Monday, March 2, 2015

3-2-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, March 2nd, 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. This month, I'll also be filling in for the spring break-ing Anarchy on Air, so look for Reasonably Catholic every Tuesday at 4. Tomorrow: a chat with Patti Vassia, a longtime pillar of the Middletown CT community and a lifelong spiritual seeker. Though Patti's background is Irish and Italian, she isn't Catholic. She's kind of a Buddhisto-Jewish-Christian who has lots of Catholic friends, which is why, when asked her religion, she says Eclectic. Patti is working on deepening her spiritual life, but she also has lots of wisdom to share. So tune in at 4 tomorrow, or 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, tonight brings Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed by the Anything Goes Open Mic, hosted by WESU’s J Cherry and Tim.  On Tuesday, enjoy Laughter Yoga with Mimi, followed by a vegetarian potluck.  Thursday’s Open Mic at 7 is hosted by 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.

In New Haven tonight at 8, Cafe Nine presents Chris Arnott’s “Get to the Point,” with a variety of performers.  On Tuesday they bring Narcisister, PUS, and Eric Hartlett to the stage. On Wednesday, it’s 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.

Also this week in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends in Lilly’s Pad. On Thursday it’s 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. has the complete line-up.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is the usual Jazz Mondays at 8, with the Rick Germanson Trio.  On Tuesday, Michael Palins Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s 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.

This Tuesday, Manic Productions brings Hundred Waters, and Mitski, to the Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden.  On Wednesday, also at the Ballroom, it’s Murder By Death, and O’Death.  Also on Wednesday, at Bar in New Haven, they bring you AMFMS, Jacques Le Coque, and pools are ice.  On Saturday, at the Space in Hamden, Manic is pleased to offer Gladshot, The Zambonis, and others for a 7:15 show.

This Tuesday at 7, at the Russell Library in Middletown, guest speaker Roy Lisker presents “People, Places and Adventures in Western Ireland.” The Veterans Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7.   On Sunday at 1:30, they sponsor “Introduction to Reiki” with Hillary Gauvreau.  Visit for details and information on more community activities. 

There’s a special event on Tuesday at the Middletown Senior Center, featuring Sing-a-Long! With Barbara Arafeh & the Middletuners, at 1 p.m.

The Mark Twain House Book/Mark series presents “Redeployment” with Phil Klay this Tuesday at 7 in Hartford.  “Redeployment” won the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction, and brings readers to the front lines of Iraq and Afghanistan.  On Thursday at 5:30 they offer “An Evening with Nell Bernstein,” with a discussion of the American juvenile justice system.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, on Wednesday it’s Trivia Night in the Bistro hosted by BaR Rated Trivia at 8.  On Thursday they’ve got Asleep At The Wheel with The Quebe Sisters at 8, an Americana country swing group.  Friday, it’s Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, with Special Guest West End Blend.  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.  All details at

This 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.

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

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.

Middletown theater company ARTFARM announces public auditions for its Shakespeare in the Grove production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream this Saturday and the following Monday at Middlesex Community College.  Visit for details. 

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!”

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

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 eve of his centenary.  Check website for dates and times.  On Friday they open 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, the 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:
Evening schedule:

Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry follows the jive from 5 to 6.  With
classic hop to smooth contemporary sounds, it's a well-rounded jazz show for
true jazz heads.

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.

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 Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis, with 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 follows from 9:30 to 11, bringing
you the music of yesterday's future today
 Sleep Paralysis with Erin and Ethan comes your way from 11 to midnight.
They'll be chatting about dreams, floating on sounds, and poking around in
the subconscious.
At midnight it's Your Turn with Rachel Day.  In each episode, a different
guest comes on and chronologically shares and explains the songs that have
been instrumental in shaping who they are.   

From 1 to 2 a.m. we bring you Meet Music with DJ Rami. Buckle up and tune in
to meet a new artist with each show! Explore artists' backgrounds,
influences, and personal stories.

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
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


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