Monday, September 8, 2014

09-08-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, September 8th. This is the Jive at Five, our community calendar and rundown of nighttime 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. 

Now here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree, here in Middletown, there’s the usual Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed by the Anything Goes Open Mic at 8, hosted this week by Alan Bradley.  On Wednesday at 7 they’ve got Karaoke with Rokie.  The Middlesex Drum Circle will be at the Buttonwood on Thursday at 7, and on Friday they’ve got the Allendale Rose trio playing balladry and world folk music.  Saturday morning at 10:30 they continue the Aligned with Source workshop with Annaita Gandhy, with this week’s theme being “Healing Hearts – The Courage to Trust.”  Saturday’s offering is “Noise in the Key of Bliss – Part 2:  Going for a SerenDip,” with Warren Byrd and Saskia Laroo.

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight at 9 there’s A Night of Smooth Jazz in Lilly’s Pad, with Rohn Lawrence & Friends.  On Thursday at 9, they’ve got the Barstool Blackout Tour 2014, with the world’s biggest blacklight party, at 9:30.  Friday’s show is the I Love College:  Party Tour presented by Nu World at 10 p.m.

Tonight, Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford presents their usual Jazz Mondays.  On Tuesday, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s weekly Blues Jam at 8 is hosted by Cynthia Fabian & Carl Ricci.   On Friday at 8 there’s the Truck Stop Troubadours show, bringing you the classic sounds of country music. On Saturday at 9, they’ve got Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, bringing rock n’ soul from the long-time vocalist of the Saturday Night Live Band.  

Also tonight in New Haven, at Café Nine, they’ve got Jazz in the Living Room with Kevin St. James at 8.  Tuesday’s show features Luray, Dr. Caterwauls Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps, and K. Bestia. Wednesday’s headliner for the 9 p.m. show is Eric Lindell.  On Thursday they bring Rosie Flores, and The Hickups to the stage. Friday’s Early Happy Hour at 5 features Loves It, followed at 9 by The Balkun Brothers Band, and Frank Viele. Saturday afternoon’s weekly jazz jam session is with Gary Grippo & Friends at 4:30, followed at 10 by Ideat Village Rock Lottery.   On Sunday at 3 there’s a Benefit for the JRDF Walk to Cure Diabetes, featuring Pocket Vinyl and other acts, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Cobalt Rhythm Kings at 8.

Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week. Tonight at 8, at Center Church on the Green in New Haven, they present Mineral, and Into it Over it.  On Wednesday, at Bar in New Haven, the featured artist is Jennifer Castle, with performances by The Sea The Sea.  Thursday they present Nick Waterhouse, and Pep, performing at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden.  On Friday at The Space, Astronautalis takes the stage, along with other acts.   On Saturday, also at the Outer Space, they give you Diane Cluck and Olive Tiger.

On Wednesday at noon, there’s an opening reception for “Not of This World,” an exhibit of East Asian Art, at the Mansfield Freeman Center Gallery on the Wesleyan campus.  At 5:30 on Wednesday, the Davison Art Center hosts a CD Launch Party for Walking Still by the London-based choral group Vocal Constructivists. Thursday at 4:30, Faye Driscoll presents an Artist Talk at the Cross Street Dance Studio on the campus.  Also on Thursday, there’s an Opening Reception for the “Call to Action – American Posters in World War I” exhibit at the Davison Art Center at 5:30.

Infinity Hall’s new Hartford venue is now open. Thursday night you can catch blues guitarist/organist and songwriter John Mayall at 8.  On Friday they’ve got comedian Paula Poundstone.  On Saturday, contemporary folk artist Suzanne Vega takes the stage at 8. for information  

At the Russell Library this week, they’re showing the PBS documentary “Freedom Summer” on Thursday at 6, followed by a discussion wish Wesleyan Professor Lois Brown and civil rights activist Muriel Tillinghast.  Their monthly book sale happens this Saturday.

This Thursday, the Guilford Poets Guild presents Kate Rushin reading her work at the Greene Art Gallery in Guilford.  There’s an open mic at 7 before the reading.

