Tuesday, May 6, 2014

05-07-14 Jive

Good evening, Its Wednesday May 7th   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!

During 2014, WESU is celebrating 75 years of Community radio. Please help keep us going for another year by making a pledge of support during our current Spring Pledge drive. You can make your donation online at www.wesufm.org
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

At Wesleyan University, a veritable fireworks finale of performances wraps up the spring semester:

 Tomorrow at Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel, it’s the Annual Organ Romp, with Wesleyan student organists performing new music, pop, rock, jazz, and other unlikely pieces, with other musicians, instruments and percussion, costumes, video, and more. 

Friday afternoon at 3, the Center for the Arts presents a West African Drumming & Dance Concert, in which choreographer Iddi Saaka and Master Drummer Abraham Adzenyah will perform with their West African dance students. That’s in the CFA Courtyard, unless it rains and the show moves inside Crowell.

Friday night at 8 in World Music Hall, it’s Toneburst Electroextravaganza, with Wesleyan’s Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble, directed by Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen, performing works written by ensemble members.  More information about all these Wesleyan events can be found online at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa or by calling 860-685-3355.

Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Buttonwood, Writers Out Loud, a literary prose open mic session, meets.

Friday at 8, the duo Stefilia’s Stone plays piano and guitar. Saturday morning, it’s the usual offerings of quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, and community yoga.

Then Saturday night at 8, Sissy Castrogiovanni, performs Intra Lu Munnu, which means Inside the World. It’s a blend of  Jazz, Mediterranean and World Music, with a touch of classical and African influences, all blended into Sicilian lyrics, rhythms and old folk traditions.

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.  Also, you can check out the shoreline artwork of WESU’s own Bill Revill, host of Acoustic Blender, on the walls of the Buttonwood throughout May.  More at www.buttonwood.org

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it’s the long running weekly Blues Jam,  will be hosted by Ed Bradley.

Thursday, The CT Blues society challenge continues at Blackeyed Sally’s, with bands competing to represent CT at the finals in Memphis.

Friday at 9, it’s the award-winning Delta Generators.

Then Saturday, it’s Joe Louis Walker, who was inducted last year into The Blues Hall of Fame.

Sunday brings a Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch to Blackeyed Sallys, featuring live music by the Mary Taylor Soul Band. There will be two seatings www.blackeyedsallys.com .

Thursday’s is Jammin’ Thursdays at Toad’s Place in New Haven. The lineup includes All Good, The Before, Breakfast on Neptune, Indigroove, and ZWS. Friday, Conagra presents Hunter Hayes, the 24-Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger, an effort to break the Guinness World Records record for the Most Concerts Played in multiple cities in a 24-hour period. Also on tap are Dan & Shay. That’s followed at 9 by a night of electronic Dance Music. Saturday at Toad’s, it’s Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond; along with The Mushroom Cloud and The Remnants. www.Toadsplace.com

Also in New Haven, tonight, at Café Nine, you can catch Oddball Events bringing you Drivin' N' Cryin', along with The Ivory Bills.

Thursday, it’s Dead Wives and Fins, with Steve Hartlett and James Fonicello.

Then Friday brings Ports of Spain, Surfing, and Spectral Fangs to Café Nine. Saturday afternoon’s jazz jam session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. The Original Sunday Night Jam is with the George Baker Band. www.cafenine.com

At Bar in New Haven tonight, Manic Productions presents Juan Wauters (of The Beets), Milksop:Unsung, Dan Soto & the High Doses, and DJ SWAY. On Sunday, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, Manic Productions presents Sharon Van Etten and She Keeps Bees. www.manicproductions.org.

On Thursday at 6:30pm in
the Russell Library’s Hubbard Room, the Hampstead Stage Company Presents Hercules & the Heroes, geared toward children in grades 3 and up. Epictitus, the mask-maker, and Ovid, the poet, lead a journey of the imagination, exploring the ancient Greek heroes. Also on Thursday, at 7 p.m., Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group. That’s in the library’s meeting room 2. Friday and Saturday, the Friends of the Russell Library host their monthly book sale. Details about all events at www.russelllibrary.org.

Also on Thursday, at 7 p.m., the Art Guild of Middletown invites you to their May Demonstration: Graffiti Made Legal!, featuring graffiti artists whose large-scale works are displayed throughout New England and Canada. That’s at Middlefield Federated Church, 402 Main St., Middlefield.

The Riverwood Poetry Series, concludes this Thursday with a featured reading by Allison Meyers  at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford (right down the street from Union Train Station). The evening begins with an Open Mic . Admission is free and everyone is welcomed. More online at www.RiverwoodPoetry.org and on Facebook:

On Fridays in Middletown, Argentine Tango is taught at the First Church, 190 Court St. The beginners’ session is at 7:30; the intermediates’ at 8:30 and at 9:30 there’s a tango social which includes snacks. Teacher Jorge “Gem” Duras has information at 203-543-8099.

Also on Friday, Dave Downs hosts an open mic at The Nest, 129 Church St. in Middletown. As president and CEO of The Highly Unsuccessful Songwriters Association, he invites songwriters to bring their best and worst songs to perform, starting at 9 p.m. Details at 860-788-2736.

Friday also brings an opportunity to experience the unveiling of the Jazz Samaritan Alliance in CT, who will help Jazz composer, pianist, and educator Noah Baerman conclude his release tour for his recent CD, “Ripples”. The concept behind the Jazz Samaritan Alliance is to create and present socially conscious jazz. This event happens at Firehouse 12 in New Haven. Info and tickets at http://firehouse12.com/

ARTFARM's Fifth Shakespeare Slam and Elizabethan Birthday Bash will take place on Saturday, at 7 pm
at the Community Health Center, on Main Street in Middletown. This year they’ll celebrate the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare. The SlamBash is ARTFARM's primary fund raising event for their Shakespeare in the Grove productions, which will take on King Lear this summer. More online at www.art-farm.org

 Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the films Mamele and Alan Partridge continue through tomorrow. Opening Friday is the documentary “Finding Vivian Maier”. She's now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, but was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Also opening Friday is Mistaken for Strangers, hailed by filmmaker Michael Moore as one of the best documentaries about a band he’d ever seen. It’s described as a truly hilarious, unusual, and moving film about two brothers, Matt (lead singer of The National) and Tom Berninger. Details at www.realartways.com.

Opening Wednesday and running through Saturday at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, is Le Week-end, a bittersweet love story that gets real about the ups and downs of longtime marriages. It’s described as “sad, sweet, dark, funny and possibly even redemptive.” Sunday brings Nymph()maniac, Vol. One, about a woman’s erotic adventures with the chilly intellectual who found her collapsed on a Parisian street. www.cinestudio.org.

Now, here’s a rundown of 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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