Monday, April 14, 2014

4-14-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, April 14. 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 – though maybe that’s not the right word --- tax day. We’ll learn from an expert, Jesuit Fr. Fred Kammer of Loyola University in New Orleans, just what a tax policy following such Christian principles as ensuring the common good would look like. As you’ll learn, we sure haven’t got one now. 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 the Anything Goes Open Mic with Alan Bradley. Tuesday brings Laughter Yoga with Mimi Claire. Friday, pianist, vocalist and composer Warren Byrd, native of Hartford, now living in Amsterdam, performs. As an American with a heritage rooted in the fertile soil of Black creativity, he explores the universal ideals that connect us all seeking unity in music… Saturday morning brings Tai Chi, Qui Gong (chi kung) and community yoga to the Buttonwood Tree, as well as an opportunity to support the Buttonwood by making purchases at any Barnes and Noble Bookstore on Saturday, April 19, or at the Barnes and Noble website until Thursday the 24th. The Buttonwood Tree will earn a percentage from every purchase. Details about how to participate, and about all Buttonwood events are at On Saturday afternoon from 1 to 3, the Free Poets Collective hosts a lively presentation of music, poetry and an open mic at the Buttonwood Tree. This month features musician Don Lowe and poet Donna Marie Merritt, author of HER HOUSE AND OTHER POEMS and the Poetry for Tough Times series. On Saturday night at 8, Last Fair Deal, a three-piece vocal band, plays an eclectic mix of Americana Roots, Swing and Bluegrass. 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.  Again, the website is

 Tomorrow at noon at the Russell Library in Middletown, the Muses Go to the Movies series continues with “Sylvia,” about the poet Sylvia Plath. This series is led by film critic and former stage actor Richard Alleva. Moviemakers have often found great drama in the lives of creative people, even if a little fictionalizing has to spice the facts. for details.

This evening at 6, as part of the Wesleyan Center for the Humanities’ Monday Night Lecture Series,  Wu Tsang, an LA-based filmmaker, artist and performer, presents Moved by the Motion. Named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2012, his work has been presented in museums all over the world. His lecture tonight is in CFA Hall. You can learn more by emailing

Also tonight, at 8 p.m., Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel will speak at Memorial Chapel and Zelnick Pavilion. Vogel's play "How I Learned to Drive" received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Her other award-winning plays include "The Baltimore Waltz" and "The Long Christmas Ride Home."
Thursday, from 4 to 9 p.m., Wesleyan seniors Isadora Dannin and Grace Kuipers in the Art History Program of Wesleyan's Department of Art and Art History will present their honors talks. The location is 41 Wyllis, room 112. More info by emailing or calling 860-685-3355. Friday brings a senior music recital by Michael Deck. Titled “"Fascinating Rhythm: Playing with Rhythmic Standards," it’s an exploration of polyrhythmic and shifting pulse/feel perceptions in Ghanaian-drumming-ensemble and Western-rock-band contexts. That’s at 7 p.m. in Crowell Concert Hall. Also on Friday, at 9, there’ll be a senior music recital by Daniel Light. Called "Resonance," it’s an infusion of rock, pop, and jazz with folk music from various cultures. That’s at World Music Hall. Saturday’s senior music recital is by Julius Thor Bjornson and titled “Apropos Space.” It’s an exploration of physical and temporal spaces in harmony, structure and performance. That’s at 8 p.m. in Wesleyan’s  Memorial Chapel. For info about all recitals, you can call 860-685-3355, or email

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, one of the longest-running in New England, is with Ray Morant. Friday at 9, the Tom Sanders Band takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday at 9 brings JR Krauss & the Shakes. 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 Brian Bargainers Variety Show.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, it’s The Devil Plays Poker, with 10,000 Blades and Kari Bunn. Tomorrow brings Amy LaVere featuring Will Sexton, along with Ponybird. Wednesday at Café Nine, it’s Loner Chic, with Margene Without Borders. Thursday’s show is by Jose Oyola and the Astronauts, with Netherfriends, Elison Jackson and Twin Berlin. Friday’s Weekly Wind-Down Happy Hour at 5 is with Mark Daniel, followed at 8 by The Hempsteadys, with Murphy's Kids. Saturday’s afternoon Jam Session at 4 is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. That’s followed at 9 by  Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs, with Proud Flesh and Milksop: Unsung. The original Sunday Night Jam Session at 8 features The Langley Project. for details.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight is A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence and Friends. Tomorrow, it’s Escape to EDM: Utopia, along with Alex M.O.R.P.H. and Narga & Bryski. Friday brings The Hold Steady, with Deer Tick, to Toads. Then Friday, it’s Woofstock 2014, presented by Bikers Against Animal Cruelty. Saturday, it’s Mike Stud, with IamG and Jitta on the Track, followed at midnight by The Original Saturday Night College Dance Party. Sunday brings EOTO to Toad’s with live, improvised EDM and V1bes. Details at

Back in Middletown on Friday, at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, 139 Main St. Ext., Friday’s show is by Nekita Waller, and Sunday brings Ol’ School Soulful Sundays. … That’s scatz with a z.

Also in Middletown, Shaped Note Singers meet every Sunday at 4pm at MAC650 Gallery on Main St. and all are welcome to this singing activity organized by Neely Bruce.  860.343.3239 for details.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the New York International Children's Film Festival Animated Shorts run through Sunday. It’s the largest festival of film for children and teens, and stands at the forefront of a movement to define new, more compelling film for kids. There are two programs: Kid Flix Mix, recommended for ages 4 to 8,  and Party Mix, recommended for ages 8 to 18.  Continuing through Wednesday is “Particle Fever,” which follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collidor, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet. Also continuing is "The Unknown Known" a documentary offering a portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War.  Two films open on Friday at Real Art Ways: the romantic drama Just a Sigh, and The Missing Picture — a brilliant documentary about a child who held onto life in Cambodia's killing fields. More  at

At Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, "The Wind Rises", Hayao Miyazaki's latest anime film, continues through tomorrow. Then the rest of the week brings The Wolf of Wall Street, which features Leonardo diCaprio and was directed by Martin Scorsese. Sunday, the documentary Tim’s Vermeer, in which a handy guy with no painting experience tries to replicate one of the brilliant 17th–century Dutch artist’s works to prove he used gadgetry. Learn more at

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

5:056pm Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry

66:30pm Real Talk with Jack Spira

6:308pm Life is a Killer with Johnny Analog

89:30pm The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis

9:3011pm The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee

11pm12am Girl Power Hour  with DJ Jeffrey and DJ Moe

1212:30am Romancipation with Dr. Love and DJ Smooth

12:301:30am The Laugh Infection with DJ Willie Zabar

1:30-2:30 Good Times with MKC, Omardaslayer, and djspecialk

2:304am Free Association with DJ Robin Hood

45am BBC World News

510am 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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