Good evening, it's Tuesday, October 14th, 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.
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:
At the Russell Library, here in Middletown, tonight at 7pm, the Russell Readers group will discuss “The Inheritance of Loss” by Kiran Desai. On Thursday, Elizabeth Petry leads the Veteran’s Writing Group at 7. Details at www.russelllibrary.org
Down in New Haven tonight, at Café Nine, you can catch The Sawtelles, The Alpaca Gnomes, and Kelly Kancyr. Tomorrow/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. www.cafenine.com.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Tuesday nights 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. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts hosts a number of events this week. Tomorrrow/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 www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.
Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week. Tonight, at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden they’ve got Bishop Allen, along with The Shivers, and Roses. Tomorrow/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. www.manicproductions.org
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
On Wednesday, the Hartford Public 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.” www.hplct.org
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. www.infinityhall.com
Thursday night here in Middletown, The Buttonwood Tree presents The April Verch Band performing at the MAC 650 Gallery across Main St. This Canadian group brings you old-time Appalachian music with fiddling, step dancing, and more. Back at the Buttonwood Tree, Friday’s with Alba’s Edge, offers you live music with Scottish fiddle, 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. www.buttonwood.org
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Thursday, you can catch a bill featuring Electron and The Indobox. Friday brings Toads presents New Found Glory, We Are The In Crowd, Fireworks, and Candy Hearts. www.toadsplace.com.
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. www.sgarmenianchurch.net
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. www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org
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. www.hartford.com/event/
The Hartford HodgePodge street fair and festival continues through October 18 every Saturday from 11 to 4 at State House Square. Visit www.hartfordhodgepodge.com
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. www.chs.org
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:
Tonight 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. www.russelllibrary.org
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. “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. www.realartways.org
At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, “The Conformist,” ends its run tonight. 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. www.cinestudio.org.
Now here's a rundown of what's on air on WESU-FM tonight.
Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for:
Wild Wild Live with Rachie and Hibiki for a peak into the live music scene at Wesleyan.
From 6-6:30pm check out “30 Minute Cut” from Pacifica.
At 6:30 it’s Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill for 90 minutes of Americana, country, folk, bluegrass, and other music that has a roots influence, Plus a comprehensive concert listing at 7pm, live guests on occasion and ticket giveaways too!
From 8-9pm it’s The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry, for a weekly show featuring area artists and musicians of all genres.
At 9pm it’s Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat a free form music show offering a wide range of music from krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog.
From 10:30-11:30pm tonight, Galactic Thematics embark on a cosmic musical odyssey that transgresses the hermetic bounds of genre itself.
From 11:30-12:30am The Wily Windy Moors with Ian McCarthy presents pop or pop-adjacent tunes to get you revved up for bed, with a different title-based theme every week
After that at 12:30, Cryfest with Orlando Gloom invites you to take a stroll down this trail of musical tears with some of the most melancholy and grim, yet cathartic songs from across the decades.
At 1:30 Phantom Transmissions with DJ Scarecrow for Spoken Word, Poetry, Prose and Rap over Fluid Beats.
From 2:30-3:30am It’s the The Blast Zone with Baggins and the G-O inviting you to step into The Blast Zone for bantering about sports and interviewing student athletes.
From 3:30-4am it’s The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation an eclectic mix of music from the WESU library.
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 at www.wesufm.org where you’ll also find our live internet stream, program archives, and our program schedule as well as news and information about WESU’s 75th anniversary. At www.wesufm.org, you can also make a donation I support of WESU and learn more about our Annual, Fall Record fair and sale, happening on Sunday October 26.
Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Wild Wild Live with Rachie and Hibiki.