Good evening, it's Thursday, March 31st, 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. Thank you 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) evening it’s the First of April and comedy rock band The Coconuts take the stage. On Saturday; it’s a morning class of Transitional Tai Chi followed by the Aligned with Source mediation, this week guided by spiritual and holistic healer Annaita Gandhy. Saturday afternoon brings the International Beat Poetry Festival to the Buttonwood, and in the evening you can catch a MASTER CLASS: with Danny Green Trio on playing Brazilian rhythms in a jazz context. The Danny Green Jazz Trio will conclude the evening with a show at the Buttonwood Tree. On Sunday, it’s the Great Make Believe Society Improv Show. The International Women’s Day Art Show is on display for the month of March. New paintings by WESU DJ Bill Revill, host of Acoustic Blender, are on display at the Buttonwood Tree during the month of April. http://buttonwood.org/
Down in New Haven, tonight at Café Nine, KAL MARKS featuring Left and Right, Bilge Rat and Crag Mask take the stage. Early April 1st (Friday), BRUCE & LORALEE CROWDER play for the Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour and later Friday night RHETT MILLER (OF THE OLD 97S) perform with THE ZAMBONIS. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with MIKE COPPOLA AND FRIENDS. Saturday evening, THE MOUNTAIN MOVERS, STEFAN CHRISTENSEN & FRIENDS, AND PIECES OF FRUIT share a bill at Café Nine. Cygnus Radio and Cafe 9 present “The Sunday Buzz” Matinee Sunday afternoon, featuring WOLF HARBOR, PSYCHOALA and COASTAL NOTION. Sunday night, Manic Productions & Safety Meeting present ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE with Mounds and Nothing Israel to wrap up the weekend. www.cafenine.com
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, this evening Savage Tour presents FELLY x GYPPS for their “7TH KING TOUR.” DJ AP Supreme, Rick Gatt, Nino Scott, and Peter Sun also perform. Friday evening, you can hear TURKUAZ with Lespecial and West End Blend. Saturday night it’s THE ORIGINAL SATURDAY NIGHT COLLEGE DANCE PARTY with DJ Action & Marc. www.toadsplace.com
Tonight, Manic Productions present BONGZILLA featuring Black Cobra, Kings Destroy and Lo Pan performing at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden. On Saturday, it’s April 2nd and THE MOUNTAIN GOATS featuring William Tyler (of Silver Jews and Lambchop) take the stage at College Street Music Hall. www.manicproductions.org
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tomorrow (Friday) evening, Danny Pease and The Regulators (DPR) offer their style of “Dirty Punk Reggae” blending the style of ska, reggae, rock and hip-hop. Saturday night, you can catch Jane Lee Hooker, a blues legend tribute band. www.blackeyedsallys.com
At Russell Library here in Middletown, this and every Thursday, at 7pm, the Veterans Writing Group meets at the library. Also this evening, you can Jazz Up Close with Caroline Davis, saxophonist, composer and holder of a PhD in Music Cognition. Friday, April 1st, the Women’s Group hosts Cultural Connections, inviting women of all nationalities for chance to meet other immigrant women and help with adaptation to American culture. Saturday morning at 10 am, Tracy Nixon-Moore leads a Resume Review session. Later Saturday afternoon, the Drumming Circle with Jocelyn Pleasant meets. www.russelllibrary.org
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Call 860-347-0278 for details.
On Friday, Real Art Ways in Hartford hosts SPEAK UP, an evening of true stories centered around the theme “Newcomers.” You can also catch the special exhibits from creators and artist Alina Gallo, artist and architect Mohamad Hafez; and sculptor Heidi Lau. http://www.realartways.org/
This week at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, Friday through Sunday you can catch the performance of Bye Bye Birdie presented by the performing arts school BroadwayKids&Company. http://katharinehepburntheater.org/
ConnPIRG is holding a grassroots meeting focused on taking action on campaign finance reform right here in Middletown. This meeting will be held on Sunday, April 3rd at 3PM at the It's Only Natural Restaurant on Main Street. Come meet people and learn what you can do to help get big money out of politics!"
Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, tonight you can catch the final showing of Requiem for the American Dream, wherein, leftist social critic Noam Chomsky discusses how the concentration of wealth and power among a small elite has polarized American society and brought about the decline of the middle class. Also showing one last time this evening is, Michael Moore’s new film, Where To Invade Next, an exploration and confrontation of American values and mentalities. Opening tomorrow (Friday) are the films The Last Man on Earth, a documentary about Apollo astronaut Eugene Ceranand, and Songs My Brother Taught Me, director Chloe Zhao’s story about two Lakota siblings from the Pine Ridge Reservation attending Little Wound High School. Showings run Friday through Sunday. www.realartways.org
Tonight Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing 45 Years, a film about a couple's anniversary and relationship rocked by return of a long-dead fiancee. Also showing tonight through Saturday is The Big Short, Oscar nominated film about the 2008 financial crisis. Saturday, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry sponsored by The Women of Gender Resource Action Center at Trinity College shows at the Cinestudio. On Sunday, it’s the opening of the 2016 April in Paris Series. L’inhumaine / The Inhuman Woman runs during the Sunday matinee, and Sunday evening, you can catch La collectionneuse / The Collector. 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!