Thursday, April 28, 2016

4-28-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, April 28th, 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! We hope you will also join us in our Spring Pledge Drive. With over $15,000 left to raise, your donation goes a long way to suport the valuabel service WESU provides. Donate online at

Now here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:

This evening at the Buttonwood here in Middletown, 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.

Its a busy weekend at The Wesleyan Center For the Arts as the academic year wraps up. Tonight (Thurs), Wes Out-Loud: Stories of Place happens at 5:00pm in the CFA Courtyard -  This is a  a site-specific auditory experience 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.  
Tonight (Thurs) night at 6pm, Collegium Musicum presents a program of music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods of European music history.  A concert by beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, with a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble happen at The Wold Music Hall tonight (Thursday), at 7:00pm.

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 conert will be at 8:00pm in Wesleyan's Crowell Concert Hall The weekend also brings The Wesleyan university Orchestra year end performance, and a chines musical performance on Sunday. Monday night brings tha anual 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.  for details on all of these events. 

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, it’s performances from WRISTS and SOUR SPIRIT with Dave Go & the Guy from Beastmaster, Zak G and Slime Mob, hosted by Noise Box 2. 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.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight it’s the second Round of the Connecticut Blues Society Annual Band Challenge.  tonight'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.

Tonight at The Space in Hamden, it’s performances from musical guests G.O.T.H., A Simple Design, Mystic Seahorse, Double Negatives, Risk All in Life & Cmmit Samantha. On Friday Keynote Company presents The House on the Cliff and The Rise of the Broken.

Tonight at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, 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. ://

Saturday evening in New Haven, Manic Productions and Redscroll Records present YOUTH CODE with Statiqbloom and Faithbloomer at The Space.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, this 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.

At Russell Library here in Middletown, tonight, the author of ‘To The Nines” speaks on the early history of golf courses in CT; The Veterans Writing Group also meets at 7pm. 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.

Saturday evening J-Cherry and The Strawberries perform at The Performance Hub in Torrington.

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.

On Sunday, The Haddam Historical Society presents a special Daffodil Daze garden concert, featuring Belle of the Fall, to cap the town of Haddam's wide Spring Weekend event. the concert will be from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. 

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 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 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.

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

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU: 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 Bill Denert Evening Jazz with 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 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!

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