Good evening, it's Wednesday, February 7th. 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.
I'm Ben Michael, Thanks for joining us. Here's a rundown of some of what's happening in our area this week:
Keep in Mind todays’ weather has likely created some event cancellations. Be sure to check with venues before venturing out this evening!
At the Russell Library in Middletown, The Girls Who Code Club is schedule to holds its regular meeting Wednesday at 6 pm. 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, Wednesday, its PNB Rock and the Catch These Vibes tour, along with Lil Baby. Thursday’s headliner is SZA. Sunday Toads presents Papadosio, and Aqueous. www.toadsplace.com
Tonight in Middletown at Vero Cucino Rustico, in the Tradewinds Plaza, on Saybrook Rd, The Bus is scheduled to host an open mic with festivities beginning around 8pm. 860-343-9413 to make sure this is still on despite the weather
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight/Wednesday, its PNB Rock and the Catch These Vibes tour, along with Lil Baby. Thursday’s headliner is SZA. Sunday Toads presents Papadosio, and Aqueous. www.toadsplace.com
The Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown had scheduled a Kids Upcycling Event tonight/Wednesday at 6 pm. Where kids can make crystals in old jars. At 7pm Weds, they sponsor Jeffers Lennox presenting “Homelands and Empires,” a historical work on indigenous people and imperial forces during the eighteenth century. Please check with the bookstore before heading out to their events tonight. On Thursday 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, at Café Nine they are scheduled to present Haunted Summer, Pleasure Beach, and Laundry Day. Thursday’s headliners are 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, The weekly Wednesday night Community Blues Jam is hosted by Ed Bradley. 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/
Thursday 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
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 is scheduled to screen “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” about the gang rape of a young black girl in 1944 Alabama, Wednesday as part of their Shaping Social Change series. There’s a pre-film reception at 6 pm. They also 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:
Keep in mind our schedule may vary tonight as some broadcasters might not be able to make it to the station for their regularly scheduled shift, due to travel conditions.
Right after the Jive at Five on Wednesdays its the Latin Music Hour with Isabel Calione Latin music from the 80s, 90s and early 2000s.
At 6pm Captured with DJ Aurah Explores the art of writing about other people.
From 6:30-8pm Fusion Radio with James Fusion presents a 90 minute techno mix.
At 8pm The Warehouse with Mike Nyce features underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.
From 9:30-11pm The Vault with DJ Anton Banks wraps up our electronic dance music block.
From 11-midnight dumpster dive with smelly and yourstruly presents punk, art pop and diy coming from a garbage compactor near you.
At midnight THE TONIGHT SHOW with Balsamic and Shlomo is a Late-Night talk show style show concerning pop culture, politics and new music
From 1-2am Kellex and Kleenog’s Radio Hour keeps the fun going with experimental music and talk.
From 2-4am DJ Coroner’s Last Will and Testimony Haunts the Midnight airwaves with an eclectic mix of oneiric, experimental sounds. Ambient, noise, drone, poetry readings and more--sonic flotsam from the abandoned station.
That's all for today's Jive at Five. Join us weekdays at 4:55 for a daily rundown of area happenings a rundown of evening programming on WESU Middletown!
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