Monday, May 26, 2014

05-26-14 Jive

Hello, it’s Monday, May 26th, Memorial Day!.  Congratulations once again to the Wesleyan Class of 2014.  Safe travels today, wherever you’re headed.  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.

By the way, we’re in the midst of celebrating our seventy-fifth year of broadcasting, as well as our Spring Pledge drive. If you value the kind of unusual programming we provide, we need your support. You can make your donation on our website, .  Thanks!

Now here's some of what's happening in our area this week:

 The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown continues to offers the paintings and photographs of Bill Revill in the exhibit “Down by the Sea,” which ends on Thursday.  Tonight at 8, the Anything Goes Open Mic is hosted by WESU’s own J-Cherry.  Showcase your talents in song, dance, or spoken word.  On Friday at 8 they’ve got “Not Without My Guitar, featuring Attila Vural and KALEIDOS.  This Swiss innovative artist performs acoustic numbers on guitar, some with up to fourteen strings. Saturday morning, beginning at 7:45, it’s quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, community yoga, and a guided forgiveness meditation. Saturday night at 8, they offer Karen Fisk Jazz, headlining Karen on vocals, with Kent Hewitt on piano, Brian Torff on bass, and Rick Tortorini on drums.  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 the Great Make Believe Improv Society brings their Improv Show. More at

Tonight, down at Toad’s Place in New Haven, you can catch A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence and Friends in Lilly’s Pad. Wednesday at 8 brings Kid Ink, MarBar, and Dublin. On Friday in Lilly’s Pad they’ve got E.T.A.; Tall, White with Ransom; Grounded Atmosphere, and others starting at 6:30.  At 8 on Friday there’s Beenie Man’s “Hottest Man Alive” tour, along with Cee Gee, Jego Lethal, and Kantana.   In Lilly’s Pad on Saturday there’s Spring Glow 2, featuring DJ Knowledge, Soappy, Joey Fedz, Tango, Schoder, Party Box, and Sentien.   On Sunday at 8 they showcase Future -  “The Honest Tour” -  and Crime Family.  More at

Also in New Haven, tonight at Café Nine there’s Drink Deeply’s Memorial Day BBQ, featuring 3rd Generation Rip-Offs, Death Church, Sean Conlon, and American’t at 6 p.m..    On Tuesday Manic Production presents Lower, along with Iron Hand, Birth of Flower, and Deep Trouble.  On Wednesday their 99 Days of Flamenco on9 starts at 5 and features Ed Peccerillo.  At 9 on Wednesday they follow with TV Freaks, Estrogen Highs, and Worn Leather.  Thursday’s offering is Webb Wilder, along with DogBite.  On Friday Oddball Presents! Brings you Skanarchy Fest, along with Special Mystery Guests, The Hempsteadys, and The Dialtones.  Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 brings Billy Cofrances, and at 9 there’s the Circus Dilecti 12 Year Anniversary Show, along with Dot Mitzvah, Craig Taylor, and Scarlett Damnation.  Sunday’s 8 p.m. show features Blues Boot Camp with Greg, and Sherrod.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, Tuesday’s offering is Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece big-band, works out new material.  On Wednesday, the Blues Jam, one of the longest running in New England, is hosted by Tim McDonald. And Thursday brings the CT Blues Challenge to the Sally’s stage, with bands competing to represent CT at the finals in Memphis. Thursday at 8 it’s Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble.  Curley started on drums in his native Louisiana, and went on to learn accordion, which he’ll showcase with the band.  On Friday there’s Johnny Rawls , winner of the Best Soul Blues Album title, a living Blues Award, for his album “Red Cadillac.”  On Saturday at 9 they offer Frank Viele, a singer/songwriter in the independent rock genre, with selections that blend acoustic funk, alternative pop, folk, and soul.  Other details at .

On Wednesday at 9, Manic Productions brings you José Oyola & the Astronauts, along with Violent Mae and Lion’s Teeth, at Bar in New Haven. 

