Hello, it’s Tuesday, May 27th. 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. Thanks for joining us, I’m Ben Michael.
By the way, we’re in the midst of celebrating our seventy-fifth year of broadcasting, as well as our Spring Pledge drive. If you value the kind of unusual programming we provide, we need your support. You can make your donation on our website, www.wesufm.org . Thanks!
Now here's some of what's happening in our area this week:
You can still catch the artwork of WESU’s host of Acoustic Blender, Bill Revill, in his exhibit “Down by the Sea,” which is showing at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown through Thursday. On Friday at 8 the Buttonwood presents, “Not Without My Guitar, featuring Attila Vural and KALEIDOS. This Swiss innovative artist performs acoustic numbers on guitar, some with up to fourteen strings. Saturday morning, beginning at 7:45, it’s quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, community yoga, and a guided forgiveness meditation at the buttonwood. Saturday night at you can catch a night of jazz with vocalist Karen Fisk and her band. 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, the Great Make Believe Improv Society brings their Improv Show. More at www.buttonwood.org
Down in New Haven, tonight at Café Nine, Manic Production presents Lower, along with Iron Hand, Birth of Flower, and Deep Trouble. Tomorrow/Wednesday their 99 Days of Flamenco starts at 5 and features Ed Peccerillo. Later tomorrow night at 9pm, you can catch TV Freaks, Estrogen Highs, and Worn Leather. Thursday’s offering is Webb Wilder, along with DogBite. On Friday Oddball Presents! Brings you Skanarchy Fest, along with Special Mystery Guests, The Hempsteadys, and The Dialtones. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 brings Billy Cofrances, and at 9 there’s the Circus Dilecti 12 Year Anniversary Show, along with Dot Mitzvah, Craig Taylor, and Scarlett Damnation. Sunday’s 8 p.m. show features Blues Boot Camp with Greg, and Sherrod. www.cafenine.com
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Tuesdays you can catch Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece big-band, working out new material. On Wednesday, the Blues Jam, one of the longest running in New England, is hosted by Tim McDonald. And Thursday brings the CT Blues Challenge to the Sally’s stage, with bands competing to represent CT at the finals in Memphis. Thursday at 8 it’s Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble. Curley started on drums in his native Louisiana, and went on to learn accordion, which he’ll showcase with the band. On Friday there’s Johnny Rawls , winner of the Best Soul Blues Album title, a living Blues Award, for his album “Red Cadillac.” On Saturday at 9 they offer Frank Viele, a singer/songwriter in the independent rock genre, with selections that blend acoustic funk, alternative pop, folk, and soul. Other details at www.blackeyedsallys.com .
Wednesday night, down at Toad’s Place in New Haven, you can catch Kid Ink, MarBar, and Dublin. On Friday in Lilly’s Pad they’ve got E.T.A.; Tall, White with Ransom; Grounded Atmosphere, and others starting at 6:30. Friday night Reggae Dance Hall King, Beenie Man’s “Hottest Man Alive” tour stops at Toads with Cee Gee, Jego Lethal, and Kantana opening the show. In Lilly’s Pad on Saturday there’s Spring Glow 2 EDM party, featuring DJ Knowledge, Soappy, Joey Fedz, Tango, and more. On Sunday at 8 they showcase Future’s “The Honest Tour” - with special guest Crime Family. More at www.toadsplace.com .
Tomorrow/Wednesday at 9, Manic Productions brings you José Oyola & the Astronauts, along with Violent Mae and Lion’s Teeth, at Bar in New Haven. www.manicproductions.org
This Friday Wesleyan Potters on South Main St in Middletown is presents their 7th annual Bowlapalooza, fundraiser featuring folk artist Kent Aldrich, and the Irish band Coel Go Maidin www.wesleyanpotters.com
At the Russell Library in Middletown, there’s Baby Rhyme Time tomorrow/Wednesday at 1:30, where kids under one year of age can come for rhymes, songs, and finger play. On Thursday, author Elizabeth Petry leads the Veterans Writers Group at 7 p.m. On Friday at 4, kids from six to twelve are welcome to attend the Lego Builder’s Club. Details about all events at www.russelllibrary.org.
The Middletown Chapter of the Connecticut Poetry Society meets tomorrow/Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Russell Library. Call 860-563-5761 for information.
