Good evening! It’s Tuesday, March 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. 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 Tuesdays, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece “big band”, works out new material. Sally’s long running weekly Wednesday night Blues Jam is hosted by Tim McDonald this week. Friday night you can catch the country sounds of the Charlie Allen Band at Sally’s. Saturday night Mark Mercier & the Big Yams make for an evening of swampy New Orleans funk and soul. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Tonight Down in New Haven, at Café Nine tonight, there’s an early 7pm show with Stacy Phillips and his Bluegrass Characters followed by a 9:30 pm curtain for a bill featuring The Winchester Local, Carly Howard, and Xavier Serrano at Café Nine. Wednesday night you can catch a triple bill featuring Planeside, Big Mark and the Double Barrells, and Kev King. Thursday night Telecaster slinger Bill Kirchen plays a solo show. Greg Trooper opens that one. Friday brings mountains of the Moon to the nine for an early 5pm show. After that the nine is closed for a private party. Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam session at the Nine will be hosted by Billy Cofrances this week. Saturday, you can catch a free show featuring Ceschi, Louis Logic. Gregory Pepper and his problems, Ecid, DJ Mo Niklz and more. Sunday brings a Bluegrass Jam with Stacey Phillips at 4 followed the The Sunday night Jam with the Cobalt Rhythm Kings by www.cafenine.com.
Tonight Manic Productions Presents: Typhoon, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, and Wild Ones at the Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Wednesday night Manic presents DTCV (ex-Guided by Voices) Spaceships, and Oughts for a free show at BAR in New Haven. Manic presents Dead Rider (ex-US Maple), Florida=Death, Space Orphans, and Phemale at the outer Space Thursday night and Little Daylight, Terraplane Sun, and Flagship at the space on Friday night. www.manicproductions.org
Wednesday at 7:00pm, The Buddhist Film Festival continues at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown with The documentary “Souls of Zen – Buddhism, Ancestors, and the 2011 Tsunami in Japan”. Friday, there will be a Closing Reception for the “Through Her Eyes” Collective Women’s Art Show from 4:30-6:30pm. Friday night Singer Songwriter, Kerri Powers celebrates the release of her new CD.
Saturday morning at the Buttonwood there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, community yoga, and more. Saturday afternoon at 1pm, the Free Poets Collective the International Arts project, “Woman Scream” which has its origins in Dominican Republic and is part of that country’s celebration for National Woman Month. Saturday evening at 8 p.m. The Buttonwood presents a night of Jazz with Jen Allen and her ensemble. 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. More at www.buttonwood.org
Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place Thursday night, there’s a Dub-Step EDM party featuring over 8 DJs. Friday night Shakedown plays the Grateful Dead and beyond at Toad’s. Sunday night, Dance Hall Reggae sensation, Mr Vegas bring his new tour to the toad’s main stage www.toadsplace.com
This week brings the first of a few opportunities to participate in WORKSHOPS that are part of Wesleyan’s Living in Song residency with Members of the legendary vocal group, Sweet Honey in the Rock. Workshops begin tonight and continue through Thursday from 7pm-9pm. this week and for the next three weeks! This culminates with a free SHOWING Thursday April 17 at Crowell Concert Hall.
Thursday through Saturday Wesleyan University Center For the Arts presents: The 28th conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States.
There are also several opportunities to experience Wesleyan Senior Arts Thesis shows and performances this week. You can find details for all of these events online at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
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
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 (860) 347-2528
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut: This week, Real Art Ways in Hartford, continues their run of “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me”, a documentary using rare archival footage and cinema verite to chronicle the life of the 87-year-old Broadway legend. Friday there will be a screening of Maiden Trip, telling the story of a 14 year old girl who sails around the world alone. This weekend Real Art Way’s begins a run of New York International Children's Film Festival Animated Shorts
Tonight, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, concludes their run of the Belgian film Broken Circle Breakdown. Tomorrow/ Wednesday Cinestudio kicks off a run of American hustle. www.cinestudio.org.
And now here's a run down of tonight’s programming, here on WESU Middletown.
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 bring you entertainment industry news, deliver predictions, review new movies and shows, and interview industry professionals.
Todays show features an exclusive interview with actor, Bradley Whitford!
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, new-grass, 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!