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This is the Jive at Five - WESU's daily community calendar and run down 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 week-nights and weekends.
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:
At the Buttonwood Tree, here in Middletown, tonight there’s Laughter Yoga with Mimi Claire at 6, followed by a Vegetarian Potluck. Thursday’s Open Mic at 7 is hosted by Bob Gotta. On Friday the Mike Baggetta Quartet will be at the Buttonwood at 7 with the CD Release tour performance for “Thieves and Secrets.” The “Aligned With Source” workshop, led by Annaita Ghandy, continues on Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme being “Valuing the Abundance of the Universe.” There’s a Chinese Bamboo Brush Painting Class at 1, and on Saturday night at 8 you can hear Brian May and Friends perform ballads and other soulful songs.
On Sundays Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree around 1 p.m. All are welcome to enjoy the meal and to help prepare it at First Church on Court Street in Middletown at 11:30 a.m. You can learn more at: www.foodnotbombs.net
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, Words & Music with Chris Bousquet, Old Royals, Sam Perduta, K. Ponzio (poet), Craig Gilbert, Some Such Things. Tomorrow/Wednesday, you can hear Chem-Trails and Horror Vacui at 9. Thursday’s show headlines The Devil Plays Poker, along with Gasoline Therapy. Friday at 5 you can catch an early set with Die Hipster Records Solo Showcase, followed at 9 by Laundry Day, Loom, Palehound, and Onwe. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session will be with Gary Grippo & Friends at 4:30, followed at 8 by the Elm City Music Festival featuring a variety of bands. Sunday’s early event at 4 features Fuchsprellen and Light Upon Blight, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The George Baker Band at 8. www.cafenine.com.
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight, you can catch Dirty Heads with Special Guest Rome, along with Makua Rothman. Tomorrow/Wednesday, they’ve got The Outsiders Tour presented by Tilly’s, featuring The Ready Set, Metro Station, and more. Thursday they headline Aaron Carter, along with Corey Balsamo, Hobart Nation, and Honestly. Friday they bring Shaggy, Ardie Cuban, and Phenom to the stage. Sunday’s 8:00 show features Richie Kotzen.www.toadsplace.com.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Tuesday’s Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material on the Black-eyed Sally’s Stage. Sally’s longstanding Wednesday night blues jam will be hosted by Bill Shaka and Tony C this week. On Thursday they offer the roots-rock sound of John Mayock & the Homesteaders. Friday night’s 9:00 show headlines Danny Pease and the Regulators. Saturday’s offering is the multi-instrumentalist Eliot Lewis, currently a member of the Daryl Hall & John Oates duo. www.blackeyedsallys.com
This Wednesday night Manic Productions presents TTNG (This Town Needs Guns), Emma Ruth Rundle, and Mylets at The Space in Hamden. Also on Wednesday, they bring Blank Range, Oh, Cassius!, and Viet-Tom to the stage at Bar in New Haven. Saturday’s 8:30 show at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden headlines Dry The River, performing with Nathaniel Rateliff, and American Elm. www.manicproductions.org
Back here in Middletown tomorrow/Wednesday, the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan presents Mohd Anis Nor, Professor of Ethnomusicology at University Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, who will discuss Islam, music, and dance in Southeast Asia at 4:15 in the Daltry Room. As part of the Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan series, on Thursday a Sufi singer is the guest at CFA Hall at 7 p.m. for the presentation “Tell Your Story: A Conversation with Riffat Sultana and Party”. She’ll discuss her experiences as a Muslim woman artist in America, Pakistan and India. On Friday at 8 in Crowell Concert Hall, there’s the New England debut of Riffat Sultana and Party, premiering Sufi Indian and Pakistani vocal performances accompanied by traditional instruments. On Sunday at 3, Sam Friedman presents “Just Breathe: A Harmonica Retrospective” at The Russell House, and will demonstrate some of the ways the harmonica has been utilized since it’s invention. He’ll be accompanied by percussion, piano, guitar and bass. You can learn more at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.
