Good evening, it's Tuesday February 23rd. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming, here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers a diverse program of NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs. Each night and weekend WESU offers the best in free-form community programming. I'm Ben Michael, thank you for joining us!
Now here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tomorrow (Wednesday) it’s an electric gypsy tribal jazz funk show by The Grays. The Middlesex Drum Circle meets at the Buttonwood on Thursday. Friday evening, Switch Factory takes the stage for musical improvisation and down-home vocal harmonies. On Saturday, you can catch a new class of Transitional Tai Chi, in the morning and the weekly Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop right after. The Jolly Beggars bring a blend of Celtic folk music and storytelling to the Buttonwood Saturday evening. www.buttonwood.org
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight Dan Baird & Homemade Sin perform. Tomorrow (Wednesday) Manic Productions presents David Ramierez and Lucette. On Thursday, Jazz Haven presents the Jovan Alexandre Quartet. Friday evening, you can catch Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen for soulful and funky pop tunes. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band and later Saturday night Manic Production and Café Nine present Greyhounds with Tracy Jo and the Toads. The Sunday matinee features the band Snake Hill Blues playing a wide range of blues standards with a rock edge while Sunday evening showcases Drag Bingo with Robin Banks www.cafenine.com
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight you can catch The Alba Varden, featuring Todd Stoops of Octopus/RAQ and Jordan Giangreco of Viral Sound/Steal Your Funk perform with Off the Dome and Just Wingin It. Friday evening brings the Bright Night Winterfest 2 to Toad’s Place; Ragepak, Daps, DJ I95, Gringo Loco and Jorce perform. Also Friday evening, Afton Present the bands Get Your Bread University, Interstate Underground, Lawnchair Pilots, Madman, Savage Panda and Yesteryear. www.toadsplace.com
Tonight Pacific Standard Tavern in New Haven hosts the weekly show, Steal Your Funk: featuring Jordan Giangreco and Jen Durkins. Tomorrow (Wednesday) evening, Maradeen performs for a free show. The Donavan Brothers take the stage at the Pacific Standard Tavern on Friday. Saturday night, the bands Consider the Source, Mushroom Cloud, Polluter make for night of Middle Eastern scales, psychedelics jams and hard rocking rhythm. www.pacificstandardtavern.com
Tonight, Manic Productions in New Haven present Potty Mouth with Stove, Spit-Take and Narcisister at The Space. Wednesday you can catch music from the band Teen, along with Katie Von Schleicher and The Sixth Ocean at BAR. On Thursday at the College Street Music Hall, Del McCoury and David Grisman perform with Professors of Bluegrass. www.manicproductions.org
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight you can catch the weekly Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra as they gets funky and works out new material. Wednesday brings the long running weekly Community Blues Jam with Tim McDonald. On Friday, you can catch the Nick Moss Band originating form Chicago for a show of traditional blues and progressive blues-rock. Saturday evening, it’s Henricks plays Hendrix, a musical homage to Jimi Hendrix. www.blackeyedsallys.com
This entire week, the 5th Connecticut Printmakers Invitational exhibition, Multiple Impressions continues showcasing various fine artists and designers in Hartford. Artist Alina Gallo has painted a life-sized egg tempera mural directly on the walls of Real Art Ways depicting a train station in Budapest where thousands of Syrian and Afghani refugees were stranded in route to Germany during 2015. The mural is open through April.
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Call 860-347-0278 for details.
Tomorrow (Wednesday), Wesleyan University Center for the Arts hosts the Artful Lunch Series with Professor of art History Peter Mark. Thursday, choreographer, writer and director Ralph Lemon presents Ceremonies Out of the Air. This Saturday you can check out the panel discussion, China’s Youth: Another Cultural Revolution Special. Also this Saturday it’s the Orchestra Children’s Concert and Musical Petting Zoo. Rounding out the weekend, This is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce Part VIII performs for a Sunday afternoon show. www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
At Russell Library here in Middletown, Job Group meets Thursday mornings offering the chance to network with other job seekers and professionals. The Veteran's Writing Group continues to meet every Thursday, and this week, author William H. Foster reads from his new book Proud to Be in the Service a history on African American military service during World War II. Saturday brings Says Who: A Steven Liskow Writing Workshop on character creation and screenwriting techniques. The last week of Tai Chi lessons is this Saturday and on Sunday, the Hip Hop Culture Slam comes to Russell Library. www.russelllibrary.org
Here in Middletown, Thursday night, Music at the Hubbard House presents a One Concert/One Child house concert featuring Anna Mae, Eric Kuhn, and Yousry. The concert happens at 7:30 at 37 Ridge Road in Middletown. Seating is limited, for reservations contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Sunday (February 28) at the Cypress Restaurant in Middletown, brings the release party for Eric Kuhn's new album Politics and the kickoff of Eric's campaign for the presidency. Eric's new album, Politics is a satiric romp through American politics from 1776 up to today, focusing on the Obama years.
Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, you can catch film Aferim!, a darkly funny comedy/period piece/Western set in 1835 Romania, with showings through Thursday. Oscar Nominated Best Foreign Language Film: A War also runs through Thursday. The film Rams, a winner at the Cannes Film Festival about two estranged brothers in Iceland reuniting to save the family sheep opens Friday and runs through the weekend. www.realartways.org
Tonight Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing the recently restored Chimes at Midnight. Starting Wednesday, it’s a showing of Joy starring Jennifer Lawrence. On Thursday, the National Theater Live performs Shakespeare’s comedy, As You Like It. www.cinestudio.org
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU: as we work our way through the our new Spring Schedule.
Right after the Jive, stick around for Brass & Sass with DJ Thrasher featuring a wide range of mostly New Orleans based jazz, big band jazz, blues and R&B artists from the 1920’s to the present.
At 6pm stay tuned for a new show, Long Distance Club with Kaitlin and Kotaro who select a text or artwork as a point of discussion, in relation to contemporary issues of philosophy and culture.
From 6:30-8:00, it's time for Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill offering an eclectic selection of Americana, country, folk, folk-rock, bluegrass, acoustic, blues, Celtic, old-time, singer-songwriter and other music with a roots influence. On tonight's program Roots musician Shawn Taylor will be live in the studio with Bill."
At 8pm it’s a hour of The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry, a weekly show featuring live and local Connecticut arts and music.
From 9-10:30 it's Radio Obscura. Joe McCarthy and Paco Winebox asked us to tell you that “You won't believe your eyes” when you listen to their show.
10:30-11:30pm The Laugh Infection with DJ Willie Zabar presents a comedy program showcasing standup from established comedians as well as original sketches and other on-air shtick.
From 11:30pm-12:30am Food Court Friends with Sierra Mist and Orange Julius offers an hour of punk and pop punk to bang your head and let out some teen angst to.
At 12:30 you can catch an hour of The Chillin Factory with Noah G. and DJ so Fresh So Clean providing quality hip hop analysis and dissection.
At 1:30 Rhyme and Reason with DJ Tanner and Yung 2 Centz craft a playlist inspired by preselected poems.
From 2:30-3:30am RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald explores music from around the world.
At 3:30, Shortwave Report with Dan Roberts from Pacifica gives a weekly review of news stories from around the world.
BBC World news comes your way from 4 to 5am, followed by Morning Edition from NPR.
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.
Now stay tuned for Brass & Sass with DJ Thrasher!