Tuesday, September 23, 2014

09-23-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Tuesday, September 23rd.  This is the Jive at Five, our community calendar and rundown of nighttime 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. 

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:

Tonight, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts brings you music of the sidrazzi and gamelon, performed by Peter Blasser, in the World Music Hall. Also tonight, Tony-award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks about the creation of the musical “In The Heights,” at 7 p.m. in the CFA Hall. 

Tomorrow/Wednesday at 4:15pm, Wesleyan’s 38th annual Navaratri Festival kicks off with a colloquium with Harvard professor and author Richard Wolf at CFA Hall.   The Festival continues on Thursday at 7, with a Henna and Chaat sampling event at Wesleyan’s Olin Library. 

On Friday, there’s Vocal Music of South India performance at 8 in Crowell Concert Hall.  The Indian dance film “The Unseen Sequence” will be shown Saturday at 3:30 and will be followed by a post-screening discussion. Grammy-award-winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt performs Saturday night on the Mohan Veena with keyboard virtuoso Sathya at Crowell Hall.  

Wesleyan’s   Navaratri Festival concludes with the New England premiere of the dance work "Rasamanjari" at 3pm on Sunday. "Rasamanjari" is a celebration of the classical dance language of India. You can find all of the details of this years festival by calling 860-685-3355 or by visiting www.wesleyan.edu/cfa 

You can explore Banned Books Week at the Hartford Public Library. Today at 5:30, you can enjoy an interactive performance and conversation with SeaTea Improv and others, to discuss graphic novel censorship.  The Library also continues their Hispanic Heritage Month programming with Bomba & Plena workshops with a variety of activities.  The exhibit “Family Traits,” by Peruvian artist Isabel Acosta, continues through the month at the Artwalk gallery downtown. Their Master Artist Workshop starts this Saturday; you can register for “The Art of Storytelling” with Dr. Raouf Mama. The exhibits “Pedal and Path:  Hartford & the Bicycle,” and the Horace Wells Exhibit, continue through the week.  www.hlpct.org 

Tonight in New Haven, at Café Nine, there’s a 50th birthday party bash with Malcolm Tent, appearing with Sirens. Happy Birthday Malcolm! Tomorrow (Wednesday) they offer a Bluegrass Barn Dance with Cricket Tell the Weather, and Front Country. Thursday night Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola perform at Café Nine.  Friday’s early show at 5 brings you Gary Heriot. Later at 9 blues sax man, Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang, take the stage with Rocky Lawrence opening. Saturday afternoon’s weekly jazz jam session is with the George Baker Band at 4:30 and that’s followed by a 9pm triple bill featuring The Royal Swindle, Wasted Days, and The Screw-Ups.  On Sunday at 4pm Stacy Phillips leads a Bluegrass Jam, and later on Sunday night at 8pm The Morris Trent Band leads the Original Sunday Night Jam.   www.cafenine.com.

On Tuesday nights at Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s weekly Blues Jam is hosted by Tim McDonald this week.  On Thursday they bring Little Ugly, and Midnight Snack to the Sally’s stage. On Friday at 9 they have the blues sounds of Greg Piccolo. There’s more blues on Saturday at 9, with Bob Margolis Blues Band & Friends.         www.blackeyedsallys.com  

Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week. Tomorrow (Wednesday) at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, you can catch J Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr) and Purling Hiss.  Also on Wednesday, at Bar in New Haven, Manic presents Waylayers and Liam Walds,. On Friday, at The Space in Hamden, they present a triple bill featuring Betty Who, Paperwhite, and Ian Briggs Saturday, once again at The Space, they’ve got Touché Amoré, The Saddest Landscape, Native Wildlife, and Deep Trouble.  www.manicproductions.com for information.

Infinity Hall’s new Hartford venue brings Grammy-award-winner Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle to the stage on tomorrow/Wednesday at 8. On Thursday night you can catch singer/songwriter John Hiatt, with special guest Rick Brantley. Saturday’s show is Kashmir, the Ultimate Led Zeppilin Tribute Band, at 8.  On Sunday, Manhattan Transfer performs at 7:30. http://www.infinityhall.com for information

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, on Thursday night Dopapod takes the main stage. Consider the Source opens that show.  Friday night you can catch rapper BadA.www.toadsplace.com

Friday night at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, the Kennedy’s take the stage, with original offerings influenced by folk and rock.  Saturday morning at 10:30 they continue the Aligned with Source workshop with Annaita Gandhy, with this week’s theme, “Being Your Best.”  On Saturday at 8 there’s Joe Flood and his creation, “Busker Stories, Blues, Brassens. . . and Beyond.” Eric Kuhn’s photography exhibit, “Quintessential New England:  A Day in the Life,” continues through the month.  www.buttonwood.org

The 95th annual Durham Fair, Connecticut’s largest agricultural fair, opens this Thursday, offering animals, craft exhibits, a demolition derby, food and more through Sunday.  Friday’s entertainment headliner is Tower of Power at 7, with Montgomery Gentry on Saturday, also at 7.  They finish up on Sunday with Jo Dee Messina at 1.  Details at www.durhamfair.com

Every Friday, at 9 p.m., Dave Downs hosts a weekly open mic and invites songwriters to perform at The Nest, located at 129 Church Street, Middletown.  Info at 860.788.2736.

