Good evening, it's Tuesday, May 10th, 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, tomorrow (Wednesday), you can catch the Buttonwood 2016 Musical Residents: The Greys. Friday evening, 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 meditation guided by spiritual and holistic healer Annaita Gandhy. Saturday afternoon, the Buttonwood Tree hosts a Benefit Concert with musical guests Larry Kaplan, David Paton and Tom White playing “Songs from the Old and New Traditions.” Saturday afternoon, it’s John Basinger Live: Paradise Lost Book 4, a book reading benefit for the Buttonwood Tree. Saturday evening it’s an Art Reception for local CT artist, Ryan Galligan. http://buttonwood.org/
Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, it’s musical guests CABIN FEVER, Psychoala, The Hooch, and On The Fritz. On Wednesday, Fernando Pinto Presents! SLAID CLEAVES at Cafe Nine. Thursday evening, WEBB WILDER and Michael Hunton take the stage. Friday afternoon, it’s a performance from FRANK CRITELLI, and later Friday evening, HOME BLITZ, Stefan Christensen & Friends, Gun Shy, Medication share the bill at Cafe Nine. Saturday’s afternoon JAZZ JAM SESSION is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Saturday evening, CH3 performs with Lost Generation and 76% Uncertain. On Sunday, Cygnus Radio presents “The Sunday Buzz” Special “In the Round” Songwriter Show with musical guests LARRY KIRWAN (of Black 47), GREG TROOPER and JOE FLOOD. Sunday evening at Cafe Nine, Fernando Pinto hosts JOE LOUIS WALKER, Mark Zaretsky & “Magic Mike” Bloomer. www.cafenine.com
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. Wednesday evening, Black-Eyed Sally’s Community Blues Jam is with Gene Donaldson. Thursday night, it’s the final Round of the CT Blues Society Annual Band Challenge. Thursday’s lineup includes Bridgeport Johnny, Whiskey Rebels, Danny Draher Band and Slim Hippo. Friday evening at Black-Eyed Sally’s, Rebel Alliance plays rock-reggae. Saturday evening, you can catch bluegrass and rock with the Brummy Brothers. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Tomorrow (Wednesday) night, in New Haven, Manic Productions presents Astronautalis with Ceschi and Factor Chandelier at BAR. Thursday, it’s musical guests S.T.R.F.K.R. with Com Truise and Fake Drugs at College Street Music Hall. Also on Thursday, Chelsea Wolfe and a Dead Forest Index perform in The Ballroom at the Outer Space. Friday night, Manic Productions hosts Nick Fradiani, The Alternate Routes, Ian Biggs and Sarah Barrios at College Street Music Hall. http://www.manicproductions.org/
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, this Thursday evening, it’s an Intimate Night with musical guest LIL’ KIM. On Friday, it’s NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE with Cas Haley at Toad’s Place. Saturday evening, it’s a BRIGHT NIGHT GLOW PARTY, featuring Alex Panda, Blvckout, ChiCe, Daps, DJ Sith, Lost Brothers, OD Dapper, Planet Marz, Rise, StrictlySavage, and Tre Fyah. www.toadsplace.com
Thursday at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, it’s a celebration of Kate’s 109th Birthday with a screening of the classic film: On Golden Pond. On Friday, British blues/rock pioneer Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown celebrate 50 years of music with a show at The Kate. On Saturday, you can catch an afternoon or evening show from one of Rock & Roll’s founding vocal groups, The Drifters. katharinehepburntheater.org/
Friday evening at The Space in Hamden, there's a LOCAL MUSIC SHOWCASE with performances from Lucid Empire, Negative Response, David Taylor Coffey, The Basement Kids and Grounded Atmosphere. On Saturday, you can catch an evening of acoustic with CT Unplugged featuring musical guests Just a Pipe Dream, Streetlight on Lori, The Not Mikes, So Sorry, The Rips, The Original Milk Bottle, Harp Street Mezzanine, Mandala, and The 30th of February. http://www.thespacect.com/
This Saturday at Real Art Ways in Hartford, it’s Improvisations::Arcade, featuring musical guests Joe Morris and Stephen Hayes, and various other artists for an evening of intimate improvised music. www.realartways.org
At Russell Library here in Middletown, tonight it’s a workshop on Feng Shui with Gia Khalsa. Wednesday afternoon, you can catch Cultural Connections with The Women’s Group at 5:30PM. Thursday morning, Russell Library hosts the Job Group at 9:30AM for a chance to network with other job seekers and receive advice from professionals. Thursday evening, it’s the Panel Discussion: To Kill a Mockingbird: Legal Aspects of the Trial with Judge Marino and guest attorneys, and a concert from the Metropolitan Klezmer Quartet. The Veterans Writing Group also meets Thursday evening. Friday and Saturday, it’s the Friends of the Library Book Sale. Saturday afternoon, Russell Library hosts Tales That Only Look Tall with SOVA Theater artist, Adelka Polak. 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:
Tonight, up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, through Thursday, you can catch FRANCOFONIA, directed by master Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov depicting an urgent meditation on the essential relationship between art, culture, and 20th century European history, set in occupied Paris circa 1940. The film “Hockney” also plays tonight through Thursday at Real Art Ways. Opening Friday are the films “Dough” and “Tale of Tales”. www.realartways.org
Tonight, and Wednesday at Trinity College’s Cinestudio, it’s a showing of “Embrace of the Serpent” from Director Ciro Guerra about two parallel journeys through the Amazon rainforest. On Thursday, you can catch the film “Crusing” by Director William Friedkin. “Zootopia” opens at Cinestudio on Friday and shows through the weekend. www.cinestudio.org
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:
Right after the Jive, stick around for an early hour of Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill.
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 again 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.
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