Good evening, it's Tuesday, May 3rd, 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 it’s Laughter Yoga + Vegetarian Potluck. On Thursday, you can join in the Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta. Friday evening, the five-piece string band, Mattabesset String Collective, play bluegrass, blues country and rock at the Buttonwood. 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 Drum Circle at Harbor Park. as part of Middletown’s Feet to the Fire Festival. Saturday evening, musical guests the Andy Buzzi Trio with Steve Dedman perform. buttonwood.org
Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, Fernando Pinto presents musical guests TASHI DORJI, MARISA ANDERSON, GARY HIGGINS and Lys Guillorn. On Wednesday, it’ the COMEDY OPEN MIC with DAN RICE. Thursday evening, THE BROTHERS COMATOSE perform at Cafe Nine. Friday, you can catch Live painting, beat sets, breakdancing and giveaways with performances from DUECE BUG with ITZ URBOI & DJ FUNKSWAY. Café Nine’s Jazz Jam Session is Saturday afternoon with Mike Coppola and Friends. Saturday evening, THE DOWNBEAT 5, SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE and FIELD DAY share the bill. Sunday afternoon, “The Sunday Buzz “ Matinee features ROBBIE FULKS and is hosted by Cygnus Radio and Cafe Nine. Sunday evening, OFF THE TRAX performs at the Nine. www.cafenine.com
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight it’s SOMO and Quinn XCII sharing the bill. On Thursday, you can catch music from CHIEF KEEF and Friday evening, BUCKETHEAD performs. Sunday night the INSANE CLOWN POSSE and Louis Cheese take the stage at Toad’s Place as part of “THE RIDDLEBOX TOUR.” www.toadsplace.com
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. Thursday night, it’s the third 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 Washboard Slim and the Bluelights, Kris Heaton Band, Carl Ricci & 706 Union Ave Band, The Touro Band and East Coast Blues. Friday evening at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s musical guest One Love, a Bob Marley tribute band. On Saturday, Pink Talking Fish perform a tribute to Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish. Sunday morning at Black-Eyed Sally’s, you can catch the Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch featuring the Mary Taylor Gospel Revue. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Tonight in New Haven at Anna Liffey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, the Elm City Ramblers perform a 14 piece folk/bluegrass set. www.annaliffeys.com
Tomorrow (Wednesday) evening, in New Haven, Manic Productions present YOU WON’T with Jocelyn Mackenzie at BAR. On Saturday, musical guests FRIGHTENED RABBIT and Caveman perform at College Street Music Hall.www.manicproductions.org
Tomorrow, May 4th is the first Wednesday of the Month, and Jack n’ Jill hosts Open Mic Nights at The Mezzo Grille in Middletown. Presented by J&J Productions, proceeds go toward the Jack n’ Jill Music Festival fundraiser for the Middletown Organization, New Horizons Domestic Violence Services.
At Russell Library here in Middletown, from now until 6:30, it’s a workshop on Feng Shui with Gia Khalsa. Wednesday afternoon, you can catch The Dog Listener workshop with Phil Klein. Thursday morning, Russell Library hosts the Job Group at 9AM for a chance to network with other job seekers and receive advice from professionals. Thursday evening, it’s a second Meeting for the Public discussing the March for Education; The Veterans Writing Group also meets. Saturday morning, it’s Resume Reviews with Tracy Nixon-Moore. Saturday evening, Russell Library hosts Billie Holliday’s Strange Fruit Performance by Anitra Brooks as part of the Feet to the Fire Festival. www.russelllibrary.org
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Call 860-347-0278 for details.
Tonight at the Wesleyan Center for the Arts here in Middletown, it’s Silent Sounds, celebrating the winning writing submissions from students of the Middletown Public Schools. The Silent Sounds program will take place in Wesleyan's Memorial Chapel. Also this evening it’s the South Indian Music Student Recital and the WesWinds Spring Concert. Thursday night, you can catch the Annual Organ Romp. Friday evening, the Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble perform in the Toneburst Electroextravaganza. On Saturday, it’s the second annual eco-arts festival, Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter. Hosted in Harbor Park, Middletown, you can catch live music, visual art, environmental education exhibits, food trucks and a craft fair. WESU's own Stephan Allison of River Valley Rhythms MC's the event! www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
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 The Mountains May Depart new film examining the effect of China’s economic boom on the bonds of family, tradition, and love. Also showing this evening it’s 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. Both films run through Thursday. www.realartways.org
Tonight at Trinity College’s Cinestudio, it’s a showing of My Golden Days from Director Arnaud Desplechin, a coming of age story about a middle-aged professor returning to Paris after many years and is overwhelmed by memories of his childhood. Showings through Thursday. Opening Friday and Saturday, Cinestudio’s screens The Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films of 2016. Also Friday evening, Moonlight Movies at Cinestudio presents Mel Brooks classic western, Blazing Saddles. On Saturday, it’s the 2016 Trinity Film Festival. www.trinityfilmfestival.org. Embrace of the Serpent screens at Cinestudio on Sunday. 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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