Good afternoon, it's Friday, April 19th 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.
The Russell Knitters will meet on Saturday from 11:00am-1pm in Meeting Room 3. You are invited to bring your knitting projects and share ideas and expertise. No registration is required. Amphion String Quartet, one of the most respected classical music ensembles in the country, will perform on Saturday, April 20 at 2pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library. More online at www.russelllibrary.org
Here in Middletown at The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center on Main St tonight the acoustic folk trio, Another Road is performing at 8pm. Saturday night you can catch the CT-based sibling duo, The Light Hearts, for an evocative spin on folk music. On Sunday at 4 pm, there is a Poetry Potluck, a gathering for discussion and literary conversation using poetry as the focal point. More online at www.buttonwood.org
At Toads Place in New Haven Saturday Bikers Against Animal Cruelty, Inc. Presents Woofstock III featuring Slowpoke, Far From Here, SmackSeven, The Travis Moody Band, and Bounty Hunter and will be collecting donations of pet food (canned & dry), blankets, towels, cleaning supplies, & other items to keep animals safe & healthy. Sunday at Toad’s Gorilla Music presents the New Haven Battle of the Bands. www.toadsplace.com
Tonight at Café Nine in New Haven The Rationales; The Shellye Valauskas Experience; and the The Streams take the stage. Café nine’s weekly Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Tony Dioguardi and Friends this week. Saturday night Manic Productions Presents: Acid Mothers Temple; w/ Tjutjuna; and Snake Oil for a night of serious freak out music! www.cafenine.com
This Week at Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, Senior Thesis gallery shows, music recitals, and stage productions abound. You can find out more at the CFA website, Wesleyan.edu/cfa. Additionally, this evening at 7:15 pm there will be a pre-concert talk with Hugh Masekela before his sold-out performance at 8pm. Saturday morning at 11:00 AM you can catch another talk: The Role of Artist as Activist: A Conversation with Hugh Masekela in Crowell Concert Hall. Saturday at 1 pm until 4 The Big Draw: Middletown takes place in 3 locations in and around the CFA courtyard and the Davison Art Center. Registration for this free family event takes place at the Davison Art Center. Saturday evening at 8 pm The Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and Mixashawn's Ghostly Trio perform in Crowell Concert Hall. More online at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
The Rusted Keys, a nouveau croon duet, perform at Higher Ground, 70 Main St. in East Hampton beginning at 10 am on Sunday. Call 860.467-6643 for more details.
Now here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Tonight is the last night to catch "On The Road", based on the Kerouac novel of the same name at Real Art Ways in Hartford. "A Place at the Table", a documentary focusing on food insecurity in the US begin a weeklong run tonight. And the weekend late show is Upstream Color. If you want to know more, you can go to realartways.org
Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, is showing tonight and Saturday Zero Dark Thirty. There is more information on other shows 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