Wednesday, February 24, 2016

2-24-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday February 24th. 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, tonight it’s an electric gypsy tribal jazz funk show by The Grays. Tomorrow (Thursday) The Middlesex Drum Circle meets at the Buttonwood. 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.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine tonight Manic Productions presents David Ramierez and Lucette. Tomorrow (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 

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, 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.

Tonight Pacific Standard Tavern in New Haven hosts Maradeen and tomorrow evening The Donavan Brothers take the stage. Saturday night, the bands Consider the Source, Mushroom Cloud, Polluter perform for night of Middle Eastern scales, psychedelics jams and hard rocking rhythm.

Tonight, Manic Productions in New Haven present bands 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.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight 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.

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.

Tonight at The Katherine Heburn Cultural Arts Center, or The Kate, Thursday evening it’s the National Theater Live in HD: As You Like It by William Shakespeare. On Saturday, you can catch Broadway star and Tony-winner Betty Buckley in Concert. Rounding out the week, it’s The Kate’s annual red-carpet Oscar Party, hosted Sunday evening.

Tomorrow (Thursday) Wesleyan University Center for the Arts hosts choreographer, writer and director Ralph Lemon presenting his new and old works about an imagined South, Ceremonies Out of the Air. This Friday, in connection with the exhibition We Chat: A Dialouge in Contemporary Chinese Art, performance artist Yan Xing will present Tales from a Small New England Town. 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.
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.
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
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 tonight and Thursday. Oscar Nominated Best Foreign Language Film: A War also run this evening and tomorrow. 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. 

Tonight Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing Joy starring Jennifer Lawrence. On Thursday, the National Theater Live performs Shakespeare’s comedy, As You Like

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 at Five, stay tuned for Ear Candy featuring Sick Nelden. Hear the old, hear the new, hear the songs that get in your head and won’t leave you alone.
From 6-6:30 it’s "All About" with Isabel and Emily. Each episode they feature a guest comes who talks about a topic they love. 

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 NE Tempo with DJ Berk.  Serious Turntablism featuring Dubstep, DnB, Ragga Jungle and Breakbeats mixed live since 1998.

From 11 to midnight, stay tuned for #blackmusicmatters with DJ Frau Miau. Dedicated to playing music by black people for black people. Ranging from slave songs to Kendrick Lamar, this show serves as yet another reminder why black lives matter

At midnight to 1, The Dungeon with DJ Reaper keeps the music loud with Black Metal, Doom Metal, Thrash Metal, US Black Metal, Blues Metal and other metal of the ages.

At 1 it’s an hour of Nocturnal Mom, Stories and the songs we remember our mothers by.

From 2 – 2:30 it’s Scripted Sounds. From the classics to indie movies, Scripted Sounds plays a variation of movie soundtracks to show how music and moving image can work together harmoniously.

From 2:30 to 4 it’s Background Sounds with DJ Sonia and DJ Aurora. A weekly context-focused exploration of regional American music featuring exclusive interviews and discussions aiming to illuminate the larger socio-political climate of the music played.

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 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 Ear Candy featuring Sick Nelden!

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