Monday, February 9, 2015

02-09-15 Jive

Thanks for joining us. I’m Ben Michael , with another fireside edition of the Jive at Five as we all manage the implications of another thick layer of snow across our region.
Here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week.

 Keep in mind that the weather has likely affected some of tonight’s events. I’ll list what has been scheduled for the week but  I recommend checking with any venue for cancellations before heading out.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight brings Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed by the Anything Goes Open Mic (as of 1pm today WESU had not received word of cancellation . On Thursday you can try out your own literary prose at the Writers Out Loud open mic at 7 with hosts Al Bower Jr and Cocomo Rock.

The Buttonwood presents the Alturas Duo on Friday at 7, offering a blend of classical and South American music played on viola, charango, and guitar. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30 with the theme:  A Perfect Match.   Saturday night at 7:30 it’s the Buttonwood’s Meet Your Mates Potluck Party.  Bring a dish and meet others who enjoy music and life. 

Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m. You can help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30.

on Mondays at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets at The Buttonwood Tree.  The exhibit “The Love Affair of Chaos And Beauty” by David Chorney runs through the month.

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, you can catch Fifth Nation and Siul Hughs at 9.  Tomorrow they’ve got Someone You Can XRay, Sean Conlon, and Some Such Things.  On Wednesday at 5 it’s King & Queens of East Rock.  Thursday’s show headlines Navi Singh and Rachael Sage.  On Friday it’s the Albert Lee Band, along with Girls, Guns and Glory. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Gary Grippo & Friends, and at 9 they bring you Valentine’s Day Jazz Cocktails in the Living Room with Kevin St. James.  Sunday’s 3 p.m. show brings you Sonic Supercharger 66, Diztrict Allstars, and The Boardlords.  Sunday night’s Original Jam is with The Langley Project.

Also this week in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends in Lilly’s Pad. On Friday they headline Cosmic Dust Bunnies, along with Relative Souls, The Mushroom Cloud, and The SETI Project. has the complete line-up.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is the usual Jazz Mondays at 8 with the Rick Germanson Trio. Tomorrow (Tuesday) brings Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band working out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Alan James.  On deck for Friday is Roots of Creation, bringing you reggae, rock and funk. On Saturday Latanya Farrell takes the stage, bringing you soul, blues, and dance classics. for more.

The Jonah Center for Earth and Art invites you to a presentation and conversation on human responses to wildlife in urban and suburban settings this Tuesday at 7 by Dr. Liv Baker, Fellow at Wesleyan University’s College of the Environment.  It takes place at the deKovan House, 27 Washington St. in Middletown.

The Russell Readers meet on Tuesday at 7 at the Russell Library in Middletown.  They’re discussing The New Organon by Francis Bacon.  The Veteran’s Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7.  On Saturday, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz presents “Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion,” at 2 p.m. Visit for details.

Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents a graduate music recital by Peter Blasser, “At the Leadmine,” on Tuesday at 8 in CFA Hall.  On Wednesday at 4:30, there’s an Artist Lecture in CFA Hall by Rachel Harrison, one of the ten artists featured in the exhibition “Picture/Thing.”  On Thursday at 4:30 at the Mansfield Freeman Center, there’s a book signing and presentation, “3.11:  Disaster and Change in Japan,” with Professor Richard Samuels. He’s a Founding Director of the MIT Japan Program.  University Organist and Artist in Residence Ronald Ebrecht will play Romantic music by Widor, Liszt, and others in Memorial Chapel on Saturday, Valentine’s Day, at 4.  Full details at

On Wednesday, Manic Productions brings you Franz Nicolay, New Year’s Revolution, and Dagwood at Bar in New Haven.  On Thursday, Manic and Fistful of Jokes present Ophira Eisenberg at the Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, along with Dan Rice and Andrew Morgan.  And on Sunday at The Ballroom, you can catch Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic & DJ Abilities for an 8:30 show.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, on Friday, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell takes the stage.  On Saturday it’s country star Robert Earl Keen, with Special Guest Bonnie Bishop. On Sunday multiple Grammy-winner jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves comes your way at 8.

