Farmer’s Market season is just about over. This Friday brings the final North Ed Farmers Market of the year 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:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight you can catch, Rebels with a Cause, a documentary spotlighting a group of citizens who fought to preserve open space, protect agriculture and wildlife and establish a public park in densely populated urban center. Real Art Ways is also showing Good Old Freda tonight. This is a film about the Beatles Secretary and friend, who worked with the band during their entire career.   There will be no films Thursday, through the weekend as Real Art Ways prepares for their annual fundraising gala, The Odd Ball (on Saturday night).  for details.

Tonight 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: Explorers’ Hour with Pickup Sticks, Inviting you to Venture into the infinity of the unknown via a synthesis of science, spoken word, and a lot of popular music.

At 6pm each weekday Feature Story News offers a  daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

At 6:30 it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion for 90 minutes of techno from around the globe mixed live.

Mike Nyce slows it down a few Beats per minute on The Warehouse, another live DJ mix this time featuring  underground house music.

At 9:30 it’s N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk for some Serious turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

at 11pm The Flip Side with Radiodad  features  90 minutes of unreleased songs, b-sides, singles, and EP-sourced material.

The Chill Factory with Noah G. and DJ So Fresh So Clean takes over at 12:30 presenting quality hip hop analysis and dissection, invariably favoring and promoting music which provides the best human interpretation for the Platonic form of "chill."

From 2-3am  Amalgamation with DJ Symphonia   is a “cross-genre” music show that focuses on artists who utilize elements from different genres to create different and often unique music.

at 3  Late Night Concert Series  Features  live recordings of concerts in their entirety from a wide range of musical genres.

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 Thanks for listening and stay tuned for the Explorer's Hour.

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