Wednesday, January 28, 2015

01-28-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, January 28th, 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 your life is getting back to normal after a Blizzard Colbie laid down a thick later of snow across our region.

Here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week. Be aware that while most venues are back in action some some events may have been cancelled or reschedule due to the storms impact. I’d still recommend checking with any venue before venturing out in the cold!  

Right about now, scheduled to star at 5, you can catch King & Queens of East Rock for an early show at Cafe Nine in New Haven., tonight’s scheduled show 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.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight's weekly Blues Jam is with Tim McDonald this week. 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. for more.

Tonight, here in townthe Connecticut Poetry Society holds its every-last-Wednesday-of-the-month meeting at 6 p.m at the Russell Library, RSVP to Pamela: or 860.563.5761. Also tonight, The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet at First Church on Court St. 860-347-0278 for details

the Middletown Commission on the Arts meets at 7 p.m. tonight in Room B19 of the Municipal Bldg. at 245 deKoven Drive.

 Manic Productions brings Frontier Ruckus, with The Proud Flesh and Arcay, to Bar in New Haven, tonight for a 9 p.m. show.

At Wesleyan’s Center for The Arts, in Middletown, Thursday brings 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 presents 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  

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. has the complete line-up.

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 .

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. .

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.

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 .

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 .

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

Tonight and tomorrow at Real Art Ways in Hartford you can still catch the Italian thriller “Human Capital,”  Also still playing through Thursday 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.

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio, opens their 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.

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

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for: The Explorer’s Hour with Pickup Sticks for an exploration into the realm of indie rock and roll.

From 6-6:30, it's Mind Matters with Helen Evrard, M.D. The show provides information and guest interviews on issues concerning mental illness. The focus is exploring holistic therapies and stories of individual achievement. 

At 6:30-8pm it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion. Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

And from 8-9:30pm, it's The Warehouse with Mike NyceThe best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

Starting at 9:30 until 11pm it's NE Tempo with DJ Berk.  Serious turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

And from 11pm til 4am,  we've got a mixed bag of fill in DJs and programs as we gear up for the launch of our new program season next Monday. 

The BBC world news kicks on at 4 and we start tomorrow’s broadcast day at 5am 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

and while I have your attention, WESU could use your help in the current Hartford Reader Poll which is going on now. Ballots are online at and we'd surely appreciate it if you could vote for WESU as the BEST College Radio station and look for and write in your favorite WESU DJs and personalities too!  

Thanx for listening and stay tuned for The Explorer's Hour with DJ Pickup Sticks!

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