Good evening! It’s Tuesday, Feb. 18th. 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 Marianne O’Hare producer of Conversations on Heath Care, Wednesdays at 4:30pm.
Now for our rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.
In light of the winter weather - we recommend checking with venues for cancellations before heading out.
Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown, brings Laughter Yoga with Marie Claire. Wednesday’s Family Film Night offering at the Buttonwood is the documentary “Ryan’s Well,” an uplifting and encouraging story for the whole family about a young boy and his determination to bring fresh drinking water to an African village. Friday at the Buttonwood, there will be a CD release party for the acoustic duo BluesGrass. Saturday morning brings quigong (chi kung), tai chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop. At 8 p.m Saturday., the Dan DeChellis trio plays original jazz compositions. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm; all are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. At 3 on Sunday afternoon, the 2014 CT Youth Poetry Slam Tryouts take place at the Buttonwood Tree. Contestants must be between 13 and 19 years old to compete to join the OneWordCT National Youth Poetry Slam Team. Details about all Buttonwood events at www.buttonwood.org.
Tonight at 7, the Middletown Historical Society presents the Story of Cuban Underground Freedom Fighters. Author Victor Triay, the son of Cuban exiles and a Middlesex Community College history professor, will speak about how he came to write a series of books on the subject and his experience of researching them. The program will take place in the Hubbard Room of the Russell Library. Learn more information by calling the Historical Society at 860-346-0746.
Also tonight, at 8, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents Trio Da Kali -- Traditional Music from Mali. That’s at CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace. Information can be found at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa or by calling 860-685-3355.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Tuesday night’s, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Tommy Whalen. Friday brings Jen Lowe and the Sensitive Dudes. Saturday, Bob Margolis Blues Band & Friends take the Sally’s stage. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine tonight, Drink Deeply presents Catalina Gonzalez, Ponybird, Sean O'Reilly, Ben Mikula, and Ben Erickson. Wednesday, it’s The Royal Din, Shawn Taylor, and Wandering Roots. Thursday, Manic Productions presents Two Cow Garage, Canvas, and New Year's Revolution. The Friday happy hour at Café Nine is with Victor Roland, followed at 9 by Atrina, Beasty, and New Turks. Saturday’s Jazz Jam session at 4:30 is with the George Baker Band, followed at 8 by Mission O and The Simple Pleasure. Sunday’s Bluegrass Jam at 4 is with Stacey Phillips, followed at 8 by the Original Sunday Night Jam with the Morris Trent Band. www.cafenine.com
Tonight at The Space in Hamden, Manic Productions and The Arc Agency Present: Reggie and The Full Effect with opening acts Dads, Pentimento, Night Owls Tomorrow Manic presents Cults and Mood Rings at The Space as well as a free show at Bar in New Haven featuring: Cheap Time, Estrogen Highs, Narcisister, Worn Leather, and DJ SWAY. www.manicproductions.org
Tomorrow/Wednesday at 2 p.m., The Arts Stakeholders Group meets in the Hubbard Room of the Russell Library in Middletown. This monthly meeting is open to any artist, arts organization, creative business, concerned advocate, etc. On the agenda: a continuing discussion of the statewide CreateHereNow program, the state of the arts in Middletown, a report by the artspace subcommittee, coordination of upcoming calendars of events, public art in Middletown, the role of the Stakeholders, and more. If you are not presently a "member" of the Arts Stakeholders Group and are interested, please contact WESU's own Stephan Allison, City Arts Office Coordinator (and ASG facilitator) by phone at 860.638.4510, or preferably, by email at email@example.com to learn how to join in the discussion.
