Wednesday, March 4, 2015

03-04-15 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday , March 4th, 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 Ben Michael, Thanks for joining us.  With bad weather in the forecast, please check ahead with any venue before heading out in search of the events listed in our calendar.  With that said, here’s what’s scheduled for the week.

Tonight (Wednesday) at 8, Writing at Wesleyan in Middletown presents author Caryl Phillips, reading from his latest novel, “The Lost Child,” as part of the Russell House Writing Series.  A book signing and reception follows.

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

Tonight at 6pmThe Hartford Public Library presents a panel discussion, Charlie Hebdo and the Four Freedoms:  Global and Local Implications, at the downtown library’s History Center. Their Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3 p.m. with guest artist Matt DeChamplain.

Tonight (Wednesday), at Bar in New Haven, Manic Productions presents AMFMS, Jacques Le Coque, and Pools are A+Ice.  On Saturday, at the Space in Hamden, Manic presents Gladshot, The Zambonis, and others for a 7:15 show.

Also in New Haven tonight, Cafe Nine presents An Historic, Jacket Thor, and Entrance To Trains at 9.  Thursday they headline Brizzlor, appearing with Intercourse, Bardus, and No Way. On Friday at 5, there’s an Opening Reception and party for “It’s a Black & White World,” the Photos of John Lawler.  Friday night’s performers include The Hymans, Shock Pistols, and Bomber. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Mike Coppola and Friends.  At 8 they bring you Protest Karaoke, celebrating with Artspace the exhibition “Vertical Reach.”  The 10 p.m. headliner is Lea.  Sunday afternoon brings you The Excitement Gang and others at 3, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with the George Baker Band at 8.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s weekly Blues Jam is with Ray Morant.  On Friday it’s the return of rock and roll favorites The Mambo Sons, with special guest Jack Sonni, “the other guitarist in Dire Straits,” at 8. On Saturday night, the Kortchmar/McDonald Band takes the stage at 9. for more.

Toorrow/ Thursday at 5:30 pm, The Mark Twain House offers “An Evening with Nell Bernstein,” with a discussion of the American juvenile justice system.

Here in Middletown at the Russell Library, The Veterans Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7.   On Sunday at 1:30, they sponsor “Introduction to Reiki” with Hillary Gauvreau. for details and information on more community activities. 

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Thursday brings their longstanding monthly acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta.  On Friday, the Ehud Ettan Trio performs jazz at 8. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Choose Your Expression.  There’s a free Poets Collective Open Mic at 1.  Saturday night at 8, the Buttonwood brings you saxophonist and vocalist Kendra Emery, along with Lisa Dowling and music for the upright bass. 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.  Celebrate International Women’s Day at 4 at the opening reception for The Wonder of Women art exhibit, which runs through March and features a variety of women artists.  Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets.

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tomorrow/ Thursday you can catcg DJ BL3ND, along with DNNYD and Mex-Em.  On Friday at 7 it’s the final show of Hostage Calm, with a variety of performers, brought to you in association with the ARC Agency.  Saturday’s feature is Bright Night 15:  Electro Glow party at 9:30. www.toadsplace.comhas the complete line-up.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, this Thursday you can catch a night of Americana and Texas swing with Asleep At The Wheel with The Quebe Sisters.  Friday, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, with Special Guest West End Blend take the Infinity Hall Hartford stage. .  On Saturday at 8 you can enjoy Juno Award-winner Jesse Smith and his nuevo flamingo music. On Sunday at 7:30 they bring you Mike & the Mechanics, with Special Guest Daryl Stuermer.

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts host a variety of events, beginning with a senior music recital this Thursday in Memoial Chapel by Ben Zucker, performing “Poetics in Motion.”  Their Dance Masters two-day immersion in contemporary dance series happens this weekend, with a Choreographers Conversation on Saturday at 12 at the Exley Science Center. The series’ Master Classes happen Saturday and Sunday with multiple teachers at a variety of locations.  The Opening Reception for the Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition happens Saturday at 5, at the Zilkha Gallery on Washington Terrace. It’s cosponsored by the Middletown Board of Education and the Middletown Public Schools Cultural Council.  Details at

On Thursday, Middlesex Community College History Professor Victor Triay will read from his historical novel, “On Freedom’s Shores,” at 7 p.m. at Founder’s Hall.  His work chronicles a family saga after the Castro takeover of Cuba in the 1960’s.

The Iktus percussion ensemble performs this Friday at 7:30 at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford.  They’ll offer compositions from the Women Composers Festival of Hartford international score competition.  The Alpaca String Quartet performs music of local women composers on Saturday at 7:30.

This Saturday (and next Monday), Middletown’s ARTFARM is conducting public auditions for their Shakespeare in the Grove production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Middlesex Community College.  Visit for details. 

As a reminder, with bad weather in the forecast, please check ahead with any venue before heading out in search of the events listed in our calendar.

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

There will be silent films with live organ music this Saturday at 7 at First Church in Middletown, to benefit the Northeast Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists.  Music director Shari Lucas introduces the history of film accompaniment, and then provides organ music for two silent films, the 1923 classics “It’s a Gift,” and “Safety Last!”

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, they continue their run of “Citizen Four,” the 2015 Oscar-winning documentary of the Edward Snowden story, through Thursday. Also running is “Magician:  The Astonishing Live and Work of Orson Welles,” in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birthday.  On Friday Real Art Ways opens a run of “Queen and Country,” follow-up to John Boorman’s “Hope and Glory,” the saga of two British mates now starting basic training in the 1950’s during the Korean War.  Also opening is the French coming of age film “Girlhood,” about three free-spirited girls as they explore a gang lifestyle.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, their run of the 1956 John Ford film “The Searchers,” starring John Wayne and Natalie Wood, continues through Thursday.  They offer a sneak preview of “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about rape culture on college campuses, this Wednesday and Sunday only. Both screenings include a discussion with producer Amy Ziering following the film.  On Thursday through Saturday they’re showing “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon, based on the gritty memoir by Cheryl Strayed about her hike on the Pacific Coast Trail.  On Sunday at 12:55 they’re showing “The Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo and Juliet.”  Sunday night starts a run of the Oscar-winning “Whiplash,” chronicling the issues faced by a young student drummer who encounters a worse-than-drill-sergeant teacher.

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 Nyce for The 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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