Monday, October 6, 2014

10-6-14 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, October 6th, 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. Tomorrow, from Boston College, a panel discussion of Pope Francis which the Boston Globe sponsored to launch its expanded coverage of Catholic issues, Crux. The panel includes Cardinal Sean O'Malley and a roster of academics and journalists who have been following the pope, in some cases literally, since he ascended to the Holy See. Can't listen live? Find the audio at or

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 features Charlie Parr, along with Wise Old Moon, and Orb Mellon.  Tomorrow they’ve got Jacket Thor, and Lea, for the 9 o’clock performance.  Wednesday brings Pinto Graham, The Radiation, and Midnight Suns to the Café Nine stage.   Thursday show headlines The Muffs, along with Pools Are Nice, and Fake.   Then Friday at 5 they have Sean Conlon, followed at 9 by The Candles, and Invisibleman.  Saturday’s jazz jam will be with Gary Grippo and Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by Ballroom Thieves, The Ghost of Paul Revere, and Little Ugly.  The Original Sunday Night Jam features the George Baker Band this week.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight is the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Thursday, they headline Ab-Soul, along with BAS, EarthGang, and Kid Dop3.  Meet & Greet Packages are available.  Friday brings you Bright Night 7:Electro Glow Party, with a variety of performers.  On Sunday, Papadosio, and Jimkata will take the stage.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, there’s the usual Jazz Mondays tonight.  Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s blues jam is with Ed Bradley.  On Friday at 9, they bring you One Eyed Johnny & the Gravediggers. Saturday’s show features the Spampinato Brothers, who perform a variety of styles including rockabilly, jazz rock, Americana, folk rock, and more.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight there’s the usual Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed by the Anything Goes Open Mic at 8, this week hosted by WESU’s own J-Cherry.  On Tuesday at 6, there’s Laughter Yoga with Mimi Claire, followed by a Vegetarian Potluck.  Bob Gotta hosts the monthly Open Mic on Thursday at 7.  On Friday, the Blues Grass duo performs blues, old jazz, folk and other music from American roots.  The Aligned With Source workshop, led by Annaita Ghandy, continues on Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme being “Keeping the Balance.”  Saturday night they bring the Doug White Jazz Quintet to the stage.  Sunday’s show includes Jake Huffman and Jeff Howard, original founding members of The McGlovins, and music therapist and songstress Krizta Moon.

Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week, starting Tuesday with Sean Hayes, and Eric + Erica, at the Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden.  On Wednesday, at Bar in New Haven, they bring you Stephen Brodsky (of Cave In), and Death Black Birds.  Back at the Ballroom on Thursday, you can catch Matt Pond, Anais Mitchell, and Rose Cousins at 8:30.  At the Ballroom again on Friday they bring you Polaris, and Ovlov.  On Saturday, they have Alvvays, and Team Spirit, performing at The Outer Space in Hamden.

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts hosts a number of events this week starting tomorrow (Tuesday).  Gerald Vizenor, American Studies scholar, will discuss his novel “Blue Ravens,” about Native Americans in the First World War, at 4:30 at the Center for East Asian Studies.  Later at 9 p.m. there’s a concert, “Getting to Know You,” featuring the work of graduate music students, in World Music Hall.  On Thursday at 4, there’s a lecture and concert on Klezmer music in Music Rehearsal Hall, featuring artists Michael Winograd and Christina Crowder.  There’s a closing reception on Thursday for the photography exhibit, “Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight,” by photographers Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker, at 5:30 at the Zilkha Gallery.  Also on Thursday, Japanese vocal and electronics performer Tomomi Adachi performs at 8 in CFA Hall.  The Friends of the Davison Art Center sponsor a tour of New York City Photograph Galleries on Saturday in the City.  Also on Saturday, in Crowell Concert Hall, the Vijay Iyer Trio, performs, with a pre-concert talk at 7:15.  Vijay Iyer is a Grammy-nominated composer, jazz pianist, and MacArthur Fellow.  On Sunday, “This is It!  The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part IV” will be presented in Crowell Concert Hall at 3 p.m. 

