Good evening! It’s Tuesday, Feb. 25th. 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 Ben Michael – Thanks for joining us.
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.
Here in Middletown tonight at 8pm, in Wesleyan’s Beckham Hall, “Touch Tones, TVs, and Time: An Elegy for Debased Media” is an evening length work by Wesleyan Professor of Music Ronald Kuivila for singing and speaking voices, live electronics, and various media past their prime.
Thursday night Wesleyan Center for the Arts: presents a Graduate Recital for Gabriel Kastelle who invites “friends, singers, veterans of Sacred Harp, Billings, and Neely Bruce Bill of Rights” for a community sing along as part of this performance.
The CFA presents the Thesis Theater Production—“A la ronda/To the circle”, directed by Claire Whitehouse that is an English-language adaptation of testimonies by mothers’ of those who disappeared under the rule of the Argentine Dictatorship from 1976-1983. The production asks: Where is there a place to mourn in a society that refuses to acknowledge that the dead ever existed? On stage at Wesleyan’s 92 Theater this Thursday through Saturday.
Friday Night at 7pm Nate Respasz presents his Musical Senior Thesis recital entitled “Some Drums” in Wesleyan’s Crowell Concert Hall.
This Friday and Saturday Wesleyan’s Art History Program hosts a two-day symposium on architectural palimpsests, which opens with a keynote lecture by F. Barry Flood on Friday evening and continues all day on Saturday, with twelve papers delivered in four thematic sessions. More online at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight’s bill features Violent Mae, Elison Jackson, and Titanics. Wednesday night Manic Productions presents Sera Cahoone, Toy Soldiers, and The Lawsuits at Café nine. Friday brings a night of Hip Hop to the Nine featuring “Sketch tha Cataclysm”, DJ Mo Niklz, and Old Self. Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam session at will be hosted by Mike Coppola this week. Saturday night Thinman Records presents The Downbeat 5, The Manchurians, and Big Fat Combo. Sunday brings 10,000 blades, Make it up, and Gregory McKillop to The Nine www.cafenine.com.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Tuesday nights, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Tim Mcdonald. Thursday night, Louisiana roots man Tommy Malone takes the Sally’s stage. Friday night Dana Fuchs (sounds like Fewks) for a night of soulful rock and blues. Saturday, southern blues man, Tinsley Ellis, takes the stage. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Wednesday at 7:00 The Buddhist Film Festival continues at The Buttonwood with “Words of My Perfect Teacher.” Saturday morning at the Buttonwood there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, and community yoga. Saturday afternoon at 1pm, the Free Poets Collective gathers featuring Glastonbury’s Meeting House Poets performing to jazz and music from the American song book. Saturday at 8 p.m. La Hot Jazz takes the stage for a night of sophisticated Jazz.
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. Later Sunday evening from 7-9pm, you can catch some creative and funning improve comedy with The Great Make believe Society. During February you can see "The Middle Towner" exhibit of stick figure drawings by drawings by Fred Carroll and Ebony Milling. More at www.buttonwood.org
Thursday night Toad’s Place, in New Haven presents Dopapod, Lespecial, and The Bobby Paltauf Band. Shakedown plays The Dead and Beyond at Toads Friday night. The Mushroom Cloud and The Great Blue open that show. Sunday, Dweeezil Zappa offers an intense guitar master class clinic during the day before his band Zappa Plays Zappa brings their Roxy and Elsewhere 40th anniversary tour to the main stage. www.toadsplace.com
THE GREATER MIDDLETOWN CONCERT ASSOCIATION presents a night of music at Church of The Holy Trinity on Main St in Middletown Saturday night at 7:30 featuring mezzo-soprano D’ANNA FORTUNATO accompanied by PETER H. BLOOM on flute and MARY JANE RUPER on piano and harp. http://www.greatermiddletownconcerts.org/ for ticket info
The CT Poetry Society Middletown Chapter holds its meetings on the last Wednesday of every month. The meetings are open to the public and take place at: 6 p.m. in The Russell Library’s Meeting Room 3 you can RSVP to Pamela: firstname.lastname@example.org or 860.563.5761
Wednesday night, Author, music and cultural critic, syndicated columnist, novelist and biographer Stanley Crouch, will be reading selections from his latest book KANSAS CITY LIGHTNING, The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker at Russell Library
Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on Thursdays in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library www.russelllibrary.org
Wednesday night The Middletown Commission on the Arts February meeting happens at 7 pm in Room B-19, of the City of Middletown’s Municipal Bldg., 245 Dekoven Drive. The public is welcome to attend.
