Good evening, it's Tuesday, November 11th, 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 Marianne O’Hare, Thanks for joining us.
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:
Tonight, here in Middletown, 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 the World Music Hall. Their production of the Tony Award-winning “In The Heights, ” a musical about New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, opens tomorrow/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. www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, 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. www.cafenine.com
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight, American Authors, The Mowglie’s, and Oh Honey share a bill on the main stage. Thursday, The Revivalists and Red Wanting Blue take 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. www.toadsplace.com.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s on Tuesday nights, 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. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Tonight Manic Productions presents The Ataris on stage at The Space in Hamden. 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. www.manicproductions.org
Here in Middletown, this Wednesday at 7, Oddfellow’s Playhouse will hold their first Community Conversation in its series of open public meetings “Charting the Next 40 Years” of the this Youth Theater Organization. The conversation will start with where the Playhouse is now, and why changes may be needed going forward. You are invited to bring ideas to the table. http://www.oddfellows.org/
At the Russell Library in Middletown, Wednesday at 7pm, this month’s book discussion will be about 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. http://www.russelllibrary.org
Also here in Middletown Tomorrow/Wednesday, 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. soft-soled shoes are encouraged. For information, call 860-347-0278
Trevor Davis and friends host an open musical Jam Session tomorrow/ Wednesday starting at 7:30pm at the Cypress Grill in Middletown. Amps, drums and keyboard are provided. http://www.arts2go.org
At the Hartford Public Library, their Veterans Art Exhibit “Soldier’s Heart” opening reception is tomorrow/ 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. http://www.hplct.org
At Infinity Hall Hartford, tomorrow/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. www.infinityhall.com
At the Buttonwood Tree, here in Middletown, 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. www.buttonwood.org
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: www.foodnotbombs.net
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. http://www.arts2go.org
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 http://www.arts2go.org
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. www.facebook.com/wordifference
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. www.realartways.org
At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, their run of the crime drama “The Drop,” starring James Gandolfini, ends tonight. The Cinestudio 2014 EROS Film Festival begins tomorrow/Wednesday. 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. 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:
Wild Wild Live with Rachie and Hibiki for a peak into the live music scene at Wesleyan.
At 6:00 it’s Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill for 2 hrs of Americana, country, folk, bluegrass, and other music that has a roots influence, Plus a comprehensive concert listing at 7pm, live guests on occasion and ticket giveaways too!
From 8-9pm it’s The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry, for a weekly show featuring area artists and musicians of all genres.
At 9pm it’s Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat a free form music show offering a wide range of music from krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog.
From 10:30-11:30pm tonight, Galactic Thematics embark on a cosmic musical odyssey that transgresses the hermetic bounds of genre itself.
From 11:30-12:30am The Wily Windy Moors with Ian McCarthy presents pop or pop-adjacent tunes to get you revved up for bed, with a different title-based theme every week
After that at 12:30, Cryfest with Orlando Gloom invites you to take a stroll down this trail of musical tears with some of the most melancholy and grim, yet cathartic songs from across the decades.
At 1:30 Phantom Transmissions with DJ Scarecrow for Spoken Word, Poetry, Prose and Rap over Fluid Beats.
From 2:30-3:30am It’s the The Blast Zone with Baggins and the G-O inviting you to step into The Blast Zone for bantering about sports and interviewing student athletes.
From 3:30-4am it’s The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation an eclectic mix of music from the WESU library.
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 www.wesufm.org where you’ll also find our live internet stream, program archives, and our program schedule as well as news and information about WESU’s 75th anniversary. Atwww.wesufm.org, you can also make a donation I support of WESU and learn more about our Annual, Fall Record fair and sale, happening on Sunday October 26.
Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Wild Wild Live with Rachie and Hibiki.