Monday, March 23, 2015

03-23-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, March 23rd, 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, Heard 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 Nora Camby. Thursday they’ve got the Middlesex Drum Circle at 7.  Bring your own, or use an instrument on site.  Singer/songwriter Don White takes the Buttonwood stage on Friday at 7. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Freedom Through Spiritual Awakening. At 8 p.m., Saturday night, there’s a live performance and CD recording session with the band Coconuts.  Sunday’s  Christian worship services begin 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. 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 at 8, Cafe Nine presents Bronson Rock.  On Tuesday they bring you James and the Ultrasounds, La Tunda, and Dangerous Animals.  Wednesday’s headliner is Mad River City.  On Thursday, it’s Elison Jackson, Ian Fitzgerald, and Brian Carroll for a 9:00 show. Friday’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour at 5 features Victor Roland, followed by Live Mike Live at 9, featuring interviews with New Haven artists and celebrities.  Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with the George Baker Band. At 9 they’ve got All Riot, The Screw-Ups, and Spectral Fangs.  On Sunday, there’s Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School at 3, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Cobalt Rhythm Kings at 9.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is the usual Jazz Mondays at 8, featuring the Sanah Kadoura Quartet. On Tuesday, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material at 8.  Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Tim McDonald.  On Thursday they bring you Broca’s Area with a future soul/hip-hop sound.  On Friday at 9 it’s Frank Viele bringing you acoustic funk, folk and soul. On Saturday at 9, they feature singer/sonwriter Jeff Pitchell, appearing with Texas Flood. for more.

The Russell Library in Middletown hosts events as part of the One Book/One Middletown series co-sponsored with the Middletown Rotary Club.  This year’s selection is “Stranger in a Strange Land” by Robert A Heinlein. Tonight at 7, a Workshop for Women on Personal Empowerment with Dr. Annie Wilder of Uncommon Counseling is offered.  On Tuesday, they host award-winning author and astronomer Bob Crelin at 7, with his program An Introduction to the Universe, which includes readings from his book “There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars.”   Author/scholar Hedda Kopf leads a discussion of “The News from Spain: 7 Variations on a Love Story,” on Wednesday at 7.  The Veteran’s Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7.  On Saturday at 2 they continue their Jazz Up Close series with pianist Noah Baerman, guitarist Freddie Bryant, and others.  On Sunday the library celebrates India Heritage Month with a Photographers’ Reception featuring the works of Dianne Roberts and Harald Foellmer.  Their exhibit continues through April. Visit for details and information on more community activities. 

Manic Productions brings you Perfume Genius and Jenny Hval to the Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden tonight at 9.  On Wednesday, it’s Honeyblood, Violent Mae, and loom at Bar in New Haven.  On Thursday they’ve got Swervedriver, and Gateway Drugs, appearing at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.  No Joy, Landing, and Grooms are back at the Ballroom on Saturday for an 8:30 show.

The Middletown Commission on the Arts celebrates Arts Advocacy Day this Tuesday at 5:30 at Kidcity on Washington St.  There’s an artist reception and award ceremony, with the opening of the new “Middleshire” exhibit.

 For the third year in a row, Tuesday night from 6-9pm, The Green St Teaching and Learning Center here in Middletown is hosting a Pysanka (PEH-SAN-KEH) egg decorating workshop for teens and adults.  To register please call  860-685-7871 or email

The Center for the Arts at Wesleyan sponsors a variety of events this week.  On Tuesday in World Music Hall, there’s a Graduate Recital by David Fishkin, “Composing the Tinnitus Suites:  2015.” 

On Wednesday at the Zilkha Gallery they hold a reception for the Senior Thesis Exhibition by students in the Art Studio Program. 

Sadia Shepard presents her documentary “The Other Half of Tomorrow” on Wednesday at the Center for Film Studies, followed by a literary talk “The Craft of Story:  Narrative Strategies in Film and Writing” at the Russell House at 8.

