Monday, September 22, 2014

09-22-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, September 22nd.  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. 

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

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, there’s the usual Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed by the Anything Goes Open Mic, hosted this week by Karen Stein.  On Friday at 8, the Kennedy’s take the stage, with original offerings influenced by folk and rock.  Saturday morning at 10:30 they continue the Aligned with Source workshop with Annaita Gandhy, with this week’s theme, “Being Your Best.”  On Saturday at 8 there’s Joe Flood and his creation, “Busker Stories, Blues, Brassens. . . and Beyond.” Eric Kuhn’s photography exhibit, “Quintessential New England:  A Day in the Life,” continues through the month.

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 8, they bring you Dopapod, and Consider the Source.  Friday’s 9 p.m. show headlines BadA$$, with the option of VIP and Meet and Greet packages.

Tonight, Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford has the usual Jazz Mondays, featuring Freddie Hendrix.  On Tuesday, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s weekly Blues Jam is hosted by Tim McDonald this week.  On Thursday they bring Little Ugly, and Midnight Snack to the Sally’s stage. On Friday at 9 they have the blues sounds of Greg Piccolo. There’s more blues on Saturday at 9, with Bob Margolis Blues Band & Friends.  

Also tonight in New Haven, at Café Nine, they’ve got Adeline Hotel, and Pat Dalton, at 8. On Tuesday, there’s a 50th birthday party bash with Malcolm Tent, appearing with Sirens. On Wednesday they offer a Bluegrass Barn Dance with Cricket Tell the Weather, and Front Country. Thursday’s 9:00 show features Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola.  Friday’s early show at 5 brings you Gary Heriot, followed by the Legendary Blues series at 9 with Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang, and Rocky Lawrence. Saturday afternoon’s weekly jazz jam session is with the George Baker Band at 4:30, followed at 9 by The Royal Swindle, Wasted Days, and The Screw-Ups.  On Sunday at 4 there’s a Bluegrass Jam with Stacy Phillips, and The Original Sunday Night Jam follows at 8 with The Morris Trent Band.

Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week. On Wednesday at
The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, there’s J Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr) and Purling Hiss at 9.  Also on Wednesday, at Bar in New Haven, they’ve got Waylayers, and Liam Walds, at 10. On Friday, at The Space in Hamden, they bring Betty Who, Paperwhite, and Ian Briggs to the stage.  And Saturday, once again at The Space, they’ve got Touché Amoré, The Saddest Landscape, Native Wildlife, and Deep Trouble.

Infinity Hall’s new Hartford venue brings Grammy-award-winner Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle to the stage on Wednesday at 8. On Thursday night you can catch singer/songwriter John Hiatt, with special guest Rick Brantley. Saturday’s show is Kashmir, the Ultimate Led Zeppilin Tribute Band, at 8.  On Sunday, Manhattan Transfer performs at 7:30. for information

You can explore Banned Books Week at the Hartford Public Library. On Tuesday at 5:30, enjoy an interactive performance and conversation with SeaTea Improv and others, to discuss graphic novel censorship.  They continue Hispanic Heritage Month Bomba & Plena workshops with a variety of activities.  The exhibit “Family Traits,” by Peruvian artist Isabel Acosta, continues through the month at the Artwalk gallery downtown. Their Master Artist Workshop starts this Saturday; you can register for “The Art of Storytelling” with Dr. Raouf Mama. The exhibits “Pedal and Path:  Hartford & the Bicycle,” and the Horace Wells Exhibit, continue through the week. 

The Wesleyan Center for Fine Arts brings you music of the sidrazzi and gamelon, performed by Peter Blasser, on Tuesday at World Music Hall. Also on Tuesday, Tony-award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks about the creation of the musical “In The Heights,” at 7 p.m. in CFA Hall.  On Wednesday at 4:15, the Arts of Navaratri Festival Colloquium sponsors Harvard professor and author Richard Wolf at CFA Hall.   The Festival continues on Thursday at 7, with a Henna and Chaat sampling event at the Olin Library.  On Friday, there’s Vocal Music of South India performance at 8 in Crowell Concert Hall. The Indian dance film “The Unseen Sequence” will be shown Saturday at 3:30, followed by a post-screening discussion, and later at 8 p.m., Grammy-award-winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt performs Friday night on the Mohan Veena with keyboard virtuoso Sathya at Crowell Hall.  Wesleyan University's 38th annual Navaratri Festival concludes with the New England premiere of the dance work "Rasamanjari" at 3pm. "Rasamanjari" is a celebration of the classical dance language of India. More information is available by calling 860-685-3355 or by visiting 

The 95th annual Durham Fair, Connecticut’s largest, opens this Thursday. Enjoy the animals, craft exhibits, demolition derby, food and more through Sunday.  Friday’s entertainment headliner is Tower of Power at 7, with Montgomery Gentry on Saturday, also at 7.  They finish up on Sunday with Jo Dee Messina at 1.  Details at

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.

At Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge in Middletown, Mr. Jay Hoggard, vibraphonist and composer, hosts a Jazz Weekend Series featuring his quartet on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That’s scatz with a z.

The Pipes in the Valley Celtic Music Festival happens this Saturday starting at 11 at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza.  Enjoy bagpipes, fiddling, rock bands, food, and more.

And the Hartford HodgePodge street fair and festival continues through October 18 every Saturday from 11 to 4 at State House Square.

The Connecticut Historical Society offers the Secrets of the Veeder House Tour this Saturday at 1 p.m.  Details at

At the Russell Library in Middletown, jazz pianist Noah Baerman will present a discussion and performance, “Resonant Motion – Jazz Interpretations of Stevie Wonder,” this Saturday at 2:00.

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 “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, continues through Thursday.  It’s showing with “God Help the Girl,” a story of musicians spending a dream-like summer together in Glasgow, Scotland, also continuing through Thursday.  On Friday they open “The One I Love,” about a couple on a weekend romantic getaway that turns surreal. Also opening on Friday is “Take Me to the River,” a celebration of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians making a historic new album.  There’s a post-screening live performance by soul artist Betty Harris and Connecticut’s own The Mighty Soul Drivers. Both films continue through Sunday.  On Saturday at 8 they’ve got Speak Up, a live story telling event with this month’s theme of Shoulda Coulda Woulda, along with live music.  Sunday’s matinee event, in partnership with the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, brings you “Ivory Tower,” an exploration of the American higher education system at the breaking point.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, “The Dance of Reality” continues tonight and Tuesday.  It’s a film by Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, about a copper-mining town high above Santiago. On Wednesday there’s a one-time screening of the 1969 restored rock musical “Tommy,” to benefit the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective.  Thursday through Saturday you can see “A Most Wanted Man,” a spy drama that starts Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last performance.  On Sunday they open “Frank,” starring Michael Fassbender as the musical genius Frank Sidebottom, about a group of performers who take to the Irish countryside to perform and record their creations.

Now here's a look at what's on WESU-FM tonight.

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry

 At 6:00pm stay tuned for Radio Curious from Pacifica

that’s followed at 6:30 by 90 minutes of Folk and Americana on Michael Benson’s75% 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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