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Good evening, it's Thursday, March 12th, 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.
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At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight, they offer Writers Out Loud at 7, hosted by Cocomo Rock and Al Bower, Jr. On Friday, it’s the Byrdspeak Free Pop Excursion with pianist Warren Byrd, for a night of musical games and improvisational music. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Sharing Your Abundance. At 1:15 they celebrate Pi Day with a presentation of Nerd Music. Snowapple – a group of vocalists and multi-instrumentalists from Amsterdam - takes the stage at 8. Sunday’s worship service at 10 is with Rev. Ronnie Bantum and at 11 with Pastor Sandra Steele. 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
The Art Guild of Middletown brings master pastelist Chris Ivers to the area this Thursday at 7 at the Cromwell Intermediate School in Cromwell. Enjoy a lecture and a hands-on session about critiquing your own art or the art of others. http://www.arts2go.org
At Toad’s place in New Haven, tonight it’s the EOTO “Outer Orbit” spring tour 2015 with ill.Gates and Elm. On Friday at 7 they offer the Dipset Reunion Tour. They’ve got U2 & Other Irish Favorites on Friday night as well, to benefit the New Haven St. Patrick’s Parade & Youth Gaelic Sports Club. On Saturday, Hollywood Undead and From Ashes To New take the Toads’ stage. On Sunday they bring you Safe Francis, a CD release by Ceschi, and others. www.toadsplace.com has the complete line-up.
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tonight brings the Opening Night of the Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Fest, with a screening of “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker.” On Friday it’s Rock N Roll Hall of Famer Jorma Kaukonen with blues/rock at 8. Tommy Emmanuel with Special Guest Richard Smith take the stage on Saturday. On Sunday at 7:30, they’ve got the classic swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. All details at http://www.infinityhall.com
After-Party at 3 features Sasquatch & The Sick-A-Billys. http://www.cafenine.com
The Hartford Public Library opens their Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3 p.m. with guest artists Noah Baerman on piano and Joshwa Breakstone on guitar.http://www.hplct.org
Up in Hartford, at Black-eyed Sally’s, their long running weekly On Friday, they headline the Van Gordon Martin Band. On Saturday at 9, it’s Eric Sardinas & Big Motor bringing you blues-rock. www.blackeyedsallys.com for more.
Middletown theater company ARTFARM is holding public auditions for circus performers for their Shakespeare in the Grove production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream Saturday from 4 to 6. http://www.art-farm.org
The Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade happens this Saturday starting at 11, rain or shine. Enjoy marching bands, fire trucks, Irish step dancers, and more. http://www.hartford.com/event/
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra holds a fund-raising concert for the Middletown High School Music Department this Saturday at 7:30 at the High School Performing Arts Center. There’s a multimedia world premier work by artist-in-residence Chris Brubeck, along with music by Leonard Bernstein and Duke Ellington. They’ll perform Dave Brubeck’s Grammy-nominated “Ansel Adams: America,” with music to accompany 100 of Adam’s majestic images. http://www.art2go.org.
There’s free admission the second Saturday of each month at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford as part of their Second Saturdays for Families. Create art, or enjoy gallery exhibitions, music, and more. http://www.thewadsworth.org
The monthly “Journey Writer’s Workshop” happens this Sunday at Sweet Harmony Café in Middletown at 1 p.m. Local writers and performers showcase their work. http://www.arts2go.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, they continue the run of “Queen and Country,” follow-up to John Boorman’s “Hope and Glory,” through tomorrow. It’s the saga of two British mates now starting basic training during the Korean War. Also continuing is the French coming of age film “Girlhood,” about three free-spirited girls exploring a gang lifestyle. On Friday they open a run of “Ballet 422,” a documentary of the highly-guarded world of professional ballet that shadows Justin Peck, chief choreographer of the New York City Ballet. On Friday there’s a post-screening discussion with CONNetic Dance’s Carolyn Paine. They also open “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine,” a documentary remembrance of the man who lost his life because of his sexual orientation. Both run through the weekend. www.realartways.com.
At Trinity College’s Cinestudio,tonight and Sunday they’re screening National Theatre Live’s production of “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” a play based on Katherine Boo’s Pulitzer Prize-winning saga of slum life in Mumbai. The Out Film CT Second Thursdays series continues this week with a one-time screening of “Finding Vivian Maier,” a film about how social media brought the street photography of a nursing home resident to life.
Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical “Into The Woods” starring Meryl Streep will be shown this week on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday they begin a run of “Two Days, One Night,” a French film about the precarious life of a factory-working mother in Belgium. www.cinestudio.org.
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:
Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.
(1,3,5) Radio Obscura with Joe McCarthy and Paco Winebox
Radio Obscura is an enormous rocket ship secretly being constructed in the Connecticut River Valley in preparation for an “extinction level event.”
(2,4) Imagine with Karen Stein
Peace through music! Mostly world music, blended with music from the US and music from down the road.
Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
Where hearing is the best experience. A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant-garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.
(1,3,5) Undercover with Rebecca Seidel
Bridging genres and generations, UnderCover explores the concept of inspiration through imitation. Nothing is original.
(2,4) Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice with DJ Mac Cavity
Bask in the light of the sunshine pop, baroque pop and surf music of the past and indulge in the sweet, sugar coated, happy tunes of yesteryear.
(1,3,5) Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam
The Underdogs Edge will feature local hip-hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists normally not played on the radio.
(2,4) Good Times: Radio Plays with MKC, Omardaslayer, and djspecialk
Omardaslayer, SpecialK and MKC are back for a third season of transatlantic knee-slapping guffaws and bantering industry talk.
(1,3,5) The Chillin Factory with Noah G. and DJ So Fresh So Clean
Quality hip hop analysis and dissection favoring and promoting music which provides the best human interpretation for the Platonic form of "chill."
(2,4) The British Are Coming with DJ Babelfish
Explore British music, one region at a time. With music from the British invasion to today, this show is not limited to a specific time or genre.
(1,3,5) Sleep Walk Radio with Clip
Eavesdropping on a night brain: techno, house, post-rock, and snippets of radio talk shows
(2,4) Earwash with Le DJ
Clean out your ears with grimy punk and tour the 70's musical explosion. Leather jackets, 2 minute songs, and downstrokes.
(1,3,5) Efly in the Mix with DJ Efly
From modern hip hop bangers to old school funky jams, Efly spins an eclectic mix of music that will keep his listeners grooving late into the night.
(2,4) Trance on the Porch with DJ Mark
Spinning since 2000, laying down deep progressive house and trance grooves.
RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald
The Divide and Conquer News Report with C.C. Arshagra
A weekly fake news (comedy) show and spin off series from producer, host, spoken mind poet C.C. Arshagra.
That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at www.wesufm.org/jive