Wednesday, March 11, 2015

03-11-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, March 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 tuning in!
Here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:

In New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine, tonight'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.

The Hartford Public Library opens their Heart City Story Club this  evening 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 Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet Wednesday evenings at First Church on Court St.  Partners 
not necessary.  Call 860-347-0278 for details.
Tonight, Manic Productions brings Young Statues, The Lively, and Losing Season to Bar in New Haven.

Up in Hartford, at Black-eyed Sally’s, their long running  weekly Wednesday night Blues Jam  will be hosted by Gene Donaldson this week.  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.

The Mark Twain House Book/Mark presents a reception and talk, “Twain, Travel and Prejudice“ tonight 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.
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.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Thursday evening,  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.

At Toad’s place in New Haven, 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.
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

Middletown theater company ARTFARM is holding public auditions for circus performers for their Shakespeare in the Grove production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream Saturday from 4 to 6. 

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 tomorrow.  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 tonight ending its run this 
evening.  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:

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.

From 6:30-8pm it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion. Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992.
And starting at  8 until 9:30, it's The Warehouse with Mike NyceThe best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

At 9:30 it's NE Tempo with DJ Berk. Serious turntablism – Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

From 11 til midnight it's automated programming with Elvee.
At midnight, it's Angels and Airwaves and then at 1:30, stay tuned for 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.

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 any information, the script is published online at Thanks for listening and stay tuned for The Explorer's Hour with dj Pickup Sticks!

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