Good evening! It’s Tuesday, April 15th. 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 our rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.
Here’s our rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.
Tonight at 6 at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown, brings Laughter Yoga with Mimi Claire. Friday, pianist, vocalist and composer Warren Byrd, native of Hartford, now living in Amsterdam, performs. Saturday morning brings Tai Chi, Qui Gong (chi kung) and community yoga to the Buttonwood Tree. On Saturday afternoon from 1 to 3, the Free Poets Collective hosts a lively presentation of music, poetry and an open mic at the Buttonwood Tree. This month features musician Don Lowe and poet Donna Marie Merritt, author of HER HOUSE AND OTHER POEMS and the Poetry for Tough Times series. On Saturday night at 8, Last Fair Deal, a three-piece vocal band, plays an eclectic mix of Americana Roots, Swing and Bluegrass. 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. www.buttonwood.org
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, each Tuesday night, Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece Big-band, works out new material. Wednesday’s blues jam, one of the longest-running in New England, is with Ray Morant. Friday at 9, the Tom Sanders Band takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday at 9 brings JR Krauss & the Shakes. Details at www.blackeyedsallys.com.
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, you can catch Amy LaVere featuring Will Sexton, along with Ponybird. Wednesday at Café Nine, it’s Loner Chic, with Margene Without Borders. Thursday’s show is by Jose Oyola and the Astronauts, with Netherfriends, Elison Jackson and Twin Berlin. Friday’s Weekly Wind-Down Happy Hour at 5 is with Mark Daniel, followed at 8 by The Hempsteadys, with Murphy's Kids. Saturday’s afternoon Jam Session at 4 is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. That’s followed at 9 by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs, with Proud Flesh and Milksop: Unsung. The original Sunday Night Jam Session at 8 features The Langley Project. www.cafenine.com for details.
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place tonight, it’s Escape to EDM: Utopia, along with Alex M.O.R.P.H. and Narga & Bryski. Friday brings The Hold Steady, with Deer Tick, to Toads. Then Friday, it’s Woofstock 2014, presented by Bikers Against Animal Cruelty. Saturday, it’s Mike Stud, with IamG and Jitta on the Track, followed at midnight by The Original Saturday Night College Dance Party. Sunday brings EOTO to Toad’s with live, improvised EDM and V1bes. Details at www.toadsplace.com
Thursday, from 4 to 9 p.m., Wesleyan university Seniors Isadora Dannin and Grace Kuipers in the Art History Program of Wesleyan's Department of Art and Art History will present their honors talks. The location is 41 Wyllis, room 112. More info by emailing email@example.com or calling 860-685-3355. Friday brings a senior music recital by Michael Deck. Titled “"Fascinating Rhythm: Playing with Rhythmic Standards," it’s an exploration of polyrhythmic and shifting pulse/feel perceptions in Ghanaian-drumming-ensemble and Western-rock-band contexts. That’s at 7 p.m. in Crowell Concert Hall. Also on Friday, at 9, there’ll be a senior music recital by Daniel Light. Called "Resonance," it’s an infusion of rock, pop, and jazz with folk music from various cultures. That’s at World Music Hall. Saturday’s senior music recital is by Julius Thor Bjornson and titled “Apropos Space.” It’s an exploration of physical and temporal spaces in harmony, structure and performance. That’s at 8 p.m. in Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel. For info about all recitals, you can call 860-685-3355, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Also here in Middletown on this Friday, at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, 139 Main St. Ext., you can catch vocalist Nekita Waller, and Sunday brings Ol’ School Soulful Sundays. … www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com . That’s scatz with a z.
This Saturday at 2PM, at The East Hampton Public Library, J- cherry and The Strawberries invite you for a funky tour of blues, rock, roots, and poetry. J-Cherry, is a regular performer and open mic emcee at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, and producer and host of VOICE of the CITY airing on WESU Tuesdays from 8-9PM. The East Hampton Library is located at 105 Main Street in East Hampton and The concert is free and open to the public. 860-267-6621
Here in Middletown, The Shaped Note Singers meet every Sunday at 4pm at MAC650 Gallery on Main St. and all are welcome to this singing activity organized by Neely Bruce. 860.343.3239 for details. Stay tuned for an opportunity to experience Live Shaped note singing in the WESU Studios tonight on Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill!
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the New York International Children's Film Festival Animated Shorts run through Sunday. It’s the largest festival of film for children and teens, and stands at the forefront of a movement to define new, more compelling film for kids. There are two programs: Kid Flix Mix, recommended for ages 4 to 8, and Party Mix, recommended for ages 8 to 18. Continuing through Wednesday is “Particle Fever,” which follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collidor, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet. Also continuing is "The Unknown Known" a documentary offering a portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War. Two films open on Friday at Real Art Ways: the romantic drama Just a Sigh, and The Missing Picture — a brilliant documentary about a child who held onto life in Cambodia's killing fields. More at www.realartways.com.
At Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, "The Wind Rises", Hayao Miyazaki's latest anime film, ends its run tonight. Then the rest of the week brings The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese featuring Leonardo diCaprio . Sunday, the documentary Tim’s Vermeer, in which a handy guy with no painting experience tries to replicate one of the brilliant 17th–century Dutch artist’s works to prove he used gadgetry. Learn more at 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? Then advises… 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.
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