Good evening, it's Friday, November 7th, and 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. I'm Stephan Allison, host of River Valley Rhythms heard Thursdays at 4 pm here at WESU. Thanks for tuning in.
For the latest in local arts and entertainment anytime you're not hearing it on our Jive, go to arts2GO.org – the City’s website for what’s going on and what’s to do with a highlight on the arts in Middletown. That's arts2GO.org
Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.
At The Buttonwood Tree, here in Middletown, tonight the Mike Baggetta Quartet perform 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, Carl Sutter, Jr. and Friends perform ballads and other soulful songs. Visit www.buttonwood.org
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
Der Rosenkavalier, an opera by Richard Strauss presented by Greater Middletown Concert Association takes place Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center @ MHS, 200 LaRosa Lane in Middletown. Call 860 347-4887 or 860 346-3369.
As part of the Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan series, tonight 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, demonstrating 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.
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, today 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. Go to www.cafenine.com.
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight, they’ve got Shaggy, Ardie Cuban, and Phenom. Sunday’s 8:00 show features Richie Kotzen. Visit toadsplace.com.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s 9 o'clock 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 band. Visit www.blackeyedsallys.com
Saturday, Manic Productions presents at 8:30pm at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, Dry The River, performing with Nathaniel Rateliff, and American Elm. Visit www.manicproductions.org
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tonight they headline singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox, with special guest Caroline Glaser. On Saturday, they offer The 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. Visit www.infinityhall.com
At the Russell Library in Middletown Saturday at 2 Bob Englehart, editorial cartoonist for The Hartford Courant, will read from his new book “Trackrat: Memoir of a Fan.” Visit http://www.russelllibrary.org
Middletown Music Ambassador Rani Arbo, & daisy mayhem are performing in a benefit concert for the Covenant Soup Kitchen & Emergency Food Pantry in Willimantic Saturday at 7:30pm. Concert takes place at Bread Box Folk Theater, 22 Valley St. in Willimantic. Call 860.429.4220 for details.
The GMChorale Chamber Singers present "Zimriyah: A Festival of Jewish Choral Music" on Sunday at 4 pm at Sacred Heart Parish, 26 Wintonbury Ave., in Bloomfield. Visit arts2go.org to learn more.
William Parker + In Order To Survive perform Saturday at 8 pm in the Aetna Theater at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum Of Art. Call the Museum at 860-838-4100 between 10 am – 4:30 pm to learn more.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, “Listen Up Phillip” is showing Saturday & Sunday. This film explores the emotional ups and downs of an author awaiting the publication of a sure-to-succeed novel. Their gay Happy Hour, GAZE, happens today at 5:30. Also tonight, 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 Nov. 13. In addition, RAW is showing Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me through Nov. 13. Visit www.realartways.org
At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, “Love Is Strange” stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina playing a gay couple whose lives take unexpected turns after they tie the knot. The film is showing tonight and Saturday. On Saturday at 12:30 they’re broadcasting “The Big Apple Circus: Metamorphosis,” on 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. Go to www.cinestudio.org.
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.
Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6pm it’s Chocolate Cake with DJ Rob. An hour long musical sugar high. Power-pop plus Brit-pop and singer/songwriters from the 60's to today.
Coming in at 6 it's a half-hour with (1,3,5) Argus News Radio on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of the month with campus and Middletown news, from our microphones to your ears and on the 2nd and 4th Fridays it's Ear-Candy with DJ Sick Nelden
where you hear the newest in Indie Rock, through the lens of pop and the absurd.
Then from 6:30 to 7pm listen to the Middletown Youth Radio Project - A weekly radio program featuring the thoughts, voices, creativity and talent of the kids in the WESU neighborhood.
At 7 until 8:30pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - Informing listeners about local and global issues with health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips, featuring a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.
Next up until 10pm, we take it From the Otherside with Rok-A-Dee - The Voice of Hartford, including local artists from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He also features upcoming artists performing Caribbean R & B, Soca and international music.
Then at 10pm we go In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with Dope Dave - Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.
At Midnight until 3am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.
At 3, it's Bassment Beats with DJ LOKASH, celebrating its 10th year of bringing you the latest in aboveground & underground hip-hop mixed live; followed by his New World Show, with the best in Global Bass mixed live til 4. Baila coño!
Sing Out! Radio Magazine with Tom Druckenmiller comes on at 4 until 5am with a weekly, hour-long “magazine format” program, featuring interviews in addition to “live” and recorded traditional folk musics.
And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the BBC World News - a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation
And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6:00 to 7:00am it’s the Celtic Café with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.
And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am with Francesco Fiumara, the former host of WESU's own WESParla - A weekly roundup of news, music and memories from Italy.
That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.
The Music behind today’s Jive At Five is from the Anthony Braxton Quartet, 8 Standards (Wesleyan) 2001, featuring Anthony Braxton, Kevin O'Neil, Andy Eulau, and Kevin Norton. The selection is Nuages and it's out on Barking Hoop Records.
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