Wednesday, February 18, 2015

02-18-15 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, February 18th (Ash Wednesday) 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.

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

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

Also in New Haven, Tonight, Manic Productions brings you the Funky Dawgz Brass Band, along with Blu Mood, at Bar.  Details at

On Thursday, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, 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.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, their long running Wednesday night Blues Jam is hosted by Tommy Whalen this week.  On deck for Friday is The Bus Drivers, featuring rootsy rock.  On Saturday at 9 it’s Johnny & the Pushers with Brian Jackman. for more.

On Thursday, Infinity Hall Hartford presents pop star Mary Lambert.  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

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 for details and information on more community activities. 

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 has the complete line-up.

This Friday and Saturday Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts hosts “Idiopreneurial Entrephonics,” a series of concerts, workshops and talks 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

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.

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 at

 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  “Song of the Sea” 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, tonight 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.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio tonight/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

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 2:30 stay tuned for some jazz on full moon hacksaw followed by 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. 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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