Monday, November 24, 2014

11-24-14 jive

Good evening, it's Monday, November 24th, 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 listening.

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 Nora.  On Friday at 8 you can hear the Omar Tamez Quartet play their unique blend of jazz and traditional Mexican music.  On Saturday, the Buttonwood celebrates its new Steinway piano with a Musical Offering by Carolyn Halsted, playing Bach, Beethoven and more, at 7:30. 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 headline Quintron & Miss Pussycat for a 9:00 show.  On Tuesday, Isabel Stover takes the stage at 8. On Wednesday, they offer Dean Falcone’s 18th Annual Thanksgiving Vomitorium, with a special tribute to the Kinks. Friday’s early show at 7:30 features cellist and singer Leyla McCalla, and at 10 you can catch the Late Show with Hank and Cupcakes, and Mission O.  Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session will be with Billy Cofrances at 4:30, followed at 9 by their Skansgivin’ Skaturday with The Hempsteadys, The Dialtones, and Llama T Ska.   Sunday’s 3 p.m. Jam is with Stacy Phillips, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Cobalt Rhythm Kings.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight’s Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends will be on the Lilly’s Pad stage. Wednesday’s Annual Thanksgiving Eve Show features Deep Banana Blackout.  On Friday they bring Chris Webby and MarBar to the stage.  Saturday’s at 9:00 show brings you George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, along with Amy Lynn & The Gunshow..

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, the Hartford Jazz Societies’ weekly “Jazz Monday” event brings you the Steve Davis & Friends. 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 Tim McDonald this week.  Friday night’s 9:00 show headlines SNL Band vocalist Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez. Saturday they bring you jazz with the Allegra Levy Band featuring Sean Clapis. 8.

The Veterans’ Writing Group will meet tonight at 7 this week at the Russell Library in Middletown.

Manic Productions offers you a 10-Show Winter Pass at various locations. Details at

On Tuesday at 2 the Connecticut Historical Society hosts guided tours of two new exhibits, “(Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured,” by Richard Welling, and “Hartford Seen:  Photographs,” by Pablo Delano.  They also offer a “Secrets of the Veeder House Tour” this weekend, with behind the scenes highlights of the Society’s headquarters in Hartford.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, Connecticut’s own NRBQ makes it’s debut on Wednesday at 8. On Friday they’ve got “The Weight” performing the music of THE BAND at their 8:00 show.  On Saturday, Max Creek takes the Infinity stage, offering electric rock jam starting at 8.  On Sunday, they offer Ryan Montbleau and Band, with special guest Jesse Dee, for a 7:30 show.

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.

On Friday, the 29th Annual Holiday on Main Street festival takes place in Middletown, starting with a Holiday Train Exhibit at 11 at Amato’s Toy & Hobby.  There’s an Open House at the Mansfield House at 2, food, hot chocolate, and hayrides, and a carol sing. The Middletown High School Marching Band performs, and the evening concludes with a tree lighting on the South Green at 6, with a second lighting at Eli Cannon’s lighting at 8:15 and the arrival of Santa by horse and carriage.

Winterfest Hartford opens Friday at 4:30, and includes music, ice skating, and free photos with Santa.

And on Friday the Holiday Light Fantasia opens in Hartford at Goodwin Park.

On Friday there’s a show of the paintings of David Schulz at Middletown Framing, 502 Main St.  A reception will be held from 5-8 p.m.

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 Wednesday.  Also continuing is “Diplomacy,” a French drama about Hitler’s plan to destroy Paris in WWII. They’re closed on Thanksgiving.  On Friday they start a ruin of “Pelican Dreams,” Emmy-Award-winner Judy Irving’s documentary that follows a California brown pelican from an arrest on the Golden Gate Bridge to care at a rehabilitation facility.  Also opening is “BFFs,” a female buddy comedy about posers in a weekend couples retreat.  Both continue through the weekend. On Saturday they’re showing the Internet Cat Video Festival, for cat lovers of all ages. On Sunday at 2 there’s a one time event, “Holbook/Twain: An American Odyssey,” with the award-winning show “Mark Twain Tonight” and a post-film discussion with Director Scott Teems.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, the run of about a
“The Blue Room,” a French crime drama based on the novel by Georges Simenon, continues through Tuesday.  On Wednesday through Sunday you can see “Boyhood,” a film that follows a boy in his journey from childhood to adulthood. On Sunday they open “Rome, Open City,” a restored ultra high def version of the 1945 classic about Italian resistance fighters being hunted by the Gestapo, 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.

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

That’s followed at 6:30 by Michael Benson’s 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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