Sunday, March 30, 2014

3-31-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, March 31st. 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: we celebrate April Fool’s Day with a Catholic joke show. Priests, nuns, confession, the pope – all are fair game. Sacrilege, you say? Nah. It’s all in fun.We kid because we love! Again, that’s at 4 p.m. tomorrow. If you can’t hear the show in real time,  find the audio later at

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

Tonight at 6 at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown, it’s Laughter Yoga with Mimi Claire, with a vegetarian potluck dinner. Tomorrow at 7:30 brings Kirtan with Shubalananda to the Buttonwood. Thursday at 7 is Open Mic Night with Bob Gotta.   Friday at 8, Danny Fitzgerald and the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band takes the Buttonwood stage, with romping versions of classic Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey blues. Saturday morning brings Quigong, tai chi, and community yoga to the Buttonwood Tree. Saturday afternoon, there’ll be an artist’s reception for Sheila Margaret Mullen’s exhibit, “Structured Chaos: Assemblage Collage.” Then Saturday night at 8, it’s rockabilly time with The Whiskey Rebels. 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 at 7, it’s the Great Make Believe Improv. Details about all Buttonwood events at

Tonight at 7 in the Hubbard Room of the Russell Library, the Middlesex County Historical Society presents a CD release concert for Tom Callinhan’s latest recording, “We Owe Allegiance to No Crown,” featuring songs  about the War of 1812. The program is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the Historical Society at 860-346-0746.

Wednesday, at 6 p.m., at the Russell Library, there will be a 'Natural Remedies for Common Ailments' workshop, in which herbalist Lisl Meredith Huebner will share plant-based recipes for such routine conditions as colds and flu, minor injuries and chronic aches, sleeplessness and stress, and even age-related decline. Saturday morning at 10 at the Russell Library, Judith Margolin, former executive with the Foundation Center in NYC, will present a workshop offering advice and resources for the individual grantseeker..  A light lunch will be provided, and there will be networking afterward. Register by calling the library at 860 347 2520. More info about all programs can be found at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is Jazz Monday. Tomorrow night, Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s blues jam is with Gene Donaldson. Friday at 9, Neal Vitullo & the Vipers come to Sally’s.  Saturday at 9 brings the Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase to Sally’s, featuring four premier harmonica virtuosos, backed by the jump blues trio The Eric Ducoff 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 to Sully’s.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight at 8 is Jason Prince, with That Band Bones and Sam Perduta. Tomorrow brings Antique Scream with Orb Mellon and Food to Café Nine. Wednesday, it’s K. Bestia, with Mercy Choir and Matt Jaffe. Thursday brings Run Boy Run, with Dr.Caterwaul's Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps.  Friday’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour is with Sean Conlon. That’s followed at 8 by the CT Rollergirls Fundraiser with Chaser Eight, Bragging Rights, Nasty Disaster and Rusty Things. Saturday’s jam session at 4:30 is with The Morris Trent Band, followed at 9 by the New Haven Record Release for “Frost,” with Daphne Lee Martin, Elison Jackson, and Amy McCarley. Sunday’s Blues Boot Camp at 8 is with Greg Sherrod. Details at

Wednesday afternoon, the Wesleyan University Center for the Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition will feature work by seniors in Wesleyan’s art and art history program. They are Emily Roff, Allison Greenwald, Evita Rodriguez, Rebecca Schisler, Katie Deane, and Oliver Citrin. The reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace. Thursday at 8 p.m. is the Spring Senior Thesis Dance, in which Wesleyan senior choreographers present a collection of new works as the culminating project of the dance major. That’s at the Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street. Friday, there will be two senior recitals. The first, at 7, is by musician Tennessee Mowrey. Titled “Actualizing Time,” it will take place at at Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave. The second music recital, by Noah Rush, is titled “Shoestrings,” and will take place at 9 p.m. at Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street. Saturday at 7 p.m. brings “Highway Alive: A Concept Album,” a recital by senior Lindsay Schapiro, to World Music Hall, 200 Church Street. More info about all the recitals can be found at the

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Wednesday is the Museum of Consciousness Tour, with Shpongle and Desert Dwellers. Thursday brings Dirty Heads, with The Burning of Rome and Remember September. Friday at Toads is a Tribute to Sublime, with Badfish, Something Simple, Balcony, and Anchors Away. Details at

On Wednesday in New Haven, at Bar, Manic Productions presents Ovlov, LVL Up, Disco Doom, and Bad History Month.

Friday morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Connecticut Native and Best-selling Author Beverly Donofrio will deliver the keynote address at Middlesex Community College’s Women Students’ Forum in Chapman Hall.  Donofrio will talk about the meaning of healing through writing, a process she experienced in three memoirs, including “Riding in Cars with Boys.” Reservations are required for this free annual event, and can be made online at

On Friday evening at 7:30 and on Saturday and Sunday afternoon at 2, the Jr. Rep Production at Oddfellows Playhouse is “Buccaneers,” about young Enid Arabella who longs for adventure and escape from her family’s poverty. She runs away and is captured by a pirate king and his crew of kidnapped children. More info at

Also in Middletown on Friday, at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, 139 Main St. Ext., Out the Box performs. On Saturday, it’s MD111. ... And Sunday brings Ol’ School Soulful Sundays. … That’s scatz with a z.

Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the Greater Middletown Concert Association brings the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra to the MHS Performing Arts Center, 200 LaRosa Lane, Middletown, to perform “Ellis Island: The Dream of America,” a multimedia production with live narration by actors, and images from the Ellis Island archives. More info at

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:  This week, Real Art Ways in Hartford continues its run of  “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me”, a documentary using rare archival footage and cinema verite to chronicle the life of the 87-year-old Broadway legend; it runs through Thursday.  Also running through Thursday is “Maiden Trip,” telling the story of a 14-year-old girl who sails around the world alone.  Friday, “Particle Fever” opens. It  follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation as they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe. Then Saturday and Sunday, it’s the New York International Children's Film Festival Animated's Shorts. . Check out the full line-up at

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, April in Paris, a week-long festival of French and Francophone films, continues. Tonight, it’s Alphaville. Tomorrow it’s Yeelen. Wednesday, it’s The Rabbi’s Cat. Thursday is Holy Motors. Friday is Barbarella. Saturday’s matinee is City of Lost Children, followed at 8 by Mars et Avril.  Sunday, it’s Alphaville. Visit for the complete schedule.

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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Now stay tuned for Charles Henry.

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