Good evening, it's Tuesday, January 20th, and this is the Jive at Five – our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on WESU 88.1 FM 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 Marianne O’Hare. Now here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:
At the Buttonwood in Middletown, tonight at 6 they offer Laughter Yoga with Mylene Poitras, followed by a Vegetarian Potluck. Thursday at 7 you can join the Middlesex Drum Circle, extra percussion instruments are available. Friday night at 7 they bring Bobtown – A Folk-Americana group to the Buttonwood stage. On Saturday at 4 there’s an Art Reception with Andrew Wallach to celebrate his artpiece “Evolution of the Revolution.” At 8 on Saturday, there’s a “Where’s Warren” 50th birthday solo concert with Hartford’s own Warren Byrd. Sunday’s worship service at 10 is with Reverend Ronnie Bantum, followed by Pastor Sandra Steele at 11. At 1 p.m., Food Not Bombs serves food in front of the Buttonwood. Help prepare the vegetarian meal at 11:30 at First Church on Court Street. Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets. http://www.buttonwood.org
In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, Manic Productions brings you The Whigs, Laundry Day, and No Line North. Wednesday’s show features Rabbit in the Rye, Sam Perduta, and Kindred Queer. On Thursday they headline Eurisko, along with others, at the 9:00 show. On Friday at 5, the Weekly Wind-down Happy Hour features Byl Cote, followed by the 9:00 show featuring Sasquatch & The Sick-A-Billys, along with Lushlife. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with the George Baker Band, followed by the January Jam at 9 with Rizzo’s Dilemma and Low Key. The Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 this week features the Morris Trent Band. www.cafenine.com
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Tuesday nights, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday night’s Blues Jam is with Tommy Whalen this week. On Thursday they bring you Paint Night with all materials provided. Friday night, it’s the Spiritual Rez reggae funk dance experience with Frank Viele at 9. On Saturday they’ve got Neal Vitullo & the Vipers. More at www.blackeyedsallys.com
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Partners not necessary. Call 860-347-0278 for details.
At the Russell Library in Middletown this week, on Thursday at 7 Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz will present “The Influence of American Rock ‘n’ Roll on the Beatles.” The Veteran’s Writing Group also meets on Thursday. On Saturday at 10 a.m. there is a Preschool Information Fair for Middletown residents. http://www.russelllibrary.org
Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, on Thursday they bring you the Bright Night 11: Electro Glow Party with a whole list of performers. Friday’s 8:30 offerings are Shakedown, Tyrone Shoelaces, and Carbonated Insight. On Sunday, Helium Brothers, and The Professors of Bluegrass take the Toad’s stage. www.toadsplace.com for more.
In Hartford, at Infinity Hall, on Thursday they have Comedy Night starring Dan Naturman with Shaun Eli and Katherine Williams. On Friday they bring you the blues/funk favorite The Subdudes at 8. On Saturday they’ve got Voyage, The #1 “Journey” tribute band in the world. www.infinityhall.com.
This Saturday at 11 and 2 the Connecticut Historical society invites you to a Behind-the-Scenes Tour: The Downton Abbey Era in Connecticut. Enjoy a special tour of costumes and artifacts from the Edwardian era. http://www.chs.org
The Baby Grand Jazz Series is underway at the Hartford Public Library. This Sunday at 3 it’s the Tarantino/Terefenko Duo of piano and saxophone. http://www.hplct.org
You can still skate for free at the Winterfest Hartford rink in Bushnell Park, thanks to the City of Hartford and The iQuilt Partnership. Free skate rentals are available. http://www.hartford.com
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
The Hartford Public Library will screen “Hunger In America,” a documentary on food scarcity, this Tuesday at 6 at the Center for Contemporary Culture. A discussion follows the film, which is sponsored by the City of Hartford Food System and Foodshare. www.hplct.org
At Real Art Ways in Hartford the run of “Antartica: A Year on Ice,” a documentary following the scientists, technicians and craftsmen who live year-round on the Antarctic continent, continues through Friday. Also continuing is “The Overnighters,” an award-winning documentary about job seekers chasing the American Dream in the tiny oil boomtown of Williston, North Dakota. It also runs through Friday. On Saturday they open the run of the Italian thriller “Human Capital,” about unexpected the events that occur when two families from different economic backgrounds become entwined. Also opening is “Point and Shoot,” which won the Best Documentary award at the Tribeca Film Festival. It follows a timid man with OCD who leaves home and ends up filming the war in Libya until he was captured by Gaddafi’s forces. Both run through the weekend. www.realartways.com.
Tonight, Cinestudio at Trinity College continues thier run of “Force Majeure,” a Swedish film about the impact of a terrifying avalanche on a vacationing family of four. Tomorrow/ Wednesday they’ll be screening “Birdman,” the Academy Award-nominated film starring Michael Keaton as a washed up superhero actor. It continues through Saturday. On Thursday and Saturday they’re also showing “National Theatre Live’s Treasure Island,” a new stage adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic. On Sunday there’s a one-time screening of The Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake,” directed by Vincent Bataillon. More at http://www.cinestudio.org
Now, here’s a look at tonight’s programming on WESU 88.1 FM:
Right after the Jive at Five stay tuned for three hours of Roots and American music with Bill Revill’s Acoustic Blender.
At 8pm its time for Voice of the City with J-Cherry for an hour of live local arts and culture with in studio interviews and live performances.
At 9pm, DJ’ Cheshire Cat offers an extended edition for Wonderland, for a free form musical romp that cover a wide spectrum from grunge to garage, prog to punk and everything in between.
At 10:30, you can catch a 2HR documentary about unsung female rockers from the 60s-70s, “The Fannys”
We’ve got a free form mix of programming after that to take you until At 4am you can hear the BBC world news service and we kick of tomorrow’s program with Morning edition from NPR.
That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. Tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 p.m. to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at WESU 88.1 FM, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.
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