Good evening, it's Thursday May 18th. 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.
I’m Ben Michael, Thanks for joining us. If you tune in regularly, you must be aware that WESU is in the midst of our spring pledge drive. If you value what you hear on WESU, please support the service we provide with a donation today. With roughly 1/3rd of our goal met, your donation will go a long way towards sustaining the type of radio WESU delivers 24/7 365 days per year Donate online at www.wesufm.org
Here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week.
Tonight, The Buttonwood in Middletown Tree hosts a Connecticut Songwriter’s Association Workshop. Friday’s headliner at The Buttonwood Tree is Stanley Maxwell, a four-piece group offering jazz, funk, and rock. Saturday morning The Buttonwood tree offers Annaita Ghandi’s Aligned With Source Workshop; they round out the week with a concert by Phoebe Legere in the evening, bringing her Acadian-Cajan renaissance ensemble to the Buttonwood. http://buttonwood.org/
The Peggy Stern Trio brings you music of the Great American Songbook at The Russell library on tonight. Saturday, brings a Hip Hop Festival exploring the art forms behind this contemporary American music, including workshops on Tunrtablism, graffiti art, and rhyming. Also this Saturday, there’s a reception to open their photography exhibit celebrating the annual Middletown Summer Hoopfest. The library also offers a passport workshop on Saturday where you can apply for or renew a Passport. www.russelllibrary.org
Tonight/Thursday in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch Joe Jack Talcum, F. Woods, Kyle Trocolla, and more. Café Nine’s weekly Friday Wind Down Happy Hour features Calvin Decutlass and the Cut Loose Band this week. Friday night, Café Nine’s main event is a CD Release Show with Dutty Winehouse and a host of other performers. Saturday’s weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. The Living Deads and So Long Friendly take the Café Nine stage later Saturday night. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Eric Ambel & Joe Flood, followed later by Audy Shaur and S.G. Calson, brought to you by Manic Presents! http://www.cafenine.com/
THE SUICIDEGIRLS: BLACKHEART BURLESQUE show takes the stage at the college street music hall tonight. http://www.collegestreetmusichall.com
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight/Thursday it’s the CT Blues Society’s Annual Band Challenge, with bands competing for the chance to play In Memphis. On Friday you can enjoy jazz sax and more with the Noah Preminger Quartet. Saturday night, Sally’s features blues with the Chris Bergson Band from NY, celebrating a CD release show for the new album, Bitter Midnight. www.blackeyedsallys.com
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tomorrow/Friday they celebrate Shakedown’s 30th anniversary with performers on two stages. The Main Stage features Kazoo Crew Family Band, Klams Kasino, and Bangcreek Puppies. On the Lily Pad stage you can catch, No Mind, The Notch, The Remnants, and Tablature. Saturday’s Bill includes Mandala, Norris Blue, Sammy Maximim, and more. www.toadsplace.com
At The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden on Friday Manic Presents: The Obsessed, Karma To Burn, Lo-Pan, and Curse The Son. At the Ballroom on Sun day, Manic presents Com Truise, and Clark. They’ve also got Flogging Molly, The White Buffalo, and Dylan Walshe at The College Street Music Hall in New Haven. http://www.manicpresents.com/
In Hartford, enjoy free music at noon every Friday in their Pratt Street Music Series, featuring Olive Tiger this week. www.hartford.com/events/
The 10th annual Arts and Media Festival happens this Friday at Middlesex Community College in Middletown. Student film, video and new media projects will be showcased. https://www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice
Infinity hall Norfolk presents Ana Popovic, tonight. Samantha Fish takes the Infinity Norfolk stage Friday night. Saturday it's an acoustic evening with Heather Nova and Mishka. Dana Merritt play in the Sunday bistro session at Infinity Norfolk Sunday evening. Blues Rocker Delbert McClinton plays Infinity Hall Hartford, this Friday night. www.infinityhall.com
Tonight, in Wallingford, Cherry Street station presents a night of heavy metal with Chronologist, Myth of I, Prologues, and The Green Invaders. Saturday, Cherry Street keeps the loud music going with another heavy bill featuring 4 bands, Deathcode, Diabolis, Matt Danger G, and Outside My Head. https://www.reverbnation.com/venue/cherrystreetstation
This Saturday brings Biker’s Against Animal Cruelty’s 7th Annual WoofStock Concert to raise and awareness and funds in the fight to end animal cruelty! This year’s event happens at The Outer Space in Hamden CT. FIVE BANDS will hit the stage including: Soldiers of Solace, Murray the Wheel, Savile Row, Social Convention and Hair of the Dog ft members of Naja. They’ll also be collecting donations of Pet Food, Cleaning Products, Blankets, Toys, Beds, Leashes, Collars, Bowls and anything else that will make the life of a shelter pet better! http://bikersagainstanimalcruelty.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Tonight, Hartford’s Real Art Ways ends their run of “A Quiet Passion,” with Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson. Tonight, they also conclude their run of “Risk,” Laura Poitras’ documentary of Julian Assange. Friday Real Art Ways opens a run of “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent,” a documentary of the rise and fall of America’s first celebrity chef. Also opening is “Obit,” a film that explores the world of obituary writers. Details & screening times at www.realartways.org
Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford opens a run of “Get Out,” Jordan Peele’s film about an interracial relationship. There’s a Sunday screening of “Song to Song,” about aspiring singer/songwriters who fall in love.” Details and screening times at http://www.cinestudio.org/
Now, here's what's on the air tonight, on WESU:
Right after the Jive stick around for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa featuring Connecticut Connected music until 6:30pm.
After that until 8pm, Imagine with Karen Stein, offers peace through music! With uplifting music from around the world and around the block!
From 8-8:30pm tonight, The Radical Radio with Oracle offers a weekly update on progressive news, that combines interviews, reporting, and discussion to look at the current state of the American left.
At 8:30 its back to the music on Evening Jazz with Bill Denert, where "Hearing is the best experience" offering a broad range of swing, be bop and avante garde with a sprinkling of new releases.
At 10om Jazzalicious Definition with MC Mcgee and DJ Stocks'n'Socks offers an hour of
Jazz and jazz influenced music with something different every week.
From 11-midnight The American Empire with, Tootse Mutant explores the effects of American Cultural Imperialism on the world's soundscape. From Peruvian Punk to Japanese Jazz we'll take a look at how other countries have adopted American music styles.
At midnight The Audible Underground with Joshinvents invites listeners to explore a variety of underground music by independent or relatively unknown artists from many genres, while occasionally discussing current events neglected by mainstream media.
From 1-2am Festival Files with DJ Frita takes a look back at legendary folk and rock concerts from around the country and the music idols that dominated the stages throughout the years.
From 2-4am DJ coroner's last will & testimony Haunts the midnight airwaves with an eclectic mix of oneiric, experimental sounds. Ambient, noise, drone, footwork, art pop, poetry readings and more.
That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. 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. IF you like what you hear on WESU, please help sustain the service we provide by making a donation in support of our spring pledge drive, happening, now. Donate online at www.wesufm.org where you can find images of our awesome new thank you gifts, station audio archives, playlists, and more!
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