Manic Productions Presents: Milagres, Plume Giant, and Ports of Spain for a free show at BAR in New Haven Wednesday night at 9:00 pm. Friday Manic productions Presents Touché Amoré, mewithoutYou, Seahaven, and Caravels at the Heirloom Arts Theatre in Danbury, CT. www.manicproductions.org
Scatz restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main Street Extension in Middletown hosts a monthly night of open-mic Spoken Word poetry this Wednesday. Friday, Scatz presents an evening of live jazz with vocalist Theresa Wright. http://www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com That’s scatz with a “z”
Wesleyan Potters hosts an opening Reception for their new Student Exhibit- Thursday, February 27, 5pm –7pm. the exhibit will be on display from February 26 – March 16. It he Gallery Shop. www.WesleyanPotters.com
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
RealArtWays in Hartford, continues their run of Oscar-nominated live action and animated shorts through the end of the Month. This week Real Art Ways is also showing, “The Best Offer” , which has been described as a sumptuous and entertaining mystery of passions, neuroses and intrigue. Friday Night RAW opens a run of the new Italian Film, The Great Beauty, a 2014 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. www.realartways.org
Tonight, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, ends their run of Visitors. Wednesday Cinestudio kicks off a run of Nebraska, taking viewers on a poignant, humorous father-and-son road trip through the Midwest. Sunday evening Cinestudio begins a run of “The Act of Killing” . Cinestusio also host’s the National Theaters’s live stage production of War Horse, this Thursday at 2pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:30. www.cinestudio.org.
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU..
Right after the Jive at Five, Stick around for Explorers’ Hour with Pickup Sticks for a show that aims to take you places that you’ve never been before! Venture into the infinity of the unknown via a synthesis of science, spoken word, and a lot of indie popular music.
At 6pm stay tuned for The Cultural Variety Show with Ting.
From 6:30-8pm Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill presents an eclectic selection of Americana, country, folk, folk-rock, bluegrass, acoustic, blues, Celtic, old-time, singer-songwriter and other music that has a roots influence. Tonight, Eben Pariser of Roosevelt Dime and Goodnight Moonshine, and Molly Venter, also of Goodnight Moonshine and Red Molly, will be Bill's special guests live in the studio.
At 8 The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry invite you for an hour long live spotlight of local Connecticut arts and music.
At 9pm Bill Revill fills in for DJ Cheshire Cat and you'll get some more roots and Americana music.
From 10:30-11:30pm The Wayfaring Stranger with Lily Myers presents contemporary folk, folk-rock, bluegrass, and Americana from around the country.
At 11:30 it’s Young & Restless with DJ Sleepy Girl.
From 12:30-1:30am, Songs Without Words with Jacob Feder presents an eclectic mix of instrumental tunes from jazz to folk to electronic and back again.
From 1:30-2:30am The Scene with DJ Zach Ezer who checks out a new music scene each week.
From 2:30-3:30am it’s DieCast with DJ Scarecrow.
From 3:30-4am 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.
The BBC kicks world news comes your way 4am and Moring Edition from NPR kicks off our broadcast day tomorrow at 5am.
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.
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
Thanks and stay tuned for Explorer’s hour with DJ Pickup Sticks.