Wednesday, March 12, 2014

03-12-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, March 12th.  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 Marianne O'Hare, producer of Conversations on Heathcare. Thanks for joining us.

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Tonight here in Middletown, you can catch an Evening Oasis Belly Dancing presentation at The Buttonwood Tree on Main Street. Thursday The Buttonwood hosts The Writers out loud poetry and Proes open mic. Friday night Hannah’s filed brings their unique “gypsy reggae” sound to the buttonwood. Saturday morning brings quigong (chi kung), tai chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop.  At 7:30 p.m Saturday, night Sean Clapis plays jazz guitar at the Buttonwood.  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 evening also brings the monthly Poetry potluck event to the buttonwood tree.   Details about all Buttonwood events at

Middletown’s MAC650 Gallery invites you to Get Animated! During an animation workshop at the gallery tonight at 6pm. All skill levels are welcomed. Participants will learn to Work on some hand drawn, cut out or stop motion animation.
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers  meet at First Church Congregational in Middletown
tonight, at 7:00 pm offering classes for beginners/experienced dancers. Partners not necessary but soft-soled shoes are. Call 860-347-0278 for info

Scatz restaurant and Jazz lounge on Main St Extension in Middletown hosts an open mic on tonight and features The Alvin Carter project for a night of Jazz Friday night. Saturday Scatz presents comedy and the Basically Blues Band.

Down in New Haven Manic Productions brings White Hinterland and  Mission Zero , at “Bar” tonight. On Thursday, Manic presents Moonface ( w Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade / Sunset Rubdown) plus Saltland, and Violent Mae in The Ballroom at The outer Space in Hamden.  Find info at
Also Down in New Haven tonight, you can a night of OUTLAW COUNTRY with Lorin Walker Madsen & the Hustlers. Dave Hill opens that show.  Thursday, Food Will Win the War, Ultrabunny, and The Mendition of The Quay take the Café nine Stage. . Friday at 5, Lonesome Bill Calash plays a set then later at 9pm, you can catch Run Jenny, an explosive, all-female, pop/alternative rock infused band. Saturday afternoon’s jazz jam session is with Tony DioGuardi and friends this week. Saturday night, Manic Productions Presents: Xenia Rubinos, An Historic, & Olive Tiger. Sunday afternoon brings a St. Patricks Day Parade Party featuring King Sickabilly & His Full Moon Boys to Café Nine for a 4pm show. Then at 8, it’s The Original Sunday Night Jam, with the Langley Project. Details at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, Tonight’s weekly Wednesday night Blues Jam will be hosted by Brandt Taylor. Friday brings Paul Gabriel to the Sally’s stage. Saturday,  Jeff pitchell and Texas Flood Return to the Black Eyed Sally’s stage. Details at

Author, Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on Thursdays at Russell Library. 

The Art Guild of Middletown welcomes Contemporary Impressionist Leif Nilsson to present a demonstration of his techniques this Thursday at the Middlefield Federated Church at 7pm. contact: Eva Dykas at for more info

The Riverwood Poetry Series, continues this Thursday, March 13, at 7pm with 
Ginny Lowe Connors (Poet Laureate, West Hartford )  & Jonathan Gillman (Greater Hartford Academy of The Arts, Theater Department).  Featured readings are followed by an Open Mic.  Come early to sign up. The readings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at Asylum Hill Congregational Church,  814 Asylum Ave., Hartford with plenty of free, on-site, secure parking available.   Admission is free and everyone is welcome but donations greatly appreciated.
They also accept donations of non-perishables and canned-goods for The Crisis Food Support Program of Asylum Hill Congregational Church. More online at,

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At RealArtWays in Hartford, The Great Beauty, winner of the Oscar for best foreign film continues through Thursday.  Like Father, Like Son, about the repercussions of two babies being switched at birth also continues this week through Thursday. Tuesday night The Science on the screen series features Backdraft.  The new Romanian Drama Child’s Pose opens on Friday

Tonight, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, begins a run of The Cohen Brothers Film, Inside Llewyn Davis. Sunday Cinestudio begins a run of Afternoon of a Fawn: Tanaquil Le Clercq, a new documentary on the gifted dancer Tanaquil Le Clercq for info

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

Right after the jive at Five stay tuned for the Divide and Conquer New Report with CC Arshagra.

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 it's NE Tempo with DJ Berk. Serious turntablism - dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live

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. This Month’s theme is 75 Years of Female Artists in honor of Women’s History Month.

At 12:30 DJ Otto nation steps in for a free form mix of music with a little something for everyone until…

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 the Divide and Conquer news report with CC Arshagra.

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