Monday, September 28, 2015

09-28-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, September 28th, and this is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime 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 weeknights 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, we keep those good papal vibrations going with a special episode of highlights from all three cities along Pope Francis' route on his historic visit to America. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived at or at 
Now here is a bit of what’s going on in our area this week:

Tonight at 7:45, the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts their weekly Moments of Gratitude and Anything Goes Open Mic. On Thursday, the Buttonwood Tree hosts the Art Walk, starting at 5 followed by Bob Gotta long running monthly acoustic open mic with  at 6:30. Also on Thursday, at the Greenstreet Center at 6 pm, its the opening reception for "Fish for Life" an exhibit by Bradley Jones. Friday at the Buttonwood Tree, Turkish Jazz guitarist Sinan Bakir performs at 8 pm. On Sunday, its the Great Make Believe Improv (comedy) Show at 7 pm.

In New Haven, at CafĂ© Nine, tonight it’s Kindred Queer, Sam Carlson, and Drew Angus at 8pm. On Tuesday, they host Krar Collective, Rudeyna, and Dr. Caterwails Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps at 7pm. On Wednesday its Improvisational Jazz Night with Evan Park, Ned Rothenberg, Joe Morris, and Brad Barrett at 7:30 pm. You can catch Upstart Festival featuring Two Fisted Law, Hudson Falcons, and many more, doors at 12 pm, show starts at 8 pm. Ryan Montbleau plays on Friday at 9 pm. On Saturday at 4:30, its Jazz Jam with Mike Coppola, followed by Goat Herder at 9 pm. On Sunday they bring you piano lounge with Kevin St. James at 8 pm.

Black-eyed Sally’s in Hartford present's The Hartford Jazz Society's "Jazz Monday" tonight with Steve Davis group at 8pm, and tomorrow/Tuesday features Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra bringing you new material.  Wednesday’s Blues Jam showcases Tim Mcdonald at 8 pm. On Thursday it’s a special one time performance band, French Conn-ection, featuring Pete Perfido at 8:30 pm. On Friday they bring you Hartford's The Old Royals at 9 pm. On Saturday they headline Chris ruest playing Texas Blues.

Tonight at the First Church on Court Street, the Celebration Singers and Heart in Hand Bells perform at 6:15. On Tuesday they feature Jacob Group at 1 pm. You can tango every Friday starting at 4 p.m.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, its Baby Rhyme Time on Wednesday at 1:30 and at 6, it's the monthly Connecticut Poetry Society Meeting. On Thursday at 7, Reader's Theater performs "Copenhagen." On Saturday, its Favorite Stories and Craft time, starting at 10 am. At 2 pm on Saturday, Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with Los Trovadores De America.

Manic Productions brings Jesus and Mary Chain to New Haven on Wednesday at College St. Music Hall at 8 pm. On Friday, its Lisa Lampanelli at the College St. Music Hall at 9pm. Also on Friday, Gang of Four plays the Outer Space at 9. Saturday it's Wavves at 8 pm.

You can tour the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown every Wednesday at 2 p.m., with tea available every second Wednesday of the month.

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts opens several new shows this week. On Tuesday, at the Davison Art Center, "Phantom Bodies--Photographs by Tanya Marcuse" opens at 12 pm, with an opening reception at 6 pm, this exhibit will run through December 13th. Wednesday at 12 pm, the opening reception for "Tripod Complex" by Ian Boyden is in the College of East Asian Studies Gallery, this exhibit will run through December 11. Also on Wednesday at the Wesleyan Potters Gallery, the "Vintage 20th Century Crafts" show begins at 10 am and runs through November 7. Writing at Wesleyan presents writers Erica Hunt and Brando Skyhorse at 8 pm on Wednesday, at Russell House. On Thursday, Ian Boyden discusses his work at 4:30 pm. On Sunday at the Davison Art Center, Eiko Otake presents a series of performances as part of her solo project "A Body in Places", beginning at 3 pm.

The R. Luke Dubois - in Real Time Exhibition continues its third week at the Zilkha Gallery, visiting hours noon-5pm. The Community Partners in Action Prison Arts Exhibit at Russell Library, is also continuing its run this week, featuring paintings and drawings from five formally incarcerated Connecticut artists. Doors open at 9am.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford on Thursday, Lee Ritenour is playing at 8 pm. Friday, at 8 pm is EagleMania. Saturday, Liberty Comedy presents Jon Fisch, Carrie Gravenson, and Shaun Eli at 8 pm. Sunday, its Brian Hoffman's tribute to Red Skelton at 1:30 pm, followed by Bernard Fowler at 7:30 pm.

