Good evening, it's Monday, April 13th, 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, Producer of Conversations on Healthcare heard on each Wednesday at 4:30 here on WESU. Thanks for joining us today as we begin to launch the WESU Spring Pledge drive! Help us close out our capital campaign with a donation to help strengthen WESU and the service we provide. You can make your donation online at www.wesufm.org/pledge. If you are a past donor, you’ll be receiving a pledge letter in the mail shortly. Thanks so much!
Now, here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:
At 4:30 this afternoon the opening reception for a photography exhibit associated with Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts “Muslim Women’s Voices” series began. This happens at The Green Street Teachign and Learning Center and an artist talk follows the reception. Did you know that Wesleyan’s Green Street Teaching and Learning Center is turning ten this year? They are celebrating with several community fundraisers including one with FroyoWorld on Main St in Middletown this Friday, when 20% of all sales between 5-8 p.m. will be donated to Green Street. More online at www.wesleyan.edu/greenstreet
Tonight (Tuesday) WESU and The Wesleyan Argus present the 2nd event (event in our "Media & Journalism Speaker Series” . At 7PM tonight, LEN BESTHOFF '88, Chief Investigative Reporter at NBC Connecticut will share his journey from Economics major at Wesleyan to longtime professional broadcast journalist. He will explain how Wesleyan's emphasis on critical thinking and being open minded prepared him for his career. In particular, Besthoff will discuss the passion he developed for investigative reporting on local television news, and the positive impact it can have in a community. Our third (and final) event of the series will be on Friday at 7PM and features 2 speakers. MIRIAM GOTTFRIED '05, columnist for The Wall Street Journal's Heard on the Street and NICHOLAS QUAH '12, currently a reporter for the BuzzFeed Mobile News appMiriam and Nick will be discussing their paths from Wesleyan into journalism jobs. They will also be talking about what students can do now to improve their journalism and produce work that will impress future employers. Both event will take place Wesleyan’s Allbritton center for Public Life RM 311 and are free and open to the public. More online at www.wesufm.org .
Additional offerings at Wesleyan this week includes: Lebanese American writer and artist Leila Buck presenting a workshop performance on Thursday at 8 in World Music Hall on Wesleyan’s campus. Thursday at 6 you can catch present The Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble, performing new and old works at CFA Hall. Senior thesis exhibits and recitals continue through the week as well. Details at http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.
Northwestern Connecticut Community College presents The 19th Annual Mad River Literary Festival April 14-15, 2015. On Tuesday April 14th, at 6:30 p.m., Karen Shepard reads from her novel, The Celestials. On Wednesday, April 15th, at 6:30 p.m., poets Doug Anderson & Kate Rushin read from their work. The readings take place at Founder's Hall Auditorium on The Northwestern campus at 2 Park Place Winsted,CT and are free and open to the public. www.nwcc.commnet.edu or, call: (860) 738-6300.
Tonight at 7, at the Russell Library in Middletown, their Great Books discussion series continues, featuring work by Joshua Reynolds. On Thursday they’re screening “The Lunchbox,” followed by a discussion with Wesleyan Professor Indira Karamacheti. The Veterans’ Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7. There’s a Beginning Meditation workshop on Saturday at 2, with Hillary Gauvreau. On Sunday they offer a Natural Products Workshop with Ann Buchanan at 1:30. Visit http://www.russelllibrary.org for details and information on additional community activities.
In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, brings Words & Music, with poet K. Ponzie and more. On Wednesday, The Destiny Twins are in town for the make-up show of the January cancellation. On Thursday at 8, Gang Green takes the stage. Friday’s show includes Duece Bug, Phil Blount, Heat Mizer, and the Eardrugz. On Saturday they’ve got Los Jamones and more at 9. Their Sunday Soul Service happens at 8 p.m. http://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’s Blues Jam is with Gene Donaldson. On Saturday they’ve got Mississippi Heat, playing traditional blues with a unique sound. www.blackeyedsallys.com for more.
