Sunday, March 2, 2014

3-3-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, March 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: in keeping with Fat Tuesday, we have a feast of post-Oscar show commentary. Richard Alleva, movie critic for the progressive Catholic journal Commonweal, will look at the films through the lens of faith. 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.

Tonight at 8 at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown, tomorrow evening brings Laughter Yoga with Marie Claire, with a vegetarian pot luck. Wednesday brings Kirtan with Shubalananda. Thursday is Open Mic Night with Bob Gotta. Friday brings Marci Geller and Stefilia’s Stone to the Buttonwood stage. Saturday morning brings quigong (chi kung), tai chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop.  At 7:30 p.m Saturday, Joe Fonda presents the Ninth Annual Composers and Improvisers Festival. Find the complete line-up at 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

Tonight at Wesleyan University, the Center For the Arts presents Toneburst Sampler. Toneburst is a laptop and electronic arts ensemble. It will perform at 7 at CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace.

Tomorrow at 8 p.m. at the Wesleyan Center for the Arts, Brian Parks, class of ’09, will perform organ works at Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown.

Wednesday at 8, the CFA presents the Wesleyan Creative Music Ensemble Concert, led by cornet player and instructor Taylor Ho Bynum, class of ’98. The concert will explore various strategies for the integration of composition and improvisation. It will take place at World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave, Middletown.
More info at

Tonight, at 8 at the MAC650 Gallery, 650 Main St., in Middletown, the Siach Hasadeh World Class Music Collective, a duo playing clarinet and bass,  will perform.

Tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 at Middlesex Community College’s Chapman Hall, author Beverly Donofrio will do a reading and book signing. Donofrio is a Connecticut native and bestselling author of memoirs, including “Riding in Cars with Boys.” The event is the first of five free events scheduled during the college’s Women’s History Month celebration. More info at

Tomorrow evening at 7, the Middlesex County Historical Society will present The Story of Native American and English Early Encounters. Researcher Jim Sarbaugh will deliver the illustrated talk in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad St., Middletown.  For more information, call the historical society at 860-346-0746.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is Jazz Monday. Tomorrow, it’s Fat Tuesday, with Rivercity Slim & the Zydeco Hogs. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Ed Bradley. Friday brings the West End Blend Record Release Show. Saturday at Sally’s, it’s Gracie Curran & the High Falutin' Band. Details at

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. And Friday, it’s Shag Frezy.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight at 8 is Chris Arnott’s Get to the Point writers’ series. Tomorrow, Manic Productions presents Rathbone, with Streets of Laredo, and The Backyard Committee. Wednesday brings Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols and Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls to Café Nine. Thursday, it’s Orkestar BAM, and The Harris Brothers Balkan Band. Friday at 5, it’s the ARTS ON9 Photo Exhibit Opening, with special musical guests the Furors! The photo exhibit focuses on the early years of punk in NYC and New Haven. Friday night at 9, back by popular demand, it’s Sarah Borges, and Girls, Guns, and Glory. Saturday afternoon’s jazz jam session is with Gary Grippo and Friends. Saturday night, it’s The Black Hollies, Trummors, and The Mountain Movers. Sunday afternoon brings Liz Wood to Café Nine. Then at 8, it’s the The Original Sunday Night Jam, with the George Baker Band. Details at

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight brings a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence and Friends. Thursday, TDE presents the Oxymoron World Tour, with Schoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad, and Vince Staples. Friday, Twiddle takes the Toad’s stage, along with Mun, and Eggy. Saturday, it’s the Blackout Party, with Psylar, MIXMASTERDJSCIENCE, Zip, Xander, Diatonic, and HighLife. Sunday brings the 19th annual Amity Teen Center Benefit to Toad’s, with Set Sail at Sunrise, Those Guys, Bepo and the Like 12 Experience, Henry Sidle, Keegan Jay, Speed, Attack Memphis, Limitless, and The Foresters. Details at

On Wednesday at 9, also in New Haven, Manic Productions brings Ringo Deathstarr, along with Purple, and Spectral Fangs, to Bar in New Haven. On Thursday, Bowery, in association with Manic Productions, brings the Old Crow Medicine Show, with Carrie Rodriguez & Luke Jacobs to the Shubert Theater in New Haven. Find info at

At the Russell Library in Middletown on Saturday at 2, the Atwater-Donnelly Duo and sibling band, The Millers, perform traditional American and Celtic folk music and percussive dance. On Sunday at 2 at the library, Durham resident Cindi Pietryzk will lead an illustrated program called Off the Beaten Path, about her exploration of Connecticut. The Friends of the Library book sale will run from Friday through Sunday. for more information.

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

At RealArtWays in Hartford, Best Offer, a mystery starring Geoffrey Rush, continues, as does The Great Beauty, winner of the Oscar for best foreign film. Opening Friday: Like Father, Like Son, about the repercussions of two babies being switched at birth.

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, The Act of Killing continues. Thursday,  Dallas Buyers Club, which won Matthew McConaughey the Oscar for best actor, opens. Sunday begins a run of the 1963 Italian classic Il Sorpasso.

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

Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry and playlist

Real Talk with Jack Spira

(1st, 3rd, 5th Monday) Life is a Killer with Johnny Analog

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

The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee with Lee

Girl Power Hour  with DJ Jeffrey and DJ Moe

Romancipation with Dr. Love and DJ Smooth

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

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

(1,3,5) Free Association with DJ Robin Hood

BBC World News with Pacifica

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

2014 marks 75 years of alternative music, public affairs, and community service from WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at


Now stay tuned for Charles Henry.

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