Monday, October 13, 2014

10-13-14 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, October 13th, 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 Dr. Helen Evrard, host of Mind Matters, the weekly show about the brain diseases known as mental illness.  Join me this Wednesday at 6 p.m., with my guest Agneta Borstein, as we discuss the world of astrology and how it relates to these conditions.  The show will be archived at  if you can’t hear it live.

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 brings the return of the Elm City’s Original Storytelling Series, featuring Chris Arnott’s “Get to the Point.”  Tomorrow they’ve got The Sawtelles, The Alpaca Gnomes, and Kelly Kancyr for an 8 o’clock performance.  Wednesday brings The Cabin Project, Krizta Moon, and An Historic to the Café Nine stage.   Thursday’s show headlines Sean O’Reilly and Daniel Eugene, along with Ashley Hamel.   On Friday at 5 they have Victor Roland, followed at 9:30 by The Paul Collins Beat, Matt Jaffe & The Distractions, and The 509ers.  Saturday’s jazz jam will be with Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by Circus Delecti, Falling Further, and Teenagers From Mars.  The Original Sunday Night Jam features The Langley Project this week.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight is the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Thursday, they’re bringing Electron, along with The Indobox, to the Toad’s stage.  Friday brings you New Found Glory, We Are The In Crowd, Fireworks, and Candy Hearts.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, the usual Jazz Mondays tonight features a Community Jazz Celebration.  Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s blues jam is with Brandt Taylor this week.  On Friday at 9, they bring you the award-winning Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, with vintage 1930’s Mississippi delta blues.  Saturday’s show features West End Blend, a 14-piece Afro-Funk/Jam Collective covering everything from classic funk and soul to hip-hop.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight there’s the usual Moments of Gratitude at 7:45.  On Thursday they bring you the April Verch Band, with the performance happening at the MAC 650 Gallery on Main St.  This Canadian group brings you old-time Appalachian music with fiddling, step dancing, and more.  Friday’s show at 8 features Alba’s Edge, giving you Scottish fiddle music with jazz, Latin, and funk influences. The Aligned With Source workshop, led by Annaita Ghandy, continues on Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme being “Seeing is Believing.”  Saturday night’s show is Thollem’s Myriads, featuring the solo piano music of composer/singer/songwriter Thollem McDonas.

Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week.  Tonight, they’ve got il sogno del marinaio, with mike watt, at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden.  Tuesday’s show at The Ballroom features Bishop Allen, along with The Shivers, and Roses (ex Deer Tick).  On Wednesday, at The Space in Hamden, they bring you JEFF the Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet, and Ceramics.  At Bar in New Haven on Wednesday, Fly Moon Royalty is featured, along with Yadda Yadda, and Frank Viele.

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts hosts a number of events this week starting tomorrow (Tuesday).  There’s a studio performance at 4:30 featuring Moroccan choreographer Hind Benali, Artistic Director of the dance company Fleur D’Orange, at the Cross Street Dance Studio. This is part of the Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan Series. On Wednesday, Artist in Residence Keiji Shinohara is the guest speaker at the Artful Lunch Series at noon in the Davison Art Center.  On Wednesday night, the Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning offers “Painting for the People:  Lithography in France in the 19th Century.”  This three-week series meets at the Davison Art Center at 6 p.m.  Find information about all CFA events at

The Center for Contemporary Culture at the Hartford Public Library sponsors a Candidate Forum this Tuesday at 5:30, with candidates for Secretary of State and Attorney General.  On Wednesday, the library is cosponsoring, along with the Noah Webster House, a presentation and book signing by award-winning author Joshua Kendall, who will speak about his book “The Forgotten Founding Father:  Noah Webster’s Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture,” at 5:30.  The library’s annual meeting occurs Thursday at 8, and features ESPN’s Doug Glanville speaking on “How Libraries Are a Home Run for our Community.”

At Infinity Hall in Hartford this week, they’re featuring Puss N Boots with Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Catherine Popper, along with Van Hayride, on Wednesday at 8. On Thursday, they headline Australia’s Little River Band.  The Vienna Boys Choir performs on Friday at 7:30. On Friday, they have guitarist Richard Thompson with Special Guest Kerri Powers.  On Saturday at 1, there’s a Martin and Lewis Tribute show, recreating the classic routines of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.   Saturday night they bring singer Jonathan Edwards to the stage, with Special Guest Kerri Powers, at 8.  And on Sunday, Black 47 performs at 7:30, giving you a chance to see this Alternative/Celtic Rock group before they disband in November.

