Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Good evening, it's Tuesday, February 17th (Fat Tuesday!). 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 Marianne O’Hare!  Here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week.

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, there’s Laughter Yoga later at 6, followed by a vegetarian potluck.  On Thursday, Cintamani and Aruna Chocolates bring you a World Fusion Music Jam with Super Food Sweets at 7:30.  On Friday, Ear Candy for the Soul, with special guest Vincent Tuckwood, take the Buttonwood stage at 7:30.    The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Embracing Your Feminine Self.  Saturday night Karen Frisk sings jazz, and Bernard Purdie performs and brings his autobiography, “Let the Drums Speak,” for a book signing.  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. At 3, there’s an artist reception for David S Chorney.  You can view his ongoing exhibit “The Ultimate Love Life of Chaos and Beauty.”  Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets.  http://www.buttonwood.org.

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, you can catch a bill featuring Kyle Flynn, Jason Prince, Pat Dalton, and Michael James  Anderson.  Wednesday’s offering is Words & Music, with a variety of performers.  On Thursday, Yarn takes the CafĂ© Nine stage at 9. Friday’s headliner is Midge Ure, appearing along with Richard Barone. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, and at 9 you can catch Goodnight Blue Moon, Dan & The Wildfire, and Kate Callahan.  Sunday afternoon brings you Lys Guillorn’s Big Little Sunday Show at 3, followed by Sunday night’s Original Jam with The Morris Trent Band at 8. http://www.cafenine.com

In Mardi Gras today is Fat Tuesday and Hartford is hosting “Laissez Les Beat Temps Rouler,” a Mardi Gras Parade, that  started at 4:30 featuring the Hartford Hot Several Brass Band!, The Trinity Samba Ensemble, Hartford's Proud Drum, Drill, and Dance Corps plus
Anne Cubberly's Enormous Puppets...  The parade is schedule to hit Pratt St right around 5:15 where they will head to The Arch Street Tavern for an after party. Find out more at http://www.hartford.com/event  

Infinity Hall in Hartford, kicked off their Mardi Gras Party today at 4 and at 7:30pm tonight they present  Buckwheat Zydeco, the King of Louisiana Zydeco Music. On Thursday, pop star Mary Lambert takes the Infinity stage at 8.  Friday’s headliner is Grammy-nominated blues singer Tab Benoit.   On Saturday it’s Beau Bolero, The World’s #1 Tribute Band to Steely Dan.  On Sunday the Connecticut Lyric Opera and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra bring you Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at 7. All details at http://www.infinityhall.com

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, in celebration of Mardi Gras, they are offering dinner and dancing with Rivercity Slim and the Zydeco Hogs, along with facepainters, beads, stiltwalkers and more.  Tomorrow/Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Tommy Whalen.  On deck for Friday is The Bus Drivers, featuring rootsy rock.  On Saturday at 9 it’s Johnny & the Pushers with Brian Jackman.   www.blackeyedsallys.com for more.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Thursday it’s Bright Night 13: Electro Glow Party, with music on two stages.  On Friday, along with the Black Solidarity Conference at Yale, they bring you Vic Mensa and DJ RellyRell. On Sunday at 9, Simon Posford presents Shpongletron 3.1, with Phutureprimitive.www.toadsplace.com has the complete line-up.

 At the Russell Library in Middletown, The Veteran’s Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7.  On Saturday at 2 you can hear award-winning pianist Ko-Eun Yi in concert.  Visit http://www.russelllibrary.org for details and information on more community activities. 

The Hartford Public Library presents a Salsa Social tonight at 6, including free salsa classes. Tomorrow/Wednesday, there’s a book launch for “The Making of a Legend: The Life and Times of Walter J. “Doc” Hurley,” with author Charles A. Teale, Sr., at 5:30.  The workshop “Couponing 101” with Connecticut’s Coupon Lady Gina Juliano happens Thursday at 5:30.  http://www.hplct.org

Tomorrow/ Wednesday, Manic Productions brings you the Funky Dawgz Brass Band, along with Blu Mood, at Bar in New Haven.  Details athttp://www.manicproductions.org

