Monday, September 15, 2014

9/15/14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, September 15th. 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. 

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, we kick off the show's third year with a very special guest, Wesleyan University President Michael S. Roth, an expert on Sigmund Freud, who died 75 years ago this month. We'll not only unpack the famous atheist's views on religion, but will hear more from President Roth's lively mind on Sept. 30, when he returns to talk about his new book, Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived at or at

Okay, 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 Eric Kuhn.  On Tuesday there’s a Laughter Yoga “Playshop” at 6, led by Mylene Poitras.  Indian Summer performs at 7 on Friday, with easy listening Jazz and Pop.  Saturday morning at 10:30 they continue the Aligned with Source workshop with Annaita Gandhy, and this week’s theme is “Our World – Our Family.”  Saturday at 8 they have New Age Piano with Dan Kennedy, and on Sunday there’s Poetry Potluck at 4 p.m.  Eric Kuhn’s photography exhibit, “Quintessential New England:  A Day in the Life,” continues though 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’ve got the Bright Night 5:  Electro Glow Party, with a host of performers.  .  Friday’s 8:30 show headlines Shakedown, with performances by The Dead & Beyond, Off the Dome, and Back From Earth.  In Lilly’s Pad on Friday, they’ve got Positive ID, Goat Herder, Zavier, and more for a 6:30 show.

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 Tommy Whalen.  On Friday at 8:45 they’ve got Shaka & the Soul Shakers, offering Swamp Soul. On Saturday at 9, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood takes the stage, offering blues, rock, funk, and soul.  

Also tonight in New Haven, at Café Nine, they’ve got the Fistful of Jokes Comedy Series at 8. On Tuesday, Peter Case and Joe Flood take the stage, and Wednesday’s headliner is La Tunda, along with Reptilian Race and Shaun Bowen. On Wednesday, Go Kat Go! presents The Chop Tops, and Rusty Things at 9.   On Friday night they’ve got The Bernie Worrell Orchestra, along with Jen Durkin and the Business, at 9. Saturday afternoon’s weekly jazz jam session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by The Weeks, and Laundry Day.  On Sunday at 4 there’s Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School, with The Original Sunday Night Jam following at 8 p.m., featuring The Langley Project.

Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week. On Tuesday, they have Deafheaven, No Joy, and Indian Handcrafts at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, in Hamden.  On Wednesday, at Bar in New Haven, there’s Steve Rodgers (of Mighty Purple), along with Kindred Queer.  Thursday’s show at The Space in Hamden brings you Whirr, Cloakroom, Stone Titan, and glow.

Infinity Hall’s new Hartford venue brings Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, and the Felice Brothers, to the stage on Wednesday at 8.  On Thursday night you can catch Amy Helm and The Handsome Strangers, with special guest Darlingside, also at 8.  Fridays offering is New Riders of the Purple Sage with special guest Kerri Powers, and on Saturday there’s Deer Tick, with special guest Oh, Cassius!  Sunday’s 7:30 show brings you Chick Corea & The Vigil, with acoustic and electric classics. for information  

On Tuesday at noon, the Connecticut Old State House’s Conversations at Noon series continues with “The American Dream:  Bicycles Past, Present & Future,” in Hartford, with guest author Steve Goddard. 

The Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan opens the landscape paintings exhibit of Tula Telfair on Tuesday with an opening reception and talk at 5.  The exhibit runs through December 7.  On Wednesday, there’s a panel discussion at CFA Hall at 7 on “Gender, Islam, and the ‘Muslim Problem’.” Also at the CFA Theater on Friday, the dance ensemble LeeSaar The Company will perform Princess Crocodile at 8 p.m.  There are hip hop workshops on Saturday.  Details at

On Wednesday, the Friends of the Wesleyan Library present a free lecture, “Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and the American University,” by David Rabban at 7 p.m. at the Olin Library.

On Thursday, Salons at Stowe hosts a discussion “Women’s Healthcare in the Age of Obamacare and Hobby Lobby,” at 5 p.m. at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford.  Details at

At Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge in Middletown, there’s an Open Mic Poetry Night this Wednesday at 8.  On Friday, they have Sez Zion on the stage at 8, with a first-time performance by SHOWTIME on Saturday night. That’s scatz with a z.

At the Russell Library this week, the film discussion series continues with a screening of the 1939 classic “Only Angels Have Wings,” starring Cary Grant, on Tuesday at noon.  Tuesday night there’s a Teen Investment presentation at 7.  The Middletown Arts Stakeholders Group has a potluck supper on Wednesday at 5.  On Saturday at 2, Anthony Riccio will speak on his book “Farms, Factories and Families:  Italian American Women of Connecticut.”

The Hartford Public Library has offerings to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.  Bomba & Plena workshops and presentations occur all week.  On Saturday at 1 p.m. the Damian Curtis Trio performs jazz outdoors at the downtown branch. The exhibit “Family Traits,” by Peruvian artist Isabel Acosta, continues through the month at the Artwalk gallery downtown.

Connecticut Heritage Productions of Middletown presents “Equus” this Thursday through Saturday at Oddfellows Playhouse.

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.

The Guilford Agricultural Fair happens this weekend, Friday through Sunday.  Enjoy rides, a llama show, tractor pull, food and more.

The Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program sponsors the Connecticut Cycling Festival this Saturday and Sunday in Hartford, and includes trials, tours, training, freestyle shows, and more.  Find locations and start times at

Hartford’s Envisionfest festival takes place this Saturday in Hartford from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and includes art, theater, music, biking and more.  Their two open-air markets include Hartford HodgePodge and State of Makers Marketplace.

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. And tonight through Wednesday they’re showing “Alive Inside,” a documentary about the power of music to awaken memories in nursing home residents.  This Thursday at 6 is the monthly Creative Cocktail Hour, where creative people assemble for conversation, art, and music.  On Friday the run of “God Help the Girl” opens; it’s a story of musicians spending a dream-like summer together in Glasgow, Scotland.  On Saturday they open “The One I Love,” about a couple on a weekend romantic getaway that turns surreal. As part of the Feminist Film Festival, there’s a one-time showing at 3 on Saturday of “Strong,” a documentary about Olympic weightlifter Cheryl Haworth.  And Saturday night at 7, there’s the monthly Improvisations event, featuring legendary British saxophonist Evan Parker.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, “Land Ho!” - about a pair of older characters who take a road trip to Iceland - continues through Tuesday.  On Wednesday through Sunday you can see “Magic in the Moonlight,” Woody Allen’s film about a British magician and American clairvoyant who meet on the Riviera in the 1920’s.  It stars Colin Firth and Emma Stone.  On Saturday they open “The Dance of Reality, a film by Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, about a copper-mining town high above Santiago.  There’s a matinee of National Theatre Live’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” this Sunday.

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 Middletown Rundown, for 30 min of stories
from Middletown and Wesleyan, with a featured guest every show.

From 6:30-8pm Chip Austin is in the air chair for 90 minutes of Americana,
filling in for Michael Benson's 75% Folk.

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

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 for 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

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. 

And that's all for today's Jive at Five. If you didn't get a chance to write down some of the offerings listed in our community calendar, the Jive is posted online at

2014 marks 75 years of community radio that matters from WESU-FM. Keep an eye and ear out for news of special events marking this landmark anniversary.

Thanks! Now stay tuned for Charles Henry.

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