Good evening, it's Wednesday, January 13th and this is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming, here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers a diverse talk radio program including NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs. Each night and weekend WESU offers the best in free-form community programming.
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Now here's some of what’s happening in our area this week:
This Thursday, the Russell Library, welcomes vocalist Indra Rios-Moore and her band for a 7 p.m. concert in the Hubbard Room. www.russelllibrary.org
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, you can catch a night of Rock and Roll with The Zambonis, Slip and Fall, and The Screw-ups.Friday night, Café Nine presents a triple bill with PHONOSYNTHESIS CHICA NON GRATA, and NICK DIMARIA WIRE. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4:30. Later Saturday night The Nine presents a 2016 St. Patrick' s Day Parade Fundraising concert with JOVIAL CREW and Buzz Gordo's Ski Lodge. Sunday Night Off the Trax plays Classic Rock at the Nine. www.cafenine.com
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, this evening you can catch HINDER, Shaman's Harvest, and Revolve. Friday night at Toads Place you can catch Riders on the Storm, the Electric Lady band, and more. Sat at Toads is a big night with 2 birthday bashes. Opus’s annual Blizzard B-Day bash features Dead by Wednesday (with special guests), Crossing Rubicon, Garbage Barge, Nassau Chainsaw and more, On the lily pad stage, they will be celebrating Mike Z’s birthday with Crosby, Heavy Breath, Shadow Kingdom, Vengence and more. Sunday brings Toad’s Annual MLK Music fest. This years’ lineup includes Sister Funk, L BREEZE, T.W.O., and Cluster Funk www.toadsplace.com
Up in Hartford at Black-eyed Sally’s, it's the long running Black-eyed Sally’s weekly Community Blues Jam, hosted by Brandt Taylor, this week.
Friday night ELIZA NEALS & THE NARCOTICS from Detroit make for a night of soul and blues. Pink Talking Fish plays their mix of music by The Talking Heads, Pink Floyd, and Phish Sat night at Sally’s. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Here in Middletown at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight, The Grays begin a musical residency. They’ll be performing their ELECTRIC GYPSY TRIBAL JAZZ on the second and fourth Wednesdays through the spring. Friday night, Chat Noir plays music from a variety of European traditions at The Buttonwood Tree. They focus on the music of Django Reinhardt but branch out to include classic folk tunes from the Italian, French, and Russian traditions. Saturday mornings, the Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop happens from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Buttonwood Tree. Saturday night Story City Troupe stops at the Buttonwood Tree. They're a troupe of storytellers based in the Hartford area. For this evening the topic will be "Sports" www.buttonwood.org .
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Call 860-347-0278 for details.
Tonight, Manic Productions presents a bill featuring Bent Knee, Kindre3d Queer, and Procedure Club at Bar in New Haven. www.manicproductions.org.
Friday night, the Michael Cleary Band will be at The Celtic Cavern in Middletown to present their new album, Uplift. http://www.michaelclearyband.com/
Infinity Hall Hartford presents Peter Asher and Albert Lee Thursday night. Jane Monheit takes the Infinity Hall Hartford stage Friday night and Micky Dolentz of The Monkees is on stage Saturday night at Infinity Hartford. www.infinityhall.com
Down in New Haven, Friday night, Pink Talking Fish are DEAD take the stage at Pacific Standard Tavern on Crown St as part of the LDDP Winter Concert Series. For this event, the band will add the music of the Grateful Dead to their usual fusion of Talking Heads, Pink Floyd, and Phish. http://www.pacificstandardtavern.com
The Bernie Sanders Presidential campaign Middletown chapter invites you to a Democratic debate watching party at Taino Smoke house on South Main St in Middletown during Sunday's Democratic debate from 9 - 11pm. For details you can go to the www.berniesanders.com "Events" page and search for the 06457 zip code.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, through Thursday, they continue their run of the documentary, The Messenger, which explores our connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds, due to climate change, might mirror our own. The run of Janis: Little Girl Blue about the life of the late rock legend Janis Joplin, continues through Jan 21. Thursday night at 7:30 pm, Hasta Manana will hit the screen. Filmed on-location in Hartford, using mostly local non-professional actors from the area captures the fraught relationship of a grandfather and grandson in the context of cultural tradition and financial hardship. Mustang, a film about five free-spirited sisters in rural Turkey begins its run Thursday night. You can catch Moonwalkers on Saturday at 1pm. More online at www.realartways.org
Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing the film Trumbo, through this evening. This film features Bryan Cranston as an unapologetic Communist who was blacklisted during the Cold War paranoia of the 1950s. Thursday night, Cinestudio shows the Brazilian film, Tattoo, as part of the OUTFIELD CT’s Second Thursday series that pays homage to the avant-garde gay theater scene of the 1970s. Ceinestudio begins a run of Bridge of Spies on Friday night. This film is the result of a collaboration by Steven Spielberg with the Coen brothers as screenwriters starring Tom Hanks 1950s spy thriller. www.cinestudio.org
Now, here's what's on the air tonight on WESU: (note there may be variations due to winter break for students at Wesleyan)
Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for Karen Stein's Imagine. You can listen to the best music from around the world and around the block.
From 6-6:30 its Radio Curious with Barry Vogul from Pacifica offering half hour interviews on a curiously wide array of topics concerning life and ideas.
Fusion Radio with James Fusion follows from 6:30 to 8, with the best Techno mix on radio.
From 8 to 9:30 it’s The Warehouse with Mike Nyce, bringing you deep underground sounds mixed live for your listening pleasure.
And at 9:30, it's The Vault with DJ Anton Banks. Presenting listeners with the latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house and leftfield mixed live. Exclusive music from international artists.
From 11 to midnight, listen to Sean D's extended edition of Metal on Metal. The radio show dedicated to the extreme. Black, thrash, death, progressive and power metal.
And from midnight to 1, it's The Dungeon with Executioner Snow for a dose of loud rock and heavy metal.
From 1 - 3 am tune in for Franco Liseo as he plays all the disco hits from the '70s and '80s.
And from 3 - 4 it's Sing Out! Radio magazine with Tom Druckenmiller. A weekly hour long magazine format programs featuring interviews in addition to live and recorded traditional folk music.
The BBC World News follows at 4, and we start your day bright and early with Morning Edition from NPR at 5 a.m.
That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. If you missed anything, you can find the script online at wesufm.org/jive. And 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.