Good evening, it's Wednesday, April 13th, 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, 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/
This 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, down in New Haven at at Café Nine, you can catch JOHNNY CAMPBELL & THE BLUEGRASS DRIFTERS with The Wool Hats String Band. Tomorrow (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
Tonight 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’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
Tonight, at The Space in Hamden, musical guests Prof, Mike Mictlan and DJ Fundo perform and evening of hip-hop and rap. On Friday, you can catch Sam Woolf, Como Brothers, Sarah Barrios and Dylan Brady playing blues, pop, rock, indy, and folk. On Saturday, it’s an All Ages Open Mic and rounding out the week on Sunday, Sadistik, Ceschi, Mega Ran, Weerd Science (of Coheed & Cambria), and early adopted share the bill at The Space. http://www.thespacect.com/
Tonight, 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 at 6:30 ConnPIRG and the Connecticut League of Women Voters 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, tonight at 6:30pm
Every Thursday at Russell Library in Middletown, you can join 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
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 and tomorrow (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. 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
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 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.
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