Wednesday, November 12, 2014

11-12-14 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, November 12th, 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:

Tonight, here in Middletown, the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan presents the opening night of their production of the Tony Award-winning “In The Heights, ” a musical about New York’s Washington Heights. The production will be on stage through Sunday at the Center for the Arts Theater.  The Prose and Poetry series continues on tonight (Weds) 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.

Also here in Middletown, this tonight (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.   

At the Russell Library in Middletown,  tonight/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.

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

And finally tonight here I Town, Trevor Davis and friends host an open musical Jam Session at the Cypress Grill starting at 7:30pm.  Amps, drums and keyboard are provided.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, 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.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s on Wednesday nights, their longstanding weekly 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 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.

At Infinity Hall Hartford, tonight, 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 Toad’s Place in New Haven tomorrow/Thursday night, 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.

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.

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.  
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:

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.

Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, kicks off Their 2014 EROS Film Festival with “Kinky Boots,” the film that inspired the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.  Tomorrow/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: 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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