Monday, September 29, 2014

9-29-14 jive

Good afternoon, it's Monday, September 29th, and this is the Jive at Five - WESU's Daily community calendar and run down 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 week nights and weekends.

I'm Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs every first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow Wesleyan University President Michael S. Roth blesses our show with a return visit, this time to discuss his new book Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters. Also tomorrow, Commonweal critic Richard Alleva reviews the new film Love is Strange, in which a man is fired from his Catholic school job for marrying his longtime partner. Can’t catch the show live? Find the audio archived at or at

Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight’s show is Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys. Tomorrow is comedy night with Dan Rice and other comics. Wednesday brings The Lost Riots to the Café Nine stage, along with Dear Sirs, Rusty Things and Straight to VHS. Thursday, it’s Yarn, with the Lost Bayou Ramblers. Then Friday brings Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lodge at 5, followed at 9 by Las Cafeteras, with Rick Reyes and Fernandito Ferrer. Saturday’s jazz jam will be with Mike Coppola and Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by The 3 Pack and The Manchurians. Sunday afternoon, the Vultures, Thee Icepicks and Tsunamibots perform at 3, followed at 8 by the Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight  brings A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Thursday, it’s Lil Durk, with Gunemdown and DJ Rush. And Friday, it’s Cherub, with Ghost Beach and Gibbz.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Mondays featured artist is vocalist Erica Bryan, backed by piano, bass and drums. Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s blues jam is with Gene Donaldson.  Then Thursday brings 7 Below, a Phish Tribute, to the Sally’s stage. Friday, it’s Lee-Ann Lovelace & G Tree. Saturday, it’s Mike Law and the Playboys.

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts hosts a number of events this week starting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 4:30 p.m. with a panel discussion at the Zilkha Gallery, featuring professors from various sciences who will explore and discuss, from a scientific perspective, the new works created by Professor of Art Tula Telfair in the exhibition A World of Dreams.

Wednesday at 2:30 in Memorial Chapel, there will be a Masterclass led by Filippo Mariottini, from Rome , then he will perform on Sunday at 4 at the chapel. The program is cosponsored by the American Guild of Organists.

Thursday at 4:15, in Wesleyan’s Public Affairs Center, author Eli Clifton presents Big Data Investigative Journalism: How Public Documents and the Internet Helped Map the Islamophobia Industry.

Thursday and Friday at 8 at the CFA Theater, the Builders Association presents Sontag: Reborn,  the Connecticut premiere of a synthesis of poetic video and sound about Susan Sontag, an event that’s been described as “a spellbinding x-ray of a writer’s psyche.”

Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Russell House, the West End String Quartet performs works by Shostakovich and Mozart.  The West End String Quartet features Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Jessica Meyer on violin, and fellow Wesleyan chamber music instructors Sarah Washburn on violin, Anne Berry on cello, and John Biatowas on viola.

Find information about all CFA events at

Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7 p.m., Common Ground, the 6th Annual Middletown International Film Festival,  opens at Russell Library with the 2012 film Wadjda in which an enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. Russell Library has partnered with Middlesex Community College and Wesleyan University to select and screen six acclaimed international films on Tuesday evenings through November 4.

Wednesday, Middletown Scottish Country Dancers hold classes for beginning and experienced dancers from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at First Church on Court Street. Partners not necessary. Wear soft-soled shoes. For information, call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278

Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week, starting Wednesday with Vacationer and Brick + Mortar at Bar in New Haven.  Friday, Balance and Composure come to the Heirloom Arts Theater in Danbury.  Also on Friday, EMA and other bands will be at The Space in Hamden.

Friday, Wesleyan students are invited to compete in the university’s Midnight Madness 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, from 10 pm to 3 a.m. at the Freeman Athletic Center fieldhouse. At stake: prizes and campus bragging rights. Sponsored by Wesleyan Public Safety. The website is  More info by emailing

Friday, a renovated Buttonwood Tree reopens with NYC-based performing artist Zach Maxwell’s unique blend of hypnotic-spiritual grooves and addictive pop hooks. Saturday’s performance is by Turkish jazz guitarist/composer Sinan Bakir.