Manic Productions brings you the Funky Dawgz Brass Band and Mojo this Wednesday at Bar in New Haven. On Friday, it’s Elvis Perkins and Elison Jackson at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden. On Saturday, at The Space, it’s River City Extension and more for an 8 p.m. show. The Ballroom at the Outer Space brings you Kimkata and Back From Earth on Saturday at 9. On Sunday at 8:30, it’s Todd Barry and Ken Reid at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. http://www.manicproductions.org
On Thursday at noon, the Connecticut Old State House in Hartford presents Herstory: Women’s Rights Tour, highlighting the historical influence of Connecticut women. http://www.ctosh.org
At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Thursday CinTamani and Aruna Chocolates presenting Groove Jam and Super Foods. On Friday at 7, Ameranouche returns to the stage Buttonwood with their Gypsy Flamenco Swing. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Abundance & Privilege. Later at 8, they bring you the folk singer/songwriting team of Terry Kitchen and Mara Levin. 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. Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets.http://www.buttonwood.org
At Toad’s Place, on Thursday down in new Haven, Rx Bandits, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, and Cayetana share a bill. On Friday it’s Badfish, a tribute to Sublime, along with Primitive Whomp featuring Brightside & Friends in Lilly’s Pad. On Sunday they headline QQ and The Jackhammer Tour.www.toadsplace.com has the complete line-up.
Friday night, here in Middletown Scatz Restaurant and Jazz lounge presents Basically Blues. Saturday night Fade2Black makes for a night of new and old school jams. More online at http://www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com/ and.. that’s scatz with a “Z”
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, it’s blues singer Taj Mahal this Friday at 8. On Saturday, they’ve got Martha Davis and the Motels, with special guest Ruby Rose Fox. You can hear toe tapping and foot stomping Americana and more at Infinity on Sunday with friend of WESU and her internationally acclaimed band, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem. http://www.infinityhall.com
Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown presents a Master Class on Acting For Film, by award-winning director Keith Bearden, this Saturday at 10 a.m. To register, visithttp://www.oddfellows.org
You can celebrate Earth Day by visiting the Trashion Fashion Eco-Market on Sunday at 11 in Hartford, featuring earth-friendly artisans, vendors, food, and more. Details athttp://www.trashionfashionshow.com
The Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3 at the Hartford Public Library. This week they present The Brian Marsella Trio. http://www.hplct.org
Artists for World Peace and Comedy On Demand present dinner and improv comedy on Sunday at Typhoon Restaurant in Middletown. 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 their run of “The Wrecking Crew,” about the unsung studio musicians that provided the backbeat for may 1960’s hits. Also continuing is “An Honest Liar,” a documentary about world-famous magician and escape artist James “The Amazing” Randi. Both run through Thursday. Their Film Series 101 presents François Truffaut’s classic “The 400 Blows,” on Wednesday, about a misunderstood young boy who enters a life of petty crime. On Friday they open “White God,” a Hungarian film about a young girl separated from her beloved dog, and the unwanted dogs who rise up to reunite them. www.realartways.com.
At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, their April in Paris Film Festival continues all week. Check the website for offerings and times. Thursday’s matinée features National Theatre Live’s production of “The Hard Problem,” by Tom Stoddard. On Sunday they’re showing the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of Prokofiev’s “Ivan the Terrible.” They also open a run of the award-winning “Red Army,” a documentary about the Soviet Union’s dominance of ice hockey during the Cold War. http://www.cinestudio.org
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 peek into the live music scene at Wesleyan.
At 6:00 stay tuned for “The Movement” DJ Aiss and DJ Dani’s guide to all things black.
From 6:30-8pm it’s Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill featuring Folk, bluegrass, singer-songwriter, Americana, real country, all roots oriented music plus concert listings and ticket giveaways! on Tonight’s Kate Callahan stops by the studio and Bill will give away tickets to see Roosevelt Dime and Stray Birds this Sunday night at Bridge Street Live!
From 8-9pm it’s 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 the free form musical romp that is, 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 1:30-2:30 amstay 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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Thanks for listening! Now stay tuned for Wild Wild Live!