Dispatches from CMJ

This year, for the first time in recent memory, WESU sent three delegates to CMJ, the conference and music festival held annually throughout New York City. I’m lucky enough to be one of those delegates, along with my fellow Music Director, Adam Isaacson and our Dear Leader Who Rules With An Iron Fist, Avery Trüfelman.

Day 1: Tuesday

 Our first stop Tuesday was Pete’s Candy Shop in Williamsburg, where we saw a Wesleyan group, Lyons Den, led by the lovely and talented singer/songwriter/guitarist, Mara Connor, along with Zain Alam, Neo Sora and Sam Lyons. Mara sang several of her own compositions, along with covers of The Boss’ “I’m on Fire” and the Neil Young classic “Heart of Gold.” It was an intimate show, but the whole audience was enraptured by the group. Expect to hear more from them.
Here’s a video for their song “Strangers”.

Next up, we tried to catch The Mountain Goats at the Bowery Ballroom, but as we quickly learned, nothing really goes according to plan at CMJ. For example, we also planned to check out Teen Daze, who were playing two different sets on Tuesday, but we wound up missing both. Flying Lotus was also originally scheduled to play Tuesday, but that was rescheduled for a super-secret show Wednesday night. Finally and most disappointingly, Mystikal‘s set with opener Earl Sweatshirt was cancelled for some reason. Does this have anything to do with ‘kal’s budding porn career? We may never know. We were a couple minutes late for the Mountain Goats show, and badges were no longer accepted at the door, so we moved on to Piano’s where we caught a set from the Louisville group Murals.

Day 2: Wednesday

 Avery left Adam and me to our own devices Wednesday and we checked out the Terrorbird party at the Cake Shop where we met up with our favorite promoter, Karen Moran-Thomas. Also at Cake Shop, we saw a set by transsexual rapper and collaborator with Wes-alum Le1f, Mykki Blanco (pictured above). Mykki kicked serious ass.

We then headed back to Brooklyn to the Grand Victory where we checked out Sidewalk Dave, a group that has recently relocated to Brooklyn from New Haven. I had previously seen them twice back in the Have when they were primarily a folk group. In a conversation after the show, Sidewalk told me that his move to more of a rock sound was in part a reaction against the commercialization of folk by groups like Mumford & Son. I was greatly impressed by his move to rock & roll. As you can see from the photo above, it was a really cool show.

Stay tuned for more…

–Jesse “DJ JBrent” Brent

Dispatches from CMJ

This year, for the first time in recent memory, WESU sent three delegates to CMJ, the conference and music festival held annually throughout New York City. I’m lucky enough to be one of those delegates, along with my fellow Music Director, Adam Isaacson and our Dear Leader Who Rules With An Iron Fist, Avery Trüfelman.

Day 1: Tuesday

Our first stop Tuesday was Pete’s Candy Shop in Williamsburg, where we saw a Wesleyan group, Lyons Den, led by the lovely and talented singer/songwriter/guitarist, Mara Connor, along with Zain Alam, Neo Sora and Sam Lyons. Mara sang several of her own compositions, along with covers of The Boss’ “I’m on Fire” and the Neil Young classic “Heart of Gold.” It was an intimate show, but the whole audience was enraptured by the group. Expect to hear more from them.
Here’s a video for their song “Strangers”.

Next up, we tried to catch The Mountain Goats at the Bowery Ballroom, but as we quickly learned, nothing really goes according to plan at CMJ. For example, we also planned to check out Teen Daze, who were playing two different sets on Tuesday, but we wound up missing both. Flying Lotus was also originally scheduled to play Tuesday, but that was rescheduled for a super-secret show Wednesday night. Finally and most disappointingly, Mystikal‘s set with opener Earl Sweatshirt was cancelled for some reason. Does this have anything to do with ‘kal’s budding porn career? We may never know. We were a couple minutes late for the Mountain Goats show, and badges were no longer accepted at the door, so we moved on to Piano’s where we caught a set from the Louisville group Murals.

Day 2: Wednesday

 Avery left Adam and me to our own devices Wednesday and we checked out the Terrorbird party at the Cake Shop where we met up with our favorite promoter, Karen Moran-Thomas. Also at Cake Shop, we saw a set by transsexual rapper and collaborator with Wes-alum Le1f, Mykki Blanco (pictured above). Mykki kicked serious ass.

We then headed back to Brooklyn to the Grand Victory where we checked out Sidewalk Dave, a group that has recently relocated to Brooklyn from New Haven. I had previously seen them twice back in the Have when they were primarily a folk group. In a conversation after the show, Sidewalk told me that his move to more of a rock sound was in part a reaction against the commercialization of folk by groups like Mumford & Son. I was greatly impressed by his move to rock & roll. As you can see from the photo above, it was a really cool show.

Stay tuned for more…

–Jesse “DJ JBrent” Brent

Thursday’s Jive

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Good evening, it’s Thursday Oct.18th and this is the Jive at Five, WESU’s Daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming weeknights and weekends. I’m J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY now airing in our new timeslot,  Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture.Thanks for tuning in. Thanks for tuning in!!

Here’s a rundown of what else is happening in our area:

Friday at the Buttonwood, enjoy the “Talking to Walls’ Acoustic Rock Concert,”  in which British arena rock meets American garage & indie. Saturday night, guitarist Gale Wade performs an evocative mélange of Americana, bluegrass and blues,  accompanied by Steve Wade, also on for guitar. Every Sunday at about 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood, Food Not Bombs shares vegetarian food. All are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.
Speaking of food, there will be a Poetry Potluck from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Buttonwood. It’s an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on its website at buttonwood.org.

The 36th annual Navaratri Festival Colloquium on the legacy of the festival’s late founder T. Viswanathan, who taught at Wesleyan from 1975 to 2002 is now being held at the University.  A panel of faculty members and Viswanathan’s students will discuss aspects of his profound Wesleyan legacy in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of his death. (The festival concerts themselves will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in either Crowell Concert Hall or World Music Hall. Details at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.)

On Friday evening at 7 “An Eye for an Eye: an Open Reading” will bring to Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel a play by 2012 Graduate Liberal Studies Program alumna Linda Napoletano. The play tells the story of Bangladeshi immigrant Rais Bhuiyan [RACE BOO-yawn], who was shot in the face in the wake of the September 11th World Trade Center attacks. After recovering from his injuries, the victim fought to save the shooter from execution. Mr. Bhuiyan, founder of World Without Hate, will lead a discussion after the reading.

This is the second of five events celebrating Graduate Liberal Studies’ 60th Year.For more information call 860.685.2900 or go to Wesleyan.edu/masters.

On Saturday afternoon at 2 in the Zilkha Gallery, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents Wesleyan Alums in Performance Art, a free talk by practitioners of that art form.

