Monday, November 10, 2014

11-10-14 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, November 10th, and this is the Jive at Five – Our 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 Ben Michael, Thanks for joining us.

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, this week, by Alan Bradley.  On Friday the Ebin-Rose Trio with Ravens in the Wood takes the stage at 8 p.m.  The  “Aligned With Source” workshop, led by Annaita Ghandy, continues on Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme being “Your Health in Your Hands.” On Saturday at 7 they’re opening a photographic exhibit by Emily Zeitlin and Scotty Giffen.  There’s an artist’s reception that includes a meditative experience with healing music.

On Sunday’s Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree around 1pm. All are welcome to enjoy the meal and to help prepare it at First Church on Court Street in Middletown at 11:30am. You can learn more at:

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight they’ve got Chris Arnott’s “Get To The Point” at 8.  On Tuesday, Cocktail Slippers, and The Connection, take the stage at 9:30.  On Wednesday, you can hear Supersuckers, Lushlife, and Sonic Supercharger 66.  Thursday’s show headlines Run Boy Run, along with Wise Old Moon.  Friday at 5 you can catch an early set with Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne, followed at 9 by J. Robbins, Johan Matranga, and others. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session will be with Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by the Record Release Show headlining Joe Fletcher, along with Proud Flesh, and Finn. Sunday’s 4:00 event is Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Langley Project at 8.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight’s Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends will be on the Lilly’s Pad stage. On Tuesday, they’ve got American Authors, along with The Mowglie’s, and Oh Honey.  Thursday, they bring The Revivalists, and Red Wanting Blue to the Toad’s stage.  Friday’s show headlines Mimosa, along with Dr. Jeep and GIG i.c., while in Lilly’s Pad they present a variety of performers for a 6:30 event.  Sunday’s 9:00 show is their 2014 Reggae Extravaganza featuring Ft. Wayne Wonder, and others.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, the Hartford Jazz Societies’ weekly “Jazz Monday” event features Jonathan Barber’s Birthday Bash 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 Brandt Taylor this week.  Friday night’s 9:00 show headlines the blues performer Victor Wainwright. Saturday’s offering is the Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase, featuring regional and national Blues Harmonica talent.

Tonight Manic Productions presents Tera Melos and others at The Space in Hamden at 7:30, followed by Sloan at The Ballroom at The Outer Space at 9. On Tuesday, The Ataris headlines the show at The Space.  On Wednesday, they bring The Singles, Chaser Eight, and The Danbury Lie to the stage at Bar in New Haven.  On Sunday, You Won’t, and Golden Bloom, perform at The Outer Space in Hamden at 8:30.

On Tuesday, the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan presents graduate student Dina Maccabee’s Self-Same Sounds, showcasing new vocal compositions and the student vocal group The Mixolydians, at 9 p.m. at World Music Hall. Their production of the Tony Award-winning “In The Heights, ” a musical about New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, opens on Wednesday and runs through Sunday at the Center for the Arts Theater.  The Prose and Poetry series continues on Wednesday with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Paul Harding at The Russell House at 8 p.m.  On Thursday, a roundtable discussion, “Poster, Propaganda, and the American Experience,” is occurring at 6 p.m. at the Center for the Arts Hall. 

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, there’s a Wine Dinner on Tuesday in the Bistro, cosponsored by Trinchero Family Estates.  On Wednesday you can catch the Big Easy sounds of New Orleans Suspects, and Glen David Andrews, at 8.  Thursday night they offer you Eclectic Guitars heroes: Eric Johnson and Mike Stern, for an 8 p.m. show. On Friday, iconic folk musician Arlo Guthrie takes the stage at 8 p.m. On Sunday, the legendary jazz innovators Spyro Gyra performs at 7:30, marking their milestone 40th anniversary year.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, this month’s book discussion on Wednesday at 7 continues with Henry James’ “Portrait of a Lady” and Edith Wharton’s “The House of Mirth.”  The Veteran’s Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7. On Saturday at 2, the internationally acclaimed Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet performs in the Hubbard Room.

