Monday, October 12, 2015

10-12-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, October 12th, 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 Ben Michael - Thanks for joining us.  How here’s some of what’s happening in our area this week:

Tonight, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s the usual Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed by the Anything Goes Open Mic. On Thursday they host Cintamani with Groove Jam and Justfood at 7:30 pm. On Friday, pianist Jon England plays at 8 pm. Saturday afternoon is the International Beat Poetry Festival hosted by Colin Haskins at 2 pm. The 2nd Line Jazz Quartet performs at 8 pm also on Saturday. Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 pm. Help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. The Hearing Voices Network meets weekly on Monday morning at 10:30.

Tonight here in Middletown, you can join Matt Dineen for a reading and discussion around his new zine “Not for You: Stories of Music & Work from the Precarious Service Industry.” The zine is part of the Music & Work Project and explores the antagonistic dynamics between management, workers, and customers in relationship to the beats, rhythms, lyrics, and melodies played at his past jobs. You are invited to share your own experiences tongiht (Monday), October 12th, 8-9 pm in Wesleyan's room 311 in the Allbritton Center for public Life, Wesleyan University

*This event is free and open to the public*

In New Haven tonight at 8pm, Cafe Nine headlines Rod Picott and Jack Grace. On Tuesday, you can catch Willie and the Giant, and The Right-Offs at 9pm.  On Wednesday there’s a Comedy Open Mic hosted by Dan Rice at 9 pm.  On Thursday, there’s a special early show at 7pm featuring Isabel Stover, followed by at 10:00 pm show with Evenodd, Height Keech, and The Forest Room. Friday’s Wind-down Happy Hour at 5 features Jose Simonet, with a 9:00 show bringing you The John Brothers Piano Company, and Dr. Caterwauls Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps.  Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, with the 10 pm. show headlining The Membranes, and more.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence at 9 pm. You can catch The Front Bottoms, The Smith Street Band, and Elvis Depressedly on Friday at 8 pm. On Sunday it’s Project/Object: the music of Frank Zappa, featuring Ike Willis and Denny Walley at 8 pm.

Up in Hartford, Black-eyed Sally’s continues its usual Jazz Mondays series with the Seth Lewis Group at 8 pm. On Tuesday at 8 pm, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam features Gene Donaldson at 8 pm. On Friday, check out The Spiritual Rez, a reggae funk dance experience at 9 pm. On Saturday, it’s a double bill with vocalists Kara Grainger and Debbie Davies at 9 pm. 

Manic Productions brings The Dodos, and Ports of Spain to The Space in Hamden tonight at 8:30. On Tuesday also at The Space, it’s In The Valley Below and more at 8 pm. On Wednesday, you can hear LVL UP and others at Bar in New Haven at 9 pm. On Friday, it’s Jamey Johnson and Chris Hennessee at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven at 8 pm. Saturday’s College Street offering is Mayday Parade and more at 6:30 pm. On Sunday at 7:30, Manic brings Chon, Gates, and Oculesics to The Space in Hamden.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, Russell Readers will be discussing the novel “The Daughters of the Late Colonel” by Katherine Mansfield on Tuesday at 7 pm.  Also on Tuesday is the Otakus teen anime club, also at 7 pm. The Veterans’ Writing Group meets every Thursday. Builder’s Club for kids ages 6-12 is happening at 4 pm on Friday. The CPA prison arts exhibit continues until October 28th.   

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts brings you a graduate composers introduction concert in the World Music Hall on Tuesday at 8 pm. On Saturday they host violinist Martin Hayes and guitarist Dennis Cahill for an evening of Irish music at 8 pm in Crowell Concert Hall. On Sunday at 3 pm, the Wesleyan Orchestra and Choir perform in the Crowell Concert Hall. The “R. Luke Bubois--In Real Time” exhibit runs through December 13 in the Zilkha Gallery. Tanya Marcuse’s “Phantom Bodies” runs through December 13 in the Davison Art Center. More information at    

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, its Trivia Night this Wednesday at 8 pm.  On Thursday it’s the grand finale of Hispanic Heritage month featuring The Latin Heartbeat Orchestra at 8 pm. On Friday they headline Average White Band at 8 pm. Saturday afternoon is “Alice in Wonderland” presented by Pushcart Players at 1:30 pm. Also on Saturday, Jonathan Edwards plays at 8 pm. Johnny Peers & the Muttville Comix show is Sunday at 1:30 pm. Followed by Open Mic Night at 7:30 pm. Details at

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

You can tour the Wadsworth Mansion every Wednesday afternoon from 2-4 pm. Tea is served the second Wednesday of every month.

The Art Guild of Middletown presents Tony D’Amico demonstrating painting on Thursday at Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell at 7 pm.

Connecticut Farmer’s Markets are closing up.  But you can still visit the Middletown Market Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am to 1 pm. The market in Old Saybrook on Wednesdays 10 to 1 pm and Saturdays 9-12:30 pm. The Higganum Village market is this Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 and the North End Middletown Market from 10 to 2:30 pm on Friday.  Stay tuned to the Jive for updates and visit for details.

This Sunday, 11-4 brings  WESU’s Fall Annual Community record fair, which  features dozens of vendors selling new and used music in all formats. Plus there will be WESU merchandise for sale and WESU DJ's spinning vinyl all day long. The fair is happening at Wesleyan’s Beckham Hall located at 55 Wyllys Ave in Middletown. details online at 

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

On Tuesday, the Common Ground Middletown Film Festival continues on Tuesday with Russian film Leviathan at the Wesleyan Center for Film Studies at 7 pm.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight is the screening of “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution with director Stanley Nelson at 5:20 pm. On Tuesday, the New York Film Critics Series showcases a one-time screening of “Meadowland” starring Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson at 7 pm. On Wednesday “Singing in the Rain” has a matinee showing at 1 pm. “Peace Officer” a documentary about the increasingly militarized American police begins its run on Friday through October 22nd. “Meet the Patels” a film about marriage in India finishes its run on Thursday.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing “The Look of Silence” a film about the 1960s Indonesian Military Coup tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 pm. Woody Allen’s new film “Irrational Man” starring Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix plays begins Wednesday and plays through Saturday. On Thursday the live production of “Hamlet” starring Benedict Cumberbatch will be broadcast at 2 pm. On Sunday is the 50th anniversary celebration of “My Fair Lady” with Audrey Hepburn. The film also plays on Monday.

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 Bill Revill 's Acoustic Blender filling in for Michael Benson.
From 8-9:30 p.m. it’s  Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin offering 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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