Good evening, it’s Monday, February 18th – Presidents’ Day! — 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 week nights and weekends. I’m Maria Johnson, host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs tomorrow and every 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday from 4 to just before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow’s episode will – of course – focus on Pope Benedict’s decision to retire. Oh, and, the UConn women’s basketball team faces the Baylor University Bears tonight. Go Huskies!
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Here’s a run sown of some of what’s scheduled to happen in the community this week.
Over at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight is the weekly “Anything Goes” Open Mic, with sign-ups at 7:30. Tomorrow brings Laughter Yoga with Clare to the Buttonwood, a free and fun stress-reliever, starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at 7, the Buddhist film “My Reincarnation” will be shown. Filmed over 20 years by acclaimed documentarian Jennifer Fox, “My Reincarnation” chronicles a Tibetan Buddhist Master’s rise to greatness as a Buddhist teacher in the West, as his son breaks away to embrace the modern world. Thursday evening at the Buttonwood Tree, Alex Vans and the Hide Away performs indie rock at 8. Friday at 8, it’s Ari and Mia Friedman, a sister duet harmonizing as they explore the traditions of Southern Appalachia and Northeastern fiddle music. On Saturday, community yoga is offered at the Buttonwood Tree beginning at 8:45. Also on Saturday at the Buttonwood, it’s An Afternoon with Liela Marie Fuller, a poet whose first collection has been called an emotional roller coaster ride from joy and happiness to sadness and pain. Then Saturday night at 8, enjoy Federico Ughi’s music at the Buttonwood. His music infuses the New York avant garde sound with a sense of melody inspired by the Italian classical and folk traditions of his childhood in Rome. Then Sunday, and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food at 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome to enjoy a free vegetarian meal. And, you can help prepare it beforehand at First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. For more information about all Buttonwood events, visit www.buttonwood.org.
Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight, it’s the Amity Teen Center Show, with Grey Negative; White Men Reggae; Disable Time; Audrey Campbell; Funk You Up; Those Guys; SnuffBox; EMJ; Dane Franco; Set Sail At Sunrise; and The Sands of Ahura. That’s followed at 9 by A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Tomorrow brings Dada, the 20th anniversary tour. Wednesday brings Big Gigantic, with Kill Paris and Dirty Bunny, followed by the weekly EDM Night. Friday at Toad’s, it’s the award-winning Shakedown, playing the Dead and beyond. Also playing are Down-Stairs Sally and Eggy & the Delegates. Then Friday, Afton Presents in Lilly’s Pad: Paragon; Molly Maine; Boltcutter; Fortune’s Gale; and Bob Raymond and Guests. Details at www.toadsplace.com.
Also in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight at 7:30, it’s the monthly Fistful of Jokes Comedy Series. Tomorrow brings The Tet Offensive; with Sander Hicks. Wednesday, it’s Perhaps, w Wess Meets West and Ovlov. Thursday at 8, Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys play at Café Nine. Friday from 5 to 7, it’s the Friday Happy Hour , with Byl Cote, followed by TACO HUT RECORDS & PROMOTION Presents Jose’s 25th Birthday Bash featuring Party Horse; Milksop:Unsung; and You Scream, I Scream. Saturday, it’s the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam, with host George Baker at Café Nine, followed at 8 by CT.com Royal Thunder; with Ancient Wisdom; Bedroom Rehab Corporation; and Stone Titan. Sunday, from 4 to 7, it’s the Bluegrass Jam at Café Nine, hosted by Stacy Phillips. That’s followed at 7 by the Sunday After Supper Jam, with host Dom Zullo and the Café Nine All Stars. Details at www.cafenine.com
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is Jazz Monday, starting at 8 p.m. Tomorrow at 8 at Sally’s, it’s Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18 piece big band. On Wednesday, it’s the Blues Jam with John Fries; this is one of the longest running open blues jams in New England. Thursday at 8 brings Little Ugly with Paper Hill Casket Company to Blackeyed Sally’s. Then Friday, John Fries is back, this time with his trio The Heat and special guest Matt Zeiner. Saturday night, it’s Milo Z, a New York institution. For info on all acts, go to www.blackeyedsallys.com
At Wesleyan University tomorrow at 4:30, there will be an artist talk by Janne Holtermann, a native of Germany who is the Luther Gregg Sullivan Visiting Artist in Wesleyan’s Art and Art History Department. The talk will be in room 106 of the Zilkha Gallery on Washington Terrace. On Wednesday at Wesleyan, at 8 p.m., author Siddhartha Deb will read from his recent work at Russell House, 350 High Street. Siddhartha Deb is the author of the novels The Point of Return and An Outline of the Republic. On Thursday at 7 p.m. at Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, a senior music recital—“Music of the Night Chorus”—will be presented by Brian Goodell. Go to www.wesleyan.edu/cfa for details about all of these events.
Also on Thursday at 7 p.m., over at Russell Library, a program on Starting Your Vegetable Garden from Seeds will be offered. More information at www.russelllibrary.org.
On Saturday at 7:30, the Greater Middletown Concert Association presents “Maria de Buenos Aires,” an opera by the Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, including tango dance pieces, at the MHS Performing Arts Center, 200 LaRosa Lane (off Newfield Street) in Middletown. For information, contact Barbara Arafeh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now here’s a rundown of cinema – plus an event AT a cinema– off the beaten track, here in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Oscar-nominated short films, both animated and live-action, make up the bulk of the schedule through Wednesday. Thursday, and every third Thursday, it’s the Creative Cocktail Hour, from 6 to 10 p.m., when creative people come together for conversation, art and music. The music will be by DJ Occult 69. Friday through next Thursday brings the film “Searching for Sugar Man,” nominated for an Oscar for best documentary feature, to Real Art Ways. Also on Friday: Michelle Ellsworth’s “Preparations for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome.” More can be found online at realartways.org.
At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, tonight and tomorrow’s film is “This Must be the Place,” with Sean Penn. Then Wednesday through Saturday, it’s “Skyfall,” nominated for five Academy Awards. Then Sunday brings “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” another Oscar nominee. The film was made by Wesleyan film grads. Times and other details at www.cinestudio.org.
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.
Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry
From classic bop to smooth contemporary sounds. A well-rounded jazz show for true jazz heads.
Free Speech Radio News
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.
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.
Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis
The best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and latin dancefloor grooves. Pure Dynamite Mojo Explosion!
The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee
The music of yesterday’s future, today.
A Hate Supreem with DJ AWOL
The melodic, improvisational, and off-kilter groove of jazz coupled with
the overtly technical, rigidly composed, and aggressively loud elements of metal. Focusing on Jazz-Metal, we also touch on Avant-Metal, Mathrock, Djent, and more.
Maelstrom of the Weird with Phil Void
Surveying punk in all its innovation and abrasion – be it first wave, hardcore, post-punk, or noise.
Local Color with Peter Helman
Each week, immerse yourself in the local music scene of a different state of our fair nation. Tune in to every show to experience the diverse sounds of the union, from Brooklyn art-rock to Chicago house to Louisianan swamp-pop
Explorers’ Hour with Pickup Sticks
This show will take you places that you’ve never been before! Venture into the infinity of the unknown via a synthesis of science, spoken word, and a lot of popular music.
88 Keys with Mads
Playing tracks hand-picked for their captivating piano features. Each show incorporates an eclectic mix of genres that demonstrate the versatility of one of the world’s most time-honored instruments, including classical, singer-songwriter, alt rock, easy listening, and electronic.
BBC World News
International news coverage from the famous British news network.
Morning Edition from National Public Radio
Up-to-the-minute news, background analysis, and coverage of arts and sports.
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