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Good evening! It’sThursday, Nov. 21st and this is the Jive at Five - our 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 weeknights 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.
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.
Here in Middletown, tonight at 7 at the Russell Library, Randi Oster, a leading speaker on health reform, will talk on The Affordable Health Care Act: What You Need to Know Now. Oster is the Consumer Advocate for Connecticut’s Health Exchange and is certified by the State on the Affordable Care Act and insurance products. She will be answering questions such as: What are the top 10 changes I need to know about? How much will the new insurance cost? What is the penalty if I don’t purchase insurance? Will my Medicare deduction change? To register for the free program, call the Russell Library Information Department at 860-347-2520 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
At the Buttonwood Tree Friday at 8, classical pianist Jacob Smullyan will return to the Buttonwood in a program including one of Beethoven’s earliest masterpieces, the Sonata in E flat Opus 7, and one of Schubert’s last, the c minor Sonata, D958. Also, on the program will be works by Webern and Brahms. Saturday morning, it’s Qigong (Chi Kung), Tai Chi and community yoga. And Saturday night at 8, Joe Fonda joins with jazz legend Harvey Sorgen and the “Mexican Guitar Wizard” Omar Tamez for an evening of jazz, blues, Mexican folk music and everything in between. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm, as Rumpus, an invitation to express the rhythm inside you, takes place inside. All are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the Food Not Bombs vegetarian meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. Sunday afternoon at 2:30 John Basinger performs from Book 11 of Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost. Books will be provided to follow along with. www.buttonwood.org
On Friday, Sez Zion performs at the new Middletown venue, Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, on Main Street Extension. Saturday brings a performance by Nu Groove to Scatz stage. www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com for info.
Also on Friday at 7 p.m., Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts presents Music from East Asia, featuring Wesleyan’s East Asian Ensembles presenting a variety of musical styles and repertoires from East Asian cultures. That’s at Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue.
On Saturday, the Center for the Arts presents Gamelan—Classical Music of Central Java, featuring an orchestra of bronze gongs, xylophones, drums, strings and voices, at World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave. And Sunday at 3, the World Guitar Ensemble Concert, featuring a variety of world music, comes to World Music Hall. www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.
On Saturday at 7 p.m, then again on Sunday at 4, the Greater Middletown Chorale presents ZIMRIYAH! A Festival of Jewish Choral Music, at Zion Lutheran Church, 183 William Street, Portland. No need to be Jewish to enjoy this eclectic program of gorgeous, whimsical, and mystical melodies drawn from a repertoire that spans several centuries. www.gmchorale.org.
Saturday at 8PM The Tom Sanders Band at Cypress Restaurant 1265 S. Main St. Middletown.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s,Friday, the Kortchmar/McDonald Band, featuring famed session musician Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar, who worked with such singer-songwriters as David Crosby, Carole King, Graham Nash, Carly Simon and James Taylor to help define the signature sound of the ‘70s, takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday, it’s bluesman Tas Cru at Sally’s. www.blackeyedsallys.com.
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, the Café Nine Jazz Series features the Kevin St. James Band.
And Friday, the Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour at 5 p.m. features DJ Dave Coon. That’s followed at 9 by Goodnight Blue Moon, Great Elk, and The Naked Stills. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band, followed at 9 by the New Haven CD Release Show of The Spampinato Brothers, with special guests The Zambonis. Sunday afternoon’s Bluegrass Jam is with Stacy Phillips. Then at 8, it’s The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Morris Trent Band. www.cafenine.com.
Also in New Haven at Toad’s Place, tonight Asterisk Concerts brings the Event Horizon Tour to Toad’s, featuring MiMOSA, with Keys ‘n Krates, BOGL, and BIG I.C. On Sunday, the Party with Your Friends Tour features Hoodie Allen, OCD Moosh & Twist, Mod Sun, and D-Why. www.toadsplace.com.
Manic Productions brings several shows to nearby venues, Friday, River City Extension, with Elison Jackson and Johnny Mainstream, play The Space in Hamden. Saturday’s Manic Production presents Kevin Devine and The GD Band, with Now Now and Harrison Hudson, at The Space. www.manicproductions.com
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, La Camioneta, continues through tonight. This is a film about what happens to the decommissioned American school buses sent to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected. Also playing through Thursday at Real Art Ways is: "Escape from Tomorrow", called a "descent into the grotesque extremes of a Disneyfied society… a daring attempt to literally assail Disney World from the inside out." Opening Friday and running into next week is Broadway Idiot, which follows Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong from a punk rock concert at Madison Square Garden to the opening of his musical, American Idiot, on Broadway - only ten blocks away, but worlds apart. www.realartways.com.
At Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, tonight through Saturday at Cinestudio, it’s Austenland, a new romantic comedy. Starting Sunday and running through Tuesday, it’s Russian Ark, called an amazing technical tour-de-force: the entire film, shot inside St Petersburg’s Hermitage art gallery, is done in a single take by incredible Steadicam operator Tilman Büttner, (Run Lola Run). www.cinestudio.org.
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.
Your Thursday night Gospel music connection! A diverse and inspirational blend of contemporary gospel music to uplift your spirit!
Where hearing is the best experience. A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.
Welcome to hip hop kitchen where you’ll hear african, jazzy, soulful, upbeat hip hop and rap mixed with food news, recipes, reviews, tips, tricks, fun facts. basically food to eat while you listen.
Each episode DJ Vegetable sits down with a pair to talk about their relationship, how they know each other and what they are doing in Middletown. We might even listen to some of their favorite music, or have them pick out a new release.
The Underdogs Edge will feature local hip hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists normally not played on the radio.
A mercurial mixture of pop music and poetry, cavorting the ley lines of the human voice. Step outside the Dr. Luke degeneration into the magnificent streets of the city where the ravings of mad poets and mods dissipate into a smoky rain spilling down on an ocean of umbrellas.
Gram Parsons, the fast-living godfather of country rock n' roll, had a radical vision of the music that originated in the country of his roots. Country, soul, fuzzed-out rock; to him it didn't matter, it was all the music of cosmic America. This show will explore the music Parsons made, loved, listened to, and influenced, from the Louvin Brothers to Natural Child.
The best of the bands that have played at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.
Featuring music from the British Invasion to the present, each show will focus on one British city or region, mixing genre and time period.
Sad pop songs with a different title-based theme every show, with a focus on experimental pop, chamber pop, and Kate Bush.
Diecast features an element of spontaneity. Your favorite DJs, Ser Platypus and DJ Dat Anark, have compiled playlists from a variety of different genres. On air, we'll conduct a die-toss, and let fate decide what we'll be sonically entertaining you with each show. Special focus will be brought to skating and anti-authoritarian culture.
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