Good afternoon, it's Tuesday, Nov.6, 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 Isabelle Gauthier, host of the Fuss an interview show with people from the Middletown area and Wesleyan, airing every first third and fifth Friday of the month from 1:00-1:30.
Here's a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week:
On Wednesday at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletownat 7 p.m., the documentary film “Genetic Roulette,” about the dangers of genetically modified food, will be shown .
Thursday at 7 p.m., Writers Out Loud, a networking opportunity for prose writers, meets at the Buttonwood; signups start at 6:45.
Friday at 8 p.m., the band The Violet Lights performs at the Buttonwood, playing a combination of indie and garage rock, with Britpop elements.
Saturday at 8 p.m., Turkish jazz guitarist and composer Sinan Bakir brings “Tales and Stories,” a CD-release concert, to the Buttonwood.
Every Sunday around 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.
Tomorrow at 8 p.m., over at Wesleyan University’s Russell House, 350 High Street, award-winning writer Bernard Cooper reads from his work. He has been described as “a master of the language of memory and truth,” and “one of the most compelling, ambitious writers at work today.” A reception and book signing will follow. For more information, call 860.685.3448 or visit www.Wesleyan.edu/writing
On Thursday at 8 p.m., your favorite radio station, WESU, brings Lynn Levy, producer of RadioLab and a class of '05 Wesleyan alum, to CFA Hall for a conversation with her thesis advisor Prof. Bricca as part of the WESU lecture series.
Also, on Thursday at 7 p.m., Wesleyan’s Music & Public Life series continues with a presentation by ethnomusicologist Anthony Seeger and performances by the string band Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem; and the Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church Choir. The event, at the Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave., is free.
On Friday, Merita Halilli & Raif Hyseni Orchestra/Cumbiamba Eneye will be playing in Fayerweather 202 from 8:30-10:00pm, and is free. More information can be found at www.wesleyan.edu/mpl
Here's still another event on Thursday evening at 7. At Wesleyan’s Center for Film Studies, the film and discussion series
“Common Ground: 4th Annual Middletown International Film Festival” continues with a screening of "Dancing Dreams,” directed by Rainer Hoffmann & Anne Linsel. The free series is the result of a collaboration among the Russell Library, Middlesex Community College and Wesleyan.
Here’s another Thursday event at 7 (good luck choosing!): the program “Harnessing the waterways: the history of dams in Middletown,” is being presented by the Middletown Historical Society and the Jonah Center for Earth and Art.
Wesleyan philosophy Prof. Elise Springer will recount the findings of a group of researchers who spent the last year wading in hip boots upstream from the Connecticut River along its many tributaries through Middletown to learn the significance of those streams and the industries that relied upon them. The talk will be given at the First Church of Christ Congregational, 190 Court Street. For more information, contact John Hall at 860-398-3771 or visit www.thejonahcenter.org .
On Saturday, the Branford Folk Music Society presents fiddle and banjo workshops, followed by a Red Hen Stringband concert, all at the Branford Folk Coffeehouse, at the First Congregational Church of Branford, 1009 Main Street, Branford. The workshops will be led by two band members, one teaching the clawhammer banjo and the other, techniques for adding musicality to traditional tunes. Each workshop costs$25 and you must register by 5 p.m. Thursday. For more information, go to folknotes.org/branfordfolk.
Now here’s a look at what’s going on in downtown New Haven.
At Toad’s Place on Wednesday is the weekly EDM night.
Thursday brings Yelawolf , the Slumerican tour, to the Toad’s stage, as well as Rittz, Show You Suck, and DJ Vajra.
There have been some show cancellations, by the way, and ticket refunds are being offered. Go to toadsplace.com.
Over at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight it’s the Andy Gray Birthday Tribute featuring Gary Heriot; Leila Crockett; Donna Santala/Kriss Santala; Lonesome Billy; and Travis Moody And Friends, an acoustic and electric tribute to the late songwriter and rocker, Andy Gray.
Wednesday brings Low Cut Connie to the Café Nine stage; w/ Rusty Things.
Thursday, Manic Productions presents Adam Arcuragi & the Lupine Chorale Society, with Spirit Family Reunion; and The Proud Flesh .
Then Friday, it’s Rockabilly Riot, featuring Rosie Flores; w/ Marti Brom.
Saturday, it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ hosts Gary Grippo and friends , followed at 9 by the Manic Productions presentation of Dignan Porch; w/ Eraas; and Space Orphans .
Sunday at 4 p.m. brings Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, with a "A Very Viking Thanksgiving": What do you get when you combine art school and alcohol? A great time and some creative drawings. Gorge on the glory of our featured model, Lipgloss Crisis!
Then at 8, 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 Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, has its weekly free jam session, as it works out new material.
Wednesday, it’s the weekly Blues Jam, one of the longest running in New England, this week with Brandt Taylor.
Then Thursday at 8, it’s horn-fueled blues rock with Tommy Castro and his band.
Friday brings to Sally’s the Michael Cleary Band, a Hartford institution celebrating its 21st year of making original groove/funk/rock music.
Then Saturday, it’s Biscuit Miller & the Mix.
More at blackeyedsallys.com.
Now let’s think about cinema outside the Cineplex box.
Real Art Ways in Hartford will cover the Election tonight, beginning at 6 p.m. WNPR’s Colin McEnroe and John Dankosky will broadcast the results live. There will be Real Board (Games), also at 6.
Wednesday and Thursday, “Bill W” and “Stars in Shorts” continue.
Friday and Saturday, it’s “Compliance,” a film inspired by true events, telling the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority. Also beginning on Friday and running for six days: “Holy Motors,” a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. The late show on Saturday is “The Room.”
Then Sunday, The Story of Film: An Odyssey, continues with Part 5: “American Cinema of the ‘70s”; and “Movies to Change the World” (1970s).
Details at realartways.org.
Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College's movie theater, “Sleepwalk with Me” plays tonight and tomorrow night.
Then it’s the 14th Eros Film Festival with “Facing Mirrors” on Wedneday; “Gay by Friday” on Thursday; and “My Best Day” and “Loose Cannons” on Friday. Saturday’s festival offerings are “Cal me Kuchu,” “Four,” and “Strange Frame.” The festival wraps up on Sunday with “The Laramie Project.”
Also on Sunday, the film “Max et Les Ferailleurs.”
Learn more 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 Finding Bliss:
words and music with DJ Lauren "Bliss" Agnelli, an interview, free-form talk show about people who are collowing their hearts and living authentically.
From 6-6:30 is Free Speech Radio news from the Pacifica Network, your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting.
From 6:30-8:00 is Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill, an eclectic selection of Americana, country with root influence.
From 8-9pm is The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry, your source for live and local Connecticut arts and music at its best.
From 9-10:30 is Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat, he writes in, Ive got a song in my heart, a chemical imbalance in my head, and a musical library at my fingers. From krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, Wonderland has a place for it.
From 10:30-11:30 is this Southbound Train with Mary Barrett, featuring bluegrass, newgrass, and other acoustic sounds.
From 11:30pm-12:30 am is Hardly Strictly Bluegrass with DJ Sleepy Girl, the dulcet tones of bluegrass and folk--just not entirely.
Wednesday, 12:30-1:30am is Radical Roots with Junkyard Augustine and KC-Gull, presenting a mix of handed-down traditional favorites adn brand new world-folk numbers.
Wednesday, 1:30-2:30am is Wayfaring Stranger with Lily Myers.
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