Thursday, November 5, 2015

11-5-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, November tth, 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 JCherry, producer and host of VOICE of the City, Tuesday from 8-9pm, showcasing live and local music, arts and culture.

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Now here’s some of what’s happening in our area this week:

Tonight, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents doctor and medical researcher Joseph J. Fins,  for a discussion of his work, 8 pm in the Russell House. On Friday, choreographer Eiko Otake will continue her series "A Body in Places" at the Van Vleck Observatory at 8 pm.  On Saturday, Ghanaian master drummer Abraham Adzenyah celebrates his 46 years at Wesleyan at 3 pm in the CFA Hall, followed by a student concert at 9 pm. 

Tonight, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Bob Gotta's Monthly Acoustic Open Mic plays, and on Friday it's the Michael Gallant Trio at 8 pm. Saturday is Aligned With Source a workshop to balance the self at 10:30 am, followed by Bamboo Brush Painting at 1 pm. Noah Guthrie also performs at 8 pm on Saturday. Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 pm. Help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. The Hearing Voices Network meets weekly on Monday morning at 10:30.

This evening, the Russell Library presents an exhibition of original posters of WWI. This exhibit runs through November 30th. Also tonight, Reader's Theater presents Parallel Lives a play by Mo Gaffney & Kathy Najimy at 7 pm and The Veterans’ Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7 pm. On Saturday is Favorite Stories and Craft Time at 10 am. On Sunday, folk musician Rick Spencer presents songs from WWI at 2 pm.

This weekend brings The Elm City Music Fest, a 3 day annual music festival and conference filled with live music, educational panels and workshops, VIP networking parties and vendors. This year’s festival will be kicks off tonight 5th running through Saturday night and will be hosted at the New Haven Hotel with live music each night showcased at venues on and around the legendary Crown Street in New Haven. For more information visit for a complete guide to over 75 events and workshops happening at this year’s festival.

In New Haven tonight a 8pm, Cafe Nine presents Infinity Girl and on Friday afternoon, they host an exhibition of the photos of Haywad Gatling. Also on Friday is the beginning of the Elm City Music Festival at 8 pm. Saturday Cafe Nine’s weekly Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola, with the music festival continuing at 9 pm. Sunday is Brazilian guitar Stephen Guerra and Felicia De Santis at 3 pm.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight they headline Blessthefall at 9 pm, along with Bollywood Night in Lilly's Pad. Friday, Joe Budden plays with G Young at 9 pm.

Up in Hartford, Black-eyed Sally’s presents guitarist Frank Varela and Upstream tonight at 9 pm. On Saturday, it’s Nick Moss Band at 9 pm.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford tonight, it's Joshua Radin solo & acoustic at 8 pm. On Friday they headline Aztec Two-Step performing the Simon & Garfunkel Songbook at 8 pm. The Smithereens perform at 8 pm on Saturday. On Sunday, its the Free Wounded Warrior Benefit Concert featuring the 1st Company Guard Band at 3 pm.
You can tango every Friday at First Church on Court St. Partners not necessary.  Call 860-347-0278 for details.

On Saturday, Manic Productions brings The Hotelier and Runaway Brother play The Space at 7:30 pm.

On Saturday, Oddfellows Playhouse welcomes Eshu Bumpus for storytelling at 1 pm. Peruvian artist Ivan Huerto has his first United States showing at Gallery 53, 53 Colony Street, Meriden, from November 1 - November 14. gallery53.​org

On Saturday,November 7th, Riverwood Poetry Series Presents  “Conversations that Challenge: Poetry, Race and Racism.” at the Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Av, Hartford, for a day of performances, workshops, food, and fun. Events kick off at 1pm and go into the evening. Guest artists include David Mills, Kate Rushin, Antoinette Brim, and Rickey Laurentiis. This is Free and Open to the Public Pre-registration is optional but preferred.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford on Friday, it's the Out and Out Cocktail Hour at 5:30 pm. Also on Friday they will be showing "Nasty Baby", a story of parenthood. "East Side Sushi" a film about a single mother's introduction to food culture opens on Friday. On Saturday, they present Battle Trance: an unusual combination of four tenor saxophones at 7:30 pm. "Difret" an Ethiopian Film opens. On Sunday, they show "PlantPure Nation" a documentary about a movement to promote a plant-based diet in Kentucky shows at 1:30 pm. "Finder's Keepers," a documentary about one man's fight to reclaim his lost body part, ends Wednesday.

This evening, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues their 17th annual Eros Film Festival, with a showing of "The Bubble" at 7:30 pm, "Jenny's Wedding" on Friday at 7:30 pm, and on Saturday, it's "The New Girlfriend" at 2:30 pm and "Those People" at 7:30 pm. The 75th Anniversary of Fantasia is Sunday at 2:30 and 7 pm.

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

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa, playing Connecticut Connected music presented for the global audience for 13 years

From 6:30-8pm it's Imagine with KAren Stein inviting you to listen to the music from around the world and around the block.

At 8, it's Evening Jazz with Bill Denert, bringing you a broad range of swing, bebop, and avante garde with a few new releases, where "Hearing is the best experience."

9:30-10:30, it's an hour of UnderCover with Ali and Ben, bridging genres and generations and exploring the concept of inspiration through imitation.

From 10:30-11:30, stay tuned for Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam, featuring local hip hop artists and ross the region with tracks from mainstream artists not usually played on radio. 

At 11:30, it's an hour of The British are Coming with DJ Babelfish, exploring British music one region at a time not limited to a specific time or genre.

At 12:30, it's High Tide with DJ Johnny Tsunami.: The tide is high and you know what that means... new waves! Wax down your board and ride the tide along the best post-punk/new wave jams from the 1970s and 1980's. 

From 1:30-2:30, you can catch The Weirding Way with DJ Atreides. With new soundscapes each show, it's the expression of thoughts through sound in a cross-genre exploration of a sonic mood with an indie/alternative focus.

From 2:30-4, it's Evolution of Soul with DJ XAN playing everything from Al Green to D'Angelo, Nao and even house music with a soul-like sound.

The BBC World News follows at 4, and we start your day bright and early with Morning Edition from NPR at 5 am.

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 the service WESU provides, we need your help to pay the bills. Donate online at  where you can also check out the cool thank you gifts we are offering. Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Homegrown!

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