Thursday, March 3, 2016

3-3-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, March 3nd, 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, tonight it’s the Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta. Tomorrow, 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.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine tonight it’s The Jaws, This Criminal Soul and The Clams take the stage for an evening of garage band and surf rock. Friday afternoon, you can catch the Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour with Paul Panamarenko playing old school country. Manic Productions and Café Nine’s present Go!zilla, an Italian Fuzz Psychedelic Punk band, and The Roaring 420’s who blend late 60s pre-punk with Eastern psychedelia for a Friday evening show. 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. 

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, this evening features rapper DMX and tomorrow (Friday) you can catch the Cosmic Dust Bunnies with Bella’s Bartok, Danny Pease & the Regulators, and Blessed 2 Be.

This week at the Pacific Standard Tavern located in New Haven, Friday evening bring the band Dead Show to the stage. Saturday evening, Heady performs at the Tavern.

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

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.

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.

Today and every Thursday, Russell Library here in Middletown hosts The Job Group in the mornings for a chance to network with other job seekers and professionals and The Veteran's Writing Group: We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences 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.

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.

This Saturday and Sunday the Wesleyan University Center for the Arts hosts the DanceMasters Weekend featuring an array of Master Classes and Choreographer Conversations lead by dancers of varied backgrounds. You can join in the workshops and discussion, check out

 Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, tonight you can catch the final showings of 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. 2016 Oscar Nominee for Foreign Film Embrace of the Serpent opens tomorrow (Friday) and runs through the weekend. 

Tonight through Sunday Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing the stop-motion animation film Anomalisa, directed by Charlie Kaufman. Also this evening, the National Theater Live performs Hangmen, the darkly funny play right off it’s sell-out run at London’s Royal Court

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for 5:05-6:30pm For Homegrown with Rob DeRosa, who plays. Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience.  Hey, It's Homegrown...want some?

At 6:30 stick around for Imagine with Karen Stein, offering peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!

Up next at 8 it’s Bill Denert Evening Jazz with a broad range of swing, bebop and experimental jazz with a sprinkling of new releases.

From 9:30-10:30pm stay tuned for UnderCover with Ali and Ben exploring the concept of inspiration through imitation in cover tunes that bridge genres and generations.

At 10:30 it’s Meet Music with DJ Rami, who presents a new artist with each show by delving into artists' backgrounds, influences, and personal stories.

From 11:30-12:30am The Weirding Way with DJ Atreides who explores the expression of thoughts through sound: a cross-genre exploration of a sonic mood with an indie/alternative focus. New soundscapes each show.

At 12:30 Hard on the Spot with DJ Matty C and DJ Nikki brings you the best new music of each week!

From 1:30-2:30am stick around for The Karl Marx History Hour with DJ Fat Marco and DJ Ninjoo Pinjoo for a history-infused radio show, in which the hosts play tracks inspired by that episode's historical figure or event.

At you can catch 2:30- R-Evolution with Hyphy and DJ Mos Def Not, presenting socially-conscious music curated by two divergent musical backgrounds. From Public Enemy to Lou Reed, they'll explore tracks that give voice to movement.

The BBC World Report takes over from 4-5am and we start each weekday off bright and early 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 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.

Thanks for listening - stay tuned for a stiff dose of Homegrown with Rob DeRosa!

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