Good evening, it's Monday, January 5th, 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, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, Tomorrow: on the day of NY Gov. Mario Cuomo’s funeral, we hear the reminiscences of two people who knew him well. Can’t listen live? Find the audio at www.reasonablycatholic.com.
Now here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:
Tonight at 7, at the Russell Library in Middletown, the Reader’s Theater presents “The Belle of Amherst,” a one-woman play about Emily Dickinson. On Thursday at 7, the Veteran’s Writing Group will meet. http://www.russelllibrary.org
At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight is the Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed by the Anything Goes Open Mic, hosted this week by WESU’s own J Cherry and Tim at 8. On Tuesday, there’s Laughter Yoga with Mylene Poitras at 6, followed by a vegetarian potluck. The Free At Last Players come to the Buttonwood on Thursday at 7. They’re a not-for-profit theater group dedicated to dispelling misconceptions about mental illness. On Friday at 8, contemporary folk is presented by Seat of Our Pants (SOOP), with an opening performance by Kali Stoddard-Imari. On Saturday night, you can catch Turkish-born jazz guitarist/composer Sinan Bakir. 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. http://www.buttonwood.org
In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, they’ve got Elison Jackson and Clenn Thousand Blades at 9. On Tuesday, the Travis Moody Band takes the stage at 8. Wednesday, it’s Goodnight Moonshine featuring Molly Venter, along with Kristin Andreassen (Uncle Earl) with Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers). On Thursday, SLV and Olive Tiger take the Café Nine stage at 8. On Friday at 5, the Weekly Wind-down Happy Hour features DJ Fast Eddy and DJ Dave Coon, followed at 9 by a Tribute To Elvis show with a host of performers. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Gary Grippo & Friends, with the 8 p.m. show later featuring Jovial Crew and The Amples for a St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fundraiser. Sunday at 3 brings the Die Hipster Records Showcase, and the Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 features the George Baker Band. www.cafenine.com
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is Jazz Monday with featured artist Jazzkia (the Saskia Laroo Quartet). On Tuesday, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday night’s Blues Jam is with Ed Bradley this week. Friday night they bring the Mike Crandall Band with Special Guests to the stage for a Memphis Fundraiser. The Fundraiser continues on Saturday at 9 with The Boogie Boys.More at www.blackeyedsallys.com
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 there’s a Local Rock Showcase starting at 6:30, with The Elwoods, From the Depths, and much more. On Friday, Big Jim Presents brings you Murray The Wheel’s CD Release show, along with other performers. Saturday night is the Bright Night 10: Electro Glow Party with a list of performers. www.toadsplace.com for more.
You can tour the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown every Wednesday at 2 p.m. Details at http://www.wadsworthmansion.com
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Partners not necessary. Call 860-347-0278 for details.
The Art Guild of Middletown presents a demonstration by colored-pencil artist George Aresco this Thursday at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell. http://www.middletownartguild.org
Up in Hartford, at Infinity Hall, on Thursday there’s the Balkun Brothers CD Release Party with Special Guest West End Blend at 8. On Friday, you can hear blues and rock with Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters. On Saturday at 8, there’s Back in Black – the AC/DC Tribute show. www.infinityhall.com.
On Saturday, the Friends of the Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University sponsor a tour of the exhibition “Goya – Order and Disorder” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/ for more information, or call 860-685-3355.
The Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival happens this Saturday and Sunday at Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford. This Renaissance-period festival celebrates the Christmas story and the arrival of the three kings, and includes live music, dance, and drama. http://www.ahcc.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 “The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness,” a rare look inside the Japanese animation Studio Ghibli with Director Hayao Miyazaki, continues through Thursday. Also through Thursday, they’re screening “Antartica: A Year on Ice,” a documentary following the scientists, technicians and craftsmen who live year-round on the Antarctic continent. On Friday, they open a run of “The Great Invisible,” a documentary about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. www.realartways.com.
Cinestudio at Trinity College reopens on Thursday with OutFilm CT’s sceening of “4 Moons,” a tour of gay men’s lives in 21st century Mexico City, where secrets still have the power to poison relationships. On Friday and Saturday they’re showing “St. Vincent,” starring Bill Murray as a retiree providing after school care for a stressed single mother. On Sunday they begin a run of “Whiplash,” about a jazz drummer striving for greatness with a mentor that puts a drill sergeant to shame. More at http://www.cinestudio.org
Now, here’s a look at tonight’s programming on WESU 88.1 FM:
The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at wesufm.org/jive