Also on Saturday afternoon, as part of the university’s Music & Public Life series, a free discussion titled “Pop Music Producers & The Real World — A Dysfunctional Marriage” will bring award-winning songwriter and record producer Carl Sturken, class of ’78, to campus. Mr. Sturken’s career has included making music for such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, and Rod Stewart, as well as discovering and signing pop superstar Rihanna. The event will be at 3 p.m. in CFA Hall.

This Saturday, from 10am-4pm, friends of the Wesleyan Library will be having a book sale at Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street. There will be over 5,000 academic and popular books, priced from $1-$5. if you would like to volunteer to help with the sale, please email libfriends@wesleyan.edu

Now through November 27, “Saved from Europe: the Kallir family Collection of Austrian and German Literature” showing the book collection of Austrian art-dealer and publisher Otto Kallir who fled war torn Europe and emigrated to New York in 1939. This will be from 4:30-6:00pm at the Smith Reading Room in Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street, and runs until November 27.

The Russell Knitters meets Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Russell Library. They are an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise.

Saturday at the Canoe Club, at Habor Park, the Graham’s Quakers, a quasi-unplugged group with 2 guitars, bass,  vocals, and no drums, will be playing.
Then on Sunday from 5-8pm its Joey Pass and the Three of Us featuring songs from Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, and Ramsey Lewis.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place Friday brings Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond. Shakedown recently won the Connecticut Music Award for best cover band. Also performing: Poor Old Shine and Full Spectrum. Also on Friday, it’s Afton Presents, with Stealhead, Cloud Zenna, E.M.J., and Lauren G & Guests. More information can be found online at toadsplace.com.

Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight, Oddball Entertainment: Jenn Bostic w/ Shellye Valauskas,  Dean Falcone, and Terri Lynn.Then Friday at Café Nine, the early show will feature Matt Jaffee, followed by The New Dirty; w/ Party Horse. Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Tony Dioguardi and Friends, followed by Paper Hill Casket Company; w/ Eurisko and Bella’s Bartok.
Then Sunday evening, it’s the Sunday-After-Supper Jam, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More can be found online at cafenine.com.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s Friday, the Greg Sherrod Blues Band plays at Sally’s, and then Saturday, it’s Grayson Hugh, a singer/songwriter and master of the piano and Hammond B3 organ.
More can be found at blackeyedsallys.com.

Now here’s what going on in cinema off the beaten path in central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways, the films “Liberal Arts”and “Bill W.” continue through most of the week. tonight  being the third Thursday of the month – it’s the Creative Cocktail Hour, with Bi-Polar Jukebox, bringing creative people together for conversation, art and music.

And on Friday, the film “Detropia, a dreamlike collage of a documentary about Detroit. Also on Friday, Real Art Ways presents Don Hertzfeldt’s “It’s Such A Beautiful Day Trilogy,” combining the cult animator’s recent “Bill” trilogy of short films into one darkly comedic feature.Then Saturday night, it’s Burnt Sugar Does Steely Dan,  a rendition of the Steely Dan songbook, taken apart and put back together in two sets. Then on Sunday afternoon, the Story of Film: An Odyssey continues with part 2, “Expressionism, Impressionism and Surrealism: Golden Age of World Cinema” (1920s); and “The Arrival of Sound” (1930s). More can be found online at realartways.com.

Tonight at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s movie theater, it’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Cannes Film Festival prize for Best First Film.

Tonight, it’s the Hartford premiere of “The Invisible War,” a documentary investigation into the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military. Director Kirby Dick will take questions following the film. This free event also includes a panel discussion that includes Senator Richard Blumenthal and activists for the cause.
Friday and Saturday, it’s “The Avengers,” directed by Wesleyan alum Joss Whedon.
Then Sunday begins screenings of “Keep the Lights On,” Ira Sachs’s semi-autobiographical film about his decade-long, loving, erotic, destructive love affair in New York City. Details can be found at cinestudio.org

Now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.




Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.


Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.


Total Praise with Minister Latrecia
A diverse and inspirational blend of contemporary gospel music to uplift your spirit!


Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
Where hearing is the best experience. A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.


Bridging the Gap with Jesse Brent
Exploring how music has changed forms through the years, and the links that tie together seemingly disparate genres such as blues and rap, or funk and Krautrock.


Alphabet Soup with DJ Blaze
An anti-genre, request-based melting pot. Each episode, we randomly select a letter from the alphabet, and play bands or artists whose names start with that letter. A wild romp through the annals of WESU’s music library, supported and guided by the interests of our listeners.


Bach Party with Canyon Girl
Bach Party will feature a unique theme each week showcasing work from a grand pool of classical composers and compositions. Tune in, remain composed, and keep it classy.


Hip-Hop Kitchen with Alex G
We play positivistic, afrocentric and jazz influenced hip-hop/rap that’s mixed with food news, recipes, reviews, tips, tricks, fun facts. Basically good food to eat while you listen to good hip-hop.


Songs Without Words with Jacob Feder
Songs Without Words offers an eclectic assortment of instrumental musics both new and old.


UnderCover with Rebecca Seidel
The best covers take original tracks and transform them into their own creations. Bridging genres, musical styles, and time, Undercover explores the concept of inspiration through imitation. Sometimes they surpass the original, sometimes they miss the mark – it’s your call.


Jack’s Jazz and Jam with DJ Jack
I will be playing music that features that blends styles, genres, and interesting melodic and harmonic arrangements. I would focus specifically on jazz and jazz influenced music, rock n’ roll, jam bands, bluegrass, funk, and any blending of the above genres.


Rock Fatale with DJ Stella
Featuring the first ladies of rock, from The Marvelettes to Metric.


Sunspot Loops
A sporadic exploration of what exists in music at the moment.


Corporate Radio Talk Show Live Superstar 9000 with \.com
The talk show that has the FCC raving! We never cease to disappoint.


The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast at 5 a.m. with Morning Edition from NPR.


That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at www.wesufm.org/jive, and if you know of any events that you’d like to have announced on the Jive, send them tojive@wesufm.org If you tune in to WESU for information and music that you can’t find elsewhere, then we are counting on you to help support the service you depend on.

Please take a moment to make a donation of any size online at www.wesufm.org, every dollar counts and we need to hear from you.Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa

Good evening, it’s Wednesday, Oct. 17 and this is the Jive at Five, WESU’s Daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming weeknights and weekends. I’m J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY now airing in our new timeslot,  Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture.Thanks for tuning in. Thanks for tuning in!!

Here’s a rundown of what else is happening in our area:

Friday at the Buttonwood, enjoy the “Talking to Walls’ Acoustic Rock Concert,”  in which British arena rock meets American garage & indie.

Saturday night, guitarist Gale Wade performs an evocative mélange of Americana, bluegrass and blues,  accompanied by Steve Wade, also on for guitar.

