Good evening, it's Tuesday, February 10th, 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.
Thanks for joining us. I’m Marianne O’Hare producer of CHC Radio…
Here’s some of what’s scheduled to be going on in our area this week. With more snow in the forecast, it’s always a good idea to check with venues for cancellations before heading out.
Tonight here in Middletown at 7pm, The Jonah Center for Earth and Art invites you to a presentation and conversation on human responses to wildlife in urban and suburban settings with by Dr. Liv Baker, Fellow at Wesleyan University’s College of the Environment. This event takes place at the DeKoven House, 27 Washington St. in Middletown. http://www.thejonahcenter.org
The Russell Readers meet tonight at 7pm at the Russell Library in Middletown. They’re discussing The New Organon by Francis Bacon. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7. On Saturday, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz presents “Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion,” at 2 p.m. Visit http://www.russelllibrary.org for details.
Also happening tonight here in Middletown, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents a graduate music recital by Peter Blasser, “At the Leadmine,” in CFA Hall. Tomorrow, Wednesday at 4:30, there’s an Artist Lecture in CFA Hall by Rachel Harrison, one of the ten artists featured in the exhibition “Picture/Thing.” On Thursday at 4:30 at the Mansfield Freeman Center, there’s a book signing and presentation, “3.11: Disaster and Change in Japan,” with Professor Richard Samuels. He’s a Founding Director of the MIT Japan Program. University Organist and Artist in Residence Ronald Ebrecht will play Romantic music by Widor, Liszt, and others in Memorial Chapel on Saturday, Valentine’s Day, at 4. Full details athttp://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, tonight you can catch Someone You Can XRay, Sean Conlon, and Some Such Things. On Wednesday at 5 it’s King & Queens of East Rock. Thursday’s show headlines Navi Singh and Rachael Sage. On Friday it’s the Albert Lee Band, along with Girls, Guns and Glory. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Gary Grippo & Friends, and at 9 they bring you Valentine’s Day Jazz Cocktails in the Living Room with Kevin St. James. Sunday’s 3 p.m. show brings you Sonic Supercharger 66, Diztrict Allstars, and The Boardlords. Sunday night’s Original Jam is with The Langley Project.http://www.cafenine.com
At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, this Thursday you can try out your own literary prose at the Writers Out Loud open mic at 7 with hosts Al Bower Jr and Cocomo Rock.
The Buttonwood presents the Alturas Duo on Friday at 7, offering a blend of classical and South American music played on viola, charango, and guitar. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30 with the theme: A Perfect Match. Saturday night at 7:30 it’s the Buttonwood’s Meet Your Mates Potluck Party. Bring a dish and meet others who enjoy music and life.
Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m. You can help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30. On Mondays at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets at The Buttonwood Tree. The exhibit “The Love Affair of Chaos And Beauty” by David Chorney runs through the month. http://www.buttonwood.org.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, Tuesday nights bring Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band working out new material on stage. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Alan James. On deck for Friday is Roots of Creation, bringing you reggae, rock and funk. On Saturday Latanya Farrell takes the stage, bringing you soul, blues, and dance classics. www.blackeyedsallys.com for more.
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet Wednesday evenings at First Church on Court St. Partners not necessary. Call 860-347-0278 for details.
Tomorrow/ Wednesday, Manic Productions brings you Franz Nicolay, New Year’s Revolution, and Dagwood at Bar in New Haven. On Thursday, Manic and Fistful of Jokes present Ophira Eisenberg at the Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, along with Dan Rice and Andrew Morgan. And on Sunday at The Ballroom, you can catch Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic & DJ Abilities for an 8:30 show.http://www.manicproductions.org
The Art Guild of Middletown presents Soup to Nutz by nationally- published cartoonist Rick Stromonski at their meeting this Thursday at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell. He’ll lead a workshop later this month at the school. More at http://www.middletownartguild.org
A writing workshop, “Romance is in the Air,” happens this Friday at noon at the Mark Twain House in Hartford. Learn about writing the love stories you love to read with Connecticut authors Katy Lee and Nan Rossiter. http://www.marktwainhouse.org
On Friday at Toad’s Place in New Haven, they headline Cosmic Dust Bunnies, along with Relative Souls, The Mushroom Cloud, and The SETI Project. www.toadsplace.com has the complete line-up.
At Infinity Hall Hartford, this Friday, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell takes the stage. On Saturday it’s country star Robert Earl Keen, with Special Guest Bonnie Bishop. On Sunday multiple Grammy-winner jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves comes your way at 8. http://www.infinityhall.com
Enjoy “Second Saturday for Families” this Saturday from 10 to 1 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford. Admission is free. http://www.thewadsworth.org
The third annual Art Sled Derby takes place this Saturday starting at 11 at Elizabeth Park in Hartford. There are judges and prizes for the best art sleds. Details at http://www.elizabethparkct.org
The “Journey Writer’s Workshop” happens this Sunday at 1 at Sweet Harmony Café on Main St in Middletown. Writers, playwrights, poets and more will showcase their talents. www.arts2go.org
On Sunday afternoon there’s free jazz with the Baby Grand Jazz series at the Hartford Public Library. The featured performer is The Steve Clarke Trio. http://www.hplct.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, their run of the 2015 Oscar Shorts continues through the week. Choose from Animated and Live Action categories. On Friday and Sunday they bring back “Ida,” a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film, about a Polish novice in a nunnery who discovers her family is Jewish, and takes a trip with her aunt to discover the truth about her parents. They also bring back a limited run of “Citizen Four,” Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature, on Februray 14, 16, and 17. This film brings you details of the Edward Snowdon story in his own words. Another Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature, “Song of the Sea,” opens a limited run on Saturday. It’s the story of two siblings who journey across a magic world to return to their home by the sea.www.realartways.com.
At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, the run of Oscar-nominee “Ida” continues through Thursday, when it moves to Real Art Ways. Outfilm’s Second Thursdays series continues this week with a one-day screening of “Life Partners,” about lesbian and straight roommates who are both looking for the right one. On Friday and Saturday you can enjoy the 1942 Oscar-winning classic “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Sunday’s new offering is “The Long Goodbye,” the 1973 Robert Altman classic starring Elliott Gould and Nina Van Pallandt in a restored version for the big screen. www.cinestudio.org.
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:
Right after the jive its Wild Wild Live with DJ Hibiki and DJ Rachie, a weekly show featuring Wesleyan connected artists in studio and performance.
From 6-6:30pm its The Movement, DJ Aiss’ and DJ Dani’s guide to All Black Everything
At 6:30 its time for 90 minuites of Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill featuring Folk, bluegrass, singer-songwriter, Americana, real country, all roots oriented music with concert listings at 7pm and frequent ticket giveaways.
From 8-9pm its The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry for a weekly dose of live and local Connecticut arts and music.
From 9-10:30pm stay tuned for Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat.
At 10:30-11:30pm Tess and Isabel bring you the Feminist Power Hour
Then at 11:30 tonight it’s The Wily Windy Moors with Ian McCarthy for an hour of Pop or pop-adjacent tunes to get you revved up for bed.
From 12:30-1:30am catch the Hot Tune Time Machine with the Kaiser and DJ LT
From 1:30-2:30amstay tuned for The Blast Zone with Baggins and the G-O who will journey, drill, grab, sing, and banter thier way through the wild world of sports.
At 2:30 its Occupy Radio from Pacifica, An extended conversation about the issues which gave rise to the Occupy Movement.
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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