Now here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area:
Tonight at The Buttonwood Tree, it’s the Anything Goes open mic night.Wednesday, it’s Karoake with Deni.
Friday, “Woody Sed,” a one-man play performed by Thomas Jones, portrays the life, times and music of the great American folk hero, Woody Guthrie.
Saturday, Sirius Coyote, a multi-talented group of musicians, storytellers and instrument makers, performs on more than thirty different ancient and modern instruments of the Americas. This performance will focus on one of Latin America’s most important holidays, DIA DE MUERTOS, the Day of the Dead (November 1st and 2nd) , a festive celebration to honor the dearly departed.
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.
Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on their website at www.buttonwood.org.
On Wednesday afternoon at Wesleyan University, there will be an exhibition opening reception and talk, “Saved from Europe: The Kallir Family Collection of Austrian and German Literature,” in the Smith Reading Room at Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street.
Also on Wednesday afternoon, Wesleyan’s Music & Public Life series continues with a performance by John Troutman of “In Honolulu – There is Music Everywhere: Making Meaning of Hawaiian Guitar Culture in the Era of the Overthrow.” In rehearsal hall 003, the Daltry room.
On Wednesday night, poet/performer/librettist Douglas Kearney reads at Wesleyan’s Russell House.
Thursday’s Performance Now film series at Wesleyan brings “The Films of Jesper Just,” a Danish artist using 3-D technology, to Film Studies 190, the Powell Family Cinema.
Sunday, the Music & Public Life series brings Los Trovadores de America to Iguanas Ranas restaurant, 484 Main Street, Middletown.
For more information, visit Wesleyan.edu.
Over at Russell Library on Wednesday evening, author Saloma Miller Furlong will give a talk titled “Why I Left the Amish,” based on her book of that name.
Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight, it’s A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends.
Wednesday, it’s the weekly EDM Night, with DJ HighLife & DJ JiggaWompz.
Thursday brings Walk Off the Earth, with special guests Julia Nunes and the Mowgli’s.
Friday, it’s Skalapalooza 2012, with Spring Heeled Jack, The Pietasters, The Pilfers, the Hardcore Karaoke Pile-On Extravaganza, and Sgt. Scagnetti.
Saturday brings The Original Saturday Night Dance Party, a Halloween costume party with prizes awarded in multiple categories.
Then Sunday, it’s Capleton & The Prophecy Band.
More at toadsplace.com.
Over at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight brings a special Monday show: Vicki & the Vengents; w/ The Shoutbacks .
Tomorrow, Nickle P presents a Connecticut indie/hip hop showcase.
Wednesday, Fake Four Inc. presents Ceschi & Anonymous Inc.; w/ Louis Logic; Sketch Tha Cataclysm & DJ Mo Niklz; and Child Actor.
Thursday, it’s the Coney Island Rock & Roll Roadshow Fall Tour Kickoff, featuring the Arkhams and special guests Tigress.
Friday’s happy hour features Solin, followed at 9 by Lipgloss Crisis Presents: a Halloween/Day of the Dead Burlesque Show, with special guest host Hors D’oeuvers from Northampton, a spooky evening of burlesque and games. Prizes for best costumes.
On Saturday, it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host George Baker, followed by a Punk Rock Halloween Party, featuring the Hulls; LA Trash; and Pickpocket. Come as your favorite ’70s punk icon!
Sunday, 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 is Jazz Monday.
Tomorrow brings Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, to Sally’s.
Wednesday, it’s the Blues Jam, with this week’s host Tommy Whalen.
Then Friday, Anthony Gomes, a Canadian-born blues musician and rocker, returns to Sally’s stage for a night of guitar pyrotechnics.
On Saturday, the Kortchmar/McDonald Band plays. Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar is a guitarist, session musician, and songwriter who’s worked with such icons as David Crosby, Carole King, Graham Nash, Carly Simon and James Taylor, helping define the signature sound of the singer-songwriter era of the 1970s. Jackson Browne and Don Henley have recorded many songs written or co-written by Kortchmar, and Kortchmar was Henley’s partner in the 1980s.
More at blackeyedsallys.com.
Back in Middletown, the Fall 2012 Community Record Fair, sponsored by your favorite radio station, WESU, will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Beckham Hall, 45 Wyllys Ave. Vendors will be selling new and used music in all formats — plus, there’ll be food, games, WESU merch, and, best of all, WESU DJ’s spinning vinyl all day! Learn more at wesufm.org.
Now here’s what going on in cinema off the beaten path in central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways, “Bill W.” and “Detropia” continue through Thursday, with a special added event tonight: the Presidential debate shown on the big screen. The café opens at 5, with the debate beginning at 9.
On Friday and Saturday, the film “How to Survive a Plague” is screened, followed by the “It’s Such a Beautiful Day Trilogy,” both running into next week.
Then on Sunday afternoon, the Story of Film: An Odyssey continues with part 3, “Postwar Cinema” (1940s); “Sex & Melodrama” (1950s).
More at realartways.com
Tonight and tomorrow at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s movie theater, it’s “Keep the Lights On,” Ira Sachs’s semi-autobiographical film about his decade-long, loving, erotic, destructive love affair in New York City.
Wednesday through Saturday, it’s “Magic Mike,” a film about male strippers that the Boston Globe described as (quote) “so much better than it needs to be that it’s sick.”
Saturday also brings “PixELATION,” a benefit celebrating Cinestudio’s newly installed 4k digital cinema –and the culmination of its FutureCinema Campaign. Join fellow film lovers for a 6 pm reception with food & prizes, and a 7 pm screening of “Hugo,” Martin Scorsese’s 2011 award-winning homage to cinema, The film will be followed at 9:15 by a lively panel discussion moderated by WNPR’s Colin McEnroe.
Sunday begins three days of screenings of “Robot and Frank,” a film set in the not-too-distant-future. Frank, a lonely widower, is starting to worry his two children. Their solution is to purchase a help robot that will monitor Frank in his own home. Frank Langella gives a complex and intelligent performance.
Details at cinestudio.org
Now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.
Right after the Jive At Five, from 5:05 to 6:00 pm, it’s Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, a well-rounded jazz show for true jazz heads.
Then, from 6-6:30pm, it’s Free Speech Radio News, your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.
From 6:30-8, it’s 75% Folk with Michael Benson, a serving of contemporary folk and acoustic music.
Then from 8-9:30, it’s Anvil Isle with Nate, a musical monsoon.
From 9:30-11:30, it’s The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee, the music of yesterday’s future today.
From 11:30 pm-12:30 am, stay tuned forThe Noisy Wheelbarrow with Zach Schonfeld and DJ Meat Pie, merging noise rock with poetry and verse.
Then from 12:30-1:30 am, it’s Bazaar Sounds with Mac Taylor, highlighting a different country and corresponding underground/experimental music scene every week.
From 1:30-2:30 am, it’s Live From The Paris Hotel with The Sparrow, a mercurial mixture of pop music and poetry.
Then from 2:30 to 3:30 a.m., it’s Maximum Rock and Roll Radio, featuring the best DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore.
From 3:30-4am, DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections: You’ve lost someone. Let’s find them.
That’s followed by the BBC World News from 4-5am, your chance to hear about the day’s news from the famous British news network.
Then it’s Morning Edition from National Public Radio at 5, a daily offering of news and information from NPR.
And that does it for today’s Jive at Five. The script of what you’ve heard is online at wesufm.org/jive.
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.