Good evening, it's Friday, March 8th and 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 Stephan Allison, host of River Valley Rhythms heard Thursdays at 4 pm here at WESU. Thanks for tuning in.
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Here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.
Tonight, award-winning Boston contemporary folk singer/songwriter Terry Kitchen comes to The Buttonwood Tree. She joins voices with acclaimed musicians Mara Levine and Gail Wade for a sound that’s described as both intensely dynamic and uniquely beautiful. Saturday, it’s Saturday Morning Qigong (Chi Kung) at 7:30 a.m., followed by community yoga for beginners and intermediates at 8:30.And on Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food at about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome to enjoy a free vegetarian meal and to help prepare it beforehand at First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. For more information about all Buttonwood events, visit www.buttonwood.org.
At the Russell Library, through this Sunday, the Friends of Russell Library host their monthly Book Sale to help raise funds for library projects and services. Go to www.russelllibrary.org for details. And on Saturday at 2 at the Russell Library, former Congressman Bob Steele will discuss and sign his new novel, “The Curse: Big-Time Gambling’s Seduction Of A Small New England Town.” The novel comes at a time when Connecticut’s casinos face the prospect of heavy new competition from New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, and there is growing political pressure to legalize Internet gambling.
An opening reception for the Middletown Public Schools K-12 Art Show will be from 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. on Saturday in the Ezra & Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace at Wesleyan University. The public is invited.
The Morgans, in a St. Patrick's Day Irish Program presented by the Greater Middletown Concert Association, perform on Sunday at 3 pm at the new Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School. The center is at 200 La Rosa Lane, opposite 680 Newfield Street, in Middletown. Visit greatermiddletownconcerts.org or call 860.347.4887.
The Eric Kuhn Group is at The Cypress Grill on Sunday beginning at 6pm. The Grill is located at 1265 South Main St./Rt. 17 in Middletown Call 860 346 3367.
Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight the Friday happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. features Sal Paradise. That’s followed at 9 by Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos. Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:30, it’s the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Gary Grippo and friends, followed at 9 by The Manchurians; w/ Party Horse; and The Radiation. Sunday, at 4 p.m., it’s the St. Patrick's Day Party w/ The Butcher Boys and Bold Ruckus. That’s followed at 8 by the Sunday After Supper Jam: w/ the Cafe Nine All Stars. Learn more at cafenine.com.
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place tonight you'll find Talib Kweli, as well as Cory Mo and Mr. Council and the Dwight Street Players, featuring Sotorios of Political Animals. Also tonight, in Lilly’s Pad, it’s Just One More, playing U2 and other Irish favorites, presented by New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee and Youth Gaelic Sports Club. On Saturday afternoon at 4, it’s the New Haven Battle of the Bands in Lilly’s Pad, presented by Gorilla Music. Competing will be: Factors; Delayed Awakening; Stamps the Goat; Hot Chaos; Lion's Teeth; Destination Dimension; Kudra; Bellow; Dead and Gone; Skratch Happy; and Everybody Hates Me. Later on Saturday, Riders on the Storm plays a Tribute to the Doors. Also performing: The Bonesmen; Eightfold; Agenda 21; Trag; and The Hell Catz. Then Sunday at Toad’s, it’s Every Time I Die, with The Acacia Strain; Vanna; Hundredth; and No Bragging Rights. For more information, go to toadsplace.com.
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight at 9, it’s Studebaker John & the Hawks playing blues. Saturday at 9 brings Avenue Groove, a Connecticut-based R&B, funk and dance band to Blackeyed Sally’s. More can be found online at blackeyedsallys.com.
On Saturday and Sunday at Wesleyan, it’s the 14th annual Dancemasters weekend master classes, one of the most-anticipated dance events in the Northeast. The two-day dance immersion combines inspiring performances by premier companies with master classes by expert instructors. Go to www.wesleyan.edu/dancemasters for details.
Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten track here in central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight and Saturday bring “Crispin Hellion Glover Night One,” a one-hour dramatic narration of eight different illustrated books, projected behind Glover during his performance. Different slides will be shown each evening. Tonight also brings a screening of “It is Fine! Everything is Fine,” a semi-autobiographical, psychosexual tale of a man with cerebral palsy fantasizing about a life in which society not only understands him, but finds him physically intimidating and sexually attractive. Then Sunday begins a five-day run of “Knife Fight,” an inside look at American politics with Rob Lowe playing a savvy strategist. Details about all events at www.realartways.com
Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, tonight and Saturday, it’s Life of Pi, winner of the Oscar for best director, original score, cinematography and visual effects. Sunday begins a three-day run of “John Dies at the End,” with Paul Giamatti. It’s described as “deeply amusing, in the sickest possible way.” Details can be found 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 2am Saturday 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 2, to 3am it's the Bassment Beats with DJ Lokash – the Real Hip-Hop is over here.
The next hour 'til 4am it's Maximum Rock & Roll Radio - A weekly radio show featuring the best international DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rock n roll radio record collection.
+Sing Out! Radio Magazine with Tom Druckenmiller comes on at 4 until 5am with a weekly, hour-long “magazine format” program, featuring interviews in addition to “live” and recorded traditional folk musics.
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.
The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at wesufm.org/jive