Hello, it’s Tuesday, May 13th. 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. We’re in the midst of celebrating our seventy-fifth year of Community radio that Matters and we just kicked off our Spring Pledge drive. If you value the service we provide, we you’re your support. You can make your donation on our website, www.wesufm.org.
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.
The Russell Library in Middletown offers Twilight Tales at 6:30, tonight with stories and crafts for kids age three to five and their caregivers. Also for kids, there’s the Builder’s Club on Friday at 4, with a chance for six to twelve-year-olds to build with Legos. Details about all events at www.russelllibrary.org.
Tonight at The Buttonwood Tree here in Middletown brings an “Evening Oasis” Belly Dancing presentation. Friday night there’s a CD Release Party for Cricket Tell the Weather, an indie string band with bluegrass-inspired original music. Saturday morning, beginning at 7:45, it’s the usual offerings of quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, and community yoga. Saturday night at 8, you can catch Ricky Alfonso, a trumpeter and mainstay on the East Coast jazz scene, playing compositions with elements of blues and swing. 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. Throughout May, The Buttonwood Tree is showing the paintings and photographs of WESU’s own, host of Acoustic Blender, Bill Revill in the exhibit “Down by the Sea,”. More at www.buttonwood.org
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Tuesday evenings, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece big-band, works out new material. Tomorrow/Wednesday, Sally’s long running weekly Blues Jam, is hosted by Brandt Taylor. And Thursday brings the CT Blues Challenge to the Sally’s stage, with bands competing to represent CT at the finals in Memphis. Friday at 8:30, it’s the afrobeat sounds of The Superpowers. Saturday at 9 they offer singer/songwriter and guitarist John Fries and the Elements, highlighting Blues and Roots Rock and Roll. More details at www.blackeyedsallys.com .
Down in New Haven, tonight, John Moreland, M. Lockwood Porter, and Pat Dalton take the Café Nine stage. Wednesday, at Cafe nine ElectronicHIC and Guitar Trio E take the stage with The New Haven Improvisers Collective’s Large Magic Ensemble, Daniel Levin, and Juan Pablo Carletti. Thursday at 8 Manic Productions presents Kingsley Flood, Golden Bloom, and Jay Prince (of Eurisko) at The Nine. Then Friday brings Peelander-Z, Guerilla Toss, and The Hymans to Café Nine. Saturday afternoon’s jazz jam session will be hosted by Garry Grippo & Friends at 4:30, and Saturday night there’s a Blue Grass Supergroup event with The Deadly Gentlemen and Goodnight Blue Moon at 9. Sunday they’ll have Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School at 3:30, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam featuring The Langley Brothers Band at 8 p.m. www.cafenine.com
Manic Productions presents a number of shows this week, including Breton, Kid Karate, and Fake Babies at Bar in New Haven Wednesday night. On Friday, Brick + Mortar, Yuppy Flu, and Branchwater will be at The Outer Space in Hamden. On Sunday, at the Ballroom at the Outer Space, they offer Geographer and Hooray for Earth at 8 p.m. www.manicproductions.org.
Wadsworth Mansion tours continue every Wednesday at 2 p.m. This week you can have Tea with your Tour. Call 860-347-1064 for reservations.
Wednesday at 7 p.m. First Church on Court St. in Middletown hosts the Middletown Scottish Dancers. Partners not necessary. They also offer Argentine Tango classes on Friday starting at 7:30 p.m. 860-347-0278 for information.
Also on Wednesday evening, at Middlesex Community College you can hear Victor Triay’s story of the Cuban Underground freedom fighters, in Chapman Hall on the Middletown campus at 8 p.m. Call 860-346-0746 for more information.
This Thursday’s Jammin Thursdays lineup at Toad’s Place in New Haven, includes Back from Earth, Balkum Brothers, The High Council, Lewd Buddha, and Stealhead. Friday at 9:30 there’s the Bright Night EDM Glow Party, featuring ChiCe, Scatz, UP Tone, and ZTB. Saturday’s Viral Sound show includes Eggy and Neon Ducks. On Sunday in Lilly’s Pad, bands will compete in Aspen Presents: Soundcheck, a Pilot TV show taping, hosted by Jessica Wolf. www.toadsplace.com
This Thursday brings Real Art Way’s monthly Creative Cocktail Hour. This month the Raya Brass Band performs and and there’s free admission for anyone who rides their bike to the event. It’s also the reception night for their two new exhibits: iPad Prints by Olu Oguibe, and Cat Balco’s The Ellipses Project, which explores how art-making can help individuals connect with hidden aspects of themselves. www.realartways.org
At Oddfellow’s Playhouse in Middletown, the Elementary Repertory Company presents “For Feet’s Sake”, a take on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid this Friday and Saturday, by Krista Knight under the direction of Kristen Palmer. More at www.oddfellows.org
Now on Fridays, Dave Downs hosts an open mic at The Nest, 129 Church St. in Middletown, starting at 9 p.m. Details at 860-788-2736.
Friday night Gregory Glover and special guests take the stage at Scatz Restraint and Jazz Lounge on Main St Extension in Middletown. An author’s luncheon and Southern Style Tea is happening this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Scatz and Sez Zion takes the holds it down on Sunday. Call 860-685-0348, or visit www.soulpassages.org .
Spring Bird Walks happen every Saturday at 8 a.m. at The Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Rd in Madison. Call 203-245-9056.
Also on Saturday, Middlesex Hospital’s Vocal Chords choral group will present its annual spring concert at Portland High School, 95 High St. This year’s performance includes ballads, Broadway hits, classic pop and selections from the Great American Songbook. Call 850-342-3120, or visit www.vochalchords20.org.
Continuing in the Wesleyan Potters Gallery shop on South Main St in Middletown, this week, you can catch “Black and White: a Member’s Show.” www.wesleyanpotters.com
At Wesleyan University, ongoing art exhibitions include Silent Faces/Ahgkor, a multidimensional exhibition by Mary Heebner at the Freeman Center. Hyperrealist drawings by Julia Randall are found in the “Oral Exhibitions” collection shown at the Davison Art Center. The Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of 2014’s thesis students of Art and Art History, and they’re celebrating the center’s fortieth anniversary on Friday with the exhibition: Roche and Dinkeloo’s Architecture for the CFA. The Film Studies Rick Nicita Gallery is showing posters representing thirteen collections from the Wesleyan Cinema Archives, also on Friday. More information about all shows can be found at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa or by calling 860-685-3355
The Middletown Commission for the Arts is now accepting applications for the summer Kids Arts enrichment program including The Children’s Circus and North End Arts Rising’s kids art program. 860-638-4510 (MCA Office).
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the films Mistaken for Strangers, a band documentary, and Finding Vivian Maier, about a mysterious nanny who took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen in her lifetime continue tonight through Wednesday. Friday through Sunday they’re showing For a Woman, a French film about a woman examining her parents’ lives through old photographs and letters. On Saturday at 8 is Speak Up, an evening of live true stories with a common theme. Details at www.realartways.com .
Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, continues its week-long run of Nymph()maniac, Volumes One and Two, about a woman’s erotic adventures with the chilly intellectual who found her collapsed on a Parisian street. On Sunday at 7:30 they open the newly-restored 1952 classic, Orson Welles’ Othello. www.cinestudio.org.
Now, here’s a rundown of 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.
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 The Wayfaring Stranger with Lily Meyers.
At 11:30pm it’s the final episode of Young & Restless with DJ Sleepy Girl.
At 12:30am catch Songs without word with Jacob Feder.
At 1:30 It’s the Scene with Zach.
From 2:30-4am it’s an unknown program filling in for DJ Strept throat
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
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