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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.