Good evening! It’s Tuesday, April 8th. 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 Ben Michael – Thanks for joining us.
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Tuesdays, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday night Ed Bradley hosts Blackeyed Sally’s weekly Blues Jam. Friday night you can catch The Spampinato Brothers at Sally’s. Saturday night Avenue Groove makes for a night of R&B/Funk/Dance. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Tonight Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, Manic Productions Presents: the Soil & the Sun, The Soldier Story, and “Kyle Flynn and The Vespers Nine”. Wednesday night at Café Nine you can catch some Psychedelic Country Blues with Ramsay Midwood.
Steve Broderick and The 100 Watt Suns open that show. Thursday night David Johansen of The New York Dolls appears at Café Nine for his gig that was rescheduled from February 13th. All original tickets will be honored. Monster Eats Pilot, Revolution, I Love You, Hot Girl Roadkill, and All Riot take the Café nine stage Friday night. Saturday, Café Nine’s weekly Jazz Jam session will be hosted by Gary Grippo and friends. Saturday night, you can catch a hip hop show featuring Duece Bug, Joey Batts and Them, Eli Hazel, Wednesday Atoms and more. www.cafenine.com.
Best-selling author and Connecticut native Beverly Donofrio visits Middlesex Community College’s Middletown campus this Wednesday for a discussion on her first memoir, “Riding in Cars with Boys” from 12:30 – 1:20 p.m.). This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Chapman Hall. Details online at www.arts2go.org
Tomorrow/Wednesday at 8:00pm at the Buttonwood Tree on Main St in Middletown, you can catch a Belly Dancing presentation by Evening Oasis. Thursday Writers Out Loud calls prose writers of every ilk come to share up & coming works-in-progress. Friday night The acoustic trio Ebin-Rose, makes for a night of America, celtic and traditional folk music.
Saturday morning at the Buttonwood there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, and community yoga. Saturday evening at 8 p.m. The Buttonwood’s Jazz concert for Saturday nght has been cancelled. 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
Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet at First Church Congregational Wednesday night at 7pm. Partners not necessary but soft-soled shoes are! 860-347-0278
The Meriden Land Trust is having birch-bark canoeist Jim Dina (pronounce Dee-na) speak at its annual meeting Wednesday evening at the Augusta Curtis Center, 175 East Main Street in Meriden at 7pm. The event is free. Dina will be talking about the voyage he took up the Connecticut River in the birch bark canoe he made by hand using only stone tools. Go to meridenlandtrust.com for information.
Wednesday from 4 to 6pm, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts invites you to experience the talents of the seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History, who’s Senior thesis work is on display at Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown. The reception is FREE and open to the public. Thursday night you can also catch Simon Riker’s Senior recital, “Me Prometheus” in Wesleyans Beckham Hall. Also onThursday night at Wesleyan you can catch the stage production Vatzlav. This panoramic political farce is a mash-up of 18th-century French philosophical tales like Voltaire’s “Candide” and the Marquis de Sade’s “Justine.” Saturday at 7pm in Wesleyan’s World Music Hall., you can catch the senior music recital: “Gratitude: Music by Jeff Berman.” Later sat night at 9pm you can catch another music recital by Molly Balsam, called “Unstuck in Time.” Detaisl for all of these events online at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Wednesday night the Trillest Tour featuring “Bun B. and Kirko Bangz” stops at Toads. Friday you can catch WYBC’s Ante Fling 2014 featuring WET on the Toads Main stage while Afton presents a bill of local artists on the Lily pad stage. Sunday night, Blast-Master KRS ONE returns to Toads Place for a night of conscious hip hop. www.toadsplace.com
Wednesday night Manic Productions presents Arc Iris (formerly of the Low Anthem) alongside Plume Giant at The Space in Hamden. Also on Wednesday night, Manic presents New Year's Revolution, Circle//Circle, and Dagwood at “Bar” in New Haven. Thursday night you can catch X Ambassadors, Parade of Lights, and Grand Cousin at The Space. Manic presents Crowded House’s Neil Finn for a solo show at the Shubert Theater. You can also catch Cloud Nothings and Riley Walker at the Space in Hamden, Saturday night. 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 www.russelllibrary.org (860) 347-2528
The Riverwood Poetry Series, celebrates Poetry Month on Thursday, April 10, at 7pm, with a rare CT appearance by Annie & Ted Deppe [DEP-ee], direct from Ireland. Riverwood readings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., in Hartford (right down the street from Union Train Station with plenty of parking. The evening begins with an open mic. Admission is free and everyone is welcomed. Donations greatly appreciated. They also accept donations of non-perishable items for The Crisis Food Support Program. More at www.RiverwoodPoetry.org and Facebook.
In partnership with the Hartford Public Library, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra will present a Musical Dialogues concert celebrating National Poetry Month. Award-winning Connecticut poet and educator, Kate Rushin, will weave together the texts of great poets like Allen Ginsberg, e.e. Cummings, and Julia de Burgos with the music of renowned composers such as Vivaldi, Schubert, and Duke Ellington, performed by the HSO’s A Piacere String Quartet. Bringing to life both art forms in an intimate setting, guests are invited to enjoy their lunch during the performance. All this happens this Friday, April 11, 12 noon In the The Atrium at Hartford Public Library’s Downtown Branch, at 500 Main St.,
This Saturday as part of WESU 75th anniversary celebrations, WESU Presents a Free concert featuring Canadian Rockers “Yamantaka Sonic Titan” at Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel on High St. The Concert is free and open to the public. For info look for our event details on facebook.
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 “Particle Fever”. The film follows six 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. Tomorrow/ Tuesday night Raw’s Science on Screen film seris presents: Mission to Mars. Friday Real Art Ways begins a run of The Unknown known a documentary offering a portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War, who provoked equal levels of fury and adulation from the American public. Saturday RAW also offers a onetime showing of Inequality for All presents a powerful look at Robert Reich and his theories on the growing divide between America's rich and poor. Over the weekend, weekend Real Art Way’s continues to show New York International Children's Film Festival Animated Shorts www.realartways.org
Tonight, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, concludes their run of the 1965 French dystopian future classic, Alpha Ville where a dictator suppresses love and poetry, and rules that “people should not ask ‘why’, but only say ‘because’. Wednesday Cinestudio kicks off a run of Gravity, Winner of seven Academy Awards this year. www.cinestudio.org.
Thursday, at 7:00 pm WWUH 91.3 presents Gas Land II, the sequel to the controversial documentary exposing the harms of Fracking. This happens at The University of Hartford’s Hillyer Hall - Auerbach Auditorium 200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT
Dr. Beth Weinberger, MPH, PhD will be speaking prior to the movie about health concerns related to hydraulic fracturing & waste. The Movie is free & open to the public. www.foodandwaterwatch.org for details
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 bring you entertainment industry news, deliver predictions, review new movies and shows, and interview industry professionals.
Todays show features an exclusive interview with actor, Bradley Whitford!
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? Plunge in dressless, young and reckless, shun the feckless. Run and catch this dumb and fretless fun-filled funk that’s swung with less stress. 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!