Monday, April 13, 2015

04-13-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, April 13th, 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 Dr. Helen Evrard, host of Mind Matters, heard on WESU every Wednesday night at 6 p.m.  Join me this week for a conversation with Ingrid Gillespie about the prevention work she spearheads in one of Connecticut's Regional Action Councils. 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.  On Thursday CinTamani and Aruna Chocolates present Groove Jam and Super Foods.  On Friday at 7, Ameranouche takes the stage with their Gypsy Flamenco Swing. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Abundance & Privilege.  Later at 8, they bring you the folk singer/songwriting team of Terry Kitchen and Mara Levin.  Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m.  You can help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30. Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets.

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, it’s Americana Monday with Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay, appearing with Kelly Kancyr.  Tuesday’s offering is Words & Music, with poet K. Ponzie and more.  On Wednesday, The Destiny Twins are in town for the make-up show of the January cancellation.  On Thursday at 8, Gang Green takes the stage.  Friday’s show includes Duece Bug, Phil Blount, Heat Mizer, and the Eardrugz.  On Saturday they’ve got Los Jamones and more at 9.  Their Sunday Soul Service happens at 8 p.m.

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 they’ve got Rx Bandits, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, and Cayetana.  On Friday it’s Badfish, a tribute to Sublime, along with Primitive Whomp featuring Brightside & Friends in Lilly’s Pad.  On Sunday they headline QQ and The Jackhammer Tour. has the complete line-up.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is the usual Jazz Mondays at 8,featuring a Steve Davis Birthday Bash.  On Tuesday, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Gene Donaldson.  On Saturday they’ve got Mississippi Heat, playing traditional blues with a unique sound. for more.

Tonight at 7, at the Russell Library in Middletown, the Reader’s Theater performs “Later Life,” by A. R. Gurney. Their Great Books discussion series continues on Tuesday at 7, featuring work by Joshua Reynolds.  On Thursday they’re screening “The Lunchbox,” followed by a discussion with  Wesleyan Professor Indira Karamacheti.  The Veterans’ Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7.  There’s a Beginning Meditation workshop on Saturday at 2, with Hillary Gauvreau. On Sunday they offer a Natural Products Workshop with Ann Buchanan at 1:30.   Visit for details and information on additional community activities.

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts continues the Muslim Women’s Voices” series on Tuesday at 4:30 with an opening reception for a photography exhibit at the Green Street Center on campus.  An artist talk follows the reception.  Lebanese American writer and artist Leila Buck presents a workshop performance on Thursday at 8 in World Music Hall. On Thursday at 6 they present The Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble, performing new and old works at CFA Hall.  Their senior thesis exhibits and recitals continue through the week. Details at

Northwestern Connecticut Community College presents The 19th Annual Mad River Literary Festival April 14-15, 2015. On Tuesday April 14th, at 6:30 p.m., Karen Shepard reads from her novel, The Celestials. On Wednesday, April 15th, at 6:30 p.m., poets Doug Anderson & Kate Rushin read from their work. The readings take place at Founder's Hall Auditorium on The Northwestern campus at 2 Park Place Winsted,CT  and are free and open to the public. or, call: (860) 738-6300.

Manic Productions brings you the Funky Dawgz Brass Band and Mojo this Wednesday at Bar in New Haven.  On Friday, it’s Elvis Perkins and Elison Jackson at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden.  On Saturday, at The Space, it’s River City Extension and more for an 8 p.m. show.  The Ballroom at the Outer Space brings you Kimkata and Back From Earth on Saturday at 9.  On Sunday at 8:30, it’s Todd Barry and Ken Reid at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

On Thursday at noon, the Connecticut Old State House in Hartford presents Herstory: Women’s Rights Tour, highlighting the historical influence of Connecticut women.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, it’s blues singer Taj Mahal this Friday at 8.  On Saturday, they’ve got Martha Davis and the Motels, with special guest Ruby Rose Fox.  You can hear Americana and more at Infinity on Sunday with Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem.

Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown presents a Master Class on
Acting For Film, by award-winning director Keith Bearden, this Saturday at 10 a.m. To register, visit

Celebrate Earth Day by visiting the Trashion Fashion Eco-Market on Sunday at 11 in Hartford, featuring earth-friendly artisans, vendors, food, and more.  Details at

The Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3 at the Hartford Public Library.  This week they present The Brian Marsella Trio.

Artists for World Peace and Comedy On Demand present dinner and improv comedy on Sunday at Typhoon Restaurant in Middletown.

Wesleyan’s Green Street Teaching and Learning Center is turning ten this year! They are celebrating with several community fundraisers including one with FroyoWorld on Main St in Middletown this Friday, when 20% of all sales between 5-8 p.m. will be donated to Green Street. More online at

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  “The Wrecking Crew,” about the unsung studio musicians that provided the backbeat for may 1960’s hits.  Also continuing is “An Honest Liar,” a documentary about world-famous magician and escape artist James “The Amazing” Randi. Both run through Thursday.  Their Film Series 101 presents François Truffaut’s classic “The 400 Blows,” on Wednesday, about a misunderstood young boy who enters a life of petty crime.  On Friday they open “White God,” a Hungarian film about a young girl separated from her beloved dog, and the unwanted dogs who rise up to reunite them.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, their April in Paris Film Festival continues all week.  Check the website for offerings and times.  Thursday’s matinée features National Theatre Live’s production of “The Hard Problem,” by Tom Stoddard.  On Sunday they’re showing the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of Prokofiev’s “Ivan the Terrible.”  They also open a run of the award-winning “Red Army,” a documentary about the Soviet Union’s dominance of ice hockey during the Cold War.

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

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