Oddfellow’s Playhouse in Middletown holds a Community Conversation this Wednesday at 7, the first in its series of open public meetings “Charting the Next 40 Years.”

At the Hartford Public Library, their Veterans Art Exhibit “Soldier’s Heart” opening reception is this Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. On Thursday at 5:30 they bring award-winning urban designer and author Doug Suisman to the library to discuss “A Tale of Two Cities:  Hartford (1965) and Hartford (2015).”  On Sunday, there’s a reading and workshop with Connecticut poet Marilyn Nelson at 2 p.m.

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.

There’s an open Jam Session this Wednesday starting at 7:30 at the Cypress Grill in Middletown, hosted by Trevor Davis and others. Amps, drums and keyboard are provided.

On Thursday, the Middlesex County Historical Society hosts author Donald Williams, who will speak about his book “Prudence Crandall’s Legacy: The Fight For Equality in the 1830’s,” at 7 p.m. at Congregation Adath Israel in Middletown.

On Friday, Middlesex Community College presents a free concert at 7 featuring the Canadian folk band Ritchie Parrish Ritchie (RPR) at Chapman Hall.  Details at

This Sunday, WESU’s Mind Matters host Dr. Helen Evrard will be at the Astrological Society of Connecticut’s New Age Fair in Wethersfield with her book, “Positive Matters:  Words, Quotations, and Stories to Heal and Inspire,” and Positive Pulls.

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

 At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Last Days in Vietnam,” Rory Kennedy’s documentary about the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, continues through Thursday. Also continuing is “Glen Campbell:  It’ll Be Me,” the documentary of this legendry singer’s final tour after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.  On Thursday at 7 they continue their Improvisations music series with a variety of featured guests.  On Friday they start of run of “Citizen Four,” Laura Poitras’ documentary of the events of the Edward Snowden security leak. It runs through Sunday.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, the run of the crime drama “The Drop,” starring James Gandolfini, continues tonight and Tuesday.  Their 2014 EROS Film Festival begins on Wednesday, with a different screening each night.  Wednesday’s film is “Kinky Boots,” the film that inspired the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.  On Thursday they’re showing “BFF’S.”  On Friday’s with a 7 p.m. screening of “Boy Meets Girl,” followed at 9 by “Eat With Me.”   Saturday’s 3 p.m. film is the documentary “Out In The Night,” followed by “Appropriate Behavior” at 7, and “I Feel Like Disco” at 9.  The series closes on Sunday at 3 with the documentary “Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine.”  Sunday night they begin a run of “Pride,” a film about a group of gay activists who support striking mineworkers in England in 1984.

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.

At 6:00 p.m. stay tuned for Radio Curious from Pacifica.

That’s followed at 6:30 by Michael Bensons 75 % Folk, a mix of folk, blues, movie soundtracks, and interviews and more.    

At 8:00 p.m. there’s Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin, giving you Americana music from Nashville and around the country including Folk, acoustic Country, and roots-Rock.

From 9:30-11 p.m. The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee brings you the music of yesterday’s future today.

Following that at 11 p.m. it’s Songs Without Words with Jacob Feder, offering an eclectic mix of instrumental tunes from jazz to folk to electronic and back again.

At midnight stay tuned for Feminist Power Hour with Tess and Isabel who will discuss feminist issues, rant, and play some music to fight the patriarchy!

From 1-1:30 a.m. it’s How We Met The Mother with Mizael, exploring the diverse music that's the background to the story of the television show, How I Met Your Mother.    

From 1:30-2:30 a.m. catch The Reformatorium with DJ E-fly, who’ll pick apart the synthetic process of sampling composition and remixing, working from the bottom up!

Then from 2:30-3 a.m. #BasicBints with DJ Jui-C and DJ Kale Chip will use satire to discuss social identity in relation to pop culture and current events. Satire's another word for couture, right?

After that, Maximum Rock and Roll Radio comes your way from 3-4 a.m.

The BBC World News takes over at 4 and we start tomorrow’s broadcast day at 5 a.m. with Morning Edition from NPR.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. Tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 p.m. to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at WESU 88.1 FM, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

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