Thursday, January 29, 2015

01-29-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, January 29th, 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, thanks for joining us!

Here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week.

At Wesleyan’s Center for The Arts, here in Middletown, tonight 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  

At Middlesex Community College, from 6 to 7 p.m. tonight, 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 .

Tonight at Cafe Nine in New Haven., you can catch the Creamery Station with Felicia March. Tomorow/Friday’s early show at 5 features The Louds, followed at 9 by a triple bill featuring Johnny Carlevale & The Rolling Pins, Sean Coleman and The Quasars, and 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.

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

Up in Hartford, at Infinity Hall, on tonight you can catch Last Fair Deal with special guest The Meadows Brothers. Tomorrow/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.

At Blackeyed Sally’s, in Hartford tomorrow/Friday, you can catch Gong Tuff:, A Tribute To Bob Marley. Saturday brings Hartford Hot Several and the Expandable Brass Band to Sally’s. for more.

.Back here in Middletown at the Buttonwood Tree tomorrow evening,  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.

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 a German army officer, saved his mother and more than 250 other Jews.  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 Real Art Ways in Hartford ends their run of the Italian thriller “Human Capital,”  Also closing tonight is “Point and Shoot,” which won the Best Documentary award at the Tribeca Film Festival.  Starting tomorrow/Friday and running well into February are the always fun Oscar-nominated short films.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio, is now showing 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:

 Now, here’s a look at tonight’s programming on WESU 88.1 
Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for :Homegrown with Rob DeRosa  until 6:30 for the best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

from 6:30-8  Bill Revill presents 90 minutes of folk and Americana as he fills in for Karen Stein. 
Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
Where hearing is the best experience. A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.
(1,3,5) Radio Obscura with Joe McCarthy and DJ Pete 
It's like looking, but for your ears.  

And from 10:30 pm til 3:30   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. 

RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald
A musical tour across borders and genres

The Divide and Conquer News Report with C.C.  Arshagra
A Concept radio Arts Skit that was introduced to the public on 'The I Do Not Know Show' also produced, and hosted by C.C. Arshagra. 

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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