Good evening, it's Thursday, April 21th, 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 the band Cintamani brings world music, kirtan, and superfood treats for an evening of trance and dance. Tomorrow (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 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 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 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 first Round of the CTBS Annual Band Challenge. Four blues bands compete each Thursday for a chance to represent CT in the 33rd International Blues Challenge in Memphis. This evening the 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
Tonight, at The Space in Hamden, it’s musical guests Sam Vicari, The Original Milk Bottle and Basement Kids. Saturday evening, Bass Placer Events present Space Jam Foam Fest at The Space. http://www.thespacect.com/
This evening, The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center hosts 2010 Grammy Winner for Best Traditional Folk Album, Loudon Wainwright. On Friday, The Garcia Project plays an ode to classic Jerry Garcia music from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, 8PM at the Kate. Saturday afternoon at the Kate, it’s an second showing of the Exhibition on Screen: Vincent van Gogh. Saturday evening, you can catch Masters fo the Telecaster featuring rock guitarists Jim Weider, GE Smith and Tom Principato for a night of blues and roots rock and roll. http://katharinehepburntheater.org/
Tonight 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
At Russell Library here in Middletown, tonight it’s a second evening of Weight Loss: Getting a Grip on Letting Go with Gregory Besek. Also this evening, The Veterans Writing Group meets at 7PM the Middlesex Community College Meets to Discuss “To Kill a Mockingbird.” 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 up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, you can catch Louder than Bombs starring Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Bryne and Jesse Eisenberg 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 it’s a showing of the Japanese film Sweet Bean, about two people brought together by cooking. Also showing Friday evening, is The First Monday in May a documentary on the Metropolitan’s Museum of Art’s most attended exhibiton in history, “China: Through the Looking Glass.” www.realartways.org
Tonight through Saturday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio hosts 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 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 Evening Jazz with Bill Denert playing 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 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.
Thanks for listening - stay tuned for a stiff dose of Homegrown with Rob DeRosa!