Good evening, it's Tuesday, April 5th, 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, Thursday evening it’s the Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta. Friday night, you can check out it’s Comedy Night with Darren Sechrist & Friends. On Saturday; it’s a morning class of Transitional Tai Chi followed by the Aligned with Source mediation guided by spiritual and holistic healer Annaita Gandhy. Saturday evening, The Laszlo Gardony-John Lockwood Duo play a jazz set at the Buttonwood. Rounding out the week on Sunday afternoon the Buttonwood hosts Feel the Bern: Words and Music for Bernie Sanders. http://buttonwood.org/
Down in New Haven tonight, at Café Nine, you can catch folk and alt rock quartet ORDERS. This Wednesday, Cafe Nine hosts THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS and Pine Hill Haints. Thursday night, JEFFREY LEWIS & LOS BOLTS with Teenage Halloween, Brook Pridenmore and Clenn Planetts take the stage. Early Friday evening, KINGS AND QUEENS OF EAST ROCK play for the Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour and later Friday night PERSONAL SPACE with Zero Years and Section play rock and synth pop. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. Saturday evening, YARN with Arms & Voices perform at Cafe Nine. Cygnus Radio and Cafe 9 present “The Sunday Buzz” Matinee on Sunday afternoon, featuring King BONGO. The week wraps up with Fernando Pinto Presenting Punk Rock Karaoke featuring THE GIMME GIMME GIMMES with The Oddbodies,, Sunday evening at Cafe Nine. www.cafenine.com
This evening at Toad’s Place in New Haven, METAL ALLEGIANCE featuring Alex Skolnick and Chuck Billy of Testament, Ron “Bumblefoot” of Guns ‘N Roses and Mark Menghi and more share the bill with bands Next to None, Chains Over Razors, Dead by Wednesday and Vengeance. Thursday night Toad’s Place hosts FABOLOUS and Friday evening, you can catch SUBLIME TRIBUTE BAND - BADFISH on their “Doin’ Time” Tour with Inosoul, Ian Biggs & the Ruckus and On the Fritz. Sunday evening, Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld perform the live podcast “If I Were You”. www.toadsplace.com
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight and all Tuesday’s, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. This Wednesday, Black Eyed Sally’s weekly Community Blues Jam will be hosted by Gene Donaldson. Friday evening, Roots of Creation perform reggae/rock dubtronica and on Saturday, Avenue Groove play R&B/Funk/Dance music. You can wrap up the week with Blues for Dave, a Music Benefit for long time blues champion Dave Carpenter and his fight against cancer, Sunday at Black Eyed Sally’s. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Wednesday evening, Manic Productions present Ben Harper & Innocent Criminals with Christopher Paul Stelling, performing at College Street Music Hall. Also this Wednesday, Manic Productions brings Funky Dawgz Brass Band with JTrain to the BAR. On Thursday, you can catch Duncan Trussell: YOU ARE GOD TOUR with Johnny Pemberton and MC Mikey Kampmann. Saturday evening, Gogol Bordello with Xylouris White perform at College Street Music Hall. www.manicproductions.org
Wednesday evening at Cyprus Restaurant in Middletown, the Open Mic/Jam Session is hosted by the Redliners. Friday evening, PRIME RIB THE BAND perform at Cyprus. http://www.cypressgrill.com/
This Thursday through Sunday, it’s the International Hip-Hop Festival at Trinity College in Hartford, this year headlined by Rakim and featuring artists from Mexico, Sweden, the U.K., Kenya and the U.S. There will be performances, panel discussions, lectures and film screenings on subjects like Islam and hip-hop, Turkish underground rap and graffiti. http://trinityhiphop.com/
This evening at Russell Library here in Middletown, the ‘One Book on the Riverbend’ Book Discussion meets to discuss “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Every Thursday, the Job Group meets at 9AM for a chance to network with other job seekers and receive advice from professionals and at 7pm, the Veterans Writing Group meets. Also this Thursday at Russell Library, Gregory Besek leads the event: Introduction to Shamanism. Friday through Sunday, it’s the Friends of the Library Book Sale. Saturday morning at 10 am, Tracy Nixon-Moore leads a Resume Review session. Later Saturday afternoon, it’s Shakespeare On Screen, a film series event with Richard Alleva. www.russelllibrary.org
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Call 860-347-0278 for details.
This Thursday, Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents an Artist Talk with digital artists Jisong Lee and Youngho Kim to talk about the art and photography in Light of the East: The Movement in Silence, their first exhibit outside Korea. http://www.wesleyan.edu/
This Sunday April 10th, it’s WESU's annual spring record fair. From 11am-4pm you can stop by 55 Wyllys Ave in Middletown, CT for the chance to find rare records and listen to DJs mix live music. http://wesufm.org/record-fair
Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, showing tonight (Tuesday) and Thursday, you can catch Songs My Brothers Taught Me, director Chloe Zhao’s story about two Lakota siblings from the Pine Ridge Reservation attending high school and struggling in their marginalized culture. The film, The Last Man on the Moon shows Tuesday through Thursday. The films Where to Invade Next and Valley of Love open Friday and run through Sunday. www.realartways.org
This week at Trinity College’s Cinestudio, it’s the 17th annual Festival of French and Francophone cinema film series April in Paris 2016, playing a new french film every night. On Sunday, it’s a showing of the taped performance of ballet DON QUIXOTE from the Russian Bolshoi Ballet. www.cinestudio.org
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:
Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for an hour of Brass & Sass with DJ Thrasher, featuring a wide range of hot jazz, blues, and R&B of artists from the New Orleans scene.
From 6-6:30pm stick around for The Production Report with Kiley and Allis reporting the entertainment industry news, deliver predictions, review new movies and shows, and interview industry professionals.
From 6:30-8, it’s Acoustic B with Michael Benson, offering contemporary folk along with a mix of blues, jazz, world music and movie soundtracks.
At 8pm, J-Cherry hosts The Voice of the CITY, a weekly show featuring live and local Connecticut arts and music.
From 9:30-10:30pm, Radio Obscura with Joe McCarthy and Paco Winebox, telling you: you won't believe your eyes.
At 10:30, The Laugh Infection with DJ Willie Zabar, a comedy program showcasing standup from established comedians as well as original sketches and other on-air shtick.
Sleep Paralysis is on from 11:30 to 12:30 with Sierra Mist and Orange Julius bringing you an hour of punk and pop punk to bang your head and let out some teen angst to.
From 12:30-1:30am, it's the Chillin Factory with Noah G. and DJ So Fresh So Clean bringing you quality hip hop analysis and dissection invariably favoring and promoting music which provides the form of "chill".
1:30-2:30am features Hiigh Times with DJ Woo, playing you the sounds of tomorrow and featuring up and coming electronic artists to elevate your existence.
From 2:30-3:30am it's Covering the Beatles with Al Robinson, taking a trip forwards and back through the magic of the Beatles. Expect discussion on the musical themes of peace, love and salvation.
At 3:30 you can catch the Shortwave Report with Dan Roberts, a weekly review of new stories from around the world.
BBC World news comes your way 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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