Monday, May 19, 2014

5-19-14 Jive

Hello, it’s Monday, May 19th. 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.

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 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 NYC to attend the ordination of two Roman Catholic women to the priesthood; they're part of an underground but burgeoning movement. Can't hear the show live? The audio will be archived at both the blog and on 

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

 The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown offers the paintings and photographs of Bill Revill in the exhibit “Down by the Sea,” which runs month-long.  Tonight at 8, the Anything Goes Open Mic is hosted by Eric Kuhn.  You can showcase your talents in song, dance, or spoken word.  Tomorrow at 6 they offer Laughter Yoga with certified leader Poitras.  On Wednesday the indie film “Happy” is back by popular demand, sponsored by Spiritual Cinema Circle.  It’s a documentary on the science and art of happiness.  On Friday at 8 p.m. there’s Hartford’s Orice Jenkins Trio, with music ranging from hip-hop to Beethoven.   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 the Matabesset String Collective, a 5-piece acoustic ensemble playing an eclectic mix in string-band 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 afternoon, WESU’s own J-Cherry invites you to celebrate the life of Tommy Jakula Moses at 4 p.m. More at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is Jazz Monday.  Tomorrow, 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 Tommy Whalen. 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 8:30, funk-rockers Jen Leigh and Superlove reunite for the first time in ten years.  On Friday there’s multi-instrumentalist Eliot Lewis at 9, a featured performer on VH1’s “Live at Daryl’s House.”  On Saturday at 9 they offer the Kortchmar/McDonald Band, featuring singer/songwriter Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar.  Other details 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. Thursday’s Jammin Thursdays lineup includes The Backyard Committee, Branchwater, Mojo, The Mudd Band, and Sun Dagger.  Their Memorial Day Meltdown, presented by Gorilla Music, starts Friday at 6 p.m. and features the Bright Night EDM Glow Party, featuring twenty different performers on two stages.  Saturday’s EDM Party Spring Glow 1 at 9 includes Mike Skillz, stylite, Psylar, V1BES, Alex Panda, GBJ, Sith, and Basket Case.   On Sunday 1’s in Motion’s Mobb Deep features Opium Black, Political Animals, Highlife Gully with Ru Williams, and The-Shift at 8 p.m., hosted by Jenny Boom Boom.  More at

Also in New Haven, tonight at 8 pm at Café Nine, there’s the Fistful of Jokes Comedy Series hosted by Andrew and Jerry Morgan.  On Tuesday, the early show features Goodnight Moonshine at 7:30, followed by Downtown Brown and Reptilian Race for the 10:00 show. Wednesday, they present The Woggles and the 509ers.  Thursday’s show features Yarn, and Seth Adams. The holiday weekend starts off Friday with Lonesome Billy’s Rockathon and BBQ beginning at 5, featuring TORQUE, Gary Heriot, and more.  Saturday afternoon’s jazz jam session starts at 4:30 with the George Baker Band, and Saturday night Manic Productions offers Acid Mothers Temple, Perhaps, and The Mountain Movers. On Sunday they’ll have a Bluegrass Jam starting at 4, with Stacy Phillips.

Wesleyan Potters on South Main St in Middletown is presenting, through the rest of this week, “Black and White:  a Member’sShow.”

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the “Muses go to the Movies” series discussion concludes with “Dreamchild,” a movie about Lewis Carroll and “Alice in Wonderland,” on Tuesday at noon.  On Thursday, author Elizabeth Petry leads the Veterans Writers Group at 7 p.m., and author Don Brown discusses his book “The Morphine Dream,” about his personal journey from high school dropout to Harvard Law School. Details about all events at
The Middletown Symphonic Band performs its first concert of the season this Tuesday at 6:15 on the campus of Connecticut Valley Hospital.  They’re also playing an outdoor patriotic music concert on Saturday at the Great River Park in East Hartford, at 7 p.m.

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

 Manic Productions presents The Zambonis, and Jounce, featuring Danny Tamberelli, at Bar in New Haven, on Wednesday night.

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 Middlesex Community College kicks off its 2014 Arts and Media Festival, with a reception and screenings starting at 6 p.m.  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.  

And also on Friday, The Greater Middletown Concert Association sponsors Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at 7:30.  The number to call for info is 860-347-4887.

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.

At Wesleyan University, ongoing art exhibitions include Silent Faces/Ahgkor, a multidimensional exhibition by Mary Heebner at the Freeman Center.  Hyperrealistic drawings by Julia Randall are found in the “Oral Exhibitions” collection shown at the Davison Art Center.  The Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of 2014’s thesis students of Art and Art History, with a WESeminar and reception on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Art’s Center’s anniversary exhibition, Roche and Dinkeloo’s Architecture for the CFA, continues, with a WESeminar: The Arthitecture of Wesleyan’s CFA – Modernism and the Greek Revival, on Saturday in CFA Hall at 1 p.m.  Also on Saturday at Crowell Concert Hall, there’s a Chamber Music recital at 4 p.m.:  Aurora Borealis meets Hiatus Pitch meets L’orguieilleux (LOR-GUY-YUH).  More information can be found at or by calling 860-685-3355

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. Tuesday through Thursday they offer “For a Woman,” a French film about a woman’s discovery of family secrets through old photographs and letters.  On Friday a new runs starts with another French film, “Young and Beautiful,” about a seventeen-year-old who returns from a family holiday and starts working as a call girl. Starting Friday also is “The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden,” a documentary about an unsolved murder that took place in the 1930’s.  Saturday at 8 is Spectacle, when musicians gather for small ensembles, ending in a collective performance by the entire group playing as the Abstract Forest orchestra. Details at

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, continues the newly-restored 1952 classic, Orson Welles’ Othello, tonight through Thursday at 7:30.  Friday begins a run of  The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson’s comedy about a World War II era central European republic.  On Sunday at 2:30 there’s a one-time presentation of National Theatre Live’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” about a 15-year-old savant with a social disorder who solves a neighborhood mystery.

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

5:056pm Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry



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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