Good evening! It’s Tuesday, April 22nd. 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.
2014 marks 75 years of alternative music, public affairs, and community service for WESU. Look for information on special programming and events and support this great community resource online at www.wesufm.org
I'm Marianne O’hare – Thanks for joining us.
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.
Tonight,at the Buttonwood Tree Here in Middletown, you catch Sarah's Bush's workshop "To Sell or Not to Sell," exploring ways to overcome obstacles artists face when marketing their work. Friday brings Singer/Songwriters Hugh Birdsall and Arlene Wow who will showcase acoustic versions of their original songs with accompaniment by violinist Dana Takiki.
Saturday morning at the Buttonwood there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, and community yoga, and a holistic healing workshop. At 8 p.m. Sat night, Jussi Reijonen:Un blend 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, on Tuesdays, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece big-band, works out new material. Wednesday night TommyWhalen 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. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Tonight down in New Haven, at Café Nine, 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. Sunday afternoon Stacy Phillips hosts a bluegrass jam. www.cafenine.com
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Tonight you can catch a night of authentic Reggae music with Stephen Marley, son of the Legendary Bob Marley. Friday night, Max Creek takes the main stage at Toads. 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 of 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 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” explores the relationship between body/self, home/community, and environment/ecosystem through the lens of food.
The Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, directed by Jay Hoggard, and the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, directed by 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 more in store this week, with these events and more, including The Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Piano recital on Saturday as well as Senior Thesis performances. You can find all the details online at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
Tonight Manic Productions presents Hellogoodbye and Vacationer at The Space in Hamden, as well as Courtney Barnett in The Spaceland Ballroom, along with Eternal Summers and Violent Mae. Tomorrow/Wednesday night, Manic presents Jounce and Lord Fowl at the Spaceland Ballroom and in addition to Dustin Wong, Child Actor, and Landing at Bar in New Haven. Thursday night Manic presents Baths, Young Fathers, and Pl Morris at The Space, and on Saturday Manic also brings Andrea Gibson and Jesse Thomas to the same venue. Saturday night Manic presents Neil Hamburger, Major Entertainer Mike H, and Dan Rice at The Spaceeland 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 thier 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 semi-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. You can find the Vintage players on Facebook for more info.
The Hartford Public Library presents Emery Austin Smith in their Baby Grand Jazz series this Saturday, at 3 p.m. The Libraries "The Way We Worked," exhibit created by the Smithsonial Institution, concludes tomorrow. It documents 130 years of changing work life in America. For the fashion-oriented, they’ve got 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, 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, here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU.
Right after the Jive at Five, Stick around 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.
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? Then states: 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!