Monday, April 28, 2014

4-28-14 jive

 Good evening! It’s Monday, April 28th. 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 go to the Voice of the Faithful conference in Hartford, for a critique of clericalism, the problematic notion that ordained clergy occupy a higher realm than the rest of us and are deserving of special treatment. Can't hear the show live? The audio will be archived at both the blog and on

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

Tonight,at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown there’s the ongoing “Moments of
Gratitude” for fifteen minutes at 7:45, an opportunity to build positive
energy, followed by “Anything Goes” Open Mic with Brian Basil at 8 p.m.  You
can showcase your talent in art, music, dance, or the spoken word. Thursday
May 1st  brings in the May Art Show featuring the paintings and photographs
of Bill Revill’s collection “Down by the Sea.” At 7:00 Thursday there’s
another Open Mic with Bob Gotta, followed by “Dance la Vie” at 9:00 with DJ
Basil playing classic rock and contemporary tunes.  On Friday May 2nd the
Hartt School of Music Guitar Department will perform at 8 p.m., playing a
variety of works for guitar, viola, and flute.

Saturday morning at the Buttonwood there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi,
and community yoga, and a holistic healing workshop. At 8 p.m. Sat night,
Turkish-born jazz guitarist and composer Sinan Bakir performs tunes with a
blended jazz/rock style.

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, May 4th features
the Mike Lorenz Jazz Trio at 3 p.m.. Then there’s the “Great Make Believe
Improv Show” Sunday night at 7 p.m. featuring the live performances of
improvised theater.  More at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight brings Jazz Mondays with live
local jazz, including a jam session after the first set.  On Tuesday the
29th, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece big-band, works out new
material.  Wednesday night April 30th features an open blues jam with host
Tim McDonald. Thursday night the Connecticut Blues Society hosts a Blues
Competition.  Come and see four or five bands compete for a chance to
represent CT at the finals in Memphis.  All shows Monday through Thursday
start at 8 p.m.  Friday night at 9 they offer Dave Keller, winner of the
Best Self-Produced CD award for 2012, playing soul and blues. Round out the
week on Saturday night with award-winning blues artist Roxy Perry. More at   

Tonight down in New Haven, at Café Nine, you can catch Woody Pines at 8
p.m., along with An Historic, featuring vocals and accordion. Tuesday
features the electronic anthems of Crunk With, and the post-punk electronic
pop music of If Jesus Had Machine Guns, at 9 p.m.  On Wednesday night the
Connecticut pop band Going Pro takes the stage, along with Grizzly Whale,
also at 9.  The Miths, playing Smiths music, are featured on Thursday, May
1st. On Friday, the official New England Brewing Co band Useless Degree will
be on during Brew On9, when you can sample craft and home brews while
visiting businesses in New Haven’s Historic 9th Square Neighborhood, from 6
to 8 p.m. Later Friday night they’ll have singer/songwriter Milton on stage
at 8 p.m., followed by the rock band Eurisko and singer/songwriter K. Bestia
at 10. Saturday, Café Nine’s weekly Jazz Jam session at 4:30 will be hosted
by Mike Coppola and Friends, and Saturday night’s Killer Glam/Rock and Roll
show at 9 p.m. will feature Prophets of Addiction, The Erotics, and
Switchblade Serenade.  On Sunday, May 4th, the Mystic Blues Festival
presents the All Star Blues Jam in support of the Center for Hospice Care at
4 p.m., followed by Greg Sherrod’s Blues Boot Camp at 8 p.m. For details go

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight you can catch A Night of Smooth
Jazz with Rohn Lawrence and Friends upstairs in Lilly’s Pad at 9:30.
Wednesday April 30th brings All Time Low  *** Man Overboard, and Handguns to the stage at 8
p.m  On Thursday, May 1st, they offer Bass Off 3:  Local EDM DJ Battle with
a variety of performers, also at 8.   On Friday there’s Cosmic Dust Bunnies, with Indobox, Blessed & Gifted, and Uncle Sonny at 8
p.m.  For more info go to

Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet at First Church Congregational, 190
Court St., Wednesday night at 7pm. Partners not necessary but soft-soled
shoes are! 860-347-0278

The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate has guided tours of it's Beaux
Arts mansion every Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, here in Middletown, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts invites you to
hear the Collegium Musicum perform at Memorial Chapel at 7:30 p.m., offering
vocal and instrumental pieces from the medieval through the Baroque periods.
You can experience the culture of Java on Thursday, May 1st, at 7 p.m. at a
Javanese gamelan performance in World Music Hall at 7 p.m.  This concert
includes a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble.

On Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. a showcase of performances by student choreographers highlights the Spring Dance concert in the Patricelli Theater.  Also on
Friday, May 2nd, the Taiko Drumming Ensemble performs both traditional and
contemporary rhythm works of Japanese Taiko drumming at 9 p.m. in Crowell
Concert Hall. 

The CFA has these events and more, including Senior Thesis performances. You
can find all the details online at

Tonight Manic Productions presents The Uncluded at the Space in Hamden, also
featuring Ceschi (chess-key)  and Baby Dayliner.  The performance is at 8
p.m.  On Wednesday, April 30th, they offer Fort Lean, Strange Kids, and
Laundry Day at Bar in New Haven for a 10 p.m. show.  Thursday May 1st, Manic
presents Deerhoof, Awkwafina, and Celestial Shore at The Space at 8 p.m.,
and Friday brings Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, Empires, and Kate
Myers at the same venue, also at 8 p.m. On Saturday Manic offers the
Fauxchella CT Indie Music and Art Festival, with performances by Kung Fu and
Pissed Jeans, starting at 2 p.m. at the Space in Hamden.  For more, visit  

Wesleyan Potters presents “Black and White: A Members Show," opening Wednesday, April 30 and running through June 22. The show features unique handcrafted clay, jewelry and fiber with a black and white theme; perfect for special occasions such as showers, weddings, Mother’s Day and graduations.  The opening reception is Thursday, May 1st ,  from 5 pm  to 7 pm.   More info about gallery hours can be found online at

The Green St. Arts Center in Middletown offer a Visual Arts Workshop on
Leonardo da Vinci on Tuesday, April 29, for teens and adults, at 6:30 p.m.
They open their May art exhibit on Thursday, May 1st, featuring the art of
Windsor painter Catherine Doocy who brings her show “Transitions,” a
collection focusing on landscapes and the science of memory.  For more,

Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on
Thursdays in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library On Saturday at 2 the program
is “In Retrospect:  Short works of the last 50 years by Barry O’Neal,” a
presentation of short vocal and chamber works by that New York Composer.  Go
to, or call (860) 347-2528.

The Hartford Public Library has a 5-week small business workshop series
beginning on Thursday, May 1st at 7:30 p.m.  For the fashion-oriented,
they’ve got an exhibit of Beatrice Fox Auerbach's garments and personal
items.  She was the owner and CEO of America's privately owned department
store, G. Fox & Co.  All at Hartford Public Library’s Downtown Branch, 500
Main St., Hartford. Go to

This Saturday, Gee Records presents The Legends, Beats, & Grooves festival, celebrating the roots of hip hop culture at Sound Spectrum / Club Lucent in Wallingford from 1-6pm. The event features living legends Grand Wizard Theodore (who invented the DJ scratch technique),  Rob-Swift (of the legendary  X-Ecutioners), Grandmaster Supreme, Billy Busch, and Middletown’s own DJ N-E-B.  all flexing their turntable skills.   Plus there will be a screening of the new documentary film, The legend of the Skull Snaps (about one of the most sampled tunes of all time). For info and details you can call 203-265-9796 or visit

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Through Thursday, Real Art Ways in Hartford continues their run of
"Nymphomania Volume I" and "Volume II," about the memories of a
self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who's taken into the home of an old bachelor.
On Friday they kick off a 4-day run of two films:  “Mamele and Cohen on the
Telephone,” a 1938 short sound comedy directed by Joseph Green, and  “Alan
Partridge,” a British comedy starring Steve Coogan and Colm Meany, and
directed by Declan Lowney.  Visit

Tonight and Tuesday, at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, there will be a screening of“The Last of the Unjust,” a shorter version of Claude Lanzmann’s documentary of
the Holocaust.  Wednesday brings the 2nd annual Reel Youth Hartford Film
Festival, featuring the work of local high school students.  On Thursday May
1st they’ll show New Theater Life’s “King Lear,” the Shakespeare play, and
“Concussion,” written and directed by Stacie Passion.  On Friday May 2nd
they screen all five films nominated for the 2014 Oscars in the Short Film
category at 7:30 p.m.  Saturday at 2:30 they offer all five entries into the
2014 Oscar category for Short Film Animation. Next on Saturday they’ve got
the third annual Trinity Film Festival, a red carpet event featuring short
films by student filmmakers, followed by a reception and awards ceremony.
Doors open at 4:30.  Sunday May 4th brings back the New Theater Live’s King
Lear film, and “The Great Beauty” at 7:30, the 2014 winner of the Academy
Award for Best Foreign Language Film.  Details at


Now, here’s a rundown of 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

Thanks! Now stay tuned for Charles Henry.

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