Good evening! It’s Monday, Feb. 3rd. 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: the subject is holiness -- specifically, saints. We'll be talking with Fr. Pat McCloskey, a Franciscan priest who's updated the book Saint of the Day, and with one Catholic lay person who is so committed to putting her faith in action that, as annoying as I'm sure she'll find it, I would call her a living saint. If you can’t hear the show in real time, you can find the audio at www.reasonablycatholic.com.
Okay! Now for our rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.
At the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown, the February art show is"The Middle Towner," stick-figure cartoons by Fred Carroll and Ebony Milling. Drawn exclusively with a Pilot pen on recycled paper, this show is a “snapshot” style depiction of day to day life in the “The Big M." Tonight is open mic night at the Buttonwood Tree, beginning at 8 p.m. Tomorrow at 6 p.m., it's laughter yoga with Mimi Claire along with the "happy, healthy vegetarian potluck." That’s followed at 7 by Madly in Love with Me, in which laughter and love go hand in hand. Wednesday at 7:30 brings Kirtan with Shubalanandal to the Buttonwood. Thursday’s it’s open mic night with Bob Gotta. Friday brings Oberon Rose, playing psych folk/rock, to the Buttonwood, and Saturday, there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop. Saturday at 8 p.m., the Tekalli Duo, a brother and sister with Japanese and Libyan roots, presents “Reimagine," a performance of original and classical works on violin and piano. 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. Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Buttonwood, there will be an artist's reception for "The Middle Towner" exhibit of drawings, also featuring “The Art of Clean” by The Mattabesset Broom Club. More at www.buttonwood.org.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Monday featured performance is by the Alex Trembley Group. Tomorrow, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Gene Donaldson. Friday, Damon Fowler takes the Sally’s stage, playing a hybrid of roots-rock and blues. Saturday, it’s the Australian vocalist and blues guitarist Anni Piper, along with guitarist Brent Johnson. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Also in Hartford, at Sully’s Pub, tonight is Acoustic Open Mic Night. Tuesday features Pete Scheips. Wednesday is karaoke. Thursday brings the First Thursday Comedy Series to Sully’s. And Friday is the Fat Guy Friday Happy Hour, after which Shag Frenzy plays. Saturday brings Snuffbox. And Sunday is the electric open mic night. www.sullyspub.com
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight is the Get to the Point writer’s showcase, at 8 p.m.; tomorrow at 8 brings Brian Dolzani, with Ben Dean and Shawn Taylor, Wednesday night brings Space Orphans and Light Upon Blight to Café Nine; Thursday night’s show with Sam Fermin, and The Teaspoons is sold out. Friday it’s Eddie Clendening and the Blue Ribbon Boys; Saturday’s Jazz Jam session at 4:30 is with Gary Grippo and Friends, followed at 8 by a Benefit for JDRF Walk to Cure diabetes, with The Vultures, the Clams, and the Hulls. Sunday’s Original Sunday Night Jam at Café Nine is with the George Baker Band. www.cafenine.com.
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight brings A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Friday, it’s the Cosmic Dust Bunnies, with Jimkata, the Mantras, Balkun Brothers and Father Time. Sunday brings Emancipator Ensemble , featuring a live band and a new large-scale video show, as well as Odesza and Real Magic. www.toadsplace.com.
Back in Middletown, at Wesleyan, Wednesday at noon is the opening reception for “Mary Heebner: Silent Faces/Angkor,” a multi dimensional installation inspired by the Angkor temple complex. That's at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace.
Also on Wednesday, at 4, at Wesleyan's CFA Hall, there will be an artist talk by Evan Roth, whose work occupies the irregular zone at the intersection of free culture with popular culture. That's at CFA hall, 287 Washington T errace. The opening reception will be at 7 p.m. at the Zilkha Gallery on campus.
Also on the CFA schedule, on Sunday at 3 p.m., is the inaugural concert by the Wesleyan Consort, an instrumental and vocal ensemble composed of Wesleyan faculty and invited guests. The works range from early classics to contemporary compositions More info at the Wesleyan.edu/cfa website.
On Wednesday night at 8, Writing at Wesleyan presents authors Alan Gilbert and Porochista Khakpour, reading as part of the Russell House Series of Prose and Poetry.
Thursday, at 5 at CFA Hall, The Davison Art Center presents a talk by Wesleyan French professor Stephanie Ponsavady. Titled “Driven by Desire: French Automotive Designs and Greater France," it focuses on French car culture and its relationship to the colonies throughout the 20th century.
Info about all Wesleyan events can be found at www.wesleyan.edu.
On Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., there will be an opening reception for the Wesleyan Potters' gallery shop’s show, “Hartford Art School: Dirty for a Reason," an exhibit of work by University of Hartford ceramics faculty and majors. www.wesleyanpotters.com
The Middletown Art Academy will host its 2014 spring Free Open Door and Open Studio on Saturday, between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., with the various time slots devoted to participants’ age groups. Light healthy snacks, organic teas and beverages will be offered. www.middletownartacademy.com has the schedule.
Also on Saturday, at 1:30 p.m., the Art Guild of Middletown will present a rescheduled showing of the film "Camille Claudel," in the Hubbard Room of the Russell Library, 123 Broad St. The film recounts the troubled life of French sculptor Camille Claudel and her long relationship with legendary sculptor Auguste Rodin.www.middletownartguild.org.
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 February; Saturday, it’s "Psychedelic Cinema," in which Super 8 films that were shot between 1967 and 1969 – basically, a swirl of colors, lights, and images – are projected in the style of the live light shows that were a fixture of concerts in the 1960s. www.realartways.com
At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, "Generation War, Part II," continues. This controversial German television miniseries that has finally gotten a film release in the United States tells the story of five friends who, on Christmas Eve 1941, celebrate and promise to meet again in one year’s time. It turns into the last moment of their youth, as the war begins, affecting them each in different ways; Wednesday brings "Blue is the Warmest Color," winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes last year. Sunday, a run of "Philomena," nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, begins.www.cinestudio.org.
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU, as we launch this season's new schedule.
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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.
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