A Freedom Summer Rolling Concert will occur Friday at 6 at the Olin Library and Memorial Hall on the Wesleyan campus.  Performers include the Middletown High School Choir, the Wesleyan Singers, and the Children’s Choir of Cross Street AME Zion Church.

This Friday, The Village at South Farms in Middletown is holding a free outdoor concert at 6:30 featuring the Skyriders.  Bring your own chairs.  Details at 860-344-8788

Every Friday, at 9 p.m., Dave Downs hosts a weekly open mic and invites songwriters to perform at The Nest, located at 129 Church Street, Middletown.  Info at 860.788.2736.

Also on Friday, at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge in Middletown, The Lady Elizabeth Trio performs at 8. On Saturday, the Rahsaan Langley Project will play at 8. That’s scatz with a z.

Also on Saturday evening, as part of their Songs of Peace Love and Civil Rights concert series, The Dry Dock in Wallingford presents a Brian MaacDonald and Steve Vozzolo.  This event is sponsored in part by WESU. For more info call 203-626-5560

The Wimbash returns to Sully’s Pub in Hartford this Saturday from 2pm to 2am. This annual event hosted by virtuoso bass man Doug Wimbish features over 20 performers on stage and hosting musician clinics. Special guests include Wonder Mike and Master Gee of Sugar Hill Gang, a New Breed, Sworn Enemy, Adam Falcon, The New Brees, Joey
Batts and more.

Connecticut’s summer farmer’s markets are offering their fall harvest to you, and are located: in Middletown on Tuesdays; in East Haddam and Old Saybrook on Wednesdays; in Clinton, Durham, and Middletown on Thursdays; in Higganum and Middletown on Fridays; in Ivoryton on Saturdays, and in Chester on Sundays. fills in the details.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of  “Abuse of Weakness,” a French film about a stroke victim who gets involved with a celebrity-swindling con man, continues through Thursday. Also running through Thursday is “The Trip to Italy,” a comedic culinary road trip that reunites Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they retrace the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy. On Friday it’s the opening night of “Alive Inside,” a documentary about the power of music to awaken memories in nursing home residents. There’s a special post-screening event Friday night with Writer/Director Michael Rossato-Bennett and Executive Producer Eric Bertrand. The film continues through the weekend.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, the run of “The Dog,” a documentary of 1970’s New York about the man who inspired the 1975 classic “Dog Day Afternoon,” continues tonight and Tuesday. On Wednesday they open “Calvary,” an Irish film about a priest and a man seeking revenge for childhood clerical abuse. “Calvary” continues through Saturday. On Sunday they open “Land Ho!” about a pair of older characters who take a road trip to Iceland.

Now for a rundown of tonights here on WESU Middletown as we kick of our brand new Fall program schedule.

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry
 At 6:30pm stay tuned for Radio Curious from Pacifica

at 6:30 stay tuned for 90 minutes of Folks and Americana with Bill Revill filling in for Michael Benson’s 75% Folk
From 8-9:30 you’ll get Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin                                               
From 9:30-11 PM The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee returns to the airwaves to bring you the music of yesterday’s future today.

Following that at 11pm its Songs Without Words with Jacob Feder offering an eclectic mix of instrumental tunes from jazz to folk to electronic and back again.
 at Midnight stay tuned for  Feminist Power Hour with Tess and Isabel who will discuss feminist issues, rant, and play some music to fight the patriarchy!
from 1-1:30 it’s How We Met The Mother with Mizael exploring the diverse music that is background to the story of the television show, How I Met Your Mother.    
from 1:30-2:30am catch The Reformatorium with DJ E-fly who’ll pick apart the synthetic process of sampling composition and remixing, working from the bottom up!
Then from 2:30-3am #BasicBints with DJ Jui-C, DJ Kale use satire to discuss social identity in relation to pop culture and current events. Satire's another word for couture, right?
After that Maximum Rock and Roll Radio comes your way from 3-4am
The BBC world news kicks on at 4 and we start tomorrow’s broadcast day at 5am with Morning Edition from NPR.
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

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