Good afternoon, it's Friday, March 27th, 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 Russell Library in Middletown continues their Jazz Up Close series on Saturday at 2 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 russelllibrary.org
In New Haven tonight Cafe Nine 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. Visit cafenine.com
In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight 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. Visit blackeyedsallys.com.
At the Hartford Public Library on Saturday, the Connecticut Poetry Society presents a moderated discussion of “The Source,” by Mark Doty, at 10:15 am. 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 Alvin Carter Project: Confluence of Influence. Visit hplct.org
The Mark Twain House resurrects the popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours tonight and Saturday. Tonight 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. Visit marktwainhouse.org
At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, dinger/songwriter Don White takes the stage at 7 tonight. At 8 pm Saturday night, there’s a live performance and CD recording session with the band Coconuts. 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. Visit buttonwood.org
Manic Productions presents No Joy, Landing, and Grooms at the Ballroom at the Outer Space on Saturday for an 8:30 show. Check in at manicproductions.org
Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge presents live music this weekend with Touch of Soul tonight and straight-ahead Jazz Saturday night with John Brighenti. Visit them at scatzrestaurantandlounge.com
The Center for the Arts at Wesleyan has a busy week ahead with many student thesis exhibits, screenings and performances. The Spring Faculty Dance Concert “Women of Myth Unleashed/The Seven Deadly Sins” takes place on tonight and Saturday at the CFA Theater. Tonight, 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 wesleyan.edu/cfa
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, is presented tonight and Saturday night beginning at 7:30 pm. The company has been rehearsing since January and is excited to welcome spring with this youthful, effervescent production of Shakespeare’s delightful comedy. Details at oddfellows.org
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. Call 860.346.4778 or visit greatermiddletownconcerts.org
The WESU spring Record Fair will be held at Beckham Hall on 55 Wyllys Avenue in Middletown this Saturday from 11am - 4pm. The fair features dozens of vendors selling new and used music in all formats, plus WESU DJs spinning vinyl all day long! It is free and open to the public. For more information, go to wesufm.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
The film “Music of Survival” about the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus, will be shown Sunday at Wesleyan’s Goldsmith Family Cinema, along with a performance and discussion by Julia Kytasty. Visit wesleyan.edu/cfa
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, opening tonight 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. Visit realartways.org for more info.
At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, “A Most Violent Year,” runs through Saturday. It's a drama involving a contractor operating his business in the trash-filled streets of 1981 New York City. On 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. Visit 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 Ear-Candy with DJ Sick Nelden where you hear the newest in Indie Rock, through the lens of pop and the absurd. Then at 6, it's half an hour of Argus News Radio with Simon Korn providing campus and Middletown news. And on the 2nd and 4th Fridays it's Music, Eh?! with Annalee followed by half an hour of Counterspin.
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.
The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at wesufm.org/jive
And if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can make that donation online at wesufm.org anytime. Thanks for listening!