Tuesday, February 4, 2014

02-04-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Tuesday, Feb. 4th.  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 Marianne O’Hare producer of Conversations on Heath Care heard Wednesdays at 4:30pm.

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

 At the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown, the February art show is "The Middle Towner," featuring stick-figure cartoons by Fred Carroll and Ebony Milling. Drawn exclusively with a Pilot pen on recycled paper, this show is a “snapshot” style depiction of day to day life in the “The Big M." . Tonight at 6 p.m., it's laughter yoga with Mimi Claire along with the "happy, healthy vegetarian potluck." That’s followed at 7 by Madly in Love with Me, in which laughter and love go hand in hand. Wednesday at 7:30 brings Kirtan with Shubalanandal to the Buttonwood. Thursday’s it’s acoustic open mic night with Bob Gotta.

Friday brings Oberon Rose, playing psych folk/rock, to the Buttonwood, and  Saturday, there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop. Saturday at 8 p.m., the Tekalli Duo, a brother and sister with Japanese and Libyan roots, presents “Reimagine," a performance of original and classical works on violin and piano. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm; all are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Buttonwood, there will be an artist's reception for "The Middle Towner" exhibit of drawings, also featuring  “The Art of Clean” by The Mattabesset Broom Club. More at www.buttonwood.org  

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Tuesday night’s, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Gene Donaldson. Friday, Damon Fowler takes the Sally’s stage, playing a hybrid of roots-rock and blues. Saturday, it’s the Australian vocalist and blues guitarist Anni Piper, along with guitarist Brent Johnson. www.blackeyedsallys.com

Also in Hartford, at Sully’s Pub, tonight is Acoustic Open Mic Night. Tuesday features Pete Scheips. Wednesday is karaoke. Thursday brings the First Thursday Comedy Series to Sully’s. And Shag Frenzy is at Suly’s. Saturday brings Snuffbox. And Sunday is the electric open mic night. www.sullyspub.com

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, at 8 brings Brian Dolzani, with Ben Dean and Shawn Taylor, Wednesday night brings Space Orphans and Light Upon Blight to Café Nine; Thursday night’s show with Sam Fermin, and The Teaspoons is sold out. Friday it’s Eddie Clendening and the Blue Ribbon Boys; Saturday’s Jazz Jam session at 4:30 is with Gary Grippo and Friends, followed at 8 by a Benefit for JDRF Walk to Cure diabetes, with The Vultures, the Clams, and the Hulls. Sunday’s Original Sunday Night Jam at Café Nine is with the George Baker Band.  www.cafenine.com.

 Back in Middletown, at Wesleyan, Wednesday at noon is the opening reception for “Mary Heebner: Silent Faces/Angkor,” a multi dimensional installation inspired by the Angkor temple complex. That's at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace.

Also on Wednesday, at 4, at Wesleyan's CFA Hall, there will be an artist talk by Evan Roth, whose work occupies the irregular zone at the intersection of free culture with popular culture. That's at CFA hall, 287 Washington T errace. The opening reception will be at 7 p.m. at the Zilkha Gallery on campus.
Also on the CFA schedule, on Sunday at 3 p.m., is the inaugural concert by the Wesleyan Consort, an instrumental and vocal ensemble composed of Wesleyan faculty and invited guests. The works range from early classics to contemporary compositions More info at the Wesleyan.edu/cfa website.

On Wednesday night at 8, Writing at Wesleyan presents authors Alan Gilbert and Porochista Khakpour, reading as part of the Russell House Series of Prose and Poetry.

Thursday, at 5 at CFA Hall, The Davison Art Center presents a talk by Wesleyan French professor Stephanie Ponsavady. Titled “Driven by Desire: French Automotive Designs and Greater France," it focuses on French car culture and its relationship to the colonies throughout the 20th century.

Info about all Wesleyan events can be found at www.wesleyan.edu

In New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Friday, it’s the Cosmic Dust Bunnies, with Jimkata, the Mantras, Balkun Brothers and Father Time. Sunday brings Emancipator Ensemble , featuring a live band and a new large-scale video show, as well as Odesza and Real Magic. www.toadsplace.com

On Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., there will be an opening reception for the Wesleyan Potters' gallery shop’s show, “Hartford Art School: Dirty for a Reason," an exhibit of work by University of Hartford ceramics faculty and majors. www.wesleyanpotters.com

 The Middletown Art Academy will host its 2014 spring Free Open Door and Open Studio on Saturday, between 10:30  a.m. and 5 p.m., with the various time slots devoted to participants’ age groups.  Light healthy snacks, organic teas and beverages will be offered. www.middletownartacademy.com  has the schedule.

 Also on Saturday, at 1:30 p.m., the Art Guild of Middletown will present a rescheduled showing of the film "Camille Claudel," in the Hubbard Room of the Russell Library, 123 Broad St. The film recounts the troubled life of French sculptor Camille Claudel and her long relationship with legendary sculptor Auguste Rodin. www.middletownartguild.org

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At RealArtWays in Hartford, Oscar-nominated shorts programming – both live action and animated – continue through the end of February; Saturday, it’s "Psychedelic Cinema," in which Super 8 films that were shot between 1967 and 1969 – basically, a swirl of colors, lights, and images – are projected in the style of the live light shows that were a fixture of concerts in the 1960s. www.realartways.com

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, the  controversial German television miniseries "Generation War, Part II,"ends its run tongiht. Wednesday brings "Blue is the Warmest Color," winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes last year. Sunday, a run of "Philomena," nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, begins. www.cinestudio.org
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU, as we launch this season's new schedule.

Right after the jive at Five stay tuned for Explorers Hour with DJ Pickup Sticks for an hour of indie pop rock and experimental music.

At 6pm, stay tuned for The Production Report with Kiley and Allis, who will report some entertainment industry news, deliver predictions, review new movies and shows, and interview industry professionals.

Bill Revill is in the chair for a 90 minutes of Americana roots music on Acoustic Blender at 6:30

J-Cherry and the Strawberry’s host an hour of live local arts and entertainment from 8-9pm.

At 9pm  DJ Cheshire Cat offers presents a free form music show called, Wonderland.

At 10:30-catch This Southbound Train with Mary Barrett for bluegrass, newgrass, and other acoustic sounds. 

At 11:30pm Young & Restless with DJ Sleepy Girl asks: You know what the Midwest is?  Plunge in dressless, young and reckless, shun the feckless.  Run and catch this dumb and fretless fun-filled funk that’s swung with less stress.  Hold your questions: only yeses. Come and get it.

At 12:30am  Theme Party with Peninz and Stormin’ Norman is a radio show centered on a specific idea, time period, region, or subgenre every week.
At  1:30 Excursions on a Wobbly Rail with DJ Shoelace, DJ Sandwich, and $pace Cadet will discuss a person/animal/phenomenon/historical event and play music tangentially related to the subject.

From 2:30-3:30 Carpe Noctem with “DJ Struggles” and “DJ Animal Ad” is where music meets the real world. The program will present a variety of music accompanied by commentary on related social affairs (both historical and contemporary).

From 3:30-4am its How We Met the Mother with Mizael Robledo features the diverse music that is background to the story of the television show, How I Met Your Mother.

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 wesufm.org/jive.

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

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!   The voting ends on Wednesday! You can find a link to the poll on our website or at www.CTnow.com


Now stay tuned for Explorer’s hour with Pickup Sticks!

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