Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in the community this week:
>>> We are in the midst of Thesis season for Wesleyan’s graduating seniors. This means lots of opportunities to catch free visual art openings, music recital, and stage productions. For a full rundown, you can check out the Wesleyan Center for the arts website www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
Wednesday, April 3rd at 8 P.M, Writing at Wesleyan presents a reading by Award-winning Author Colum McCann at Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT. Acclaimed author, Colum McCann, will read from his recent book, Let The Great World Spin, which has been described by Esquire as the first major post-9/11 novel.
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 from Wednesday, April 3 through Saturday, April 6, 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
Thursday, April 4 from 5:00-7:00 pm Wesleyan University’s Davison Art Center presents an exhibition opening: "Artists Take Action: Protest Posters Today" and gallery talk at 5:30 pm by Lori Gruen, Professor of Philosophy, Environmental Studies, and Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies. The show will be on Exhibit Tuesdays-Sundays, noon-4:00 pm, April 5-May 26. More online about events at Wesleyan at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
Tonight at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown at 7:45pm is "Moments of Gratitude," sharing your gratitude to build positive energy and encouragement. Later on tonight at the Buttonwood starting at 8:00pm is "Anything Goes Open Mic." 7:30pm sign up for all poets and musicians, this is a place for you, the budding artist, to showcase your work. Tomorrow at 6:00pm at The Buttonwood is "Laughter Yoga with Mimi Claire + Happy Healthy Vegetarian Potluck." Thursday at 7:00pm is "Open Mic with Rob Gotta," Sign Ups start at 6:30, come play and be heard. Friday at 7:30pm at The Buttonwood is "The 8th Annual CT Jazz Composers and Improvisers Festival (Presented by Joe Fonda.) Saturday at 7:30am is "Saturday Morning Qigong (Chi Kung)" Later on Saturday morning at 8:45am is "Community Yoga and Tai Chi." Followed by At 10:30 am by the "Aligned with Source Workshop for Empowerment." And Sunday at 1pm at the buttonwood is "Food Not Bombs," “Cooking for Peace and Social Justice.” Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 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" – International Improvised Music. And Sunday at 7pm is the "Great Make Believe Improv Show." Watch The Great Make Believe Society perform different kinds of improv comedy!
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight at 8pm its "Jazz Mondays.". Tomorrow at 8 p.m. it's "Michael Palin's Other Orchestra." Wednesday at 8pm its "Blues Jam/Brandt Taylor." And thursday starting at 8pm is "The Truck Stop Troubadors."
More information about these events can be found at www.blackeyedsallys.com.
In New Haven tonight at Café Nine at 8pm is the "Get to the Point" storytelling series. Tomorrow, April 2nd, at 9pm, DrinkDeeply presents "If Jesus Had Machine Guns, and Lock 12. On wednesday at 8pm is "The Goddamn Gallows" and "American Speedway. On Thursday at 8pm MANIC PRODUCTIONS Presents: Spirit Family Reunion; w/ Christopher Paul Stelling; and Goodnight Blue Moon.
Friday at 5 p.m. at Cafe nine you can catch "We Dat Brass Band." Followed at 9pm by: Barmaids (members of The Eventide); w/ Progress. On Saturday, April 6th, at 4:30pm, its "Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam," w/ host Mike Coppola Group. followed at 9 by: "CIRCUS DELECTI , 11-YEAR ANNIVERSARY MASQUERADE BALL." And then Sunday at Cafe Nine, starting at 2pm, its 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 events at www.cafenine.com.
Also in New Haven, over at Toad’s Place, tonight upstairs in the Lilly's Pad, at 9pm it's "A Night of Smooth Jazz" with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Tomorrow night starting at 7:30 pm its "JOEY BADA$$ and PRO ERA," a part of the "Beast Coastal Tour," also featuring Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, and DJ Statik Selektah. Wednesday at 7:30 at Toads is "CONSPIRATOR," along with "The Cosmic Dust Bunnies." Later on Wednesday Night at 10pm is "EDM Night" . On Thursday at Toad's its "UP TO NO GOOD TOUR w/HEADLINER MIKE STUD," also featuring "OCD (Moosh & Twist)," "Huey Mack," and "Jitta On the Track." This Friday at Toad's 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 9:3o pm at Toad's is "THE ORIGINAL SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY."
