Monday, March 9, 2015

03-09-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, March 9th, 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 BILLY JOHNSTONE, host of the Broadway Radio Hour, which you can hear on the 2nd and 4th Sundays from 5:30-6:30pm.

Now here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight brings Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed by the Anything Goes Open Mic, hosted by Alan Bradley. Thursday they offer Writers Out Loud at 7, hosted by Cocomo Rock and Al Bower, Jr.  On Friday, it’s the Byrdspeak Free Pop Excursion with pianist Warren Byrd, for a night of musical games and improvisational music. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Sharing Your Abundance. At 1:15 they celebrate Pi Day with a presentation of Nerd Music.  Snowapple – a group of vocalists and multi-instrumentalists from Amsterdam - takes the stage 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. Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets. The “Wonder of Women” art exhibit continues through the month.

In New Haven tonight, Cafe Nine presents DrinkDeeply’s Saloon Singer Showcase with K. Bestia, Deeper Sleeper, Parlay Droner. Tomorrow/ Tuesday, Fake Four Records presents Steve Gilbert, Proud Flesh, Wyley Buck, and Opus at Café Nine.  Wednesday’s headliner is Sketch the Cataclysm.  On Thursday at 8, Sara Lou Richards and Adam McDonough take the Café Nine stage. Friday’s 5pm showcase features Tim Payson, followed by Big Lazy and Happy Ending for a 9pm show. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Gary Grippo &  Friends.  At 9 they bring you the Swan Day Rev Up show, with Lys Guillorn, Jennifer Hill and the Sarah Lemieux Quintet. On Sunday at 12, Spotty Dog brings in the St. Patrick’s Pre-Parade Party, and the After-Party at 3 features Sasquatch & The Sick-A-Billys.

Also this week in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight they’ve got Of Montreal, Deerhoof, and Yonatan Gat.  They also have the usual  Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends in Lilly’s Pad. On Thursday it’s the EOTO “Outer Orbit” spring tour 2015 with ill.Gates and Elm. On Friday at 7 they offer the Dipset Reunion Tour.  They’ve got U2 & Other Irish Favorites on Friday night as well, to benefit the New Haven St. Patrick’s Parade & Youth Gaelic Sports Club.  On Saturday, Hollywood Undead and From Ashes To New take the Toads’ stage.  On Sunday they bring you Safe Francis, a CD release by Ceschi, and others. has the complete line-up.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is the usual Jazz Mondays at 8. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Gene Donaldson.  On Friday, they headline the Van Gordon Martin Band.  On Saturday at 9, it’s Eric Sardinas & Big Motor bringing you blues-rock. for more.

Middletown theater company ARTFARM announces public auditions for its Shakespeare in the Grove production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” tonight at 7 for actors, and this Saturday from 4 to 6 for circus performers.  Visit for details.

At the Russell Library in Middletown this Tuesday at 7, the Russell Readers meet for Great Conversations 6, an ongoing series about literature that shapes our civilization and ourselves.  This week they discuss A Letter Concerning Toleration, by John Locke. The Friends of the Library book sale happens this Saturday and Sunday. Visit for details and information on more community activities. 

This Wednesday, Manic Productions brings Young Statues, The Lively, and Losing Season to Bar in New Haven.

The Mark Twain House Book/Mark presents a reception and talk, “Twain, Travel and Prejudice“ this Wednesday as part of their ongoing series “The Trouble Begins at 5:30.”  On Friday they offer An Evening of Celtic Magic with Daniel Green Wolf, with comedic storytelling. Writing workshops that begin this week include Memoir Writing with Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, and Writing Children’s Books with Pegi Deitz Shea.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, Thursday brings the Opening Night of the Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Fest, with a screening of “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker.”  On Friday it’s Rock N Roll Hall of Famer Jorma Kaukonen with blues/rock at 8.  Tommy Emmanuel with Special Guest Richard Smith take the stage on Saturday.  On Sunday at 7:30, they’ve got the classic swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. All details at

You can tour the Wadsworth Mansion every Wednesday at 2 p.m.  Details at

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

The Hartford Public Library opens their Heart City Story Club this Wednesday at 6 at the downtown location.  It’s a monthly open mic for personal stories. Their Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3 p.m. with guest artists Noah Baerman on piano and Joshwa Breakstone on guitar.

The Art Guild of Middletown brings master pastelist Chris Ivers to the area this Thursday at 7 at the Cromwell Intermediate School in Cromwell.  Enjoy a lecture and a hands-on session about critiquing your own art or the art of others.

The Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade happens this Saturday starting at 11, rain or shine.  Enjoy marching bands, fire trucks, Irish step dancers, and more.

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra holds a fund-raising concert for the Middletown High School Music Department this Saturday at 7:30 at the High School Performing Arts Center.  There’s a multimedia world premier work by artist-in-residence Chris Brubeck, along with music by Leonard Bernstein and Duke Ellington. They’ll perform Dave Brubeck’s Grammy-nominated “Ansel Adams: America,” with music to accompany 100 of Adam’s majestic images. 

There’s free admission the second Saturday of each month at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford as part of their Second Saturdays for Families.  Create art, or enjoy gallery exhibitions, music, and more.

The monthly “Journey Writer’s Workshop” happens this Sunday at Sweet Harmony Café in Middletown at 1 p.m.  Local writers and performers showcase their work.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, they continue the run of “Queen and Country,” follow-up to John Boorman’s “Hope and Glory,” through Thursday.  It’s the saga of two British mates now starting basic training during the Korean War.  Also continuing is the French coming of age film “Girlhood,” about three free-spirited girls exploring a gang lifestyle. On Friday they open a run of “Ballet 422,” a documentary of the highly-guarded world of professional ballet that shadows Justin Peck, chief choreographer of the New York City Ballet.  On Friday there’s a post-screening discussion with CONNetic Dance’s Carolyn Paine.  They also open “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine,” a documentary remembrance of the man who lost his life because of his sexual orientation.  Both run through the weekend.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, the run of the Oscar-winning “Whiplash,” continues through Wednesday.  It chronicles the issues faced by a young student drummer who encounters a worse-than-drill-sergeant teacher. On Thursday and Sunday they’re screening National Theatre Live’s production of “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” a play based on Katherine Boo’s Pulitzer Prize-winning saga of slum life in Mumbai.  The Out Film CT Second Thursdays series continues this week with a one-time screening of “Finding Vivian Maier,” a film about how social media brought the street photography of a nursing home resident to life.  Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical “Into The Woods” starring Meryl Streep will be shown this week on Friday and Saturday.  On Sunday they begin a run of “Two Days, One Night,” a French film about the precarious life of a factory-working mother in Belgium.

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

Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry follows the jive from 5 to 6

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, brings you Americana music from Nashville and around the world including Folk, acoustic Country, and roots-Rock from both emerging and veteran artists. 

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

Then, Chip Austin slips back in the air to take us through midnight with another hour of Americana music.

At midnight, stay tuned for 2 hrs of live concert recordings of Joni Mitchell.

Next is “All Mixed Up” from Pacifica, airing until 3 a.m. for 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

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. Thanks for listening! Now stay tuned for Charles Henry.

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