Good evening! It’s Wednesday, Feb. 26th 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanks for tuning in!
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.
Tomorrow 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, 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, is the Wednesday’s Blues Jam 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
Tonight 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
Tonight, 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
Tonight, 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 tonight 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 tonight. 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, 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 stay tuned for Wild, Wild, Live with Hibiki and Ethan Hill. A sneak peek into the magical live music scene of Wes. Tune in for in-station sets from campus bands and recordings of up-and-coming artists' campus shows.
That's followed by 30minutes Mind Matters with Doctor E. The show provides information and guest interviews on issues concerning mental illness. The focus is exploring holistic therapies and storis of individual achievement.
At 6:30,it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion for 90 minutes of techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!
And at 8:00, Mike Nyce slows it down a few Beats per minute on The Warehouse. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.
From 9:30 to 11 it's NE Tempo with DJ Berk. Serious turntablism - dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live
at 11pm It’s 75 Years of... For 75 years, WESU has broadcast underground music and under-represented genres. During our 75th Anniversary, this program will feature a different genre or theme each month, with songs chosen by our listeners and staff.
At 12:30 it's the Chillin' Factory with Noah G. and DJ So Fresh So Clean. Quality hip hop analysis and dissection invariably favoring and promoting music which provides the best human interpretation for the Platonic form of "chill"..
At 1:30 am The Jangle Power Pop Hour with Adriana, playing music ranging from the 1960's bands that helped develop the genre to artists of the early 2000's that carried on their legacy; a focus on music from the past.
From 2:30 to 4am, stay tuned From A to B with Ali and Ben; DJs individually choosing the first and last songs of the show and collaboratively building the set around connecting the first and last songs.
The BBC World News kicks on at 4am followed by Morning Edition from NPR 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 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
Thanks for listening! Stay tuned for Wild Wild Live with Hibiki and Ethan Hill.