Monday, November 25, 2013

11/25/13 jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, Nov. 25th, 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 joining us.

Now for our rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Right here in Middletown at 6:30 tonight, Jazz pianist, composer and educator Noah Baerman will present a performance and discussion in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, This special program is in conjunction with Jazz In the Sixties, a course he is teaching this semester through Wesleyan University’s Graduate Liberal Studies Program. Author Elisabeth Petry will continue to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 p tonight in lieu of meeting on Thanksgiving. The CT Poetry Society Middletown Chapter holds its meetings on the last Wednesday of every month in Russell Library’sMeeting Room 3. The meetings are open to the public and take place 6 p.m. for info 

Tonight, the Wesleyan Experimental Music Group concludes a 3-night Festival dedicated to "Dualities", musical conversations for 2 instrumentalists or voices at The Russell House, located at the corner of Washington and High Streets in Middletown. There are 2 sets opening at 9 p.m tonight with the combination of Daniel Fishkin  and Matt Chilton . The Festival closes with Sam Pluta and Peter Evans creating a whirlwind of sounds.  The Wesleyan Experimental Festival is free and open to the public. If you need directions, call The Russell House at 860-685-2000.

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, Monday night’s bring the weekly Anything Goes open mic, hosted by J-Cherry. Tomorrow at 6 p.m there will be a S.W.E.E.T. Potato Society Meeting November 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm SWEET is an acronym for:  Sisters Working, Educating & Evolving Together “Representing All Aspects Of The Woman.” . The Middletown High School Art Club will be exhibiting its third student sponsored gallery show at The Buttonwood Tree during the month of November. The show, led by Senior Angela Byrd, will display an array of student art work celebrating Middletown High School. The opening event is Friday evening from @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm. 

Saturday morning kicks off with Tai Chi and community yoga. Saturday night Jazz vocalist Mary Ellen Lonergan will be performing songs from the Great American Songbook and Standards. Alex Nakimovsky will be joining her on piano while Phil Bowler plays bass.  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 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.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, tonight brings A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Tomorrow night the SMOKER’S CLUB tour stops at Toads featuring Joey Badass & Pro Era, Ab-Soul, The Underachievers, Chevy Woods and many more.  Wednesday, DEEP BANANA BLACKOUT rrturns to Toad’s Place  for their ANNUAL THANKSGIVING EVE SHOW. Like Violet is the opening act. The “Sizzla” scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled until further notice. Tickets refundable at point of service.  Friday night Chris Webby returns to Toads. .

Also in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight DrinkDeeply's Saloon Singer Showcase features: Catalina Gonzalez. Palestar, Ben Erickson, Zach Andersen, Matt Dyer. Tomorrow the Café ine stage features Mac JoVin and Piranhas in Your Hot Tub.  Wednesday, brings the Dean Falcone's 17th Annual Thanksgiving All Star Vomitorium to Café nine.   Friday night Steve Broderick and The 100 Watt Suns take the stage with James Mauri Four and Chaser Eight opening the show.  Cafe Nine’s Saturday afternoon’s weekly Jazz Jam will be hosted by Billy Cofrances. Saturday night Five in the Chamber and the Amanda Gregg / Chris Wuerth Duo duo make for a night of roots and bluegrass music at The Nine. Sunday Night brings Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s weekly, Hartford Jazz Society “Jazz Monday” features the Theo Hill Trio.  On Tuesday night’s, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s weekly Blues Jam, one of the longest running in New England, will be hosted by Tommy Whalen this week. Friday, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez  return to the Sally’s stage. Saturday night, the Mike Crandall Band  plays the blues at Sally’s.

Tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.  Naomi Sommers and Phil Rosenthal present:  "Folk Songs and Bluegrass for Little Ones"  at the Guilford Free Library,  67 Park St. in Guilford 203-453-8282

Back here in Middletown, The City’s Holiday on Main Street festivities kick off at 4:00 pm Friday, starting at Union Park, the South Green with Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree. More online at
Also here I Middletown Friday night, Sez Zion takes the stage at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, on Main Street Ext.  Saturday night Talented vocalist Rahsaan Langley takes the Scatz stage.

The Middletown Symphonic Band will be performing a Christmas Concert at the First Congregational Church in Wallingford, CT on Sunday at 2:00 PM. The church is located at 23 South Main Street in Wallingford. Admission is free. Additional information about the Middletown Symphonic Band and its schedule of holiday concerts is available at 

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, through Wednesday you can catch: 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. RAW is closed for Thanksgiving.  Friday night Real Art Ways opens, the documentary “Muscle Shoals” telling the story of the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative music in American history. The Film Motel Life, based on the popular novel by Willy Vlautin, also opens on Friday night. Learn more at

Tonight and tomorrow At Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, you can experience: Russian Ark, called an amazing technical tour-de-force: the entire film, shot inside St Petersburg’s Hermitage art gallery, and done in a single take by incredible Steadicam operator Tilman Büttner, of  Run Lola Run fame. Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine staring Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin opens Wednesday night and continues through Saturday, including Thanksgiving day. is the source for more information.

And now here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the jive at Five stay tuned for afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

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

From 6:30-8pm: Michael Benson presents 90 minutes of folk, blues, jazz, and more on 75% Folk.  

At 8pm Chip Austen keeps the Americana music going with his show, unfocused folk.  

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

From 11-12am: Girl Power with DJ Moe and DJ Jeffery brings you an hour of oChicks with licks and Picks!

At 1am: it’s No Wave New York with DJ Monica.

From 1-2am: Dr Strangelove presents:  Kevin’s Monday night sound scapes.

Songs Without Words offers an eclectic assortment of instrumental musics both new and old.

At 2am: Background Appreciation with Clip is A lyric-less hour: experience how much no words can say as "accompaniment" takes center stage. Featuring post-rock, electronica, and everything else.

From 3-4am: RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald brings 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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