Good evening, it's Monday, November 3rd, 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.
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Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:
At the Buttonwood Tree, here in Middletown, tonight there’s the usual Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed by the Anything Goes Open Mic at 8, hosted tonight by J and Tim. Tuesday there’s Laughter Yoga with Mimi Claire at 6, followed by a Vegetarian Potluck. Thursday’s Open Mic at 7 is hosted by Bob Gotta. On Friday the Mike Baggetta Quartet will be at the Buttonwood at 7 with the CD Release tour performance for “Thieves and Secrets.” The “Aligned With Source” workshop, led by Annaita Ghandy, continues on Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme being “Valuing the Abundance of the Universe.” There’s a Chinese Bamboo Brush Painting Class at 1, and on Saturday night at 8 you can hear Brian May and Friends perform ballads and other soulful songs.
On Sundays Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree around 1 p.m. All are welcome to enjoy the meal and to help prepare it at First Church on Court Street in Middletown at 11:30 a.m. You can learn more at: www.foodnotbombs.net
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight brings Jazz in the Living Room with Kevin St. James at 8. Tomorrow, Words & Music and other performers take the stage at 8. On Wednesday, you can hear Chem-Trails and Horror Vacui at 9. Thursday’s show headlines The Devil Plays Poker, along with Gasoline Therapy. Friday at 5 you can catch an early set with Die Hipster Records Solo Showcase, followed at 9 by Laundry Day, Loom, Palehound, and Onwe. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session will be with Gary Grippo & Friends at 4:30, followed at 8 by the Elm City Music Festival featuring a variety of bands. Sunday’s early event at 4 features Fuchsprellen and Light Upon Blight, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The George Baker Band at 8. www.cafenine.com.
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight’s Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends will be on the Lilly’s Pad stage. Dirty Heads with Special Guest Rome, along with Makua Rothman, take the Toad’s Place stage tomorrow/Tuesday night. On Wednesday, they’ve got The Outsiders Tour presented by Tilly’s, featuring The Ready Set, Metro Station, and more. Thursday they headline Aaron Carter, along with Corey Balsamo, Hobart Nation, and Honestly. Friday they bring Shaggy, Ardie Cuban, and Phenom to the stage. Sunday’s 8:00 show features Richie Kotzen. www.toadsplace.com.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, the Hartford Jazz Societies’ weekly “Jazz Monday” event is the Rising Star Series, and features the Greg LaPine Quartet tonight. On Tuesday’s Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material on the Black-eyed Sally’s Stage. Sally’s longstanding Wednesday night blues jam will be hosted by Bill Shaka and Tony C this week. On Thursday they offer the roots-rock sound of John Mayock & the Homesteaders. Friday night’s 9:00 show headlines Danny Pease and the Regulators. Saturday’s offering is the multi-instrumentalist Eliot Lewis, currently a member of the Daryl Hall & John Oates duo. www.blackeyedsallys.com
This Wednesday night Manic Productions presents TTNG (This Town Needs Guns), Emma Ruth Rundle, and Mylets at The Space in Hamden. Also on Wednesday, they bring Blank Range, Oh, Cassius!, and Viet-Tom to the stage at Bar in New Haven. Saturday’s 8:30 show at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden headlines Dry The River, performing with Nathaniel Rateliff, and American Elm. www.manicproductions.org
On Wednesday, the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan presents Mohd Anis Nor, Professor of Ethnomusicology at University Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, who will discuss Islam, music, and dance in Southeast Asia at 4:15 in the Daltry Room. As part of the Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan series, on Thursday a Sufi singer is the guest at CFA Hall at 7 p.m. for the presentation “Tell Your Story: A Conversation with Riffat Sultana and Party”. She’ll discuss her experiences as a Muslim woman artist in America, Pakistan and India. On Friday at 8 in Crowell Concert Hall, there’s the New England debut of Riffat Sultana and Party, premiering Sufi Indian and Pakistani vocal performances accompanied by traditional instruments. On Sunday at 3, Sam Friedman presents “Just Breathe: A Harmonica Retrospective” at The Russell House, and will demonstrate some of the ways the harmonica has been utilized since it’s invention. He’ll be accompanied by percussion, piano, guitar and bass. You can learn more at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.
