Good evening, it's Thursday, February 8th. 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 volunteer broadcasters bring you the best in free-form programming.
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today! at 4:30, at The Wesleyan Center for the Arts, The Zilkha Gallery, there’s an opening reception for A New Subjectivity: Figurative Painting After 2000, an exhibition celebrating paintings by women. Guided tours of the exhibit happen on Saturday. On Friday at 8, at the CFA Theater, the Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group premiers the new dance work, Citizen. On Sunday, the West End String Quartet performs at Crowell Concert Hall at 3 pm. www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
At the Russell Library in Middletown,Friday there’s a computer workshop, Introduction to the Internet, at 10;30, and Paper Crafts for Adults: 3D Masks at 11 am. At 6 pm Friday, Russell library presents an opening reception for the art exhibition by Pierre Sylvaine, “Fantastical Journey: Voodoo, Slavery, Jazz.” The exhibit runs through March. On Saturday morning you can explore French and Spanish language classes for kids. Check the website for more activities and offerings for patrons of all ages, and for information on the current online auction fundraiser. www.russelllibrary.org
At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight headliner is SZA. Sunday Toads presents Papadosio, and Aqueous.
Sunday Toads presents Papadosio, and Aqueous. www.toadsplace.com
The Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown tonight at 7, author Michael Benanav presents “Himalaya Bound,” an immersive journey with nomadic water buffalo herders. www.wesleyanrjjulia.com
In New Haven, at Café Nine tonight, Nick Dimaria, Wired, The Lost Tribe, and the Dan Liparini Trio. Friday, Café Nine’s 5pm Women in Music Happy Hour features Stephanie Brown, Sara Witham, Denise Ortiz, and Vangie Durst. Friday night’s late show at Cafe Nine features James Mauri and the Black River Stones, Fiction, and Black River Union. Saturday’s weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Saturday night at The Nine, there’s a Record Release Show for The Shellye Valauskas Experience and special guest Jon Auer. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at Café Nine features The Furors, The Sawtelles, and Jellyshirts, followed by a Sex Beat Dance Party with DJ Kid Congo Powers in the evening. http://www.cafenine.com/
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s,tonight It’s Liviu’s Invitational on Thursday, and on Friday it’s a Blues Hall of Fame Showcase. Saturday’s headliner is Avenue Groove. blues on Saturday with the Chris Bergson Band. http://www.blackeyedsallys.com/
On Friday, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Windborne presents Song of the Times, songs of people’s rights from the past 400 years. Saturday evening The Rosemary Minkler Trio returns to the stage with pop and jazz. The NEAR and Far Storytellers featuring Joe Flood perform on Sunday. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday morning. www.buttonwood.org
Friday night Manic Presents brings José González and Bedouine to the College Street Music Hall . They’re back at Space Ballroom on Sunday with Tiny Moving Parts, Mom Jeans, and Oso Oso. www.manicpresents.com
Infinity Hall Hartford presents Al Di Meola on Thursday. On Friday they’ve got Big Eyed Phish, a Dave Matthews Band Tribute band. It’s Americana on Saturday with Shelby Lynne Allison & Allison Moorer and there’s bluegrass and more on Sunday with The Ghost of Paul Revere and The Penniless Wild. Infinity Norfolk presents Canadian power rock group The Damn Truth, Thursday night. Friday night at Infintiy Norfolk you can catch The Zolla Boys, Gracie Day & The Knights, and Auguste & Alden. Saturday Mary Lambert’s Everybody is a Babe Tour stops at Infinity Hall Norfolk. www.infinityhall.com
The Connecticut Science Center in Hartford hosts a Science Straight Up cocktail hour Friday at 5:30 with the theme, Your Brain in Love. Enjoy dance lessons, comedy, and the new butterfly exhibit, or examine a real brain. Details at www.ctsciencecenter.org
This Friday The MAC650 Gallery & Artist Co-Op in Middletown presents live music with Mandala, Hit Like a Girl, Spit-take, and Liv Lombardi & Queer Choir. Details at https://www.facebook.com/mac650gallery/
Vinnie’s Jump and Jive in Middletown hosts a swing lesson Friday night at 7:30 along with music by Java Groove, a big sound trio playing swing, jazz, and ballads. Details at www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice
Cherry St. Station in Wallingford presents Outside My Head, Imbroglio, Disease Party, and Destination Dimension on Friday. On Saturday, it’s Values, and Fateless, appearing with To Fear The Fall and The Devil Inside. Details at www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation/
