Good evening, it's Wednesday, May 27th, 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 Ben Michael, Thanks for joining us. While most listeners are well aware of and are likely getting tired of being reminded that we are trying to wrap up our Spring pledge drive here at WESU. You might be surprised to learn that despite the thousands of announcements we have broadcast in the last 60 days, We have heard from less than 200 donors. While we the end of this pledge drive is in sight, we won’t reach our goal without your support. There’s just over $6,000 and we are counting on you. Every dollar counts!
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening this week throughout our listening area this week.
At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Connecticut Poetry Society meets tomorrow/Wednesday at 6. The Veterans Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7. Visit http://www.russelllibrary.org for details and information on additional community activities.
Manic Productions brings you Alberta Cross, City Streets Country Roads, and more tonight (Wednesday) night at Bar in New Haven. You can also catch Grammy-nominated Tig Notaro at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven on Saturday at 8. http://www.manicproductions.org
CT Hip Hop Crew Political Animals will share the stage with the legendary Masta Ace at Stella Blues i n New Haven tonight. http://www.stellabluesbar.com/
In New Haven tonight, Cafe Nine tonight presents The Tony Purrone Trio tonight. Tomorrow/Thursday, it’s The Lost Bayou Ramblers and Orb Mellon on stage at Café Nine. Friday’s early show at 5 Calvin DeCutlass, followed by Live Mike Live at 9 with comedy, interviews, and more on the Café Nine stage. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 headlines Billy Cofrances. Saturday night it’s Bella’s Bartok, The Asberry Boys, and Huntinanny featuring David Ramos. Café nine present Haunted Cities and more at 3 p.m. on Sunday, followed by the usual Sunday Soul Service at 8. http://www.cafenine.com
Up in Hartford, tonight, Black-eyed Sally’s presents their longstanding weekly Wednesday night Blues Jam which will be hosted by Tim McDonald this week. On Friday it’s a double bill at Sally’s, with Turbine and The Balkun Brothers. Saturday, the Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase starts at 9, with regional and national blues harmonica talent including Handy Award winner Steve Guyger. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Artists for World Peace is holding its last concert of the season this Thursday at 7:30 at The Hubbard House in Middletown. The featured artist is bellydancer Gia, performing with her troupe Venusrising. E-mail Rastamail@aol.com for details.
DJ N.E.B. will be spinning classic Funk, Soul, Disco and 90’s hip hop tonight at the Corner Pocket Bar on Ferry St in Middletown tonight.
Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown opens the premier of “The Adventures of Super Margaret,” a new comedy for young audiences performed by the Junior and Senior Repertory Companies. It opens Thursday night and runs through Saturday, when you can catch a matinee performance. www.oddfellows.org
Also tomorrow/ Thursday, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, you are invited to join the Middlesex Drum Circle this Thursday for a 7 p.m session. Bring your own instrument, or use one on site. On Friday you can enjoy music with the Trio 149 Jazz Group, the brainchild of jazz pianists Jen Allen and Noah Baerman. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. This week’s theme is Open Questions. Later Saturday evening at 8, you can hear the Stanley Maxwell quartet, returning to the Buttonwood for the first time in over a decade. 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. The Hearing Voices Network meets weekly on Monday morning at 10:30. http://www.buttonwood.org
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tomorrow/ Thursday, you can catch a local punk rock showcase, with over 10 bands live on stage. Friday they bring you Shakedown, playing The Dead & Beyond. Saturday Toad’s features Bright Night 18: Electro Glow Party, with a big list of acts. Also on Saturday, in Lilly’s Pad, Afton Presents brings you Mike Sands, Devolve, and more.www.toadsplace.com
At Infinity Hall,Hartford, you can hear world music artist Ottmar Liebert and his band Luna Negra this tomorrow/Thursday at 8. On Friday, the Boston comedy Festival presents Boston Irish Comedians, featuring Joe Carroll, Jack Lynch, Jim McCue, and PJ Walsh. On Saturday, it’s the Soul Sound Revue, featuring the best Motown band in the land. Details at http://www.infinityhall.com
The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford now offers free admission every Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 5 p.m. www.thewadsworth.org
You can take a free tour of the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arc every Thursday at noon in Bushnell Park in Hartford. More information is available at http://www.bushnellpark.org
Hartford’s award-winning saxophone ensemble, the Asylum Quartet, performs a free concert at noon this Thursday at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford. Call 860-527-7231 to learn more.
