Thursday, February 26, 2015

02-25-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, February 25th, 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 tuning in!

Here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week.

Tonight, at the Russell Library in Middletown, the Connecticut Poetry Society meets at 6.  On Thursday, comic book historian Bill Foster discusses the changing image of African Americans in comic books at 7.  The Veterans Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7.  On Saturday, Connecticut author Beth Lapin launches her latest novel “Caravan of Dreams” at 2 p.m., with a book signing after the talk. Visit for details and information on more community activities. 

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine at 5, it’s Kings & Queens of East Rock.  On Thursday, Manic Productions brings you And The Kids, The Sun Parade, and Rudeyna.  On Friday at 5, Victor Roland takes the CafĂ© Nine stage, with Natalie Tuttle, Rusty Things, and Peter J Brail following at 9.  Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with The George Baker Band, and at 9 you can catch MV & EE, Spectre Folk, and more.  Sunday afternoon brings you the Americana Songwriter Circle 3, followed by Sunday night’s Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod at 8.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it’s the Wednesday Blues Jam  with Tim McDonald.  Friday, enjoy the reggae/hip-hop fusion group The Alchemystics, along with Danny Pease & the Regulators.   On deck for Saturday is Caravan Of Thieves, with a blend of gypsy swing and popular music.   for more.

At Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, tonight at 8, The Russell House series presents poet Ron Padgett, with a reception and book signing following the presentation. 

Thursday through Saturday they present the “Starfall” thesis theater production by Grace Herman-Holland, with actor-audience interactions and elements of Japanese Kabuki theater. On Friday and Saturday, Sara Guernsey presents her thesis theater production “The Visiting Room,” based on testimonials and interviews with five prison inmates.  On Friday in Crowell Concert Hall it’s the Connecticut premier of Tari Aceh! Music and Dance from Northern Sumatra, with traditional Indonesian dancers.  On Sunday, they sponsor the Stanley Maxwell Quartet, playing original arrangements of jazz at the Russell House.  Details at .

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

Tonight, Manic Productions brings you the California X, Ovlov, and Dead Pines at Bar in New Haven.  On Friday they’ve got Yung Lean & Sad Boys at The Space in Hamden.  Saturday, they offer The Dodos, and Springtime Carnivore, also at the Space in Hamden.    Details at

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford brings you Hugh Howard in their Nook Farm Author Talk series, who will present “Houses of Civil War America,” tonight at 7 p.m.

Music at the Hubbard House presents a concert by BluesGrass this Thursday at 7:30 at their Middletown location.  Proceeds benefit  the Artists for World Peace “Children of Peace,” along with the Amazing Grace Food Pantry.  Info at

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, The Middlesex Drum Circle meets on Thursday at 7; bring your own, or use one from the onsite collection.  On Friday, celebrate Chinese New Year with traditional music by Ming Zhu, poetry by Lara Peng, and more.  The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Balancing Your Life.  Enjoy jazz with guitarist Dan Arcamone and friends Saturday night at 8. 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 2:30, enjoy the Connecticut National Youth Poetry Slam Team tryouts, followed by comedy with the Great Make Believe Improv Show at 7.  The Wonder of Women art exhibit opens on Sunday and features a variety of women artists.  Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven on Thursday it’s Bright Night 14: Electro Glow Party, with music on two stages.  On Friday at 9:30 Partynextdoor takes the has the complete line-up.

At Infinity Hall - Hartford, On Thursday, pop star Mary Lambert takes the Infinity stage at 8.  Friday’s headliner is “The New Queen of Soul” and Broadway star Bettye Lavette at 8. On Saturday it’s Comedy Night: Battle of the Sexes, bringing you headliner stand-up comics from late night TV. On Sunday three-time Grammy winner and roots music storyteller Keb’ Mo’ takes the Infinity stage at 7:30. All details at

The Hartford Public Library presents “Hartford Renaissance: Celebrating the Art of Romare Bearden,” this Saturday from 9 to 12 a.m. in honor of Black History Month. There are panel and group discussions, and a performance by The Iron Poets.  Register at the library website.  Their Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3 p.m. with guest artist Laszlo Gardony.

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 “Northern Borders,” the story of a young boy sent to live on his grandparents’ farm in Kingdom County, Vermont in 1956, through tomorrow.  Also continuing 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.  Improv’d Cinema happens this Thursday at 8, when Sea Tea Improv does the voiceover for the audience choice from five bad films.  This week they’ll open a run of “Magician:  The Astonishing Live and Work of Orson Welles,” in honor of the eve of his centenary.  Check website for dates and times.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, the run of “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, continues through tomorrow.  On Friday and Saturday they’re screening “Foxcatcher,” starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo, based on the true story of a DuPont heir who invites two struggling wrestlers to his farm for training.  On Sunday they open a run of the 1956 John Ford film “The Searches,” starring John Wayne and Natalie Wood, restored in Technicolor.  It was voted number 12 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time.

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.

And at 11pm it’s Space Music for Space with Cadet Q. All the electronic music that belongs with the world music that belongs in space.
And at midnight stay tuned for Romancipation with Dr. Love and DJ Smooth a late night 30 minute talk show.

Then at 1:30, stay tuned indigenous music from radio Pacifica. Interviews and a mix of new music from indigenous musicians from around the Western hemisphere.
From 2:30 to 3:30, it’s Full Moon Hacksaw. Syndicated jazz and blues radio from Phoenix.
And at 3:30, 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
Thanx for listening and stay tuned for The Explorer's Hour with DJ Pickup Sticks!

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