The 6th annual Hartford Art Sled Derby is schedule for this Saturday at 11 am at Elizabeth Park. Details at www.hartford.com/events
Sol Y Canto, a national Latin Ensemble, performs Saturday at 3 pm at the Middletown Performing Arts Auditorium at the Middletown High School, sponsored by the Greater Middletown Concert Association. Details at www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice
Baby Grand Jazz continues at the Hartford Public Library Sunday at 2 pm with a performance by the John Kordalewski Trio. Details at www.hplct.org
Trinity College brings Concora, an ensemble of Connecticut choral artists, back this Sunday at 4 pm to perform Masses: Ancient and Modern in the College Chapel. Details at www.concora.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues “Molly’s Game,” based on the true story of an Olympic-class skier running an illegal poker scam, and “Vazante,” a Portuguese historical film about a young woman forced to marry a slave trader, through Thursday. Also Continuing is “British Arrows Awards,” a celebration of innovative British advertising. There’s a one-time screening tonight of “Above & Beyond: Giving Up the Day Job,” about a performance group going acoustic. On Friday at Real Art Ways, they open “Faces, Places (Visages, Villages)” a documentary about a French filmmaker and photographer. They also open their annual Oscar Nominated Short Films series over the weekend with Live Action and Animation. With additional screenings of “Loving Vincent,” an animated celebration of Vincent Van Gogh, over the weekend as well. Check the website for details and screening times at www.realartways.org
Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues “The Disaster Artist,” the story behind the so-called worst movie ever, “The Room.” Thursday, there’s a one-time screening of “Freak Show,” the story of a gender-bending outsider in a conservative high school. On Friday they open a run of the 1942 classic love story, “Casablanca.” Check the website for full schedule and screening times. http://www.cinestudio.org/
Tonight The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford continue “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” at various times. They also offer “No Date, No Time,” about a coroner who examines the corpse of a young accident victim. Check the website for dates and times. www.thewadsworth.org
Now, Here's the rundown of tonight’s lineup here on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown:
5:05-6:30pm Homegrown with Rob DeRosa Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience. Hey, It’s Homegrown...want some?
6:30-8pm Imagine with Karen Stein Peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!
8-9:30pm Evening Jazz with Bill Denert A broad range of swing, be bop and avante garde with a sprinkling of new releases. “Hearing is the best experience”
9:30-10:30pm Everything Now with Chris and Al From indie rock to folk to electronic and more, Chris and Al pick whatever they’re feeling each week to share with you.
10:30-11pm Spicy! Spicy! Hot! Hot! with Beizo Bish and Jew Chainzs Scalding hot takes on a new area of pop culture each week, featuring topical tracks and a variety of dynamic guests.
11pm-midnight The American Empire with Yours Truly, Tootse Mutants An exploration of the influence of American cultural imperialism on foreign music, such as Korean Hip-Hop, Japanese Jazz, and Peruvian Punk and so much more.
midnight-1am Jazzalicious Definition with DJ Stocks’n’Socks and MC McGee Jazzalicious travels through the history of jazz by highlighting a different artist, sub-genre, or time period each week.
1-2am (1,3,5) Road Trip with DJ G and Victoria Our show will feature local artists from different cities across the county. Each show will focus on one city and feature mostly alternative rock artists.
(2,4) The Sonic Hour with DJ Jackson Focus on indie rock, prog pop, power pop, indie pop, etc.
Shows will compare music from a previous generation with their contemporaries.
2-3am (1,3,5) Modern French Touch with Sam A look at France’s modern electro house scene, through the emergence of newly influential French touch labels.
(2,4) Doin’ It For Yourself with DJ Chrystanthemum and DJ Baby Boy DJs Chrystanthemum and Baby Boy showcase the world of DIY, from backyard inventors to bedroom musicians.
3-4am The Hour of Slack from the Church of The Subgenius.
At 4am We bring you the BBC World Report and we kick of weekdays with Morning Edition from NPR From 5‑9am.
That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. Thanks for joining us and Stay tuned for a stiff does of Homegrown with Rob DeRosa, up next.