Good evening, it's Monday, September 19th. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers talk radio from NPR and Pacifica, as well as independ nt and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.
I’m Maria Johnson, kicking off year five of trying t hold the Catholic Church to its own stated values with Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, a progressive minded program about faith and action, which airs every first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: an interview with author Julie Byrne, whose book The Other Catholics: Remaking America's Largest Religion explores the phenomenon of "independent Catholics," groups who are not formally connected to the Roman church but who hold to certain basic tenets, such as apostolic succession, the seven sacraments, and devotion to the saints. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived at www.reasonablycatholic.com.
Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
On Monday nights in Middletown, The Buttonwood Tree presents their weekly Anything Goes Open Mic + Moments of Gratitude at 7:00 pm. Tuesday night they bring you Laughter InterPlay starting at 6, followed by the Crystal Bowl Sound Healing. On Friday night Grammy Award-winning flutist Rhonda Larsen comes your way at 8 pm. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at 10:30 am. Connecticut’s Doug White Quintet takes the stage Saturday night at 8 with jazz offerings and more. On Sunday at 5 there’s an opening reception for this month’s featured artist, Lindsay Behrens. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30. Details at http://buttonwood.org
Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch The Head, The Right Offs, and Lea. On Tuesday they headline Stary Olsa, appearing with Orkestar BAM. On Wednesday, Gina Sicilia takes the Café stage. Thursday’s 4:30 Happy Hour features the New Haven Jazz Band, followed by the night show with Baka Fana, Ashley Hamel, Fit to Fly, and Off the Trolley. Friday’s weekly 5 pm set features Lynn Malavolte & Friends. Later Friday night they bring you Orquesta Afinke. Saturday afternoon there’s a Playing for Change Foundation event, featuring George Baker, Gary Heriot, and Mike Damico, with the 4 pm show bringing more of George Baker your way. Saturday night, Manic Productions presents Ages & Ages, Cereus Bright, and The Sea The Sea. Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 Present The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 pm with John D’Amato, and they round out the weekend Sunday night at 7 with Box Set Duo Trio and The Alpaca Gnomes. www.cafenine.com
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, their Jazz Mondays series features the Nick Dimaria Quintet tonight. On Tuesday nights, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material stage at Sally’s. On Wednesdays Blackeyed Sally’s presents their long running Community Blues Jam hosted by Tommy Whalen this week. Friday night it’s One Love – a tribute to Bob Marley. On Saturday it’s award-winning guitarist Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood bringing you R & B, blues, and more. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Manic Productions presents the Rory Scovel: Keep in Touch Tour, along with Zach Martina and MC Jerry Morgan tonight at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden. On Tuesday they bring Peter Bjorn and John, Julien Baker, and Mates of State to the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. On Wednesday it’s The Bronx, Crowbar, and Dead Heavens at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, or you can enjoy Ian Sweet, Stove, and Yohuna at Bar in New Haven. On Thursday night they headline Ben Folds and Gracie Folds at the College Street Music Hall. Friday night they host St. Lucia, Sofi Tukker, and DL is OK, also at the College Street venue in New Haven. http://www.manicproductions.org/
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, every Monday night you can catch a Night Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends on the Lilly’s Pad stage. On Tuesday it’s Lettuce, and Jaw Gems. On Thursday it’s the Electric University EDM College Dance Party. On Friday they’ve got Denzel Curry, Boogie, and Yoshi Thompkins. www.toadsplace.com
The Connecticut State Library hosts a free history talk at noon this Tuesday on the educational mission La Amistad, the historic schooner replica now residing in state waters. Details at http://www.facebook.com/CTStateLibrary/
Here in Middletown, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts holds a recital, Solo Cello from A to X, on Tuesday at 9 in World Music Hall by Visiting Assistant professor Alex Waterman. On Wednesday at noon there’s an Opening Gallery Talk, Draw Yourself In, at the Mansfield Freeman Center with student curators leading the audience-participation exhibition. There’s also an Opening Reception on Thursday at 5 at the Davison Art Center celebrating William Earle Williams: A Stirring Song Sung Heroic African Americans. On Sunday at 3, in Crowell Concert Hall you can enjoy This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part X. http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
At the Russell Library in Middletown, you’re invited to Mindfulness with David Chandler on Tuesday at 11 am. The Teen Advisory Council meets Wednesday at 4, and at 5:30 they’ve got the Cultural Connections Women’s Group for immigrant women. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7. On Saturday at 1:30 they present the Great American Folk Song Revival with the Caroline Doctorow Duo. www.russelllibrary.org
Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents Music for Astronauts this Tuesday, featuring Soften the Glare, Emily B, and Devolve LIVE. On Wednesday they’ve got Sperm Donor, Husbandry, Migrant, and huo. Thursday’s lineup includes Isenmor, Vacant Eyes, The Green Invader, and Matt Danger. On Friday it’s Bang Your Head at Cherry Street Station with local favorites. On Saturday they’ve got FN Fest 10, Scotty Anarchy’s Birthday Banger. You can find Cherry Street Station on Facebook, or call (203) 265-2902 for info. www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation
On Wednesday at 8, the Russell House Series Prose and Poetry at Wesleyan University hosts a reading by Matthew Burnside and Danielle Vogel. Both are experimental writers who explore genres and media. www.arts2go.org, or call 860-685-3613 for details.
