Good evening, it's Tuesday, May 21, 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. Thanks for Tuning in. I'm Isabelle Gauthier, and I am Kate Rushin.
One more thing before we get to our rundown of what's happening in the community this week. It may be hard to tell, but you're listening during our spring pledge drive. We've decided to take a subtler approach to fundraising this season -- there is no one manning the phones -- but we still need to raise $15,000 by the end of July. Please go to wesufm.org and click on DONATE NOW. Any amount means so much.
Okay, on with the Jive!:
Here in Middletown at 6 tonight brings Laughter Yoga to the Buttonwood, along with a potluck dinner. Wednesday at 7, it’s karaoke with Deni. Friday at 8, Karl Rausch and the Moments Notice Ensemble plays contemporary and original jazz compositions. Saturday morning at 7:30 brings weekly Quigong (Chi Kung) 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.
Down in New Haven at Toad's Place, Wednesday is the weekly EDM Night. Thursday 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 www.toadsplace.com for details.
Also in New Haven, at Cafe Nine, tonight Manic Productions presents James McCartney; w/ Brian Dolzani; and Alyssa Graham. Wednesday, it’s Jess Klein, with Ada, playing gutsy folk rock. Thursday, 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 www.cafenine.com for details.
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally's, tonight brings Michael Palin's Other Orchestra. Wednesday is the Blues jam with Tommy Whalen. Friday brings Latanya Farrell & Bookman Styles Band to Sally’s. Saturday, it’s Mixed Signals. Go to www.blackeyedsallys.com for more.
Also up in Hartford, on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, it’s “Middletown High School Goes to the Symphony,” a biennial 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 www.middletownschools.org for information.
Also on Thursday, back in Middletown, 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.
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.
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 www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.
On Saturday evening at 7, the Middletown Symphonic Band will perform an outdoor concert at Riverfront Recapture in East Hartford. Go to www.middletownsymphonicband.org for details.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Thursday. 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, tonight is your last chance to see “No”: in which Mad Men meets 1980s-era political repression in Chile. Then Wednesday begins 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. Find show times 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 The Wayfaring Stranger with Lily Myers, bringing the newest and best in contemporary folk and folk-rock from around the country.
And then from 6:00-6:30 is Free Speech Radio News from the Pacifica Network.Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.
That is followed by Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill from 6:30-8:00, an eclectic blend of music with roots influence
J-Cherry the Voice of the City airs from 8:00-9:00 features live local musicians
And then Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat from 9:00-10:30. He writes in, "Ive got a chemical imbalance in my head and a musical library at my fingertips. From krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, Wonderland has a place for it.
Radical Roots with DJ Euphonious and Pitbull Revolution is from 10:30-11:30, presents lo-fi music with a message. Folk, blues, punk, alt-country, and rollicking protest numbers; a mix of handed-down traditional favorites and brand new world-folk numbers.
Followed by Hardly Strictly Bluegrass with DJ Sleepy Girl. The dulcet tones of bluegrass and folk -- just not entirely.
and then 6 Degrees Of Separation with Monica from 12:30-1:30. By connecting various artists to David Bowie in six steps or less we will observe his ubiquitous influence on modern music, as well as explore his many collaborations and influences.
Declan MacManus with International Art Thief from DJ Moe is from 1:30-2:30. Each week portrays a different part of Costello's vivifying and varying musical persona.
and then Romancipation with Dr. Love from 2:30-3:00, with emancipation from the rules of romance. Hear tips on dating, love, all of the above and the songs to go with them.
Search and Recover airs from 3:00-4:00. DJ Cheshire Cat has one song, one hour, and countless interpretations.
until the BBC kicks on at 4, followed by NPR's Morning Edition at 5.
And 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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