Monday, November 23, 2015

11-23-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, November 23rd, and this is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 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 Ben Michael. Thanks for joining us! We're making progress with our Fall 2015 community pledge drive, but we still have a ways to go.  So far over 90 people have collectively raised just over $8,000,  but we still need nearly $12,000 to close out this drive. WESU depends on listener support for over a third of our annual budget.  If you turn to WESU for information and and entertainment you can't find elsewhere, we need really do need to hear from you and others who rely on WESU to help keep this community station on air! Please donate online at 

Now here's some of what’s happening in our area this week:

Tonight, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, hots their regular Monday night Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed by the Anything Goes Open Mic. Tomorrow/Tuesday evening The Buttonwood will be home to the Middlesex Drum Circle, welcoming all skill levels. Saturday night, The Buttonwood presents the Jim Shepley and Brian May acoustic guitar songwriter showcase. Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree at about 1 pm on Sundays. You can help prepare the meal beforehand at First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. The Hearing Voices Network meets weekly on Monday morning at 10:30.

At Cafe Nine in New Haven, tonight you can catch Exit Glaciers. Tomorrow/ Tuesday they present Nik Turner, a founding member of Hawkwind. Wednesday at Cafe Nine brings Dean Falcone's Annual Thanksgiving Vomitorium. On Thanksgiving night, Oddball Entertainment presents Ego Likeness at Cafe Nine. Friday's early set at The Nine features Chris Merk at 5 pm.  Later Friday night, you can catch The Wagon Riders.  Cafe Nine's weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam features the George Baker Band this week. Later Saturday evening, Wise Old Moon plays a 9 pm show. Sunday, Cafe Nine presents a benefit for the Milford Food Bank featuring The Lost Riots at 3 pm. This is followed by Jak Tripper live on stage at 8pm.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight beings their usual offering of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & friends at 9 pm. Wednesday brings Deep Banana Blackout to the Toad's Place stage. On Friday, Chris Webby plays Toad's. Saturday, there's a Bright Night: Electro-Glow Party.

Up in Hartford every Monday, Black-eyed Sally’s is home to The Hartford Jazz Society's Jazz Mondays series.  On Tuesdays, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material at Sally's. This Wednesday’s Blues Jam features Tim McDonald. On Friday, The Beehive-Queen Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez return to Blackeyes Sally's for a night of  rock'n'soul music with  at 9 pm. On Saturday night, The Mighty Soul Drivers play at Sally's. 

Tomorrow night (Tues), at The DeKoven house Community center on Washingtons St in Middletown,  at 7pm, you can participate in a Community discussion called "taking Democracy Back from Big Money" with Meghan Hasett  a ConnPIRG organizer, State Rep Matt LEsser, and KAren Hobart-Flynn of Common Cause. info at #democracyisnotforsale 

Also here in Middletown,  Wednesday, at the Russell Library in Middletown the Otakus youth anime club meets at 7 pm. The CT Poetry Society will hold its monthly meeting at 6 pm on Wednesday at Russell Library and The Veterans’ Writing Group meets Thursday evenings. The library's WWI poster exhibition, closes on November 30th. 

The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet Wednesday at First Church on Court St. You can tango there on Friday evenings. 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.

Infinity Hall, Hartford presents Eight to the Bar Wednesday evening Friday infinity headlines Judy Collins.  Saturday The Little River Band stops at Infinity Hall, Hartford. Jazz & Strings with Jimmy Green takes the infinity Hall stage Sunday evening. Details at

Wesleyan Potters 60th Annual exhibit sale, a long running jurried crafts show, opens this Friday, and runs through December 27th. 

 Tanya Marcuse’s “Phantom Bodies” runs through December 13 in the Davison Art Center at Wesleyan. The “R. Luke Dubois--In Real Time” exhibit runs through December 13 in Wesleyan's Zilkha Gallery. More information at    

On Friday, Middletown's Holiday on Main street season will begin at 4 pm with wagon rides, music, and 3 tree lighting's at 5:50 pm. for details 

Manic Productions brings Twiddle and Oktopus to the College Street Music Hall in New Haven this Saturday at 8pm .

This Sunday at 4 pm, Reader's Theater and Heritage Commons present 'Copenhagen' a play by Michael Frayn at Heritage Commons in Middletown.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford: the Basque film, "Flowers/Loreak" continues thorough Wednesday . This is the story of three women, three lives altered by the mere presence of bouquets of flowers. "Of Men and War" a documentary about a dozen combat veterans starting a new in a pioneering war trauma therapy center also continues through WedsTomorrow/Tuesday, Nasty Baby, a film about modern parenthood in Brooklyn staring Kristen Wiig begins a limited run at Real Art Ways.  On Friday they begin their run of Theeb, a film about Bedouins from a forgotten part of the Ottoman Empire. This runs through December 6th. On Saturday, The Internet Cat Video Festival begins at Real Art Ways and will run through December 6th.

Wednesday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio ends its run of "Rififi"  the classic noir film filmed in 1955, directed by Middletown native Jules Dassin. Thursday thru Saturday Cinestudio screen's Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece, "Rear Window."  On Sunday, National Theater live presents Shakespeare's "Hamlet" at Cinestudio at 1 pm. "Finder's Keepers" a documentary about recovering a lost body part runs opens on Sunday and runs through Tuesday.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:  

Right after the Jive, its Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry. 

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.
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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Thanks - Now stay tuned for afternoon Jazz with  Charles Henry.

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