Good evening, it's Wednesday, May 11th, 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, tonight, 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, 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’s Community Blues Jam is with Gene Donaldson. Thursday night, it’s the final 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 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
This evening 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, tomorrow (Thursday), 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, Tre Fyah. www.toadsplace.com
Tomorrow (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, it’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, tomorrow (Thursday) morning, the Job Group meets 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 and Thursday up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, 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 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 starring Al Pacino. ZOOTOPIA opens at Cinestudio on Friday and shows through the weekend. Sunday afternoon, director Yasujiro Ozu classic film LATE SPRING screens at Cinestudio. www.cinestudio.org
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:
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!