Good afternoon, it's Tuesday, January 29th. This is the Jive at Five - WESU's Daily community calendar and run down 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. Thanks for joining us.
Here’s a brief rundown of some of the cultural and entertaining events happening in our area this week:
At the Buttonwood here in Middletown, Saturday afternoon at 1pm is Free Poets Collective Featuring The Meeting House Poets, with the Piano-Bass Duo of David Sergio and Walter Mayo augmenting the poetry with jazz and American Songbook standards. At 8pm Saturday evening, Jazz Trumpeter Nick Di Maria and his ensemble will be playing original compositions from their upcoming studio release that was recorded at New Haven’s Firehouse 12 Studio.
Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood each Sunday. All are welcome to enjoy a meal and help prepare it beforehand at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. www.foodnotbombs.net more about buttonwood tree events online at www.buttonwood.org
At Café Nine in New Haven tonight, there’s a local indie pop showcase with Dance Charletan and Big Charlie's Rubber Band. Wednesday night it’s Shellye Valauskas & Dean Falcone w/ Michele Riganese. Thursday night at Café Nine JAZZ HAVEN Presents: The Tony Purrone Trio. Friday, Rizzo's Dilemma makes for a night of hard-hitting improvisational rock. Saturday's Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by the Mike Coppola Trio this week. Saturday night The Spampinato Brothers take the stage w/ the Ivory Bills . SUNDAY there’s a special show to Gather together to celebrate the life of the late, great Sam Velecca with an afternoon of Grateful Dead music. More online found at www.cafenine.com
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, is Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, to Sally's stage for their weekly engagement.
Wednesday, it's Black eyed Sally’s longstanding Blues Jam session hosted by Tim McDonald this week. Thursday brings Girls Guns & Glory w/Elison Jackson. Rhett Tyler & Early Warning make for an evening of MondernBlues at Blackeyed Sally’s Friday Night. Saturday night THE ALEXIS P. SUTER BAND brings their roots, blues and soul to Sally’s. more online at www.blackeyedsallys.com
On Tuesday nights here in Middletown Klekolo world Coffee on Court Street presents a weekly open Mic event. www.klekolo.com
Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meets Every Wednesday 7-9:30p offering Class for beginners and experienced dancers. At First Church on Court Street. You can call 860-347-0278 for information.
Thursday afternoon at 2pm here in Middletown, The Russell Library presents the writing workshop: “We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences” under the direction of author Elisabeth Petry . This series invites veterans to share their stories in their own voices in Meeting Room 2. Also at Russeell Library on Thursday evening, The Middlesex County Historical Society presents quilt expert, Sue Reich, at 7:00 pm in the Hubbard Room of Russell Library. The title of her talk is “Quiltmaking 1941 to 1945 – The War Years.” Saturday morning the Russell knitters meet and invite you to join them for knitting tips and tricks. All levels of experience are welcome. www.russelllibrary.org
Friday evening at 8pm Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents: “Music at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello” in Crowell Concert Hall: featuring what might have been heard after-hours in the Charlottesville, Virginia home of Thomas Jefferson, as well as in the slaves' quarters. Featuring performances by singer, guitarist and banjo player Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, Dennis James on glass harmonica, singer Jennifer Hope Wills, violinists Robert Mealy and Mazz Swift, cellist Katie Rietman, Christopher Layer on bagpipes and flutes, and Wesleyan Professor of Music Neely Bruce on harpsichord.
This Sunday Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents: “Violin & Piano: Dramatic Partners” Featuring Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Erika Schroth alongside Violinist Netta Hadari. At The Russell House on High Street, here in Middletown. Admission: FREE! Sunday also brings the Monthly Shaped Note Singing gathering to Wesleyan’s Downey House at the corner of High and Court Sts in Middletown from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. More online at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
at 8:00 pm this Friday in Hartford, Canadian Brass Trombonist, Achilles Liarmakopoulos and Maestro Edward Cumming with Hartt Sinfonia join Ezequiel Menéndez for Concert to Benefit Jubilee House at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. www.jubileehouse.org.
Saturday Night inHartford at 7:30Pm at Real Art Ways, The Taylor Ho Bynum Ensemble presents: The Prince Project World Premiere which pays tribute the work of Pop Icon and songwriter, Prince. www.realartways.org
Now Here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford through Wednesday you can catch “56 Up.” Starting in 1964 with “Seven Up,” which follow the lives of 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England who were filmed every seven years since, examining the progression of their lives. Real Art Ways is also showing The Rabbi’s Cat a Animated feature Based on the best-selling graphic novel by Joann Sfar. The Rabbi's Cat tells the story of a rabbi and his talking cat - a sharp-tongued feline philosopher brimming with scathing humor and a less than pure love for the rabbi's voluptuous teenage daughter. Thursday Night Real Art Ways presents 2 screenings of Dave Grohl’s Documentary film, Sound City about the infamous recording studio in Van Nuys, California Through interviews with the artists and producers that created decades of musical history at Sound City. More information at www.realartways.org .
Tonight, Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, is showing Wake in Fright,” called “The best and most terrifying film about Australia in existence.” Gary Bond stars as a sensitive schoolteacher who ventures into the Outback, finding himself lured into a rural nightmare of debauchery and dread that exists far from any dreams of civilization. Wednesday Real Art Ways presents a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window as Part of the Thinking through Film Series. Opening Thursday and running through Saturday Cinestudio presents Wreck It Ralph, an amusing animated movie about 80s-era video game characters who come to life. More at www.cinestudio.org .
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.
Right after the Jive At Five, Stick around for Finding Bliss with Lauren “Bliss Agnelli” for an hour of inspirational talk with and about folks who are following their hearts and living authentically.
At 6pm each week night, Free Speech Radio News FromThe Pacifica Network provided an evening dose of alternative international news and reporting.
At 630 tonight Bill Revill is in the house for 90 minutes of folk and Americana on his show, Acoustic Blender.
At 8pm J-Cherry presents Voice of the City for a live and local spotlight on the arts in our region.
At 9:00 is DJ Cheshire Cat. He’s got a song in his heart, a chemical imbalance in his brain, and a musical arsenal at his finger tips. Watch out!
From 11:30 tune in for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass with DJ Sleepy Girl
Dj Otto Nation presents an eclectic mix of music at 12:30.
at 2:30 Search and Recover with DJ Cheshire Cat spotlighting an hours worth of versions of one song!
at 3:30am its angels and airwaves MPD
The BBC World News begins at 4am and we begin tomorrow’s programming at 5am with Morning Edition from National Public Radio.
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