Good evening, it's Tuesday, April 19th, 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: Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight you can catch a restorative session of Laughter Yoga, followed by Crystal Bowl Sound Healing in the evening. Thursday night, the band Cintamani brings world music, kirtan, and superfood treats for an evening of trance and dance. On Friday, The DeChamplains play a Tribute to Duke Ellington 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. Also on Saturday morning, the Story City Troupe share personal anecdotes at the Buttonwood. http://buttonwood.org/
Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, Manic Productions & Safety Meeting Present BOOGARINS with Procedure Club and Copper Blue at the Nine. On Wednesday, it’s a big lineup featuring WORDS & MUSIC with Neon Leather Drip, The Forest Room, K. Ponzio, Dan Kalwhite and Craig Taylor. Thursday evening at Café Nine, Manic Productions Presents musical guests JAIMOE’S JASSSZ BAND with the George Baker/Tony Dioguardi Duo. The Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features THE BUTTONDOWNS and later Friday evening, THE WAGONRIDERS and The Palomino Brothers take the stage. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band. On Saturday night, you can catch music from THE ROOMSOUNDS with Johnny Mainstream. “The Sunday Buzz “, this early Sunday afternoon is presented by Fernando Pinto and Cygnus Radio featuring musical guest Jon Dee Graham with Jeff Przech. Rounding off the week, Drag Bingo with Robin Banks is hosted at Café Nine. www.cafenine.com
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tomorrow (Wednesday) it's the comedy show PUDDLES PITY PARTY. Thursday evening, it’s a rap show from FABOLOUS. Friday evening, SHAKEDOWN with The Dead and Beyond, Electric Mayhem and Voodoo Band share the bill. On Saturday, Toad’s Place hosts WOOFSTOCK 2016 presented by Bikers Against Animal Cruelty. Also Saturday evening, it’s The Original Saturday Night College Dance Party with DJ Action & Marc. Musical guests The Bird’n’Boys, Naja, Murray the Wheel, Crossing Rubicon, and Crossfire perform and you can donate animal blankets, toys, food and treats to Toad’s Place. Wrapping up the week in the Lilly Pad, THE HELIUM BROTHERS play hot bluegrass jams & cool country rock. www.toadsplace.com
Wednesday night, in New Haven, Manic Productions present The Mowgli’s with Julia Nunes and The Rebel Light at The Space. Also on Wednesday evening, Inter Arma with Cable and Waken share a bill at BAR. On Thursday, you can hear tunes from Atlas Genius with Skylar Grey and The Young Wild at College Street Music Hall. Saturday night, it’s an experimental music show when The Residents present Shadow and screen the film Theory of Obscurity. On Sunday, Transit with Such Gold, Light Years and A Will Away play a matinee and evening show at The Space. http://www.manicproductions.org/
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight it’s the weekly performance from Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra. This Wednesday, Black Eyed Sally’s weekly Community Blues Jam Session will be hosted by Ed Bradley. Thursday night, it’s the first Round of the CTBS Annual Band Challenge. Four blues bands compete each week for a chance to represent CT in the 33rd International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Thursday’s lineup includes Rough Justice, Richie and the Red Hot Blues, Easy Baby and The Redliners. Friday evening Giant Panda Guerilla Dubs Squad plays reggae and jam-band tunes. On Saturday, Consider the Source play progressive rock, fusion and jazz with Indian and Middle Eastern styles at Black Eyed Sally’s. Sunday afternoon, you can catch the Musican’s Lifeline Benefit featuring Jeff Pevar for a chance to fundraise for CT musicians in need. www.blackeyedsallys.com
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Call 860-347-0278 for details.
At Russell Library here in Middletown, tomorrow (Wednesday), it’s Family Game night and a screening of the documentary film Hey Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird. Also Wednesday evening, Russell Library hosts Weight Loss: Getting a Grip on Letting Go with Gregory Besek. Every Thursday, Russell Library hosts the Job Group at 9AM for a chance to network with other job seekers and receive advice from professionals and The Veterans Writing Group meets every Thursday evening 7PM. Also on Thursday, the Middlesex Community College Meets to Discuss “To Kill a Mockingbird” and there is a second Weight Loss: Getting a Grip on Letting Go with Gregory Besek. On Saturday, musical guests Entwyned Early Music perform Popular Music from the Bard to Bach as part of Art Farm’s Shakespeare 400 event. www.russelllibrary.org
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 Louder than Bombs and Take Me To the River. Both film show through Thursday. On Friday the films Sweet Bean and The First Monday in May.www.realartways.org
Tonight at Trinity College’s Cinestudio, it’s a showing of Where to Invade Next, a film from political provocateur Michael Moore presenting an expansive, subversive comedy confronting the pressing issues facing America today. Tomorrow (Wednesday), Cinestudio hosts a double screening of The Dante Quartet & Slacker. Thursday through Saturday, you can catch Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Also on Saturday, it’s the 2016 Reel Youth Hartford Film Festival offering local students the chance to learn about filmmaking. www.reelyouthhartford.org. Cinestudio wraps up the week with the film El Clan. 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 DJ 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