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

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts hosts “Idiopreneurial Entrephonics,” a series of concerts, workshops and talks this Friday and Saturday at World Music Hall.  It’s a festival of artisanal and homemade electronic music together with the instruments used to make it.  On Saturday at 7:30, Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental and the CFA offer the Connecticut premier of “17 Border Crossings,” a solo work by Thaddeus Phillips based on his actual travel experiences, at CFA Theater. There’s a post-performance discussion with the author.  On Sunday at 3 Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the fifth in his piano recital series “This Is It!” at Crowell Concert Hall. Next Monday at 4:30 there’s an artist reception for “(Re)presenting Place: A Portrait of the Coal River Valley,” at the Zelnick Pavilion. This photographic exhibit explores areas in West Virginia that are highly affected by mountaintop coal mining.    Details at http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.

Also at Wesleyan, on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., there'll be a conference, "Creating a Better World: Perspectives on Local and International Development. That's at the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, 222 Church St. No registration is required, there is no fee, and brunch will be served.

The Art Guild of Middletown hosts “Soup to Nutz” cartoonist Rick Stomoski this Saturday for a workshop where he’ll demonstrate cartoonist and illustration techniques.  It takes place at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell.  http://www.middletownartguild.org

Oddfellows Playhouse and ARTFARM bring you Circophany’s Circus on the High Seas this Saturday at 2:30 p.m.  Come and enjoy the talents of teenage circus performers.  Information athttp://www.oddfellows.org

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, they continue their run of the 2015 Oscar Shorts, offering you selections from the Animated and Live Action categories, through Sunday.  Tonight you can see “Ida,” a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film. “Song of the Sea” also continues through the week.  It’s an Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature.  They have a limited run of “Last Days in Vietnam,” an Oscar nominee for Documentary Feature, this Wednesday and Thursday only. On Friday they open a run of “Northern Borders,” the story of a young boy sent to live on his grandparents’ farm in Kingdom County, Vermont, in 1956.  Also opening Friday is “Timbuktu,” a story of a cattle herder and his family who live near this ancient city that is now ruled by religious Jihadist extremists.  This month’s Creative Cocktail Hour takes place on Thursday at 6 and features a traditional dragon dance and martial arts demonstration in honor of Chinese New Year.   www.realartways.com.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, the run of the 1973 Robert Altman classic, “The Long Goodbye,” starring Elliott Gould and Nina Van Pallandt, ends its run tonight. Tomorro/Wednesday they open a run of “Big Eyes,” Tim Burton’s film that stars Amy Adams as the artist whose husband took credit for the big-eyed waifs of the ‘60’s that she painted. On Sunday they’ll start screening “The Passionate Thief,” a restored 1960 Italian classic about a seductive starlet who hooks up with a con man to pull off a robbery at a lavish party.www.cinestudio.org.

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

 Right after the Jive at Five stay tuned for Wild Wild Live with DJ Hibiki and DJ Rachie where Wesleyan artists come in, perform, and chat with the hosts.

At 6pm it’s The Movement with DJ Aiss and DJ Dani, your weekly radio guide to All Black Everything

From 6:30 its Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill for 90 minutes of  Folk, bluegrass, singer-songwriter, Americana, real country, all roots oriented music with concert listings at 7pm and frequent ticket giveaways.
At 8pm stay tuned for The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry, a weekly show featuring the area’s finest artists and musicians of every genre.

From 9-10:30pm DJ Cheshire Cat presents Wonderland, a free form genre crossing music show.
At 10:30-tonight  DJ Zing and DJ Ping offer Fastest Gun in the West, with
Two Western gals, one radio show, and a lot of trouble. Tune in for a smattering of music and tales of the Old West.

From 11:30-12:30am its Thinking out Loud with DJ Stinky, a Contemplation through music and audio art.

At 12:30am  Fictive Sound with DJ LN presents a new soundtrack on each show inspired by an adored novel.
From 1:30-2:30amits  The Blast Zone with Baggins and the G-O who will journey, drill, grab, sing, and banter our way through the wild world of sports.

From 2:30-3:30am stay tuned for  Occupy Radio from Pacifica, An extended conversation about the issues which gave rise to the Occupy Movement.

3:30-4am it's The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation

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

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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