Good evening, it's Thursday April 20th. 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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Friday night, the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown offers special guest Warren Byrd with contemporary jazz. Saturday morning it’s the Aligned with the Source workshop and meditation. Saturday evening, the jazz saxophone quartet Tetraptych (Tetra Pitch) takes the Buttonwood stage. Sunday, from 3 to 5 pm, you can visit Pieces of the Moment, the abstract collage art exhibit by Bruce Blackman, which continues through the month. http://buttonwood.org
At the Russell Library in Middletown, Jazz Up Close with Noah Baerman and Sunny Jain comes your way Thursday night. On Friday at 1 pm, it’s Poet’s Corner with Susan Allison, presenting Poets Resist! The Survivors Swing Band brings you classic swing melodies on Saturday at 1:30. http://www.russelllibrary.org/
Tonight/in New Haven at Café Nine, Honch, The 34's, Dutty Winehouse and Spectral Fangs. Friday's Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour hosts Bronson Rock this week, followed by Sean Rowe and That Virginia, courtesy of Manic Presents. Saturday Jazz Jam session starts early at 4, and features the Nick DiMaria Quartet. Saturday evening’s headliner is Juliana Hatfield, appearing with Ports of Spain. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you The Dusk Whales, Brawlix, and Oberon Rose, followed by a Dance Party with Sex Beat and Kid Congo Powers. www.cafenine.com
Tonight, Manic Presents Explosions in the Sky and Thor and Friends at College Street Music Hall. There’s plenty more at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, with Frank Lero and The Patience on Thursday, along with Dave Hause and The Mermaid; Kishi Bashi, Tall Tall Trees, and Olive Tiger on Friday. Legendary CT Rock and Rollers, Miracle Legion take the stage The Ballroom at The Outer Space Saturday night. The Backyard Committee opens that show. www.manicproductions.org
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s tonight, the Connecticut Blues Society hosts their Annual Band Challenge at Black-eyed Sally’s. Sally’s house band, The Po Boys, appear every Thursday with special guests. Tom Guerra &The Mambo Sons takes Black-eyed Sally’s stage on Friday, and on Saturday The Healing Blues Band brings you music based on stories from the homeless. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents senior theses and recitals in music and art all week at various locations across campus. Check the website for details The world premiere of “Islands: The Lost History of the Treaty that Changed the World,” happens Friday at CFA Theater. The play explores colonialism and the US/Indonesia relationship. It runs through Saturday. Full details at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/
Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at www.hartfordmindfulnesscenter.org
This Thursday at 7 is the launch of Crossing Cultures, the 2017 edition of the Jazz Up Close program produced by Resonant Motion, now in its third year of bringing guest artists to the Russell Library in Middletown, CT. This year’s series of folks mixing jazz with music from other cultural frameworks begins with drummer, percussionist, and composer Sunny Jain, (of) brass band Red Baraat, saxophonist Mike Bomwell, Henry Lugo on bass, and Pianist Noah Baerman.www.russelllibrary.org
At Toad’s Place in New Haven Thursday, you can catch Chop Drop featuring Crowell &Codd Dubz. Yale’s African Arts and Culture Festival brings you Cosmic Homies and Oshun on Friday. There’s another Original Saturday Night College Dance Party on Saturday. The African Culture series continues on Sunday with Africa Into Jazz/Jazz Into Africa, featuring The Richard Bona Trio and The Randy Weston Sextet. www.toadsplace.com
This Saturday Aprill 22nd brings The WESU Spring Record Fair to Wesleyan's Beckham Hall located at 55 Wyllys ave. There will be vendors selling music in all formats, plus WESU gear for sale and WESU DJs spinning vinyl all day long. The record fair is free and open to the public from 11am to 4pm. with an opportunity for early bird crate diggers for $5 rfom 10-11am. details at www.wesufm.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “Frantz,” a story of post-WWI guilt and conflict, through Thursday. Also continuing is “Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” an educational journey into the Beatles' creative process. On Friday they open “Tomorrow,” a documentary about concrete solutions to preserve humankind. It runs through the weekend. www.realartways.org
Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing “Lion,” the true story of a search for a birth mother, which runs through Saturday. National Theatre Live’s production of Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guilderstern Are Dead” will be screened on Thursday and Sunday. Raul Peck’s film on black activist and gay icon James Baldwin, “I Am Not Your Negro,” opens on Sunday. www.cinestudio.org