Good evening, it's Tuesday, November 1st. 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 talk radio from NPR and Pacifica, as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.
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Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
Starting at 4:30 pm and continuing right now, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts is holding an Opening Reception for “Flying Carpets” an exhibit of new paintings by David Schorr, at the Zilkha Gallery. Tonight at 9 pm there’s a music recital, Happy Hybrid, by Tomek Arnold at World Music Hall. The Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert happens Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm at the Patricelli ’92 Theater. On Friday, South African musician Derek Gripper performs at Crowell Concert Hall. They’re sponsoring a tour of the NYC Grolier Club Exhibit and Print Fair on Saturday. On Sunday, jazz guitarist Tony Lombardozzi performs at The Russell House at 3 pm. Full details at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
Tonight, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown has Laughter Yoga at 6:30 pm. The Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta happens Thursday at 7 pm. On Friday at 8 pm, classical pianist Carolyn Halsted performs works by Barber and Chopin in addition to two original works, Nocturne in E flat, and Labyrinth. Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source Workshop happens Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme of “Attracting the Best in Life.” At 1 pm, the International Beat Poetry Festival holds a Free Poets Collective with music and readings. The Jovan Alexandre Trio performs hard-bob and post-bop at 8 pm. On Sunday, Steinway Artist Robin Speilberg takes the piano at 3 pm, followed at 7 by comedy with the Make Believe Society Improv Show. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30. Details at http://buttonwood.org
Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, they bring you Canyon, and Jason Gerrish. Wednesday’s bill includes Some Kind of Nightmare, The Ratz, Zombii, and Bloodred Whiskey. On Thursday it’s The Stunning, appearing along with Lines West. Friday they bring you Wolf Harbor, On the Fritz, Gravity Senses, Strawberry Cheesesteak, and Stalemate. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 showcases Mike Coppola and Friends, followed later by Dangerous Animals, Baka Fana, and more. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 is a CD Release Show with Bronson Rock, and at 8 Café Nine brings you The Helium Brothers and Phil Rosenthal. www.cafenine.com
Tonight, up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on Sally’s stage. On Wednesdays they present their long-running Community Blues Jam hosted by Ed Bradley. On Thursday it’s Sally’s house band The Po’ Boys, with blues, rock, and boogie-woogie. On Friday, The Mighty Soul Drivers brings you classic Soul. On Saturday night the blues guitar virtuoso Jay Jesse Johnson takes Sally’s stage. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Tonight, Manic Productions presents Great Good Fine OK, Dreamers, and Mission Zero at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. On Wednesday, they bring Ryley Walker, Circuit des Yeux, and Kath Bloom to Bar in New Haven. There’s a lot happening at the College Steet Music Hall starting Thursday, with Fred Armisen. On Friday you can catch Patton Oswalt and Myq Kaplan. On Saturday, it’s Foals, Bear Hands, and Kiev. On Sunday, The Beach Boys take the Music Hall Stage at 7 pm. http://www.manicproductions.org/
At 6 pm tonight at the Russell Library in Middletown, they present “Social Media and Your Job Search: The Things You Just Can’t Ignore”. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets every Thursday evening. On Saturday at 10:30 there’s a workshop on Revolutionary War Genealogy presented by the Wadsworth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; pre-registration is suggested. At 1:30the FaReLa piano/cello Duo presents an Exotic Romanticism Concert. On Sunday at 2 pm there’s an Opening Reception in collaboration with the Art Guild of Middletown for the art, prose, and poetry exhibition that runs through the month. www.russelllibrary.org
Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at www.hartfordmindfulnesscenter.org
Middletown’s Music Ambassador Old Lonesome Dave hosts a Jack ‘n’ Jill Open Mic Wednesday at the Mezzo Grille on Court St. at 7:30 pm. Tips and donations benefit the New Horizons Domestic Violence Services. www.arts2go.org
Middletown Scottish country dancers offer classes for beginners & experienced dancers at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, Every Wednesday from 7-9:30p. Partners not necessary but soft-soled shoes are! For information, call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278.