Also on tomorrow at 7 p.m., First Church on Court St. in Middletown hosts the Middletown Scottish Dancers. Partners are not necessary. Call 860-347-0278 for information. They also offer Argentine Tango classes on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Teacher Jorge “Gem” Duras has information at 203-543-8099.
On Friday, Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown offers the Teen Voices Open Workshop at 6 p.m. On Saturday, at 1 p.m., there’s a Shadow Puppetry family workshop. More at www.oddfellows.org
At Middlesex Community College the 2014 Arts and Media Festival continues this week, showcasing films and multimedia projects by MxCC students. The number for that is 860-343-5806.
On Friday, Dave Downs hosts an open mic at The Nest, 129 Church St. in Middletown and invites songwriters to bring their music to perform, starting at 9 p.m. Details at 860-788-2736.
Spring Bird Walks happen every Saturday at 8 a.m. at The Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Rd in Madison. The number to call is 203-245-9056.
The Middletown Commission for the Arts is now accepting applications for the summer Kids Arts enrichment programs. The number is 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 film “Finding Vivian Maier,” about a mysterious nanny who took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen in her lifetime, continues through Thursday. Also through Thursday, they’re showing “The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden,” a documentary about an unsolved murder that took place in the 1930’s. On Wednesday at 7:30 there’s “Other People’s Stories,” a live event where people tell stories that other people told them. On Thursday at 7 there’s a panel discussion led by local artist Sharon Louden, author of “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life,”. On Friday you can catch a weekend run of the French film, “Young and Beautiful,” and “The Retrieval,” a Civil War era film about a young boy working with bounty hunters who are pursuing runaway slaves. These films run through Sunday. Details www.realartways.org
Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, continues it’s run of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” through Thursday, Wes Anderson’s comedy about a World War II era central European republic. On Friday Cinestudio kicks off their 27th annual Connecticut LGBT Film Festival with the 2014 Eric Schaeffer comedy “Boy Meets Girl” at 7:30, followed by a Gala Reception. On Saturday the Festival continues with three films: “To Be Takei,” a documentary that follows George Takei of Star Trek fame; “The Way He Looks,” a Portuguese film about a blind teenager trying to lead an independent life; and “Tom at the Farm,” Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s dark drama about family secrets. On Sunday they’re showing the 2013 retrospective documentary “Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia,” followed by the Finnish film “Open up to Me,” about a transgender woman dealing with the hidden prejudices of her new life. www.cinestudio.org.
Now, here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU, as we set sail on a new summer schedule.
Right after the jive stay tuned for: Explorers’ Hour with Pickup Sticks, which aims to take you places that you’ve never been before! Inviting you to venture into the infinity of the unknown via a synthesis of science, spoken word, and a lot of popular music.
From 6-8pm enjoy Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill for an eclectic selection of Americana, country, folk, folk-rock, bluegrass, acoustic, blues, Celtic, old-time, singer-songwriter and other music that has a roots influence.
From 8-9pm The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry presents live and local Connecticut arts and music , in this weekly show featuring area artists and musicians.
From 9-11pm Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat presents a free form music show spanning the scope of krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, and more!
From 11-12:30 Stage Presence with J-Rock invites you to Put your hands together in applause for some of the greatest musical performances ever captured on recording. From Led Zeppelin to John Coltrane, Bob Dylan to Victor Wooten, even YoYo Ma to Daft Punk, Stage Presence has a place for all live musical performance. Tune in and get excited; no tickets required for this free show.
From 12:30-2am Calypso, Soca and Pan with DJ trinimike presents the inventions of Trinidad and Tobago. Calypso and Soca music and the only musical instrument invented in the 20th-century: the Steel Pan.
From 2-3am RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald RootsWorld radio takes you on a tour across borders and genres, introducing you to music from far flung places and sometimes from right in your own backyard.
From 3-4am it’s the The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation for an An eclectic mix of music from the WESU library.
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 from WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at www.wesufm.org where you can also make a donation to support community programming during our Spring Pledge drive.
Now stay tuned for Explorer’s Hour with Pickup Sticks
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 from WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at www.wesufm.org.
Thanks! Now stay tuned for explorer’s hour!