Good evening, it's Tuesday, March 24th, 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:
The Middletown Commission on the Arts celebrates Arts Advocacy Day with a reception and award ceremony at 5:30pm today at Kidcity on Washington St where they will also the open the new “Middleshire” exhibit. www.arts2go.org
For the third year in a row, from 6-9pm tonight, The Green St Teaching and Learning Center here in Middletown is hosting a Pysanka (PEH-SAN-KEH) egg decorating workshop for teens and adults. To register please call 860-685-7871 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tonight the Russell Library in Middletown hosts an event about of this year’s One Book/One Middletown selection, “Stranger in a Strange Land” by Robert A Heinlein, with award-winning author and astronomer Bob Crelin at 7pm. Author/scholar Hedda Kopf leads a discussion of “The News from Spain: 7 Variations on a Love Story,” on Wednesday at 7. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7. On Saturday at 2 they continue their Jazz Up Close series with pianist Noah Baerman, guitarist Freddie Bryant, and others. On Sunday the library celebrates India Heritage Month with a Photographers’ Reception featuring the works of Dianne Roberts and Harald Foellmer. Their exhibit continues through April. Visit http://www.russelllibrary.org for details and information on more community activities.
In New Haven tonight Cafe Nine presents James and the Ultrasounds, La Tunda, and Dangerous Animals. Wednesday’s headliner is Mad River City. On Thursday, it’s Elison Jackson, Ian Fitzgerald, and Brian Carroll for a 9:00 show. Friday’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour at 5 features Victor Roland, followed by Live Mike Live at 9, featuring interviews with New Haven artists and celebrities. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with the George Baker Band. At 9 they’ve got All Riot, The Screw-Ups, and Spectral Fangs. On Sunday, there’s Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School at 3, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Cobalt Rhythm Kings at 9. http://www.cafenine.com
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Tuesdays, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on stage. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Tim McDonald. On Thursday they bring you Broca’s Area with a future soul/hip-hop sound. On Friday at 9 it’s Frank Viele bringing you acoustic funk, folk and soul. On Saturday at 9, they feature singer/sonwriter Jeff Pitchell, appearing with Texas Flood. www.blackeyedsallys.com for more.
Music at the Hubbard House presents their One Concert – One Child event this Wednesday at 7:30 at their Middletown location. Proceeds benefit Artists for World Peace and the Children of Peace project. The featured artist is singer/songwriter Hannah Fair. Details at http://www.artistsforworldpeace.org
Also here in Middletown Wednesday night from 7:30-11:30, The Cypress Grill on South Main St presents and open Blues Jam and invites you to join the session.
The Hartford Public Library, they present “Explorers & Adventurers Connecticut,”, on Wednesday at 6. On Saturday, the Connecticut Poetry Society presents a moderated discussion of “The Source,” by Mark Doty, at 10:15 on Saturday. They celebrate Women’s History Month on Saturday at 1 with “The Uncharted Path from Fear to Freedom: A Glimpse into the Life and Work of Adrienne Rich. Their Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3 p.m. with the Calvin Carter Project: Confluence of Influence. http://www.hplct.org
The Mark Twain House Book/Mark offers a Writing Political Poetry workshop with Edwina Trentham stating this Wednesday. Their Book/Mark series also continues on Wednesday with author and Food Network star Simon Majumdar, who chronicled an exploration of American cuisine in his book “Fed, White and Blue.” They resurrect the popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours this Friday and Saturday. On Friday they present Brian Dykstra: Selling Out, at 7:30, and Saturday’s events include “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” and the workshop “Getting Started: The First Steps to Writing a Story” with Jo Anne Burgh. www.marktwainhouse.org
At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Thursday, they’ve got the Middlesex Drum Circle at 7. Bring your own, or use an instrument on site. Singer/songwriter Don White takes the Buttonwood stage on Friday at 7. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Freedom Through Spiritual Awakening. At 8 p.m., Saturday night, there’s a live performance and CD recording session with the band Coconuts. Sunday’s Christian worship services begin at 10am. Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m. Help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30. Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets. The “Wonder of Women” art exhibit continues through the month. http://www.buttonwood.org
Manic Productions presents Honeyblood, Violent Mae, and Loom at Bar in New Haven tomorrow (Weds). On Thursday they’ve got Swervedriver, and Gateway Drugs, appearing at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. No Joy, Landing, and Grooms are back at the Ballroom on Saturday for an 8:30 show. http://www.manicproductions.org
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, on Thursday at 7:30 they’ve got The Priests singing classic rock. The Heritage Blues Orchestra takes the Infinity stage on Friday at 8. On Saturday, it’s Grammy Award-winning rock artist Marc Cohn with The Sweet Remains for an 8:00 show. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with special guest JD & the Straight Shot comes your way on Sunday at 7:30. All details at http://www.infinityhall.com
Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge presents live music this weekend with Touch of SOUL onFriday night and straight ahead Jazz onSaturday night with John Brighenti. http://www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com/
The Center for the Arts at Wesleyan has a busy week ahead with many student thesis exhibits, screenings and performances. Most are open to the public. On Thursday there’s an Opening Reception for “Personal Recollections – Gifts from Robert Dannin and Jolie Stahl,” at Wesleyan’s Davison Art Center.
