Mon., Jan. 7 Jive

Good evening, it’s Monday,  Jan. 7th, 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, a progressive-minded show dealing with issues of faith and action every 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday from 4 p.m. to right before the Jive. Thanks for tuning in.

Now let’s look at what’s going on in the community this week:

Over at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight at 7:30, it’s the “Anything Goes” open mic night.

Wednesday brings “Evening Oasis,” a belly-dance presentation, to the Buttonwood.

Thursday, it’s Writers Out Loud, a literary prose open mic with co-hosts Cocomo Rock and Al Bower Jr.

Friday brings the George Schuller Trio to the Buttonwood, with George Schuller on drums, Frank Kimbrough on piano, and Matt Pavolka on bass.

On Sunday, and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs  shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone is welcome. You’re also invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church, 190 Court St., at 11:30 a.m.

For more about all Buttonwood Tree events, go to www.buttonwood.org.


Over at the Russell Library in Middletown tonight, Reader’s Theater presents a reading by professional actors of the play “Life x 3,” in which a couple is surprised by guests who arrive a day early. With the consumption of much wine and little food, secrets and confidences are exposed and professional and personal conflicts arise as the same scene is enacted three times with slight but significant variations.

Thursday at 6 p.m., the Russell Library celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a special event featuring performances by the Middletown High School Chamber Choir Singers, Oddfellows Playhouse, and The Shiloh Baptist Missionary Church Male Chorus. Writer and educator Kate Rushin will discuss Watch Night. Patricia Charles, Superintendent of Schools and the Honorable Daniel T. Drew, Mayor of Middletown, will judge a debate about the Emancipation Proclamation presented by the Middletown High School Debate Club. An audience discussion is planned, and refreshments will be served. Olin Library at Wesleyan University and the Middlesex County Historical Society will feature exhibits on slavery, the Abolitionist Movement, the Underground Railroad in Middletown and colonization. The Friends of the Russell Library and the Middletown Human Relations Commission are co-sponsoring the celebration.

On Sunday afternoon at 2:30, Russell Library director Arthur S. Meyers will discuss his new book Democracy in the Making: The Open Forum Lecture Movement . In 1908 a remarkable direction in community learning began in Boston and spread across the country, becoming the Open Forum Lecture Movement. These locally planned, transdenominational lectures, followed by periods for questions, were characterized as “the striking of mind upon mind.” Meyers book explains how this initiative broadens our awareness of personal and community courage and democratic planning. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.


Over at Klekolo World Coffee in Middletown, there will be live music on Tuesday at 7 p.m., this week with Kevin O’Neil on jazz guitar.


Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight, it’s A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends.

Wednesday brings the weekly EDM Night.

Thursday brings Kendrick Lamar to Toad’s.

And Friday it’s Johnny Winter with the Johnny I Band and Murray the Wheel.  Also on Friday, in Lilly’s Pad, Afton Presents CityState, Four Barrel Billy and Madison Red.

Saturday brings Unforgettable Fire, a U2 tribute, along with The Bonesmen, Circadian Rhythm, INK and The Modern Tribe.

More at Toadsplace.com


Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight, it’s Get to the Point!, Café Nine’s storytelling series, hosted by Christopher Arnott (writer for the Daily Nutmeg and the New Haven Advocate). Featured will be actor/photographer/bellman Gary Cavello (describing how he once ran away and joined a circus); novelist Andrew Bardin Williams; scenester Craig Gilbert; storyteller/author Tom Fifer; Erich Greene of New Haven Theater Company; poet Patty Kennedy; singer Lys Guillorn performing an old murder ballad. To be considered for this or future Get to the Point! performances, contact Chris Arnott at chris@scribblers.us     

Tomorrow at Café Nine, it’s the Singer/Songwriter Series, featuring Dave Hogan; Barbara Shepard and Schula Weinstien; Paul Panamarenko; Stephany Brown, ukelele lady; and Matt Stokes playing rootsy, soulful old-timey covers.

Wednesday, The Saint James Jazz Band plays Café Nine, bringing refried standards with a heavy R&B style from a quartet of veteran New Haven area jazz sidemen.

