Thursday, October 31, 2013

10-31-13 jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, Oct. 31stth.  Happy Halloween! 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 during the rest this week.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine tonight, it’s the Halloween Masquerade Jam with Rizzo's Dilemma and The Mushroom Cloud. Prizes will be awarded for the best, worst and most original costumes. Friday’s Happy Hour performance brings Sean Conlon to Café Nine. Later Friday night, Manic Productions Presents Kingsley Flood, with Little Ugly and Golden Bloom at The Nine. Saturday’s weekly jazz jam is hosted by Mike Coppola and Friends this week. Saturday night, Jesse Malin shares a bill with Hollis Brown and The Backyard Committee. Sunday night brings the Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod to Café Nine.

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.

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

Tonight at 8 p.m., here in Middletown, 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.

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

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, which happens 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.

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.

Up in Hartford, at Black eyed Sally’s tomorrow/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’

Back  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

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

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:

Tonight Real Art Ways in Hartford, concludes their run of the film 20 Feet from Stardom, turning the spotlight to several 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, tonight ends their run of The Wicker Man, called the Citizen Kane of horror movies. Friday, Cinestudio 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: 5:05-6pm
Homegrown with Rob DeRosa For The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

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

At 6:30 Total Praise with Minister Latrecia is our Thursday night Gospel music connection! Presenting a diverse and inspirational blend of contemporary gospel music to uplift your spirit!

at 8-9:30pm Michael Benson (host of 75% Folk) fill in for Bill Denert’s Evening Jazz 

from 9:30-10:30pm  UnderCover with Rebecca Seidel aims to Bridge genres and generations while exploring the concept of inspiration through imitation (ie: Cover songs).

At 10:30  The Hip-Hop Kitchen with Alex and Jakeoffers  jazzy, soulful, upbeat hip hop and rap mixed with food news, recipes, reviews, tips, tricks, and fun facts. basically food to eat while you listen.

From 11:30-12:30am Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam keeps the Hip Hop going with a focus on regional artists and tracks from mainstream artists not normally heard on the radio.

from 12:30-1:30am Ethan presents: Do You Know How It Feels To Be Lonesome? Exploring music from the world of the fast-living godfather of country rock n' roll Gram Parsons, exploring the music he made, loved, listened to, and influenced.

the music continues at 1:30 when Ethan fills in for DJ Babelfish’s program, The British are Coming.

Self proclaimed “fun hosts” Omardaslayer and Tree Paths presents 90 minutes Chaos of at 4am n their show, The Menagerie.

The BBC kicks on at 4am, followed by NPR's Morning Edition at 5 to start our Broadcast day  fro Friday.

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 Homegrown with Rob DeRosa for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see MGMT at The Oakdale Dome in Wallingford on Dec 6. Before tickets go on sale tomorrow.

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