Monday, November 17, 2014

11-17-14 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, November 17th, 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 Erin Kuhn.  On Tuesday, there’s Laughter Yoga with Mylene Poitras at 6 p.m.  On Wednesday at 7, the Middlesex Drum Circle gathers. Extra percussion instruments are available.  On Friday at 7 the Jocelyn Pleasant Quartet performs “Medusa,” featuring her signature percussion talents.  The  “Aligned With Source” workshop, led by Annaita Ghandy, continues on Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme being “Gratitude.”  On Saturday, the gypsy reggae duo HannaH’s Field and Secret Sage take the stage for a Positive Acoustic Night.  Every Monday morning, the Hearing Voices Network meets at the Buttonwood at 10:30 a.m.  “Beyond Visible,” a meditative photographic exhibit by Emily Zeitlin and Scotty Giffen, continues through the week.

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, beforehand, 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 The Pity Whores, Fast Times (MA) and The Lost Riots at 9.  On Tuesday The Safes and Spectral Fangs take the stage at 9.  On Wednesday, Uncertainty Music Series presents Jon Eriksen and others for an 8:30 show. Thursday’s  offering includes Mind Over Master, VRSA, and Goat Herder.  Friday at 5 you can catch an early set with Victor Roland, followed at 8 by the Full Blast Productions presentation of Hip Hop Haven 3.  Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session will be with the George Baker Band at 4:30, followed at 9 by The Wagon Riders and DJ Dave Coon.  On Sunday’s at noon they present the Ball and Socket Arts Fundraiser with a variety of performers, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Morris Trent Band 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. Atmosphere and the North of Hell Tour takes the main stage tonight at 9, along with special guests.  On Tuesday, they’ve got Kill the Noise and the Majestic As Fak Tour, with others, at 9.  Thursday, they bring The Revivalists, and Red Wanting Blue to the Toad’s stage.  Friday’s show headlines Shakedown, and brings you The Dead and Beyond, Carbonated Insight, and Solistic.  On Saturday at 9:30 there’s the Bright Night 8 Electric Glow Party.  On Sunday Jacob Whitesides and others take the stage for an early show at 2, with VIP Packages available.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, the Hartford Jazz Societies’ weekly “Jazz Monday” event brings you the New Jazz Workshop. On Tuesdays 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 Tommy Whalen this week.  Friday night’s 9:00 show headlines studio drummer Yonrico Scott . Saturday’s featured artist is Louisiana songwriter/guitarist Tommy Malone at 8.

Tonight Manic Productions presents Antarctigo Vespucci and more at The Space in Hamden at 7:30.  On Tuesday, also at the Space, they bring you The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Call it Arson, for a 9:00 show.  On Wednesday, Caroline Rose, and Brian Dolzani, take the stage at Bar in New Haven.  On Thursday, they feature Jessica Lea Mayfield and others at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden for a 7:30 show.  On Friday at The Ballroom, they bring you The Budos Band, and Electric Citizen. Saturday’s Ballroom offering is The Primate Fiasco, along with Elephant Wrecking Ball, and Yojimbo, for an 8:30 show.  On Sunday, the Ballroom stage will feature Moon Hooch, Out of the Beardspace, and Back from Earth at 8:30.

On Tuesday, the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan hosts an opening reception for “Create and Curate,” a student-organized exhibition of their own current work at the Davison Art Center at 5 p.m.  Then at 9 p.m., graduate music student Jason Brogan links together thought, noise, and improvisation in “The View From Nowhere” in World Music Hall.   On Thursday at 7 p.m., the Creative Content Concert occurs at Crowell Concert Hall, featuring “The Happening 14:  Materials and Principles of Jazz Improvisation I.”  On Friday at 9 in Memorial Chapel, they bring you “The Slot,” when the MIDI system of the concert organ goes live on the Web.  On Saturday at 6, the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble presents “Classical Music of Central Java” at World Music Hall.  And at 8, the University Orchestra and Choir present their symphonic repertoire at Crowell Concert Hall.  On Sunday at 7, their three East Asian ensembles, including the Chinese Music Ensemble, the Korean Drumming Ensemble, and the Taiko Drumming Ensemble, present “Music from East Asia” at Crowell Concert Hall. Next Monday at 4:15, their Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan series continues with an artist talk by Egyptian artist Ghada Amer, who will discuss female figures on canvas.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, there’s a Beer Dinner on Tuesday in the Bistro, cosponsored by Broad Brook Brewing Company.  On Wednesday you can catch Point Break Live, a parody of the 90’s action blockbuster, including an “R U Keanu?” contest, at 8 p.m.  Thursday night they offer you American Country singer/guitarist Jamieson “Junior” Brown at 8.  On Friday, Dave Davies, original founding member of “The Kinks,” takes the Infinity stage at 8.  On Saturday they bring you the Del McCoury Band, with Bluegrass/country offerings.

On Tuesday at First Church in Middletown, you’re invited to hear and discuss the proposed Middletown Arts Center at 7 p.m.  The discussion will be led by Trevor Davis and Rev. Julia Burkey.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Howard Hawks Film Series continues on Tuesday at noon with the screening and discussion of “I Was a Male War Bride,” the 1949 movie starring Cary Grant.  On Wednesday at 6 Melanie Szlucha will speak on “Using Improv Comedy Techniques for Better Job Interviews.” The Veteran’s Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7.  Also at 7, Resonant Motion presents a Jazz Performance and Workshop with pianist and educator Noah Baerman.

On Tuesday at noon, Connecticut’s Old State House in Hartford hosts “Conversations at Noon:  Hartford Past, Present & Future,” featuring panelists Frank Russo and others who will discuss urban renewal and historic preservation.

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.

Realto Café on Rapallo Ave in Middletown, presents “Caribbean Night” on Saturday November 22nd with the band “Caribbean Planet” featuring T-Forbes and Patrick Burke (lead Singer of the band “Cool Running’s”) with a special guest appearance by Sophia Brown and Music by DJ Tippy Don.  More info at 860-995-5094 .

At the Stonington Free Library this Saturday, Merrill Fellow Adam Wilson reads from his work at 6 p.m.  He’s a National Jewish Book Award finalist and winner of The Terry Southern Prize.  A reception follows.

There’s a one-woman pastel show featuring the work of Janine Janaki this Saturday from 11-5 at deKoven House, 27 Washington St., Middletown.

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

 At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Citizenfour,” Laura Poitras’ documentary of the events of the Edward Snowden security leak, continues through Thursday.  On Wednesday night they host “Other People’s Stories,” a free event when people tell stories that someone else told them.  Thursday night it’s Creative Cocktail Hour at 6, where creative people meet for conversation, art and music.  On Friday they start a run of “Diplomacy,” a French drama about Hitler’s plan to destroy Paris in WWII. Also opening is “Force Majeure,” winner at the Cannes Festival, a wickedly funny film about a Swedish family on a skiing holiday in the French Alps.  Both continue through next Monday.  On Saturday there’s a one-time showing of “I Am Eleven,” an Australian documentary about conversations with 11-year-olds around the world.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, the run of “Pride,” a film about a group of gay activists who support striking mineworkers in England in 1984, continues tonight and Tuesday.  On Wednesday they’re screening “My Old Lady,” a comedy starring Maggie Smith and Kevin Kline about a playwright moving in with an English tutor in Paris.  It runs through Saturday.  On Sunday you can see the Bolshoi Ballet’s performance of “The Pharoah’s Daughter” at 12:55.  They open a run of “The Blue Room,” a French crime drama based on the novel by Georges Simenon on Sunday, which continues through next week.

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.

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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