Good evening, it's Tuesday, January 13th, 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 Marianne O’Hare, producer of "Conversations on Health Care," which,airs every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
Now here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:
At the Russell Library in Middletown, tonight (Tues) at 6 career coach and author Jean Baur presents 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. http://www.russelllibrary.org
In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, tonight you can catch Beecher in the Ready.Set.Cult comedy show. On Wednesday Café nin Presents 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. www.cafenine.com
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 atwww.blackeyedsallys.com
Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Wednesday night Corey Smith headlines a show with opening act The Wind + The Wave. On Thursday Toad’s presents A$AP Ferg & Yg to the stage for the Bestcoast Connection Toure. Friday night, Riders On The Storm offer their Doors Tribute and headlines a long bill of bands. Saturday’s early show at 7 is the Winter Rock Showcase featuring over 10 regional acts . www.toadsplace.com for more.
At the Hartford Public Library, Emmy-award-winning broadcaster and journalist Kara Sundlun will discuss her book “Finding Dad,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday night. The book details growing up fatherless and building a relationship with her father, a war hero and governor of Rhode Island. http://www.hplct.org
At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, 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. http://www.buttonwood.org
Tomorrow, Weds night, Manic productions presents several Monogold and Child Actor on stage at Bar in New Haven. www.Manicproductions.org
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Partners are not necessary but soft soled shoes are suggested. Call 860-347-0278 for details.
Back up in Hartford, at Infinity Hall, on Friday they bring you the pop/rock sounds of 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. www.infinityhall.com.
Friday night at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, here in Middletown, you can catch Fade 2 Black. Saturday night Scatz presents the LAUGH FOR JOY COMEDY REGGAE TOUR. http://www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com/ that’s Scatz with a “Z”
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. http://www.charteroakcenter.org
The Greater Middletown Chorale invites experienced singers to audition for the 2015 season. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. www.arts2go.org
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 www.marktwainhouse.org
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. http://www.hartford.com
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. www.realartways.com.
Tonight, Cinestudio at Trinity College continues ends their run of “St. Vincent,” starring Bill Murray as a retiree providing after school care for a stressed single mother, tonight and tomorrow. tomorrow/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 athttp://www.cinestudio.org
Now, here’s a look at tonight’s programming on WESU 88.1 FM:
Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for
An early and extended edition of Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill for 3 hrs of Americana, country, folk, bluegrass, and other music that has a roots influence, plus a comprehensive concert listing at 7pm, live guests and the occasional ticket giveaway!
From 8-9pm it’s The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry, for a weekly show featuring area artists and musicians of all genres.
At 9pm it’s Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat a free form music show offering a wide range of music from krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog.
At 10:30 we bring you Peter Bochan’s All mixed up a free form music and commentary show from WBAI in NYC. Tonight’s show pays tribute to the French publication Charlie.
After that at 11:30 We’ll bring you an hour of 99% invisible, “a little radio blog about design”. The show is hosted by Roman Mars but if you listen closely, you’ll hear the slick production and voice of show producer, Avery Trufelman, who cut her teeth here at WESU.
At 12:30am tonight you can catch 2 hrs of Jazz with on Suga in my Bowl with Joyce Jones from WBAI in NYC. Tonight’s episode features an interview and spotlight on composer and musician Geri Allen
At 2:30 we bring you Occupy Radio, who exclaims they aim to "Get an Accurate Count of Cop Homicides"
DJ Otto nation rounds things out with a free form mix from 3:30-4am before the BBC word news service kicks on. We begin tomorrow’s broadcast day at 4am with Morning Edition from NPR. That’s all for today’s jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at www.wesufm.org/jive
Stay Tuned for 3 hrs of acoustic roots and Americana music with Bill Revill!