Every Sunday at about 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood, Food Not Bombs shares vegetarian food. All are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.

Speaking of food, there will be a Poetry Potluck from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Buttonwood. It’s an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on its website at buttonwood.org.

The 36th annual Navaratri Festival Colloquium on the legacy of the festival’s late founder T. Viswanathan, who taught at Wesleyan from 1975 to 2002 is now being held at the University.  A panel of faculty members and Viswanathan’s students will discuss aspects of his profound Wesleyan legacy in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of his death. 

(The festival concerts themselves will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in either Crowell Concert Hall or World Music Hall. Details at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.)

Also this evening, at 5 p.m., Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts will present Weston Naef’s “Drawing with Light—Experimental Photography Today.” Naef was the founding curator of the photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum until his retirement in 2009 and is the author of numerous books on photography. This free lecture at the Russell House at 350 High Street will discuss contemporary photographers who are using traditional materials in new ways.

On Friday evening at 7 “An Eye for an Eye: an Open Reading” will bring to Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel a play by 2012 Graduate Liberal Studies Program alumna Linda Napoletano. The play tells the story of Bangladeshi immigrant Rais Bhuiyan [RACE BOO-yawn], who was shot in the face in the wake of the September 11th World Trade Center attacks. After recovering from his injuries, the victim fought to save the shooter from execution. Mr. Bhuiyan, founder of World Without Hate, will lead a discussion after the reading.

This is the second of five events celebrating Graduate Liberal Studies’ 60th Year.For more information call 860.685.2900 or go to Wesleyan.edu/masters.

On Saturday afternoon at 2 in the Zilkha Gallery, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents Wesleyan Alums in Performance Art, a free talk by practitioners of that art form.

Also on Saturday afternoon, as part of the university’s Music & Public Life series, a free discussion titled “Pop Music Producers & The Real World — A Dysfunctional Marriage” will bring award-winning songwriter and record producer Carl Sturken, class of ’78, to campus. Mr. Sturken’s career has included making music for such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, and Rod Stewart, as well as discovering and signing pop superstar Rihanna. The event will be at 3 p.m. in CFA Hall.

This Saturday, from 10am-4pm, friends of the Wesleyan Library will be having a book sale at Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street. There will be over 5,000 academic and popular books, priced from $1-$5. if you would like to volunteer to help with the sale, please email libfriends@wesleyan.edu

This afternoon, there is an exhibition opening reception and talk for “Saved from Europe: the Kallir family Collection of Austrian and German Literature” showing the book collection of Austrian art-dealer and publisher Otto Kallir who fled war torn Europe and emigrated to New York in 1939. This will be from 4:30-6:00pm at the Smith Reading Room in Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street, and runs until November 27.

“Bigger Than You Think” – a play presented by Middletown Youth Services – will be performed at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Middletown High School performing arts center, 200 LaRosa Lane. Based on the stories of Middletown youth and adults, the play is described as “a short play with a huge purpose: helping Middletown’s children grow up well.” It will be followed by a conversation about  creating a stronger community for youth. For information go to the Middletown Youth Services website.
The Russell Knitters meets Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Russell Library. They are an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise.

Saturday at the Canoe Club, at Habor Park, the Graham’s Quakers, a quasi-unplugged group with 2 guitars, bass,  vocals, and no drums, will be playing.
Then on Sunday from 5-8pm its Joey Pass and the Three of Us featuring songs from Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, and Ramsey Lewis.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place it’s the weekly EDM night, and Friday brings Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond. Shakedown recently won the Connecticut Music Award for best cover band. Also performing: Poor Old Shine and Full Spectrum.

Also on Friday, it’s Afton Presents, with Stealhead, Cloud Zenna, E.M.J., and Lauren G & Guests. More information can be found online at toadsplace.com.

Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight, it’s Unsung, Unplugged & Absolutely Unadulterated at Café Nine, with Travis Moody, Don DeStefano, Pat Haddon, and Kevin Saint James.

Thursday brings Oddball Entertainment: Jenn Bostic w/ Shellye Valauskas,  Dean Falcone, and Terri Lynn.

Then Friday at Café Nine, the early show will feature Matt Jaffee, followed by The New Dirty; w/ Party Horse.

Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Tony Dioguardi and Friends, followed by Paper Hill Casket Company; w/ Eurisko and Bella’s Bartok.
Then Sunday evening, it’s the Sunday-After-Supper Jam, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More can be found online at cafenine.com.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, it’s the Blues jam with Ed Bradley.
Friday, the Greg Sherrod Blues Band plays at Sally’s, and then Saturday, it’s Grayson Hugh, a singer/songwriter and master of the piano and Hammond B3 organ.
More can be found at blackeyedsallys.com.

Now here’s what going on in cinema off the beaten path in central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways, the films “Liberal Arts”and “Bill W.” continue through most of the week. Thursday evening – being the third Thursday of the month – it’s the Creative Cocktail Hour, with Bi-Polar Jukebox, bringing creative people together for conversation, art and music.

And on Friday, the film “Detropia, a dreamlike collage of a documentary about Detroit. Also on Friday, Real Art Ways presents Don Hertzfeldt’s “It’s Such A Beautiful Day Trilogy,” combining the cult animator’s recent “Bill” trilogy of short films into one darkly comedic feature.

Then Saturday night, it’s Burnt Sugar Does Steely Dan,  a rendition of the Steely Dan songbook, taken apart and put back together in two sets.

Then on Sunday afternoon, the Story of Film: An Odyssey continues with part 2, “Expressionism, Impressionism and Surrealism: Golden Age of World Cinema” (1920s); and “The Arrival of Sound” (1930s). More can be found online at realartways.com.

Tonight at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s movie theater, it’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Cannes Film Festival prize for Best First Film.

Thursday, it’s the Hartford premiere of “The Invisible War,” a documentary investigation into the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military. Director Kirby Dick will take questions following the film. This free event also includes a panel discussion that includes Senator Richard Blumenthal and activists for the cause.
Friday and Saturday, it’s “The Avengers,” directed by Wesleyan alum Joss Whedon.
Then Sunday begins screenings of “Keep the Lights On,” Ira Sachs’s semi-autobiographical film about his decade-long, loving, erotic, destructive love affair in New York City. Details can be found at cinestudio.org

Now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Good evening, it’s Wednesday, Oct. 17 and this is the Jive at Five, WESU’s Daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming weeknights and weekends.

Here’s a rundown of what else is happening in our area:

Friday at the Buttonwood, enjoy the “Talking to Walls’ Acoustic Rock Concert,”  in which British arena rock meets American garage & indie.

Saturday night, guitarist Gale Wade performs an evocative mélange of Americana, bluegrass and blues,  accompanied by Steve Wade, also on for guitar.

Every Sunday at about 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood, Food Not Bombs shares vegetarian food. All are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.

