Monday, October 5, 2015

10-05-15 Jive

Good afternoon, it's Monday, October 5th, and this is the Jive at Five - WESU's Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU 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 5. Tomorrow: part two of our focus on Pope Francis, an episode in which we both register the continuing joyful reverberations from his visit to America, through the experience of US Congressman John Larson,  AND, with one of the organizers of the Women's Ordination Conference, explore what's going on with Pope Francis' peculiar blind spot when it comes to the issue of women priests. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived for two weeks at, or forever, together with all other RC:KF episodes, at

Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this week.
Tonight at 7:45, the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts their weekly Moments of Gratitude and Anything Goes Open Mic. On Friday, they host jazz and electronic producer Charles Xavier at 8 pm. On Saturday, Doug White's Jazz Quintet performs at 8 pm.    for more information while the Buttonwood Tree revamps their website.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Monday's you can find Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence and friends at 9 pm. Wednesday, Timeflies performs with Kalin and Myles at 9 pm. Soja takes the Toad's Place main stage on Thursday at 8 pm. On Sunday, loud rockers, Clutch performs with guests: Corrosion of Conformity and The Shrine at 7 pm.

In New Haven, at CafĂ© Nine, tonight it’s Chris Arnott's storytelling and music series "Get to the Point" at 8pm. Tonight's program features T a 60th anniversary reading of Ginsbergs' "Howl" featuring an All Star Cast of New Haven Literati. On Tuesday, Cafe Nine hosts Christopher Paul Sterling at 8pm. Wednesday night its Sonny Vincent for an 8 pm show. On Thursday, Gringo Star and The Mountain Movers play at 8 pm. Friday afternoon at 5 pm is DW Ditty, followed by Chris Berardo and the Desberardos for a 9 pm show at Cafe Nine. On Saturday at 4:30, its Jazz Jam with Gary Grippo, followed by Metalachi at 9 pm. On Sunday they bring you Jared Paul with Aquifer and Ben Absurdo at 8 pm.

Black-eyed Sally’s in Hartford present's The Hartford Jazz Society's "Jazz Monday" tonight with Seth Lewis group at 8pm. Tuesday features Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra bringing you new material at 8pm. Wednesday’s Blues Jam showcases Ed Bradley at 8 pm. On Friday it’s the reggae, hip hop group The Alchemystics at 9pm. On Saturday they bring you Connecticut's own RnB group Avenue Groove at 9 pm.

Wednesday at the First Church on Court Street, at 7 pm, the Middletown Scottish Country Dancers offer classes for beginners and those experienced. You can tango every Friday starting at 4 p.m.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, its Art Farm presents, Understanding Shakespeare: an interactive workshop, this Wednesday at 6:30 pm. On Thursday at 7, its the weekly Veterans Writing Group. 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 Where the Wild Live, featuring members of The Queen Killing Kings, to BAR in New Haven on Wednesday at 9 pm.

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents the 39th annual Navaratri Festival this week, starting on Wednesday at 4, in the CFA Hall, with a music department colloquium on South Indian Court Dance. On Friday, the festival continues with a South Indian vocal concert at Crowell Hall at 8 pm. Also on Friday, the Outside the Box theater series showcases Daniel Beaty performing "Mr. Joy" at 8 pm in the CFA theater. On Saturday, the CFA Hall hosts a screening of "Lasya Kavya: The World of Alarmel Valli" at 2 pm. In the Crowell Concert Hall on Saturday, Sri Rajesh Vaidya performs at 4 pm. The concert is followed by a Indian vegetarian dinner at 6:30 in the Daniel Family Commons. On Sunday the Saraswati Puja ceremony will take place in the World Music Hall at 12 pm. The Festival concludes with a performance by Alarmel Valli in the Crowell Concert hall at 3 pm. Continuing shows include: "Phantom Bodies--Photographs by Tanya Marcuse" will run through December 13th in the Davison Art Center, open noon to four Tuesday-Sunday. Wesleyan Potters Gallery "Vintage 20th Century Crafts" runs through November 2nd. 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 [formerly?] incarcerated Connecticut artists. Doors open at 9am.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford on Thursday, Nick Lowe is playing at 8 pm. Friday, at 8 pm is Kim Russo-the Happy Medium. Saturday, its Dave Mason's Traffic Jam at 8 pm. Sunday, its Open Mic Night starting at 7 pm.

The Wadsworth Athaneum in Hartford hosts Motets, Madrigals, and Moresche by Orlando di Lasso on Friday, gallery viewing is at 5 pm, followed by a concert at 7:30. Saturday is Second Saturday, with Matrix173 artist Mark Dion at 1 pm.

At the Greenstreet Teaching and Learning Center, "Fish for Life," an exhibit by Bradley Jones, runs until October 28th.

You can support Connecticut’s Farmer’s Markets and enjoy healthy food while you’re at it! Middletown’s North End market is on Friday from 10 to 2 and with the long-running market on the South Green on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-1. Both Middletown Markets run through October 30th. There’s one in Higganum Village on Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 through October. On the shore, The Old Saybrook farmers market continues on Wednesdays and Saturdays through October 28. for more information. 

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

Wesleyan University, Middlesex Community College, and the Russell Library bring you the Seventh Annual Common Ground film festival with screenings every Tuesday of the month. This Tuesday is French film The Other Son playing at the Russell Library.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Poems from the Pond: a reading of Margaret Howe Freydburg's poetry is at 7:30. "Meet the Patels" a film about Indian marriage, plays thru Thursday. On Wednesday, they host Science on Screen: What Captain Kirk Can Teach Us at 6 pm.

The Wadsworth Atheneum is showing "Transcend" a film about Kenyan Boston Marathon winner Wesley Korir Thursday at 7:30 pm.  Saturday, at 5 pm is the screening of "The Hundred-Foot Journey"  starring Helen Mirren, about a restaurant in France. Dinner and live music follow at 7:30 pm.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its run of "Phoenix" a German film set after WWII about an Auschwitz survivor returning home. On Thursday they show "Tangerine" a film shot entirely on an Iphone 5. "The End of the Tour", the story of one reporter's roadtrip with David Foster Wallace opens on Friday. On Sunday, a live matinee of the Bolshoi Ballet performing "Giselle" begins at 3 pm. Also on Sunday, "The Look of Silence" a film about victims of the 1960s Indonesian military coup shows at 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm.
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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