At the Russell Library this week, the Russell Readers group will discuss “The Inheritance of Loss” by Kiran Desai on Tuesday at 7.  On Thursday, Elizabeth Petry leads the Veteran’s Writing Group at 7.  Details at

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

Guided tours of the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown happen every Wednesday at 2 p.m.

There’s an Armenian Food Festival happening this Friday and Saturday at St. George Armenian Church in Hartford.  It features Armenian delicacies to eat in or take out, novelty items, and more.

Every Friday and Saturday in October, “Spirits at Stowe:  An Otherworldly Tour” happens at 6:30 at the Harriett Beecher Stowe House in Hartford.  Join them for a flashlight tour in the dark and learn about unexplained events from past and present.

Hartford’s Hooker Day Parade happens this Saturday, celebrating the founder of the city, Thomas Hooker.  There’s a first annual Mayor Mike’s Classic Car Show, along with bands, costumes, beads, and more.

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

The Connecticut Historical Society has a Behind-the-Scenes Tour this Saturday at 2 p.m. Tour the galleries and storage areas and learn about vampires, séances, and more.

The Greater Middletown Concert Association presents the celebrated three Sicilian Tenors in concert this Saturday at 7:30 at the Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School.  Ticket information at 860-347-4887 or 346-3369.

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

 Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7 p.m., Common Ground, the 6th Annual Middletown International Film Festival continues at the Center for Film Studies on the Wesleyan campus.  They’re showing “Monsieur Lazar,” a film about an Algerian immigrant who helps a Montreal grade school class deal with grief after a tragic event. Russell Library, Middlesex Community College, and Wesleyan University have partnered to show acclaimed international films on Tuesday evenings through November 4.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Kelly and Cal,” a film about the relationship between a punk-rocker turned suburban mom and her 17-year-old neighbor continues.  Also showing is “The Two Faces of January,” a thriller set in Greece and Istanbul involving an expat American scam artist, starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst, .  Both films run through Thursday.  Their monthly Creative Cocktail Hour, where creative people join for conversation, art, and music, happens this Thursday at 6.  “The Blue Room” opens Friday and runs through the weekend.  It’s a French thriller about two lovers who go from pillow talk to the possibility of murder.  The film “20,000 Days on Earth A Documentary about Nick Cave” will be shown on Friday and Saturday, and portrays the international cultural icon and musician in a fictitious 24 hour period.  On Friday night, Slate’s Mike Pesca hosts a panel discussion, “Masculinity and Its Discontents,” leading authors and bloggers in discussing football, war, and the American way. 

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, “The Conformist,” continues tonight and tomorrow.  It’s  a restoration of Bernard Bertolucci’s 1970 masterpiece about a philosophy professor who’s fear of being gay draws him into the murky world of Italian fascism.  On Wednesday, there’s a one-night showing of “The Immoral Daughters in the Land of Honor,” a documentary of the resistance movement that fights against honor crimes and discrimination in contemporary India. The Connecticut NOW chapter is among the sponsors of this screening. On Thursday afternoon they’re showing “Tarnation,” with a special appearance by director Jonathan Caouette, who made this documentary about growing up with a schizophrenic mother.  Thursday they open a run of “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson as an actress whose abilities transform after an accidental overdose of an experimental drug.  It runs through Saturday.  On Saturday afternoon there’s a singalong to the 1965 classic, “A Sound of Music.”   On Sunday they open a run of the 1958 Hitchcock classic “Vertigo,” now showing in a 4K ultra-high definition version on the wide screen.

Now here's a rundown of what's on air 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 3 hours of folk and Americana music with Chip Austin. wholl be covering Michael Bensons 75 % Folk before his regularly scheduled 8pm program, Unfocused Folk. 

From 9:30-11 PM The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee brings 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's the 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 and DJ Kale Chip, who 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 takes over 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 at

2014 Marks 75 years of Alternative music, Public Affairs, and community service for WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at

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