On Thursday there’s an Opening Reception for “Personal Recollections – Gifts from Robert Dannin and Jolie Stahl,” at the Davison Art Center. 

The Spring Faculty Dance Concert “Women of Myth Unleashed/The Seven Deadly Sins” takes place on Friday and Saturday at the CFA Theater. 

On Friday, singer/songwriter Omnia Hegazy takes the stage at Crowell Concert Hall to perform American pop/rock and Arabic folk music. 

On Saturday at CFA Hall, Ming Zhu presents a senior recital, “Tunes of Ancient China.” 

The film “Music of Survival” about the Ukranian Bandurist Chorus, will be shown Sunday at the Goldsmith Family Cinema, along with a performance and discussion by Julia Kytasty.  A Senior Recital by Merry Li, “A Show from the Chinese Cultural Revolution,” takes place on Sunday at World Music Hall, as well as a Graduate Recital by Dina Maccabee at Crowell Concert hall.  Details at

Music at the Hubbard House presents their One Concert – One Child present this Wednesday at 7:30 at their Middletown location.  Proceeds benefit Artists for World Peace and the Children of Peace project.  The featured artist is singer/songwriter Hannah Fair.  Details at

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

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, on Thursday at 7:30 they’ve got The Priests singing classic rock.  The Heritage Blues Orchestra takes the Infinity stage on Friday at 8.  On Saturday, it’s Grammy Award-winning rock artist Marc Cohn with The Sweet Remains for an 8:00 show.  The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with special guest JD & the Straight Shot comes your way on Sunday at 7:30.  All details at

This weekend brings the second and final run of Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream 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. 

The Coginchaug High School Scholarship Fund holds its 44th annual Social and Silent Auction this Friday at 7 p.m. in the Middletown Elks Crystal Ballroom.  There’s a dinner buffet, music by Jock in Box Entertainment, and a guest appearance by WFSB anchor Kevin Hogan.  Contact Anne Koba at 860-995-0532 or at for details and tickets.

The Greater Middletown Concert Association sponsors a performance of “The Barber of Seville” by Gioacchino Rossini this Saturday at 7:30 at the Middletown High School Performing Arts Center.

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 “Boy Meets Girl,” a coming-of-age romantic comedy, through Thursday.  Also continuing is “Living is Easy with Eyes Closed,” a Spanish film about a Beatles fan who takes a road trip in the hope of meeting John Lennon at a film shoot location. Opening on Friday is “Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem,” an Israeli film that follows a woman seeking to divorce her manipulative husband who’s put on trial by her country’s religiously-based marriage laws.  Improv’d Cinema happens on Sunday at 2, featuring Sea Tea Improv as they  do voice-overs on a terrible film selected by the audience.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, the run of  “Inherent Vice,” an LA crime drama starring Joaquin Phoenix, continues tonight and tomorrow.  On Wednesday they open “A Most Violent Year,” a drama about a contractor operating his business in the trash-filled streets of 1981 New York City.   It runs through Saturday.  On Thursday and Sunday they screen “National Theatre Live: A View from the Bridge,” the Arthur Miller classic.  The studio celebrates their 45th anniversary on Saturday with a one-time screening of “Stop Making Sense,” a concert film with The Talking Heads.  On Sunday they open a run of “Timbuktu,” an Oscar-nominated film about radical jihadists who take over northern Mali in 2012.

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

Right after the Jive at Five Stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

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.

Songs Without Words with Jacob Feder is on board at 11, with an eclectic mix of instrumental tunes from jazz to folk to electronic and back again.

At midnight it’s The Spice of Life with DJ Pretz, emphasizing Latin music, from folk to traditional to modern.

From 1 to 2 a.m. we bring you The Biz Marquee with Cole, where you’ll hear a variety of music by rappers who love to act.

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., bringing you international news coverage from the famous British news network.  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.

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