Good evening, it's Wednesday, May 4th, 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 (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. http://buttonwood.org/
Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, it’ the COMEDY OPEN MIC with DAN RICE. Tomorrow (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
Tonight 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. http://www.manicproductions.org/
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tomorrow (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
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tomorrow (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
Tomorrow (Thursday) up in Guilford, it's folk/bluegrass groups The Guilford Ramblers I and II performing at the The Guilford Free Library. If you’re interested in being a member, contact the Neighborhood Music School. www.neighborhoodmusicschool.org
At Russell Library here in Middletown, tomorrow (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
Tomorrow (Thursday) at the Wesleyan Center for the Arts here in Middletown, 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! Also on Saturday, it’s the Retirement Ceremony for master drummer Abraham Adzenyah, featuring an afternoon show of Traditional West African Drumming, Singing and Dancing; and an evening All-Night Highlife Dance Party. www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
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 “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. www.realartways.org
Tonight and Thursday 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. 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. http://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:
Tonight and Thursday, up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, you can catch Louder than Bombs and Take Me To the River, a drama about a queer Californian teen trying to stay above the fray during his Nebraskan family reunion. On Friday the films Sweet Bean and The First Monday in May.www.realartways.org
Tonight at Trinity College’s Cinestudio hosts a double screening of The Dante Quartet & Slacker. Thursday through Saturday, you can catch Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Also on Saturday, it’s the 2016 Reel Youth Hartford Film Festival offering local students the chance to learn about filmmaking. www.reelyouthhartford.org. Cinestudio wraps up the week with the film El Clan. www.cinestudio.org
Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for an hour of Ear Candy with DJ Sick Nelden. Hear the pop songs that get in your head and won't leave you alone.
From 6-6:30pm stick around for Your Mind Matters with Helen Evrard MD, exploring the brain conditions known as mental illness from a holistic viewpoint with guests who study them, treat them, or are affected by them
From 6:30-8, it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion offering the original and best Techno mix on the radio.
At 8pm, Mike Nyce hosts The Warehouse, showcasing the best of underground house music mixed live for your listening pleasure.
From 9:30-11pm it’s The Vault with DJ Anton Banks presenting the latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house and leftfield mixed live. Also featuring exclusive music from international artists.
#blackmusicmatters with DJ Frau Miau and DJ Xan is on at 11pm, a show dedicated to playing music for black people by black people. Ranging from slave songs to Kendrick Lamar, this show serves as a reminder why black lives matter.
From 12:00-1:00am, it's Metal on Metal!!! with The Metal Messenger, bringing you the best in death, thrash, black, progressive...as long as it has shredding solos, it’s on this show.
1:00-2:00am features Nocturnal Mom with DJava, playing stories and the songs we remember them by.
From 2:30-3:30am it's Scripted Sounds with DJ Crystal Beth and Gideon Babe Howard. 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.
At 3:30 you can catch the Something Old, Something New with DJ Dazzle and DJ Aurora. In this show they explore the sounds old and new looking at musical evolution in genres and styles.
BBC World news comes your way from 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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