Middletown Scottish country dancers offer classes for beginners & experienced dancers at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, Every Wednesday from 7-9:30p. Partners not necessary but soft-soled shoes are! For information, call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278
The Connecticut Historical Society holds a cross-generational conversation in Hartford this Thursday at 5:30 on Generations of Struggle: Connecticut and Civil Rights. Registration is requested. www.chs.org
Also on Thursday, the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford holds an opening reception for Traversing Traditions: India, a month-long visual arts exhibition of Indian arts, music, film, and more. www.charteroakcenter.org
This Saturday at 4 pm Wesleyan Potters in Middletown hosts the exhibit, Comforts from Our Past: Gary and Kyle O’Neill, at their Middletown gallery location. The series celebrates the artists’ blended Native American and African American heritage. www.arts2go.org
The Unitarian Society of Hartford holds its thirtieth annual Many Colors of a Woman Jazz Festival this Saturday at 7. The event is free. Call 860-951-7694 for details.
The 97th Annual Durham Fair happens this week starting on Thursday, offering a Farm Museum, Kids Place, Discovery Center, and more. Thursday’s music includes performances by Coginchaug High School musicians and the Rising Tide Band. Friday’s events include a tractor pull and motorized demolition derby, with performances by The Kerry Boys, Kara and Zach, CJ West and the Downtown Train, the Carrie Ashton Band, Mixed Signals, and more, with the headliner appearance of Old Dominion. The fun continues on Saturday with animals and food galore, along with music by the Brown Paper Sax Band, Salt Island Seanotes, Kings of Karma, The Meadows Brothers, Sister Funk, the Truckstop Troubadors, and headliner Foreigner. Sunday’s schedule includes a monster truck show, draft horse pull, and music by Bourbon Chaser, Jackson Hill, and the Rob Glassman Band. They cap things off with Martha Reeves & The Vandellas Sunday night. Full schedule at www.durhamfair.com
Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are still going strong. Here in Middletown you can you can support local farmers and get nutritious home-grown goods at two farmers markets through October. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the long running market at the South Green on Old Church Street is open from 8 am-1 pm. On Fridays, The Middletown North End farmers market happens on Main Street outside Its Only Natural Market. For times and dates, as well as info on the many more in our area you can visit www.ctnofa.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Through Wednesday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – the Touring Years,” directed by Ron Howard, that follows the band during their sixties touring years, through Thursday. On Friday they open “Ixcanul,” a film exploring the lives of marginalized women in the Guatemalan coffee highlands. They also open “Author: the JT LeRoy Story,” a film about the literary hoax of a San Francisco housewife. On Saturday they celebrate Art House Theater Day with screenings of “A Town Called Panic: Double Fun,” and “Phantasm: Remastered.” www.realartways.org.
Though Wednesday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues their run of “Under The Sun,” a scripted film shot in North Korea that captures revealing off-camera moments. They screen “The Threepenny Opera” as part of their National Theatre Live series this week. Thursday also brings the opening run of “Jason Bourne,” the fifth installment of the series starring Matt Damon. On Sunday they open “Dark Horse,” about a depressed Welsh village that puts its faith in a steeplechasing thoroughbred. www.cinestudio.org
Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on WESU Middletown:
Right after the jive, we’ve got Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, a well-rounded show for true jazz heads.
From 6-6:30, it’s Progressive Spirit with John Shuck, a program about spirituality and social justice. Interesting, informative, and cutting edge.
From 6:30 to 8 it’s 75% Folk with Michael Benson, bringing you blues, jazz, movie soundtracks, world music, interviews, and more.
Next is The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis from 8 to 9:30, with vintage and contemporary jazz, funk, soul, and latin and afro grooves.
Cruiser’s Radio Program with Jack Sullivan comes your way from 9:30 to 10:30, with Doo-Wop and Rock ‘n’ Roll from the ‘50’s and ‘60’s.
Rhyme & Reason follows from 10:30 to 11:30 with DJ Riela and DJ Tanner, with songs inspired by a poem, highlighting local writers.
After that it’s The Weirding Way with Maya Stevens from 11:30 to 12:30, an exploration of sonic moods with an indie/alternative focus.
Green Tea Time with DJ Ari G follows from 12:30 to 1:30, bringing you coffeehouse-style music with green environmental news tidbits.
It’s Connections from 1:30 to 3 am with DJ EKL & McSteamz, exploring the complexity of music the music production process.
Maximum Rock and Roll is next from 3 to 4 am, with the best in DIY punk garage rock, and hardcore.
BBC World News airs from 4 to 5 am, and we get the day started at 5 with NPR’s Morning Edition.
That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. If you missed anything, you can find the written version online at wesufm.org/jive. 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.