Monday, February 24, 2014

02-24-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, Feb. 24th. 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.

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

Right now, here in Middletown, Tryouts at the buttonwood tree  for the 2014 CT Youth Poetry Slam. Its to olate to sign up but not too watch! Poets arebetween 13 and 19 years old.

Later you can catch the Anything Goes open Mic with J-Cherry at the Buttonwood Tree, beginning at 8 p.m.

Wednesday at 7:00 The Buddhist Film Festival continues at The Buttonwood with “Words of My Perfect Teacher.” This film takes us on a journey from the World Cup in Germany to a the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan.
Saturday morning at the Buttonwood there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, and community yoga. Saturday afternoon at 1pm, the Free Poets Collective gathers featuring Glastonbury’s Meeting House Poets performing to jazz and music fromm the American song book. Saturday at 8 p.m. La Hot Jazz takes the stage for a night of sophisticated Jazz. Later Sunday evening from 7-9pm, you can catch some creative and funning improve comedy with The Great Make believe Society.   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. More at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Monday featured performance is by Steve Davis. Tomorrow, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Tim Mcdonald. Thursday night, Louisiana roots man Tommy Malone takes the Sally’s stage. Friday night Dana Fuchs (sounds like Fewks) for a night of soulful rock and blues. Saturday, southern blues man, Tinsley Ellis, takes the stage.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight’s bill features authentic Americana roots and blues music with Minnesota’s Charlie Parr and Orb Mellon. Tomorrow at 8 café Nine features Violent Mae, Eliso Jackson, and Titanics. Wednesday night Manic Productions presents Sera Cahoone, Toy Soldiers, and The Lawsuits at Café nine. Friday brings a night of Hip Hop  to the Nine featuring Sketch tha Cataclysm, DJ Mo Niklz, and Old Self.  Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam session at will be hosted by Mike Coppola this week. Saturday night Thinman Records presents The Downbeat 5, The Manchurians, and Big Fat Combo.  Sunday brings 10,000 blades, Make it up, and Gregory McKillop to The Nine

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight brings A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Thursday Toad’s presents Dopapod, Lespecial, and The Bobby Paltauf Band. Shakedown plays The Dead and Beyond at Toads Friday night. The Mushroom Cloud and The Great Blue open that show.   Sunday, Dweeezil Zappa offers an intense guitar master class clinic during the day before his band Zappa Plays Zappa brings their Roxy and Elsewhere 40th anniversary tour to the main stage.

Back here in Middletown Tomorrow/Tuesday evening at 8pm in Wesleyan’s Fayerweather Beckham Hall, “Touch Tones, TVs, and Time: An Elegy for Debased Media” is an evening length work by Wesleyan Professor of Music Ronald Kuivila for singing and speaking voices, live electronics, and various media past their prime.  

Thursday night Wesleyan Center for the Arts: presents a Graduate Recital for Gabriel Kastelle who invites “friends, singers, veterans of Sacred Harp, Billings, and Neely Bruce Bill of Rights—and associated kids and pets”  for a community sing along as part of this performance.
The CFA presents the Thesis Theater Production—“A la ronda/To the circle”, a stage production directed by Claire Whitehouse that is an English-language adaptation of  testimonies by mothers’ of those who disappeared under the rule of the Argentine Dictatorship from 1976-1983. The production asks: Where is there a place to mourn in a society that refuses to acknowledge that the dead ever existed? On stage at Wesleyan’s 92 Theater this Thursday through Saturday. 

Friday Night at 7pm Nate Respasz presents his Musical Senior Thesis recital entitled “Some Drums” in Wesleyan’s Crowell Concert Hall.

