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Good evening, it's Thursday, May 23nd 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 J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY, Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. WESU is now recording our live stream! Visit wesu.org archives to hear VOICE of the CITY, and other great shows recorded here on WESU! And Thank you for voting WESU Number One College Radio in the Hartford Advocate Readers Poll! Thanks for tuning in.
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Tonight in Middletown, the Oddfellows Playhouse presents “Hear What's In The Heart - A Shoemaker's Tale,” a theatrical family portrait celebrating the life of an Italian grandfather from Middletown. The show’s creator, Stephen Scionti, plays all eight characters, including some Middletown fixtures whom longtime local residents may recognize. The show will be performed every Thursday through June 20.
up in Hartford, on tonight at 7 p.m. at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, it’s “Middletown High School Goes to the Symphony,” a bi-ennial event in which students in the concert band, string orchestra and concert chorus perform side-by-side with the professional musicians of the Hartford Symphony. Tickets are still available. Go to middletownschools.org for more details.
Down in New Haven at Toad's Place tonight is the Ultimate Local Showcase, with Round 3, Dexter, Drawing a Blank, The Foresters, The Yogibros, If Not for Dreaming, Big Charlie’s Rubber Band, Chaser Eight, Auburn Row, Deception Fades, Branchwater, Loki, Terra Firma, and Rockerific. Friday brings Talib Kweli, Cory Mo, and Jus & Company with special guest Sotorios of Political Animals; plus, The Shift. Saturday brings the Reggae Springfest to Toad’s, with I Anbassa, B-plus, Gnostic Roots, All Good Feel Good Collective, I Am Natty Congo and the Kronic Band, and BruckHeart. Sunday, Styles P performs. Go to toadsplace.com for more details.
Also in New Haven, at Cafe Nine, tonight JEFF the Brotherhood plays, along with Hunters and Lemuria. Friday’s happy hour is with Sal Paradise, followed by Broken; w/ Tomb & Thirst; and Anu. The Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by George Baker. Then Saturday night, it’s The Morning on Fire; w/ Milksop: Unsung; and Kindred Queer. Sunday’s Bluegrass jam 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 cafenine.com for more information.
Back in Middletown at the Buttonwood Friday at 8, Karl Rausch and the Moments Notice Ensemble plays contemporary and original jazz compositions. Saturday morning at 7:30 brings weekly Quigong (Chee Gung) to the Buttonwood, followed by community yoga. Saturday night at 8, the South Carolina Broadcasters bring their harmonies and acoustic music to the Buttonwood., And, of course, on Sunday, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree. You're invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church on Court Street. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found at buttonwood.org.
On Friday at 6 p.m., Middlesex Community College hosts an opening reception for its annual Arts and Media Festival, showcasing the most accomplished projects produced by the school’s humanities division students. In addition to the student film and multimedia projects screening, student art works will be displayed throughout the Jean Burr Smith Library, Pegasus Gallery and the Niche.
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally's, Friday brings Latanya Farrell & Bookman Styles Band to Sally’s. Saturday, it’s Mixed Signals. For more information, go to blackeyedsallys.com.
Over at Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon at 2, there will be an opening reception at the Zilkha Gallery for the graduating seniors’ thesis artworks in this showcase of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media and architecture. For more information, visit the CFA website at wesleyan.edu/cfa.
On Saturday evening at 7, the Middletown Symphonic Band will perform an outdoor concert at Riverfront Recapture in East Hartford. You can get more information on this event at middletownsymphonicband.org.
Sunday morning at 9 – and every last Sunday morning of the Month – have breakfast while enjoying the music of The Rusted Keys, an acoustic duet. They play at BrewBakers, 169 Main Street, Middletown.
On Sunday afternoon, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Shaped Note Singers Meet at the MAC650 gallery on Main Street. Shaped notes are a music notation designed to facilitate congregational and community singing. The notation, introduced in 1801, became a popular teaching device in American singing schools. Potluck follows the singing. Bring a dish to share. Contact Neely Bruce email@example.com for further information or directions.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut.
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” a post 9/11 story in which conflicting ideologies have the power to determine life or death, continues through tomorrow.
Then Friday begins a run of “Molly's Theory of Relativity,” a sexy, funny, surreal, and devastating portrait of a beautiful twenty-eight-year-old astronomer who, having unexpectedly lost her job, is poised to make perhaps the first reckless decision of her life.
Also opening Friday at Real Art Ways is “Gimme the Loot,” in which Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teenage graffiti writers from the Bronx, hatch a plan to get revenge on their rivals by tagging an iconic NYC landmark, but they need to raise $500 to pull off their spectacular scheme. Go to realartways.com for details.
Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, is a run of “Quartet.” Dustin Hoffman’s first film as a director is set in a home for retired singers and musicians, as they prepare for their annual benefit operatic concert. You can find show times at cinestudio.org.
And now here’s a run-down of what's on the air here at WESU, 88.1 FM in Middletown:
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