Monday, March 16, 2015

03-16-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, March16th, 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 Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs every first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: in honor of St. Patrick's Day, we go to  -- um, Italy! Guest Michael Reynolds is just back from an LGBT Catholic pilgrimage to Florence, Assisi and Rome, including the Vatican, and he'll tell us all about his travels.
So tune in at 4 tomorrow or you can find the audio archived at
Now here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Monday night’s brings Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, an opportunity for anyone to share things that they’re grateful or! That’s followed by the Anything Goes Open Mic, hosted tonight by Eric Kuhn..   On Tuesdays, at The Buttonwood you can  enjoy Laughter Yoga with Mimi, followed by a vegetarian potluck.  Thursday night, brings Cintamani- Groove Jam and Super Foods, an evening blending the spirit of kirtan, world music, and super-food treats!  On Friday, Israeli Singer/Songwriter Yael Deckelbaum performs at

The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Emerging Goddess.  There’s a free Poets Collective Open Mic at 1.  Saturday night at 8, the Buttonwood brings you indie pop rocker  Sherman Ewing  with an opening set  by Jon Christopher Allen.  Sunday’s Christian worship services start  at 10am.

 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.   The Wonder of Women art exhibit,  hangs in the gallery all month and features a variety of women artists.  Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets.

In New Haven tonight at 8, Cafe Nine CT  indie Hip-Hopper, Joey Batts and Them,  take the stage.  Wednesday night You can catch a bill featuring Elle Sera, Stephany Brown, Mystic Charlie and Andrews Moore and the Barefoot Boys. Thursday night Sun Dagger, Entierro, and Murdervan make for a night of loud rock at The Nine. On Friday at 5, Christoph Whitbeck performs an early set.  Friday night’s performers include Hyman Holocaust, American’t, and Progress. This week, Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Tony Dioguardi and friends.  Saturday night at 8, Café Nine presents The Wagon Riders. Sunday afternoon There’s a  Die Hipster records showcase with The Lost RRiots, Tomb & Thirst, and the 509ers, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with the Morris Trent Band at 8.

Also this week in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. On Thursday Pink Talking Phish plays tribute to the music of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish while Z3 performs their funky takes on the music of Frank Zappa. Mark Pires, the one man band, opens that show.   On Friday Shakedown performs the music of the Grateful Dead and Beyond.  Saturday brings the 5th annual Woofstock to Toads presented by Bikers against cruelty to animals. The bill includes Blackmail Radio, Cross Fire, Murray The Wheel and more.  Boombox takes the Toads stage Sunday night.  

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is the usual Jazz Mondays at 8. Tonight’s featured performer is The Jen Allen Quartet.  On Tuesdays, Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material on the Sally’s Stage. Wednesday Blackeyed Sally’s  long running weekly  Blues Jam will feature Tommy Whalen.  On Friday Brother Jocephus & The Love Revolution take the stage with their 12 piece touring band. On Saturday night, Street Life Rock & Soul Review takes the stage. for more.

On Wednesday, Manic Productions brings If Jesus Had Machine Guns, Rudeyna, and TOYZ  to Bar in New Haven. Sunday March 22nd Manic presents Lower Dens, All the Friends and Sunatirene at The Space in Hamden.

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 presents the  Panel discussion, Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History Leading our Cities & Towns: this Wednesday, March 18, at the Downtown branch with Light refreshments at 5:30 PM; and Program at 6:00 PM 

Back in Middletown, the Russell Library continues their regular programming this week with lots to choose from including,  job coaching this evening at 5, youth story and baby story time,  a writing work shop for veterans’ on Thursday evening and much more. 

Thursday night from 5-7 Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop presents an opening reception for Thoughts Become Things, an exhibition of both functional and sculptural works created by Hartford Art School Ceramics Students, from March 18 through April 5.

Also here in Middletown, Thursday night A Midsummer Night’s Dream will open at Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater featuring the talents of over 25 young people on stage and behind the scenes.  The company has been rehearsing since January and is excited to welcome spring with this youthful, effervescent production of Shakespeare’s delightful comedy.

 Also on Thursday, Manchester Community College's Mishi-Maya-Gat Spoken Word and Music Series Hosted by Stephen Campiglio presents the poetry of Kate Rushin and Jonathan Gillman at 6:30 followed by live jazz with the Dave Palla Trio at 7:30. This event is Free and open to the public at The Manchester Community College Arts and Education Center at 903 Main Street, Manchester.

This week at Infinity Hall in Hartford, on Thursday they’ve got Damn The Torpedos playing the music of Tom Petty.  Friday, at Infinity Hartford, The Southern Comfort Band makes for a night of southern Rock.  On Saturday at 8 you can catch Masters of the Telecaster featuring Jim Weider, G.E. Smith, and Danny Kortchmar.  More at at
Theresa Wright takes the stage at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge her in Middletown this Friday night.   (that’s scatz with a “Z”…)

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

Tonight Real Art Ways in Hartford, will join the Coolidge Corner Theatre and art house theaters across the country for a National Evening of Science on Screen!
The film for the evening is Free the Mind, and they’ll be joined by David Vago – an associate psychologist in the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory (FNL) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and instructor at Harvard Medical School.

Through Thursday they continue their 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.  Also on screen at Real Art Ways through Thursday is “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine,” a documentary remembrance of the man who lost his life because of his sexual orientation. Friday Real Art Ways opens a run of Boy Meets Girl, a coming-of-age romantic comedy exploring how falling in love transcends gender, and how important it is to live a courageous life without fear standing in the way of your dreams.  Also opening on Friday is Living is Easy with Eyes Closed, a film about a school teacher in Spain, who takes a road trip in 1966 to Almeria, where he hopes to Meet John Lennon who is there shooting a film.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, tonight and tomorrow you can catch Two Days, One Night,” a French film about the precarious life of a factory-working mother in Belgium.  Wednesday Cinestudio begins a run of The Theory of Everything, about theoretical physicist and author Stephen Hawking, on screen through Saturday. Sunday Cinestudio begins a run of “Inherent Vice” starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, ReeseWhitherspoon, Benicio Del Toro and more in this adaption of the novel by Thomas Pynchon.

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

Up next is  Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry until 6pm

From 6 to 6:30 it's Radio Curious from Pacifica, bringing you interviews on a curiously wide array of topics concerning life and ideas.

From 6:30 -8 it's The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis, for the best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and Latin dance floor grooves.

The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee brings you the music of yesterday's future today
 from 9:30 to midnight.

Following that Sleep Paralysis with Erin and Ethan comes your way until 1am. They'll be chatting about dreams, floating on sounds, and poking around in the subconscious. 

At 1am stay tuned for the Ralph Nader hour from Pacifica!

Next is All Mixed Up from Pacifica, airing until 3 a.m.  It's 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 an hour of BBC World News. Morning Edition from NPR comes your way at 5am

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.

 Thanks for listening! Now stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

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