Good evening! It’s Tuesday, March 3rd. 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 Tim Blanchette, Thanks for joining us.
Here’s our rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.
Tonight at 8 at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown, hosts Laughter Yoga and a vegetarian pot luck with Mimi Claire. Wednesday brings Kirtan with Shuba la nanda. Thursday is Open Mic Night with Bob Gotta. Friday brings Marci Geller and Stefilia’s Stone to the Buttonwood stage. Saturday morning brings quigong (chi kung), tai chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop. At 7:30 p.m Saturday, Joe Fonda presents the Ninth Annual Composers and Improvisers Festival. 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. Details about all Buttonwood events at www.buttonwood.org
Tonight at 8 p.m. at the Wesleyan Center for the Arts, Brian Parks, class of ’09, will perform organ works at Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown.
Wednesday at 8, the CFA presents the Wesleyan Creative Music Ensemble Concert, led by cornet player and instructor Taylor Ho Bynum, class of ’98. The concert will explore various strategies for the integration of composition and improvisation. It will take place at World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave, Middletown.
More info at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.
Tonight at 7pm, the Middlesex County Historical Society will present The Story of Native American and English Early Encounters with an llustrated talk in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad St., Middletown. For more information, call the historical society at 860-346-0746.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it’s Fat Tuesday, with Rivercity Slim & the Zydeco Hogs. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Ed Bradley this week. Friday brings the West End Blend Record Release Show. Saturday at Sally’s, it’s Gracie Curran & the High Falutin' Band. Details at www.blackeyedsallys.com.
Also in Hartford, at Sully’s Pub, tonight you can catch Pete Scheips. Thursday brings the First Thursday Comedy Series to Sully’s and Friday, it’s Shag Frezy. www.sullyspub.com
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, Manic Productions presents Rathbone, with Streets of Laredo, and The Backyard Committee. Wednesday brings Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols and Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls to Café Nine. Thursday, it’s Orkestar BAM, and The Harris Brothers Balkan Band. Friday at 5, it’s the ARTS ON9 Photo Exhibit Opening, with special musical guests the Furors! The photo exhibit focuses on the early years of punk in NYC and New Haven. Friday night at the Nine, it’s Sarah Borges, and Girls, Guns, and Glory. Saturday afternoon’s jazz jam session is with Gary Grippo and Friends. Saturday night, it’s The Black Hollies, Trummors, and The Mountain Movers. Sunday afternoon brings Liz Wood to Café Nine. Then at 8, it’s the The Original Sunday Night Jam, with the George Baker Band. Details at www.cafenine.com.
On Wednesday night in New Haven, Manic Productions brings Ringo Deathstarr, along with Purple, and Spectral Fangs, to Bar in New Haven. On Thursday, Bowery, in association with Manic Productions, brings the Old Crow Medicine Show, with Carrie Rodriguez & Luke Jacobs to the Shubert Theater in New Haven. Find info at www.manicproductions.com
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Thursday, TDE presents the Oxymoron World Tour, with Schoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad, and Vince Staples. Friday, Twiddle takes the Toad’s stage, along with Mun, and Eggy. Saturday, it’s the Blackout Party, with Psylar, MIXMASTERDJSCIENCE, Zip, Xander, Diatonic, and HighLife. Sunday brings the 19th annual Amity Teen Center Benefit to Toad’s, with Set Sail at Sunrise, Those Guys, Bepo and the Like 12 Experience, Henry Sidle, Keegan Jay, Speed, Attack Memphis, Limitless, and The Foresters. Details at www.toadsplace.com.
At the Russell Library in Middletown on Saturday at 2, the Atwater-Donnelly Duo and sibling band, The Millers, perform traditional American and Celtic folk music and percussive dance. On Sunday at 2 at the library, Durham resident Cindi Pietryzk will lead an illustrated program called Off the Beaten Path, about her exploration of Connecticut. The Friends of the Library book sale will run from Friday through Sunday. www.russelllibrary.org for more information.
Saturday night Joe Flood celebrates the release of 2 new CDs in a show called “Busker Stories, Blues and Brassens” at Lyric Hall on Whalley Ave in New Haven. Joe will be joinedon stage by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Skip Ward, and Special guests Danny Fitzgerald and the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band. www.joeflood.net for info
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At RealArtWays in Hartford, Best Offer, a mystery starring Geoffrey Rush, continues through Thursday, as does The Great Beauty, winner of the Oscar for best foreign film. Opening Friday is: Like Father, Like Son, about the repercussions of two babies being switched at birth. www.realartways.com
At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, The Act of Killing continues through Wednesday. Thursday, Dallas Buyers Club, which won Matthew McConaughey the Oscar for best actor, opens. Sunday begins a run of the 1963 Italian classic Il Sorpasso. 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!