The Greater Middletown Concert Association brings you Puccini’s La Bohème this Friday at 7:30 at the Middletown High School Performing Arts Auditorium. Details at http://www.arts2go.org.
Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours happen this Friday and Saturday evenings at the Mark Twain House in Hartford. Reservations are required. Find out more at http://www.marktwainhouse.org
This Saturday at 10 a.m., the Hartford Public Library presents Poets on Poetry, a monthly discussion of poetry collections. This month’s focus is the work of Wallace Stevens. http://www.hplct.org
WESU DJ Karen Stein, host of WESU’s Imagine radio show airing on Thursdays, performs acoustic guitar every Saturday from 12:15 to 3 p.m. at the original Brewbaker’s on Main Street in Middletown.
You can celebrate the planet this Sunday from noon to 5 at the Hartford Earth Festival, where you can enjoy food, music, exhibits, and more at Mortensen’s Riverfront Plaza. http://www.hartfordearthfestival.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Through Thursday, Real Art Ways in Hartford, they continue their run of “Iris,” a documentary about nonagenarian Iris Apfel, a longstanding style maven on the New York fashion scene. Also continuing is “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window & Disappeared,” a comedy about a mischievous centenarian on the run. Both run through Thursday. On Friday they’re screening “Man From Reno,” a Japanese/English murder mystery that enters the world of a crime novelist. Also opening is “Every Secret Thing,” another crime thriller based on the novel by Laura Lippman, about the deception surrounding a series of missing child cases. Both run through the weekend. www.realartways.org
Trinity College’s Cinestudio is screening an Ultra High Def restoration of the 1952 British classic “The Tales of Hoffman,” an adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s popular opera. It runs through Thursday. On Friday the 28th Connecticut LGBT Film Festival brings you “Boulevard,” with Robin Williams in his last dramatic role. Several shorts will be shown first, and screenwriter Douglas Soesbe will be in attendance. An Opening Night Gala follows. The festival continues on Saturday with screenings of “20 Lies, 4 Parents and a Little Egg,” “While You Weren’t Looking,” and “Velociraptor.” On Sunday they offer “Liz in September and “Lady Valor: The Kristen Beck Story. Check the website for times and details. http://www.cinestudio.org
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU, as we kick off our first week of our new summer program line up:
Right after the jive at five stay tuned for Dub Revolution with Big Bent
Join Big Bent for an international exploration of new and old roots, dub, and rock-steady reggae with doses of Ska electronic dub derivatives.
From 6-6:30 its Your Mind Matters with Helen Evrard, M.D. where Guests discuss holistic approaches to the brain diseases we call mental illness, or share their stories of personal healing and achievement.
Fusion Radio with James Fusion pumps the live techno and trance mix from 6:30-8pm.,
From 8-10:30pm tonight its an extended edition of The Warehouse with Mike Nyce
The deep underground sounds mixed live for your listening pleasure...
From 10:30pm -1am
The Dungeon with Executioner Snow offering Music from the genres of Heavy Metal to underground gangsta rap. From all era's up until recently release material.
From 1-3am its All Mixed Up from Pacifica.
At 3am, we will rebroadcast today’s noontime broadcast of Democracy Now, with Amy Goodman.
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.
If you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, please help us close out our Spring pledge drive with a meaningful donation. You can make that donation online at http://www.wesufm.org anytime. We are running out of time to make our studio upgrades possible and we could really use your help! Thanks - Now stay tuned for afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.