For the latest in local arts and entertainment anytime you're not hearing it on our Jive, go to arts2GO.org – the City’s website for what’s going on and what’s to do with a highlight on the arts in Middletown. That's arts2GO.org
Here's a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area:
Tonight at 8pm at The Buttonwood Tree it's “Woody Sed,” a one-man play performed by Thomas Jones, portraying the life, times and music of the great American folk hero, Woody Guthrie. A second performance will take place at 4p on Saturday. Also 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 Los 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.
The internationally acclaimed Linden String Quartet will perform at 2pm on Saturday in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street.
halloween around the world at mac650 gallery – join in an art gallery reception and dance party 7p-midnight at Mac650 Gallery, 650 Main St. on Saturday. They will have free El Día de los Muertos style face painting by Melissa Astraea Escolas and a performance by Jennifer Hill at 9 P.M. recent winner of best singer and songwriter at Hartford's Grand Band Slam. For more information email MAC650rccr@gmail.com
Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight 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.
And at Café Nine in New Haven, 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, games and 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 it's Anthony Gomes, a Canadian-born blues musician and rocker, 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 merchandise, and, best of all, WESU DJ's spinning vinyl all day! Learn more at wesufm.org.
At the Performing Arts Center at MHS on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. a performance of Bizet’s “Carmen”, one of the most popular operas of all time will be brought to Middletown by the Connecticut Lyric Opera company and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. This is a live, fully-staged presentation with a full orchestra conducted and directed by Adrian Sylveen. This is a presentation by the Greater Middletown Concert Association. Call 860.347.4887 or 346.3369.
Sunday, the Music & Public Life series brings Los Trovadores de America to Iguanas Ranas Restaurant, 484 Main Street, Middletown at 5p. For more information, visit Wesleyan.edu/mpl
Now here's what going on in cinema off the beaten path in central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways, tonight and Saturday, the film “How to Survive a Plague” is screening, followed by the “It’s Such a Beautiful Day Trilogy,” and both run 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.org
At Cinestudio, Trinity College's movie theater, tonight & Saturday it’s “Magic Mike,” a film about male strippers that the Boston Globe described as “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 Langella gives a complex and intelligent performance. Details at 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 Wild Wild Live with MC Apper - A sneak peek into the magical live music scene of Wes. Tune in for in-station sets from campus bands and recordings of up-and-coming artists' campus shows.
From 6:00 to 6:30pm it’s Free Speech Radio News - Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.
For the next half hour, until 7pm you have the Middletown Youth Radio Project - A weekly radio program featuring the thoughts, voices, creativity and talent of the kids in the WESU neighborhood.
At 7, until 8:30pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - Informing listeners about local and global issues with health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips, featuring a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.
Next up until 10pm, we take it From the Otherside with Rok-A-Dee - The Voice of Hartford, including local artists from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He also features upcoming artists performing Caribbean R & B, Soca and international music.
From 10 until Midnight, take in the sounds of Rumba en el Patio with Michael - Classic Salsa for the dancers, Afro-Latin Big Band for the discerning ear. Join us as we adventure through the history of Musica Latina!
At Midnight until 1:30am Saturday it’s N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk - Serious turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.
At 1:30am we go In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with Dope Dave until 3am - Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.
At 3, to 4am it's the Bassment Beats – the Real Hip-Hop is over here.
Then, we bring you Sing Out! from 4 to 5am, on a mission to preserve and support the cultural diversity and heritage of all traditional and contemporary folk musics, and to encourage making folk music a part of our everyday lives.
And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the BBC World News - a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation
And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6:00 to 7:00am it’s the Celtic Café with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.
And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am with Francesco Fiumara, the former host of WESU's own WESParla - A weekly roundup of news, music and memories from Italy.
That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every 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.
The Music behind today’s Jive At Five is from Kevin Norton’s Metaphor Quartet, a CD entitled Not Only In That Golden Tree . . . featuring (the late) Wilber Morris, Masahiko Kono, Hitomi Tono’Oka and Kevin Norton, the selection “not drunk, but stunned” and it’s out on clean feed records.
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