Good evening, it's Wednesday, June 1st 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 talk radio featuring NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs. Week nights and weekends, WESU offers the best in free-form community programming.
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Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
Tonight, down in New Haven, Cafe Nine presents Comedy Open Mic hosted by Dan Rice. Thursday at Café Nine brings the New Haven Record Release Show for Todd Lewis Kramer’s "Fairground" release. Matt Sucich opens the show. Café Nine’s early 5pm set on Friday, features Buzz Gordo’s Ski lounge. Later on Friday night, Cafe Nine presents JOSÉ OYOLA & THE ASTRONAUTS, Fernandito Ferrer, Darian Cunning, and Steve Rodgers. Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola & Friends this week and it begins at 4:30pm. Saturday evening, Café Nine presents a night of Blues with the Eliza Nealz and the Narcotics and Rocky Lawrence. “The Sunday Buzz“ Matinee presents by Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 features THE DEL RIOS, Tsunami of Sound, Ninth Wave, this week. Sunday evening, Café Nine Stage features a night afrobeat, calypso and reggae fusion from NIKHIL P. YERAWADEKAR & LOW MENTALITY (FEATURING MEMBERS OF ANTIBALAS). The new trio, D.Y.C, featuring members of Deep Banana Blackout and Jen Durkin & The Business open that show www.cafenine.com
Up in Hartford Friday night, Black Eyed Sally’s presents ELIZA NEALS & THE NARCOTICS for a night of Detroit soul, and blues rock. Saturday night, brings The Jay Willies Blues Band. www.blackeyedsallys.com
On the first Wednesday of every month, Middletown's inaugural Music Ambassador, Old Lonesome Dave Downs hosts a Jack n' Jill Open Mic Nights at The Mezzo Grille on Court Street in Middletown. Everyone's invited to Mezzo's to sing, play, dance, joke, recite, rant, chant, or just sit and listen and there’s A drum kit in on site. Participants can compete for a chance to perform at this September's Jack n' Jill Music Festival by entering The Jack n' Jill Songwriting Contest. Performances at tonight's open mic are limited to 10 to 15 minutes and will start at 8 pm, signups will begin at 7:30 pm. 860.346.6000
Also, here in Middletown this evening, The Cypress Grill on South Main Street offers an OPEN MIC/JAM HOSTED BY THE REDLINERS. THE MICHAEL CLEARY BAND takes the Cypress stage Saturday night at 8PM. Learn more by calling 860 346 3367.
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday at First Church on Court St. in Mi ddletown Call 860-347-0278 for details.
Tonight at Bar in New Haven, Manic Productions presents a double bill featuring The Funky Dawgz Brass Band and James Zap. Saturday night, Manic presents Damien Jurado & The Heavy Light with opening act Ben Abraham at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. http://www.manicproductions.org/
This week brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. Tonight, The Green Invaders take the stage for a night of heavy metal. Friday night’s bill features Slip and Fall for a night of Ska, Punk & Reggae. Saturday afternoon at 1pm it’s a metal matinee at Cherry Street Station with Cyperna for a 1pm show. Sunday brings another early show when the hardcore metal band Ni-hil hits the stage to end their 2 month US tour. Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info.
Also here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, Thursday night, Bob Gotta hosts a long running acoustic open mic. Friday night The Grays perform their electric gypsy tribal jazz. Saturday morning, The Buttonwood offers a morning class of Transitional Tai Chi at 9:15 am followed by the Aligned with Source meditation at 10:30am. At 4pm this Saturday at The Buttonwood Tree, The International Beat Poetry Festival presents an open mic and features poets: Yvon Cormier and Elizabeth Vickery Haight with live music accompaniment by Podunk Throwbacks. Saturday evening, Jazz guitarist and composer Sinan Bakir returns to the Buttonwood Tree with his new trio featuring George Mastrogiannis on drums and Silvain Castellano on bass. This Sunday evening brings The Great Make Believe Society's improvised comedy theater shows for a lively night of laughs. .http://buttonwood.org/
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Thursday evening, LIL UZI VERT and Blayze-The-Dreamer take the stage for a night of hip hop. Friday night YFN and LUCCI perform at Toad’s Place. www.toadsplace.com
Also here in Middletown at The Russell Library, The Veteran’s writing group meet Thursday nights at 7pm. Saturday The Russell library you to come meet authors, buy their books and have them sign them for you at the First Annual Local Authors Fair! A wide variety of subjects and genres, both fiction and non-fiction, will be represented by over a dozen authors including Susan Allison, William Foster, Roy Lisker, Beth Lapin, Jennifer Eifrig, WESU’s own Dr Helen Evrard and many more! www.russelllibra ry.org
The Art Guild of Middletown is pleased to announce its 13th Annual Juried Exhibit at Wesleyan University’s Zilkha Gallery June 3-12. There’s a gala opening reception and awards ceremony this Friday, June 3, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. to celebrate original artwork by Connecticut Artists juried by award-winning painter Bill Colrus. Gallery hours are from 1 to 7 p.m. on June 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12.http://www.middletownartguild.org/
The Godfrey library in Middletown is inviting you to join them this Saturday at 9:30 am to discover resources that can help you locate your ancestors' graves and find the information contained on their gravestones and other cemetery records. Gene Gumbs, head of the Ed Laput CT Cemetery Project, will speak about that project and how it can help your research. http://www.godfrey.org/
Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Through tomorrow, Hartford’s Real Art Ways is showing Our Last Tango, which tells the life and love story of Argentina’s most famous tango dancers Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes. Before the 7:30 PM film showing, Tomorrow, The Hartford Argentine Tango Society will be on hand to get visitors into the swing of it, Starting at 5:30 PM. Also n screen through Thursday at Real Art Ways is, Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt, a "no-holds-barred documentary" about the influential philosopher, of the 20th century who remains a figure of fierce controversy. www.realartways.org
Trinity College’s Cinestudio is now showing the 35mm restoration of the 1946 visual masterpiece, Beauty and the Beast, by French Author, artist, and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. Friday night, the 29th CT LGBT Film Festival continues. You can find the full schedule online at www.cinestudio.org for details.
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU as we continue through the first week of our new Summer Program:
Right after the Jive, Stay tuned for
Drive Time Delights with Big Bent Presenting a free form mix of musical treats, new and old, across a wide range of genres.
From 6-6:30pmstay tuned for Think Twice Radio working to to reassert the "watchdog" role of the media by ramping up coverage of Connecticut issues in a nonpartisan manner.
From 6:30-8pm its Fusion Radio with James Fusion - for a 90 minute live techno mix.
At 8m Mike Nyce keeps the beat going with his 90 minute live mix of deep underground house music on The Warehouse .
9:30-11pm WESU keeps the Electronic Dance music going with DJ Berk’s N.E. Tempo featuring Dubstep, Drum n Bass, techno, ragga jungle, and breakbeats mixed live.
At 11pm Jack Sullivan is in the house for 2 hours bringing you a free form mix of music.
From 1-3am, stay tuned for Back Down the Bayou a Louisiana and roots music show featuring Baton Rouge Blues, New Orleans funk, indigenous jazz and a whole lot more.
At 3 am it’s time for The Hour of Slack from The Church of the SubGenius Radio Ministry
The compendium of the best and newest from all SubGenius radio & stage shows, bands, ranters, media barrage collage artists, plus the weirdest of the indie audio underground.
At 4am you can cath the BBC world report before we kick off tomorrow’s program 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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