Thursday, April 2, 2015

04/01/15 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, April 1st, 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.

Tonight at 7, at the Russell Library in Middletown, they’re screening “2001 A Space Odyssey” at 7. A discussion follows the film. The Veterans Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7.  On Saturday at 10 you can learn the art of Zentangle with Pam Hartz Miller.  Visit for details and information on more community activities

Manic Productions brings you Dinowalrus, Glamour Assassins, and Terrible Roars at Bar in New Haven.

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, you can catch Shel and Olive Tiger.  Thursday they’ve got Roger Street Friedman and Seth Adam.  On Friday, it’s Wess Meets West, Ports of Spain, Fishing The Sky, and Grace Notes at 9. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Mike Coppola and Friends, and at 9:30 Manic Productions and Fistful of Jokes present Eugene Mirman and Andrew Donnelly
Also Tonight, in New Haven,  Toad’s Place, brings you New Found Glory and the Sleep When I Die Tour.  Thursday it’s Break Science, Marvel Years, and Vibe Street.  On Friday, WYBC Radio presents Ante-Fling featuring Giraggage.  On Saturday, Lost Soles Productions brings you The Spring Fling Sneaker Show, with a sneaker raffle, custom demonstrations, and a door prize. 

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it's their weekly Wednesday night Blues Jam hosted by Ed Bradley, this week.  On Thursday, it’s Slacker’s Union playing cover tunes.  On Friday, enjoy the Xy Eli & D. Smith Blues Band with a Tribute to Muddy Waters.  On deck for Saturday is West End Blend, a West Hartford Afro-Funk/Hip-Hop Jam Collective aiming to fill the dance floor. for more.

This evening at 8, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts  presents Asian Cultural Senior Advisor Ralph Samuelson performs music on the Japanese flute, followed by a performance with dancer choreographer Eiko Otake. Check the website for location.  

On Thursday at noon dancer Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston discuss their exhibition “A Body in Fukushima” at the Mansfield Freeman Center. The Spring Senior Thesis Dance Series happens this week from Thursday through Saturday.  The multimedia solo performance “Ida” is presented in CFA Courtyard.  Senior choreographers present a collection of new works at the Patricelli Theater.  A Senior Music Recital by Oluwaseun Odubiro, “Flies Flucht,” occurs at Crowell Concert Hall on Friday at 7.
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Writing at Wesleyan presents poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips this evening at 8 at Russell House.  He’s the recipient of the 2013 Pen/Joyce Osterweil Award and a contributor to The New Republic and The New Yorker.  A reception and book signing follow the talk.

The Hartford Public Library will present an author talk on “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” a show based on the book “The Children of Willesden Lane” that will run through April 26 at Hartford Stage. Author and piano virtuoso Mona Golabek is featured, and shares the true story of a Jewish musician’s survival in World War II.

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

A spiritual/psychic development and meditation circle is offered every other Wednesday at 6:30 at Healing in Energy Wellness in Essex.  Details at

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tomorrow, it’s Open Mic with Bob Gotta at 7.  Friday they’ve got acoustic/pop performer Alec Chambers  at 7. 

The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Living in Divine Order. At 1, there’s a Free Poets Collective Open Mic, hosted by Andrea Barton, with featured poets Lisa Taylor and Brenda Krosnicki.  The Doug White Quintet takes the stage later 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. 

There’s an opening reception on Friday at 7 for the new exhibit “The Wandering Uterus II” at the Mac 650 Art Gallery on Main St. in Middletown. Diverse fine art and media pieces from ten female Connecticut artists are presented.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they bring you Moondance, “The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Show,” this Friday at 8.  On Saturday the Boston Comedy Festival presents Best of the Fest! with Jim McCue, Al Park, Dave McDonough, and Danny Boulger at 8.

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 “Living is Easy with Eyes Closed,” about a Spanish English teacher who takes a road trip in 1966 in hopes of meeting John Lennon.  It continues through tomorrow.  Also continuing is “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” about an Israeli woman seeking divorce from her manipulative husband.  Their film series Cinema 101 presents a one-time matinĂ©e screening of “The Magnificent Seven” on Thursday at 1. The GAZE happy hour occurs this Friday at 5:30.  Also on Friday, they open a run of “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,” about a Japanese woman who believes she can find buried money revealed in a treasure map from the movie “Fargo.”  It runs through the weekend.

Tomorrow, Trinity College’s Cinestudio, begins their run of  “Mr. Turner,” a movie bio-pic of the 19th century English artist J. M. W. Turner.   It runs through Saturday.  On Sunday they open “Girlhood,” a French coming-of-age film about a young Muslim girl growing up in the poverty-ridden suburbs of Paris.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:
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.
At 6:30-8pm it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion. Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992.
And from 8-9:30pm, it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce for The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure. 

Starting at 9:30 it's The Vault with DJ Anton Banks presenting listeners with the very latest in hard techno, minimal tech-house, and left-field mixed live each week.  

And from 11 to midnight, stay tuned Missteps with DJmsal. Missteps is a monthly club night, FM radio show and forthcoming record lable. Dedicated to the underground, all rights resereved, all wrongs reversed..

And from midnight to 12:30, it's Romancipation with Dr. Love and DJ Smooth. Emancipation from the rules of romance, advice on sex, love and all of the above.

At 12:30, it's Travelers Sountrack with Ali and Ben. Your DJs will take you on a tour of the world, choosing a new location each week and highlighting the music of that area.

And at 1:30 stay tuned an hour of Revive the Cassettes with Iggy Che. Mix tapes in honor of public figures, celebrities and relatives, catered to the person's imagined taste or to fit their disposition.

At 2:30 it's Full Moon Hacksaw. Syndicated jazz and blues radio from Phoenix.
And it's the Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation beginning at 3:30.

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. 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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