Good evening, it's Wednesday, March 2nd, and 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. That noise you hear in the background is the sound of your donations at work: we're having asbestos removed from the station. Music to our ears!
Here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree tomorrow (Thursday), it’s the Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta. Friday evening you can catch saxophonist Charles Neville and bassist Avery Sharpe for an evening of live jazz. On Saturday, it’s the morning class of Transitional Tai Chi followed by the Aligned with Source mediation, this week guided by Annaita Gandhy. Saturday afternoon at the Buttonwood features the Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival and Saturday evening, blues and folk band Peregrine Road takes the stage. Sunday rounds out the week with the Great Make Believe Society Improv Show. www.buttonwood.org
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine tomorrow (Thursday), it’s The Jaws, This Criminal Soul and The Clams take the stage. Friday afternoon, you can catch the Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour with Paul Panamarenko. Manic Productions and Café Nine’s present Go!zilla and The Roaring 420’s on Friday evening. The weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola and Friends. Saturday evening it’s New Haven’s longest running sideshow Circus Delecti at Café Nine. The Sunday matinee features the Sarah Borges Band. This week, the Sunday evening Open Jam Session! is with Off the Trax. www.cafenine.com
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Thursday evening rapper DMX performs and on Friday you can catch the Cosmic Dust Bunnies with Bella’s Bartok, Danny Pease & the Regulators, and Blessed 2 Be. www.toadsplace.com
This evening, Manic Productions in New Haven present garage-pop, surf-rock, punk band Jacques Le Coque with Worn Leather and Lea at BAR. www.manicproductions.org
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tomorrow (Thursday) evening, it’s the first night of Strange Creek “Battle of the Bands”. This event runs for the next four Thursday’s. Funk/jam band Phonosythesis takes the stage at Black-Eyed Sally’s this Friday. On Saturday you can listen to the first New England blues Guitar Summit showcase of a variety of top, world class Electric Blues Guitarists, at Black-Eyed Sally’s. www.blackeyedsallys.com
This month, Real Art Ways hosts the 5th CT Printmakers Invitational exhibition, Multiple Impressions featuring 23 artists who use a variety of printmaking processes. Also open this month is the exhibition, Keleti Station. 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 Afghan refugees were stranded in route to Germany during 2015. The mural is open through April. www.realartways.org
Friday at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, or The Kate, the band Runa performs Irish flolk music mixed wtht eh musical styles of bluegrass, flamenco, blues and jazz. This Saturday, it’s the Met in HD performing the Puccini’s opera Manson Lescaut. Also this Saturday at the Kate, you can catch songwriter Richard Shindell performing ballads, dirges and diatribes on politics, prejudice, war and religion. http://katharinehepburntheater.org/
Tonight, Russell Library here in Middletown hosts the The Great Reads Book Discussion with Hedda Kopf on the African American Experience in Poetry and Prose to discuss Open City by Nigerian/German American writer Teju Cole. This and every Thursday, The Job Group meets mornings for a chance to network with other job seekers and professionals. The Veteran's Writing Group meets in the evening. Also this Thursday you can catch and Irish Step Dancing Workshop hosted by the Mulcahy Academy of Irish Dance. Saturday will host a Resume Review session and a Hula Hoop Fitness class in the morning.
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Call 860-347-0278 for details.
On Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the MAC650 Gallery on Main Street in Middletown, there will be an opening reception for "Local Color: Seven Female Artists," an art exhibit to mark the 18th birthday of Durham artist Cas White-Ryan. The other artists are: Jan Wenzel, Marjee Wolfgang, Karen White, Linda DaSilva, Anastasia Andrews and WESU's own "Reasonably Catholic" host Maria Johnson. http://arts2go.org/
Today, Wesleyan University Center for the Arts hosts the Anchiskhati Church Choir presenting a concert of sacred and secular music from the Republic of Georgia. This Saturday and Sunday, you can join the versatile DanceMasters Weekend featuring an array of Master Classes and Choreographer Conversations lead by dancers of varied backgrounds. www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, you can catch the 2016 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts and the film Rams, winner at the Cannes Film Festival about two estranged brothers in Iceland reuniting to save the family sheep. Showings through tomorrow (Thursday). 2016 Oscar Nominee for Foreign Film Embrace of the Serpent opens Friday and runs through the weekend. www.realartways.org
Tonight through Sunday Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing the stop-motion animation film Anomalisa, directed by Charlie Kaufman. On Thursday, the National Theater Live performs Hangmen, the darkly funny play right off it’s sell-out run at London’s Royal Court Theater. www.cinestudio.org
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:
Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for an hour of Ear Candy with DJ Sick Nelden. Hear the pop songs that get in your head and won't leave you alone.
From 6-6:30pm stick around for Your Mind Matters with Helen Evrard MD, exploring the brain conditions known as mental illness from a holistic viewpoint with guests who study them, treat them, or are affected by them
From 6:30-8, it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion offering the original and best Techno mix on the radio.
At 8pm, Mike Nyce hosts The Warehouse, showcasing the best of underground house music mixed live for your listening pleasure.
From 9:30-11pm its The Vault with DJ Anton Banks presenting the latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house and leftfield mixed live. Also featuring exclusive music from international artists.
#blackmusicmatters with DJ Frau Miau and DJ Xan is on at 11pm, a show dedicated to playing music for black people by black people. Ranging from slave songs to Kendrick Lamar, this show serves as a reminder why black lives matter.
From 12:00-1:00am, it's Metal on Metal!!! with The Metal Messenger, bringing you the best in death, thrash, black, progressive...as long as it has shredding solos, its on this show.
1:00-2:00am features Nocturnal Mom with DJava, playing stories and the songs we remember them by.
From 2:30-3:30am it's Scripted Sounds with DJ Crystal Beth and Gideon Babe Howard. 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.
At 3:30 you can catch the Something Old, Something New with DJ Dazzle and DJ Aurora. In this show they explore the sounds old and new looking at musical evolution in genres and styles.
BBC World news comes your way from at 4 and then we begin tomorrow’s broadcast day with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.
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 Ear Candy with DJ Sick Nelden