Monday, February 10, 2014

2-10-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, Feb. 10th. 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.
Tonight here in Middletown, you can catch the“Anything Goes” Open Mic with Alan Bradley at the Buttonwood Tree, beginning at 8 p.m.
Wednesday at 8:00 brings an “Evening Oasis” Belly Dancing Presentation the Buttonwood. 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

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Monday featured performance is by Kris Allen Quartet. Tomorrow, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Ray Morant. Friday, Latanya Farrell and The Bookman Style takes the Sally’s stage, playing a hybrid of roots-rock and blues. Saturday, independent artist and multi-instrumentalist Eliot Lewis, takes the stage.
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight’s bill features Dirty Bourbon River Show and Dr.Caterwauls Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps. Tomorrow at 8 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
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight brings A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends to the Lily Pad Stage while The Lovers Rock Reggae artist, TARRUS RILEY Featuring Dean Fraser & The Black Soil Band take the Main stage at Toads.  Thursday 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
Tomorrow/Tuesday afternoon at 4:30, Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents: Art and Open Source - A Panel Discussion at Zilkha Gallery, Room 106, 283 Washington Terrace. 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
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 Ian Woods.
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 .
Author Elisabeth Petry leads The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on Thursdays at Russell Library.
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 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 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.

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 February; Tomorrow night 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.
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.

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 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
Now stay tuned for Charles Henry.

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