Wednesday, October 8, 2014

10/08/14 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, October 8th, 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanks for tuning in!

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tomorrow,  Bob Gotta hosts his long running monthly acoustic Open Mic on at 7pm.  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.

Tonight at Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts,tomorow  at 4 p.m. 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 (sounds like “VID-Jay ) Trio, performs, with a pre-concert talk at 7:15.  Vijay Iyer Eyer” 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

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight’s show features  Pinto Graham, The Radiation, and Midnight Suns to the Café Nine stage.  Thursday's 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.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it's the Wednesday blues jam hosted by 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.

Tonight, at Bar in New Haven, Manic presents 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, Manic presents Alvvays, and Team Spirit, performing at The Outer Space in Hamden.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford this week, they’re presenting  the reggae band The Wailers tonight 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 evening at 7pm, 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

Also here in town, this evening 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.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Thursday, they headline Ab-Soul, along with BAS, EarthGang, and Kid Dop3.  Friday Toads presents an Electro Glow Party, with a EDM DJs.  On Sunday, Papadosio, and Jimkata will take the stage.

The, 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 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-18thCentury. 

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 from Middletown 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

This Saturday at 5 pm, October the James Merrill House  sponsors a free poetry reading featuring Merrill Fellow Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran and Former CT Poet Laureate Marilyn Nelson, reading from their work at Stonington Free Library with a Reception to follow. More online at

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:
The 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, continues through tonight.  Also ongoing is “Boyhood,” a movie that follows a child named Mason over a twelve-year period as he grows up. It runs through tomorrow.   On Friday Real Art Ways begins a run of “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, tonight, there’s a one-time screening and discussion of “Half the Sky,”.  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 Cinestudio 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.

At 5:05-6pm tonight, stay tuned for The Explorer’s Hour with Pickup Sticks for an exploration into the realm of indie rock and roll. 

From 6-6:30, it's Mind Matters with Helen Evrard, M.D.The show provides information and guest interviews on issues concerning mental illness (brain disease). The focus is exploring holistic therapies and stories of individual achievement.

At 6:30-8pm it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion. Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

And from 8-9:30pm, it's The Warehouse with Mike NyceThe best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

Starting at 9:30 it's N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk. Serious turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

And from 11-12am it's Missteps with Djmsal. MISSTEPS is a monthly club night, FM radio show, and up-and-coming record label run by friends, DJs, and fellow producers – Djmsal & Guy Fridge. Dedicated to the underground, MISSTEPS seeks to bring attention to forward-thinking, cutting-edge club music from around the world. All rights reserved. All wrongs reversed.

At 12-1:30am it's 75 Years Of… For 75 years, WESU has broadcast underground music and under-represented genres.  During our 75th Anniversary, this program will feature a different genre or theme each month, with songs chosen by our listeners and staff!

From 1:30 to 2:30am stay tuned for  Biz Marquee with DJ Cole. Come join DJ Cole for some hip-hop and movie talk. The show features an eclectic mix of contemporary and old school hip-hop, ending with a discussion about films featuring rap artists and music created by those artists.

And at 2:30-4am it's  In the Mix with WillTech.  "In the Mix" aims to bring the best in trance, house, and deep house to the Wesleyan and Middletown community.   

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

2014 Marks 75 years of Alternative music, Public Affairs, and community service for WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at
Thanks for listening and stay tuned for The Explorer's Hour with DJ Pickup Sticks!

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