Tuesday, April 1, 2014

04/02/14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday April 2nd 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!


And I'm Donna Denert. Thanks for joining us today. Now for our rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Thursday, at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown, brings the monthly Open Mic Night with Bob Gotta beginning 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 (chee gung), 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 can be found at www.buttonwood.org


Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight is the long running blues jam 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 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


Tonight 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 grant seeker..  A light lunch will be provided, and there will be time for networking afterward as well as a hands on course in Microsoft excel. Register by calling the library at 860 347 2520. More info about all programs can be found at www.russelllibrary.org.

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 tonight at Toad’s Place, 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. And 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 tomorrow, 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 tomorrow 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 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 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 storis 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.

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