Good evening! It’s Wednesday, April 30th and 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for tuning in!
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.
You can experience the culture of Java this Thursday, 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.
Green St opens 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 information, visit www.wesleyan.edu/greenstreet.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, Tim McDonald hosts the 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 can be found at www.blackeyedsallys.com
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine tonight, the Connecticut pop band Going Pro takes the stage, along with Grizzly Whale. The Miths, playing Smiths music, are featured on Thursday.
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, tonight 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 catch Cosmic Dust Bunnies, with Indobox, Blessed & Gifted, and Uncle Sonny at 8 p.m. More can be found at www.toadsplace.com
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet at First Church Congregational, 190 Court St., tonight 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 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
This evening, Manic Productions presents Fort Lean, Strange Kids, and Laundry Day at Bar in New Haven for a 10 p.m. show.
Thursday, 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," running 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 tomorrow, 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, brings the 2nd annual Reel Youth Hartford Film Festival, featuring the work of local high school students.
Tomorrow they’ll present New Theater Life’s “King Lear,” the Shakespeare play, and “Concussion,” written and directed by Stacie Passion.
On Friday, Cinestudio screens 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 Wild, Wild, Live with Hibiki and Ethan Hill. A sneak peek into the magical live music scene of Wes. Tune in for in-station sets from campus bands and recordings of up-and-coming artists' campus shows.
That's followed by 30minutes Mind Matters with Doctor E. The show provides information and guest interviews on issues concerning mental illness. The focus is exploring holistic therapies and stories of individual achievement.
At 6:30,it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion for 90 minutes of techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!
And at 8:00, Mike Nyce slows it down a few Beats per minute on The Warehouse. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.
From 9:30 to 11 features the Vault with DJ Anton Banks. One the air since 1996! Anton presents listeners with the very latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house and leftfield mixed live each week. The program regularly features exclusive music and mix sets from international producers and DJs.
at 11pm It’s 75 Years of... For 75 years, WESU has broadcast underground music and under-represented genres. During our 75th Anniversary, this program will feature a different genre or theme each month, with songs chosen by our listeners and staff.
At 12:30 it's Space Music for Space with Cadet Q, bringing to the airwaves an exploration of the final frontier through listening to experimental dance, future beat and out there garage tunes. Join Space Cadet Q as we travel to spaces unknown.
At 1:30 am it's Proof of Concept with DJ JR and DJ Kevin, examining the history of concept albums in popular music and how this type of musical expression influences contemporary artists.
From 2:30 to 4am, stay tuned for Galactic Thematics with Tess and Rohan. Each show's cosmic vision will transgress "genre" itself by focusing around a specific theme. Space facts will be interspersed throughout our intergalactic voyage.
The BBC World News kicks on at 4am followed by Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.
And 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
Thanks for listening! Stay tuned for Wild Wild Live with Hibiki and Ethan Hill.