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Good evening! It’s Thursday, Jan. 23nd. This is the Jive at Five – our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your listener supported 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!
Okay! Now for our rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.
Here in Middletown this tonight, from 6 to 8 p.m brings the 3rd Annual Gala resident Art Show to One Mac Donough Place in Middletown, the event also features residents reading original poetry, live music, fabulous hors d'ouvres, desserts, coffee and wine. 860-358-5811 for info.
Tonight in Hartford, Middletown’s own Ultimate M.C. El Vee hosts a night of hip hop at Sully’s Pub. Friday night Bragging Rights w/ Sadplant & Two Fisted Law take the Sully’s stage. Saturday brings an appearance by Dirty Sanchez. www.sullyspub.com
at Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight brings Gramatik’s winter tour 2014, with Branx and Gibbz. Friday is the Opus Blizzard B-Day Bash 2014, presented by Mindsnap Music, featuring Alcoholica, Earth, Darkitecht, Nasty Disaster, Kings & Liars, NightBitch, and Curse The Son. Sunday brings Lotus and The Werks to Toad’s. www.toadsplace.com .
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight,brings Grayson Hugh to Café Nine. Then Friday, it’s Tom Hearn, followed by The Dictators NYC and Dead City. Café nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon jazz jam session will be hosted by Tony Dioguardi & Friends. That’s followed at 9pm by the Go Kat Go ! Birthday Bash, with Screamin' Rebel Angels and The Bloodshots. Sunday’s bluegrass jam at Café Nine is with Stacy Phillips, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Morris Trent Band. www.cafenine.com
Back in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, Friday, it’s Cricket Tell the Weather, a five-piece indie string band featuring bluegrass-inspired original music. Saturday morning brings community yoga and an empowerment workshop to the Buttonwood, and then at 8 p.m., Asylum Quartet, four saxophonists performing classical masterpieces, pulsing electronic sounds of minimalism, and euphoric klezmer at breakneck speeds.www.buttonwood.org .
Also in Middletown brings the first in a series of enrollment fairs for folks who are uninsured or underinsured, and unsure about how to apply for the new Health Insurance through CT's Exchange. Staffers of community-based agencies will provide free one-on-one help with the online application process between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street. You must bring copies of last year’s tax return, Social Security numbers for all family members applying, citizenship or immigrant status documents and your most recent pay stub. Can’t make Friday’s enrollment fair? Mark your calendar for two in February, on the 12th and 22nd. If you are interested in attending any of the fairs, call Vicky Lowe at (860) 465-8281 x106.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s Friday, Blues Man -Poppa Chubby, takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday, it’s Ryan Hartt &the Blue Hearts. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Manic Productions brings several shows to nearby venues this week. Saturday at Hamden’s Spaceland Ballroom, it’s a night of Ska with Mephiskapheles, Flip Ya For Real, Inspector 7, and the Hempsteadys.www.manicproductions.com.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At RealArtWays in Hartford, through Thursday you can catch the new documentary, More Than Honey, an informative, and suitably contemplative study of the bee world and the bee-population crisis. Opening Friday and running till the end of January is The Rocket, in which a boy who is believed to bring bad luck leads his family (and a couple of ragged misfits) through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by war, the boy builds a giant rocket to prove he's not cursed and to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: a rocket festival. Saturday, for one matinee showing only, it’s Blue is the Warmest Color, winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes last year. The film centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle, who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love.
Learn more at www.realartways.org
Tonight at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, begins a run of the thriller, Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks. Sunday brings Generation War, part 1 and part 2, a controversial and widely-seen German television miniseries that has finally gotten a film release in the United States. It tells the story of five friends who, on Christmas Eve 1941, celebrate and promise to meet again in one year’s time. It turns into the last moment of their youth, as the war begins, affecting them each in different ways. www.cinestudio.org
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.
Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
Voted #2 Radio Show – Hartford Advocate “Best Of” Poll 2013
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.
Free Speech Radio News
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.
Total Praise with Minister Latrecia
Your Thursday night Gospel music connection! A diverse and inspirational blend of contemporary gospel music to uplift your spirit!
Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
Where hearing is the best experience. A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.
After that at , DJ Otto Nation takes over with a free form mix until BBC .International news coverage from the famous British news network.
We begin tomorrow's broadcast at 5 a.m. with Morning Edition from NPR.
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