Sunday, October 27, 2013

10-28-13 Jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, Oct. 28th, 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 Maria Johnson, producer and host of "Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith," which airs every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday afternoon, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: an interview with Wesleyan University’s Catholic chaplain, Fr. Hal Weidner. I’d invited him to come on the show last year when Reasonably Catholic debuted and he’d declined. Recently, he changed his mind. Find out why. The audio of that episode and other shows are archived at Okay, on with the Jive.
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.
Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight is the Anything Goes open mic night. Friday at 8 the Mattabesset String Collective, a 5-piece acoustic ensemble, plays an eclectic mix of bluegrass, blues, folk, country and rock, all in a string band style. Saturday morning, it’s Qigong (Chi Kung) and community yoga. Saturday at 8, singer-songwriter, guitar instrumentalist and blues player Stan Sullivan plays. 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, the Great Make Believe Society brings improv to the Buttonwood Tree.
Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, tonight brings A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Thursday, Halloween, brings 99.1 WPLR’s Kooks and Spooks Convention, a Halloween costume party with prizes awarded for best costumes. Friday, Papadosio plays, with lespecial.
Also in New Haven, at Café Nine tonight at 8, Stupidity and The Radiation play. Tomorrow,  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.
Manic Productions presents several shows in the New Haven area this week. Tonight, at 7 p.m. at The Space in Hamden, it’s Tera Melos, Fang Island, Zorch and Ports of Spain. Wednesday at Bar in New Haven, it’s Nik Turner’s Hawkwind.  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.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is Jazz Monday, with the Ben Bilello Trio. Tomorrow brings Michael Palin's Other Orchestra. 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 is Acoustic Open Mic Night. Tomorrow brings acoustic music with Pete Scheips. Wednesday, it’s karaoke. Thursday, it’s a Hip Hop Halloween with El Vee. 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.
Back in Middletown, tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Russell Library, Common Ground 2013: The Fifth Middletown International Film Festival, features 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
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.
Over at 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., the 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, We Buy White Albums, an event put on by Rutherford Chang, class of ’02. Browse and listen to a collection of over 750 first-pressings of The Beatles’ "The White Album" (1968), and 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. Among the items up for auction: original art, a family photography session, a one-on-one Alexander Technique lesson, a private yoga class, an original composition, signed books, private tours, CFA theater tickets, tickets to Long Wharf, gift certificates, handcrafts, and more.
Saturday night is the 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.
Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry
From classic bop to smooth contemporary sounds. A well-rounded jazz show for true jazz heads.

Free Speech Radio News
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

6:30-8pm:  Life is a Killer with Johnny Analog
Moving through the blues diaspora from front porch country blues and big city electric blues to jazz, R&B and soul.
8-9:30pm: Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis
The best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and latin dancefloor grooves. Pure Dynamite Mojo Explosion!

9:30-11pm: The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee
The music of yesterday’s future, today.

11-12am: Declan MacManus: International Art Thief with DJ Jeffrey and DJ Moe
Each week portrays a different part of Costello's vivifying and varying musical persona.
12-1am: Maelstrom of the Weird with Phil Void
Surveying punk in all its innovation and abrasion – be it first wave, hardcore, post-punk, or noise.
1-2am: Songs Without Words with Jacob Feder
Songs Without Words offers an eclectic assortment of instrumental musics both new and old.
2-3am: Background Appreciation with Clip
A lyric-less hour: experience how much no words can say as "accompaniment" takes center stage. Featuring post-rock, electronica, and everything else.

3-4am: RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald
Introducing you to 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.

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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