Monday, November 2, 2015

11-02-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, November 2nd, 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. Thanks for joining us as we get our Fall 2015 community pledge drive going.  WESU depends on listener support for over a third of our annual budget and we need you to do your part to keep this community station on air!

 I’m Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs every 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow, we unpack the recently concluded Synod on the Family with three guests, an expert on global Catholicism from the College of the Holy Cross; the executive director of FutureChurch; and the spokeswoman for the Women's Ordination Conference, who, along with a colleague, was detained by Rome police for merely walking peacefully within view of bishops exiting the Vatican. I kid you not: it's come to this. Yes, you'll want to stay tuned till the very end of the show to hear all about that one! Can't listen live, find the audio at

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 Thursday, its Open Mic with Bob Gotta at 5 pm. On Friday, the Michael Gallant Trio will perform at 8 pm. Saturday is Aligned With Source a workshop to balance the self at 10:30 am, followed by Bamboo Brush Paiting at 1 pm. Noah Guthrie also performs at 8 pm 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.

In New Haven tonight at 8pm, Cafe Nine presents Drinkdeeply's Saloon Singer Showcase with Dittymack and Kerri Powers. On Tuesday, you can catch California Guitar Trio at 7pm. Wednesday, it's Comedy Open Mic hosted by Dan Rice at 9 pm. On Thursday, they headline Infinity Girl at 8 pm. Friday afternoon an exhibition of the photos of Haywad Gatling is on display. Also on Friday is the beginning of the Elm City Music Festival at 8 pm. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola, with the music festival continuing at 9 pm. Sunday is Brazilian guitarist Stephen Guerra and Felicia De Santis at 3 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, Lil Dickey plays at 8 pm. On Thursday they headline Blessthefall at 9 pm, along with Bollywood Night in Lilly's Pad. Friday, Joe Budden plays with G Young at 9 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 Ray Morant at 8pm. On Friday, check out guitarist Frank Varela and Upstream at 9 pm. On Saturday, it’s Nick Moss Band at 9 pm.
Tuesday is election day, a municipal election will be held to elect the City's Mayor. If you are not registered to vote, the registrars office is located in the basement of the Municipal Building, Room  B15 and open Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents graduate student Cleek Shrey's Varations in the World Music Hall at 9 pm on Tuesday. On Wednesday, National Book Award Winner Jainy Gordon will read from her work at 8 pm in the Russell House. On Thursday, doctor and medical researcher Joseph J. Fins discusses his new work at 8 pm in the Russell House. On Friday, choreographer Eiko Otake will continue her series "A Body in Places" at the Van Vleck Observatory at 8 pm.  On Saturday, Ghanaian master drummer Abraham Adzenyah celebrates his 46 years at Wesleyan at 3 pm in the CFA Hall, followed by a student concert at 9 pm. 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    

On Wednesday, the Russell Library presents Contemporary Voices: The African American Experience in Poetry, a book discussion series led by Hedda Kopf at 7 pm.  On Thursday, an exhibition of original posters of WWI opens, this exhibit ends November 30th. Also on Thursday, Reader's Theater presents Parallel Lives a play, by Mo Gaffney & Kathy Najimy at 7 pm. The Veterans’ Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7 pm. On Saturday is Favorite Stories and Craft Time at 10 am. On Sunday, folk musician Rick Spencer presents songs from WWI at 2 pm.
Manic Productions brings several shows to area venues this week. Pentimento and Better Off to The Space in Hamden on Wednesday at 7 pm. Also on Wednesday at 8:30 pm, Black Cobra plays in the Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden. At Bar in New Haven on Wednesday, Strange Talk plays at 9 pm. On Wednesday at The Space, Allison Weiss plays at 7:30 pm. On Saturday, The Hotelier and Runaway Brother play The Space at 7:30 pm.

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.
At Infinity Hall in Hartford this Thursday,  Joshua Radin plays solo acoustic music at 8 pm. On Friday Aztec Two-Step performs   the Simon & Garfunkel Songbook at 8 pm. The Smithereens perform at 8 pm on Saturday. On Sunday, its the Free Wounded Warrior Benefit Concert featuring the 1st Company Guard Band at 3 pm. Details at

Back in Middletown, on Saturday, Oddfellows Playhouse welcomes Eshu Bumpus for storytelling at 1 pm.

Connecticut Farmer’s Markets are closed.

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

On Tuesday, the Common Ground Middletown Film Festival continues with "Tangerine" an Estonian film. The filmed will be screened in Middlesex Community College's Chapman Hall at 7 pm.

Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, on Tuesday its Real Board Games at 6 pm. On Wednesday they show "Sansho the Bailiff" as a part of the Film 101 series at 1 pm. On Friday, its the Out and Out Cocktail Hour at 5:30 pm. Also on Friday, "Nasty Baby" a story of parenthood starring Kristen Wiig, is shown. "East Side Sushi" a film about a single mother's introduction to food culture opens on Friday. On Saturday, Real Art Ways presents   Battle Trance: an unusual combination of four tenor saxophones at 7:30 pm. "Difret," an Ethiopean film, also opens.  On Sunday, they show "PlantPure Nation," a documentary about a movement to promote a plant-based diet in Kentucky, shows at 1:30 pm. "Finder's Keepers," a documentary about one man's fight to reclaim his lost body part, ends Wednesday.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing the 60th Anniversay edition of "Oklahoma" at 7 pm tonight (Monday) and tomorrow. On Wednesday the 17th Eros Film Festival begins with the films "Margarita" and "With a Straw" at 7:30 pm. Also on Wednesday they show "V For Vendetta" at 10 pm.  The Festival continues through Sunday with "The Bubble" on Wednesday at 7:30 pm, "Jenny's Wedding" on Thursday at 7:30 pm, and "The New Girlfriend" at 2:30 pm and "Those People" at 7:30 pm. The 75th Anniversay of Fantasia is Sunday at 2:30 and 7 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 ma nner
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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