Good evening, it's Tuesday, April 12th, 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. Thanks for joining us!
Now here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
Tonight, down in New Haven at at Café Nine, hardcore punk bands MDC, Deathwish, The Excrementals and Ordinance take the stage. Tomorrow (Wednesday), Cafe Nine hosts JOHNNY CAMPBELL & THE BLUEGRASS DRIFTERS with The Wool Hats String Band. On Thursday, Fernando Pinto Presents LAS CAFETERAS with Jose Oyola and Maricamerica at Cafe Nine. The Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features BUZZ GORDO’S SKI LODGE and later Friday evening Fernando Pinto Presents JANE LEE HOOKER, The Naked Heroes and Catalina Shortwave. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Saturday evening, PAINTED ZEROS with Witch Hair, Izzy True and Pug perform. This week, “The Sunday Buzz” Matinee at Cafe Nine hosts the Elm City Folk Festival. www.cafenine.com
Wednesday night, in New Haven, Manic Productions presents Big D and the Kids Table with Stop Exploding, You Cowards! at BAR. Thursday evening, Yuck with Saintseneca and Little Scream take the stage at The Space. Rounding out the week, Ghost and Tribulation perform at College Street Music Hall. www.manicproductions.org
This Friday at Toad’s Place in New Haven, WYBC ANTE FLING featuring rappers Junglepussy & Speedy Oritz with Rizzla, Naytronix and 99Sublime perform. On Sunday, you can catch Ro James with JR Castro, presented by Hot 98.7, at Toad’s Place. www.toadsplace.com
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight it's the weekly performance of 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 Ed Bradley. Friday evening Bella’s Bartok with Rhythm Inc. play bohemian folk punk. On Saturday, you can catch blues singer Sari Schorr with special guest Chris Bergson. www.blackeyedsallys.com
On Wednesday, here in Middletown at the Buttonwood Tree,, you can check out electric gypsy tribal jazz music from the 2016 Musical Residency: The Grays. Friday evening, Don MInott / High Voltage Reggae Band play at the Buttonwood. On Saturday; it’s a morning class of Transitional Tai Chi followed by the Aligned with Source meditation guided by spiritual and holistic healer Annaita Gandhy. Saturday evening, La Hot Jazz & Co starts off their 2016 season with an introduction of songs off their new album. http://buttonwood.org/
Wednesday evening at Cyprus Restaurant in Middletown, the Open Mic/Jam Session is hosted by the Bus and on Friday, The Mighty Soul Drivers play. http://www.cypressgrill.com/
Tonight and tomorrow (Wednesday) evening, The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook is hosting a showing of the film, Christopher Strong, starring Katharine Hepburn. Thursday night you can listen to pop, folk, rock and punk from musician Griffin House. On Saturday, the Kate screens the Met in HD, this week featuring the opera Roberto Devereux. http://katharinehepburntheater.org/
At Russell Library here in Middletown, tonight the Russell Readers meet for a book discussion on 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. Every Thursday, Russell Library hosts the Job Group at 9AM for a chance to network with other job seekers and receive advice from professionals. At 7pm, the Veterans Writing Group meets. Also this Thursday at Russell Library you can catch acoustic duo Route 202 featuring award-winning musicians Thomasina Levy and Robert Brereton. Saturday morning at 10 am, Tracy Nixon-Moore leads a Resume Review session. Later Saturday afternoon, it’s Shakespeare On Screen, a film series event with Richard Alleva, this week showing The Tempest. www.russelllibrary.org
On Wednesday, April 13th at 6:30pm, ConnPIRG and the Connecticut League of Women Voters will host an event to discuss people -powered solutions to getting big money out of politics and reclaiming democracy from special interests. Mayor Drew will speak and there will be video statements by Senator Murphy and Senator Blumenthal and a number of other speakers, including the Director of the State Elections Enforcement Commission. Hosted in the Hubbard room of Russell Library, 123 Broad Street in Middletown, Wednesday at 6:30pm.
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Call 860-347-0278 for details.
Saturday morning, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents Ideas that Move: A Conference In Honor of Mark Slobin, followed by an evening concert. Saturday afternoon, it’s the fifth annual community event, The Big Draw: Middletown, a invitation for all members of the community to celebrate drawing with workshops for people of all skill levels. http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/
Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
This evening, up in Hartford at Real Art Ways,you can catch Where to Invade Next, a film from political provocateur Michael Moore presenting an expansive, subversive comedy confronting the pressing issues facing America today. Also playing this evening is the film Valley of Love, a story about an estranged couple who travel to Death Valley after receiving a letter from their deceased son. Both films show tonight through Thursday. On Friday, Colliding Dreams and Landfill Harmonic play at Real Art Ways. www.realartways.org
Tonight at Trinity College’s Cinestudio, it’s a restored showing of the Japanese film: The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums, a tale of a Kabuki actor during World War II who struggles with a recent marriage and fame. Showings tonight and Wednesday. On Thursday, it’s Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story. The latest Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar! plays until Saturday. On Sunday, you can catch Where to Invade Next at Cinestudio. 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.
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!