Thursday, September 25, 2014

09-25-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Thursday, September 25th.  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. 

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

Wesleyan’s 38th annual Navaratri festival continues tomorrow night (Thursday), with a Henna and Chaat sampling event at Wesleyan’s Olin Library at 7pm. Tomorrow (Friday), there’s Vocal Music of South India in performance at 8 in Crowell Concert Hall.  The Indian dance film “The Unseen Sequence” will be shown Saturday at 3:30 and will be followed by a post-screening discussion. Grammy-award-winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt performs Saturday night on the Mohan Veena with keyboard virtuoso Sathya at Crowell Hall.  Wesleyan’s   Navaratri Festival concludes with the New England premiere of the dance work "Rasamanjari" at 3pm on Sunday. "Rasamanjari" is a celebration of the classical dance language of India. You can find all of the details of this years festival by calling 860-685-3355 or by visiting 

Tonight in New Haven, you can catch jazz/groove guitarist, Charlie Hunter along with Scott Amendola on stage at Café 9.  Friday’s early show at the Nine is with Gary Heriot. Later at 9 blues sax man, Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang, take the stage with Rocky Lawrence opening. Saturday afternoon’s weekly jazz jam session is with the George Baker Band at 4:30 and that’s followed by a 9pm triple bill featuring The Royal Swindle, Wasted Days, and The Screw-Ups.  On Sunday at 4pm Stacy Phillips leads a Bluegrass Jam, and later on Sunday night at 8pm The Morris Trent Band leads the Original Sunday Night Jam.

Tonight at Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, Little Ugly and Midnight Snack take the stage. On Tomorrow (Friday) at 9, Sally’s presents the blues styling’s of Greg Piccolo. There’s more blues on Saturday at 9, with Bob Margolis Blues Band & Friends.  

Tonight, Infinity Hall Hartford brings John Hiatt to the stage with special guest Rick Brantley. Saturday’s show is Kashmir, a Led Zeppilin Tribute Band, at 8.  On Sunday, Manhattan Transfer performs at 7:30. for information

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight,  Dopapod takes the main stage. Consider the Source opens that show.  Friday night you can catch rapper Joey BadA$$

The 95th annual Durham Fair, Connecticut’s largest agricultural fair, opens this tonight, offering animal exhibits and contests, craft exhibits, a 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

Tomorrow night at the Buttonwood Tree back here in Middletown, the Kennedy’s take the stage, for a night of folk 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  Joe Flood presents a show called:  “Busker Stories, Blues, Brassens. . . and Beyond.” Eric Kuhn’s photography exhibit, “Quintessential New England:  A Day in the Life,” continues through the month.

Tomorrow night (Friday) Manic Productions presents a triple bill at The Space in Hamden, with Betty Who, Paperwhite, and Ian Briggs.  Saturday, at The Space, manic presents Touché Amoré, The Saddest Landscape, Native Wildlife, and Deep Trouble. for information.

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.

This weekend at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge in Middletown, Jazz vibraphonist, composer, and Wesleyan professor of music,  Jay Hoggard, hosts a Jazz series featuring his quartet on Friday, Saturday and That’s scatz with a z.

The Friends of the Wesleyan Library Fall Book Sale happens this Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm in the Lobby of Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street, here in Middletown. There you can find over 3,000 academic and popular books for sale in a dozen categories - Email libfriends@wesleyan.edufor more information. 

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

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

The Hartford Public Library continues their Hispanic Heritage Month programming with 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 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 winding down and some have closed for the season but several are offering fall harvests. check for the latest details.

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

Tonight, Real Art Ways in Hartford,  ends their run of “The Trip to Italy,” an Italian comedic culinary road trip.  Also ending its run tonight is “God Help the Girl,” a story of musicians spending a dream-like summer together in Glasgow, Scotland.  Tomorrow/ Friday Real Art Ways opens weekend runs of “The One I Love,” about a couple on a weekend romantic getaway that turns surreal and “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 Mighty Soul Drivers. 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, tonight they open a run of “A Most Wanted Man,” a spy drama that starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last screen 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 for a rundown of tonight’s programming here on WESU Middletown as we kick of our brand new Fall program schedule.

Right after the Jive at Five Stick around for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa for the The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

From 6-6:30pm its Words with Abigail Shneyder Featuring spoken word artists with weekly performances and interviews.
From 6:30-8pm  Imagine with Karen Stein aims to help further Peace through music featuring  world music, blended with music from the US and music from down the road.

From 8-9:30pm Evening Jazz with Bill Denert presents A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.
From 9:30-10:30pm Good Times: Radio Plays with MKC, Omardaslayer, djspecialk features Comedic Radio Plays and Good Conversation.

From 10:30-11:30pm Multifarious with DJ Bard, DJ Sunny D invite you to tune in while your venerable hosts argue relentlessly about who has the better taste in music.

At 11:30  Free Association with DJ Robin Hood traveling through the past half-century of popular music through song-by-song associations, from lyrical similarities to historical connections to the occasional Freudian slip.

From 12:30-1:30am The British Are Coming with DJ Babelfish focused on bands or artists from one British region or city. With a purely geographical organization, no show is limited

At 1:30 Earwash with Le DJ   aims to clean out your ears with grimy punk and tour a 70's musical explosion fueled by Leather jackets, 2 minutes songs, and downstrokes.

From 2:30-3:30am RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald offers a musical tour across borders and genres on this weekly world music show.

3:30-4am The Divide and Conquer News Report a weekly news satire report with C.C.  Arshagra, host of The I do No know Show.    

 4-5am BBC World News
International news coverage from the famous British news network.
We begin tomorrow's broadcast at 5 a.m. with 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

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