Speaking of food, there will be a Poetry Potluck from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Buttonwood. It’s an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on its website at buttonwood.org.

The 36th annual Navaratri Festival Colloquium on the legacy of the festival’s late founder T. Viswanathan, who taught at Wesleyan from 1975 to 2002 is now being held at the University.  A panel of faculty members and Viswanathan’s students will discuss aspects of his profound Wesleyan legacy in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of his death. 

(The festival concerts themselves will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in either Crowell Concert Hall or World Music Hall. Details at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.)

Also this evening, at 5 p.m., Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts will present Weston Naef’s “Drawing with Light—Experimental Photography Today.” Naef was the founding curator of the photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum until his retirement in 2009 and is the author of numerous books on photography. This free lecture at the Russell House at 350 High Street will discuss contemporary photographers who are using traditional materials in new ways.

On Friday evening at 7 “An Eye for an Eye: an Open Reading” will bring to Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel a play by 2012 Graduate Liberal Studies Program alumna Linda Napoletano. The play tells the story of Bangladeshi immigrant Rais Bhuiyan [RACE BOO-yawn], who was shot in the face in the wake of the September 11th World Trade Center attacks. After recovering from his injuries, the victim fought to save the shooter from execution. Mr. Bhuiyan, founder of World Without Hate, will lead a discussion after the reading.

This is the second of five events celebrating Graduate Liberal Studies’ 60th Year.For more information call 860.685.2900 or go to Wesleyan.edu/masters.

On Saturday afternoon at 2 in the Zilkha Gallery, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents Wesleyan Alums in Performance Art, a free talk by practitioners of that art form.

Also on Saturday afternoon, as part of the university’s Music & Public Life series, a free discussion titled “Pop Music Producers & The Real World — A Dysfunctional Marriage” will bring award-winning songwriter and record producer Carl Sturken, class of ’78, to campus. Mr. Sturken’s career has included making music for such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, and Rod Stewart, as well as discovering and signing pop superstar Rihanna. The event will be at 3 p.m. in CFA Hall.

This Saturday, from 10am-4pm, friends of the Wesleyan Library will be having a book sale at Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street. There will be over 5,000 academic and popular books, priced from $1-$5. if you would like to volunteer to help with the sale, please email libfriends@wesleyan.edu

This afternoon, there is an exhibition opening reception and talk for “Saved from Europe: the Kallir family Collection of Austrian and German Literature” showing the book collection of Austrian art-dealer and publisher Otto Kallir who fled war torn Europe and emigrated to New York in 1939. This will be from 4:30-6:00pm at the Smith Reading Room in Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street, and runs until November 27.

“Bigger Than You Think” – a play presented by Middletown Youth Services – will be performed at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Middletown High School performing arts center, 200 LaRosa Lane. Based on the stories of Middletown youth and adults, the play is described as “a short play with a huge purpose: helping Middletown’s children grow up well.” It will be followed by a conversation about  creating a stronger community for youth. For information go to the Middletown Youth Services website.
The Russell Knitters meets Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Russell Library. They are an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise.

Saturday at the Canoe Club, at Habor Park, the Graham’s Quakers, a quasi-unplugged group with 2 guitars, bass,  vocals, and no drums, will be playing.
Then on Sunday from 5-8pm its Joey Pass and the Three of Us featuring songs from Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, and Ramsey Lewis.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place it’s the weekly EDM night, and Friday brings Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond. Shakedown recently won the Connecticut Music Award for best cover band. Also performing: Poor Old Shine and Full Spectrum.

Also on Friday, it’s Afton Presents, with Stealhead, Cloud Zenna, E.M.J., and Lauren G & Guests. More information can be found online at toadsplace.com.

Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight, it’s Unsung, Unplugged & Absolutely Unadulterated at Café Nine, with Travis Moody, Don DeStefano, Pat Haddon, and Kevin Saint James.

Thursday brings Oddball Entertainment: Jenn Bostic w/ Shellye Valauskas,  Dean Falcone, and Terri Lynn.

Then Friday at Café Nine, the early show will feature Matt Jaffee, followed by The New Dirty; w/ Party Horse.

Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Tony Dioguardi and Friends, followed by Paper Hill Casket Company; w/ Eurisko and Bella’s Bartok.
Then Sunday evening, it’s the Sunday-After-Supper Jam, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More can be found online at cafenine.com.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, it’s the Blues jam with Ed Bradley.
Friday, the Greg Sherrod Blues Band plays at Sally’s, and then Saturday, it’s Grayson Hugh, a singer/songwriter and master of the piano and Hammond B3 organ.
More can be found at blackeyedsallys.com.

Now here’s what going on in cinema off the beaten path in central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways, the films “Liberal Arts”and “Bill W.” continue through most of the week. Thursday evening – being the third Thursday of the month – it’s the Creative Cocktail Hour, with Bi-Polar Jukebox, bringing creative people together for conversation, art and music.

And on Friday, the film “Detropia, a dreamlike collage of a documentary about Detroit. Also on Friday, Real Art Ways presents Don Hertzfeldt’s “It’s Such A Beautiful Day Trilogy,” combining the cult animator’s recent “Bill” trilogy of short films into one darkly comedic feature.

Then Saturday night, it’s Burnt Sugar Does Steely Dan,  a rendition of the Steely Dan songbook, taken apart and put back together in two sets.

Then on Sunday afternoon, the Story of Film: An Odyssey continues with part 2, “Expressionism, Impressionism and Surrealism: Golden Age of World Cinema” (1920s); and “The Arrival of Sound” (1930s). More can be found online at realartways.com.

Tonight at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s movie theater, it’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Cannes Film Festival prize for Best First Film.

Thursday, it’s the Hartford premiere of “The Invisible War,” a documentary investigation into the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military. Director Kirby Dick will take questions following the film. This free event also includes a panel discussion that includes Senator Richard Blumenthal and activists for the cause.
Friday and Saturday, it’s “The Avengers,” directed by Wesleyan alum Joss Whedon.
Then Sunday begins screenings of “Keep the Lights On,” Ira Sachs’s semi-autobiographical film about his decade-long, loving, erotic, destructive love affair in New York City. Details can be found at cinestudio.org

Now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

10-17-12 Jive


Good evening, it’s Wednesday, Oct. 17 and this is the Jive at Five, WESU’s Daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming weeknights and weekends.

I’m Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night’s Evening Jazz where “hearing is the best experience and Connecticut’s number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for tuning in!!

Here’s a rundown of what else is happening in our area:

Friday at the Buttonwood, enjoy the “Talking to Walls’ Acoustic Rock Concert,”  in which British arena rock meets American garage & indie.

Saturday night, guitarist Gale Wade performs an evocative mélange of Americana, bluegrass and blues,  accompanied by Steve Wade, also on for guitar.

Every Sunday at about 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood, Food Not Bombs shares vegetarian food. All are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.