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 Soup to Nutz by nationally- published cartoonist Rick Stromonski at their meeting this Thursday at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell.  He’ll lead a workshop later this month at the school.  More at

A writing workshop, “Romance is in the Air,” happens this Friday at noon at the Mark Twain House in Hartford.  Learn about writing the love stories you love to read with Connecticut authors Katy Lee and Nan Rossiter.

Enjoy “Second Saturday for Families” this Saturday from 10 to 1 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford.  Admission is free.

The third annual Art Sled Derby takes place this Saturday starting at 11 at Elizabeth Park in Hartford.  There are judges and prizes for the best art sleds.  Details at

The “Journey Writer’s Workshop” happens this Sunday at 1 at Sweet Harmony CafĂ© on Main St in Middletown.  Writers, playwrights, poets and more will showcase their talents.

On Sunday afternoon there’s free jazz with the Baby Grand Jazz series at the Hartford Public Library.  The featured performer is The Steve Clarke Trio.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, their run of the 2015 Oscar Shorts continues through the week.  Choose from Animated and Live Action categories. On Friday and Sunday they bring back “Ida,” a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film, about a Polish novice in a nunnery who discovers her family is Jewish, and takes a trip with her aunt to discover the truth about her parents.  They also bring back a limited run of “Citizen Four,” Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature, on Februray 14, 16, and 17. This film brings you details of the Edward Snowdon story in his own words.  Another Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature, “Song of the Sea,” opens a limited run on Saturday.  It’s the story of two siblings who journey across a magic world to return to their home by the sea.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, the run of Oscar-nominee “Ida” continues through Thursday, when it moves to Real Art Ways.  Outfilm’s Second Thursdays series continues this week with a one-day screening of “Life Partners,” about lesbian and straight roommates who are both looking for the right one.  On Friday and Saturday you can enjoy the 1942 Oscar-winning classic “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Sunday’s new offering is “The Long Goodbye,” the 1973 Robert Altman classic starring Elliott Gould and Nina Van Pallandt in a restored version for the big screen.

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

Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry follows the jive from 5 to 6.  With classic hop to smooth contemporary sounds, it’s a well-rounded jazz show for true jazz heads. 

From 6 to 6:30 it’s Think Twice Radio with Al Robinson, which reasserts the “watchdog” role of media by ramping up coverage of Connecticut issues in a nonpartisan manner.

75% Folk with Michael Benson follows from 6:30 to 8, bringing you contemporary folk and acoustic music with side orders of blues, jazz, world, pop, movie soundtracks, readings and occasional live interviews.

From 8 to 9:30 it’s Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin, bringing you Americana music from Nashville and around the world including Folk, acoustic Country, and roots-Rock from both emerging and veteran artists. 

That’s followed by The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee from 9:30 to 11, bringing you the music of yesterday’s future today.

Songs Without Words with Jacob Feder is on board at 11, with an eclectic mix of instrumental tunes from jazz to folk to electronic and back again.

At midnight it’s The Spice of Life with DJ Pretz, emphasizing Latin music, from folk to traditional to modern, with commentary on how aspects of Latin music have changed and styled American genres.

From 1 to 2 a.m. we bring you The Biz Marquee with Cole.  Like hip-hop?  Like movies?  Join DJ Cole for hip-hop and movie talk; you’ll hear a variety of music by rappers who love to act.

Next is All Mixed Up from Pacifica, airing until 3 a.m.  It’s an eclectic mix of arts and information, featuring mood-driven music mixes and interviews.

We follow that with Maximum Rock and Roll Radio until 4, followed by BBC World News from 4 to 5 a.m., bringing you international news coverage from the famous British news network.  Morning Edition from NPR comes your way at 5. 

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.

And if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can make that donation online at anytime. 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 you can also find a link at  We'd surely appreciate it if you could vote for WESU as the BEST College Radio station. Look for and write in your favorite WESU DJs and personalities too!  

 Thanks for listening! Now stay tuned for afternoon jazz with Charles Henry.

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