Good evening, it's Monday, May 4th, 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 Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs every first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: hope for women's equality with men in the Catholic Church. No, Pope Francis hasn't ordained a woman yet, but progress is being made. Deb Rose Milavec, executive director of FutureChurch, unpacks it all for us. Can't listen live? Find the audio at www.reasonablycatholic.com
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 WESU’s J Cherry, and Tim. On Tuesday it’s Laughter Yoga with Mimi Poitras at 6, followed by a vegetarian potluck. On Thursday it’s an Open Mic with Bob Gotta. Bring your own instrument, and there’s a piano on site. On Friday they bring you two songwriting teams: Ben and Nancy Parent of The Rivergods, and the Ravens in the Woods duo with Rempe Kooij and Lauren Agnelli. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Honoring Your Truth. Later at 8, they bring you the jazz quartet Medusa, featuring tap dancer Corey Hutchins. 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. http://www.buttonwood.org
In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine tonight, in conjunction with Manic Productions, they bring you Acid Mothers Temple and more at 8. On Tuesday it’s The Meatmen, Against the Grain, and Lushlife. Wednesday’s show includes Amy Lavere featuring Will Sexton, and Heather Fay. Thursday’s headliner is Head with Wings. Friday’s 5:00 Happy Hour artist is The Helwigs, followed at 9 by Toyz, If Jesus Had Machine Guns, and Ports of Spain. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Gary Grippo & Friends, with a live concert-recording session of the George Baker Band later at 9. Their Sunday Soul Service happens at 8 p.m. http://www.cafenine.com
Also this week in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence in Lilly’s Pad. On Thursday they bring you Fabolous and other artists. On Friday, you can catch Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg with Andrew W.K. on vocals. Saturday they feature Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. www.toadsplace.com has the complete line-up.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is the usual Jazz Mondays at 8. On Tuesday, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Cynthia Fabian & Carl Ricci. Their CT Blues Challenge happens on Thursday at 8. Friday they bring you The Neybas, a Connecticut cult favorite with danceable classic rock. On Saturday they feature the Roberto Morbioli Band with his unique guitar interpretations. www.blackeyedsallys.com for more.
At the Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, it’s the Ebony Singers Spring Concert tonight at 8, with gospel music, in Crowell Concert Hall. On Tuesday, in conjunction with the Middletown Public Schools, they present A Celebration of Silent Sounds, with stories, poetry, and more from students in grades six through twelve, in CFA Hall at 6:30. At 7, South Indian music is performed at World Music Hall. The Weswinds Spring Concert happens at 8 in Crowell Concert Hall. The annual Organ Romp is this Thursday at 10 in Memorial Hall. On Friday, there’s a West African drumming and dance concert at 3 in the CFA courtyard. Later, at 8, there’s an electronic music concert in CFA Hall. The Feet to the Fire Riverfront Encounter happens on Saturday starting at noon at Harbor Park. Enjoy art, kids’ activities, environmental exhibits, crafts and more as part of the Wesleyan Creative Campus Initiative. Details at http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.
Manic Productions brings you Hop Along, Thin Lips, and loom at The Space in Hamden this Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, you can catch Low Cut Connie and more at Bar in New Haven. On Thursday they headline Yoni Wolf of WHY? at The Space in Hamden. On Saturday they bring you Polaris and more at the newly opened College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Lazyeyes, Laundry Day, and Spectral Fangs this Wednesday at Bar in New http://www.manicproductions.org
At the Russell Library in Middletown, they have an Introduction to Yoga Idra with Cynthia Wolcott on Wednesday at 7. The Veterans’ Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7. The Friends of the Library Book Sale happens Friday and Saturday. On Saturday at 2, it’s Stories and Secrets: A Mother’s Day Event, featuring Elisabeth Petry and Hanna Perlstein Marcus sharing stories of their mothers’ extraordinary lives. Visit http://www.russelllibrary.org for details and information on additional community activities.
You can tour the Wadsworth Mansion every Wednesday at 2 p.m. This Saturday, it’s also free admission during their ongoing Second Saturdays for Families series. Details at http://www.wadsworthmansion.com
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Partners not necessary. Call 860-347-0278 for details.
The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford now offers free admission every Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 5 p.m. www.thewadsworth.org
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, Thursday’s headliner is blues singer Travis Tritt. On Friday it’s the rock/roots Jackie Greene Band. On Saturday they present An Evening with Delbert McClinton and his band. There’s a Mother’s Day brunch at the Bistro on Sunday. http://www.infinityhall.com
The Old State House in Hartford offers a tour of the artwork on its walls every other Thursday at noon. Enjoy works by Trunbull, Stuart, and more. http://www.ctosh.org
Sandbox Arts announces its Grand Opening this Friday at 6:30 with an open studio event at Starr Mill in Middletown. View the art of Peter Adrian and Joe McCarthy, hosts of WESU’s Radio Obscura, and enjoy music, food and more. http://www.arts2go.org
There’s a free bird walk this Saturday starting bright and early at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford, led by Jay Kaplan of the Roaring Brook Nature Center. http://www.cedarhillcemetery.org
WESU DJ Karen Stein, host of the Imagine show, performs acoustic guitar every Saturday from 12:15 to 3 p.m. at the original Brewbaker’s on Main Street in Middletown.
Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown presents “The Waltz” by Carolyn Kirsch this Saturday at 7:30, stage by Vintage Players, with all proceeds going to the Playhouse to benefit ongoing children’s programs. The play was a semi-finalist at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Details at http://www.oddfellows.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 “Dior & I,” a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the first haute couture collection of it’s new art director, Raf Simons. Also continuing is “La Sapienza,” about a man’s trip to Italy to complete a book about the architect Borromini. They both run through Thursday. Wednesday Matinee Series presents “Ten,” an Iranian film about the stories of ten women as told to a female cab driver in Tehran. On Friday they open “3 Hearts,” a French drama about destiny, connections, and passion in a classic love triangle. It runs through the weekend. www.realartways.com.
At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, the run of “White God,” a Hungarian film about a girl and her lost dog, continues through Tuesday. On Wednesday they open “Queen and Country,” a realistic comedy-drama about a young man entering the British Army in the 1950’s. It runs through Saturday. On Sunday they open “Seymour: An Introduction,” Ethan Hawke’s film about the octogenarian Seymour Bernstein who teaches piano in New York City. http://www.cinestudio.org
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:
Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry follows the jive from 5 to 6, with classic hop to smooth contemporary sounds.
From 6 to 6:30 it's Radio Curious from Pacifica, bringing you interviews on a curiously wide array of topics concerning life and ideas.
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 Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis, with the best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and Latin dance floor grooves.
The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee follows from 9:30 to 11, bringing you the music of yesterday's future today
Sleep Paralysis with Erin and Ethan comes your way from 11 to midnight.
They'll be chatting about dreams, floating on sounds, and poking around in the subconscious.
At midnight it's Your Turn with Rachel Day. In each episode, a different guest comes on and chronologically shares and explains the songs that have been instrumental in shaping who they are.
From 1 to 2 a.m. we bring you Meet Music with DJ Rami. Buckle up and tune in to meet a new artist with each show! Explore artists' backgrounds, influences, and personal stories.
Next is All Mixed Up from Pacifica, airing until 3 a.m. It's 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.
Morning Edition from NPR comes your way at 5 a.m.
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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