Good evening, it's Friday, February 27th, and this is the Jive at Five - WESU's Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU 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 Stephan Allison, host of River Valley Rhythms heard Thursdays at 4 pm here at WESU. Thanks for tuning in.
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Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.
On Saturday, Connecticut author Beth Lapin launches her latest novel “Caravan of Dreams” at 2 p.m. at the Russell Library in Middletown with a talk and book signing. Visit russelllibrary.org for details and more community activities.
In New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine, at 5 Victor Roland takes the stage, with Natalie Tuttle, Rusty Things, and Peter J Brail following at 9. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with The George Baker Band, and at 9 you can catch MV & EE, Spectre Folk, and more. Sunday afternoon it's the Americana Songwriter Circle 3, followed by Sunday night’s Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod at 8. Visit cafenine.com
In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight you have the reggae/hip-hop fusion group The Alchemystics, along with Danny Pease & the Regulators. Saturday is Caravan Of Thieves, with a blend of gypsy swing & popular music. Visit blackeyedsallys.com
At Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, tonight & Saturday they present the “Starfall”, a thesis theater production by Grace Herman-Holland, with actor-audience interactions and elements of Japanese Kabuki theater. Also tonight & Saturday, Sara Guernsey presents her thesis theater production “The Visiting Room,” based on testimonials and interviews with five prison inmates. In Crowell Concert Hall tonight catch the CT premiere of Tari Aceh! Music and Dance from Northern Sumatra, with traditional Indonesian dancers. On Sunday the Stanley Maxwell Quartet, playing original arrangements of jazz, perform at the Russell House. Details at wesleyan.edu/cfa
Manic Productions presents Yung Lean & Sad Boys at The Space in Hamden tonight. Saturday, they offer The Dodos, and Springtime Carnivore at the same location. Details at manicproductions.org
At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight, celebrate Chinese New Year with traditional music by Ming Zhu, poetry by Lara Peng, and more. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Balancing Your Life. Enjoy jazz with guitarist Dan Arcamone and friends Saturday night at 8. Food Not Bombs serves food outside The Buttonwood Tree every Sunday round about 1 p.m. Help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30 a.m if you like. At 2:30, enjoy the Connecticut National Youth Poetry Slam Team tryouts, followed by comedy with the Great Make Believe Improv Show at 7. The Wonder of Women art exhibit opens on Sunday and features a variety of women artists. Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets. buttonwood.org has more.
At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight at 9:30 Partynextdoor takes the stage. toadsplace.com has the complete line-up.
At Infinity Hall – Hartford tonight’s headliner is “The New Queen of Soul” and Broadway star Bettye Lavette at 8. On Saturday it’s Comedy Night: Battle of the Sexes, bringing you headliner stand-up comics from late night TV. On Sunday three-time Grammy winner and roots music storyteller Keb’ Mo’ is on at 7:30. Details at infinityhall.com
The Hartford Public Library presents “Hartford Renaissance: Celebrating the Art of Romare Bearden,” this Saturday from 9 to 12 a.m. in honor of Black History Month. There are panel and group discussions, and a performance by The Iron Poets. Register at hplct.org. And the Library's Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3 p.m. with guest artist Laszlo Gardony. Learn more at hplct.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles looks at the remarkable genius of Orson Welles on the eve of his centenary. It opens tonight running through Mar. 5. Also, CitizenFour, the 2015 Oscar winner for best documentary feature is back for a limited run as the early show tonight through Mar. 5. Visit realartways.org
At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, tonight and Saturday they’re screening “Foxcatcher,” starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo, based on the true story of a DuPont heir who invites two struggling wrestlers to his farm for training. On Sunday they open a run of the 1956 John Ford film “The Searchers,” starring John Wayne and Natalie Wood, restored in Technicolor. It was voted number 12 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time. Visit www.cinestudio.org.
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.
Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6pm it’s Chocolate Cake with DJ Rob on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of the month. An hour long musical sugar high. Power-pop plus Brit-pop and singer/songwriters from the 60's to today. Then at 6, following Chocolate Cake it's half an hour with Argus News Radio with campus and Middletown news, from our microphones to your ears. And on the 2nd and 4th Fridays it's Ear-Candy with DJ Sick Nelden where you hear the newest in Indie Rock, through the lens of pop and the absurd straight through to 6:30.
Then from 6:30 to 7pm listen to the Middletown Youth Radio Project - A weekly radio program featuring the thoughts, voices, creativity and talent of the kids in the WESU neighborhood.
At 7 until 8:30pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - Informing listeners about local and global issues with health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips, featuring a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.
Next up until 10pm, we take it From the Otherside with Rok-A-Dee - The Voice of Hartford, including local artists from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He also features upcoming artists performing Caribbean R & B, Soca and international music.
Then at 10pm we go In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with Dope Dave - Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.
At Midnight until 3am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.
At 3, it's Bassment Beats with DJ LOKASH, celebrating its 10th year of bringing you the latest in aboveground & underground hip-hop mixed live; followed by his New World Show, with the best in Global Bass mixed live til 4. Baila coño!
Sing Out! Radio Magazine with Tom Druckenmiller comes on at 4 until 5am with a weekly, hour-long “magazine format” program, featuring interviews in addition to “live” and recorded traditional folk musics.
And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the BBC World News - a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation
And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6:00 to 7:00am it’s the Celtic Café with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.
And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am with Francesco Fiumara, the former host of WESU's own WESParla - A weekly roundup of news, music and memories from Italy.
That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.
The Music behind today’s Jive At Five is from the Anthony Braxton Quartet, 8 Standards (Wesleyan) 2001, featuring Anthony Braxton, Kevin O'Neil, Andy Eulau, and Kevin Norton. The selection is Nuages and it's out on Barking Hoop Records.
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