Wednesday, February 19, 2014

02-19-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, Feb. 19th.  This is the Jive at Five – our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your listener supported 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.

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

At Middlesex Community College’s Founders Hall from 5 to 7 p.m., tonight there will be a reception for Karen Bartone’s “Tondo Art: An Intimate Exhibition of Miniature Paintings,” which employ the traditional round panel format and the Italian Renaissance combination of oil paint and gold leaf. There will also be a reception, in Chapman Hall, for Perry Obee’s “Stacked Space,” featuring paintings of precariously stacked books and other objects. Details about both shows and their receptions can be had by calling 860-343-5806 or by emailing curator Matthew Weber at

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown brings Family Film Night offering the documentary “Ryan’s Well,” an uplifting and encouraging story about a young boy and his determination to bring fresh drinking water to an African village.  Friday at the Buttonwood, there will be a CD release party for the acoustic duo BluesGrass. Saturday morning brings quigong (chi kung), tai chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop.  At 8 p.m Saturday., the Dan DeChellis trio plays original jazz compositions. 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.  At 3 on Sunday afternoon, the 2014 CT Youth Poetry Slam Tryouts take place at the Buttonwood Tree. Contestants must be between 13 and 19 years old to compete to join the OneWordCT National Youth Poetry Slam Team.  Details about all Buttonwood events at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight, the long running weekly Wednesday night Blues Jam is hosted by Tommy Whalen tonight. Friday brings Jen Lowe and the Sensitive Dudes to the Sally’s stage. Saturday, The Bob Margolis Blues Band & Friends perform at Black-eyed Sally’s .

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine tonight, you can catch The Royal Din, Shawn Taylor, and Wandering Roots. Thursday, Manic Productions presents Two Cow Garage, Canvas, and New Year's Revolution. The Friday happy hour at Café Nine is with Victor Roland, followed at 9 by Atrina, Beasty, and New Turks. Saturday’s Jazz Jam session at 4:30 is with the George Baker Band, followed at 8 by Mission O and The Simple Pleasure. Sunday’s Bluegrass Jam at 4 is with Stacey Phillips, followed at 8 by the Original Sunday Night Jam with the Morris Trent Band.

Tonight at The Space in Hamden, Manic Productions presents Cults and Mood Rings as a free show at Bar in New Haven featuring: Cheap Time, Estrogen Highs, Narcisister, Worn Leather, and DJ SWAY.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight, Zach Deputy and Big Something take the stage. Friday brings Winter White, featuring  Tommy Two Times and Joey Fedz. Friday, Afton presents Keeping Company, Aye-Jay, Negative Three, Foxes in Sockses, Orice Jenkins, Cheem, MyOhMy!, Eli Cannon, and J-$wag General. Sunday, Toad’s Place, in association with Manic Productions, brings “Into It. Over It”, along with “The World is a Beautiful Place”,  “A Great Big Pile of Leaves”, “Old Gray”, and “Ovlov”.

Tomorrow/Thursday at 7 p.m., the Art Guild of Middletown will offer a rescheduled demonstration by Keiji Shinohara, a master of Sumi-E Art (Japanese brush painting) and printmaker. The event will be held at The Middlefield Federated Church in Middlefield. More information by emailing Eva Dykas, at or by calling 860.508.4852.

At 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, back by popular demand after its sold-out January run, Circus in Wonderland will be performed at the Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington St., Middletown. This fast-paced, 45-minute show is performed by the talented teens of Circophony, a collaboration between the Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater and Artfarm.  Circus in Wonderland explores the magical world of Alice in Wonderland through the joy and spectacle of circus, with juggling, unicycling, clowning, and acrobatic feats. More information is available by emailing or by calling the Oddfellows Playhouse at (860) 347-6143.

Now here's a rundown of some cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At RealArtWays in Hartford, Oscar-nominated shorts programming – both live action and animated – continues through the end of the month. Also, at Real Art Ways, ending it’s run tonight (Wednesday), is The Girls in the Band, about unsung female jazz artists of the ‘30s and ‘40s. Friday brings Best Offer, a mystery starring Geoffrey Rush. And Saturday brings a one-time showing of How to Die in Oregon, about physician-assisted suicide.

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, Rebel Without a Cause ends its run tonight. On Wednesday, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom opens and runs through Saturday. Sunday, Visitors, by the director of the Koyaaniqatsi trilogy, with music by Philip Glass, opens for a three-day run. .

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU:

Right after the jive at Five stay tuned for Wild, Wild, Live with Hibiki and Ethan Hill. A sneak peek into the magical live music scene of Wes. Tune in for in-station sets from campus bands and recordings of up-and-coming artists' campus shows.

That's followed by 30minutes Mind Matters with Doctor E. The show provides information and guest interviews on issues concerning mental illness. The focus is exploring holistic therapies and storis of individual achievement.

At 6:30,it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion for 90 minutes of techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

And at 8:00, Mike Nyce slows it down a few Beats per minute on The Warehouse. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30 to 11 features the Vault with DJ Anton Banks. One the air since 1996! Anton presents listeners with the very latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house and leftfield mixed live each week. The program regularly features exclusive music and mix sets from international producers and DJs.

at 11pm It’s 75 Years of...  For 75 years, WESU has broadcast underground music and under-represented genres. During our 75th Anniversary, this program will feature a different genre or theme each month, with songs chosen by our listeners and staff.

At 12:30 it's Space Music for Space with Cadet Q, bringing to the airwaves an exploration of the final frontier through listening to experimental dance, future beat and out there garage tunes. Join Space Cadet Q as we travel to spaces unknown.

At 1:30 am it's Proof of Concept with DJ JR and DJ Kevin, examining the history of concept albums in popular music and how this type of musical expression influences contemporary artists.

From 2:30 to 4am, stay tuned for Galactic Thematics with Tess and Rohan. Each show's cosmic vision will transgress "genre" itself by focusing around a specific theme. Space facts will be interspersed throughout our intergalactic voyage.

The BBC World News kicks on at 4am followed by Morning Edition from NPR 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

2014 Marks 75 years of Alternative music, Public Affairs, and community service for WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at

Thanks for listening! Stay tuned for Wild Wild Live with Hibiki and Ethan Hill.

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