Speaking of food, there will be a Poetry Potluck from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Buttonwood. It’s an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on its website at buttonwood.org.

The 36th annual Navaratri Festival Colloquium on the legacy of the festival’s late founder T. Viswanathan, who taught at Wesleyan from 1975 to 2002 is now being held at the University.  A panel of faculty members and Viswanathan’s students will discuss aspects of his profound Wesleyan legacy in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of his death.

(The festival concerts themselves will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in either Crowell Concert Hall or World Music Hall. Details at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.)

Also this evening, at 5 p.m., Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts will present Weston Naef’s “Drawing with Light—Experimental Photography Today.” Naef was the founding curator of the photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum until his retirement in 2009 and is the author of numerous books on photography. This free lecture at the Russell House at 350 High Street will discuss contemporary photographers who are using traditional materials in new ways.

On Friday evening at 7 “An Eye for an Eye: an Open Reading” will bring to Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel a play by 2012 Graduate Liberal Studies Program alumna Linda Napoletano. The play tells the story of Bangladeshi immigrant Rais Bhuiyan [RACE BOO-yawn], who was shot in the face in the wake of the September 11th World Trade Center attacks. After recovering from his injuries, the victim fought to save the shooter from execution. Mr. Bhuiyan, founder of World Without Hate, will lead a discussion after the reading.

This is the second of five events celebrating Graduate Liberal Studies’ 60th Year.For more information call 860.685.2900 or go to Wesleyan.edu/masters.

On Saturday afternoon at 2 in the Zilkha Gallery, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents Wesleyan Alums in Performance Art, a free talk by practitioners of that art form.

Also on Saturday afternoon, as part of the university’s Music & Public Life series, a free discussion titled “Pop Music Producers & The Real World — A Dysfunctional Marriage” will bring award-winning songwriter and record producer Carl Sturken, class of ’78, to campus. Mr. Sturken’s career has included making music for such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, and Rod Stewart, as well as discovering and signing pop superstar Rihanna. The event will be at 3 p.m. in CFA Hall.

This Saturday, from 10am-4pm, friends of the Wesleyan Library will be having a book sale at Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street. There will be over 5,000 academic and popular books, priced from $1-$5. if you would like to volunteer to help with the sale, please email libfriends@wesleyan.edu

This afternoon, there is an exhibition opening reception and talk for “Saved from Europe: the Kallir family Collection of Austrian and German Literature” showing the book collection of Austrian art-dealer and publisher Otto Kallir who fled war torn Europe and emigrated to New York in 1939. This will be from 4:30-6:00pm at the Smith Reading Room in Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street, and runs until November 27.

“Bigger Than You Think” – a play presented by Middletown Youth Services – will be performed at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Middletown High School performing arts center, 200 LaRosa Lane. Based on the stories of Middletown youth and adults, the play is described as “a short play with a huge purpose: helping Middletown’s children grow up well.” It will be followed by a conversation about  creating a stronger community for youth. For information go to the Middletown Youth Services website.
The Russell Knitters meets Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Russell Library. They are an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise.

Saturday at the Canoe Club, at Habor Park, the Graham’s Quakers, a quasi-unplugged group with 2 guitars, bass,  vocals, and no drums, will be playing.
Then on Sunday from 5-8pm its Joey Pass and the Three of Us featuring songs from Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, and Ramsey Lewis.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place it’s the weekly EDM night, and Friday brings Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond. Shakedown recently won the Connecticut Music Award for best cover band. Also performing: Poor Old Shine and Full Spectrum.

Also on Friday, it’s Afton Presents, with Stealhead, Cloud Zenna, E.M.J., and Lauren G & Guests. More information can be found online at toadsplace.com.

Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight, it’s Unsung, Unplugged & Absolutely Unadulterated at Café Nine, with Travis Moody, Don DeStefano, Pat Haddon, and Kevin Saint James.

Thursday brings Oddball Entertainment: Jenn Bostic w/ Shellye Valauskas,  Dean Falcone, and Terri Lynn.

Then Friday at Café Nine, the early show will feature Matt Jaffee, followed by The New Dirty; w/ Party Horse.

Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Tony Dioguardi and Friends, followed by Paper Hill Casket Company; w/ Eurisko and Bella’s Bartok.
Then Sunday evening, it’s the Sunday-After-Supper Jam, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More can be found online at cafenine.com.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, it’s the Blues jam with Ed Bradley.
Friday, the Greg Sherrod Blues Band plays at Sally’s, and then Saturday, it’s Grayson Hugh, a singer/songwriter and master of the piano and Hammond B3 organ.
More can be found at blackeyedsallys.com.

Now here’s what going on in cinema off the beaten path in central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways, the films “Liberal Arts”and “Bill W.” continue through most of the week. Thursday evening – being the third Thursday of the month – it’s the Creative Cocktail Hour, with Bi-Polar Jukebox, bringing creative people together for conversation, art and music.

And on Friday, the film “Detropia, a dreamlike collage of a documentary about Detroit. Also on Friday, Real Art Ways presents Don Hertzfeldt’s “It’s Such A Beautiful Day Trilogy,” combining the cult animator’s recent “Bill” trilogy of short films into one darkly comedic feature.

Then Saturday night, it’s Burnt Sugar Does Steely Dan,  a rendition of the Steely Dan songbook, taken apart and put back together in two sets.

Then on Sunday afternoon, the Story of Film: An Odyssey continues with part 2, “Expressionism, Impressionism and Surrealism: Golden Age of World Cinema” (1920s); and “The Arrival of Sound” (1930s). More can be found online at realartways.com.

Tonight at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s movie theater, it’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Cannes Film Festival prize for Best First Film.

Thursday, it’s the Hartford premiere of “The Invisible War,” a documentary investigation into the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military. Director Kirby Dick will take questions following the film. This free event also includes a panel discussion that includes Senator Richard Blumenthal and activists for the cause.
Friday and Saturday, it’s “The Avengers,” directed by Wesleyan alum Joss Whedon.
Then Sunday begins screenings of “Keep the Lights On,” Ira Sachs’s semi-autobiographical film about his decade-long, loving, erotic, destructive love affair in New York City. Details can be found at cinestudio.org

Now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive at 5, it’s the Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano. An hour of the latest and greatest in the world of independent rock, pop, electronic, and experimental music out there today.

From 6-6:30 it’s
Free Speech Radio News. Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

Starting at 6:30 and running until 8pm it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion. Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It’s a vinyl world!

From 8-9:30pm it’s The Warehouse with Mike Nyce. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

Beginning at 9:30 until11pm it’s The Vault with DJ Anton Banks. On the air since 1995! Presenting listeners with the very latest in underground electronica on vinyl format, so the music can be heard as it was intended. Regularly featuring exclusive sets from international producers and DJs.

