Monday, November 9, 2015


Good evening, it's Monday, November 9th, 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 current our Fall 2015 community pledge drive, but we need your help to keep the momentum 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! If you turn to WESU for information and and entertainment you can't find elsewhere, we need to hear from you. Please donate online 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 Friday, its folk duo The Kennedys at 8 pm. Saturday is the 10th Annual CT Jazz Composers & Improvisers Festival starting at 7:30 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.

In New Haven tonight, 8pm at Cafe Nine is Chris Arnott's "Get's to the Point." On Tuesday they present There Is No California Anymore at 8 pm.  On Wednesday its the Joe Krown Trio at 8 pm. Thursday, Bruiser Queen along with The Right-Offs play at 9 pm. Friday's Happy House features The Buttondowns at 5 pm. Followed by Roosevelt Dime at 9 pm. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session features Gary Grippo & Friends, followed by Glamour Assassins and Saving Skylar at 9 pm. Sunday, Tony & Irena play at 3 pm. This is followed by Words and Music, a monthly event full of local & touring musicians, writers, and poets 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. Thursday, Cash Cash & Tritonal play at 8 pm. On Friday they headline Gwar at 7 pm. On Sunday, jam with The John Kadlecik Band at 8 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 Gene Donaldson at 8 pm. On Friday, Start Making Sense, a Talking Heads tribute band plays at 9 pm. On Saturday, its the Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase featuring Tone Cool at 9 pm. 

Tonight at 8 pm, Manic Productions brings Frankie Cosmos and All Dogs to The Space in Hamden. On Wednsday, also at The Space, Surfer Blood plays at 8 pm. At BAR in New Haven on Wednesday, Mates of State play at 9 pm. On Friday, in the Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden, David Bazan plays at 9pm. Puscifer plays on Saturday at 8 pm in the Shubert Theater, New

On Tuesday, at the Russell Library in Middletown  its the Otakus anime club at 7 pm. Also at 7 is the Russell Readers discussion of Confession by Mary McCarthy. The Veterans’ Writing Group meets every Thursday. Also on Thursday is Crafternoon at 3:30 pm. Historian Dione Longley will illustrate and discuss the impact of WWI on Middletown at 7 pm. This is presented as a part of the WWI poster exhibition, running through November 30th.

Tuesday at Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Middletown's Poet Laureate will swear in the Mayor and Common Council at 7 pm.   

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents a concert by graduate student Ron Shalom at 8 pm on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Writing at Wesleyan brings poet Eduardo Corral to the Russell House at 8 pm. On Thursday at 5 pm in the CFA Hall, new media artist Reid Farrington will be in conversation with artist R. Luke DuBois. The “R. Luke Bubois--In Real Time” exhibit runs through December 13 in the Zilkha Gallery. Friday and Saturday, a breaking ground dance series event brings Faye Driscoll to Memorial Chapel at 8 pm. On Sunday, pianist Lisa Moore plays Philip Glass. Tanya Marcuse’s “Phantom Bodies” runs through December 13 in the Davison Art Center. More information at    

At Infinity Hall in Hartford this Tuesday its Rhiannon Giddens at 8 pm. On Wednesday at 7 pm, they Connecticut Lyric Opera presents "Le Nozze di Figaro." On Thursday its Zach Deputy with The Hornitz at 8 pm. On Friday they headline Leon Russell at 8 pm. Saturday is "A Night at the Opry" presented by Gunsmoke at 1:30 pm. This is followed by Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show at 8 pm.The New Christy Minstrels play Sunday at 1:30 pm. Also on Sunday at 7:30 is the Madeleine Peyroux Trio, alongside Open Mic Night at the Infinity Bistro. 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. This Friday they present a Haunted Mansion from 7-midnight.

On Thursday, Jr & Teen Company presents "Alice in Wonderland" at the Oddfellows Playhouse, Thursday thru Saturday at 7:30 pm.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

On Tuesday, the Common Ground Middletown Film Festival concludes with "Against the Grain" a Pakistani film about one schoolteacher's search for her missing nanny. The showing will be at the Russell Library at 7 pm.
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, on Tuesday they screen "Shelter" a film about two homeless people in New York and starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie at 7:30 pm. "Of Men and War" a documentary about a dozen combat veterans starting anew in a pioneering war traume therapy centre, runs from Friday until November 19th. On Sunday, "Gisela's Story" a documentary about three generations responding to a Holocaust survivor's legacy, at 11:30 am. On Sunday, they present "Improvisations: Arcade" where Curator Musicians Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes join guests for freely improvised music at 3 pm.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio ends its run of the Disney classic "Fantasia" on Wednesday. "Grandma" Lily Tomlin's starring role of a poet and her niece on a roadtrip begins Thursday and plays through Saturday. On Sunday, The Bolshoi Ballet presents George Balanchine's "Jewels". Also on Sunday, Noah Baumbach's new film "Mistress America" starring Greta Gerwig, is the story of two young New Yorkers. This film 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 Charles Henry.

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