Sunday, November 3, 2013

11-4-13 Jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, Nov. 4th, 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: in response to an unusual memo out of Rome – in which the Pope asks the world's bishops to poll the faithful about their views on contraception, divorced and remarried Catholics, and gay parents –we talk to a representative of an organization that created an online survey – the survey the US bishops should have created themselves. The audio of that episode and other shows are archived at Okay, on with the Jive.

Now our 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. Tomorrow at 6 p.m. is laughter yoga with Mimi Claire, and a vegetarian potluck dinner. Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. brings Kirtan with Shubalananda to the Buttonwood. Thursday at 7 is open mic night with Bob Gotta. Friday at 8 p.m. is the Humble Tripe  Album Release Party. Saturday morning, it’s Qigong (Chi Kung) and community yoga. 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. Sunday afternoon at 3, it’s Piano & Stories with Robin Spielberg.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, tonight brings A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Friday at 8, Manic Productions presents Diarrhea Planet, with Lovely Bad Things, Chris Cappello, and Furness (formerly The Ferns). That’s followed at 9 by the Despicable You Electro Minion Glow Party, with Digital Storm, No Mercy, Daft, Tango, Joey Fedz, Inglorious Basstards, Diatonic, Hippie Jose, Xander, and Zip. Sunday, NV Concepts brings GRiZ: The Rebel Era Tour, with Pegboard Nerds and The Floozies.

Also in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight at 8 is Chris Arnott’s Get to the Point writers’ showcase. Tomorrow at 8, Drinkdeeply presents a free show, A Tribute to Elliott Smith. Wednesday, 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.

Manic Productions presents several shows across the state this week. Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Built to Spill, with Slam Dunk and The Warm Hair play The Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden. Wednesday, 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.

Also in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is Jazz Monday w/ Brooklyn Circle feat. Tomorrow, Michael Palin's Other Orchestra works out new material. Wednesday’s blues jam at 8 is 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’

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 Sully’s First Thursday Comedy Series. Friday is the Fat Guy Friday Happy Hour. That’s followed by The Byners.  Saturday brings Conehead Buddha and Sunday, it’s the Electric Open Mic. for details.

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, 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.

Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Common Ground 2013: The Fifth Middletown International Film Festival presents the German film “In July,” directed by Fatih Akin. It’s a charming comedy focusing on a geeky teacher as he embarks on a wondrous road trip in search of his dream girl. Iris Bork-Goldfield of Wesleyan University, will speak. Thursday at 7 p.m. at the 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.

Also tomorrow, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Middlesex Community College, there will be an opening reception for Cara Vickers-Kane’s "Parlor Tricks,” in Pegasus Gallery and the Niche. The experiential nature of Vickers-Kane’s photographs provokes viewers to actively see, be seen by and engage with the depicted subjects. The Parlor Tricks series, which will run through Jan. 10th, consists of paired models that initially appear seated on a vintage sofa. Closer inspection reveals that these subjects are actually seated on stools positioned in front of a photographic backdrop that includes the sofa image. More information by contacting art curator Matthew Weber at 860.343.5806 or

Now here's a rundown of 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 Wednesday, 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. Thursday, 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. As a brilliant detective, Jake Gyllenhaal coolly investigates every lead, but as a father plunged into despair, Hugh Jackman impulsively takes the law into his own hands to search for his daughter. The film asks questions about how far parents will go to protect their children. And 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. It’s described as a hilarious inside look at a little-known subculture, and it skewers Hollywood, sexism, snobs, and young women who are afraid to engage the power of their voice.

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.

Feature Story 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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Thanks for listening! Stay tuned for Charles Henry.

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