Good evening! It’s Monday, April 21st. 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.
Tonight, beginning at 7:45 p.m. you can participate in Moments of Gratitude at the Buttonwood Tree to build positive energy and encouragement. This is followed at 8 by "Anytning Goes" Open Mic. On Tuesday April 22 catch Sarah's Bush's workshop "To Sell or Not to Sell," which explores ways to overcome obstacles artists face when marketing their work. Friday April 25 brings Singer/Songwriters Hugh Birdsall and Arlene Wow, who showcase acoustic versions of their original songs with violinist Dana Takiki. They've been playing music in Soutneastern Connecticut for decades.
Saturday morning at the Buttonwood there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, and community yoga. Saturday evening at 8 p.m. At 10:30 a.m. Annaita Gandhy, a Spiritual and Holistic Healer, will present the workshop "Aligned with Source." At 8 p.m. enjoy Jussi Reijonen:Un, a group of musicians blending American and Scandanavian jazz with the folk music of the Middle East and Africa.
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
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s brings the Hartford Jazz Society’s weekly Jazz Monday event, featuring the Nick Roseboro Quartet. On Tuesdays, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday night Tommy Whalen hosts Blackeyed Sally’s weekly Blues Jam. Thursday night the Connecticut Blues Society hosts a Blues Competition. Come and see four or five bands compete for a chance to represent CT at the finals in Memphis.Friday night presents the Truck Stop Troubadours, with classic sounds of country music. Round out the week on Saturday night with Boston-based vocalist and harmonica player Diane Blue. blackeyedsallys.com
Tonight down in New Haven, at Café Nine, you can catch The Fist Full of Comedy Series. Tomorrow night you can catch the Supersuckers and the Hulls. Wednesday night at Café Nine brings the Johnny Thunders Memorial event featuring Buzz Gordo, Byl Cote, Stephen ZOUL Ellison, and more.
Thursday night The Independents take the stage at Café P – PUS and Big Mark T & The Double Barrels open that show. Gary Heriot take the Café nine stage Friday afternoon. Later Friday night you can catch Rizzo’s Dilemma. Dirty Sanchez, and Off the Dome. Saturday, Café Nine’s weekly Jazz Jam session will be hosted by the George Baker Band. Saturday night, The Split Squad featuring members of Blondie, Fleshtones and Plimsouls will on stage as the Split Squad. The six Pack Dutchman opens that show. Sunnday afternoon Stacy Phillips hosts a bluegrass jam. www.cafenine.com.
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight you can hear Rohn Lawrence & Friends for a night of smooth jazz in Lilly's Pad. Tuesday features Stephen "Ragga" Marley, and onFriday night catch Max Creek on the stage at Toads. On Saturday night stop in to "The Original Saturday Night College Dance Party." Sunday night features "The Both" with Aimee Mann & Ted Leo. www.toadsplace.com.
Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet at First Church Congregational, 190 Court St., Wednesday night at 7pm. Partners not necessary but soft-soled shoes are! 860-347-0278
The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate has guided tours of it's Beaux Arts mansion
every Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Wednesday here in Middletown, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts invites you to experience a 10 year retrospective drawings by artist and professor, Julia Randall. Randall will give a talk on titled “Mouth as Muse” at 5pm Wednesday in Wesleyan’s world music hall. Thursday, Brings the a Javanese gamelan performance featuring vocalist, Peni Candra Rini to the World Music Hall at 8pm. Friday and Saturday the CFA Spring the Faculty Dance event, “Threshold Sites: Feast” exploration of the relationship between body/self, home/community, and environment/ecosystem through the lens of food. The Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, directed by Adjunct Professor of Music Jay Hoggard ’76, and the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jazz Ensemble Coach Noah Baerman, will perform programs of classic jazz compositions at the opening event of the 13th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend on Friday night at Crowell Concert Hall. Saturday brings a performance of the Oliver Lake Big Band. The CFA has lots in store this week with these events and more including The Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Piano recital on Saturday and Senior Thesis performances. You can find all the details online at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
