Monday, January 12, 2015

01-12-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, January 12th, and this is the Jive at Five – our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on WESU 88.1 FM 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 Maria Johnson, producer and host of "Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith," which, through January, Wesleyan's winter break, when our friends at "Anarchy on Air" are away, airs every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: Commonweal film critic Richard Alleva reviews the films "Exodus" with Christian Bale, and "St. Vincent," with Bill Murray. "St. Vincent," I see is running through tomorrow at Cinestudio in Hartford, and then it'll be harder to find. Richard and I will also bat around the potential Oscar picks. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived for two weeks at and forever at

Now here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight is the Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed by the Anything Goes Open Mic hosted this week by Alan Bradley at 8. On Thursday at 7:30 there’s a High Vibe Groove Jam, offering World Fusion music by CinTamani, and smoothies and superfoods by Kale-Yums.  Friday night at 7 is Groovin’ for Girls:  A Benefit Concert for Girls Education in West Africa.  On Saturday they bring Elaine St. George Sings Steve Goodman to the stage, celebrating the music of that Chicago-born folk music  singer/songwriter.  Sunday’s worship service at 10 is with Reverend Ronnie Bantum, followed by Pastor Sandra Steele at 11.  At 1 p.m., Food Not Bombs serves food in front of the Buttonwood.  Help prepare the vegetarian meal at 11:30 at First Church on Court Street.  Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets.

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, they’ve got Cage, Ceschi, Deep Trouble, and The//Moon at 8.  On Tuesday they present Beecher for the Ready.Set.Cult comedy show.  On Wednesday they bring you the King & Queens of East Rock.  On Thursday at 9 Rival Nova takes the stage, along with Rudeyna. On Friday at 5, the Weekly Wind-down Happy Hour features Victor Roland, followed by the 9:00 show with Ballroom Thieves, The Korey Brodsky Band, and Three In The Hand. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, with the 9 p.m. show later featuring Jet Fueled Horses and F. Sean Martin. On Sunday at 3 there’s Lys Guillorn’s Big Little Sunday Show, and the Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 features The Langley Project.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight you can catch the usual Jazz Monday with featured artist Josh Bruneau, celebrating a CD Release Party.  On Tuesday, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material.  Wednesday night’s Blues Jam is with Gene Donaldson this week.  On Thursday they bring the Selwyn Birchwood Band to the stage at 8:30.  Friday night’s double billing brings you The Neybas, along with Rizzo’s Dilemma, an improvisational rock band from Southern CT.  On Saturday they’ve got Delta Generators, whose 2014 album “Get on the Horse” has been nominated for Blues Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards.   More at

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight there’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends in Lilly’s Pad. On Wednesday they headline Corey Smith, along with The Wind + The Wave.  On Thursday they bring A$AP Ferg & Yg to the stage for the Bestcoast Connection Tour, and Meet & Greet Packages are available.  Friday night there’s a Riders On The Storm Doors Tribute with a variety of performers.  Saturday’s early show at 7 is the Winter Rock Showcase, followed at 11:30 by The Original Saturday Night College Dance Party. for more.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, on Tuesday night at 6 career coach and author Jean Baur is featured in her talk “Turn Off Your Computer and Get a Job!”  At 7, the Russell Readers will discuss “On Tranquility of Mind” by Seneca.  On Wednesday the Middletown Arts Stakeholders Group meets at 5 for discussion and a potluck dinner.  On Thursday at 7 they’re screening Jeremy Seifert’s “GMO OMG,” a documentary about genetically modified food, with a discussion following.  The Veterans’ Writing Group also meets on Thursday at 7.

At the Hartford Public Library, Emmy-award-winning broadcaster and journalist Kara Sundlun will discuss her book “Finding Dad,” at 6 p.m.  The book details growing up fatherless and building a relationship with her father, a war hero and governor of Rhode Island.

You can tour the Wadsworth Mansion every Wednesday at 2 p.m.  Details at

The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet Wednesday at First Church on Court St.  Partners not necessary.  Call 860-347-0278 for details.

Back up in Hartford, at Infinity Hall, on Friday they bring you the pop/rock favorite Orleans at 8.  On Saturday there’s The Sounds of Frank – The ultimate musical tribute to Frank Sinatra, featuring John Cooper.  Sunday’s 7:30 show features Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, and Meet-and-Greet packages are available.

On Friday the Charter Oak Center in Hartford presents “Read It And Sleep:  The Lorax,”  at 7 p.m.  Hot chocolate and snacks will be available as you listen to the Dr. Suess classic read by a guest reader.  The first 25 families take home a free copy of the book, and you can come in your pajamas.

The Greater Middletown Chorale invites experienced singers to audition for the 2015 season.  E-mail, or call Margie at 860-633-6198 for more information.

On Saturday there’s a “Journey Writer’s” workshop at Sweet Harmony Café in Middletown at 1 p.m.  Writers, playwrights, and other performers showcase their talents.

Also on Saturday, the Mark Twain House presents a special workshop, “Hidden Potential:  An Introduction to Found Poetry” with Lisa Mangini at 1 p.m.  Details at

You can skate for free at the Winterfest Hartford rink in Bushnell Park all week long, thanks to the City of Hartford and The iQuilt Partnership.  Free skate rentals are available.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford the run of “Antartica:  A Year on Ice,” a documentary following the scientists, technicians and craftsmen who live year-round on the Antarctic continent, continues through Thursday.  Also continuing is “The Great Invisible,” a documentary about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oilrig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. They’ve also got their Creative Cocktail Hour this Thursday at 6, where creative people meet for art, music, and more.  On Friday they open “The Overnighters,” an award-winning documentary about job seekers chasing the American Dream in the tiny oil boomtown of Williston, North Dakota.

Cinestudio at Trinity College continues its run of “St. Vincent,” starring Bill Murray as a retiree providing after school care for a stressed single mother, tonight and tomorrow.  On Wednesday they open a run of “Gone Girl,” starring Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s thriller about the unexplained disappearance of a man’s wife.  It runs through Saturday.   On Sunday they open “Force Majeure,” a Swedish film about the impact of a terrifying avalanche on a vacationing family of four.  More at

Now, here’s a look at tonight’s programming on WESU 88.1 FM:

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 Bill Revill filling in with 90 minutes of Acoustic Blender where you can hear a wide range of acoustic, folk, roots Americana music.

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-midnight  The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee brings you the music of yesterday’s future today.

At midnight we feature Pacifica Radio’s "From the Vault's" 1971 radio documentary that profiles the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame caliber All-Female Rock group FANNY, who David Bowie cited as one of the most important female rock bands ever! Stay tuned at 1 am for part 2 of this program featuring new interviews and footage.

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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