Monday, October 19, 2015

10-19-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, October 19th, 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, 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, and also can be found at Tomorrow: Oh, joy. I'm not being sarcastic. Joy -- in all its wonders -- is the subject of a three-year Yale study, funded by the philanthropic John Templeton Foundation, to the tune of $4.2 million. We'll spend a happy hour with two guests from Yale who are knowledgeable about the project. 

 Now 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 Tuesday its Crystal Bowl Sound Healing at 7:30 pm. On Thursday, is the Middlesex Drum Circle, welcoming all levels of experience at 7 pm. On Friday, the Sean Clapis Jazz Trio plays at 8 pm. Saturday the Noah Baerman Quartet performs at 3 pm, followed by songwriter Katrin at 8 pm. 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 at the Community/Senior Center offers its Mosaic Vase creation at 5 with Armida Espillat.  Tuesday is the monthly sing-a-long with Barbara Arafeh at 12:30 pm. Also on Tuesday is the monthly Arts Stakeholders Group and potluck at 5:15 pm.

In New Haven tonight at 8pm, Cafe Nine headlines Appleseed Collective. On Tuesday, you can catch Teri Joyce and the Tagalongs, along with The Hickups at 9pm.  On Wednesday there’s Maria Muldaur with Washboard Slim and the Bluelights at 8 pm. On Thursday, it’s Kinky Friedman and Brian Molnar at 8 pm. Friday features Ecid, Eyenine, and Farout with El Shupacabra at 9 pm. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session is with George Baker Band, with the 9 pm show headlining Teenager from Mars, and more. Sunday is Drag Bingo night with Dixie Normous at 8 pm.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & friends at 9 pm. Tuesday, Mat Kearney and Parachute play at 8 pm.On Thursday they headline Particle at 9 pm. Friday, Cold War Kids featuring Dearland Horns and Maudlin Strangers play at 9 pm. Also on Friday in Lilly's Pad, is the October Battle of the Bands at 8 pm. On Sunday it’s the Earthside CD release party with Jolly and Head with Wings at 7 pm.

Up in Hartford, Black-eyed Sally’s continues its the usual Jazz Mondays series at 8 pm. On Tuesday at 8 pm, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra plays. Wednesday’s Blues Jam features Tommy Whalen at 8 pm. On Friday, check out bluegrass and rock band Brummy Brothers with The Neybas at 9 pm. On Saturday, it’s Bad News Barnes and the Brethren of Blues at 9 pm. 

Tonight, the Russell Library in Middletown brings you a sitar recital with Middletown's own Krishna Devi at 6:30 pm. The Veterans’ Writing Group meets every Thursday. The CPA prison arts exhibit continues until October 28th.  
Manic Productions brings Modest Mouse to College Street Music Hall on Wednesday at 8 pm. Also on Wednesday at BAR in New Haven, The Dirty Nil play with Meat Wave at 9:30 pm.

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents a screening of the 1932 film Scarface, along with a lecture on Pre-code Hollywood at 12pm on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday they host a graduate concert of music by Gustavo Ribicic and media by Cecilia Lopez 9 pm in the CFA 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 this Wednesday, its Goodwin College Jazz & Blues Mash-Up to Benefit Goodwin college Scholarships at 7:15 followd by Trivia Night at 8 pm.  On Thursday it’s Shaboo All Stars 44th anniversary show at 8 pm. On Friday they headline The Tubes featuring Fee Waybill at 8 pm. Saturday Don McLean plays at 8 pm. The Manchester Silk City Chorus show is Sunday at 1:30 pm. Followed by the Cab Calloway Orchestra, directed by Cab's grandson Christopher Calloway Brooks 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.

On Friday, the Paul Winter Consort will perform at the Sanctuary on 190 Court St. in Middletown at 7:30 pm.

The Middletown Arts Guild welcomes Tony D'Amico on Saturday, to lead an illustration workshop at Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell, starting at 9 am.

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.

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

On Tuesday, the Common Ground Middletown Film Festival continues with South African film Lucky at the Wesleyan Center for Film Studies at 7 pm.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, on Wednesday, "Under the Roofs of Paris" will be screened as a part of the Film 101 matinee series at 1 pm.  On Thursday, artist Joe Fig speaks about the evolution of his work and his book Inside the Artist's Studio. Also on Thursday, "The New Girlfriend" Francois Ozon's humorous psychological drama, begins its run.  "Finder's Keepers," a documentary about one man's fight to reclaim his lost body part, begins Thursday. Based on Naomi Klein's bestseller, "This Changes Everything" a documentary about climate change is showing Friday and Saturday.  “Peace Officer” a documentary about the increasingly militarized American police continues its run through October 22nd. “Meet the Patels” a film about marriage in India, finishes its run on Thursday.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing the 50th anniversary celebration of “My Fair Lady” with Audrey Hepburn tonight and tomorrow at 7 pm. On Wednesday, "Shaun the Sheep Movie", a film from the studio that brought you "Wallace and Gromit" plays through Sunday. Sunday, the encore presentation of National Theater Live's "Hamlet" staring Benedict Cumberbatch at 1 pm. Also on Sunday, "Diary of A Teenage Girl" a film about growing up in 1970s San Francisco, and starring Kristen Wiig begins its run.

On Saturday,  the Connecticut chapter of Natural Food Associates will present the documentary film Seeds of Death: Unveiling the Lies of GMO's.  The event begins at noon with a natural potluck lunch , then the film starts at 1:15. That's at the Wallingford Public Library, 200 North Main St. Find details at

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 dose 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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