Monday, January 20, 2014

01-20-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, Jan. 20. Happy Martin Luther King, Jr., Day! 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 U.S. Rep. John Larson, whose resolution congratulating Pope Francis for his winning ways is working its way through Congress. Also – do you find yourself with a pile of extra bucks you don’t know what to do with? Yeah, me, neither. But some people do, and they want to spend it on making the world a better place. We’ll talk to a Wesleyan grad who has advice for wealthy people in their 20s and 30s, “trust-fund progressives.” If you can’t hear the show in real time, you can find the audio at

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

 Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Monday featured artist  is Josh Evans. Tomorrow, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Tommy Whalen. Friday, Popa Chubby takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday, it’s Ryan Hartt &the Blue Hearts.

Also in Hartford, at Sully’s Pub, tonight is Acoustic Open Mic Night. Tuesday features Pete Scheips. Wednesday is karaoke. Thursday brings hip hop with El Vee to Sully’s. And Friday is the Fat Guy Friday Happy Hour, after which Bragging Rights w/ Sadplant & Two Fisted Law plays. Saturday brings Dirty Sanchez.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight is the Fistful of Jokes Comedy Series. Tomorrow’s Words & Music event brings Saint Cobra, as well as Jason Prince, Tim Parrish, and If Jesus Had Machine Guns. Wednesday, DrinkDeeply presents Food, with the Kitchen Sink and Four on Three. Thursday brings Grayson Hugh to Café Nine. Then Friday, it’s Tom Hearn, followed by The Dictators NYC and Dead City. Saturday’s jazz jam session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, followed at 9 by the Go Kat Go ! Birthday Bash, with Screamin' Rebel Angels and The Bloodshots. Sunday’s bluegrass jam at Café Nine is with Stacy Phillips, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Morris Trent Band.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight brings A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Thursday brings Gramatik’s winter tour 2014, with Branx and Gibbz. Friday  is the Opus Blizzard B-Day Bash 2014, presented by Mindsnap Music and featuring Alcoholica, Earth, Darkitecht, Nasty Disaster, Kings & Liars, NightBitch, and Curse The Son. Saturday at Toad’s it's the Original Saturday Night Dance Party. Sunday brings Lotus and The Werks .

In Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tomorrow at 7 p.m. brings Laughter Yoga with Mimi Claire, followed at 9 by the Anything Goes Open Mic Night. Wednesday brings the Buddhist Film Festival with “Streams of Light – Shin Buddhism in America.” Friday, it’s Cricket Tell the Weather, a five-piece indie string band featuring bluegrass-inspired original music.  Saturday morning brings community yoga and an empowerment workshop to the Buttonwood, and then at 8 p.m., Asylum Quartet, four saxophonists performing classical masterpieces, pulsing electronic sounds of minimalism, and euphoric klezmer at breakneck speeds.

Manic Productions brings several shows to nearby venues this week. Wednesday, at Bar in New Haven, it’s Woodsman and Atrina. Saturday at Hamden’s Spaceland Ballroom, it’s Mephiskapheles, Flip Ya For Real, Inspector 7, and the Hempsteadys.

Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the One Mac Donough Place assisted living facility in Middletown,  it’s the residents’ 3rd Annual Gala Art Show, also featuring them reading their original poetry.  Come enjoy free live music, fabulous hors d'ouvres, desserts, coffee and wine.  Details by calling 860-358-5811.

Friday in Middletown is the first in a series of enrollment fairs for folks who are uninsured or underinsured, and unsure  about  how to apply for the new Health Insurance through CT's Exchange. Staffers of community-based agencies will provide free one-on-one help with the online application process between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street. You must bring copies of last year’s tax return, Social Security numbers for all family members applying, citizenship or immigrant status documents and your most recent pay stub. Can’t make Friday’s enrollment fair? Mark your calendar for two in February, on the 12th and 22nd. If you are interested in attending any of the fairs, call Vicky Lowe at (860) 465-8281 x106. 

One last item from the entertainment scene in Hartford: on Saturday night at the Arch Street Tavern, Waylon Speed and Dukes County Love Affair play.

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

At RealArtWays in Hartford, the new documentary,  More Than Honey, an informative, and suitably contemplative study of the bee world and the bee-population crisis, continues through Thursday. Opening Friday and running till the end of January is The Rocket, in which a boy who is believed to bring bad luck leads his family (and a couple of ragged misfits) through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by war, the boy builds a giant rocket to prove he's not cursed and to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: a rocket festival. Saturday, for one matinee showing only, it’s Blue is the Warmest Color, winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes last year. The film centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle, who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love.
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At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, Mauvais Sang plays through tomorrow. Wednesday, Captain Phillips opens. Sunday brings Generation War, part 1 and part 2, a controversial and widely-seen German television miniseries that has finally gotten a film release in the United States. It tells the story of five friends who, on Christmas Eve 1941, celebrate and promise to meet again in one year’s time. It turns into the last moment of their youth, as the war begins, affecting them each in different ways.

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.
5:05-6pm: Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry. From classic bop to smooth contemporary sounds. A well-rounded jazz show for true jazz heads.

6-6:30pm: That's followed by World Socialist Website News.

6:30 to 8:  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.

From 9:30 to midnight, it's The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee, playing the music of yesterday’s future, today.

That’s followed by a selection of very cool music in the free form mode you’ve come to love, until, from 3 to 4 a.m., it’s RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald.

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
2014 marks 75 years of alternative music, public affairs, and community service for WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at 

We also hope you'll vote for WESU as the Best College radio station in the CT area through CTNow / Hartford Advocate Best of Hartford Readers Poll. Look for our DJs in the Best Radio show category too!   You can find a link to the poll on our website or at .

Now stay tuned for Charles Henry.

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