Monday, May 18, 2015

05-18-15 jive

Good evening, it's Monday, May18th. 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.
Tomorrow: the greening of Catholicism.
Fr. Samuel Fuller, a Franciscan priest from St. Piux X Church in Middletown, whose spiritual journey led him to a late vocation to the priesthood, tells us how caring for the earth is in step with both St. Francis and Pope Francis and is one area where US Catholic bishops and even previous popes were ahead of the curve. Fr. Sam is one of the organizers of the Hartford Earth Festival, which this year will be on Sunday, May 31st . The day kicks off at noon with a climate walk from the capitol, with a coalition of both environmental and human rights organizations from across the state marching for climate justice.You can find details at and I’ll also post information at

Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week.

Tonight here in Middletown, READER'S THEATER PRESENTS "CHARLES IVES, TAKE ME HOME" AT RUSSELL LIBRARYat 7pm. Thi is a A reading, by local professional actors, of the play: "Charles Ives, Take Me Home".  Tomorrow (Tues 5-19) at noon The Russell Library's "The many faces of Laurence Olivier film series presents the 1972 dark comic mystery, Sleuth (1972) where Michael Caine costars as their characters scheme, prank and outwit each other to keep you guessing. Film critic Richard Alleva will introduce the movie and lead a discussion following the screening. Bring a sandwich if you like; dessert and beverages will be served. The Veterans’ Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7.   Visit for details and information on additional community activities.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Monday tonight brings their weekly Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed by their weekly Anything Goes Open Mic, hosted by Eric Kuhn, this week. On Tuesdays The Buttonwood offers Laughter Yoga with Mimi Poitras at 6, followed by a vegetarian potluck. Thursday night at the Buttonwood, Cintamani- Groove Jam and Super Foods blends the spirit of kirtan, world music, and chocolate and chanting.

On Friday The Buttonwood Tree presents: Attila Vural and Eugene Ruffolo in concert at 7:00 pm. ATTILA is an evening of boundary pushing guitar and vocals. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30am. This week’s theme is Living In Love. Later Saturday evening at 8, The Buttonwood presents Alba’s Edge who’ll offer their fusion of Scottish fiddle, jazz, funk and Latin rhythms. 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 Hearing Voices Network meets weekly on Monday Mornong at 10:30.

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine tonight, Woody Pines belts out songs of fast cars, pretty women and hard luck with a distinctive vintage twang. Milksop Unsung opens the show. Tomorrow night (Tuesday) it’s Loud Rock at Café Nine with Black Kitty and Grizzlor.  Wednesday night BIG MOON, Ian Biggs, and Tanuki Sui’s share a bill at Café Nine. Thursday at “The Nine” Safety Meeting Records Presents BLOOD WARRIOR, DEATH VESSEL, and VIOLENT MAE.  Tom Hearn plays the early 5pm set at Café Nine on Friday. Later on Friday night, Oddball Entertainment Presents THE BLUES MAGOOS, Happy Ending, & Rope. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session at Café Nine will be hosted by The George Baker Band this week at 4:30.  Saturday night at Cafe nine presents LOOM, Dr. Martino, The Sleep Cozies, and Disco Teen 66. Sunday night their Sunday Soul Service offers a night of 70's Rear Grooves, dope disco, and funk starting at 8 p.m.

Also this week in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight it’s their weekly Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence.  On Thursday Toad’s presents DC Hip Hop artist Shy Glizzy.    Friday and Saturday night Toad’s presents electronic Dance Music Friday its an event called LITUATION featuring 8 DJs. Saturday brings their glow party with more than a dozen DJs. On Sunday at Toad’s GORILLA MUSIC presents The New Haven Music Festival.

Up in Hartford, at Black-eyed Sally’s, tonight you can catch their weekly Monday night Hartford Jazz Jam. On Tuesdays at Black-eyed Sally’s, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. The longstanding Black-eyed Sally’s Wednesday Blues Jam will be hosted by Tommy Whalen this week. The CT Blues Challenge is going down on Thursdays at Sally’s. Friday night Jen Durkin & The Business make for a night of Funk at Black-eyed Sally’s.   Saturday night you can catch a night with Paul Oscher, award-winning blues singer, songwriter, recording artist, and multi-instrumentalist,. .

