Good evening, it's Friday, February 28th, 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.
The CFA presents the Thesis Theater Production—“A la ronda/To the circle”, directed by Claire Whitehouse. This is an English-language adaptation of testimonies by mothers of those who disappeared under the rule of the Argentine dictatorship from 1976-1983. The production asks: "Where is there a place to mourn in a society that refuses to acknowledge that the dead ever existed?" On stage at Wesleyan’s 92 Theater tonight and Saturday at 8 pm. Tonight at 7pm Nate Respasz presents his Musical Senior Thesis recital entitled “Some Drums” in Wesleyan’s Crowell Concert Hall. Also tonight and Saturday Wesleyan’s Art History Program hosts a two-day symposium on architectural palimpsests, which opens with a keynote lecture by F. Barry Flood this evening and continues all day on Saturday, with twelve papers delivered in four thematic sessions. This is a busy week at the CFA so be sure to visit arts2go.org or wesleyan.edu/cfa for the complete listings.
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine tonight, is a night of Hip Hop featuring “Sketch tha Cataclysm”, DJ Mo Niklz, and Old Self. Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam session is hosted by Mike Coppola this week. Saturday night Thinman Records presents The Downbeat 5, The Manchurians, and Big Fat Combo. Sunday brings 10,000 blades, Make it up, and Gregory McKillop to The Nine. Find details at cafenine.com
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, Dana Fuchs (sounds like Fewks) is in for a night of soulful rock and blues. Saturday, southern blues man, Tinsley Ellis, takes the stage. Visit blackeyedsallys.com
Saturday morning at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown there will be qigong (pronounce chee kung), tai chi, and community yoga. Saturday afternoon at 1pm, the Free Poets Collective gathers featuring Glastonbury’s Meeting House Poets performing to jazz and music from the American songbook. Saturday at 8 p.m. La Hot Jazz takes the stage for a night of sophisticated Jazz. 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. Later Sunday evening from 7 to 9pm, you can catch some creative and fun improv comedy with The Great Make Believe Society. Find out more at buttonwood.org
Toad’s Place in New Haven presents Shakedown playing The Dead and beyond tonight. The Mushroom Cloud and The Great Blue open that show. Sunday, Dweeezil Zappa offers an intense guitar master class clinic during the day before his band Zappa Plays Zappa brings their Roxy and Elsewhere 40th anniversary tour to the main stage. toadsplace.com provides more info.
The Greater Middletown Concert Association presents a night of music at Church of The Holy Trinity on Main St in Middletown Saturday night at 7:30 featuring mezzo-soprano D’anna Fortunato accompanied by Peter H. Bloom on flute and Mary Jane Ruper on piano and harp. Visit greatermiddletownconcerts.org for ticket info.
Tonight Manic Productions Presents: Touché Amoré, mewithoutYou, Seahaven, and Caravels at the Heirloom Arts Theatre in Danbury, CT.Check out manicproductions.org
Scatz restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main Street Extension in Middletown presents an evening of live jazz with vocalist Theresa Wright tonight. Visit scatzrestaurantandlounge.com and keep in mind that it’s scatz with a “z”.
Dave Downs returns on Sunday at 10am to BrewBakers at 169 Main St. in Middletown for a few hours of crooning and acoustic guitar playing. Call 860-852-0034.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
RealArtWays in Hartford, ends their run of Oscar-nominated live action and animated shorts tonight. This week Real Art Ways is also showing, “The Best Offer” , which has been described as a sumptuous and entertaining mystery of passions, neuroses and intrigue. Friday Night RAW opens a run of the new Italian Film, The Great Beauty, a 2014 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. Find more at realartways.org
Tonight and Saturday, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, finishes up a run of Nebraska, taking viewers on a poignant, humorous father-and-son road trip through the Midwest. Sunday evening Cinestudio begins a run of “The Act of Killing”. Cinestudio also host’s the National Theaters’s live stage production of War Horse Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Visit cinestudio.org for details.
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.
Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm 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.
From 6 to 6:30pm, pick up Blackout with dj smoothchilD. Upon waking up, dj smoothchilD and dj ROCK find out they are lost. Having no idea where they are, they must explore, listening to music, speeches, poetry, and anything else they can find to figure out where they are and how to get home. The first person to call in and guess the correct mystery location win's a prize (of the dj's choosing).
Coming in at 6:30 it's a half-hour with 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.
From 10 until Midnight, 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 2am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott - taking the word of God and mixing it with the music of God then shifting it into overdrive! Praising God with the best Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music on the planet!
At 2 to 2:30am it's Bassment Beats with DJ Lokash - Celebrating its 10th year of bringing you the latest in aboveground & underground hip-hop mixed live.
Then at 2:30 until 3am catch the New World Show with DJ Lokash from Pacifica - The best in Global Bass mixed live. Baila coño!
The next hour 'til 4am it's Maximum Rock & Roll Radio - A weekly radio show featuring the best international DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rock n roll radio record collection.
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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