Monday, December 8, 2014

12-08-14 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, December 8th, 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 show that talks about the brain disorders we call mental illness.  Join me this week for a conversation with Abbe Miller, Director of the Masters of Arts program in Art Therapy at Albertus Magnus College.  Listen every Wednesday at 6 on WESU 88.1 FM, or online at

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:

Tonight at 7, at the Russell Library in Middletown, the Musical Directors of the GM Chorale and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra present a conversation and community discussion, “What’s So Great About Handel’s Messiah?” This precedes their joint performance of the holiday oratorio on Dec 21.

At the Buttonwood Tree 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 Alan Bradley.  On Thursday they’ve got Writers Out Loud at 7, co-hosted by Cocomo Rock and Al Bower, Jr.  Friday at 7:30 is Live From Downtown Atlantis, a solo performance meditation with the work of L. Mixashawn Rozie. On Saturday morning the “Aligned with Source” workshop series continued with this week’s theme, “Being the Medium You Are.”  Saturday afternoon at 1 there’s Ornament Decorating, and Saturday night at 8 enjoy “An Evening with the Samadi-Keene Duo,” with music for guitar, mandolin and piano. On Sunday they present “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” at 3 and 7 p.m., sponsored by Connecticut Heritage Productions and featuring Peter Lofredo and John Cappaletti.

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 at 8 they bring you Chris Arnott’s “Get to the Point,” with a variety of performers.  On Tuesday it’s the Toys For Tots Benefit.  Bring an unwrapped toy for free admission to hear Murdervan and others at 9.  On Wednesday, Manic Productions presents Today Is The Day, Burrows, and Slavestate, followed by The Asberry Boys and Seth Adam.  Thursday’s show includes Blessed State, Dead Wives, Loom and Spook the Herd.  On Friday they bring Landing, The Mountain Movers, and Omega Vague to the stage at 9. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session will be with Gary Grippo & Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents. Sunday’s 3 p.m. show features Lys Guillorn’s Big Little Sunday Show, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with the George Baker 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. Tuesday they bring you Dej Loaf, and Snoote Wild. Thursday’s 8:00 show is A Kushmas Vacation with Curren$y, and others.  On Friday it’s the Gwar Eternal Tour 2014, and Saturday’s Annual Jazz Christmas Show headlines Marion Meadows.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, the Hartford Jazz Societies’ weekly “Jazz Monday” event brings you Jovan Alexandre and features a CD Release Party. 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 Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts, Connecticut’s “Best Blues Band” in 2011. Saturday they bring you singer/songwriter Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood at 9.

Manic Productions brings Chuck Ragan & the Camaradie, with Adam Faucett, and Rusty Things, to The Space in Hamden at 8 tonight.  On Tuesday they offer Russian Circles and Mutoid Man at The Ballroom at The Outer Space.  On Wednesday, there’s The Pass, Ian Biggs, and Glamour Assassins at Bar in New Haven.  On Thursday you can see Pearl and the Beard at The Space in Hamden, and Saturday’s feature at The Space is Modern Baseball for a 7:00 show.  Sunday they bring Semicircle, Shampoo, and Dr. Martino to The Outer Space at Hamden.

The Middletown Symphonic Band presents a short holiday concert on Tuesday at 7:15 on the campus of Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown.

At the Russell Library this week, the Russell Readers will discuss YiYun Li’s “The Science of Flight” this Tuesday at 7.  On Wednesday at 7, Hedda Kopf leads a book discussion of “The House of Mirth” by Edith Wharton. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7.  There’s a Friends of the Library book sale this Friday and Saturday, and on Saturday they bring you Roger Ceresi’s All Startz Concert, an 8-piece horn band playing rhythm, blues, and rock and roll.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, Thursday’s 8:00 show is Start Making Sense (A Tribute to the Talking Heads) with HmfO (celebrating the music of Hall & Oates).  On Friday they bring the Americana/roots rock band Rusted Root to the stage at 8.  Saturday’s featured artist is jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli.  On Sunday they offer Sadie and the Hotheads, fronted by Downton Abbey’s own Elizabeth McGovern.

There’s a pre-audition workshop this Wednesday for Oddfellow’s winter main production, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” at 6 p.m. at the Oddfellow’s Playhouse in Middletown.

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.

Holiday on Main St continues this Saturday in Middletown, starting at 10:30 with popcorn and pretzels, hot chocolate, and holiday music.  Greet Santa and get free hayrides and trainrides. There’s a decorating workshop, holiday story time, and free doorprizes at selected businesses, as well as an Open House at First Church starting at noon.  Details at

The Art Guild of Middletown presents its annual December Art Show this Saturday at the Portland Library, 20 Freestone Avenue.  There’s an opening reception from 2-4 p.m.

The Middletown Symphonic Band presents its annual Holiday Concert this Sunday at the South Church in Middletown at 2 p.m.

The Christmas Candlelight Concert happens this Sunday at First Church in Middletown at 4 p.m.  They feature the Senior Choir, Celebration Singers, and Heart in Hand Bell Choir, along with Christmas poems and singing of carols.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run 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, continues.  Also continuing is “Force Majeure,” a Cannes Jury Prize-winning psychodrama about a Swedish family on vacation in the French Alps.  Both continue through Thursday.  On Friday they open “British Arrows Awards,” an eclectic mix of commercial creativity, from high-tech extravaganzas to bawdy comedy. Also opening is ‘Art and Craft,” a documentary about one of the most prolific art forgers in US history.  Both run through the weekend.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, the run of “The Green Prince,” a documentary following the friendship between a Hamas sympathizer and a member of the Israeli security service, continues through Tuesday.  On Tuesday at 3 there’s a one-time screening of  National Theatre Live’s “John,” a play that combines dance and spoken word by the innovative DV8 Physical Theatre.  The run of “Gone Girl,” starring Ben Afflick and Rosamund Pike, a drama surrounding the disappearance in a small Missouri town, opens Wednesday and continues through the weekend.

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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