Tomorrow/ Wednesday, Writing at Wesleyan presents journalist Ariel Levy at 8 p.m. at the Russell House. She’s a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of “Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture.” http://www.arts2go.org
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, on tomorrow/Wednesday you can catch the English progressive rock band “Renaissance” at 8. Thursday night they bring Acoustic Alchemy to the stage. On Friday they headline singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox, with special guest Caroline Glaser. On Saturday, they offer Average White Band for performances of soul and funk. Composer and bandleader Doug Woolverton takes the stage on Sunday at 1:30, where he’ll present a Tribute to Miles Davis www.infinityhall.com
At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Veteran’s Writing Group sponsor’s author Janet Barrett on Thursday at 6 p.m., who will discuss her book “They Called Her Reckless: The True Story of War, Love and One Extraordinary Horse.” On Saturday at 2, Bob Englehart, editorial cartoonist for The Hartford Courant, will read from his new book “Trackrat: Memoir of a Fan.” http://www.russelllibrary.org
Wednesday, Middletown Scottish Country Dancers hold classes for beginning and experienced dancers from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at First Church on Court Street. Partners not necessary. Wear soft-soled shoes. For information, call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278
Guided tours of the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown happen every Wednesday at 2 p.m. www.wadsworthmansion.com
On Thursday, the MARC Players will perform “The Stone Cutter’s Wish” at 11:30 a.m. at Oddfellow’s Playhouse. RSVP’s are encouraged. www.arts2go.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Tonight (Tuesday) at 7 p.m., the 6th Annual Middletown International Film Festival continues at the Russell Library in Middletown. They’re showing “Clandestine Childhood,” based on the true story of Argentinian director Benjamin Avila’s return to Argentina after his family was exiled to Cuba in 1979. www.russelllibrary.org
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the Danish travelogue “Expedition to the End of the World” continues through Thursday. A crew of scientists and artists travels to the rapidly melting massifs of Northeast Greenland. “Listen Up Phillip” is also running through Thursday. This film explores the emotional ups and downs of an author awaiting the publication of a sure-to-succeed novel. On Thursday, there’s a one-time live event, “Positively Center Street: An evening with Iron Horse Music Hall’s Jordi Herold,” at 7. Their gay Happy Hour, GAZE, happens Friday at 5:30. Also on Friday, they open a run of “Last Days in Vietnam,” Rory Kennedy’s documentary about the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War and the evacuation of Saigon. It runs through Sunday. www.realartways.org
At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, the run of “The Skeleton Twins,” starring SNL’s Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, continues through Wednesday. On Thursday, they open a run of “Love Is Strange,” as part of their OutFest First Thursdays. It stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina playing a gay couple whose lives take unexpected turns after they tie the knot. The film continues through Saturday. On Saturday at 12:30 they’re broadcasting “The Big Apple Circus: Metamorphosis,” don their Ultra High Definition screen. On Sunday, they screen National Theater Live’s production of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” at 2:30. They start a run of the crime drama “The Drop,” starring James Gandolfini, on Sunday. www.cinestudio.org.
Now here's a rundown of what's on air on WESU-FM tonight:
Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for Wild Wild Live with Rachie and Hibiki for a sneak peek into the wild world of live music at Wesleyan.
From 6-6:30pm it’s The Production Report with Kiley and Allis, who’ll report on entertainment industry news, deliver predictions, review new movies and shows, and interview industry professionals.
From 6:30-8pm Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill presents an eclectic selection of Americana, country, folk, bluegrass, and other music that has a roots influence. There’s a fairly comprehensive concert listing at 7pm, live guests on occasion and ticket giveaways too!
At 8pm The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry offers a weekly dose of area artists and musicians of every genre.
At pm Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat is a free form music show that features everything from From krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog.
From 10:30-11:30pm its Undercover with Rebecca Seidel, Bridging genres and generations, by exploring the concept of inspiration through imitation.
At 11:30 Call It Anything with DJ Riela collaborates with current student musicians at Wesleyan, to play an assortment of music that is tailored around music similar to their own work.
From 12:30-1:30am The Late Night Format with Adi Slepack include a topical monologue, entertainment segments, with guests, and pseudo-"musical performances".
From 1:30-2:30am stay tuned for It's Kind of a Funny Story with DJ Tanner for TRUE stories, music, and poetry all pertaining to a specific word/theme selected for each episode.
From 2:30-3:30am its The Blast Zone with Baggins and the G-O who plan to have a wild time bantering about sports and interviewing student athletes.
From 3:30-4am its The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation for an An eclectic mix of music from the WESU library.
The BBC world news service take over at 4am and Morning Edition from NPR
starts our broadcast day tomorrow 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 offerings listed in our community calendar, the Jive is posted online at www.wesufm.org/jive.
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