Good evening, it's Thursday, May 12th, 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 (Friday), 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, musical guests WEBB WILDER and Michael Hunton take the stage. Tomorrow (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 is the final round of the CTBS Annual Band Challenge. Four blues bands have completed each week for a chance to represent CT in the 33rd International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Tonight’s final lineup 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 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 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, Tre Fyah. www.toadsplace.com
Tonight 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, tonight it’s the Panel Discussion: To Kill a Mockingbird: Legal Aspects of the Trial with Judge Marino and guest attorneys. Russell Library also hosts a concert from the Metropolitan Klezmer Quartet this evening; The Veterans Writing Group also meets. 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
Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Tonight 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, you can catch the film CRUSING by Director William Friedkin starring Al Pacino about an undercover cop with a repressed sexuality patrolling the streets during an anti-gay protest. Friday at Cinestudio, it’s ZOOTOPIA starring Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman. Showings 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 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 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.
Thanks for listening - stay tuned for a stiff dose of Homegrown with Rob DeRosa!