This weekend at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge in Middletown, Jazz vibraphonist, composer, and Wesleyan professor of music,  Jay Hoggard, hosts a Jazz series featuring his quartet on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com. That’s scatz with a z.

The Pipes in the Valley Celtic Music Festival happens this Saturday starting at 11 at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford.  There you can enjoy bagpipes, fiddling, rock bands, food, and more.  http://pipesinthevalley.com/

The Hartford HodgePodge street fair and festival continues through October 18 every Saturday from 11 to 4 at State House Square.   www.hartfordhodgepodge.com

The Connecticut Historical Society offers the Secrets of the Veeder House Tour this Saturday at 1 p.m.  Details at www.chs.org

At the Russell Library in Middletown, jazz pianist Noah Baerman will present a discussion and performance, “Resonant Motion – Jazz Interpretations of Stevie Wonder,” this Saturday at 2:00. www.russelllibrary.org

Connecticut’s summer farmer’s markets are winding down and are offering their fall harvest to you, and are located: in Middletown on Tuesdays; in East Haddam and Old Saybrook on Wednesdays; in Clinton, Durham, and Middletown on Thursdays; in Higganum and Middletown on Fridays; in Ivoryton on Saturdays, and in Chester on Sundays.  www.ctnofa.org fills in the details.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, through Thursday, you can catch “The Trip to Italy,” a comedic culinary road trip retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy.  Also on the Screen at Real Art Ways through Thursday is: “God Help the Girl,” a story of musicians spending a dream-like summer together in Glasgow, Scotland.  On Friday they open weekend runs of “The One I Love,” about a couple on a weekend romantic getaway that turns surreal and “Take Me to the River,” a celebration of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians making a historic new album.  There’s a post-screening live performance by soul artist Betty Harris and Connecticut’s own Mighty Soul Drivers. On Saturday at 8 they’ve got Speak Up, a live story telling event with this month’s theme of Shoulda Coulda Woulda, along with live music.  Sunday’s matinee event, in partnership with the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, brings you “Ivory Tower,” an exploration of the American higher education system at the breaking point.   www.realartways.org

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, Tonight is your last chance to see “The Dance of Reality”,  the first film in 23 years by the legendary Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky. This films tells the story of a copper-mining town high above Santiago. Tomorrow/Wednesday there’s a one-time screening of the 1969 restored rock musical “Tommy,” to benefit the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective.  Opening through and continuing through Saturday, Cinestudio presents “A Most Wanted Man,” a spy drama that starring Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last performance.  On Sunday they open “Frank,” starring Michael Fassbender as the musical genius Frank Sidebottom, about a group of performers who take to the Irish countryside to perform and record their creations.  www.cinestudio.org.

Now here's a rundown of what's on air at WESU-FM, tonight.
Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for:

Wild Wild Live with Rachie and Hibiki for a peak into the live music scene at Wesleyan. 

From 6-6:30pm Join Ting for the Cultural Variety Show.

At 6:30 it’s Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill for 90 minutes of Americana, country, folk, bluegrass, and other music that has a roots influence, Plus a comprehensive concert listing at 7pm, live guests on occasion and ticket giveaways too!

From 8-9pm it’s The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry, for a weekly show featuring area artists and musicians of all genres.

 At 9pm it’s Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat a free form music show offering a wide range of music from krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog.
From 10:30-11:30pm tonight, Galactic Thematics embark on a cosmic musical odyssey that transgresses the hermetic bounds of genre itself. 
From 11:30-12:30am

The Wily Windy Moors with Ian McCarthy  presents pop or pop-adjacent tunes to get you revved up for bed, with a different title-based theme every week

After that at 12:30, Cryfest with Orlando Gloom invites you to take a stroll down this trail of musical tears with some of the most melancholy and grim, yet cathartic songs from across the decades.
At 1:30 Phantom Transmissions with DJ Scarecrow for Spoken Word, Poetry, Prose and Rap over Fluid Beats.

 From 2:30-3:30am It’s the The Blast Zone with Baggins and the G-O inviting you to step into The Blast Zone for bantering about sports and interviewing student athletes.
 From 3:30-4am it’s The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation an eclectic mix of music from the WESU library.

 The BBC world news kicks on at 4 and we start tomorrow’s broadcast day at 5am with Morning Edition from NPR.

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 atwww.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

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