Monday, November 16, 2015

11-16-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, November 16th, 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 first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: a visit with Nonie Newton Riley, an actress who for 15 years, all over the country, s has played a feisty nun leading a catechism class. The version about to be staged at Long Wharf Theater in New Haven is called Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold.  It runs from Dec. 8 through 20th so mark your calendar. I'd also like to mention that anyone who gives any amount to WESU's pledge drive and references "Reasonably Catholic" can choose from a list of Catholic-themed books that I've posted at and that I'll send to you with my thanks.

Okay! 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, it's Crystal Bowl sound healing at 7 pm. Thursday is the Cintamani Groove Jam and Super Foods at 7:30 pm. On Friday, Jeff Fuller & Friends will perform at 8 pm. On Saturday, folk group Sons of the Never Wrong play 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 Russell Library, Janet Brooks will discuss her recent trip to Central Europe, walking the European Peace Walk from Austria through Slovenia. That's at 6:30 pm.  On Tuesday, Wesleyan film professor Scott Higgins will lead a viewing and discussion of Alfred Green's 1933 film "Baby Face" and "Pre-code Hollywood" at 12 pm. Also on Tuesday storytelling musicians Teresa Whitaker and Frank Schwartz will lead a Tellabration! event at 7 pm. On Wednesday, Hedda Kopf will lead a discussion of Claudia Rankine's "Citizen"   as a part of the African American Experience in Poetry at 7 pm. The Veterans’ Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7 pm. Also on Thursday is Teen Tech at 3:30 pm. Acclaimed violinist Emil Alstschuler will play works at 7 pm on Thursday. On Sunday, The Hampstead Stage Company presents "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe"at 1:30 pm. .

In New Haven tonight at 8pm, Cafe Nine presents Nellen Dryden. On Tuesday, you can catch Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys at 8pm. Wednesday, it's Boytoy with Laundry Day at 9pm. On Thursday, they headline Bad Sun with Stoned in America at 9 pm. Friday's Happy Hour features Cristina Harris at 5 pm. Also on Friday it' s George Baker Band's CD release party at 9 pm. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, with Mates of State playing at 9 pm. Sunday is Joe Fletcher and Elison Jackson at 8pm. 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & friends at 9 pm. Wednesday, Bryson Tiller plays with GOLD and BlayzeTheDreamer at 7 pm with a late show at 10:30 pm. On Thursday they headline Lights and The Mowgli's at 7:30 pm, along with Bollywood Night in Lilly's Pad.

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 will play. Wednesday’s Blues Jam begins at 8pm. On Friday, check out the On the Spot Trio with the William Thompson Funk Experiment at 9 pm. Saturday, it’s Italian Bluesman Robert Morbioli at 9 pm.

Tomorrow/Tuesday  brings the monthly Sing-A-Long at the Middletown Community Center, led by Barbara Arafeh at 12:30 pm. 

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents a TED talk and concert with Keith Waldrop and Robert Ashley at 9 pm on Tuesday. This Wednesday, the Artful Lunch series continues with professor Clark Maines leading a talk through the Davison Art Center at 12 pm. Writing at Wesleyan presents writer and artist Gregg Bordowitz, Wednesday at 8 pm in the Russell House. On Thursday, Poet Rick Barot will read at the Albritton Center at 8pm. Also on Thursday, the CFA Theater presents "Marisol" by Jose Rivera at 8 pm, with performances through Saturday. Wesleyan's Music Department and R. Luke Dubois present "Hard Data Redux" at 8 pm this Friday. The “R. Luke Dubois--In Real Time” exhibit runs through December 13 in the Zilkha Gallery. On Saturday, chamber music quartet Brooklyn Rider plays at 8pm in the Crowell Concert Hall. Tanya Marcuse’s “Phantom Bodies” runs through December 13 in the Davison Art Center. More information at    
Manic Productions brings several shows to area venues this week. They bring Diarrhea Planet to The Space in Hamden on Tuesday at 7 pm. This Wednesday at 9 pm, Young Buffalo plays at BAR in New Haven. Witt Lowry plays the Space in Hamden at 7:30 pm Thursday. Also at The Space on Friday, Young Rising Sons and The Mosers play at 8 pm.

This Wednesday, the Middletown Commission on the Arts has its monthly meeting at 7 pm in the Municipal Building. 
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet every 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 WednesdayAni Difranco plays at 8 pm, the performance will be taped for TV. Wednesday is also Trivia Night at the Bistro at 8 pm. On Thursday, Lee Ann Womack plays at 8 pm. This Friday they headline Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes at 8 pm. Macy Gray with special guest Valise performs on Saturday at 8 pm. On Sunday, David Sanborn plays at 1:30 pm, followed by Colin Hay and Open Mic Night at 7:30 pm. Details at

On Saturday, the Middlesex Community College Department of Arts presents a series of Art Therapy workshops in Snow Hall at 2 pm.

This Sunday, the Greater Middletown Chorale will perform Gabriel Faure's "Requiem" at 4 pm in the Bethany Covenant Church, Berlin, CT.

Also on Sunday at the MAC650 Art Gallery, Snooty Garland performs at the Sunday Dinner Residency at 7 pm.

Connecticut Farmer’s Markets are closed.

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

Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways they celebrate their 40th year with a reception in the governor's mansion at 5 pm. On Wednesday, authors Ned and Constance Sublette will discuss their book "The American Slave Coast" at 7 pm. As a part of the Film 101 series, they show "A Man Escaped" at 1 pm. On Thursday, its the November Creative Cocktail Hour at 6 pm. "Experimenter,"  a film about psychological experiments at Yale, starring Peter Sarsgaard, ends its run on Thursday. "Difret," an Ethiopean film, also ends on Thursday. "Marshland" a Spanish film about the end of Franco's dictatorship, starts Friday. "Of Men and War" a documentary about U.S. Veterans participating in a pioneering war trauma therapy center begins Friday as well.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio ends its run on Tuesday of Noah Baumbach's "Mistress America" the story of a friendship between two women and New York City. Robert Zemeckis' film "The Walk" about aerialist Philippe Petit's attempt to cross the World Trade Center towers in 1974, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play through Saturday. On Sunday, National Theater live presents Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" at 1 pm. "Rififi" a 1955 French film noir, directed by Middletown native Jules Dassin, will begin its run on Sunday at play through the next week.

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 The Production Report with Kiley and Allis for a 30 minute rundown of entertainment industry news,  reviews, interviews and predictions.  
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 to 9:30 p.m. it’s Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis, with the best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, afro and Latin dance floor grooves.
Then stay tuned for 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.
At Midnight catch 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. stay up for Fear Factor with DJ Korean Queen for a radio show about fears, phobias, and music!
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.

And if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can help us meet our goal and end this pledge drive as early as possible with your donation online at  Thanks so much - Now stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry (and if you like his show, let us know by making a donation!) 

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