Friday, May 30, 2014

05-30-14 Jive

By the way, in case you somehow haven’t heard… we’re in the midst of celebrating our seventy-fifth year of broadcasting, and we are slowly gaining momentum in our ongoing Spring Pledge drive. Every dollar counts, so If you value the kind of unique programming we provide, we really need your support. We still need to raise over $10,000 by June 30th.  If you haven’t already done so, please make your donation on our website, . Thanks!

Now here's some of what's happening in our area this week:

Tonight, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown presents  "Not Without My Guitar, featuring Attila Vural and KALEIDOS playing world guitar music. Tomorrow/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

Tonight here in Middletown, Wesleyan Potters presents their 7th annual Bowlapalooza, fundraiser featuring folk artist Kent Aldrich, and the Irish band Coel Go Maidin

Also here in town,  Oddfellows Playhouse offers a Teen Voices Open Workshop at 6 p.m. this evening and tomorrow at 1 p.m., there’s a Shadow Puppetry family workshop. More at

At Middlesex Community College the 2014 Arts and Media Festival continues this weekend, showcasing films and multimedia projects by MxCC students. The number for that is 860-343-5806.

Dave Downs hosts a new weekly 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.

Down in New Haven, tonight at Café Nine, Oddball entertainment Presents! Brings you a night of wave Ska music with their Skanarchy Fest, featuring The Hempsteadysd, The Dialtones. and special mystery guests. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session at the Nine will be hosted by brings Billy Cofrances this week, and later tomorrow night at 9pm brings the Circus Dilecti 12 Year Anniversary Show, with Dot Mitzvah, Craig Taylor, and Scarlett Damnation. Sunday’s evening brings the Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod. More at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s Johnny Rawls , takes the stage. Tomorrow night Blackeyed Sally’s presents indie rock singer/songwriter Frank Veil. .

 at Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight you can catchReggae Dance Hall King, Beenie Man’s "Hottest Man Alive" tour featuring 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 .

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:

Tonight, Real Art Ways in Hartford, begins a run of "The Retrieval," a Civil War era film about a young boy working with bounty hunters who are pursuing runaway slaves.  Also opening tonight is the French film, "Young and Beautiful,” . Tomorrow and Sunday you can catch 3pm showings of "The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden,". Details

Tonight, Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, 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.

Now, here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming in our new summer schedule on WESU.
5:05-6:30pm Chocolate Cake with DJ Rob a 90 minute musical sugar high.  Power-pop plus Brit-pop and singer/songwriters from the 60’s to today.
At 6:30 Storyland a half hour show for children ages 5-11. Every show features a story read with sound effects and music, a puzzle, and a youth segment where one or more kids read their own stories.
From 7-8:30pm The Universal Sound Wave with Sista Queen T features a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.
 From  8:30-10:30pm its From The Otherside with Rok-A-Dee, The Voice of Hartford, featuring local artists alongside upcoming artists performing Caribbean R & B, Soca and International music.
 From 10:30-12am is In The Master Bedroom, Under The Bed with Dope Dave in its new time slot, celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.
 From midnight - 4am  OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott  presents  Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop,  gospel music.
 From 4-5am Sing Out! Radio Magazine with Tom Druckenmiller  A weekly, hour-long “magazine format” program, featuring interviews in addition to “live” and recorded traditional folk music’s.

 We kick of Saturday’s programming with the BBC World News at 5am.
 From 6-7am The Celtic Café with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher Presents traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.
 From 7-8am Caffè Italia offers  a weekly roundup of news, music and memories from Italy with Francesco Fiumara.
 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

2014 Marks 75 years of Alternative music, Public Affairs, and community service for WESU. Look for information on special programming and events and make a donation in support of our spring pledge drive online at

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