Thursday, it’s Mercy Choir; Jason Prince; and Chris Bousquet.

And the Friday Happy Hour brings Sal Paradise to Café Nine, followed by Atrina; w/ Old Man Lady Luck; and Lasher.

Saturday, it’s the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Gary Grippo and Friends, followed at 9 p.m. The Iguanas; w/ Joe Flood.

Sunday brings the Sunday After Supper Jam to Café Nine, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars.

More at cafenine.com


Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sallys, tonight is Jazz Monday.

Tomorrow, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, jams and works out new material at Sally’s.

Wednesday, it’s the Blues Jam with Ed Bradley, one of the longest running open blues jams in New England!

Thursday brings The Sawtelles to Blackeyed Sally’s. They’re a husband-wife duo balancing four elements: alternate-tuned guitar, stand-up drum kit (ala Velvet Underground’s Mo Tucker) and two voices. Sparse but intricately arranged pop that is as lush as it is threadbare makes what is played as important as what isn’t.

The late show on Thursday is the Jackleg Preachers, a diverse and dynamic group, in both age and musicianship, running the gamut of musical genres.

Saturday, it’s Delta Generators at Sally’s, finalists (out of 55 entries worldwide) in the best self-produced CD competition at last year’s International Blues Challenge.

More at blackeyedsallys.com

Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten track in central Connecticut.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, “Chasing Ice” continues through Thursday, featuring climate-change-skeptic-turned-true-believer James Balog, a National Geographic photographer deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

Tomorrow also is a Science on Screen Night, this time with “Tremors,” in which a pair of small-town handymen living in a small desert community stumble upon several difficult-to-explain phenomena, including a couple of people who’ve died under extremely strange (and, in one instance, very grisly) circumstances. Eventually, they and a handful of their neighbors find the cause: gigantic prehistoric worm-like creatures that streak under the desert the way fish swim through oceans, reaching up and grabbing anything they need for food. Cut off from the outside world, they have to figure out how to get across the desert alive while these creatures — that are smart as well as fast — close in on them, stalking them like monster sharks.

The film will be discussed by Maureen Long, a seismologist and professor of geology and geophysics at Yale.

Wednesday at Real Art Ways, it’s Inescapable Rhythms, the every-second-Wednesday poetry reading and open mic series, this week featuring Lesley Yalen and Seth Landman.

Friday begins screenings of “Central Park Five,” a look at the events leading to the wrongful arrest and conviction of five black and Latino teenagers, accused in 1989 of brutally attacking and raping a Central Park jogger in what became a notorious case.

Saturday’s monthly late show is “The Room,” about a happy-go-lucky banker who sees his world fall apart when his friends begin to betray him one by one. the film is described as so amazingly bad it’s great.

More at www.realartways.com.


Over at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema, tonight and tomorrow wraps up the screenings of “A Royal Affair,” about a national hero in Denmark who’s an 18th century man of reason up against the superstitions and despotism of the royal court.

Then begins a run, through Saturday, of “A Late Quartet,” which takes inside the lives of a New York City quartet as they rehearse Beethoven’s ravishing Quartet in C sharp minor. Hidden allegiances, ambitions and passions are revealed when the cellist (Christopher Walken) announces his plans to leave.

Sunday’s matinee and evening show is “Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel.”

More at cinestudio.org.

Now let’s look at what’s on tap here at WESU tonight.

Right after the Jive at 5, from 5:05 to 6, it’s

Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, a well-rounded jazz show for true jazz heads.

Then at 6pm each weekday, it’s Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network, your evening dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

From 6:30-8pm, it’s 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 8-9:30pm, 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.

Then the 9:30pm – 12:30am slot brings the return of “Aargh” with Tom Gatzen for three hours of bone crushing cosmic stoner rock, doom, and otherwise loud and slow music.

From 12:30 to 2:30 a.m., DJ Otto Nation will be playing an eclectic mix of music from the WESU Vaults.

From  2:30-3:30am, it’s Maximum Rock and Roll Radio, followed from 3:30-4am by DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections: You’ve lost someone, let’s find them.

Then 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.

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