The Wadsworth Athaneum in Hartford its First Thursday After Hours, opening Mark Dion/Matrix173's show "The Wadsworth Atheneum's Great Chain of Being" at 6 pm.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, NRBQ plays on Friday at 7 pm.

On Saturday at Riverside Park in Hartford it's the Head of the Riverfront Rowing Regatta, starting at 8:30 am.

On Sunday, the 30th Annual Middlesex County Car Show and Flea Market begins at 8:30 on Palmer Field.

You can support Connecticut’s Farmer’s Markets and enjoy healthy food while you’re at it! The East Haddam Farmer’s market ends its season this Wednesday from 4 to 7. Durham’s is on Thursdays from 3 to 6. Middletown’s North End market is on Friday from 10 to 2, with the long-running market on the South Green on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-1. There’s one in Higganum Village on Friday from 3:30 to 6:30, and in Cromwell on Friday from 4 to 7. On the shore, Old Saybrook markets are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. A new market is open at 53 Broadway in New Haven every Friday from 10 to 2. The Chester market is open on Sundays from 10 to 1. Markets end after Mid-October.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, on Wednesday at 7:30 a one time showing of Homme Less, the story fof athe run of a homeless model-turned-photographer, who has starred in Sex and the City and modeled for Vogue. There will be a Q + A with the director following. “Meru,” a film about three friends and their attempts to conquer the Shark’s Fin on Mt. Meru in the Himalayan Mountains of India, continues.  Also continuing is “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” an unflinching portrait of the Apple founder and his legacy.

The Wadsworth Atheneum is showing "Far from the Madding Crowd" a film based on Thomas Hardy's novel and set in Victorian England introduces us to the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene, who atracts three very different suitors. Showtimes are Thursday at 8 pm. Saturday at 2 and 7 pm. 

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its run of Love and Mercy, the story of the rise and fall of Brian Wilson. They open Mr. Holmes on Wednesday, the story of a British detective who can't resist a few more tantalizing mysteries before he retires. On Sunday, a one-time matinee of The Impressionists, a film about the art show that traveled from Paris to Philadelpiha and featured, Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir, and Pisarro. Also on Sunday, they open Phoenix, a german film set after WWII about an Auschwitz survivor returning home.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:
Right after the Jive, its Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, featuring classic bop. A well-rounded jazz show for true jazz heads.

From 6-6:30 its Think Twice Radio reasserting the "watchdog" role of the media by ramping up coverage of Connecticut issues in a nonpartisan manner
Then at 6:30-8, it’s 75% Folk with Michael Benson, offering contemporary folk along with a mix of blues, jazz, world music and movie soundtracks. 
From 8-9:30 p.m. it’s  Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin
Americana music from Nashville and around the world including Folk, acoustic Country and roots-Rock from both emerging and veteran artists.
At 9:30 it’s an hour of Scandinavian Sounds with DJ Northern Lights, bringing you music from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland, and showcasing Eurovision artists, folk, and genres in-between.
From 10:30-11 it’s Romancipation with Dr. Love and DJ Smooth, where you can hear advice on dating, love, and all of the above.  
From 11 to midnight it’s Sleep Paralysis with Erin and Ethan, who chat about dreams, float on sounds, and poke around in the subconscious.
From 12-1 a.m. it’s Your Turn with Rachel Day, where a different guest each week will chronologically share songs that were fundamental in shaping who they are. 
Next up at 1 a.m. it’s an hour of Word on the Hill with DJ Breej, providing a platform for silenced minorities on campus to discuss a specific struggle and how it relates them to Wesleyan and beyond.
From 2 to 3 a.m. it’s Radio Roulette with DJ McLeary who, with mom's record collection and WESU's vinyl vault,  explores an eclectic selection of music in the onsite library.
From 3 to 4 a.m. it’s Maximum Rock and Roll for a late night does of loud rock and roll!
BBC World news comes your way from 4 to 5 a.m., followed by Morning Edition from NPR.  
That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. If you missed anything, you can find the script online at And 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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