Then from 11pm-midnight, it’s The Smorgasboard with Hygge Li and Maneki Neko
A colossal mix of electronic infused with the spices of dance.

From midnight to 1:30am, DJ Gus Lo presents Midnight Munchies! Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving for!

From 1:30-2:30am it’s Today Is Yesterday’s Tomorrow with Fuzzball
Follow along as we ride the contours of recorded sound through history and explore the interplay of past and present.

And starting at 2:30 and running for an hour it’s Alive Not Amplified with Adrien
The longest running student radio show on WESU! Electronics discouraged.

And from 3:30 to 4am it’s DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections
You’ve lost someone. Let’s find them.

The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast at 5 a.m. with Morning Edition from NPR.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at www.wesufm.org/jive, and if you know of any events that you’d like to have announced on the Jive, send them to jive@wesufm.org

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Tuesday’s Jive

 Good afternoon, it’s Tuesday, Oct. 16 and this is the Jive at Five, WESU’s Daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming weeknights and weekends.
I’m Isabelle Gauthier, host of The Fuss, which airs every 1st, 3rd and 5th Friday, from 1:00-1:30. It’s an interview show, with people from the Middletown area. Here’s a rundown of what else is happening in our area:
Tonight at 8 at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, brings a free Laughter Yoga Playshop with Mylene.
Wednesday at the Buttonwood is the every-third-Wednesday Middletown North End Gallery Walk, when participating galleries, shops and restaurants collaborate and offer special promotions and discounts.
Then Friday at the Buttonwood, enjoy the “Talking to Walls’ Acoustic Rock Concert,”  in which British arena rock meets American garage & indie.
Saturday night, guitarist Gale Wade performs an evocative mélange of Americana, bluegrass and blues,  accompanied by Steve Wade, also on for fguitar.
Every Sunday at about 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood, Food Not Bombs shares vegetarian food. Anyone is welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.
Speaking of food, there will be a Poetry Potluck from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Buttonwood. It’s an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works.
Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on its website at www.buttonwood.org.
On Wednesday afternoon at 4:15, at Wesleyan University’s CFA Hall, it’s the 36th annual Navaratri Festival Colloquium on the legacy of the festival’s late founder T. Viswanathan, who taught at Wesleyan from 1975 to 2002. A panel of faculty members and Viswanathan’s students will discuss aspects of his profound Wesleyan legacy in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of his death. 
(The festival concerts themselves will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in either Crowell Concert Hall or World Music Hall. Details at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.)
On Wednesday, at 5 p.m., Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts will present Weston Naef’s “Drawing with Light—Experimental Photography Today.” Naef was the founding curator of the photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum until his retirement in 2009 and is the author of numerous books on photography. This free lecture at the Russell House at 350 High Street will discuss contemporary photographers who are using traditional materials in new ways.
On Friday evening at 7 “An Eye for an Eye: an Open Reading” will bring to Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel a play by 2012 Graduate Liberal Studies Program alumna Linda Napoletano. The play tells the story of Bangladeshi immigrant Rais Bhuiyan [RACE BOO-yawn], who was shot in the face in the wake of the September 11th World Trade Center attacks. After recovering from his injuries, the victim fought to save the shooter from execution. Mr. Bhuiyan, founder of World Without Hate, will lead a discussion after the reading.
This is the second of five events celebrating Graduate Liberal Studies’ 60th Year.For more information call 860.685.2900 or go to Wesleyan.edu/masters.
On Saturday afternoon at 2 in the Zilkha Gallery, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents Wesleyan Alums in Performance Art, a free talk by practitioners of that art form.
Also on Saturday afternoon, as part of the university’s Music & Public Life series, a free discussion titled “Pop Music Producers & The Real World — A Dysfunctional Marriage” will bring award-winning songwriter and record producer Carl Sturken, class of ’78, to campus. Mr. Sturken’s career has included making music for such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, and Rod Stewart, as well as discovering and signing pop superstar Rihanna.
The event will be at 3 p.m. in CFA Hall.
This Saturday, from 10am-4pm, friends of the Wesleyan Library will be having a book sale at Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street. There will be over 5,000 academic and popular books, priced from $1-$5. if you would like to volunteer to help with the sale, please email libfriends@wesleyan.edu
On Wednesday, there is an exhibition opening reception and talk for “Saved from Europe: the Kallir family Collection of Austrian and German Literature” showing the book collection of Austrian art-dealer and publisher Otto Kallir who fled war torn Europe and emigrated to New York in 1939. This will be from 4:30-6:00pm at the Smith Reading Room in Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street, and runs until November 27.
“Bigger Than You Think” – a play presented by Middletown Youth Services – will be performed at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Middletown High School performing arts center, 200 LaRosa Lane. Based on the stories of Middletown youth and adults, the play is described as “a short play with a huge purpose: helping Middletown’s children grow up well.” It will be followed by a conversation about  creating a stronger community for youth. For information go to the Middletown Youth Services website.
The Russell Knitters meets Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Russell Library. They are an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise.
Saturday at the Canoe Club, at Habor Park, the Graham’s Quakers, a quasi-unplugged group with 2 guitars, bass,  vocals, and no drums, will be playing.
Then on Sunday from 5-8pm its Joey Pass and the Three of Us featuring songs from Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, and Ramsey Lewis.
Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, tonight brings the AP Tour, featuring Miss May I, The Ghost Inside, Like Moths To Flames, The Amity Affliction, and Glass Cloud.
Wednesday it’s the weekly EDM night, and Friday brings Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond. Shakedown recently won the Connecticut Music Award for best cover band. Also performing: Poor Old Shine and Full Spectrum.
Also on Friday, it’s Afton Presents, with Stealhead, Cloud Zenna, E.M.J., and Lauren G & Guests
More information at toadsplace.com.
Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight brings the Kineti-Go Magnetic Shuffleboard Tournament, a night of magnetic powered pub games, with a game inventor, Michael Stromberg, hosting.
Wednesday, it’s Unsung, Unplugged & Absolutely Unadulterated at Café Nine, with Travis Moody, Don DeStefano, Pat Haddon, and Kevin Saint James.
Thursday brings Oddball Entertainment: Jenn Bostic w/ Shellye Valauskas,  Dean Falcone, and Terri Lynn.
Then Friday at Café Nine, the early show will feature Matt Jaffee, followed by The New Dirty; w/ Party Horse.
Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Tony Dioguardi and Friends, followed by Paper Hill Casket Company; w/ Eurisko and Bella’s Bartok.
Then Sunday evening, it’s the Sunday-After-Supper Jam, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars.
More at cafenine.com.
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, it’s Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band jamming and working out new material.
Wednesday, it’s the Blues jam with Ed Bradley.
Friday, the Greg Sherrod Blues Band plays at Sally’s, and then Saturday, it’s Grayson Hugh, a singer/songwriter and master of the piano and Hammond B3 organ.
More at blackeyedsallys.com.

