Good evening! It’s Tuesday April First, normally I'd be bringing you our daily jive at Five community calendar but today it is with great sadness that I report to you that WESU's recent application to renew our broadcast license with the FCC was denied. The FCC cited that WESU's programs have been polluting the public airwaves for long enough. Apparently, unbeknownst to us, WESU was issued a fine 3 years ago citing programs like the Bauer hour, Democracy now, Alternative Radio, and other WESU public affairs staples were eroding the veil of truth that keeps Americans in virtual shackles complacently accepting the media status quo as truth. Had the letter informing of this infraction not been lost in the University mail system, WESU might have had our day in court. At this point we were given the choice of paying $75,000 in fines, legal counsel, and associated surcharges.
In light of this, I am sorry to say... Happy April Fools Day. In reality, I am happy to report that the FCC actually just renewed the WESU broadcast license, so we can continue to wreak havoc on the public radio airwaves for another 8 years!
Tonight at 6 at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown, brings Kirtan with Shubalananda. Thursday’s monthly Open Mic Night with Bob Gotta begins at 7:30. Friday at 8, Danny Fitzgerald and the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band takes the Buttonwood stage, offering romping versions of classic Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey blues. Saturday morning brings Quigong, tai chi, and community yoga to the Buttonwood Tree. Saturday afternoon, there’ll be an artist’s reception for Sheila Margaret Mullen’s exhibit, “Structured Chaos: Assemblage Collage.” Then Saturday night at 8, it’s rockabilly time with The Whiskey Rebels. 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 evening at 7, it’s the Great Make Believe Improv. Details about all Buttonwood events at www.buttonwood.org
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Tuesday nights, Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece big-band, works out new material. Wednesday’s long running blues jam is with Gene Donaldson, this week. Friday at 9, Neal Vitullo & the Vipers come to Sally’s. Saturday at 9 brings the Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase to the Blackeyed Sally’s stage, featuring four premier harmonica virtuosos, backed by the jump blues trio The Eric Ducoff Band. Details at www.blackeyedsallys.com.
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, you can catch Antique Scream with Orb Mellon and Food. Tomorrow/Wednesday, it’s K. Bestia, with Mercy Choir and Matt Jaffe. Thursday brings Run Boy Run, with Dr.Caterwaul's Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps. Friday’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour is with Sean Conlon. That’s followed at 8 by the CT Rollergirls Fundraiser with Chaser Eight, Bragging Rights, Nasty Disaster and Rusty Things. Saturday’s jam session at 4:30 is with The Morris Trent Band, followed at 9 by the New Haven Record Release for “Frost,” with Daphne Lee Martin, Elison Jackson, and Amy McCarley. Sunday’s Blues Boot Camp at 8 is with Greg Sherrod. Details at www.cafenine.com
Wednesday, at 6 p.m., at the Russell Library, there will be a 'Natural Remedies for Common Ailments' workshop, in which herbalist Lisl Meredith Huebner will share plant-based recipes for such routine conditions as colds and flu, minor injuries and chronic aches, sleeplessness and stress, and even age-related decline. Saturday morning at 10 at the Russell Library, Judith Margolin, former executive with the Foundation Center in NYC, will present a workshop offering advice and resources for the individual grantseeker.. A light lunch will be provided, and there will be networking afterward. Register by calling the library at 860 347 2520. More info about all programs can be found at www.russelllibrary.org.
Wednesday afternoon, the Wesleyan University Center for the Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition will feature work by seniors in Wesleyan’s art and art history program. The reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace. Thursday at 8 p.m. brings the Spring Senior Thesis Dance, in which Wesleyan senior choreographers present a collection of new works as the culminating project of the dance major. That’s at the Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street. Friday, there will be two senior recitals. The first, at 7, is by musician Tennessee Mowrey. Titled “Actualizing Time,” it will take place at at Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave. The second music recital, by Noah Rush, is titled “Shoestrings,” and will take place at 9 p.m. at Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street. Saturday at 7 p.m. brings “Highway Alive: A Concept Album,” a recital by senior Lindsay Schapiro, to World Music Hall, 200 Church Street. More info about all the recitals can be found at the www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.
Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Wednesday night brings the Museum of Consciousness Tour, with Shpongle and Desert Dwellers. Thursday brings Dirty Heads, with The Burning of Rome and Remember September. Friday at Toads is a Tribute to Sublime, with Badfish, Something Simple, Balcony, and Anchors Away. Details at www.toadsplace.com.
Manic Productions presents Ovlov, LVL Up, Disco Doom, and Bad History Month Wednesday in New Haven, at Bar,. www.manicproductions.com
Friday morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Connecticut Native and Best-selling Author Beverly Donofrio will deliver the keynote address at Middlesex Community College’s Women Students’ Forum in Chapman Hall. Donofrio will talk about the meaning of healing through writing, a process she experienced in three memoirs, including “Riding in Cars with Boys.” Reservations are required for this free annual event, and can be made online at http://mxcc.edu/event/womensforum.
On Friday evening at 7:30 and on Saturday and Sunday afternoon at 2, the Jr. Rep Production at Oddfellows Playhouse is “Buccaneers,” about young Enid Arabella who longs for adventure and escape from her family’s poverty. She runs away and is captured by a pirate king and his crew of kidnapped children. More info at www.oddfellows.org.
Also in Middletown on Friday, at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, 139 Main St. Ext., Out the Box performs. On Saturday, it’s MD111. ... And Sunday brings Ol’ School Soulful Sundays. www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com . That’s scatz with a z.
Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the Greater Middletown Concert Association brings the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra to the MHS Performing Arts Center, 200 LaRosa Lane, Middletown, to perform “Ellis Island: The Dream of America,” a multimedia production with live narration by actors, and images from the Ellis Island archives. More info at www.greatermiddletownconcerts.org.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut: Through Thursday, Real Art Ways in Hartford continues its run of “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me”, a documentary that chronicles the life of the 87-year-old Broadway legend. Also running through Thursday is “Maiden Trip,” telling the story of a 14-year-old girl who sails around the world alone. Friday, “Particle Fever” opens. The film follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation as they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe. Then Saturday and Sunday, it’s the New York International Children's Film Festival Animated's Shorts. . Check out the full line-up at www.realartways.org
At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, April in Paris, a week-long festival of French and Francophone films, continues. Tonight, it’s Yeelen. Wednesday, it’s The Rabbi’s Cat. Thursday is Holy Motors. Friday is Barbarella. Saturday’s matinee is City of Lost Children, followed at 8 by Mars et Avril. Sunday, it’s an encore presentation of Alphaville. Visit www.cinestudio.org for the complete schedule.
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
Now stay tuned for Explorer’s hour with Pickup Sticks!