Monday, January 19, 2015

01-19-15 jive

Good evening, it's Monday, January 19th, Martin Luther King Day, 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.  Now here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:
At the Buttonwood in Middletown, tonight is the Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed by the anything Goes Open Mic hosted this week by Eric Kuhn at 8. On Tuesday at 6 they have Laughter Yoga with Mylene Poitras, followed by a Vegetarian Potluck.  Thursday at 7 you can join the Middlesex Drum Circle, extra percussion instruments are available. Friday night at 7 they bring Bobtown – A Folk-Americana group to the Buttonwood stage.  On Saturday at 4 there’s an Art Reception with Andrew Wallach to celebrate his artpiece “Evolution of the Revolution.”  At 8 on Saturday, there’s a “Where’s Warren” 50th birthday solo concert with Hartford’s own Warren Byrd. 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 the Kevin St. James Band at 8.  On Tuesday Manic Productions brings you The Whigs, Laundry Day, and No Line North.  Wednesday’s show features Rabbit in the Rye, Sam Perduta, and Kindred Queer.  On Thursday they headline Eurisko, along with others, at the 9:00 show.   On Friday at 5, the Weekly Wind-down Happy Hour features Byl Cote, followed by the 9:00 show featuring Sasquatch & The Sick-A-Billys, along with Lushlife.  Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with the George Baker Band, followed by the January Jam at 9 with Rizzo’s Dilemma and Low Key. The Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 this week features the Morris Trent Band.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight you can catch the usual Jazz Monday with a variety of artists in their College Rising Star Series.  On Tuesday, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material.  Wednesday night’s Blues Jam is with Tommy Whalen this week.  On Thursday they bring you Paint Night with all materials provided. Friday night, it’s the Spiritual Rez reggae funk dance experience with Frank Viele at 9. On Saturday they’ve got Neal Vitullo & the Vipers.  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 Thursday they bring you the Bright Night 11: Electro Glow Party with a whole list of performers.  Friday’s 8:30 offerings are Shakedown, Tyrone Shoelaces, and Carbonated Insight. On Sunday, Helium Brothers, and The Professors of Bluegrass take the Toad’s stage. for more.

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.

In Hartford, at Infinity Hall, on Thursday they have Comedy Night starring Dan Naturman with Shaun Eli and Katherine Williams.  On Friday they bring you the blues/funk favorite The Subdudes at 8.  On Saturday they’ve got Voyage, The #1 “Journey” tribute band in the world.

At the Russell Library in Middletown this week, on Thursday at 7 Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz will present “The Influence of American Rock ‘n’ Roll on the Beatles.”  The Veteran’s Writing Group also meets on Thursday. On Saturday at 10 a.m. there is a Preschool Information Fair for Middletown residents.

This Saturday at 11 and 2 the Connecticut Historical society invites you to a Behind-the-Scenes Tour:  The Downton Abbey Era in Connecticut.  Enjoy a special tour of costumes and artifacts from the Edwardian era.

The Baby Grand Jazz Series is underway at the Hartford Public Library.  This Sunday at 3 it’s the Tarantino/Terefenko Duo of piano and saxophone.

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:

The Hartford Public Library will screen “Hunger In America,” a documentary on food scarcity, this Tuesday at 6 at the Center for Contemporary Culture.  A discussion follows the film, which is sponsored by the City of Hartford Food System and Foodshare.

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 Friday.  Also continuing is “The Overnighters,” an award-winning documentary about job seekers chasing the American Dream in the tiny oil boomtown of Williston, North Dakota. It also runs through Friday.  On Saturday they open the run of the Italian thriller “Human Capital,” about unexpected the events that occur when two families from different economic backgrounds become entwined.  Also opening is “Point and Shoot,” which won the Best Documentary award at the Tribeca Film Festival.  It follows a timid man with OCD who leaves home and ends up filming the war in Libya until he was captured by Gaddafi’s forces.  Both run through the weekend.

Cinestudio at Trinity College continues its run of “Force Majeure,” a Swedish film about the impact of a terrifying avalanche on a vacationing family of four, tonight and Tuesday. On Wednesday they’ll be screening “Birdman,” the Academy Award-nominated film starring Michael Keaton as a washed up superhero actor.  It continues through Saturday.  On Thursday and Saturday they’re also showing “National Theatre Live’s Treasure Island,” a new stage adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic.  On Sunday there’s a one-time screening of The Bolshoi Ballet:  Swan Lake,” directed by Vincent Bataillon.  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 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-midnight  The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee brings you the music of yesterday’s future today.

At midnight we listen to a free form music show called “all mixed up” with Peter Bochan from WBAI in NYC courtesy of the Pacifica network.

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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