Wednesday, February 11, 2015

02-11-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, February 11th, 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for joining us!

Here’s some of what’s scheduled to be going on in our area this week. With more snow in the forecast, it’s always a good idea to check with venues for cancellations before heading out
The Veteran’s Writing Group meets at the Russell Library on Thursday at 7. The talk by  New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz; “Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion,” originally schedule for 2 p.m. Saturday has been postponed. Visit for details.

Also happening Thursday here in Middletown, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents a book signing and presentation at the Mansfield Freeman Center of “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.

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, tonight you can catch 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.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, this 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.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it's the Wednesday’s Blues Jam 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.

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

Tonight, 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.

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 i
n Cromwell.  He’ll lead a workshop later this month at the school.  More at

A writing workshop, “Romance is in the Air,” happens thi 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.

On Friday at Toad’s Place in New Haven, they headline Cosmic Dust Bunnies, along with Relative Souls, The Mushroom Cloud, and The SETI Project. has the complete line-up.

At Infinity Hall Hartford, this 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.

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

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, the run of Oscar-nominee “Ida” continues through tomorrow 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:

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.
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 it's The Vault with DJ Anton Banks presenting listeners with the very latest in hard techno, minimal tech-house, and left-field mixed live each week.
 at 11pm the electronic dance mix continues with Missteps with Nicholas Msall

 at midnight stay tuned for Romancipation with Dr. Love and DJ Smooth a late night 30 minute talk show.
at 12:30 sta tuned for The Traveler's Soundtrack (1,3,5) with Ali and Ben

at 1:30 stay tuned for Revive the Cassettes (1,3,5) with DJ Annie

 at 2:30 stay tuned for 90 minutes of indigenous in music from the pacifica network.

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

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