Tuesday, November 19, 2013

11-19-13 Jive

Good evening! It’s Tuesday, Nov. 19th.  Yhis 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

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

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight at 6 p.m. is laughter yoga with Mimi Claire. Wednesday at 7, the Buttonwood Film Night feature is You Can Heal Your Life, an entertaining and inspirational movie based on the best-selling book of the same name by author and teacher Louise L. Hay. Friday at 8, classical pianist Jacob Smullyan will return to the Buttonwood in a program including one of Beethoven’s earliest masterpieces, the Sonata in E flat Op. 7, and one of Schubert’s last, the c minor Sonata, D958. Also on the program will be works by Webern and Brahms. Saturday morning, it’s Qigong (Chi Kung), Tai Chi and community yoga. And Saturday night at 8, Joe Fonda joins with jazz legend Harvey Sorgen and the “Mexican Guitar Wizard” Omar Tamez for an evening of jazz, blues, Mexican folk music and everything in between. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm, as Rumpus, an invitation to express the rhythm inside you, takes place inside. All are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the Food Not Bombs vegetarian meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. Sunday afternoon at 2:30 John Basinger performs from Book 11 of Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost. Books will be provided to follow along with. www.buttonwood.org

Here in Middletown, tonight at 7 at the Russell Library, the Middlesex County Historical Society hosts author Allegra di Bonaventura, who wrote the author of For Adam’s Sake. It's the story of an 18th-century master/slave relationship, based on an actual diary, and has been described as “A work of astonishing ingenuity, intellectual and emotional depth, and (most of all) brilliant writing.” www.middlesexhistory.org.

Also at the Russell Library, on Thursday at 7 p.m., Randi Oster, a leading speaker on health reform, will talk on The Affordable Health Care Act: What You Need to Know Now. Oster is the Consumer Advocate for Connecticut’s Health Exchange and is certified by the State on the Affordable Care Act and insurance products. She will be answering questions such as: What are the top 10 changes I need to know about? How much will the new insurance cost? What is the penalty if I don’t purchase insurance? Will my Medicare deduction change? To register for the free program, call the Russell Library Information Department at 860-347-2520 or send an email to infodept@russell.lioninc.org .

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight,  Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam, one of the longest running in New England, is with Tim McDonald. Friday, the Kortchmar/McDonald Band, featuring famed session musician Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar, who worked with such singer-songwriters as David Crosby, Carole King, Graham Nash, Carly Simon and James Taylor to help define the signature sound of the ‘70s, takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday, it’s bluesman Tas Cru at Sally’s. www.blackeyedsallys.com.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight Jane Herships, Carrie Ashley Hill, and Terri Lynn take the stage. Wednesday, Drink Deeply presents If Jesus Had Machine Guns, with Pocket Vinyl and Michael Kusek. Thursday, the Café Nine Jazz Series features the Kevin St. James Band. And Friday, the Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour at 5 p.m. features DJ Dave Coon. That’s followed at 9 by Goodnight Blue Moon, Great Elk, and The Naked Stills. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band, followed at 9 by the New Haven CD Release Show of The Spampinato Brothers, with special guests The Zambonis. Sunday afternoon’s Bluegrass Jam is with Stacy Phillips. Then at 8, it’s The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Morris Trent Band. www.cafenine.com.

Also in New Haven at Toad’s Place, Wednesday, it’s the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour’s Night Riot Experience, featuring 3LAU and Tommy Two Times; Carnage will not perform with the tour, after all, so a $5 refund will be granted. On Thursday, Asterisk Concerts brings the Event Horizon Tour to Toad’s, featuring MiMOSA, with Keys ‘n Krates, BOGL, and BIG I.C. On Sunday, the Party with Your Friends Tour features Hoodie Allen, OCD Moosh & Twist, Mod Sun, and D-Why. www.toadsplace.com

Manic Productions brings several shows to nearby venues, including the Wednesday appearance of Sound Garden’s Chris Cornell, with Sri Lanken/ American Folk artist, Bhi Bhiman, to the Shubert Theater in New Haven. Friday, River City Extension, with Elison Jackson and Johnny Mainstream, play The Space in Hamden.  Saturday’s Manic Production presents Kevin Devine and The GD Band, with Now Now and Harrison Hudson, at The Space. www.manicproductions.com

On Friday, Sez Zion performs at the new Middletown venue, Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, on Main Street Extension. Saturday brings a performance by Nu Groove to Scatz stage. www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com for info.

Also on Friday at 7 p.m., Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts presents Music from East Asia,  featuring Wesleyan’s East Asian Ensembles presenting a variety of musical styles and repertoires from East Asian cultures. That’s at Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue. On Saturday, the Center for the Arts presents  Gamelan—Classical Music of Central Java, featuring an orchestra of bronze gongs, xylophones, drums, strings and voices, at World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave. And Sunday at 3, the World Guitar Ensemble Concert, featuring a variety of world music, comes to World Music Hall. www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.

On Saturday at 7 p.m, then again on Sunday at 4, the Greater Middletown Chorale presents ZIMRIYAH! A Festival of Jewish Choral Music, at Zion Lutheran Church, 183 William Street, Portland. No need to be Jewish to enjoy this eclectic program of gorgeous, whimsical, and mystical melodies drawn from a repertoire that spans several centuries. www.gmchorale.org.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, La Camioneta, continues through Thursday. This is a flim about what happens to the decommissioned American school buses sent to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected.  Also playing through Thursday at Real Art Ways is: Escape from Tomorrow, called a "descent into the grotesque extremes of a Disneyfied society… a daring attempt to literally assail Disney World from the inside out."  Opening Friday and running into next week is Broadway Idiot, which follows Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong from a punk rock concert at Madison Square Garden to the opening of his musical, American Idiot, on Broadway - only ten blocks away, but worlds apart. www.realartways.com.

At Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, tonight and tomorrow, National Theater Live presents Frankenstein, a bold new production with a twist. Hint: what you see depends on which day you go. On Wednesday, for one showing only, it’s the 1973 East German cult classic The Legend of Paul and Paula, which German Chancelor Angela Merkel lists as her favorite. Thursday through Saturday at Cinestudio, it’s Austenland, a new romantic comedy. Starting Sunday and running through Tuesday, it’s Russian Ark, called an amazing technical tour-de-force: the entire film, shot inside St Petersburg’s Hermitage art gallery, is done in a single take by incredible Steadicam operator Tilman Büttner, (Run Lola Run). www.cinestudio.org.

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,”FEATURE STORY NEWS (no more FSRN) 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 www.wesufm.org/jive

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Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Wild Wild Live with Rachie and Hibiki!

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