Good evening, it's Monday, April 22nd, and this is the Jive at Five - WESU's Daily community calendar and rundown 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 Marianne O'Hare, producer of Conversations on Health Care, airing every Wednesday afternoon at 4:30, right before the Jive at Five.
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Now here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on though out our communities this week:
At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight at 8 brings the weekly Anything Goes open mic night. Wednesday, from 7 to 9 p.m., it's Karaoke with Deni. Friday at 10 p.m. brings Turkish-born guitarist Sinan Bakir and his trio play the Buttonwood. Saturday morning at 7:30, wake up with tai chi and quigong at the Buttonwood Tree, followed from 8:45 to 10 .m. by free Community Yoga. Saturday night at 8, the Celtic duo Lilt, playing the flute, Irish tin whistle, bouzouki and banjo, performs. On Sundays at 1pm Food not bombs shares food in front of the Buttonwood Tree. Are all are welcome to share a meal and help prepare the vegetarian far at the First Church on Court Street in Middletown at 11:30am. More information about all Buttonwood Tree events can be found at www.buttonwood.org.
Down in New Haven at Cafe Nine, tonight at 8 is DrinkDeeply's Saloon Songwriter Series: featuring Lys Guillorn; Stephany Brown (Electric Bucket, Lasher); Shaun Bowen (Murdervan, Bowen Arrow, 420 Blackbirds); and Woodsman Orphan. Tomorrow at 8, it's Slobber Pup featuring Joe Morris & Jamie Saft; w/ Subfloor. Wednesday at 9, The Woggles play at Cafe Nine; w/ The 509ers; DJ Dave Coon and Fast Eddy. Thursday, it's Richard Barone; w/ The Mendition of the Quay • Richard Barone is an acclaimed recording artist, performer, producer, and author. Since his beginnings on radio at age seven as “The Littlest DJ” and later fronting indie-pop icons The Bongos, Barone has produced countless studio recordings and has collaborated with artists in every musical genre -- from Lou Reed and Moby to Liza Minnelli, Tiny Tim and most recently, Pete Seeger. Friday's happy hour brings Lonesome Billy and Friends to Cafe Nine, followed at 9 by The Proud Flesh, celebrating the release of a new album; along w/ Hanging Hills and Johnny Mainstream. The Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by George Baker this week, followed at 9 by Deni Bonet, who has recorded & performed with Cyndi Lauper, REM, Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls, Richard Thompson, Robyn Hitchcock and many others. Sunday's Bluegrass Jam from 4 to 7 is hosted by Stacy Phillips, and the Sunday After Supper jam is hosted by the Legendary Cafe Nine All Stars, w/ master of ceremonies Dom Zullo. Go to www.cafenine.com for more information.
Over at Toad's Place in New Haven, tonight brings A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Tomorrow it's Brown Bird and James Maple; tickets for the originally schedule April 9 date will be honored. Wednesday brings Trinidad James, followed by the weekly EDM Night with DJ JiggaWompz & Joey Fedz. Thursday, it's Stalley of MMG and Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond; also playing is Weird Beards; and Washboard Slim & The Blue Lights. Saturday, the Brave Enough Tour comes to Toad's with a special solo performance by Sara Bareilles; this show is sold out. Sunday at Toad's Place, it's the Dillinger Escape Plan, with The Faceless; Royal Thunder; and Xenosis. Go to www.toadsplace.com for details.
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally's, tonight is Jazz Monday, starting at 8, the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Tomorrow at 8, it's Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band working out new material. Wednesday at 8, it's the Blues Jam with Tim McDonald. Then Thursday at 8, the CT Blues Challenge comes to the Sally's stage; it's one of the best blues competitions in the country. Friday at 9, troubadour Peter Karp and blues-and-roots artist Sue Foley come to Blackeyed Sally's. Then Saturday at 9, it's blues artist Roxy Perry's All Star Revue. Go to www.blackeyedsallys.com for details about all acts.