Wesleyan Potters on South Main St in Middletown is presenting, through the rest of this week, “Black and White:  a Member’sShow.” And on Friday at 6 is the 7th annual Bowlapalooza, their fundraiser where ticket holders select handcrafted art and enjoy refreshments and entertainment.  This year features folk artist Kent Aldrich, and the Irish band Coel Go Maidin, with crowd toe tapping and dancing.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, there’s Baby Rhyme Time on Wednesday at 1:30, where kids under one year of age can come for rhymes, songs, and finger play.  On Thursday, author Elizabeth Petry leads the Veterans Writers Group at 7 p.m. On Friday at 4, kids from six to twelve are welcome to attend the Lego Builder’s Club.  Details about all events at

The Middletown Chapter of the Connecticut Poetry Society meets this Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Russell Library.  Call 860-563-5761 for information. 
(This is not on the Russell calendar)

At the Wallingford Library on Tuesday, naturalist John Root presents a program on our region’s songbirds at 6:30 p.m.  On Friday at 6, their Friday Night Flicks series offers The Hobbit:  The Desolation of Smaug.  Information at 203-265-6754.

Wadsworth Mansion tours continue every Wednesday at 2 p.m.  More info at 860-347-1064.

Also on Wednesday, at 7 p.m., First Church on Court St. in Middletown hosts the Middletown Scottish Dancers.  Partners not necessary.  Call 860-347-0278 for information.  They also offer Argentine Tango classes on Friday starting at 7:30 p.m. Teacher Jorge “Gem” Duras  has information at 203-543-8099.

On Friday, Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown offers the teen voices Open Workshop at 6 p.m.  (this is on arts2go but not oddfellows website).  On Saturday, at 1 p.m., there’s a Shadow Puppetry family workshop.  (This is on oddfellows website but not arts2go).  More at

At Middlesex Community College the 2014 Arts and Media Festival continues, showcasing films and multimedia projects by MxCC students.  The number for that is 860-343-5806.

Also on Friday, Dave Downs hosts an open mic at The Nest, 129 Church St. in Middletown. As president and CEO of The Highly Unsuccessful Songwriters Association, he invites songwriters to bring their worst songs to perform, starting at 9 p.m. Details at 860-788-2736.  

Spring Bird Walks happen every Saturday at 8 a.m. at The Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Rd in Madison.  The number to call is 203-245-9056.

The Middletown Commission for the Arts is now accepting applications for the summer Kids Arts enrichment program for both local kids and out-of- towners.   The number is 860-638-4510 (MCA Office).

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the film “Finding Vivian Maier,” about a mysterious nanny who took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen in her lifetime, continues through Thursday. Also through Thursday, they’re showing “The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden,” a documentary about an unsolved murder that took place in the 1930’s.  On Wednesday at 7:30 there’s “Other People’s Stories,” a live event where people tell stories that other people told them.  On Thursday at 7 there’s a panel discussion led by local artist Sharon Louden, author of “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life,” sponsored by the Connecticut at Work Initiative of Connecticut Humanities, and the Greater Hartford Arts Council. On Friday a new runs starts with the French film, “Young and Beautiful,” about a seventeen-year-old who returns from a family holiday and starts working as a call girl, and “The Retrieval,” a Civil War era film about a young boy working with bounty hunters who are pursuing runaway slaves. These films run through Sunday.  Details at

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, continues it’s run of  “The Grand Budapest Hotel” through Thursday, Wes Anderson’s comedy about a World War II era central European republic.  On Friday they open the 27th annual Connecticut LGBT Film Festival with the 2014 Eric Schaeffer comedy “Boy Meets Girl” at 7:30, followed by a Gala Reception. On Saturday the Festival continues with three films:  “To Be Takei,” a documentary that follows George Takei of Star Trek fame;  “The Way He Looks,” a Portuguese film about a blind teenager trying to lead an independent life; and “Tom at the Farm,” Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s dark drama about family secrets.  On Sunday they’re showing the 2013 retrospective documentary “Gore Vidal:  The United States of Amnesia,” followed by the Finnish film “Open up to Me,” about a transgender woman dealing with the hidden prejudices of her new life.

Now, here’s a rundown of tonight’s  programming on WESU, as we set sail on a new summer schedule.

5:05‑6pm Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry







4‑5am BBC World News

5‑10am 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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