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Good evening! It’s Thursday, Dec. 5th 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. Thanks for joining us!
Here's what’s happening in our area this week.
Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, this evening at 7 p.m., it’s open mic night with Bob Gotta. Friday at 8, it’s Nor’easter Noel Songwriter Sessions at the Buttonwood, a stellar cast of emerging songwriters from the Northeast celebrating the season with original holiday songs as well as classics. Featured performers will be Lara Herscovitch, Lisa Martin, Marc Douglas Berardo and duo Michelle Rubin and Rick Gedney of Open Book.
Saturday morning, it’s Qigong (Chi Kung), Tai Chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop. From 1 to 4 on Saturday, it’s the Free Poets Collective. That’s followed at 8 by trumpeter and vocalist Ricky Alfonso with a showcase of tight, joyful and uplifting jazz music guaranteed to please the well seasoned and casual jazz fans alike.
And 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 vegetarian meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. www.buttonwood.org
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts offers a jam-packed calendar of events this week. Tonight at 7, the Center for the Arts presents Javanese Gamelan at World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave.and at 9, at the Crowell, the Mandé Music Ensemble presents the musical traditions of Mandé (Maninka and Bamana) peoples of western Africa, performing on guitars and ngonis (traditional lutes) under the direction of Wesleyan graduate student Samuel Dickey, class of '14.
Friday evening at 7, the Center for the Arts brings West African Drumming to Crowell Concert Hall, featuring a full chorus and drumming ensemble of students in the "West African Music and Culture" courses directed by Master Drummer Abraham Adzenyah. More info is at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, DrinkDeeply presents The Dialtones and The Royal Swindle. Friday, Sean Conlon performs. And on Saturday, Manic Productions presents The Melodic, with Vikesh Kapoor and Bird Courage. The Saturday afternoon jazz jam is with the Mike Coppola Group. Saturday night, Go Kat Go presents The Throttles and Lynette and the Longshots. Then on Sunday at 8, the Original Sunday Night Jam features the George Baker Band. www.cafenine.com.
Tonight, Manic Productions presents at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden,Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, and Derek Brown. And Sunday, at the Outer Space in Hamden, it’s Frontier Ruckus, with Brother Burnet.www.manicproductions.org
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s,Friday brings Mixed Signals, a 5-piece rocking machine, to Sally’s. Saturday, it’s Mark Mercier & the Big Yams, an evening of swampy New Orleans funk and soul.www.blackeyedsallys.com
Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place this Friday, Shakedown plays The Dead and Beyond, along with Disable Time and Relative Souls.. www.toadsplace.com.
Back in Middletown, on Friday, at the new Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, 139 Main Street Ext., Middletown, Saskia Laroo performs. Saturday brings the Alvin Carter Project to Scatz. www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com
Everyone's favorite Wesleyan band gone wild, MGMT, brings their tour to the Oakdale in Wallingford this Friday, 12/6. Tune in to Homegrown with Rob DeRosa right after the Jive at Five for your chance to win tickets and for live "homecoming" interview with the band on the show that gave them their first radio play EVER! more about the concert online at www.oakdale.com
Saturday afternoon at 2, at the Russell Library, hosts a panel discussion titled, “Mental Health Matters: Living Successfully with Mental Illness,” featuring people who live with a mental health diagnosis, sharing their experiences of Hope in Recovery. The program will include successes in moving from homelessness to independently living in the community, experiences of working in a competitive job, creating and enhancing personal and family relationships and living a life that is thriving and not just surviving. www.russelllibrary.org.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, through next Tuesday you can catch, the documentary “Muscle Shoals” which tells the story of the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative music in American history. The film The Motel Life, about a pair of brothers working odd jobs, drinking hard and drifting from motel to motel, runs through tonight. Opening Friday is Mother of George, an enlightening look at immigrant life in the Crown Heights' Yoruba community. www.realartways.com .
At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, tonight Out Film CT’s First Thursday series presents C.O.G, based on an essay by David Sedaris. Friday begins a two-day run of Rush, director Ron Howard’s take on Formula One racing. And Sunday begins a run of the 1956 French classic, Pig Across Paris, a dark comedy set in WWII Paris during the German occupation. www.cinestudio.org
In Hartford, Cinema Symphonic is a new film series being offered by HartBeat Ensemble at the Carriage House Theater. The series will begin with the silent film Metropolis with original music composed and performed by Hartt School of Music students. Composers Jake McSheffrey and Evan Cogswell have written musical composition for two violinists, a cello and a piano. Metropolis opens December 5 – 7th at 360 Farmington Ave, Hartford. Every performance will begin at 7:30pm. More information and reservations can be made at 860-548-9144 or at www.hartbeatensemble.org.
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