This Saturday The Spiritualist Church of Love and Light presents a  Fund Raising concert with Didgeridoo performer, Phil Shiva Jones from at 7pm at First Church of Christ, Congregational Church on Court Street in Middletown. more online at  or 

Higganum Congregational Church hosts its annual Gladys Burr Peck Memorial Concert this Sunday, hosting a visiting concert organist from Spoleto, Italy. Filippo Mariottini will perform pipe organ music by Mendelssohn, Frank, Brahms, Bach, Buxtehude, Frescobaldi, and Hindemith. This takes place Sunday, October 5 at 4pm at Higganum Congregational Church, 23 Parsonage Rd. in Higganum. The concert is free and open to the public with a free will offering. 

On Saturday and Sunday, The Connecticut Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "The Gondoliers” at Valley Regional High School in Deep River.

On Sunday, the Middletown County Historical Society’s 29th Annual Antique Car Show and Flea Market will feature a 1964 ½ Mustang , which was introduced to the public at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, with more than 22,000 cars ordered the first day. The sticker price: $2,557. This year’s event is at a new location, Palmer Field, adjacent to Washington Street in Middletown. Car registration begins at 8:30 am and judging starts at 11:30 am with trophies awarded at 2:30 pm. Although cars registered for judging must be dated 1989 or older, there is no cut-off date for cars being placed in the car corral. In case of rain, the show will be held Sunday, October 12. The Middletown Sports Hall of Fame at Palmer Field will also be open to visitors beginning at 10 am.

Based out of Middletown, Artists for World Peace presents its fourth annual Broadway fundraiser, this Sunday October 5th in NYC, featuring over one dozen Broadway performers who will sing, dance, and tell stories to help children all over the world. The evening will begin at 9:00 PM in Joe's Pub, and will be followed by a post-show party with the cast in The Public Theater's restaurant, The Library. This is a rare opportunity to see Broadway performers in an intimate club setting. Artists for World Peace is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Artists for World Peace raises funds through making art to support grass-roots organizations in communities around the world.

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

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:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, continuing are 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. Friday is the opening of Wetlands, about 18-year-old Helen Memel, who, struggling with her parents’ divorce, spends her time experimenting and breaking one social taboo after another. 

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, “Frank,” about a group of performers who take to the Irish countryside, continues through tomorrow (Tuesday). Wednesday brings a one-time showing of Iranian documentary films. Thursday brings a one-time showing of the thriller Eastern Boys to Cinestudio.  Friday and Saturday, it’s Boyhood, chronicling the coming-of-age of a boy played by a single actor filmed over 12 years. Then Sunday begins a run of A Letter to Momo, a delicate hand-drawn film that will delight fans of anime, no matter their age.
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 for an hour of classic jazz.

At  6 pm  Join DJ stinky for the what's up at Wes. 

from Middletown and Wesleyan, with a featured guest every show.

From 6:30-8pm Michael Benson's 75% Folk brings 90 minutes of Americana.

That's  followed by The Rumpus Room for 90 minutes of contemporary and vintage Funk, soul, reggae and Afro and Latin dance floor jams.

From 9:30-11 PM The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee presents the music of yesterday's future today.

At 11pm stay tuned for 60 minutes of Sleep Paralysis with Erin and Ethan

who'll  be chatting about dreams, floating on sounds, and poking around in the subconscious.

From midnight to 1am its' Your Turn with Rachel Day. During which a guest will chronologically share songs that were fundamental in shaping who they are.          

From 1-1:30am  join us for How We Met The Mother with Mizael,  a show featuring the diverse music that is background to the story of the television show, How I Met Your Mother.  

 At 1:30 check out  Meet Music with DJ Rami who aims to introduce you to a new artist with each show to explore their work and discuss their story.

From 2:30-3am #BasicBints with DJ Jui-C, DJ Kale Chip invite you to discuss social identity in relation to pop culture and current events through satire.

Maximum Rock and Roll Radio comes your way from 3-4am for a weekly dose of DIY punk, garage rock, and hardcore from around the world.

The BBC world news service take over at 4am and Morning Edition from NPR starts our broadcast day tomorrow at 5am.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

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