Good afternoon, it's Friday, April 5th 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.
We are in the midst of thesis season for Wesleyan’s graduating seniors. This means many opportunities to catch free visual art openings, music recitals, and stage productions. For a full rundown, you can check out the Wesleyan Center for the Arts website at wesleyan.edu/cfa
WESU is a sponsor of "Music & Public Life", a year long exploration presented by Wesleyan University, featuring Time Stands Still, a festival/conference dedicated to musical notation through Saturday, featuring the U.S. premiere of the London based choir The Vocal Constructivists performing the U.S. premieres of works by Wesleyan's own music professors Ronald Kuivila and Paula Matthusen. More information is available at wesleyan.edu/MPL
Over at the Buttonwood Tree tonight beginning at 7:30pm is "The 8th Annual CT Jazz Composers and Improvisers Festival" presented by Joe Fonda and featuring jazz Poet Steve Delachinski from New York City, with guest musicians Joe Fonda and Gebhard Ullmann; plus violinist and vocalist Terry Jenoure in a rare solo performance; then the Michael Stevens and George Schuller Quartet let loose with swinging and adventurous sounds. Sunday at 1pm at the Buttonwood is "Food Not Bombs," plus “Cooking for Peace and Social Justice.” Food Not Bombs shares food about 2 pm in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone is welcome. Consider yourself invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. And Sunday at 3pm is "Tipples" – a trio of seasoned improvisers performing International Improvised Music. And Sunday at 7pm is the "Great Make Believe Improv Show" performing in improvisational comedy! There is more at www.buttonwood.org
Alice Threw The Looking Glass at Oddfellows Playhouse - inspired by Lewis Carroll and parodying the terse manual The Elements of Style by Strunk & White, this ingenious comedy explores the fantasy world of language in all its grotesque mutations. Tonight and Saturday night at 7:30 pm. Call 860.347.6143 or visit oddfellowsplayhouse.org
In New Haven, tonight's music at Café Nine at 9pm is Barmaids (members of The Eventide); w/ Progress. On Saturday, at 4:30pm, its "Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam," w/ host the Mike Coppola Group followed at 9 by: "Circus Delecti, 11-Year Anniversary Masquerade Ball." And then Sunday, starting at 2pm, it's Lipgloss Crisis Burlesque & Cabaret Fundraiser!! Come help Lipgloss Crisis raise funds to start a storefront studio in New Haven to host arts shows, events, and mentor inner city children with art. Learn more all the events at cafenine.com.
Also in New Haven, over at Toad’s Place, tonight starting at 7pm, Mindsnap Music Presents: “Chained By Sabbath” featuring "Sludge Factory (Alice In Chains Tribute)," "Earth (Black Sabbath Tribute)," "Lightsbane," "Goat Herder," "Fear Apparent," "Risk All in Life," and more to be announced. Saturday at 9:30 pm at Toad's is "The Original Saturday Night Dance Party." For more information, go online to toadsplace.com
The Michael Cleary Band will be in Manchester tonight at The Main Pub. Show starts at 10. For more information call The Main Pub at (860) 647-1551
This Saturday at 2:00p at The First Church of Christ, Middletown, you can catch a concert with "Diamond" Dave Somerville and Marshall Lytle (founding member of Bill Haley's Comets). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit jazzinstars.com.
Also this Saturday, Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One, the 2013 One Book One Middletown, will speak via Skype at 2pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Call the Library at 860.347.2528 to learn more.
Sunday in Simsbury from 2-9 PM at the Maple Tree Cafe, a benefit concert for the Southern New England Musicians Fund. There will be music all day for. All money raised goes to help musicians in need of help with healthcare and life challenges. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/TheSouthernNewEnglandMusiciansFundInc
Sunday is the WESU Annual Spring Record Fair and Sale at Wesleyan’s Fayerweather Beckham Hall on Wyllys Avenue in Middletown from 11am-4pm. WESU Record Fairs feature dozens of vendors selling thousand of records, cds and music of all genres in all formats plus WESU gear, Prizes food and WESU DJs spinning vinyl Live. Admission is Free and the event is open to the public. More can be found online at wesufm.org
And now here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, beginning tonight is a run of "On The Road," based on Jack Kerouc's beloved American novel. Details and more can be found at realartways.org
Tonight and Saturday at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, there is a showing of "Django Unchained". On Sunday the "April In Paris Film Festival" begins. More 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.
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