Monday, October 20, 2014

10-20-14 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, October 20th, 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 and streams every first, third and fifth Tuesday from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: Michael O'Loughlin, national reporter for, the Boston Globe's new expanded coverage of Catholic issues, unpacks the recent synod in Rome, from which came plenty of news. Can't listen live, find the audio at and also archived at

Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:

WESU’s annual Record Fair happens this Sunday starting at 11 at Beckham Hall on the Wesleyan campus.  Vendors from the Northeast will sell music in all formats, with cool merchandise options and live DJs spinning vinyl all day.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight there’s the usual Moments of Gratitude at 7:45.  On Thursday there’s the Middlesex Drum Circle at 7, and extra percussion instruments will be available. The Aligned With Source workshop, led by Annaita Ghandy, continues on Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme being “Transmutation & Transformation.” Saturday’s big event celebrates John Basinger, Buttonwood’s Board President Emeritus, and the musicians, poets, and artists who support the center.  It starts at 7 with a V.I.P Meet and Greet on the Rooftop garden of the Community Health Center on Main St. in Middletown.  That’s followed at 9 by a special presentation by the National Theatre of the Deaf, along with music and food at both the Mac 650 Art Gallery and the Buttonwood Tree.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime event and includes surprise artists.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight brings you the Fistful of Jokes Comedy Series, and the Altercation of Punk Comedy Tour, for an 8:00 show.  On Tuesday they headline Jon Dee Graham, along with Mike June and Erik Eligers (of Goodnight Blue Moon).  Wednesday Natalie Tuttle and others take the Café Nine stage, and on Thursday they’ve got Dan Bern and Seth Adam at 9.  On Friday at there’s Robert Obie, followed at 9 by Akua Naru and Dooly-O. Saturday’s jazz jam at 4  will be with the George Baker Band, with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Ian McLagan taking the stage at 9:30.  Sunday’s 4 p.m. Bluegrass Jam is with Stacy Phillips this week, and the Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 features The Morris Trent Band.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight is the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. On Tuesday you can catch the House Party Tour, with Aer, Dizzy Wright, and NJomza.  Wednesday’s show is The Feel Good /tour with Schwayze and other special guests.  Thursday, Nu World LLC presents Flag Party.  Friday brings Shakedown, The Dead & Beyond, Deep, and The Remnants to the Toad’s stage.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, the usual Jazz Mondays tonight features Truth Revolution.  Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s blues jam is with Tommy Whalen this week.  On Friday at 9, there’s a Connecicut Blues Society Fundraiser Party, with Balkun Brothers, who will represent CT at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.  Saturday’s show headlines the Michael Cleary Band, who in their 21st year presenting original groove/funk/rock. 

Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week.  Tonight, they’ve got The Reign of Kindo and other performers at The Space in Hamden.  On Wednesday, Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas headlines the show at Bar in New Haven. Thursday night they bring The Felix Culpa and others to the stage back at The Space, as well as The Thurston Moore Band and others for an 8:30 show at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, both in Hamden.  Friday they headline Transit, Such Gold, and more at the Space for a 7:00 show.  On Saturday, they bring you The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die to headline at The Space, along with other performers.

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts hosts a number of events this week.  On Friday there’s a Yiddish Dance Extravaganza at 157 Church St in Middletown at 5:30, featuring klezmer music and dancing.  A panel discussion is scheduled at 6:00 in Beckham Hall, “To not Forget Crimea:  Uncertain Quiet of Indigenous Crimean Tatars, followed at 8 by a premier of the same-themed dance performance in Memorial Chapel. David McBride of the Hartt School in Hartford performs “Sonatas and Interludes: Keyboard Music by Cage, Scarlatti, and MacBride,” at Crowell Concert Hall on Friday at 8.  On Saturday, the Wesleyan University Orchestra presents a Symphony à la Carte at 8, also at Crowell Concert Hall, presenting movements from several large-scale symphonic works.

Find information about all CFA events at

At the Hartford Public Library this week, the Center for Contemporary Culture offers a screening and panel discussion of “Julia Toda en Mi,” a film about the famed poet Julia De Burgos, tomorrow at 5:30.  On Wednesday, there’s a Community Health Fair on Wednesday from 1:30 to 4:30   Their One Book, One Hartford series celebrates the graphic novel on Thursday with “An Evening with Darko Tresnjak” at 6.  This Tony Award-winning Director will discuss Art Spieglman’s “In the Shadow of No Towers,” a visual account of the events of 9/11.  Their Small Business Basics 5-week Workshop Series starts this Thursday at 5:30.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, Brett Dennen Presents Water Colors, a Special Acoustic Evening with Special Guest Odessa on Tuesday at 8.  On Wednesday they bring vocalist Storm Large to the stage. On Thursday they feature songwriter and instrumentalist David Bromberg, with Larry Campbell and Special Guest Eric Lichter.  Friday’s show headlines Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes at 8.  On Saturday there’s Grammy Award-winner Mary Chapin Carpenter, with Special Guest Tift Merritt, for an 8:00 show.  Sunday they bring The Marshall Tucker Band and their Southern rock to the Infinity stage at 7:30.

At the Russell Library tonight, the Reader’s Theater performs “Freud’s Last Session” by Mark St. Germain at 7.  On Tuesday they’re showing the 1940 film “His Girl Friday,” starring Cary Grant, at 12, followed by a discussion group.  The workshop “Highly Effective Networking” with Orville Pierson is scheduled at 6 on Tuesday. Elizabeth Petry leads the Veteran’s Writing Group at 7 on Thursday, and Carte Blanche, a revivalist jazz group from New York, performs a Vintage Jazz Concert, also on Thursday.   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

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.

On Saturday, the Art Guild of Middletown invites you to a charcoal portraiture workshop by award-winning local painter Jack Montmeat, from 9 to 3 at the First Federated Church in Middlefield.

On Saturday at 6, Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford holds their one-night-only Haunted History Lantern Tour.  Reservations are required.

The 13th annual Money Conference for Women happens this Saturday at the Connecticut Convention Center, sponsored by the YMCA Hartford Region and chaired by Connecticut State Treasurer Denise Nappier.

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

The Russell Library, Middlesex Community College, and Wesleyan University have partnered to show acclaimed international films on Tuesday evenings through November 4. This weeks feature film, Witch War will be shown at 7PM at Middlesex Community College. The film takes place somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, with Komona, a 14-year-old pregnant girl, telling story of her life since she has she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12. Learn more at

Real Art Ways in Hartford, continues their run “The Two Faces of January,” a thriller set in Greece and Tomorrow and Wednesday night. The French thriller, “The Blue Room”, continues through Thursday. The film “20,000 Days on Earth: A Documentary about Nick Cave” will be shown on Friday and Saturday. Friday night  Real Art Ways begins 2 new film runs: Pump is  a documentary that tells the story of America's addiction to oil.  Listen up Philip tells the story of an angry novelist seeking refuge.

Through Wednesday, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, continues their run of Alfred Hitchcocks 1958 classic “Vertigo,” recently rereleased a 4K ultra-high definition wide screen version.  Thursday night Cinestudio brings the latest Marvel block buster, Guardians of the Galaxy the big screen. More at

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 with a featured guest from Middletown and Wesleyan,  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 takes 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
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