Monday, April 27, 2015

04-27-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, April 27th, 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 Billy Johnstone, host of the Broadway music hour heard every 2nd and fourth Sunday of the month at 5:30 pm.  

Now here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight brings Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed by the Anything Goes Open Mic hosted by Nora Camby.   On Friday at 5:30 there’s an Artists’ Reception to open the new exhibition “Paint the Town,” by Jacqueline Jones, featuring local scenes from Middletown.  At 8:00, (Friday) Keri Powers and Eric Lichter take the stage. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday morning at 10:30. This week’s theme is Cleaning up and Letting Go.  At 1, there’s a Free Poets Collective with music and an Open Mic, featuring Tony Brown of the Duende Project.  At 8 p.m. it’s The 2nd Line Quartet with jazz offerings. 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.

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, they’ve got the Dirty Bourbon River Show with The Devil Plays Poker.  On Tuesday, it’s Catalina Gonzalez & Friends for a birthday show, along with other performers.  On Wednesday they bring you Voltaire, and Ego Likeness.  Thursday it’s Lydia Lunch, Retrovirus, and Downtown Boys. Friday’s 5:00 feature is Mountains of the Moon, followed at 8 by a benefit for the Devil’s Gear Bike Shop, with a variety of artists. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Billy Cofrances.  At 9, it’s the CD Release Party for Mission 0. Their Sunday Soul Service happens at 8 p.m.

Also this week at Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence in Lilly’s Pad.  They’ve got an Electric Thursdays: EDM Party this week, with DJs spinning in two rooms.  On Friday they offer Circa Survive, Balance and Composure, and Chon. On Sunday they headline ILOVEMAKONNEN for their Loudest of the Loud Tour at 9. has the complete line-up.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Mondays at 8 brings you the Harrt School’s Jazz Big Band. On Tuesday, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Tim McDonald.  The Black eyed sallys CT Blues Challenge is back on  Thursday at 8. On Saturday they feature Neal Vitullo & the Vipers. for more.

Tonight Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts features, Pulitzer Prize-winning  author and playwright  Quiara Alegria Hudes presenting “What Happens When We Tell a Story” at Memorial Chapel, followed by a reception and book signing.  The CFA’s Artful Lunch series continues on Tuesday at noon at the Davison Art Center.  On Thursday, you are invited to explore Javanese gamelan music at 7 in the World Music Hall. The Collegium Musicum performs vocal music at 8 in Memorial Chapel, Thursday night. 

The Wesleyan Taiko Drumming Ensemble performs at 9pm at Crowell Concert Hall.  On Friday, members of the New York Virtuoso Singers present Experimental Music for Vocal Quartet at 8 in Crowell Concert Hall. 

The Wesleyan Spring Dance Concert takes place on Friday and Saturday.  On Saturday at 8, the Wesleyan University Orchestra performs in Crowell Concert Hall, including works by the winners of the university Concerto Competition.  The Worlds of Dance Concert happens on Sunday at 2 in Crowell Concert Hall, and the Wesleyan Concert Choir performs works for chorus and organ at 3 in Memorial Chapel.  At 7, the Chinese Music Ensemble presents their spring concert, “Middle Kingdom” in Middletown, at 7, in World Music Hall.    Details at

On Wednesday, Manic Productions brings Dreamers, Gold Lake, and Ian Biggs to Bar in New Haven. Thursday, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, they’ve got The Relationship – members of Weezer, U.S. Bombs & The Bravery.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Connecticut Poetry Society holds their monthly meeting on Wednesday at 6pm.  The Veterans’ Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7.  On Saturday they have an Introduction to MELT class at 10 a.m., led by Joanne Wilcox.  At 2 p.m. they have Stories from India with storytellers Angela Calderella and Tata Canuelas. Visit for details and information on additional community activities.