Find information about all CFA events at

Connecticut’s Old State House Conversations at Noon series continues this week with a discussion of “The Voting Rights Act:  The Struggle Still Continues,” on Tuesday at noon in Hartford.  On Saturday at the State House, there’s the Craft Beer and Chili Challenge at 3 p.m.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford this week, they’re presenting guitarist Tim Reynolds TR3 with Special Guest Christie Lenee on Tuesday at 8.  On Thursday, they headline the reggae band The Wailers at 8.  On Friday, they have guitarist Richard Thompson with Special Guest Kerri Powers.  On Saturday, Grammy-award winning icon Herb Alpert performs with his wife, Lani Hall, to kick off their fall concert tour, “In the Mood,” at 8 p.m.  And on Sunday, the South African musicians and freedom fighters Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela perform music of the anti-apartheid movement at 7:30.

At the Russell Library this week, Hedda Kopf leads a book discussion of Henry James’s “Portrait of a Lady” and Edith Wharton’s “The House of Mirth” on Wednesday night at 7.  Dr. Jerry Silbert of the Watershed Partnership will speak on “Toxic Lawn Chemical Exposure:  A Physician’s Perspective on Protecting Our Children” on Thursday at 6:30.  This event is cosponsored by Project Green Lawn of the City of Middletown. Also on Thursday, Elizabeth Petry leads the Veteran’s Writing Group at 7.  On Saturday at 2, the Anime/Manga club is sponsoring Phoenix Performing Arts Program of Chinese Dance and Music, with traditional costumes and instruments.  Details at

On Wednesday the Middlesex County Historical Society celebrates the life and career of Thomas McDonough, the hero of the 1814 Battle of Lake Champlain, at 7 p.m. in the Mansfield House at 151 Main St.

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.  This week, you can take a Spot of Tea with the tour.  860-347-1064

On Thursday the Hartford Public Library, in conjunction with the Connecticut State Library, presents a Book Launch Celebration for historian Anne Farrow’s “The Logbooks” at the Hartford History Center.  This book is based on slave ship logs linking New London and West Africa in the mid-18th Century. 

There’s a Cultural Cocktail Hour on Thursday at the Butler McCook House and Garden in Hartford, starting at 5:30.  Enjoy art, music, food, and more.

The Art Guild of Middletown invites you to a charcoal portraiture demonstration this Thursday featuring award-winning artist and illustrator Jack Montmeat.  It’s being held at the First Federated Church, 402 Main St., at 7 p.m.  Details at

The Portland Fair happens this weekend across the river on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Enjoy rides, food, exhibits, animals, truck and tractor pulls, music and much 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.

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 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:

 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 “The Rocket,” a film about a Laotian boy who enters a rocket competition after leading his family through Laos to find a new home. 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 “Wetlands,” a German film about a young girl who, struggling with her parents’ divorce, spends her time experimenting and breaking one social taboo after another, continues through Wednesday.  Also ongoing is “Boyhood,” a movie that follows a child names Mason over a twelve-year period as he grows up. It runs through Thursday.  On Tuesday night there’s the monthly Real Board Games at 6 p.m.  On Friday they open “Kelly and Cal,” a film about the relationship between a punk-rocker turned suburban mom and her 17-year-old neighbor.  Also opening Friday is “The Two Faces of January,” starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst in a thriller set in Greece and Istanbul involving an expat American scam artist.  Both films run through the weekend. 

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford “A Letter to Momo, a delicate hand-drawn film that will delight fans of anime, no matter their age, continues tonight and Tuesday.  On Wednesday, there’s a one-time screening and discussion of “Half the Sky,” co-sponsored by the Women and Gender Resource Action Center at Trinity.  The film focuses on the exploitation of women and girls in developing countries.  On Thursday, through Saturday they’re showing “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” starring Andy Serkis as a grown-up ape leading a simian community in the redwood forests of California.  Sunday they open a run of “The Conformist,” 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.

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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