Sunday, February 16, 2014

2-17-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, Feb. 17th.  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 Maria Johnson, producer and host of "Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith," which airs every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday afternoon, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: playwright Jacques Lamarre  went to Rome in 1990, intending to be a priest, and discovered it was pretty much Provincetown on the Tiber. It was a fun, subversive year and a half, he says, but, in the end, he couldn't make that collar fit. If you can’t hear the show in real time, believe me, you'll want to find the audio at

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

Tonight at 8 at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown, it’s open mic night. Tomorrow evening brings Laughter Yoga with Marie Claire. Wednesday’s Family Film Night offering at the Buttonwood is the documentary “Ryan’s Well,” an uplifting and encouraging story for the whole family 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

Tomorrow at noon at the Russell Library, it’s The Muses Go to the Movies, a series of four bio-pics led by film critic and former stage actor Richard Alleva, beginning with the film Amadeus. Viewers are invited to bring a sandwich and the library will serve dessert and beverages. This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library.

Also tomorrow afternoon, at 2 p.m. at the Middletown Senior Center, 150 William St., author Donald Loring Brown will discuss his memoir, The Morphine Dream, about his journey from being a high school dropout  to attending Harvard Law School. Books will be available for purchase, with proceeds donated to the cause of assisting others with their pursuit of higher education.

Tomorrow evening at 7, the Middletown Historical Society presents the Story of Cuban Underground Freedom Fighters. Author Victor Triay, the son of Cuban exiles and a Middlesex Community College history professor, will speak about how he came to write a series of books on the subject and his experience of researching them. The program will take place in the Hubbard Room of the Russell Library. Learn more information by calling the Historical Society at 860-346-0746.

Also tomorrow night, at 8, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents Trio Da Kali -- Traditional Music from Mali. That’s at CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace. Information can be found at or by calling  860-685-3355.

On Wednesday at 2 p.m., The Arts Stakeholders Group meets in the Hubbard Room of the  Russell Library. This monthly meeting is open to any artist, arts organization, creative business,  concerned advocate, etc. On the agenda: a continuing discussion of the statewide CreateHereNow program, the state of the arts in Middletown,a  report by the artspace subcommittee, coordination of upcoming calendars of events, public art in Middletown, the role of the Stakeholders, and more. If you are not presently a "member" of the Arts Stakeholders Group and are interested, please contact WESU's own  Stephan Allison, City Arts Office Coordinator (and ASG facilitator) by phone at 860.638.4510, or preferably, by email at to learn how to join in the discussion.

At Middlesex Community College’s Founders Hall on Wednesday, from 5 to 7 p.m., 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

On 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.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is Jazz Monday and features  Peter Greenfogel's B-Day Bash. Tomorrow, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Tommy Whalen. Friday brings Jen Lowe and the Sensitive Dudes. Saturday, Bob Margolis Blues Band & Friends take the Sally’s stage.

Also in Hartford, at Sully’s Pub, tonight is Acoustic Open Mic Night. Tuesday features Pete Scheips. Wednesday is karaoke. Thursday brings Jeff Jahnke’s West End Friends to Sully’s. And Friday, Mic on Dec presents The Great Hip Hop. Saturday brings Mike Manson. And Sunday is the electric open mic night.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight is the Fistful of Jokes Comedy Series. Tomorrow, Drink Deeply presents Catalina Gonzalez, Ponybird, Sean O'Reilly, Ben Mikula, and Ben Erickson. Wednesday, it’s 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.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight brings A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends.  Wednesday, it’s Zach Deputy and Big Something. 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.

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 – continues through the end of the month. Also, tonight, tomorrow  and Wednesday, it’s 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 continues through tomorrow. 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, as we launch this season's new schedule.


Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry and playlist


Real Talk with Jonathan Spira with Ben Michael


(1st, 3rd, 5th Monday)

 Life is a Killer with Johnny Analog with Johnny Analog



(1st, 3rd, 5th Monday) The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis



The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee with Lee

                11pm12am       Girl Power Hour with DJ Moe and DJ Jeffrey


Romancipation with Dr. Love and DJ Smooth with Dr. Love and DJ Smooth


(1,3,5) The Laugh Infection with DJ Willie Zabar with Willie Zabar



(1,3,5) Good Times with MKC, Omardaslayer, and djspecialk with Omardaslayer



(1,3,5) Words with Friends with Hershey Hirsch with Ben Michael



BBC World News with Pacifica


Morning Edition from National Public Radio with NPR

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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