The History of Middletown’s Riverfront and Its Future is the topic of the Middlesex County Historical Society meeting this Wednesday evening taking place at the new Senior Center in Middletown.  Society Director Deborah Shapiro will present a lecture “Down by the Riverside,” and Michael Wackers, Director of Planning, Conservation, and Development, will speak about future plans for the riverfront.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can catch The Wailin’ Jennys with special guest Heather Maloney on Wednesday at 8.  On Friday, it’s the “Back to the Eighties” Show with Jessie’s Girl.  On Saturday, they feature D.A. Foster & The Shaboo All-Stars with Duke & The Esoterics, as a benefit for Work Vessels for Vets.   On Sunday at 7 it’s Puccini’s La Bohème by the Connecticut Lyric Opera and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.

Thursday night “The Bus” featuring Michael Cleary, Eric Kuhn and other area musicians plays the THE BACK PORCH in Old Saybrook for more info you can call 860 510 0282

Ronnie Spector sings the Fabulous Ronettes Friday this night, May  at Bridge Street Live with an 8:00 PM showtime.

It’s a bit out of our area but there’s also a big doowop show happening at the Vets theater in Providence this Saturday, when Richard Nader’s DooWop and Rock and Roll All Stars present an evening with Shirley Alston Reeves, The Legendary Teenagers, Jay Siegel’s Tokens, The Charlie Thomas Drifters and more. Details at   

WESU DJ Karen Stein, host of Imagine Radio, performs acoustic guitar every Saturday from 12:15 to 3 p.m. at the original Brewbaker’s on Main Street in Middletown. 

Samba Fest, cosponsored by Trinity College and Riverfront Recapture, happens this Saturday at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford starting at 11.  Celebrate the regions’ rich Brazalian culture with international and local music and more.

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 “Hunting Ground,” an exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses.  Both continue through Thursday. On Friday they open a run of “Dior & I,” a behind-the-scenes look at the haute couture collection of its new artistic director, Raf Simons.  It runs through the weekend.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, they continue the run of “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” with Maggie Smith and others managing a hotel in Jaipur, through Wednesday.  On Thursday it’s “Show your Shorts,” the work of film studies majors at the college.  On Friday they’re showing the 2015 Oscar-Nominated short films in the Live Action Category.  They continue the series on Saturday, screening nominees from Animation.  At 4 on Saturday it’s the fourth annual Trinity Film Festival, with red carpet arrivals, awards and more, screening short film entries from students across the country. On Sunday they open a run of “White God,” a Hungarian film about a young girl separated from her beloved dog, and the unwanted dogs who rise up to reunite them.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:

Right after the Jive at Five Stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.
From 6 to 6:30 it’s Think Twice Radio with Al Robinson, which reasserts the “watchdog” role of media by ramping up coverage of Connecticut issues in a nonpartisan manner.

75% Folk with Michael Benson follows from 6:30 to 8, bringing you contemporary folk and acoustic music with side orders of blues, jazz, world, pop, movie soundtracks, readings and occasional live interviews.

From 8 to 9:30 it’s Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin, brings you Americana music from Nashville and around the world including Folk, acoustic Country, and roots-Rock from both emerging and veteran artists. 

The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee follows from 9:30 to 11, bringing you the music of yesterday’s future today.

Songs Without Words with Jacob Feder is on board at 11, with an eclectic mix of instrumental tunes from jazz to folk to electronic and back again.

At midnight it’s The Spice of Life with DJ Pretz, emphasizing Latin music, from folk to traditional to modern.

From 1 to 2 a.m. we bring you The Biz Marquee with Cole, where you’ll hear a variety of music by rappers who love to act.

Next is All Mixed Up from Pacifica, airing until 3 a.m. for an eclectic mix of arts and information, featuring mood-driven music mixes and interviews.

We follow that with Maximum Rock and Roll Radio until 4, followed by BBC World News from 4 to 5 a.m., bringing you international news coverage from the famous British news network.  Morning Edition from NPR comes your way at 5. 

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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