This Friday and Saturday Wesleyan’s Art History Program hosts a two-day symposium on architectural palimpsests, which opens with a keynote lecture by F. Barry Flood on Friday evening and continues all day on Saturday, with twelve papers delivered in four thematic sessions.  More online at

THE GREATER MIDDLETOWN CONCERT ASSOCIATION presents a night of music at Church of The Holy Trinity Saturday night at 7:30 featuring mezzo-soprano D’ANNA FORTUNATO accompanied by PETER H. BLOOM on flute and MARY JANE RUPER on piano and harp. for ticket info 

The CT Poetry Society Middletown Chapter holds its meetings on the last Wednesday of every month. The meetings are open to the public and take place at: 6 p.m. in The Russell Library’s Meeting Room 3 you can RSVP to Pamela: or 860.563.5761
Wednesday night, Author, music and cultural critic, syndicated columnist, novelist and biographer Stanley Crouch, perhaps best known for his jazz criticism and his novel Don’t the Moon Look Lonesome? will be reading selections from his latest book KANSAS CITY LIGHTNING, The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker at Russell Library  

Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on Thursdays in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library (860) 347-2528

Middletown Commission on the Arts February meeting  happens at  7 pm. in Room B-19, of the City of Middletown’s  Municipal Bldg., 245 Dekoven Drive. the public is welcome to attend
Wesleyan Potters hosts an opening Reception for their new Student Exhibit-  Thursday, February 27, 5pm –7pm.  the exhibit  will be on display from February 26 – March 16. It he Gallery Shop.

Scatz restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main Street Extension in Middletown hosts a monthy night of open-mic Spoken Word poetry this Wednesday.  Friday, Scatz presents an evening of live jazz with vocalist Theresa Wright.

Manic Productions Presents: Milagres, Plume Giant, and  Ports of Spain  for a free show at BAR in New Haven Wednesday night at  9:00 pm. Friday Manic productions Presents Touché Amoré, mewithoutYou, Seahaven, and  Caravels at the Heirloom Arts Theatre in Danbury, CT.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
 RealArtWays in Hartford, continues their run of Oscar-nominated live action and animated shorts through the end of the Month. This week Real Art Way’s is also showing, “The Best Offer” , which has been described as a sumptuous and entertaining mystery of passions, neuroses and intrigue.   Friday Night RAW opens a run of the new Italian Film,  The Great Beauty, a 2014 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, tonight and tomorrow you can see Visitors, by the director of the Koyaaniqatsi trilogy, with music by Philip Glass.  Wednesday Cinestudio kicks off a run of Nebraska, taking viewers on a poignant, humorous father-and-son road trip through the Midwest.  Sunday evening Cinestudio begins a run of “The Act of Killing” . Cinestusio also host’s the National Theaters’s live stage production of War Horse, this Thursday at 2pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:30.

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 afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry for an hour of classic Jazz.

At 6pm stay tuned for Real Talk with Jonathan Spira featuring interviews of professors from the Connecticut area, from Classics and the Humanities to Sciences and Mathematics.
At 6:30 75 % folk with Michael Benson for 90 minutes of folk, jazz, blues, world music and more.

From 8-9:30 stay tuned for Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin featuring Americana music from Nashville and around the country including Folk, acoustic Country and roots-Rock from both emerging and veteran artists. Plus, interviews with performers and songwriters.

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

At 11pmGirl Power Hour with DJ Moe and DJ Jeffrey presents an hour Chicks with picks and licks.
From 12-12:30am Romancipation with Dr. Love and DJ Smooth present  Tips on dating, love, and all of the above – and some songs to go with them.

At 12:30 it’s The Late Night Format with Adi Slepack. Based on a TV talk show format, the show will include a topical monologue, small and large entertainment segments, with guests, and pseudo-"musical performances".

At 1:30  Meet Music with DJ Rami explores a specific artist and their work and discuss the artist's influences, as well as how the artist has influenced their genre of music. I will change the music genre each month.

From 2:30-4am  Free Association with DJ Robin Hood Traveling through the past half-century (and beyond!) of popular music through song-by-song associations, from lyrical similarities to historical connections to the occasional Freudian slip.

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 di dn’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
Now stay tuned for Charles Henry.

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