On Wednesday, Writing at Wesleyan presents journalist Ariel Levy at 8 p.m. at the Russell House. She’s a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of “Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture.” http://www.arts2go.org
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, on Wednesday you can catch the English progressive rock band “Renaissance” at 8. Thursday night they bring Acoustic Alchemy to the stage. On Friday they headline singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox, with special guest Caroline Glaser. On Saturday, they offer Average White Band for performances of soul and funk. Composer and bandleader Doug Woolverton takes the stage on Sunday at 1:30, where he’ll present a Tribute to Miles Davis www.infinityhall.com
At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Veteran’s Writing Group sponsor’s author Janet Barrett on Thursday at 6 p.m., who will discuss her book “They Called Her Reckless: The True Story of War, Love and One Extraordinary Horse.” On Saturday at 2, Bob Englehart, editorial cartoonist for The Hartford Courant, will read from his new book “Trackrat: Memoir of a Fan.” http://www.russelllibrary.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
Guided tours of the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown happen every Wednesday at 2 p.m. www.wadsworthmansion.com
On Thursday, the MARC Players will perform “The Stone Cutter’s Wish” at 11:30 a.m. at Oddfellow’s Playhouse. RSVP’s are encouraged. www.arts2go.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7 p.m., the 6th Annual Middletown International Film Festival continues at the Russell Library in Middletown. They’re showing “Clandestine Childhood,” based on the true story of Argentinian director Benjamin Avila’s return to Argentina after his family was exiled to Cuba in 1979. www.russelllibrary.org
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the Danish travelogue “Expedition to the End of the World” continues through Thursday. A crew of scientists and artists travels to the rapidly melting massifs of Northeast Greenland. “Listen Up Phillip” is also running through Thursday. This film explores the emotional ups and downs of an author awaiting the publication of a sure-to-succeed novel. On Tuesday, WNPR will broadcast live election coverage starting at 7 p.m. On Thursday, there’s a one-time live event, “Positively Center Street: An evening with Iron Horse Music Hall’s Jordi Herold,” at 7. Their gay Happy Hour, GAZE, happens Friday at 5:30. Also on Friday, they open a run of “Last Days in Vietnam,” Rory Kennedy’s documentary about the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War and the evacuation of Saigon. It runs through Sunday. www.realartways.org
At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, the run of “The Skeleton Twins,” starring SNL’s Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, continues through Wednesday. On Thursday, they open a run of “Love Is Strange,” as part of their OutFest First Thursdays. It stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina playing a gay couple whose lives take unexpected turns after they tie the knot. The film continues through Saturday. On Saturday at 12:30 they’re broadcasting “The Big Apple Circus: Metamorphosis,” don their Ultra High Definition screen. On Sunday, they screen National Theater Live’s production of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” at 2:30. They start a run of the crime drama “The Drop,” starring James Gandolfini, on Sunday. 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 Afternoon Jazz with Charles
Henry for an hour of classic jazz.
At 6 p.m. join DJ stinky for the What's Up at Wes featuring conversations with student and group leaders around the University.
From 6:30-8 p.m. Michael Benson's 75% Folk brings you 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 p.m. The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee presents the music of yesterday's future today.
At 11 p.m. 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 1a.m. it's Your Turn with Rachel Day, during which a guest will chronologically share songs that were fundamental in shaping who they are.
From 1-1:30 a.m. join us for How We Met The Mother with Mizael, a show featuring the diverse music that’s the 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 2:30-3 a.m. it’s #BasicBints with DJ Jui-C and DJ Kale Chip, who 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 3-4 a.m. for a weekly dose of DIY punk, garage rock, and hardcore from around the world.
The BBC world news service takes over at 4 a.m., and Morning Edition from NPR starts our broadcast day tomorrow at 5.
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