Now let’s think outside the cineplex box in central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways, the films “Liberal Arts”and “Bill W.” continue through most of the week. Also tonight, the Presidential debate will be shown on the big screen.
Thursday – being the third Thursday of the month – it’s the Creative Cocktail Hour, with Bi-Polar Jukebox, bringing creative people together for conversation, art and music.
Friday, the film “Detropia, a dreamlike collage of a documentary about Detroit.
Also on Friday, Real Art Ways presents Don Hertzfeldt’s “It’s Such A Beautiful Day Trilogy,” combining the cult animator’s recent “Bill” trilogy of short films into one darkly comedic feature.
Then Saturday night, it’s Burnt Sugar Does Steely Dan,  a rendition of the Steely Dan songbook, taken apart and put back together in two sets.
Then on Sunday afternoon, the Story of Film: An Odyssey continues with part 2, “Expressionism, Impressionism and Surrealism: Golden Age of World Cinema” (1920s); and “The Arrival of Sound” (1930s).
More at www.realartways.com.
Tonight through tomorrow night at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s movie theater, it’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Cannes Film Festival prize for Best First Film.
Thursday, it’s the Hartford premiere of “The Invisible War,” a documentary investigation into the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military. Director Kirby Dick will take questions following the film. This free event also includes a panel discussion that includes Senator Richard Blumenthal and activists for the cause.
Friday and Saturday, it’s “The Avengers,” directed by Wesleyan alum Joss Whedon.
Then Sunday begins screenings of “Keep the Lights On,” Ira Sachs’s semi-autobiographical film about his decade-long, loving, erotic, destructive love affair in New York City.
Details at www.cinestudio.org

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s Finding Bliss:
words and music with DJ Lauren “Bliss” Agnelli, an interview, free-form talk show about people who are collowing their hearts and living authentically.

From 6-6:30 is Free Speech Radio news from the Pacifica Network, your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting.

From 6:30-8:00 is Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill, an eclectic selection of Americana, country with root influence.

From 8-9pm is The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry, your source for live and local Connecticut arts and music at its best.

From 9-10:30 is Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat, he writes in, Ive got a song in my heart, a chemical imbalance in my head, and a musical library at my fingers. From krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, Wonderland has a place for it.

From 10:30-11:30 is this Southbound Train, with Mary Barrett, featuring bluegrass, newgrass, and other acoustic sounds.

From 11:30pm-12:30 am is Hardly Strictly Bluegrass with DJ Sleepy Girl, the dulcet tones of bluegrass and folk–just not entirely.

Wednesday, 12:30-1:30am is Radical Roots, with Junkyard Augustine adn KC-Gull, presenting lo-fi music with a message.

Wednesday, 1:30-2:30am is the Wayfaring Stranger with Lily Myers, bringing the newest and best in contemporary folk and folk-rock from around the country.

And that’s all for today’s Jive At Five. Tune in each weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

