Good evening! It’s Tuesday, Feb. 11th. 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 Tim Blanchette – Thanks for joining us.
Be Okay! Now for our rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.
With snow in the forecast for tomorrow, be sure to check with venues to make sure they are open before heading out!
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Tuesday nights Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s blues jam session is hosted by Ray Morant this week. Friday, Latanya Farrell and The Bookman Style takes the Sally’s stage, Saturday, independent artist and multi-instrumentalist Eliot Lewis, takes the stage. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight DrinkDeeply's FUNHOUSE features Moe Stache, Michael Kusek, Greg Perault, & If Jesus Had Machine Guns . Wednesday night brings Eilen Jewell & The Barley Hoppers to Café Nine; Thursday night David Johansen of the New York Dolls stops in for a solo show. Friday brings a"Valentines Day Cabaret " and Lipgloss Crisis Birthday Party! To the Nine featuring The Blondettes, Dot Mitzvah, Uber Dami, Kitty Katastrophe, Robin Banks, Scarlett Damnation, DJ E-Bomb. Saturday’s Jazz Jam session at 4:30 is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. At 8pm, Oddball Events presentsa bill featuring Leyla McCalla Lara Herscovitch, and Leila Crockett www.cafenine.com.
Here in Middletown, Wednesday night at 8:00 you can catch an “Evening Oasis” Belly Dancing Presentation the Buttonwood Tree. On the 2nd Thursdays (Monthly) Talented prose writers of every ilk come to Writers Out Loud, at the Buttonwood, to present up & coming works-in-progress, directly from their own pens. Friday brings Uri Shaham and Julian Reid on electric keyboards, playing favorite Jazz Standards for a Valentine’s Day special concert.
Saturday morning at the Buttonwood there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, community yoga and an an empowerment workshop. Saturday at 8 p.m. Brings a CD release concert for Harpeth Rising for an evening of acoustic Americana, Folk, Blues and more. 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.
During February you can see "The Middle Towner" exhibit of stick figure drawings by drawings by Fred Carroll and Ebony Milling, also featuring “The Art of Clean” by The Mattabesset Broom Club. More at www.buttonwood.org
This Wednesday Scatz restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main Street Extension in Middletown is scheduled to host their monthly of open-mic Spoken Word poetry night. Friday, Scatz presents an evening of live jazz with Ian Woods. http://www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com
Manic Productions Presents: Jeffrey Lewis & The Rain and Laundry Day (formerly Brother Burnet) for a free show at BAR in New Haven Wednesday night at 9:00 pm.
Manic Productions Presents a triple Bill at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden this Sunday, featuring Dead Meadow Lord Fowl, The Mountain Movers, and DJ Tim Daltrey . www.manicproductions.org
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Thursday night EOTO performs LIVE, IMPROVISED Electronic Dance Music at Toads. Sunday brings THE EXPENDABLES WINTER BLACKOUT 2014 tour to Toads. Stick Figure and Seedless are the opening acts. Sunday also brings THE BOLD AND THE BRUTAL TOUR PRESENTED BY GORILLA MUSIC to Toads www.toadsplace.com
Friday at noon Wesleyan University CFA presents: the opening Reception for "Mary Heebner: Silent Faces/Angkor"multi dimensional that interprets the myths of Cambodia’s ancient Angkor temple complex and plays on links the artist has found between human and geographic forms. Friday night Wesleyan CFA invites you to enjoy an evening of classical and Romantic music in concert by 27-year old Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko, the Gold Medalist of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents: Margaret Jenkins Dance Companies 40th anniversary production: “Times Bones” a play on the myth of Osiris. There will be a pre-performance talk by Wesleyan DanceLink Fellow Cynthia Tong on Friday, February 14 at 7:30pm in the CFA Hall. Sunday afternoon at 3pm, brings “This Is It!” The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce—Part II – to Wesleyan’s Crowell Concert Hall. More online at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
Author Elisabeth Petry leads The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on Thursdays at Russell Library. www.russelllibrary.org
The Riverwood Poetry Series continues on Thursday, February 13, at 7pm with Edwina Trentham and Nancy Clarke Otter. The readings are at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., Hartford. Doors open @ 6:30pm. Admission is free. Donations of non-perishables and canned-goods are accepted for AHCC's Crisis Food Support Program.
The Art Guild of Middletown invites you to their demonstration meeting this Thursday, where Master Sumi-E Artist and Printmaker Keiji Shinohara will demonstrate Sumi-E Art (The Art of Japanese Brush painting) and printmaking. The Event will be held at The Middlefield Federated Church in Middlefield, CT. For info: Eva Dykas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860.508.4852.
Friday in Middletown is the 2nd 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 At the North End Action Team office at 654 Main St, Middletown.
Can’t make Friday’s enrollment fair? Mark your calendar for two in February, 22nd for another event at the Russell Library. If you are interested in attending any of the fairs, call Vicky Lowe at (860) 465-8281 x106.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Real Art Ways in Hartford continues their run of Oscar-nominated live action and animated shorts through the end of February; Tonight Real Art Way’s Science on Screen film series presents “Real Women Have Curves. Friday Night RAW opens a run of The Girls in the Band, which sheds long overdue light on the many unsung female jazz instrumentalists of the 1930s and 1940s. www.realartways.com
At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, through Thursday you can see "Philomena," which has been nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Friday Cinestudio kicks off a run of the 1942 classic film, Casablanca. 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, Stick around for Explorers’ Hour with Pickup Sticks for a show that aims to take you places that you’ve never been before! Venture into the infinity of the unknown via a synthesis of science, spoken word, and a lot of indie popular music.
At 6pm stay tuned for The Cultural Variety Show with Ting.
From 6:30-8pm Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill presents an eclectic selection of Americana, country, folk, folk-rock, bluegrass, acoustic, blues, Celtic, old-time, singer-songwriter and other music that has a roots influence. Tonight, Eben Pariser of Roosevelt Dime and Goodnight Moonshine, and Molly Venter, also of Goodnight Moonshine and Red Molly, will be Bill's special guests live in the studio.
At 8 The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry invite you for an hour of live and local Connecticut arts and music in this weekly show featuring the area artists and musicians of all genres.
At 9pm its time for Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat who’s got a song in his heart, a chemical imbalance in his head and a musical library at his fingers. From krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, Wonderland has a place for it.
From 10:30-11:30pm The Wayfaring Stranger with Lily Myers presents contemporary folk, folk-rock, bluegrass, and Americana from around the country.
At 11:30 it’s Young & Restless with DJ Sleepy Girl. 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.
From 12:30-1:30am Songs Without Words with Jacob Feder presents an eclectic mix of instrumental tunes from jazz to folk to electronic and back again.
From 1:30-2:30am The Scene with DJ Zach Ezer who checks out a new music scene each episode from beginnings to now with songs and an oral history of the genre to familiarize audiences.
From 2:30-3:30am DieCast with DJ Scarecrow is BACK and suggests you get ready for the second season of your favorite dice-rolling, genre-flipping variety show!
From 3:30-4am 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.
The BBC kicks world news comes your way 4am and Moring Edition from NPR kicks off our broadcast day tomorrow at 5am.
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