Good evening! It’s Wednesday, May 28th 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. Thanks for joining us, 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!
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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 Tomorrow.
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, 99 Days of Flamenco starts at 5pm and featuring 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, it's 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 .
Tonight, 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 .
Tonight 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 this evening at 6 p.m. at the Russell Library. Call 860-563-5761 for information.
Also this evening 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 tomorrow. Also through tomorrow, they’re showing "The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden," a documentary about an unsolved murder that took place in the 1930’s.
This evening 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 tomorrow, 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 at Five from 5:05 - 6:00, stay tuned for the Rockabilly Willy Memorial Show!
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 stories 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 an hour of Sussurus. Tune in for grunge, rock, folk and other whisperings of daydreaming music in the nighttime.
At 1:30 am it's and hour of Maximum Rock n' Roll Radio. A weekly radio show featuring the best DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rock n' Roll collection!
From 2:30 to 4am, stay tuned for The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation.
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 the Rockabilly Willy Memorial Show!