Monday, October 28, 2013

10-29-13 Jive

Good evening! It’s Tuesday, Oct. 28th. 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 Marianne O’Hare, producer of Conversations on Health Care, heard on Wednesdays at 4:30. Thanks for Tuning in.

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

Here  in Middletown, tonight at 7 p.m. at the Russell Library, Common Ground 2013: The Fifth Middletown International Film Festival, presents the film: Working Class – directed by Tsui Hark.   ---    Hing Wu, librarian emeritus of Southern Connecticut State University, will speak. Also at Russell Library, on Saturday at 2 p.m., Grayson Hugh, an internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and pianist, will present a concert with his wife Polly

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine tonight, Drink Deeply presents Chumzilla. Wednesday, it’s Lust-Cats of The Gutters, with The Gabba Ghouls and Mannequin Pussy. Halloween, it’s the Halloween Masquerade Jam with Rizzo's Dilemma and The Mushroom Cloud. Prizes for the best, worst and most original costumes. Friday’s Weekly Wind-Down Happy Hour brings Sean Conlon to Café Nine. And Friday, Manic Productions Presents Kingsley Flood, with Little Ugly and Golden Bloom. Saturday’s jazz jam is with Mike Coppola and Friends. And Saturday night, Jesse Malin plays, along with Hollis Brown and The Backyard Committee. Sunday night brings the Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod to Café Nine.

Up in Hartford, on Tuesday nights Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18 piece big band, works out new material at Blackeyed Sally’s. Wednesday’s blues jam, one of the longest running in New England, is hosted by Tim McDonald. Friday, it’s the Pontani Sisters Burlesque-a-pades, recently named the #1 Burlesque attraction in the US by Saturday, Jeff Pitchell and the Texas Flood plays Sally’s. www.blackeyedsally’

Also in Hartford, at Sully’s Pub, tonight brings acoustic music with Pete Scheips. Wednesday, it’s karaoke. Thursday, it’s a Hip Hop Halloween show to remember with “El Vee, The Ultimate MC”. Friday brings Frank Viele to Sully’s. Saturday  is the Post-Halloween Massacre with End Time Illusion and the return of The Coathangers, and Sunday is the Electric Open Mic.  for details.

Manic Productions presents several shows across the state this week. Wednesday at Bar in New Haven, it’s Nik Turner’s Hawkwind for a free show.  Thursday, at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden, the Felice Brothers, Nun Neil Young, and dj Anthony Fantano of The Needle Drop appear. Friday at The Space, Manic Productions presents Moving Mountains, with Field Mouse, This Old Ghost and Caravela. Saturday, at the Outer Space in Hamden, it'sYou Won't , The Spring Standards, and Alexander Burnet (of The Proud Flesh) perform.

Here in Middletown, Friday night at 8, the Mattabesset String Collective, a 5-piece acoustic ensemble, plays an eclectic mix of bluegrass, blues, folk, country and rock at the Buttonwood Tree.  Saturday morning at the buttonwood, it’s Qigong (Chi Kung) and community yoga. Saturday night at 8pm, singer-songwriter, guitar instrumentalist and blues player Stan Sullivan takes the stage. 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. Also on Sunday evening, the Great Make Believe Society brings improv comedy to the Buttonwood Tree.

Wednesday, at 12:30 p.m. in Middlesex Community College's student lounge in Founders Hall, poet and college professor Steve Straight will read. More information at 860-343-5878.

Speaking of poetry, the Connecticut Poetry Society Meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at Russell Library. RSVP by emailing Pamela at or calling 860.563.5761.

Here Wesleyan University on Thursday, the Center for the Arts presents Ian Boyden, class of ’95, with Luring the Immortals-An American Artist's Experiences in a Chinese Garden. That’s at 4:30 p.m. at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Gallery, 343 Washington Terrace. Also on Thursday at Wesleyan, at 8 p.m., Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents the Fall Thesis Dance Concert, with new works by senior choreographers.

On Friday at 9 p.m., at Wesleyan University, Dar Williams, class of ’89, plays Crowell Concert Hall.  Saturday is Wesleyan’s Homecoming/Family Weekend Reception, with an alumni art exhibit between 2 and 4 p.m. at the Zilkha Gallery. There will be a talk by guest curator John Ravenal at the gallery at 2:30.

Also on Saturday, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Zilkha Gallery, you can catch We Buy White Albums, an event put on by Rutherford Chang, (Wesleyan class of ’02.) Where you can browse and listen to a collection of over 750 first-pressings of The Beatles’ "The White Album" (1968). You can also sell copies to Chang, who usually pays up to $20 per copy, and also happily accepts donations of copies of the album. He has also created a new version of the album—which visitors can play in the gallery—by layering recordings from 100 albums in his collection over one another.

Another Wesleyan event on Saturday afternoon, at 3, is the Friends of Davison Art Center Silent Auction, at Alsop House, Davison Art Center, 301 High Street

Saturday night is a Wesleyan Center for the Arts’s 40th anniversary celebration concert with Wes alum Amy Crawford and STORM and mamarazzi; that’s at the Crowell Concert Hall at 8 p.m. Go to  for details.

Also in Middletown, on Saturday morning at 9, the The Art Guild of Middletown invites you to their November Workshop featuring a watercolor lesson led by marine artist Lou Bonamarte. Register by contacting Eva Dykas at

On Saturday night, at 7:30 p.m.,  the Greater Middletown Concert Association brings Der Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman), performed by  The Connecticut Lyric Opera and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, to the new, state-of-the-art, MHS Performing Arts Center 200 LaRosa Lane, opposite 680 Newfield Street (Route 3) . Information or reservations:

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tomorrow through Tuesday features 20 Feet from Stardom, celebrating back-up singers. Friday brings a week-long run of Let the Fire Burn, a documentary about race relations in Philadelphia in the mid-‘80s. Also opening Friday and running through Thursday is Cutie and the Boxer, a New York tale of two artists’ long marriage.  for details about films and other events.

At Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, The Wicker Man, called the Citizen Kane of horror movies, continues. Friday begins a run of the Mexican film Instructions Not Included, in which Eugenio Derbez plays an Acapulco “player” whose life changes when a girlfriend leaves their baby for him to raise on his own.

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

Right after the Jive at Five stay tuned for: Wild Wild Live with Rachie and Hibiki offering
a sneak peek into the magical live music scene of Wesleyan.

At 6pm each weeknight, Free Speech Radio News offers a daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

At  6:30 Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill presents  an eclectic selection of Americana, country, folk, folk-rock, bluegrass, acoustic, and other music that has a roots influence.

From 8-9pm The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry  and the Strawberries offer  live and local Connecticut arts and music at its best.

At 9pm it’s time for Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat who warns of a song in his heart, a chemical imbalance in his head and a musical library at his fingers.

From 10:30-11:30pm  This Southbound Train with Mary Barrett  features bluegrass, newgrass, and other acoustic sounds. 

Young & Restless with DJ Sleepy Girl comes your way next at 11:30  and from  12:30-1am get your dating advice from Dr. Love and DJ Smooth on Romancipation .

From 1-2am Zen and the Art of Radio with David Whitney features a  variety of audio  content, ranging from radio drama, excerpts of literature, articles of note, and almost anything else you can listen to. 
From 2-3am it’s The Late Night Format with Adi Slepack.

Call it Anything with DJ Skim takes over from 3-4am profiling improvisational music of various traditions that transcend strict genre boundaries.

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

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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