Tonight Manic Productions presents the Pizza Underground Late Show, by popular demand at the Space in Hamden. Hear Velvet Underground songs rewritten to be about pizza by a band fronted by child film star gone wild, Macaulay Culkin. Tuesday the 22nd features Hellogoodbye and Vacationer at The Space, and Courtney Barnett in The Ballroom, along with Eternal Summers and Violent Mae. On Wednesday night, Manic presents Jounce and Lord Fowl at the Ballroom in Hamden. Or catch Dustin Wong, Child Actor, and Landing at Bar in NewHaven. Thursday night features Baths, Young Fathers, and Pl Morris at The Space, and on Saturday see Andrea Gibson and Jesse Thomas there. Also on Saturday, Neil Hamburger, Major Entertainer Mike H, and Dan Rice perform at The Ballroom. www.Manicproductions.org
Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on Thursdays in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library On Saturday, come for Aaron Krerowiza's multimedia presentation "The Beatles' Alter Ego, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" at 1 p.m. www.russelllibrary.org (860) 347-2528
The Vintage Players marks its 20th anniversary with the award winning play, "Dancing at Lughnasa," on Wednesday, April 25 through Friday the 27th at the Green St. Arts Center in Middletown. This beautiful play is a ssemi-autobiographical reminiscence of the impact of change on the lives of five sisters and their family in a rural Irish community during the summer of 1936.
The Hartford Public Library presents Emery Austin Smith in it's Baby Grand Jazz series this Saturday, April 27 at 3 p.m. Or check out their ongoing exhibit, "The Way We Worked," created by the Smithsonial Institution, until April 23rd. It documents 130 years of changing work life in America. For the fashion-oriented, there's also an exhibit of Beatrice Fox Auerbach's garments and personal items. She was the owner and CEO of America's privately owned department store, G. Fox & Co. All at Hartford Public Library’s Downtown Branch, 500 Main St., Hartford. www.hplct.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut: Through Thursday, Real Art Ways in Hartford, continues their run of “Just A Sigh," a romantic drama directed by Jerome Bonnell. Or choose "The Missing Picture," a Grand Prix Winner at Cannes and Oscar nominee for best foreign film, a brilliant documentary about a child who held onto life in Cambodia's killling fields. Friday through Sunday brings "Nymphomania Volume I" and "Volume II," a film about the memories of a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who's taken into the home of an old bachelor. www.realartways.org
Tonight and tomorrow, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, concludes their run of "Tim's Vemeer," a documentary of inventor Tim Jenison's effort to recreate a painting masterwork using optical tools. Wednesday Cinestudio kicks off a run of Disney's "Frozen," winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Picture and Best Original Song. It's based on Hans Christian Anderson's classic story of The Snow Queen, and runs until Saturday. Sunday brings "The Last of the Unjust," a shorter version of Claude Lanzmann's documentary on the Holocaust. . www.cinestudio.org.
Now, let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.
Right after the Jive at Five, Stick around for afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry for an hour of classic Jazz.
At 6pm stay tuned for Real Talk with Jonathan Spira featuring interviews of professors from the Connecticut area, from Classics and the Humanities to Sciences and Mathematics.
At 6:30 75 % folk with Michael Benson for 3 hrs of folk, jazz, blues, world music and more.
8pm, when Lord Lewis, The Velvet Knight brings you 90 minutes of Funk soul and international grooves on The Rumpus Room.
From 9:30‑11pm stay tuned for The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee for the sounds of yesterday’s future today!
At 11pm it’s Girl Power Hour with DJ Jeffrey and DJ Moe for an hour spotlighting Chicks with Picks and licks.
At midnight Dr. Love and DJ Smooth dish out the love advice on Romancipation.
At 12:30 DJ Willie Zabar presents an hor of comedy on The Laugh Infection.
From - 1:30 am -2:30 its Good Times with MKC, Omardaslayer, and djspecialk.
Followed by Free Association with DJ Robin Hood from 2:30‑4am
The BBC kicks world news comes your way 4am and Moring Edition from NPR kicks off our broadcast day tomorrow at 5am.
And that’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you di dn’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.
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Now, stay tuned for afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.