Sunday, March 16, 2014

3-17-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, March 17th – Happy St. Paddy’s Day!  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: Richard Alleva, movie critic for the progressive Catholic journal Commonweal, looks at the new film Son of God. Also, we check in with the Catholic reform group Voice of the Faithful, which was born out of the sexual abuse crisis 12 years ago and is having its 2014 annual assembly, open to the public, at the Connecticut Convention Center on April 5. If you can’t hear the show in real time,  find the audio at

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

Tickets go on sale this week for a Hunger Awareness Banquet, sponsored by the ECO Club at Coginchaug Regional High School. The event will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students with i.d. Tickets are available in advance by calling 860-759-0085.

Tonight at 8 at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown, tonight at 8 is Open Mic Night with Eric Kuhn. Tomorrow afternoon from 1 to 3, the state Department of Economic Development’s Office of the Arts and the Shoreline Arts Alliance present an information session on the Arts Catalyze Placemaking (ACP) Grant. RSVP by emailing or by calling 203-453-3890. Tomorrow evening at 6:15, it’s the Happiness Project meeting, followed at 7 by Laughter Yoga with Mimi Claire. Thursday evening at the Buttonwood, the Free at Last Players, a nonprofit performance troupe that advocates for the mentally ill, will perform skits, songs and poems. Friday brings John Pray & Dan Pelletier to the Buttonwood stage, performing original compositions. Saturday morning brings qui gong (chi kung), yoga and an empowerment workshop to the Buttonwood; then on Saturday evening at 7:30, it’s a One Book One Middletown Event, featuring the Zydeco music of the Bayou Brethren, and Author Rita Leganski, who wrote The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow. 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.  Details about all Buttonwood events at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is Jazz Monday, with featured artist Steve Davis. Tomorrow night, Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s blues jam is with Tommy Whalen. Friday at 9, the Lustre Kings with Mark Gamsjager play rock and roll. Saturday brings Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez to the Sally’s stage, playing  rock and soul.

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, it’s Burrwerk.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight at 8 is the Fistful of Jokes Comedy series. Tomorrow brings The Wagon Riders, Some Such Things, and Tim Parrish. Wednesday, it’s Dane Scozzari and The Human Race, with the Dan Arcamone Trio. Thursday brings Political Animals to Café Nine, with Fugitive 9, Mertz, Chachi, DJ Neb, and Zak G. On Friday, Go Kat Go presents The Di Maggio Connection, with The Clams. Saturday’s Jazz Jam session is with the George Baker Band, followed by the rescheduled All I’ve Got is a Photograph. Then Sunday at Café Nine, the original Sunday night jam is with The Morris Trent Band.  Details at

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight brings a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence and Friends. Tomorrow, it’s Drive-By Truckers, with Blitzen Trapper. Wednesday brings to Toad’s the All I Wanna Do Tour, starring T. Mills, with Mod Sun. Thursday, it’s Bass Off: the EDM DJ Battle, with Arclite, Bryan Schod, Cimba, Cubixx, Deadbit, DJ Catalyst, DJ KurbStompz, GBJ, Kid Mammoth, Skwish Fish, STVIE, and V1bes. Friday at Toad’s, it’s the Sweet Beats EDM Party, with iLLiKiWi, Shmegore, CarmyFresh, K.Jovan, and D. Brown. The Slaughterhouse concert originally scheduled for Friday has been canceled; refunds will  be given. Saturday at Toad’s, it’s the Original Saturday Night Dance Party. Details at

Also in New Haven, at Bar, Manic Productions presents Wess Meets West, with Ports of Spain and Breakthrough Frequencies.

Back in Middletown on Friday, at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, 139 Main St. Ext., Sez Zion performs. On Saturday, it’s Rahsaan Langley. And Sunday brings Ol’ School Soulful Sundays. That’s scatz with a z.

On Saturday morning at Middletown’s Russell Library, 123 Broad St., members of the Connecticut Irish-American Historical Society will show you how to research your Irish family history.  They will focus on starting family research and learning to use available Irish records, including online documents.  The program benefits beginners and seasoned genealogists alike.  Although this workshop is free, registration is requested.  You can find more details or reserve your place by calling the library’s Information Department at 860-347-2528, or go to

Also in Middletown, on Saturday evening from 5 to 7, the second annual Passionate Waters art show will celebrate World Water Day at the MAC650 Gallery on Main Street. The event will feature a water-themed art exhibit, presentations by local legislators and water activists, music and dance performances and a water blessing ceremony. Appetizers, wine and spring water will be served, and proceeds from the $10 ticket will benefit the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s 18th annual Source to Sea Cleanup. More information can be found at You can also learn more at or by contacting Jacqueline Talbot 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 has been extended through Wednesday. Also running through Wednesday is the Romanian drama Child’s Pose, about a mother’s attempt to keep her son out of jail for being implicated in a hit and run accident. Opening Friday at Real Art Ways is Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, a documentary using rare archival footage and cinema verite to chronicle the life of the 87-year-old Broadway legend. has details.

Tonight and tomorrow, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, concludes a run of the documentary Afternoon of a Faun, featuring Tanaquil Le Clercq. It’s the true story of a dancer who’d captured the imagination of both Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine, but who fell ill with polio and was unable to dance – or even walk – again. The film, in which she’s celebrated  by her friends and fellow dancers, is said to touch upon the mystery of human personality with uncommon grace. Opening Wednesday and running through Saturday at Cinestudio, it’s Her, the Spike Jonze film in which Joaquin Phoenix falls for the voice of his phone’s operating system, played by Scarlett Johansson. Opening Sunday is the Belgian film Broken Circle Breakdown, in which a woman’s idyllic life in the countryside is disrupted by her daughter’s illness. for details.

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

Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry

Real Talk with Jack Spira

 Life is a Killer with Johnny Analog

The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis

The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee

Girl Power Hour  with DJ Jeffrey and DJ Moe

Romancipation with Dr. Love and DJ Smooth

The Laugh Infection with DJ Willie Zabar

 Good Times with MKC, Omardaslayer, and djspecialk

 Free Association with DJ Robin Hood

BBC World News

Morning Edition from 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

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