As Wesleyan University wraps up its academic year with Reunion and Commencement this week, The Center for The Arts squeezes in a couple final events. This Saturday at 11:00 am in the CFA Hall Dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston will talk about their collaboration for the exhibition A Body in Fukushima.  The Wesleyan University Senior Thesis Art Exhibition Reception happens Saturday at 2pm in Zilkha Gallery showcasing the work of the Class of 2015’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. Curated by Professor of Art Tula Telfair. Details at

Wednesday nighr MANIC PRODUCTIONS AND REDSCROLL RECORDS PRESENT: Kayo Dot, Shilpa Ray, and Hex Inverter at BAR in New Haven. Sunday, MANIC PRESENTS: Ivan & Alyosha, and Kris Orlowski  (5/24) at The Ballroom at The Outer Space

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

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford now offers free admission every Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 5 p.m.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, Mullet plays “Hair Rock” onstage on Thursday. Friday’s Art Garfunkel show is sold out. Saturday night it’s the rock/roots Jackie Greene Band.  On Saturday Infinity Hall Hartford presents LIVE AT THE FILLMORE: THE DEFINITIVE TRIBUTE TO THE ORIGINAL ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND. Sunday brings FORWARD FESTIVAL IN CONCERT: SYBARITE5 WITH SARA CHASE, RUPERT BOYD AND FULL FORCE DANCE THEATRE

The Old State House in Hartford offers a tour of the artwork on its walls every other Thursday at noon.  Enjoy works by Trunbull, Stuart, and more.

The Middletown house-concert series presents: kitchen céilí this Saturday, May 23rd, at 7:30pm. Their repertoire includes the driving reels and lilting jigs and hornpipes one would find in an Irish pub session, as well as stately waltzes, slow airs, and old and new songs of emigrants, soldiers, lovers, lawyers and computer programmers from both sides of the Atlantic.  The band features George Wilson on fiddle, banjo and vocals, Dora Hast on tin whistle and recorders, and Stan Scott on guitar, mandolin, banjo, and vocals. For reservations and directions, please call Jody Cormack 860-983-7963 or email

The Middletown Symphonic Band will be performing the first of a three part outdoor concert series at Riverfront Recapture Great River Park (301 East River Drive, East Hartford, CT) at 7 PM on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Admission is free. Rain Date: Sunday, May 25, 2015. Subsequent concerts in this series will be held on June 28th and July 26th.

WESU DJ Karen Stein, host of WESU’s Imagine radio show, heard onThursdays, performs acoustic guitar every Saturday from 12:15 to 3 p.m. at the original Brewbaker’s on Main Street in Middletown. 

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

Tomorrow (Tues 5-19) at noon The Russell Library's "The many faces of Laurence Olivier film series presents the 1972 dark comic mystery, Sleuth (1972) with a discussion following the screening.

Through Thursday, Real Art Ways in Hartford, they continue their run of “Iris,” a documentary about nonagenarian Iris Apfel, a longstanding style maven on the New York fashion scene. Opening Friday and running through May 28th is Man From Reno, wherein a stranger in San Francisco, Japanese crime novelist Aki Akahori (Ayako Fujitani), nicknamed “the J. D. Salinger of Japan,” is unsure of precisely what role she has to play in a real-life murder mystery.  Also opening Friday, at Real Art Ways, is The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window & Disappeared, a comedy about a mischievous centenarian on the run.

 Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its run of Effie Gray tonight and tomorrow. This is a British film about the repressive Victorian marriage of author James Ruskin and Effie Gray. Weds Cinestudio begins a run of Woman of Gold, with Helen Mirren in a true story playing Maria Altmann, an elderly Austrian-Jewish woman driven to track down the priceless works of art that the Nazis stole from her family during World War II, works that included Gustav Klimt’s masterful painting known as The Woman in Gold, which also happens to be a portrait of her Aunt.

Now here's what's on the 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.  

Next at 1am is 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 5 a.m.

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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