At Middlesex Community College’s Founders Hall tomorrow/Wednesday, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a reception for Karen Bartone’s “Tondo Art: An Intimate Exhibition of Miniature Paintings,” which employ the traditional round panel format and the Italian Renaissance combination of oil paint and gold leaf. There will also be a reception, in Chapman Hall, for Perry Obee’s “Stacked Space,” featuring paintings of precariously stacked books and other objects. Details about both shows and their receptions can be had by calling 860-343-5806 or by emailing curator Matthew Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Wednesday, it’s Zach Deputy and Big Something. Friday brings Winter White, featuring Tommy Two Times and Joey Fedz. Friday, Afton presents Keeping Company, Aye-Jay, Negative Three, Foxes in Sockses, Orice Jenkins, Cheem, MyOhMy!, Eli Cannon, and J-$wag General. Sunday, Toad’s Place, in association with Manic Productions, brings “Into It. Over It”, along with “The World is a Beautiful Place”, “A Great Big Pile of Leaves”, “Old Gray”, and “Ovlov”. www.toadsplace.com
On Thursday at 7 p.m., the Art Guild of Middletown will offer a rescheduled demonstration by Keiji Shinohara, a master of Sumi-E Art (Japanese brush painting) and printmaker. The event will be held at The Middlefield Federated Church in Middlefield. More information by emailing Eva Dykas, at email@example.com or by calling 860.508.4852.
At 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, back by popular demand after its sold-out January run, Circus in Wonderland will be performed at the Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington St., Middletown. This fast-paced, 45-minute show is performed by the talented teens of Circophony, a collaboration between the Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater and Artfarm. Circus in Wonderland explores the magical world of Alice in Wonderland through the joy and spectacle of circus, with juggling, unicycling, clowning, and acrobatic feats. More information is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Oddfellows Playhouse at (860) 347-6143.
Now here's a rundown of some cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At RealArtWays in Hartford, Oscar-nominated shorts programming – both live action and animated – continues through the end of the month. Also, tonight, tomorrow (Wednesday), it’s The Girls in the Band, about unsung female jazz artists of the ‘30s and ‘40s. Friday brings Best Offer, a mystery starring Geoffrey Rush. And Saturday brings a one-time showing of How to Die in Oregon, about physician-assisted suicide. www.realartways.com
At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, Rebel Without a Cause continues through tomorrow. On Wednesday, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom opens and runs through Saturday. Sunday, Visitors, by the director of the Koyaaniqatsi trilogy, with music by Philip Glass, opens for a three-day run. www.cinestudio.org .
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU:
Right after the jive at Five stay tuned for Explorers Hour with DJ Pickup Sticks for an hour of indie pop rock and experimental music.
At 6pm, stay tuned for The Production Report with Kiley and Allis, who will report some entertainment industry news, deliver predictions, review new movies and shows, and interview industry professionals.
Bill Revill is in the chair for a 90 minutes of Americana roots music on Acoustic Blender at 6:30
J-Cherry and the Strawberry’s host an hour of live local arts and entertainment from 8-9pm.
At 9pm DJ Cheshire Cat offers presents a free form music show called, Wonderland.
At 10:30-catch This Southbound Train with Mary Barrett for bluegrass, newgrass, and other acoustic sounds.
At 11:30pm Young & Restless with DJ Sleepy Girl asks: You know what the Midwest is? Plunge in dressless, young and reckless, shun the feckless. Run and catch this dumb and fretless fun-filled funk that’s swung with less stress. Hold your questions: only yeses. Come and get it.
At 12:30am Theme Party with Peninz and Stormin’ Norman is a radio show centered on a specific idea, time period, region, or subgenre every week.
At 1:30 Excursions on a Wobbly Rail with DJ Shoelace, DJ Sandwich, and $pace Cadet will discuss a person/animal/phenomenon/historical event and play music tangentially related to the subject.
From 2:30-3:30 Carpe Noctem with “DJ Struggles” and “DJ Animal Ad” is where music meets the real world. The program will present a variety of music accompanied by commentary on related social affairs (both historical and contemporary).
From 3:30-4am its How We Met the Mother with Mizael Robledo features the diverse music that is background to the story of the television show, How I Met Your Mother.
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 www.wesufm.org/jive
2014 marks 75 years of alternative music, public affairs, and community service for WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at www.wesufm.org
Now stay tuned for Explorer’s hour with Pickup Sticks!