Tuesday, April 7, 2015

4-6-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, April 6th, 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!
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 it’s Laughter Yoga with Mimi Poitras at 6, followed by a vegetarian potluck.  Writers Out Loud meets on Thursday at 7, hosted by Cocomo Rock and Al Bower Jr.  On Friday, classical pianist Smullyan performs Brahms, Beethoven, Scriabin and more at 8.  The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is What Is Our Youth Telling Us?  At 8, they bring you NS4GK4strings, playing their favorite dynamic violin duos going back four centuries. 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. The Great Make Believe Improve Show brings you comedy Sunday night at 7.  Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets. http://www.buttonwood.org

Wesleyan's Green Street Teaching and Learning Center is 10 years old this year! And tomorrow… they're celebrating with pizza! Today only, Bertucci's on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington, CT is contributing 15% of sales associated with Green Street directly to Green Street! You can link to download a coupon for this at http://greenstreet.blogs.wesleyan.edu/

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, it’s Chris Arnott’s “Get To The Point” at 8.  Tuesday, they bring you Parlay Droner, Tick Hive, Human Pontiac, and Light Upon Blight at 8.  On Wednesday you can enjoy Tal National and The Mountain Movers.   Thursday they headline Orkestar Bam, The Harris Brothers, and Balkan Band at 8.  On Friday, it’s M.A.K.U Sound System, Rudeyna, and Fernandito Ferrer at 9.  Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Gary Grippo & Friends, followed by Lipgloss Crisis presenting Spring Fever Burlesque at 9.  On Sunday they host the Elm City Folk Festival at 1, closing with a Sunday Soul Service at 8 p.m.  http://www.cafenine.com

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. Thursday they headline Barstool Hoedown.  On Friday, Lil’ Bibby and others take the stage at 9. www.toadsplace.com has the complete line-up.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is the usual Jazz Mondays at 8,featuring the Matt Knoegel Quartet.  On Tuesday, Michael Palins Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Danny Draher this week. On Thursday, it’s Po’Diddlers, with anything from New Orleans funk to top 40. On Friday, enjoy the Brummy Brothers, blending bluegrass, rock, and improvisation.  Saturday they bring Big Mean Sound Machine to the stage at 9, with selections from traditional funk to avant-garde jazz.  On Sunday at 4 you can enjoy Paint Night, all materials provided.  www.blackeyedsallys.com for more.

The Hartford Public Library hosts its monthly open mic Heart City Story Club this Tuesday at 6 at their downtown location.  Share your personal true story.  On Wednesday at 6 they host Cynthia Boynton, author of
“Remarkable Women of Hartford,” for a lecture and book signing. There’s a Veterans Open Mic and Poetry Reading Saturday at 1, followed by a reading by Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely, author of “Letter from Italy, 1944.”  Their Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3, featuring the Curtis Brothers.   http://www.hplct.org

At the Russell Library in Middletown, they present “Stranger at 50: Reading Heinlein in 2015,” as part of the One Book, One Middletown series on Tuesday at 6.  This year’s featured book is “Stranger in a Strange Land.”  On Wednesday they host Dr. Joyce Saltman in their Holistic Health Program series, who will speak about the therapeutic value of laughter at 7.  On Thursday they’re screening the 1976 film “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” starring David Bowie, at 6, with a post-film discussion following. The veterans’ writing group meets every Thursday at 7. Saturday at 3, dancer and author Rachna Agrawal will perform classic North Indian dance.  On Sunday at 1:30, you can attend a Zentangle drawing class led by Pam Miller. The Friends of the Library book sale happens this Saturday and Sundaay.  Visit  http://www.russelllibrary.org for details and information on more community activities.

Manic Productions brings Matt Pone PA and Young Buffalo to The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden this Wednesday. You can also enjoy Landlady, Oh, Cassius!, and All-caps LADD at Bar in New Haven on Wednesday.  On Sunday they’re co-sponsoring Sufjan Stevens and Cold Specks at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford.  http://www.manicproductions.org

WESU and The Argus present Julie Berstein this Wednesday at 7 p.m. at CFA Hall as part of their Journalism and Media Speaker Series.  She’s the co-creator of WNYC’s Studio 360, and author of “Spark: How Creativity Works.”  Visit http://www.wesufm.org  for details.

