Good evening, it's Wednesday, April 27th, 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:
This evening at the Buttonwood 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/
Its a busy weekend at The Wesleyan Center For the Arts as the academic year wraps up. Tonight, the Wesleyan Taiko Drumming ensemble performs in the World Music Hall at 7pm. Tomorrow (Thurs), Wes Out-Loud: Stories of Place at 5:00pm happens in the CFA Courtyard - This is a a site-specific auditory piece conceived and created through a collaboration between theater students and Assistant Professor of Theater Marcela Oteíza. The weekend brings more opportunities to participate in Stories of place.
The Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensembles present an exciting evening of classic and contemporary jazz repertoire Friday night at 8pm in Crowell Concert Hall. The Spring Dance Concert: What We Changed also happens Friday, night at 8:00pm in the Patricelli '92 Theater and continues on Saturday night int he same venue. also on Saturday night, Vibraphonist, composer, and Adjunct Professor of Music Jay Hoggard presents music from his new album, Harlem Hieroglyphs, in celebration of 40 years since his Wesleyan senior recital. The concert will be at 8:00pm in Wesleyan's Crowell Concert Hall. The weekend also brings The Wesleyan university Orchestra year end performance, and a chinese musical performance on Sunday. Monday night brings the annual performance of The Ebony Singers's Wesleyan's Gospel Choir under the direction of WESU's own host of "The Gospel Express", Pastor Marichal Monts. www.wesleyan.edu/cfa for details on all of these events.
Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, it’s performances from JAMIE KILSTEIN with Decasa and King Bongo, presented by Citizen Radio! Tomorrow (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 5pm Weekly Wind Down set, features SNAKE HILL BLUES, this week and later Friday evening, Living legend of Hip Hop, MASTA ACE comes to Cafe Nine with Mister Burns, N.M.E., The Illest, Mister MC, Johnny Wae and more for a night of classic hip hop. Café Nine’s Saturday afternon Jazz JamSession is with Billy Cofrances. 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 presents SEAN ROWE + His Band 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
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight's weekly Wednesday Community Blues Jam Session will be hosted by Ed Bradley. Thursday night, it’s the second Round of the CT Blues Society's Annual Band Challenge. Thursday’s lineup includes Say WHAT?, Sadie & the Jumpcats, The Coffee Grinders and the Rich Badowski Blues Band. Friday evening Relative Soul 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.com
Tonight at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, 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. Saturday evening, it's the Met in HD, this week featuring the Opera Elektra. The Ladies of the Boston Comedy Festival featuring Kendra Cunningham, Bethany Van Delft and Carolyn Plummer, happens this Saturday at the Kate. Rounding out the week, the world's oldest and best-known collegiate a capella group, The Yale Whiffenpoofs perform. ://katharinehepburntheater.org/
Also 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. Saturday evening you can catch the Original Saturday Night College Dance Party featuring DJ Action & Marc. www.toadsplace.com
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 evening workshop on Social Security and Medicare. tomorrow/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 Thursday evenings. 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 Middletown's Poet Laureate, 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.
Saturday evening J-Cherry and The Strawberries perform at The Performance Hub in Torrington. www.performancehubusa.com
This Saturday and Sunday, the 2016 Daffodil Festival returns to Meriden's Hubbard Park, offering three stages jam-packed with Connecticut homegrown bands, food and fun for the family. Plus, there's a fireworks display Saturday night and the event is free and open to the public. Highlights from the music lineup of over over 30 bands include, Daphne Lee Martin, West End Blend, The Balkun Brothers, Frank Viele, Frank Critelli, Wise old Moon, Jose Oyola and the Astronauts, River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs, Chaser Eight and much more. www.daffodilfest.com
On Sunday, The Haddam Historical Society presents a special Daffodil Daze garden concert, featuring Belle of the Fall, to cap Haddam's town-wide Spring Weekend event. the concert will be from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. http://www.haddamhistory.org/
Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Tonight, up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, through Thursday, you can catch the Japanese film Sweet Bean about a sad Chef Sentaro who's life is transformed when an eccentric old woman signs on as his assistant. Also showings through Thursday, is The First Monday in May, a documentary on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, “China: Through the Looking Glass.” Real Art Ways opens two more runs on Friday. Mountains May Move is a new film examining China’s economic boom has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love. FRANCOFONIA, directed by master Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov (RUSSIAN ARK), is an urgent meditation on the essential relationship between art, culture, and 20th century European history, set in occupied Paris circa 1940. www.realartways.org
Through Saturday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio, it’s a showing of recent Oscar winner, The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio. On Sunday, Cinestudio screens the French coming of age film, My Golden Days 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 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. Expect 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.
Now stay tuned for Ear Candy featuring Sick Nelden!