Good evening, it's Monday, October 10th 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 independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.
Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
Tonight, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown presents their weekly Anything Goes Open Mic + Moments of Gratitude at 7:00 pm. On Friday night you can catch Swiss acoustic guitar virtuoso Attila Vural, appearing along with singer/songwriter Julie Last. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at 10:30 am, with this week’s theme of “Balance.” In the evening, it’s Story City Troupe, bringing you true stories using the formula from NPR’s “The Moth.” The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30. Details at http://buttonwood.org
Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, Manic Productions brings you Inter Arma, Call Of The Void, and Slow Death. On Tuesday it’s another session of their recurring Words & Music series. On Wednesday you can catch Red Dog Run, and Phil Rosenthal. Thursday’s roster includes The Oddbodies, Honch, Mystic Seahorse, and Still I Rise. Friday’s weekly 5 pm Happy Hour features Diddymack this week, followed later by a Record Release show with The End of America, Death Black Birds, and The Proud Flesh. Saturday’s 4:30 Jazz Jam is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, with SixFoxWhiskey and Keepers of the Vibe coming your way later that night. On Sunday at 3 pm there’s a Songwriter Series with Rex Fowler, Marc Douglas Berardo, and Richard Neal, and they round out the weekend Sunday night with The Hickoids, appearing with The Palomino Brothers. www.cafenine.com
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, their Jazz Mondays series hosts the Joe Palmer Trio tonight. On Tuesday nights, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on Sally’s stage. On Wednesdays they present their long-running Community Blues Jam hosted by Gene Donaldson. On Thursday it’s Sally’s house band The Po’ Boys, with blues, rock, and boogie-woogie. On Friday, they’ve got roots and more with Plywood Cowboy. On Saturday night you can hear Regina Bonelli, appearing with featured bluesman Michael Hill. www.blackeyedsallys.com
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, every Monday night you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends on the Lilly’s Pad stage. On Tuesday, it’s Post Malone: The Hollywood Dreams Tour, with Jazz Cartier and Larry June. Thursday, enjoy another Bright Night ECM College Dance Glow Party. On Friday they feature Dirty Heads, New Beat Fund, and RDGLDGRN. www.toadsplace.com
Manic Productions presents Joe Mande and Greg Johnson at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden this Tuesday. On Wednesday, they bring Dinowalrus, The Shifting Sands, and Mission Zero to Bar in New Haven. On Thursday, it’s Polyphia, Cheem, and Jelani Sei at The Space in Hamden. On Friday they headline Andrew Bird, appearing with Sinkane, at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Saturday, they’ve got mewithoutYou, Into It. Over it., and Needle Points at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. We’re back at the College Street Music Hall on Saturday for Regina Spektor. On Sunday, White Lung and Perennial take the stage at The Ballroom at The Outer Space http://www.manicproductions.org/
At the Russell Library in Middletown, they host the second smoking cessation workshop Tuesday at 10 am, in partnership with Middlesex Hospital. Tuesday evening their Job Group presents a workshop, “Using Social Media in the Job Search, with Jess Dods, MBA. The Russell Readers meet on Tuesday at 6:30 to continue the “100 Years of the Best American Short Stories,” with this week’s selection of “The Third and Final Continent,” by Jhumpa Lahiri. On Wednesday night Dr. Chris Maslowski presents a workshop, “Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine: Health for Life.” The Veteran’s Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7. Also at 7, the East Haddam Stage Company presents a live-action radio drama, “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Specked Band,” using the 1930 radio script of William Gillette. On Friday at 3, in collaboration with Wells Fargo Bank and March for Education, they continue their series on Preparing for College with this week’s theme of “Budgeting.” www.russelllibrary.org
Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at www.hartfordmindfulnesscenter.org
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.
Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts in Middletown sponsors their “Artful Lunch” series featuring Professor Michael Moore this week on Thursday at noon, who discusses his favorite works in the Davison Art Center collection. Details at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
The Art Guild of Middletown presents a Chinese brush painting demonstration this Thursday at 7 at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell with artist Amy Fang Zie. Details at www.arts2go.org
Hartford Fashion Week presents its second season of runway shows, a trade show, and more this Thursday through Sunday in Hartford. You can find the full schedule of events at www.hartford.fashion
Writer, performer, and artist Patti Smith will be at Immanauel Congregational Church in Hartford this Thursday at 7 pm for a conversation, “Mark My Words.” Details at www.iccucc.org
The award-winning Aeolus String Quartet performs works by Haydn and Beethoven on Thursday at 7:30 pm at Trinity College’s Gruss Music Center in Hartford. Details at www.trincoll.edu
St. George Armenian Church in Hartford holds its annual Armenian Food Fest this Friday and Saturday with food, gifts, crafts, and more. www.sgarmenianchurch.net
Hartford Blooms presents its annual Foliage & Fall Garden Tours this Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 am in Elizabeth Park. Dozens of fall gardens in the West End and Asylum Hill neighborhoods of Hartford will be viewed. www.elizabethparkct.org
This Saturday the Mark Twain House in Hartford brings you “Ralph Nader: Breaking Through Power,” as part of their Mark My Words ongoing series. The event begins at 7; he’ll be discussing his latest book, “Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think,” followed by a book sale and signing. www.marktwainhouse.org
The Light Source Center, a non-profit meditation school in West Hartford, holds its ninth annual fundraising auction this Sunday at the Simsbury Inn starting at 1:30 pm. Live and silent auctions, music, and great food are happening. Details at www.lightsourcecenter.org
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 Thursday, 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. Also continuing is “Landfill Harmonic,” a documentary about the Recycled Orchestra of Catuera, a group of kids in Paraguay who create instruments from the garbage in one of South America’s largest landfills. On Friday they open “A Man Called Ove,” (ooh-veh), a Swedish film about an isolated retiree whose life is changed by new neighbors. It runs through the weekend. www.realartways.org.
Though Wednesday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run of “Don’t Blink – Robert Frank,” about the work of this 1950’s and ‘60’s photographer that challenged America’s poverty and racial divide. On Thursday they’re screening “Upstairs Inferno,” sponsored by Out Film CT, a documentary about the now second-largest mass gay murder in US history that occurred in a gay bar in New Orleans in 1973. On Friday they open “Equity,” a corporate thriller starring Anna Gunn as a high-flying investment banker fighting back after she’s turned down for a promotion. It runs through Saturday. Sunday’s matinee is the Boishoi Ballet’s performance of Shostakovich’s “The Golden Age,” with a new libretto by Girgorovich. They also open “Our Little Sister,” a Japanese film about three sisters who meet an unknown relative when they travel to their father’s funeral. www.cinestudio.org
The Russell Library continues the 8th annual Middletown International Film Festival, Common Ground, with a screening of “Rhymes for Young Ghouls,” a Canadian film about a residential school for Indian children run by a sadistic agent. It’s being screened at Chapman Hall on the Middlesex Community College Campus at 7 pm www.russelllibrary.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 pm it’s Building Bridges, a weekly labor report from Pacifica.
At 6:30 until 8 pm 75% Folk with Michael Benson offers Contemporary folk along with a mix of blues, jazz, world music, and movie soundtracks and more.
From 8-9:30 pm it’s Chip Austin’s Unfocused Folk, with Americana from Nashville and more performed by both emerging and veteran artists.
At 9:30pm Jack Sullivan presents Cruiser’s Radio Program offering a blend of Rock & Roll from the 1950’s and 60’s providing the music and news of that era.
From 10:30-11:30 pm it’s Meet Music with DJ Rami, introducing you to a new artist with each show.
At 11:30 stay tuned for Something Old, Something New with Aurora and DJ Dazzle, with a musical time machine that helps you connect current songs to the past.
At 12:30 am Green Tea Time with DJ Ari G presents coffeehouse-style music paired with "green" environmental news tidbits.
From 1:30-3 am it’s Connections with DJ EKL & McSteamz, exploring the complexity of music and 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.