On Thursday night at Toad’s Place in New Haven, they headline Young M.A. On Friday it’s another Bright Night Glow Party and EDM College Dance Party with loads of performers. www.toadsplace.com
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they’ve got the English progressive rock group renaissance on Thursday. You can enjoy folk and rock on Friday with Aztec Two-Step and Brewer & Shipley. Its blues and rock on Saturday with Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, appearing with The Gary Douglas Band. The Olate Dogs, winners of “America’s Got Talent,” come your way Sunday at 1 pm, followed by a late show with award-winning jazz artist Madeleine Peyroux. www.infinityhall.com
The 17th annual Connecticut Veterans’ Day Parade happens this Sunday in Hartford, starting at 12:30 pm at the Capitol Building and making its way through Bushnell Park. www.ctveteransparade.org
Also on Sunday at the MAC650 Artspace in Middletown, there’s acoustic soul music by Elizabeth Dellinger, Paul Bryant Hudson, Orice Jenkins and more at 8:30 pm, along with a local artisan market. www.arts2go.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “A Man Called Ove,” (ooh-veh), a Swedish film about an isolated retiree whose life is changed by new neighbors. Also continuing is “Harry & Snowman,” a true Cinderella story about the transformative relationship between a Dutch immigrant and an Amish plow horse. Both runs through Thursday. On Friday they open “Aquarius,” a Portuguese film about a widow fighting developers who try to evict her from her home. It runs through the weekend. www.realartways.org.
Though Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run of “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” starring Natalie Portman as the mother of celebrated Israeli author Amos Ox. On Friday they open “Southside With You,” the story of the well-known first date in Chicago of a community organizer and his law firm supervisor who became the first black couple to occupy the White House. It runs through Saturday. Sunday’s matinee offering is the Bolshoi Ballet production of Shostakovich’s “The Bright Stream.” They also open “The Battle of Algiers,” a 4K restoration celebrating the 50th anniversary of this Italian classic about Algeria’s war of independence. www.cinestudio.org
Thursday, The Russell Library continues the 8th annual Middletown International Film Festival, Common Ground, with a screening of “Aftermath,” a Polish film about two brothers who uncover a dark family secret, this Thursday at 7 pm at the Center for Film Studies on the Wesleyan Campus. www.russelllibrary.org
Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on WESU Middletown:
Right after the jive, we’ve got The Soul Spoke with DJ Skaz, brings you some new soulful tunes from around the world.
From 6-6:30 pm it’s the Production Report, where Kiley and Allis will bring a comedic perspective to the newest news from the entertainment industry.
At 6:30 until 8 pm, Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill offers an eclectic selection of folk, Americana, bluegrass, and blues from old to new.
The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry takes you from 8 to 9 pm, featuring live and local Connecticut arts and music.
Up next is The Hometown Browns with DJ jaFREE, where you can get your fix of culture, history, and art featuring South Asian artists.
From 10 to 10:30 pm, stay tuned for This Is Water with Eric Hagen to hear quality discussion about a variety of human issues like the meaning of life.
After that it’s Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam from 10:30 to 12 am featuring local hip hot artists and little-known tracks from mainstream artists.
Next up is the Karl Marx Social Hour from 12 to 1 am, where DJ Fat Marco and DJ Ninjoo Pinjoo will play music relating to a story, social event, or historical event of their choosing.
The Chain with DJ JB and DJ EA Sportz will take you from 1 to 2 am, featuring old and new music connected through artists' collaborations, performance histories, and personal lives.
From 2 to 4 am, settle in for Histrotronics to experience the evolution of electronic music throughout the ages.
BBC World News airs from 4 to 5 am, and we get the day started at 5 with NPR’s Morning Edition.
That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. If you missed anything, you can find the written version 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.