Wednesday, October 30, 2013

10-30-13 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, Oct. 30th. 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.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine tonight, Lust-Cats of The Gutters, with The Gabba Ghouls and Mannequin Pussy. Tomorrow, 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.

Here  in Middletown, Saturday at 2 p.m., Grayson Hugh, an internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and pianist, will present a concert with his wife Polly Messer at The Russell Library

Up in Hartford, at Black eyed Sally’s on Wednesday nights, you can catch one of New England’s longest running Blues Jam Sessions, hosted this week 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’

Manic Productions presents several shows across the state this week. Tonight 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.

Also in Hartford, at Sully’s Pub, Thursday, brings a Hip Hop Halloween show to remember with Middletown’s own “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.

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.

on Thursday, the Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents Ian Boyden, class of ’95, with Luring the Immortals-An American Artist's Experiences in a Chinese Garden  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.

The Friends of the Wesleyan Library will hold their annual Book Sale on Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street, Middletown. Over 3500 books will be offered for the bargain price of $1-$5, with some special books costing more  The selection ranges from in-depth academic works, to blues music, theater, engineering, science, cook books, popular novels, and much more.  It’s always fun to browse and you never know what treasures you will find.  For more information, contact

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 some cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, through Thursday you can watch, 20 Feet from Stardom, celebrating back-up singers for some of the most popular artists and songs. Friday kicks off a 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: 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 Free Speech Radio 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.

And at 8:00, Mike Nyce slows it down a few Beats per minute on The Warehouse, another live DJ mix this time featuring  underground house music.

From 9:30 to 11 it's The Vault with DJ Anton Banks. The Vault presents listeners with the very latest in techno, house, idm, and ambient as it was intended to be heard, in mixed form. Anton regularly features exclusive sets from international producers and DJs. Visit for the latest schedule and show information

11pm-12:30am  It's The Flipside with Radiodad.

From 12:30-2am The Chill Factory with Noah G. and DJ So Fresh So Clean presents quality hip hop analysis and dissection invariably favoring and promoting music which provides the best human interpretation for the Platonic form of "chill."

From 2-4am it's The Late Night Concert Series.

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! Now stay tuned for The Explorer's Hour

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