For more information, you can go online to www.toadsplace.com
Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7:30pm Adult students from ARTFARM Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge's Shakespeare Acting Laboratory will share their work in this informal showcase of scenes and monologues from Shakespeare. The public is invited to this free event at Middlesex Community College in Chapman Hall’s Room 808. www.art-farm.org
Thursday evening at 6:30pm Author Elisabeth Petry continues The Veterans' Writing Group in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library on Broad St in Middletown. American pop, country and folk singer/songwriter and guitarist Michael Johnson will perform on Thursday, at 7pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library.
The Russell Knitters will meet on from 11:00am-1pm in Meeting Room 3 You are encouraged to bring your knitting projects and join an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise. No registration is required. More online at www.russelllibrary.org
This Saturday April 6, at 2:00p at The First Church of Christ, Middletown, you can catch a concert with concert with "Diamond" Dave Somerville and Marshall Lytle (founding member of Bill Haley's Comets) For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.jazzinstars.com.
Sunday April 7th brings WESU’s Annual Spring Record Fair and Sale to 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 online at www.wesufm.org For more information about any of these events, you can visit: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa. <<<
And now here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
>>> At Real Art Ways in Hartford, is "Monday Matinée: Jour de Fête" with 1pm refreshments, and 1:30pm screening followed by a discussion after. And tonight through thursday, at 5pm and 7:30pm brings, "A Fierce Green Fire,"
the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement, grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years, from conservation to climate change."; Tomorrow at 6pm at Real Artways is "Real Board (games)" They provide the games! Bring your friends and, if you want, a game or two that you don't think they'll have. Opening Friday at RealArtways is a showing of "On The Road," Based on Jack Kerouc's beloved American novel. Details about all of these events and more can be found at www.realartways.com
Tonight at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, "Amour," will be shown. A brave look at the love that allows us to get through the indignity and fear of aging.
Wednesday at 7:30pm its a showing of "Casablanca -For The Thinking Through Film Series.".More details can be found at www.cinestudio.org.
And now here’s a run-down of what's on the air here at WESU, 88.1 FM in Middletown:
Right after the Jive at Five stay tuned for a well-rounded jazz show on Charles Henry’s Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry until 6pm.
Weekdays at 6 Free Speech Radio News From the Pacifica Network offers a daily dose of alternative international news and reporting.
At 6:30 Life is a Killer with Johnny Analog Moves through the blues Diaspora from front porch country blues and big city electric blues to jazz, R&B and soul.
At 8pm The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis offers the best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and latin dancefloor grooves.
The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee, is in the air chair from 9:30-11pm bringing you the music of yesterday's future, today.
At 11pm its A Hate Supreem with DJ AWOL for an hour of melodic, improvisational, jazz coupled with the overtly technical, rigidly composed, and aggressively loud elements of Heavy metal.
At Midnight it’s Maelstrom of the Weird with Phil Void, Surveying punk in all its innovation and abrasion - be it first wave, hardcore, post-punk, or noise.
At 1am Local Color with Peter Helman features local music scenes from a different state episode. Tune in to experience the diverse sounds of the union, from Brooklyn art-rock to Chicago house to Louisianan swamp-pop.
From 2-3am Venture into the infinity of the unknown via a synthesis of science, spoken word, and a lot of popular music on The Explorers’ Hour with Pickup Sticks.
From 3-4am 88 Keys with Mads hand-picks tracks for their captivating piano features, incorporating an eclectic mix of genres that demonstrate the versatility of one of the world's most time-honored instruments, including classical, singer-songwriter, alt rock, easy listening, and electronic.
That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at wesufm.org/jive.
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