Monday, December 1, 2014

12/1/14 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, December 1st, 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 Dr. Helen Evrard, host of Mind Matters, the weekly show about the brain disorders we call mental illness.  Join me each Wednesday at 6 as I interview guests who work in this field, or who themselves are adapting to these life-changing conditions.

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 J and Tim.  On Tuesday at 6 there’s Laughter Yoga with Mimi Claire, followed by a vegetarian potluck. The monthly Thursday Open Mic is hosted this week by Bob Gotta.  On Friday at 8 you can catch the acoustic duo Moonshine Holler at 8, who bring you traditional American music and flatfoot dancing. On Saturday morning at 10:30, the Aligned with Source Workshop, hosted by Annaita Gandhy, resumes, with this week’s theme being “Ownership:  What, Who & How much do you Own?”  On Saturday night, the jazz duo of Uri Shaham and Mark Kaplan take the Buttonwood stage.  On Sunday at 3, there’s a recital by the students of The Hartt School of Music featuring compositions for guitar and harp. Sunday night at 7 there’s the Great Make Believe Improv Show, with comedy fit for the family. Every Monday morning, the Hearing Voices Network meets at the Buttonwood at 10:30 a.m.

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 bring you Jazz in the Living Room with Kevin St. James.  On Tuesday Manic Productions brings you Corrections House, Statiqbloom, and Polluter for an 8:30 show. Wednesday’s 8:00 show features The Dialtones, The Beatdown, and The Excitement Gang.  On Thursday  they headline The Sacred Shakers as part of the Country Gospel Supergroup show at 8.  Friday brings Gary Heriot to the stage for an early show at 5, followed at 9 by a Proto Punk show including X___X, Estrogen Highs, and Stark Raving Lulu. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session will be with Mike Coppola and Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by Lydia Lunchd, Elisa Ambrogio, and Whore Paint.  On Sunday at 3 Kath Bloom headlines, followed by the Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod 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 Thursday they bring three bands with three albums to the stage, including Say Anything, Saves The Day, and Reggie and the Full Effect.  On Friday they headling Zach Deputy for a 9:00 show.  On Saturday at 9:30 they bring you the Original Saturday Night College Dance Party.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, the Hartford Jazz Societies’ weekly “Jazz Monday” event starts tonight at 8.  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 Cynthia Fabian and Carl Ricci this week.  Friday night’s 9:00 show headlines blues performer Popa Chubba. On Saturday they bring you Southern New England blues favorite Easy at 9.

Tonight, the Reader’s Theater presents the play “Red,” by John Logan, at the Russell Library in Middletown at 7.  On Thursday, the Veterans Writing Group meets at 7 p.m. On Saturday, they offer the third Writing Workshop hosted by author Steve Liskow, with this month’s them being “I’ve Got a First Draft:  Now What?”

Tonight at 7 in CFA Hall in Middletown, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents performances by beginning South Indian Voice students.  And at 8, they present their own Ebony Singers in concert at Crowell Concert Hall, performing traditional and contemporary gospel tunes.  On Tuesday at noon, also in Crowell Hall, Wesleyan chamber music students perform works by various composers.  Tuesday evening in Crowell Hall Professor Neely Bruce conducts the WesWinds fall concert at 8, performed by the wind ensemble of the University.  Their Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan series continues on Wednesday at 4:15 in CFA hall, with a presentation by Veronica Doubleday, “Emotional Expression in Woman’s Music-Making in Afghanistan.”  She continues Wednesday night at 7 with vocal and drum performances of the music of Afghanistan, accompanied by her husband, John Baily, on the lute. Their Writing at Wesleyan series continues on Wednesday with presentations by poet Thomas Sayers and novelist Hirsh Sawhney at 8 p.m. at the Russell House.  On Thursday the  Youth Gamelan Ensemble performs at 6 in World Music Hall.  The Senior Capstone Project presents Jean Claude van Italie’s “The Serpent” by Sivan Battat this Thursday through Saturday at the Patricelli Theater. On Friday and Saturday, student choreographers present their Winter Dance Concert at CFA Theater.  On Friday at 9, visiting Professor David Berhman hosts the graduate music student concert “All” Means “Necessary”  in World Music Hall.  On Sunday in Crowell Concert Hall, choreographer Iddi Saaka presents the West African Dance Concert at 2 p.m.

On Tuesday at 2 the Connecticut Historical Society continues guided tours of two new exhibits, “(Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured,” by Richard Welling, and “Hartford Seen: Photographs,” by Pablo Delano, every  Tuesday at 2 p.m. throughout December.

The exhibit “Auto/Geography, Meanderings and Drawings,” opens this Tuesday at Middlesex Community College in Middletown.  There’s a linked exhibit performance of “Re/Turn” by exhibit artist James Holland at 2:30, followed by a reception.

Manic Productions brings you Winterpills, The Sun Parade, and Ruby Nightingale, performing at Bar in New Haven this Wednesday.  On Sunday, they have Manchester Orchestra and Chris Staples at Center Church on the Green in New Haven at 7:30.

The Middlesex County Historical Society hosts author Anne Farrow, author of “The Logbooks:  Connecticut’s Slave Ships and Human Memory” on Thursday at the Society’s headquarters in Middletown.

The Friends of the Davison Art Center at Wesleyan host their Holiday Open House this Friday at 5 at the Center in Middletown.  Details at

The Middletown Symphonic Band performs its holiday concert at Westbrook High School in Westbrook at 7 p.m.

Holiday on Main Street 2014 continues in Middletown this Saturday, starting with the annual Craft Fair at The Church of the Holy Trinity at 9 a.m., and including pictures and donuts with Santa, hayrides, train rides, and more.  See free Christmas films at Wesleyan’s Center for Film Studies, and hear holiday stories at noon at the Main St. Fire Department.

The annual Christmas “Holly Fair” at First Church happens this Saturday in Middletown.  Enjoy baked goods and crafts and lunch starting at 9:30.

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.  Continuing through Wednesday is “Diplomacy,” a French drama about Hitler’s plan to destroy Paris in WWII. “BFFs,” a female buddy comedy about posers in a weekend couples retreat, also runs through Thursday.  “Alternate Endings,” a new video program for the 25th anniversary of Day With(out) Art, runs all day today, and features the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic.   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 “Force Majeure,” a Cannes Jury Prize-winning psychodrama about a Swedish family on vacation in the French Alps.   Both continue through the weekend. They’re got the monthly Real Board Games this Tuesday at 6, and their monthly Gaze social hour happens this Friday at 5:30.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, the run of “Rome, Open City,” a restored ultra high def version of the 1945 classic about Italian resistance fighters being hunted by the Gestapo, continues through Wednesday.  On Thursday they open “Dear White People,” about a black student on a mostly white Ivy League campus who produces shows about stereotypes. On Sunday there’s a one-time showing of the Bolshoi Ballet’s “La Bayadère” in ultra-high def at 12:55.  On Sunday they open “The Green Prince,” a documentary following the friendship between a Hamas sympathizer and a member of the Israeli security service.

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 1 a.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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