Thursday, November 7, 2013

11-06-13 jive

 Good evening! It’s Wednesday, Nov. 6th 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number one Washington Nationals fan!


And I'm Donna Denert. Thanks for joining us today.

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

Here in Middletown tonight at 7:30, the Buttonwood Tree brings Kirtan with Shubalananda to the Buttonwood.

Thursday at 7 it's open mic night with Bob Gotta.

Friday at evening brings the Humble Tripe  Album Release Party.

Saturday morning, there’s Qigong (Chi Kung) and community yoga at The Buttonwood.

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 also happens at 1pm.  Sunday afternoon at 3, it’s Piano & Stories with Robin Spielberg.

Also in town tomorrow at 7 p.m., at the Russell Library, it's the Artists Creating Artists book discussion series with Hedda Kopf, focusing on Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta. Friday and Saturday, it's the Friends of the Russell Library's book sale.  More can be found at


Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight Drinkdeeply presents DJ Dave-O, Luis Martins, and Julienne Chung.

Thursday, Drinkdeeply presents Rusty Things and An Historic.

Friday at 5 is the Weekly Wind-Down Happy Hour with Dan Greene of Mountain Movers. That’s followed at 9 by Paper Hill Casket Company, 1974, and Them Damn Hamiltons.

Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Saturday night at 9, it’s Duece Bug and Hip Hop Haven.

Sunday afternoon at 4 is the return of Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School. Sunday at 8 brings The Original Sunday Night Jam, with the George Baker Band.

In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Wednesday, it's the  blues jam at 8 hosted by Ed Bradley.

Friday at 9 is Brant Taylor's All Star Jam. Saturday, blues man Dave Keller takes the Sally’s stage. www.blackeyedsally’ .

Manic Productions presents several shows across the state this week. Tonight, Manic Productions brings Widowspeak, Pure Bathing Culture (with members of Vetiver), and Hanging Hills to BAR in New Haven.

And Sunday at 8, Empty Flowers, with F-ing Invincible and Stone Titan play the Arch Street Tavern in Hartford.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, Friday at 8, Manic Productions presents Diarrhea Planet, with Lovely Bad Things, Chris Cappello, and Furness (formerly The Ferns). Sunday, NV Concepts brings GRiZ: The Rebel Era Tour, with Pegboard Nerds and The Floozies.

Back in Middletown, Wesleyan University’s Olin Library has a new exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination: “Retracing President Kennedy’s Final Journey: Selections from William Manchester’s Research Files.” The exhibition, located outside the Special Collections & Archives in Olin Library, includes selections from the thousands of items amassed by Manchester, author of The Death of a President. It includes private notes and correspondence, sketches, government documents, newspapers, souvenirs, and more.


Also at Wesleyan, on Saturday, at 8 p.m., it's the Connecticut premiere of The Center for the Arts Juice Vocal Ensemble at Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllis Ave. There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:15 by Wesleyan music professor Neely Bruce. And Sunday at 3 p.m., the Center for the Arts presents Mazz Swift's Solo MazzMuse at Russell House, 350 High Street.

Here in Middletown on Friday night, Scatz Restaurant and lounge on Main St Extension features live music with soul singer Nekita Waller.  For more info call 860 347 2289 or check out their website at

Now here's a rundown of some cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Let the Fire Burn, a documentary about race relations in Philadelphia in the mid-‘80s, continues through tonight, as does Cutie and the Boxer, a New York tale of two artists’ long marriage. 

Opening Friday and running through next week is Jonathan Demme’s Enzo Avitabile: Music Life, about the Neapolitan multi-musician and composer but also about the city of Naples, with all of its treasures and contradictions.


Also opening Friday and running through next week is After Tiller, which intimately explores the highly controversial subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller.

On Saturday, for one showing only, Real Art Ways presents a free screening of A Girl Like Her, director Ann Fessler’s haunting group portrait of women who surrendered their children for adoption in the 1950s and '60s due to enormous social pressure at a time when "nice girls" didn't get pregnant.


At Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, Fill the Void, described as the first feature film written and directed by an Orthodox Jewish woman in Israel , is a complex, emotion-suffused portrait of a young woman and her community.

Tomorrow, “Out Film CT First Thursday Cinema” brings a one-time screening of the Irish film Goldfish Memory, a comedy about a group of Irish singles for whom changing partners seems as natural as breathing the Dublin air.

Friday and Saturday at Cinestudio, “Prisoners”, described as a mystery with brains as well as jolts to the nervous system, tells the tale of a Thanksgiving afternoon when two children disappear, with the only salient clue being an abandoned RV. 

Opening on Sunday afternoon at Cinestudio is,  “In a World”, an offbeat comedy about a young woman aspiring to do movie-trailer voiceovers in a field dominated by deep-voiced men, where her own father is the reigning king.


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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