Good evening, it's Tuesday, April 26th, 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 Café Nine, it’s performances from VOWWS with Night Club, Reduction plan and New Gods sharing the bill. On Wednesday, Cafe Nine and Citizen Radio! present JAMIE KILSTEIN with Decasa and King Bongo. Thursday evening at Café Nine, Noise Box 2 hosts WRISTS and SOUR SPIRIT with Dave Go & the Guy from Beastmaster, Zak G and Slime Mob. The Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour this week features SNAKE HILL BLUES and later Friday evening, MASTA ACE with Mister Burns, N.M.E., The Illest, Mister, MC, Johnny Wae take the stage. Café Nine’s Jazz Jam Session is with Billy Cofrances, Saturday afternoon. Saturday night, you can catch music from GREG SHERROD BAND and THE NEW DIRTY with Someone You Can Xray. Sunday afternoon “The Sunday Buzz “ Matinee features THE BIRDMEN and is hosted by Cygnus Radio and Cafe Nine. Sunday evening, Manic Productions & Cafe 9 Presents CORNERS with Mercy Choir and Oberon Rose. www.cafenine.com
Tonight in New Haven, Manic Productions present SALES with Rudeyna and Violet Mae at The Space. On Wednesday, SEAN ROWE + His Band play with The Sea The Sea at BAR. Saturday evening, you can check out music from YOUTH CODE with Statiqbloom and Faithbloomer at The Space. www.manicproductions.org
On Wednesday, here in Middletown, it’s a electric gypsy tribal jazz show from the 2016 Musical Residency: The Grays. Thursday night, you can join the Middlesex Drum Circle for an evening of rhythm. Friday evening, Greg Wilfrid & Friends play music from their recent folk album “Dust and Soil.” 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, Cathy Kreger and Caroline Doctorow are the Buttonwood’s musical guest. This Sunday is the first of May, and you can catch the May Art Show featuring Ryan Gallagan. Sunday evening, it’s the Great Make Believe Society Improv Show at the Buttonwood. http://buttonwood.org/
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, the weekly Wednesday Community Blues Jam Session will be hosted by Ed Bradley. Thursday night, it’s the second 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 sayWHAT?, Sadie & the Jumpcats, The Coffee Grinders and the Rich Badowski Blues Band. Friday evening Relative Souls play old school funk, new age, soul and rock at Black-Eyed Sally’s. On Saturday, Loups Garou takes the stage to pay electric funk and folk harmonies. www.blackeyedsallys.comAlso in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Thursday evening it’s the PARTY GODZ TOUR featuring DJ Relly Rell, Zombie, Myke Green, DJ Double T, Rowdy Nova, DJ Prestige and Dead by 5am. Friday evening, MAX CREEK plays their 45th anniversary show with Eggy and Creamery Station. www.toadsplace.com
Tonight at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, it’s a showing of the film Fragments, a look at abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly, co-sponsored by Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Wednesday evening, two-time Grammy nominated Kim Richey plays psychedelic, indie-pop. Musician Ken Yates opens the show. On Thursday, you can catch The New Christy Minstrels performing under the direction of Randy Sparks. Friday evening, Tusk: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute plays at the Kate. ://katharinehepburntheater.org/
At Russell Library here in Middletown, this week is Money Smart Week featuring several workshops on budgeting. Tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 you can catch the workshop Using Excel to Manage Your Investments. Tomorrow, Wednesday, there is the afternoon workshop, Learn about Grants and Databases and an evening workshop on Social Security and Medicare. This Thursday morning, Russell Library hosts the Job Group at 9AM for a chance to network with other job seekers and receive advice from professionals. Thursday evening, the author of ‘To The Nines” speaks on the early history of golf courses in CT; The Veterans Writing Group also meets. Friday morning, Judi Margolin leads the workshop on grant programs: “Cultivate Your Individual Donors.” Saturday morning, it’s Resume Reviews with Tracy Nixon-Moore and in the afternoon, it’s the poetry event “Who in the what is Poetry?” with Susan Allison. www.russelllibrary.org
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Call 860-347-0278 for details.
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, starring Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Bryne and Jesse Eisenberg. Showings through Thursday. Take Me To the River, a drama about a queer Californian teen trying to stay above the fray during his Nebraskan family reunion also plays Monday 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 Argentine film El Clan. Tomorrow (Wednesday) The Revenant by Director Alejandro Inarritu and starring recent Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio about a fur-trapper’s fight for survival and revenge in the western frontier. Showings through Saturday. On Sunday, Cinestudio screens My Golden Days from acclaimed French director Arnaud Desplechin. In this coming of age story, a middle-aged professor returns to Paris after years abroad and is overwhelmed by memories of his childhood. My Golden Days plays Sunday into next week. 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 pre-selected 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!