Good evening, it's Tuesday, March 29th, 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. 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, Friday evening it’s the First of April and comedy rock band The Coconuts take the stage. On Saturday; it’s a morning class of Transitional Tai Chi followed by the Aligned with Source mediation, this week guided by spiritual and holistic healer Annaita Gandhy. Saturday afternoon brings the International Beat Poetry Festival to the Buttonwood, and in the evening you can catch a MASTER CLASS: with Danny Green Trio on playing Brazilian rhythms in a jazz context. The Danny Green Jazz Trio will conclude the evening with a show at the Buttonwood Tree. On Sunday, it’s the Great Make Believe Society Improv Show. The International Women’s Day Art Show is on display for the month of March. New paintings by WESU DJ Bill Revill, host of Acoustic Blender, are on display at the Buttonwood Tree during the month of April. http://buttonwood.org/
Down in New Haven, tonight at Café Nine, the SINGER SONGWRITER SHOWCASE featuring Terri Lynn and Beth Bradley. Tomorrow (Wednesday) night, WORDS & MUSIC take the stage. On Thursday, Café Nine presents KAL MARKS featuring Left and Right, Bilge Rat and Crag Mask. Early April 1st (Friday), BRUCE & LORALEE CROWDER play for the Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour and later Friday night RHETT MILLER (OF THE OLD 97S) perform with THE ZAMBONIS. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with MIKE COPPOLA AND FRIENDS. Saturday evening, THE MOUNTAIN MOVERS, STEFAN CHRISTENSEN & FRIENDS, AND PIECES OF FRUIT share a bill at Café Nine. Cygnus Radio and Cafe 9 present “The Sunday Buzz” Matinee Sunday afternoon, featuring WOLF HARBOR, PSYCHOALA and COASTAL NOTION. Sunday night, Manic Productions & Safety Meeting present ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE with Mounds and Nothing Israel to wrap up the weekend. www.cafenine.com
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight THE EXPENDABLES with Passafire, Roots of Creation and Tunnel Vision perform. Thursday night Toad’s host Savage Tour presenting FELLY x GYPPS for their “7TH KING TOUR.” DJ AP Supreme, Rick Gatt, Nino Scott, and Peter Sun also perform. Friday evening, you can hear TURKUAZ with Lespecial and West End Blend. Saturday night it’s THE ORIGINAL SATURDAY NIGHT COLLEGE DANCE PARTY with DJ Action & Marc. www.toadsplace.com
Tomorrow (Wednesday) night, Manic Productions present SMALL BLACK and Mission Zero at BAR in New Haven. Thursday evening, you can hear the music of BONGZILLA featuring Black Cobra, Kings Destroy and Lo Pan performing at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden. On Saturday, it’s April 2nd and THE MOUNTAIN GOATS featuring William Tyler (of Silver Jews and Lambchop) take the stage at College Street Music Hall. www.manicproductions.org
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight it’s the weekly show with Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra as they work out new material. This Wednesday, Black Eyed Sally’s weekly Community Blues Jam will be hosted by Tim McDonald. Friday evening, Danny Pease and The Regulators (DPR) offer their style of “Dirty Punk Reggae” blending the style of ska, reggae, rock and hip-hop. Saturday night, you can catch Jane Lee Hooker, a blues legend tribute band. www.blackeyedsallys.com
At Russell Library here in Middletown, this evening you can catch HER-story: a writing workshop with Elizabeth Thomas at 7PM. Wednesday morning, it’s a Workshop on PowerPoint Basics and Wednesday evening, the Great Reads Book Discussion with Hedda Kopf, meeting to talk about the book, “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.” This and every Thursday, at 7pm, the Veterans Writing Group meets at the library. Also Thursday, the Job Group meets at 9AM for a Linkedln Photo Session. You can catch Jazz Up close with saxophonist Caroline Davis. Friday, April 1st, the Women’s Group hosts Cultural Connections, inviting women of all nationalities for chance to meet other immigrant women and help with adaptation to American culture. Saturday morning at 10 am, Tracy Nixon-Moore leads a Resume Review session. Later Saturday afternoon, the Drumming Circle with Jocelyn Pleasant meets. www.russelllibrary.org
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Call 860-347-0278 for details.
Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, tonight and tomorrow, you can catch Requiem for the American Dream, wherein, leftist social critic Noam Chomsky discusses how the concentration of wealth and power among a small elite has polarized American society and brought about the decline of the middle class. Also showing through Thursday is, Michael Moore’s new film, Where To Invade Next, exploring and confronting American values and mentalities. Opening Friday are the films The Last Man on Earth, a documentary about Apollo astronaut Eugene Ceranand, and Songs My Brother Taught Me, director Chloe Zhao’s story about two Lakota siblings from the Pine Ridge Reservation attending Little Wound High School. Showings run Friday through Sunday. www.realartways.org
Tonight, and tomorrow (Tuesday) Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing 45 Years, a film about a couple's anniversary and relationship rocked by return of a long-dead fiancee. Wednesday Cinestudio opens a run of The Big Short, Oscar nominated film about the 2008 financial crisis. Saturday, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry sponsored by The Women of Gender Resource Action Center at Trinity College opens in Cinestudio. 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 Brass & Sass with Zoë Thrasher, featuring a wide range of hot jazz, blues, and R&B of artists from the New Orleans scene.
From 6-6:30pm stick around for The Production Report with Kiley and Allis reporting the entertainment industry news, deliver predictions, review new movies and shows, and interview industry professionals.
From 6:30-8, it’s Acoustic B with Michael Benson, offering contemporary folk along with a mix of blues, jazz, world music and movie soundtracks.
At 8pm, J-Cherry hosts The Voice of the CITY, a weekly show featuring live and local Connecticut arts and music.
From 9:30-10:30pm, Radio Obscura with Joe McCarthy and Paco Winebox, telling you: you won't believe your eyes.
At 10:30, The Laugh Infection with DJ Willie Zabar, a comedy program showcasing standup from established comedians as well as original sketches and other on-air shtick.
Sleep Paralysis is on from 11:30 to 12:30 with Sierra Mist and Orange Julius bringing you an hour of punk and pop punk to bang your head and let out some teen angst to.
From 12:30-1:30am, it's the Chillin Factory with Noah G. and DJ So Fresh So Clean bringing you quality hip hop analysis and dissection invariably favoring and promoting music which provides the form of "chill".
1:30-2:30am features Hiigh Times with DJ Woo, playing you the sounds of tomorrow and featuring up and coming electronic artists to elevate your existence.
From 2:30-3:30am it's Covering the Beatles with Al Robinson, taking a trip forwards and back through the magic of the Beatles. Expect discussion on the musical themes of peace, love and salvation.
At 3:30 you can catch the Shortwave Report with Dan Roberts, a weekly review of new stories from around the world.
BBC World news comes your way 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 Brass & Sass with DJ Thrasher.