Tuesday, April 29, 2014

04-29-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Tuesday, April 29th. 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.

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.
Tonight, here in Middletown, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts invites you to hear the Collegium Musicum perform at Memorial Chapel at 7:30 p.m., offering vocal and instrumental pieces from the medieval through the Baroque periods.

You can experience the culture of Java on Thursday, May 1st, with a Javanese gamelan performance in Wesleyan’s World Music Hall at 7 p.m.  This concert includes a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble.
On Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. a showcase of performances by student choreographers highlights the Spring Dance concert in the Patricelli Theater.  Also on Friday, May 2nd, the Taiko Drumming Ensemble performs both traditional and contemporary rhythm works at 9 p.m. in Crowell Concert Hall. 

You can find all the details of these CFA events and more, including Senior Thesis performances. online at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.

The Green St. Arts Center in Middletown offers a Visual Arts Workshop for teens and adults, on Leonardo da Vinci tonight at 6:30pm. Green St open their May art exhibit on Thursday featuring the art of Windsor painter Catherine Doocy who brings her show “Transitions,” a collection focusing on landscapes and the science of memory.  For more, visit www.wesleyan.edu/greenstreet.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, Tuesday nights you can catch Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece big-band, working out new material. Wednesday night Tim McDonald hosts Black Eyed Sally’s weekly blues jam. Thursday night the Connecticut Blues Society continues their Blues Competition. Friday night they offer Dave Keller, winner of the Best Self-Produced CD award for 2012, playing soul and blues. Dave Keller is a Wesleyan Alum who was a music director at WESU during his time at Wesleyan. Saturday night award-winning blues artist Roxy Perry takes the Sally’s stage. More at www.blackeyedsallys.com   

Tonight down in New Haven, at Café Nine, you can catch the electronic anthems of Crunk With, and the post-punk electronic pop music of If Jesus Had Machine Guns, at 9 p.m.  On Wednesday night the
Connecticut pop band Going Pro takes the stage, along with Grizzly Whale.  The Miths, playing Smiths music, are featured on Thursday, May 1st. On Friday, the official New England Brewing Co band, Useless Degree, will be on during Brew On9, when you can sample craft and home brews while visiting businesses in New Haven’s Historic 9th Square Neighborhood, from 6 to 8 p.m. Later Friday night they’ll have singer/songwriter Milton on stage at 8 p.m., followed by the rock band Eurisko and singer/songwriter K. Bestia at 10. Saturday, Café Nine’s weekly Jazz Jam session at  will be hosted by Mike Coppola and Friends, and Saturday night’s Killer Glam/Rock and Roll show at 9 p.m. will feature Prophets of Addiction, The Erotics, and Switchblade Serenade.  On Sunday,  the Mystic Blues Festival presents the All Star Blues Jam in support of the Center for Hospice Care at 4 p.m., followed by Greg Sherrod’s Blues Boot Camp at 8 p.m. For details go to www.cafenine.com

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tomorrow/Wednesday brings All Time Low  *** Man Overboard, and Handguns to the stage at 8p.m  On Thursday, Toad’s offers “Bass Off 3”:  a Local EDM DJ Battle with a variety of performers.   On Friday you can c atch Cosmic Dust Bunnies, with Indobox, Blessed & Gifted, and Uncle Sonny at 8 p.m.  www.toadsplace.com
Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet at First Church Congregational, 190 Court St., on Wednesday night at 7pm. Partners not necessary but soft-soled shoes are! 860-347-0278
This Month at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown,   you can catch WESU’s own host of Acoustic Blender, Bill Revill’s artwork on display in a show called “Down by the Sea.” With an opening reception on Saturday at from 4:00 - 5:30.
At 7:00pm  Thursday Bob Gotta  hosts his longstanding Monthly acoustic open Mic event. That’s followed by “Dance la Vie” at 9:00 with DJ Basil playing classic rock and contemporary tunes.   On Friday Hartt School of Music Guitar Department will perform at 8 p.m., playing a variety of works for guitar, viola, and flute.
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, Turkish-born jazz guitarist and composer Sinan Bakir performs tunes with a blended jazz/rock style.

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, The Buttonwood Tree features the Mike Lorenz Jazz Trio at 3 p.m. followed by  the “Great Make Believe Improv Show”  at 7 p.m. featuring the live performances of
improvised theater.  More at www.buttonwood.org

On Wednesday, Manic Productions  presents  Fort Lean, Strange Kids, and Laundry Day at Bar in New Haven for a 10 p.m. show.  Thursday May 1st, Manic presents Deerhoof, Awkwafina, and Celestial Shore at The Space at 8 p.m., and Friday brings Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, Empires, and Kate
Myers at the same venue, also at 8 p.m. On Saturday Manic helps presents the Fauxchella CT Indie Music and Art Festival, starting at 2 p.m. at the Space in Hamden with performances by Kung Fu , Pissed Jeans,  MC PAul Barman,  MC Paul Barman, The McLovins, Political Animals, Ports of Spain, The Morning on Fire, The Vespers Nine and a bunch more CT acts. Details online at  For more, visit www.Manicproductions.org.  
Wesleyan Potters presents “Black and White: A Members Show," opens Wednesday, April 30 and runs through June 22. The show features unique handcrafted clay, jewelry and fiber with a black and white theme. The opening reception is Thursday, May 1st ,  from 5 pm  to 7 pm.   More info about gallery hours can be found online at  www.wesleyanpotters.com

Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on Thursdays in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library On Saturday at 2 the program is “In Retrospect:  Short works of the last 50 years by Barry O’Neal,” a presentation of short vocal and chamber works by that New York Composer.  www.russelllibrary.org, or call (860) 347-2528.

This Saturday, Gee Records presents The Legends, Beats, & Grooves festival, celebrating the roots of hip hop culture at Sound Spectrum / Club Lucent in Wallingford from 1-6pm. The event features living legends Grand Wizard Theodore (who invented the DJ scratch technique),  Rob-Swift (of the legendary  X-Ecutioners), Grandmaster Supreme, Billy Busch, and Middletown’s own DJ N-E-B.  all flexing their turntable skills.   Plus there will be a screening of the new documentary film, The legend of the Skull Snaps (about one of the most sampled tunes of all time). For info and details you can call 203-265-9796 or visit www.soundspectrumevents.com
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 "Nymphomania Volume I" and "Volume II," . Friday Real Art Ways kicks off a 4-day run of two films:  “Mamele and Cohen on the Telephone,” a 1938 short sound comedy directed by Joseph Green, and  “Alan Partridge,” a British comedy starring Steve Coogan and Colm Meany, and directed by Declan Lowney.  www.realartways.org

Tonight, at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, they conclude their run of “The Last of the Unjust,” a shorter version of Claude Lanzmann’s documentary of the Holocaust.  Wednesday brings the 2nd annual Reel Youth Hartford Film Festival, featuring the work of local high school students. 
On Thursday May 1st they’ll show New Theater Life’s “King Lear,” the Shakespeare play, and
“Concussion,” written and directed by Stacie Passion.  On Friday May 2nd they screen all five films nominated for the 2014 Oscars in the Short Film category at 7:30 p.m.  Saturday at 2:30 they offer all five entries into the 2014 Oscar category for Short Film Animation. Next on Saturday they’ve got
the third annual Trinity Film Festival, a red carpet event featuring short films by student filmmakers, followed by a reception and awards ceremony. Doors open at 4:30.  Sunday May 4th brings back the New Theater Live’s King Lear film, and “The Great Beauty” at 7:30, the 2014 winner of the Academy
Award for Best Foreign Language Film.  Details 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

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