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts starts off with their Artful Lunch series this Wednesday at noon at Davison Art Center, featuring Professor Claire Grace.  Their Senior Thesis Exhibition series continues, with a reception for featured artists this Wednesday at 4 at the Ziklha Art Gallery.  On Thursday, Dr. Robert Dannin presents “The Money Shot” and other 20th century artifacts at CFA Hall at 5 p.m.  A senior music recital by Eriq Robinson, “The Reality Ends Here: Beginning of the End” happens Thursday at 7 at Beckham Hall, followed by Jacob Masters’ recital, “Exploring F#,” at 9 at Memorial Hall.  On Friday at 8, at Crowell Concert Hall, they present the world premier of “The Nile Project,” featuring musicians and vocalists from countries along the Nile Basin.  There’s a pre-concert talk at 7:15.  There’s a senior music recital on Sunday by Robert Don, “Humble: An Indie Game Expo,” at World Music Hall at 7, followed at 9 by Tim Gallivan’s recital, “Let There Be Light!” in Beckham Hall. Details at http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, it’s the usual Trivia Night in the Bistro hosted by BaR Rated Trivia on Wednesday at 8.  On Friday, they’ve got the indie dance band artists Rubblebucket and Vacationer at 8.  On Saturday, blues and pop artist Bernie Williams makes his Infinity Hall debut, appearing with the Gil Parris Quintet.  All details at http://www.infinityhall.com

There’s a reception at Middlesex Community College on Wednesday at 11:30 for the exhibit by faculty of the Fine Arts and Graphic Design Department in Chapman Hall.  Works of design, photography, painting and more will be on display.  http://www.arts2go.org

Writing At Wesleyan presents author Ruth Ozeki at the Russell House this Wednesday at 8.  The award-winning novelist, filmmaker, and Buddhist priest will be reading from her work.  A book signing follows.  Details at www.wesleyan.edu/writing/

The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life presents “We Almost Lost Detroit:  A Tale About Cars, Crises, Cities and America,” this Wednesday at 7:30 on the Wesleyan Campus, featuring Ron Bloom, university alumnus and President Obama’s “Auto Czar.”  Details at http://www.wesleyan.edu/allbritton/

You can tour the Wadsworth Mansion every Wednesday at 2 p.m.  Details at http://www.wadsworthmansion.com

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

There’s an opening reception at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown this Thursday at 5 for the new exhibit celebrating the art of thirty-one past and present faculty. Works of pottery, weaving, jewelry and basketry are included.  http://www.arts2go.org

The tenth annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival happens this week from Thursday through Sunday at Trinity College in Hartford.  The featured headliner is DJ Kool Herc.  There are concerts, lectures, workshops, and more.  Register at http://www.trinityhiphop.com

The Art Guild of Middletown hosts award-winning artist Bob Noreika this Thursday at 7 for a watercolor demonstration at the Woodside Elementary School in Cromwell.  He returns for an all-day workshop in watercolor painting starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, also at the Woodside School.  Details at www.arts2go.org

The Greater Middletown Concert Series presents a Multimedia Musical Tribute to three 19th Century Middletown musicians, by Joe Flood, this Sunday at 3 at the Middletown High School Performance Auditorium.  http://www.greatermiddletownconcerts.org

A concert to benefit Artists for World Peace happens this Sunday at 3 at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Gallery in Chester.  The blues singer/songwriter Chester “Big Boy” Coda performs, along with special guests.  http://www.artistsforworldpeace.org

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 “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” about an Israeli woman seeking divorce from her manipulative husband, through Thursday.  Also continuing is “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,” about a Japanese woman who believes she can find buried money revealed in a treasure map from the movie “Fargo.”  Opening Friday is “The Wrecking Crew,” about the unsung studio musicians that provided the backbeat for may 1960’s hits.  Also opening is “An Honest Liar,” a documentary about world-famous magician and escape artist James “The Amazing” Randi. Both run through the weekend.  Their Speak Up live storytelling series continues this Saturday at 8.    www.realartways.com.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, the run of “Girlhood,” a French coming-of-age film about a young Muslim girl growing up in the poverty-ridden suburbs of Paris, continues through Tuesday.  On Wednesday they open “The Imitation Game,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch as mathematician Alan Turing, a British mathematician who breaks the Nazi Enigma Code in World War II.  It runs through Saturday.  On Sunday they open their April in Paris Film Festival with two offerings, :Le Brasier Ardent” and “Hiroshima Mon Amour.”  www.cinestudio.org.

Now here's a rundown of what's on air tonight on WESU:

 Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry follows the jive from 5 to 6.  With classic hop to smooth contemporary sounds.

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 interviews.

We follow that with Maximum Rock and Roll Radio until 4, followed by BBC World News from 4 to 5 a.m.

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.

And if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can make that donation online at http://www.wesufm.org anytime. Thanks for listening! Now stay tuned for "Afternoon Jazz" with Charles Henry.

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.

And if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can make that donation online at http://www.wesufm.org anytime. Thanks for listening! Now stay tuned for Charles Henry.

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