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Good evening! It’sThursday, Feb. 6th 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.
At the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown, the February art show is "The Middle Towner," featuring stick-figure cartoons by Fred Carroll and Ebony Milling. Drawn exclusively with a Pilot pen on recycled paper, this show is a “snapshot” style depiction of day to day life in the “The Big M." . Tonight it’s acoustic open mic night with Bob Gotta.Friday brings Oberon Rose, playing psych folk/rock, to the Buttonwood, and Saturday, there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop. Saturday at 8 p.m., the Tekalli Duo, a brother and sister with Japanese and Libyan roots, presents “Reimagine," a performance of original and classical works on violin and piano. 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. Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Buttonwood, there will be an artist's reception for "The Middle Towner" exhibit of drawings, also featuring “The Art of Clean” by The Mattabesset Broom Club. More atwww.buttonwood.org
Tonight at 5 at the CFA Hall, The Davison Art Center presents a talk by Wesleyan French professor Stephanie Ponsavady. Titled “Driven by Desire: French Automotive Designs and Greater France," it focuses on French car culture and its relationship to the colonies throughout the 20th century.
Also on the CFA schedule, on Sunday at 3 p.m., is the inaugural concert by the Wesleyan Consort, an instrumental and vocal ensemble composed of Wesleyan faculty and invited guests. The works range from early classics to contemporary compositions More info at the Wesleyan.edu/cfa website.
Info about all Wesleyan events can be found at www.wesleyan.edu
Tonight A select group of young choir singers from Chorus Angelicus have been invited to sing with the famous modern Irish group, Clannad, for their performance at the Ridgefield Playhouse tomorrow. Tickets are still available at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. Learn more about Chorus Angelicus at chorusangelicus.org. For more information, contact (860) 496-8841.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, Saturday, it’s the Australian vocalist and blues guitarist Anni Piper, along with guitarist Brent Johnson.www.blackeyedsallys.com
Also in Hartford, at Sully’s Pub, tonight the First Thursday Comedy Series to Sully’s. And Shag Frenzy is at Suly’s. Saturday brings Snuffbox. And Sunday is the electric open mic night. www.sullyspub.com
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight Sam Fermin, and The Teaspoons is sold out. Friday it’s Eddie Clendening and the Blue Ribbon Boys; Saturday’s Jazz Jam session at 4:30 is with Gary Grippo and Friends, followed at 8 by a Benefit for JDRF Walk to Cure diabetes, with The Vultures, the Clams, and the Hulls. Sunday’s Original Sunday Night Jam at Café Nine is with the George Baker Band. www.cafenine.com.
In New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Friday, it’s the Cosmic Dust Bunnies, with Jimkata, the Mantras, Balkun Brothers and Father Time. Sunday brings Emancipator Ensemble , featuring a live band and a new large-scale video show, as well as Odesza and Real Magic. www.toadsplace.com
On Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., there will be an opening reception for the Wesleyan Potters' gallery shop’s show, “Hartford Art School: Dirty for a Reason," an exhibit of work by University of Hartford ceramics faculty and majors. www.wesleyanpotters.com
The Middletown Art Academy will host its 2014 spring Free Open Door and Open Studio on Saturday, between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., with the various time slots devoted to participants’ age groups. Light healthy snacks, organic teas and beverages will be offered.www.middletownartacademy.com has the schedule.
Also on Saturday, at 1:30 p.m., the Art Guild of Middletown will present a rescheduled showing of the film "Camille Claudel," in the Hubbard Room of the Russell Library, 123 Broad St. The film recounts the troubled life of French sculptor Camille Claudel and her long relationship with legendary sculptor Auguste Rodin. www.middletownartguild.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At RealArtWays in Hartford, Oscar-nominated shorts programming – both live action and animated – continue through the end of February; Saturday, it’s "Psychedelic Cinema," in which Super 8 films that were shot between 1967 and 1969 – basically, a swirl of colors, lights, and images – are projected in the style of the live light shows that were a fixture of concerts in the 1960s.www.realartways.com
At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, starts a run of "Blue is the Warmest Color," winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes last year. Sunday, a run of "Philomena," nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, begins. www.cinestudio.org
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU, as we launch this season's new schedule.
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.
Words with Abigail Joella Shneyder
Tune in as slam poets perform live in the studio and talk about their work.
(1,3,5) The Movement with DJ Danni and DJ Aissa
Two Black Girls spinning discs and talking about the things we care about.
(2,4) Call it Anything with DJ Skim
Call it anything profiles improvisational music of various traditions that transcend the bounds of genre categorization. Strong emphasis on live recordings.
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.
(1,3,5) UnderCover with Rebecca Seidel
Bridging genres and generations, UnderCover explores the concept of inspiration through imitation.
(2,4) Muffin Top Colony with DJ Zing and DJ Vegetable
Muffin Top Colony is your place to discuss and listen to your favorite things: muffins and groovy tunes. There will be surprises. There will be recipes. There will be fun for the whole muffin-loving family.
(1,3,5) The Hip-Hop Kitchen with Alex and Jake
Welcome to hip hop kitchen where you’ll hear african, jazzy, soulful, upbeat hip hop and rap mixed with food news, recipes, reviews, tips, tricks, fun facts. basically food to eat while you listen.
(2,4) Live From The Paris Hotel with Grover Cleveland Jr. aka DJ Goat
A mercurial mixture of pop music and poetry, cavorting the ley lines of the human voice. Step outside the Dr. Luke degeneration into the magnificent streets of the city.
(1,3,5) Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam
The Underdogs Edge will feature local hip hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists normally not played on the radio.
(2,4) MidniteMunchiez with DJ Gus Lo
Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving.
(1,3,5) Pop! Goes My Heart with Ian
Sad pop songs with a different title-based theme every show, with a focus on experimental pop, chamber pop, and Kate Bush.
(2,4) Army of Me with DJ Dora
The music that influenced and was influenced by the Riot Grrl sound of the 1990s, focusing on strong female fronted bands, with an emphasis on pop, rock and electronic music.
(1,3,5) Your Turn with Rachel Day
Each episode, a different guest will chronologically share songs that were fundamental in shaping who they are.
(2,4) Teen Angst with The Kaiser and DJ LT
Discussions about the harrowing, confusing aspects of coming of age, with an indie/alt/pop-punk soundtrack. Listeners are invited to recount highlights and embarrassments of their adolescence.
(1,3,5) #burnnotice with DJ Sabatoge
Underground HIP HOP, 90's Hip Hop 80's HIP HOP influenced show. Interviews with upcoming artists on local and national scale. Your mom's favorite radio show!
(2,4) The Weather Overair with Evan Bieder
social justice radio: “A dream you dream alone may be a dream, but a dream two people dream together is a reality.” – Yoko Ono
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