Tuesday, January 27, 2015

01-27-15 jive

Good evening, it's Tuesday, January 27th, 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 Ben Michael, hoping that Blizzard Colbie didn’t wreak to much havoc in your life.

Now here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week. Be aware that some events will likely be cancelled due to the storm. I’d recommend calling any venue before venturing out in search of live entertainment.  

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, tonight’s scheduled show is Called Out, with Eric Hartlett and PUS. Wednesday brings the King & Queens of East Rock happy hour at 5. A performance by The Density Twins has been rescheduled for April 15. Thursday at Café Nine, it’s Creamery Station with Felicia March. Friday’s Weekly Wind-Down Happy Hour at 5 brings The Louds, followed at 9 by Johnny Carlevale & The Rolling Pins, with Sean Coleman and The Quasars, Jeff Deware & The Bop Thrills. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Billy Cofrances, followed at 9 by Frank Viele, with Steve Broderick and The 100 Watt Suns and The Palindromes. Sunday afternoon, Kath Bloom performs, along with Linda Draper and Bop Tweedie. They’re followed at 8 by the Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod. www.cafenine.com

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, Tuesday nights feature Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band working out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Tim McDonald. On deck for Friday is Gong Tuff: A Tribute To Bob Marley. Saturday brings Hartford Hot Several and the Expandable Brass Band to Sally’s. www.blackeyedsallys.com for more.

At Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, on tomorrow (Wednesday) you can catch a dance lecture by Dr. Rebecca Rossen, of Wesleyan’s class of 1990, titled "Uneasy Duets: Contemporary American Dances about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict," . The lecture will focus on how Jewish choreographers have handled the shifting role of Zionism in American Jewish life. Dr. Rossen is a dance professor at the University of Texas at Austin. The opening reception for it’s the CFA’s Picture/Thing Exhibition, a show of ten artists; is at 5 p.m., with a talk by the curators at 5:30, at the Zilkha gallery. On Friday, the Center for the Arts brings the Calefax Reed Quintet, an Amsterdam-based classical chamber music group, to Crowell Concert Hall at 8 p.m., with a pre-concert talk at 7:15 by Wesleyan Prof. Neely Bruce. Info about all CFA events is at wesleyan.edu/cfa.

On Wednesday, the Middletown Commission on the Arts meets at 7 p.m. in Room B19 of the Municipal Bldg. at 245 deKoven Drive. www.arts2go.org.

Also on Wednesday, at the Russell Library in Middletown, the Connecticut Poetry Society holds its every-last-Wednesday-of-the-month meeting at 6 p.m. RSVP to Pamela: pamela.cps@hotmail.com or 860.563.5761.

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

On Wednesday, Manic Productions brings Frontier Ruckus, with The Proud Flesh and Arcay, to Bar in New Haven, starting at 9 p.m.

Toad’s Place in New Haven, brings LOTUS to the stage Thursday with opening act Moon Hooch. Friday, bringgs Opus’s B-Day Blizzard Bash 2015, two stages of music of loud music headlined by Jasta. www.toadsplace.com has the complete line-up.

On Friday, At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown the Ricky Alfonso Jazz Duo plays at 7. Saturday brings the Greg Diamond Jazz Trio to the Buttonwood at 8. Sunday’s worship service at 10 is with Rev. Ronnie Bantum and at 11 with Pastor Sandra Steele. Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m. Help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30. Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets.   http://www.buttonwood.org.

At Middlesex Community College, from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Pegasus Gallery there’s an artist’s reception is planned for Clarissa R. Gerber’s exhibit Figurative Color. Details by contacting curator Matt Weber at mweber@mxcc.edu .

Back up in Hartford, at Infinity Hall, on Thursday its Last Fair Deal with special guest The Meadows Brothers. Friday brings Bela Fleck with The Knights. Saturday’s performance is by John Reilly and Friends featuring Becky Stark and Tom Brosseau. Sunday, Infinity Gallery Presents Lori Racicot-Burrous. www.infinityhall.com.

Back in Middletown, on Sunday at 2 p.m., Adath Israel presents a program by Durham resident Dr. Michael Good, author of The Search for Major Plagge: The Nazi Who Saved Jews. Dr. Good is the son of Holocaust survivors from Vilna, Lithuania. He tells the story of how Karl Plagge, a German army officer, saved his mother and more than 250 other Jews. His book is based on five years of research, using German documents that had been closed for fifty years and interviews with survivors. More info by calling 860-346-4709 or emailing office@adathisraelct.org .

Also on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Russell Library, there will be a free concert by award-winning folksinger and songwriter Joe Crookston, playing guitar, banjo and fiddle. Details at www.russelllibrary.org .

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

Continuing its run At Real Art Ways in Hartford is the Italian thriller “Human Capital,” about unexpected events that occur when two families from different economic backgrounds become entwined.  Also still playing 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 is captured by Gaddafi’s forces.  Starting Friday and running well into February are the always fun Oscar-nominated short films. www.realartways.com.

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio, ends their run of La Jour Se Leve, a 4k restoration of the 1939 masterpiece of French poetic realism. Tomorrow/Wednesday cinestudio begins a run of Interstellar, your first and only chance in Connecticut to see it on film, in 70mm, the format specifically recommended by celluloid devotee director Christopher Nolan! Unlike Gravity, Melancholia, and most cosmological movies, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar gets a “thumbs up” from most physicists. And environmental activists are said to like it, too. It plays through the end of January, then The Babadook opens. It’s a terrifying film in which a young widow struggles with her 8-year-old son Samuel's fears and tantrums as best she can. But rational thought goes out the window when they start reading a pop-up book with a monster called the Babadook, whose power to haunt the mind is chillingly real. www.cinestudio.org.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:

In light of recent blizzard that hit our region, it is very likely that there will be substitutions and fill-ins tonight as our volunteer broadcasters dig their way out of the snow. That said, here’s what is scheduled.

Right after the jive at Five, Stay tuned for a spotlight on the sound track to oh brother where art thou.

Following that at 6pm stay tuned for an hour spotlight on some powerful protests music from the American folk music tradition.

At 7pm tuned for a radio documentary on the king of western swing, Bob Wills.

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.

After that at 12:30 stay tuned for 2 hrs of swamp funk and rock on back down the bayou from Pacifica.

DJ Otto nation rounds things out with a free form mix from until 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

Thanks for listening Stay warm and Stay Tuned!

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