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Mon., Oct. 15 Jive


Good afternoon, it’s Monday, Oct. 15 – the Ides of October – and this is the Jive at Five, WESU’s Daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming weeknights and weekends.
I’m Maria Johnson, host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs every 1st, 3rd and 5thTuesday, from 4 to 4:55, right before the Jive. It’s a thoughtful discussion of progressive issues of faith and action, with interviews, features, book reviews, news and commentary. Look for it tomorrow, with an episode about the lay organization Voice of the Faithful and its 10 years of challenging the Church.
Here’s a rundown of what else is happening in our area:
Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s the weekly “Anything Goes”open mic night.
Tomorrow night at 8 brings a free Laughter Yoga Playshop with Mylene.
Wednesday is the every-third-Wednesday Middletown North End Gallery Walk, when participating galleries, shops and restaurants collaborate and offer special promotions and discounts.
Then Friday at the Buttonwood, enjoy the “Talking to Walls’ Acoustic Rock Concert,”  in which British arena rock meets American garage & indie.
Saturday night, guitarist Gale Wade performs an evocative mélange of Americana, bluegrass and blues,  accompanied by Steve Wade, also on guitar.
Every Sunday at about 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood, Food Not Bombs shares vegetarian food. Anyone is welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.
Speaking of food, there will be a Poetry Potluck from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Buttonwood. It’s an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. 
Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on its website at www.buttonwood.org.
On Wednesday afternoon at 4:15, at Wesleyan University’s CFA Hall, it’s the 36th annual Navaratri Festival Colloquium on the legacy of the festival’s late founder T. Viswanathan, who taught at Wesleyan from 1975 to 2002. A panel of faculty members and Viswanathan’s students will discuss aspects of his profound Wesleyan legacy in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of his death.  
(The festival concerts themselves will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in either Crowell Concert Hall or World Music Hall. Details at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.)
On Wednesday, at 5 p.m., Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts will present Weston Naef’s “Drawing with Light—Experimental Photography Today.” Naef was the founding curator of the photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum until his retirement in 2009 and is the author of numerous books on photography. This free lecture at the Russell House at 350 High Street will discuss contemporary photographers who are using traditional materials in new ways.
On Friday evening at 7 “An Eye for an Eye: an Open Reading” will bring to Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel a play by 2012 Graduate Liberal Studies Program alumna Linda Napoletano. The play tells the story of Bangladeshi immigrant Rais Bhuiyan [RACE BOO-yawn], who was shot in the face in the wake of the September 11th World Trade Center attacks. After recovering from his injuries, the victim fought to save the shooter from execution. Mr. Bhuiyan, founder of World Without Hate, will lead a discussion after the reading.
This is the second of five events celebrating Graduate Liberal Studies’ 60th Year.For more information call 860.685.2900 or go to Wesleyan.edu/masters.
On Saturday afternoon at 2 in the Zilkha Gallery, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents Wesleyan Alums in Performance Art, a free talk by practitioners of that art form.
Also on Saturday afternoon, as part of the university’s Music & Public Life series, a free discussion titled “Pop Music Producers & The Real World — A Dysfunctional Marriage” will bring award-winning songwriter and record producer Carl Sturken, class of ’78, to campus. Mr. Sturken’s career has included making music for such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, and Rod Stewart, as well as discovering and signing pop superstar Rihanna.
The event will be at 3 p.m. in CFA Hall.
“Bigger Than You Think” – a play presented by Middletown Youth Services – will be performed at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Middletown High School performing arts center, 200 LaRosa Lane. Based on the stories of Middletown youth and adults, the play is described as “a short play with a huge purpose: helping Middletown’s children grow up well.” It will be followed by a conversation about  creating a stronger community for youth. For information go to the Middletown Youth Services website.
The Russell Knitters meets Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Russell Library. They are an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise.
Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, tonight brings GWAR, Devil Driver, Cancer Bats, and Legacy of Disorder to the stage, followed by A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends.
Tomorrow, it’s the AP Tour, featuring Miss May I, The Ghost Inside, Like Moths To Flames, The Amity Affliction, and Glass Cloud.
Wednesday it’s the weekly EDM night, and Friday brings Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond. Shakedown recently won the Connecticut Music Award for best cover band. Also performing: Poor Old Shine and Full Spectrum.
Also on Friday, it’s Afton Presents, with Stealhead, Cloud Zenna, E.M.J., and Lauren G & Guests
More information at toadsplace.com.
Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight brings the monthly Fistful of Jokes Comedy Series, hosted by the Morgan Brothers Andrew and Jerry, with performers to be announced.
Tomorrow, it’s the Kineti-Go Magnetic Shuffleboard Tournament, a night of magnetic powered pub games, with a game inventor, Michael Stromberg, hosting.
Wednesday, it’s Unsung, Unplugged & Absolutely Unadulterated at Café Nine, with Travis Moody, Don DeStefano, Pat Haddon, and Kevin Saint James.
Thursday brings Oddball Entertainment: Jenn Bostic w/ Shellye Valauskas,  Dean Falcone, and Terri Lynn.
Then Friday at Café Nine, the early show will feature Matt Jaffee, followed by The New Dirty; w/ Party Horse.
Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Tony Dioguardi and Friends, followed by Paper Hill Casket Company; w/ Eurisko and Bella’s Bartok.
Then Sunday evening, it’s the Sunday-After-Supper Jam, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars.
More at cafenine.com.
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, it’s Jazz Monday.
Then tomorrow brings Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band jamming and working out new material.
Wednesday, it’s the Blues jam with Ed Bradley.
Friday, the Greg Sherrod Blues Band plays at Sally’s, and then Saturday, it’s Grayson Hugh, a singer/songwriter and master of the piano and Hammond B3 organ.
More at blackeyedsallys.com.
Now let’s think outside the cineplex box in central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways, the films “Liberal Arts”and “Bill W.” continue through most of the week. Also tomorrow, the Presidential debate will be shown on the big screen. 
Thursday – being the third Thursday of the month – it’s the Creative Cocktail Hour, with Bi-Polar Jukebox, bringing creative people together for conversation, art and music.
Friday, the film “Detropia, a dreamlike collage of a documentary about Detroit.
Also on Friday, Real Art Ways presents Don Hertzfeldt’s “It’s Such A Beautiful Day Trilogy,” combining the cult animator’s recent “Bill” trilogy of short films into one darkly comedic feature.
Then Saturday night, it’s Burnt Sugar Does Steely Dan,  a rendition of the Steely Dan songbook, taken apart and put back together in two sets.
Then on Sunday afternoon, the Story of Film: An Odyssey continues with part 2, “Expressionism, Impressionism and Surrealism: Golden Age of World Cinema” (1920s); and “The Arrival of Sound” (1930s).
More at www.realartways.com.
Tonight through Wednesday at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s movie theater, it’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Cannes Film Festival prize for Best First Film.
Thursday, it’s the Hartford premiere of “The Invisible War,” a documentary investigation into the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military. Director Kirby Dick will take questions following the film. This free event also includes a panel discussion that includes Senator Richard Blumenthal and activists for the cause.
Friday and Saturday, it’s “The Avengers,” directed by Wesleyan alum Joss Whedon.
Then Sunday begins screenings of “Keep the Lights On,” Ira Sachs’s semi-autobiographical film about his decade-long, loving, erotic, destructive love affair in New York City.
Details at www.cinestudio.org
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.
Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, a well-rounded jazz show for true jazz heads.
That’s followed at 6 by Free Speech Radio News, your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.
Then from 6:30 to 8, stay tuned for Life is a Killer with Johnny Analog,  moving through the blues diaspora from front porch country blues and big city electric blues to jazz, R&B and soul.
From 8 to 9:30, it’s Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis, the best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and latin dancefloor grooves.
From 9:30-11:30pm, it’s The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee, the music of yesterday’s future, today.
Lee then pitches in and covers Dylan’s A Hate Supreem hour, from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
And at 12:30, he’s followed by Maelstrom of the Weird with Phil Void, surveying punk in all its innovation and abrasion – be it first wave, hardcore, post-pun, or noise.
At 1:30, something wonderful but yet to be decided will take the place of Live From The Paris Hotel with The Sparrow.
And then Maximum Rock and Roll Radio comes on at 2:30, featuring the best DIY punk, garage rock and
At 3:30, DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections: You’ve lost someone. Let’s find them.
That’s followed at 4 by BBC World News, your chance to hear about the day’s news from the famous British news network.
And then at 5 begins Morning Edition from National Public Radio, a daily offering of news and information from NPR.
If you didn’t get a chance to write down something from today’s Jive, the written form is posted  at wesufm.org/jive. And if there’s an event you’d like to have announced, send it to jive@wesufm.org.
Finally, if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can make that donation online at wesufm.org anytime. Thanks for listening!
Now stay tuned for Charles Henry.

Music Director Picks of the Week #2

Each week, the music directors of WESU, Jesse Brent and Adam Isaacson will be picking out our favorite new releases from the big pile we sort through at the station. Here are four recent records that jumped out at us:

Mountain Goats - Transcendental Youth

The new Mountain Goats album made quite a splash on the blogosphere. Here’s what the Wesleyan Argus had to say: a testament and tribute to the strife of the depressed, the destructive, the addicted, the hopeless and an unflinching and triumphantly empathetic paean that ranks among John Darnielle and company’s best work.” We recommend track #3 (“Cry for Judas”).

Stereo Total - Cactus versus Brezel


Kudos to Forced Exposure for sending this irresistibly fun album from established Franco-German electro pop duo Stereo Total. Their 11th studio album delivers cheesy English lyrics and basic French vocab on top of playful melodies. We recommend the first two tracks (“Jaloux de mon succès”, “Pixelize me”) and more.

Jack of HeartIn Yer Mouth


Where did this band come from? And who did the album art? We know that Jack of Heart hail from somewhere in the south of France, which is surprising enough considering their psych-rock tendencies that hearken back to its heyday – with a little Serge Gainsbourg thrown in for good measure. They sing about Oscar Wilde: awesome. Check out #1, 3 and 4 (“Baby B****”, “Lady Wilde”, “Joh Jett III”). 

Night Moves - Colored Emotions

JB calls Night Moves a more psychedelic My Morning Jacket. The Minneapolis Star Tribune called this album “slow-grooving, neo-twangy, cosmically baked.” Whatever you liken these guys to, be sure to give Colored Emotions a listen. Here’s another great band out of the Twin Cities. Song #1, “Headlights”, could have been on the Drive soundtrack if the movie had been more trippy than brutal. Play the whole dang thing.