Good evening! It’s Tuesday, March 11th. 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.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Tuesday evenings Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18 piece big band works out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam will be hosted by Brandt Taylor this week. Friday brings Paul Gabriel to the Sally’s stage. Saturday, Jeff pitchell and Texas Flood Return to the Black Eyed Sally’s stage. Details at www.blackeyedsallys.com.
Down in New Haven tonight, you can catch The Keys and Lauren Farrell at Cafe Nine. Tomorrow/Wednesday brings a night of OUTLAW COUNTRY wth Lorin Walker Madsen & the Hustlers. Dave Hill opens that show. Thursday, Food Will Win the War, Ultrabunny, and The Mendition of The Quay take the Café nine Stage. . Friday at 5, Lonesome Bill Calash plays a set then later at 9pm, you can catch Run Jenny, an explosive, all-female, pop/alternative rock infused band. Saturday afternoon’s jazz jam session is with Tony DioGuardi and friends this week. Saturday night, Manic Productions Presents: Xenia Rubinos, An Historic, & Olive Tiger. Sunday afternoon brings a St. Patricks Day Parade Party featuring King Sickabilly & His Full Moon Boys to Café Nine for a 4pm show. Then at 8, it’s The Original Sunday Night Jam, with the Langley Project. Details at www.cafenine.com.
Tomorrow/Wednesday night, you can catch an Evening Oasis Belly Dancing presentation at The Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown. Thursday The Buttonwood hosts The Writers out loud poetry and Proes open mic. Friday night Hannah’s filed brings their unique “gypsy reggae” sound to the buttonwood. Saturday morning brings quigong (chi kung), tai chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop. At 7:30 p.m Saturday, night Sean Clapis plays jazz guitar at the Buttonwood. 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 evening also brings the monthly Poetry potluck event to the buttonwood tree. Details about all Buttonwood events at www.buttonwood.org .
Middletown’s MAC650 Gallery invites you to Get Animated! During an animation workshop at the gallery Wednesday night at 6pm. All skill levels are welcomed. Participants will learn to Work on some hand drawn, cut out or stop motion animation. http://www.mac650.com/
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet at First Church Congregational in Middletown
This Wednesday, at 7:00 pm offering classes for beginners/experienced dancers. Partners not necessary but soft-soled shoes are. Call 860-347-0278 for info
Scatz restaurant and Jazz lounge on Main St Ext in Middletown hosts an open mic on Wednesday and features The Alvin Carter project for a night of Jazz Friday night. Saturday Scatz presents comedy and the Basically Blues Band. http://www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com
Also on Wednesday, at 9pm Manic Productions brings White Hinterland and Mission Zero , at“Bar” down in New Haven. On Thursday, Manic presents Moonface ( w Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade / Sunset Rubdown) plus Saltland, and Violent Mae in The Ballroom at The outer Space in Hamden. Find info at www.manicproductions.org
Author, Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on Thursdays at Russell Library. www.russelllibrary.org
The Art Guild of Middletown welcomes Contemporary Impressionist Leif Nilsson to present a demonstration of his techniques this Thursday at the Middlefield Federated Church at 7pm. contact: Eva Dykas at email@example.com for more info
The Riverwood Poetry Series, continues this Thursday, March 13, at 7pm with
Ginny Lowe Connors (Poet Laureate, West Hartford ) & Jonathan Gillman (Greater Hartford Academy of The Arts, Theater Department). Featured readings are followed by an Open Mic. Come early to sign up. The readings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., Hartford (right down the street from Union Train Station). There is plenty of free, on-site, secure parking.
Admission is free and everyone is welcomed. Donations greatly appreciated.
They also accept donations of non-perishables and canned-goods for The Crisis Food Support Program of Asylum Hill Congregational Church. More online at www.RiverwoodPoetry.org,
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At RealArtWays in Hartford, The Great Beauty, winner of the Oscar for best foreign film continues through Thursday. Like Father, Like Son, about the repercussions of two babies being switched at birth also continues this week through Thursday. Tuesday night The Science on the screen series features Backdraft. The new Romanian Drama Child’s Pose opens on Friday www.realartways.com
At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, the 1963 Italian classic Il Sorpasso concludes its run tonight. Tomorrow/Wednesday Cinestudio begins a run of The Cohen Brothers Film, Inside Llewyn Davis www.cinestudio.org for info
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 an early start to tonight’s episode of Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill featuring 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.
At 8 The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry invites you for an hour long live spotlight of local Connecticut arts and music.
At 9pm DJ Cheshire Cat brings you an extended edition of his program Wonderland, a free form music show featuring something for everyone until 11:30pm when DJ Otto nation presents a free form mix of music until
The BBC kicks world news comes your way 4am. Moring Edition from NPR kicks off our broadcast day tomorrow at 5am.
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.