Tomorrow, the annual meeting of the Middlesex County Historical Society features a lecture by Wesleyan professor Lois Brown titled, "So at any cost I will go: 19th-century African-American journeys to the Civil War South. Brown was recently seen by millions as a scholarly contributor and series advisor for the three part American Experience documentary series on PBS entitled The Abolitionists. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. at Congregation Adath Israel, 8 Broad Street in MIddletown. For more information, contact the Historical Society at 860-346-0746.
Also, tomorrow and every Tuesday evening at 7, over at Klekolo World Coffee, 181 Court Street in Middletown, a changing line-up of music is performed.
On Wednesday at noon at the Russell Library in Middletown, a film discussion series called "The Theater...Ah, the Theater," led by film critic and former stage actor Richard Alleva, will focus on the film "Shakespeare in Love," one of four movies in the series that share an awareness of the theater's special magic. Bring a sandwich; the library will serve dessert and beverages. This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library. Go to russelllibrary.org for more information.
Wednesday at 6, the Connecticut Poetry Society holds its monthly meeting in Meeting Room 3 of the Russell Library. The meeting is open to the public. Also at the library, on Thursday at 7 p.m., David Fitzpatrick, the author of Sharp: A Memoir, speaks at Russell Library about his 20-year struggle with bipolar disorder and self-injury. This program is cosponsored with River Valley Services, a community mental health center serving Middlesex County.
Over at Wesleyan's Davison Art Center, on Wednesday, at 5 p.m., an artists' panel made up of Meredith Stern, Marshall Weber and Josh McPhee will discuss "Art and Social Justice." The talk is in conjunction with the Davison exhibition: "Artists Take Action: Protest Posters Today."
Also at Wesleyan, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Eileen Myles reads from her recent work at the university's Russell House, 350 High Street. She has produced more than 20 collections of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, plays, and libretti. A reception and book-signing will follow the reading. For more information, call 860.685.3448 or visit Writing Events at www.wesleyan.edu.
On Thursday at 8 p.m., the Wesleyan Center for the Arts brings "Peony Pavilio," by Tang Xianzu, mixing opera, dance and stylization with contemporary American performance practice, to the CFA Theater.
On Thursday at 7 p.m. at Wesleyan's World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave, the Indonesian Performing Arts & Public Life Symposium opens with an Indonesian puppetry lecture demonstration. Sundanese three-dimensional rod-puppet plays (“wayang golek”) and two-dimensional Javanese shadow-puppet plays (“wayang kulit”) are two of the well-known cultural performances in Indonesia. Kathy Foley, Professor of Theatre Arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Institute of Sacred Music Fellow at Yale University, and Wesleyan University Professor of Music Sumarsam will talk about performance technique and musical accompaniment of the plays. The lecture demonstration will be followed by a wayang and gamelan rehearsal by the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito. A related event on Friday at 4 at World Music Hall is a talk by Kathy Foley about the presence of Southeast Asian puppetry in the West, and a talk by Sumarsam about electricity in contemporary Javanese wayang performance. The Indonesian Performing Arts & Public Life Symposium is part of “Music & Public Life,” a year-long campus and community-wide exploration, celebrating and studying the sounds, words, and spirit of music at the local, national, and transnational levels through concerts, workshops, gatherings, and courses, all designed to cross disciplines.
Thursday night at 7:00 p.m The public is invited to a forum, "Hot Topics in
Higher Education" presented by the Greater Middletown branch of the American
Association of University Women. The 3-member panel will lead the discussion
"Hot Issues in Higher Education," at Wesleyan's Wasch Center on Lawn Ave
in Middletown. Panelists include Sousan Arafeh, Ph.D. Assistant Professor,
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department, Southern Connecticut
State University in New Haven, Sonia Manjon - Ph.D Wesleyan University's
Vice President for Institutional Partnerships and Chief Diversity Officer,.,
and Anna Wasescha, Ph.D former Deputy Director of the National Center for
Technology Innovation. For any further information about the forum, or the
AAUW branch in Middletown call 860 346-0862 or 860 347-4887.