The Spring Faculty Dance Concert “Women of Myth Unleashed/The Seven Deadly Sins” takes place on Friday and Saturday at the CFA Theater.
On Friday, singer/songwriter Omnia Hegazy takes the stage at Crowell Concert Hall to perform American pop/rock and Arabic folk music as part of the CFA’s Muslim Women’s Voices series.
On Saturday at CFA Hall, Ming Zhu presents a senior recital, “Tunes of Ancient China.” Details at http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
Thursday night brings opening night of the second and final run of Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring the talents of over 25 young people on stage and behind the scenes. The company has been rehearsing since January and is excited to welcome spring with this youthful, effervescent production of Shakespeare’s delightful comedy. www.oddfellows.org
The Coginchaug High School Scholarship Fund holds its 44th annual Social and Silent Auction this Friday at 7 p.m. in the Middletown Elks Crystal Ballroom. There’s a dinner buffet, music by Jock in Box Entertainment, and a guest appearance by WFSB anchor Kevin Hogan. Contact Anne Koba at 860-995-0532 or at email@example.com for details and tickets.
The Greater Middletown Concert Association sponsors a performance of “The Barber of Seville” this Saturday at 7:30 at the Middletown High School Performing Arts Center. http://www.arts2go.org
This Saturday from noon -4pm, The Green Party of CT presents an event featuring 2012 GREEN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, JILL STEIN, who WILL GIVE A SPEECH ABOUT HER PLAN FOR PEACE, JUSTICE, AND JOBS IN THE USA AT THE PORLAND SENIOR CENTER IN PORTLAND CT. Music By Baird Welch-Collins 1-888.877.8607 for details and info or www.ctgreenparty.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Through Thursday Real Art Ways in Hartford, continues their run of “Boy Meets Girl,” a coming-of-age romantic comedy. Also continuing through Thursday is “Living is Easy with Eyes Closed,” a Spanish film about a Beatles fan who takes a road trip in the hope of meeting John Lennon at a film shoot location. Opening on Friday is “Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem,” an Israeli film that follows a woman seeking to divorce her manipulative husband who’s put on trial by her country’s religiously-based marriage laws. Improv’d Cinema happens on Sunday at 2, featuring Sea Tea Improv as they do voice-overs on a terrible film selected by the audience. www.realartways.com.
At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, the run of “Inherent Vice,” an LA crime drama starring Joaquin Phoenix, ends its run tonight. Tomorrow (Wednesday) they open “A Most Violent Year,” a drama about a contractor operating his business in the trash-filled streets of 1981 New York City. It runs through Saturday. On Thursday and Sunday they screen “National Theatre Live: A View from the Bridge,” the Arthur Miller classic. Cinestudio celebrates their 45th anniversary on Saturday with a one-time screening of classic concert film from The Talking Heads, “Stop Making Sense,”. On Sunday they open a run of “Timbuktu,” an Oscar-nominated film about radical jihadists who took over northern Mali in 2012. www.cinestudio.org.
The film “Music of Survival” about the Ukranian Bandurist Chorus, will be shown Sunday at Wesleyan’s Goldsmith Family Cinema, along with a performance and discussion by Julia Kytasty. www.weskeyan.edu/cfa
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:
Right after the jive stay tuned for Wild Wild Live with Hibiki and Rachie, for a sneak peak into the live music scene at Wesleyan.
At 6pm its time for a 2hr edition of Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill featuring Folk, bluegrass, singer-songwriter, Americana, real country, all roots oriented music with concert listings at 7pm . on Tonight’s show Bill will giveaway tickets to see RED MOLLY this Saturday at the Sounding Board.
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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