Good evening, it's Monday, May 2nd. 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 Marianne O’Hare, Producer of Conversations on Healthcare, heard on Wednesday’s at 4:30, right before the Jive at Five.
Here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week.
At RUSSELL Library, The Racial Justice Book Group meets tonight at 6pm in Meeting Room 2 to discuss The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. At 1 p.m. Saturday, in the Hubbard Room, Russell Library will screen Ava DuVernay's film '13th', which links the 13th amendment to mass incarceration. Details at www.russelllibrary.org
Tonight (Tuesday), Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents A Celebration of Silent Sounds in the Memorial Chapel. This annual event features the writing excellence of students from Middletown Public Schools, and offers an opportunity hear their award winning essays, short stories, and poetry contributions to the annual literary magazine, Silent Sounds. The South Indian Music Student Recital happens Wednesday, May 3 in the World Music Hall. Also in the World Music Hall, The Beginner Javanese Gamelan ensemble will perform Thursday, May 4, with a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble. Heinrich Isaac performs “Hofkomponist to Emperor Maximilian I” on Friday, May 5, followed by Wesleyan Korean Drumming and Taiko Ensembles in the Crowell Concert Hall. The Spring Faculty Dance Concert: Shake takes the stage Friday, May 5, and Saturday in the CFA Theater. You can see the Wesleyan University Orchestra Concert on Saturday, May 6, in the Crowell Concert Hall. Full details at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/
Tonight in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch OLD SALT UNION and Lines West for a night of explorations of the jazz and blues roots of bluegrass. Tomorrow/Wednesday, Fernando Pinto Presents LOCUST HONEY, playing with The Bandolins serving up a rotating instrumentation of fiddles, open-back and resonator banjos, acoustic and resonator guitars. Thursday MARBIN and Strawberry Cheesesteak, make for a night for a night of genre bending progressive jazz-rock. Friday's Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour hosts LYNN MALAVOLTE and SOLIN, and later Friday Café Nine presents a CD release party for KINDRED QUEER, DR. CATERWAUL'S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS shares that bill. Saturday's weekly JAZZ JAM is WITH MIKE COPPOLA AND FRIENDS this week. Saturday night JACQUES LE COQUE, DUST HAT and THE RIGHT OFFS, offer a night of rough, raw, fuzzy rock n' roll. "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee at Café Nine from Cygnus Radio features MARCH & BEAUTY and JELLYSHIRTS, and THE STRAY BIRDS and Five in the Chamber play later on. www.cafenine.com
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, every Tuesday night Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra gets funky as they jam and work out new material. Wednesday's COMMUNITY BLUES JAM is with Mark Nomad this week. Thursday night, catch the premiere of the CT Blues Society’s ANNUAL BAND CHALLENGE where bands compete to win a chance to represent CT in Memphis in the national finals! Friday brings MIXED SIGNALS- CINCO DE MAYO PARTY. On Saturday, SHAKA & THE SOUL SHAKERS play WITH THE SCISSORMEN for some rockin' slide guitar. www.blackeyedsallys.com
At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, you can catch SOMO: THE ANSWERS TOUR with Carter Reeves and Demarious Cole. Thursday, at Toads its PNB ROCK with Daveon and DJ Meechie & Hosted by G.Money da Prince**. Friday the 5th, brings the SPRING HEELED JACK USA RECORD RELEASE PARTY to Toad’s featuring The Doped Up Dollies and The Snails. Sunday night, AB-SOUL’s YMF TOUR stops at Toads. www.toadsplace.com
Tonight (Tuesday), Melissa Etheridge performs at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Also happening tonight, Manic Presents Local H and Wayward City at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Manic's Wednesday night show at Bar in New Haven features Hollis Brown this week, with accompanying acts, The National Reserve and Frank Viele. Twiddle and Sinkane play Fri, May 5 at the College Street Music Hall. On Saturday, Manic Presents Mayday Parade: A Lesson In Romantics 10th Anniversary Tour with musical guests Knuckle Puck, and Milestones, at the College Street Music Hall. Preoccupations and Furnsss play that night at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. Sunday, The Cult and VOWWS go on stage at the College Street Music Hall. www.manicproductions.org for details.
Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at www.hartfordmindfulnesscenter.org
This WEDNESDAY (MAY 3) and the First Wednesday of Every Month, at Mezzo Grille in Middletown, starting ‘round 7:30 p.m.-ish. Local Crooner, Old lonesome Dave Downs, invites singers, songwriters, musicians, poets, prognosticators, comics, dancers, thespians, watchers, listeners, drinkers, eaters, supporters, to present an original song at the Jack n' Jill Open Mic Nights/ Songwriting Contest to which culminates with the The Jack n' Jill Music Festival, which benefits New Horizons Domestic Violence Services www.mezzogrille.com firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
THE BUS will perform at NINO'S (formerly Tommy’s Pizza) in Middletown, hosting this week’s open Mic (and the first Weds monthly). Music gets underway around 8 PM. Nino's is at 825 Saybrook Rd. Middletown, and at 860 346 8686
The Middletown ART WALK is on May 4th from 5-8pm and tours local galleries featuring work by local artists and crafts for kids and grownups. https://www.facebook.com/artwalkct/
Thursday, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown opens a new Galley show, "Seeing the Unseen: Connecting to Creation" by Phoebe Legere. Later, Thursday evening it’s Bob Gotta’s monthly Acoustic Open Mic at The Buttonwood. Friday, Story City Troupe brings you a night of storytelling. Saturday, morning brings the weekly Aligned with the Source workshop. Saturday evening, DenMar Jamz! with Carol Hahn. Sunday the theater troupe, Concrete Tomato, with History of the Future and Cloud 9. http://buttonwood.org
This Saturday may 6th, Cross Street AME Zion Church, Middlesex Chapter of NAACP, and Wesleyan University presents a COLLEGE FAIR AND ADMISSIONS WORKSHOP from 11 am – 3 pm. At Cross Street AME Zion Church on West Street in Middletown more info at 860-344-9527 or email@example.com
This Sunday, brings The CROMWELL RECORD RIOT! To The Radisson Hotel from 9:30 AM until 3:30 PM. The event features over 45 dealer tables selling LP's. 45's, CD's, DVD's, Collectibles, much more. http://recordriots.com/cromwell/
Now, here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways is showing A QUIET PASSION, starring Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson in this biopic. Friday, Real Art Ways opens a run of: opens CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY, about the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Sunday RAW is also showing Buster Keaton’s silent classic THE GENERAL - WITH LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT. Details & screening times at www.realartways.org
Through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing the French film, Personal Shopper, the tale of a young American working as the personal shopper to an obnoxiously wealthy socialite in Paris, whilst trying to connect with her dead twin at the same time. Friday and Saturday, Cinestudio presents The Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films 2017: Saturday evening, Trinity Film Festival returns to Cinestudio for the 6th year. On Sunday, you can see Land of Mine, a story exploring the moment when war ends and the road to rediscovering one’s humanity begins. www.cinestudio.org
Now, here's what's on the air tonight, on WESU:
Right after the jive, stay tuned for The Soul Spoke with DJ Skaz for a weekly sampling of tunes from around-the-world that uplift, realign, and educate, giving soul to your world and backbone to your day.
From 6-8pm stay tuned for Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill offering an eclectic selection of new and older folk, Americana, bluegrass, blues and other music that has a roots influence with a concert listing at 7pm and frequent concert and festival ticket giveaways. Tonight show will feature a ticket give away to see the Legendary Kink Friedman!
At 8:00 stay tuned for the Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry, a weekly show featuring live and local Connecticut arts and music.
At 9pm, he Big Controversy with Eric Kuhn, is a public affairs show with discussion and analysis of current events, current personalities, and the current state of the reality/fake reality flux.
at 9:30 stay tuned for UnderCover with Ali & Ben who take over until 11 pm to explore the concept of inspiration through imitation (cover songs).
From 11-midnight Nouns! with Jackalope wraps an hour of radio around a different noun, each week.
At Midnight its Down The Lineage with DJ MosDefNot & Hyphy Taking the "Oh Geez" out of the OGs.
From 1-4am Sir Bruce presents The Greatest Sounds Under The Sun featuring 2 hrs of old school RNB and Soul music.
Weekdays, we begin our program day at 4am with BBC world Report, followed by NPR’s Morning Edition at 5am.
At 9am stay tuned for Rising up with Sonali from Pacifica.
NPR’s 1A with Joshua Johnson comes your way at 10 am and at 11am (Monday through Thursday) it’s Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod from Pacifica.
On Friday’s at 9am, we are proud to present First Voices updating us on the news affecting indigenous and first nation communities.
Of Course, at noon every weekday, it’s our flagship daily news hour from Pacifica, Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.
That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. Tune in to WESU 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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