The Meriden Daffodil fest celebrates 35 years this Saturday and Sunday. The
fee annual music festival in Meriden's Hubbard Park celebrates a return or
spring with "food, flowers, fireworks and fun." Amidst the 650,000 blooming
daffodils in Hubbard Park, visitors can enjoy an arts and crafts sale; the
crowning of Little Miss Daffodil; a carnival with Ferris wheel,
merry-go-round, giant slide, pony rides, miniature train; and "Meriden's
Silver Fork," the food tent that houses 50 food vendors all from community
non-profit agencies, each selling at least one unique food item. Saturday
night is capped by a spectacular fireworks display, The event attracts over
100,000 spectators annually. Rob DeRosa, host of WESU's Home grown local
music show on Thursday afternoons, has put together another diverse line up
of entertainment for this year's festival featuring over 30 bands on three
stages. Some of the acts you can find are Frank Critelli, Mark Mulcahy, The
Alternate Routes, The Ivory Bills, Poor old Shine, Orchestra Afinke, River
city Slim, Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, Dan Stevens, and PBS kids songs Steve
Songs plus much more. Details online at http://www.daffodilfest.com
Now let's take a look at cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, "A Place at the Table," a look at food insecurity in America, continues through Thursday. Also featured on Thursday and up through Sunday will be a special exhibition and benefit sale, The Animal Sculptures of Elbert Weinberg. Proceeds will support Real Art Ways Visual Arts programming and the Elbert Weinberg Trust. The opening reception begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Then Friday begins a run of the film "Lore": Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, a staunch Nazi believer, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions. The late show on Friday and Saturday is "Upstream Color." Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. is React/Interact, an interdisciplinary brainstorming experience in which participants from all backgrounds -- tech savvy, artistic, science-minded, or simply curious – become part of the creative process. Registration is limited to just 20 participants; you can register for free by email or phone. Details about that and the rest of the schedule are available at www.realartways.org.
At Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema, tonight and tomorrow bring the Academy Award winning animated anime feature "Spirited Away. Wednesday through Saturday, it's "Spring Breakers," featuring a wannabe rapper played by James Franco. Then Sunday begins a run of the Israeli documentary "The Gatekeepers," radically honest conversations with six retired members of Israel's top secret security force.
Now here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming here on WESU Middletown.
Right after the Jive at 5, from 5:05 to 6, it's Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, a well-rounded jazz show for fans of classic jazz.
Then at 6pm each weekday, it’s Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network, for your evening dose of alternative international news and reporting.
At 6:30 tonight, Michael Benson brings you this week’s edition of 75 % Folk, offering a double serving of contemporary folk and acoustic music with side orders of blues, jazz, world, pop, movie soundtracks, readings and occasional live interviews. Bring a big plate.
At 8pm it’s anvile Isle with Nate for a 90 minute musical monsoon of alternative, blues, dream, funk, hard rock, indie, punk, reggae, surf and world music.
From 9:30-11pm, it’s The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee, bringing you the music of yesterday’s future, today.
Then from 11pm-12am, listen to: It’s About Time! With DJ Meat Pie and SkaBoi-101, a free form show including music from any and all genres, including a heapin' helping of indie, alternative, free jazz, hip-hop, shoegaze, hardcore punk, and contemporary poetry with a new theme weekly.
At Midnight, DJ Mac Taylor presents Imaginary Genres another themed free form show.
At 1am, DJ Sunshine and DJ Thunder present another hour of themed free form music, putting the spotlight on underrepresented music focusing on a new genre weekly.
At 2am Catch our comedy show, The Laugh injection with Willie Zabar and Saarim Zamin.
At 3am DJ Anna Beezy present Coachillin featuring an hour of her favorite bands that have played the legendary Coachella Music festival over theyears.
The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and that’s followed at 5 by Morning Edition from NPR.
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 www.wesufm.org/jive.
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