Good evening, it's Wednesday, April 20th, 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, tomorrow (Thursday) 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 presents 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, tonight it’s 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
Tonight, in New Haven, Manic Productions present The Mowgli’s with Julia Nunes and The Rebel Light at The Space. Also this evening, Inter Arma with Cable and Waken share a bill at BAR. Tomorrow (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 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 Musician's Lifeline Benefit featuring Jeff Pevar for a chance to fundraise for CT musicians in need. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Thursday evening at Real Art Ways in Hartford it’s the April Creative Cocktail Hour. This month the event features Campaign Limericks, Voter Registration, music by DJ Connie Carmona, and food by The Kitchen at Billings Forge. The Art Exhibits Keleti Station, Desperate Cargo, Vestiges from a Dream Pool, Multiple Impressions and the 5th CT Printmakers Invitational are available for viewing. Saturday afternoon, it’s the closing ceremony of Desperate Cargo by Mohamad Hafez. You can catch the artist talk, discussion and Q&A session. www.realartways.org
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, tonight 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:
Tonight and Thursday, up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, you can catch Louder than Bombs and Take Me To the River, a drama about a queer Californian teen trying to stay above the fray during his Nebraskan family reunion. On Friday the films Sweet Bean and The First Monday in May.www.realartways.org
Tonight at Trinity College’s 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
Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for an hour of Ear Candy with DJ Sick Nelden. Hear the pop songs that get in your head and won't leave you alone.
From 6-6:30pm stick around for Your Mind Matters with Helen Evrard MD, exploring the brain conditions known as mental illness from a holistic viewpoint with guests who study them, treat them, or are affected by them
From 6:30-8, it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion offering the original and best Techno mix on the radio.
At 8pm, Mike Nyce hosts The Warehouse, showcasing the best of underground house music mixed live for your listening pleasure.
From 9:30-11pm it’s The Vault with DJ Anton Banks presenting the latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house and leftfield mixed live. Also featuring exclusive music from international artists.
#blackmusicmatters with DJ Frau Miau and DJ Xan is on at 11pm, a show dedicated to playing music for black people by black people. Ranging from slave songs to Kendrick Lamar, this show serves as a reminder why black lives matter.
From 12:00-1:00am, it's Metal on Metal!!! with The Metal Messenger, bringing you the best in death, thrash, black, progressive...as long as it has shredding solos, it’s on this show.
1:00-2:00am features Nocturnal Mom with DJava, playing stories and the songs we remember them by.
From 2:30-3:30am it's Scripted Sounds with DJ Crystal Beth and Gideon Babe Howard. 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.
At 3:30 you can catch the Something Old, Something New with DJ Dazzle and DJ Aurora. In this show they explore the sounds old and new looking at musical evolution in genres and styles.
BBC World news comes your way from 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.
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