Good evening, it’s Wednesday, May 2nd and this is the Jive at Five, WESU’s Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. Thanks for making WESU your listener supported source for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs and free-form community radio. I’m Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night’s Evening Jazz where “hearing is the best experience.” Thanx for tuning in!
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This year’s thesis students in Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program are invited to select a single work from their Senior Thesis Exhibition for a year-end showcase of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media and architecture curated by Professor of Art Tula Telfair. The Thesis art show is on display today through Saturday, May 26 in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, open Tuesday-Sunday, noon-4pm
A new sound installation by Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen called “work divided by time” reflects on how the scientific definition of energy resonates and clashes with cultural and historical concepts, inspired in part by intricate 20th-century mechanical clocks. You can experience this installation this evening until 6pm at Wesleyan’s Van Vleck Observatory.
Also tonight, Professor of Music (and living legend of experimental music) Anthony Braxton’s student ensemble performs his compositions at the Crowell Concert Hall at 8.
You can experience the culture of Java with students of Wesleyan Javanese Gamelan and Dance, Thursday at 7pm in the World Music Hall. Also Thursday night, catch the annual Organ Romp, which features Wesleyan student organists, pianists and percussionists performing new music and non-standard organ repertoire. Check the CFA website for the costume theme, as well as updated performer and program information.
Thursday at 10pm at the Wesleyan Memorial Chapel, Introductory and Advanced students perform the thunderous and exhilarating rhythms of Japanese Taiko drumming. Several dynamic styles will be showcased, demonstrating both traditional and contemporary Taiko repertoire. At 7pm this Friday in Crowell Concert Hall
Saturday at 9pm in the Memorial Chapel, the Wesleyan University Collegium Musicum performs Funeral Music from Tudor and Stuart England under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Jane Alden.
The Wesleyan Korean Drumming Ensemble showcases the dynamic mixture of traditional drumming and dance, Sunday night at 7 in the World Music Hall.
The Wesleyan Chinese Music Ensemble, in collaboration with the Wesleyan Orchestra and Chorus, will present works associated with the classic Chinese novel “Dream of the Red Chamber”, and music in various regional style in Crowell Concert Hall on Sunday at 8.
As part of Wesleyan’s Annual “Spring Dance” show, Student choreographers present works created after a full year of dance composition studies, Friday and Saturday night at 8 at the Patricelli ’92 Theater. They are featuring new works by Eleonore Bayles, Kim Ladd, Naya Samuel, Jiovani Robles, Emily Weitzman, and Sally Williams.
You can find more information about all arts events at Wesleyan University online at Wesleyan.edu/cfa
Here in Middletown, tonight, The Buttonwood Tree hosts a photography exhibit organized by Michael Arafeh, owner of The Coffeehouse Recording Studio in the North End. The show features many local scenes and area musicians, and is on display through the month of May. The long standing Acoustic Open mic with Bob Gotta occurs every First Thursday at the Buttonwood with 6:30 sign ups and a 7:00 start time.
Friday at 8, Drummer Art Lillard leads his jazz trio who will play jazz standards, show tunes, swing tunes, bossa nova, and blues, as well as some originals.
Saturday afternoon at the Buttonwood, the piano students of Joe Riff’s music perform a recital at 2:30.
Sunday, the Buttonwood Tree presents religious services with “Solid Rock Ministries”, and Rev. Ronnie Bantum from 10am – 11am and then Worship with Pastor Sandra Steele from 11am to noon. Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone is welcome, and consider yourself invited to help prepare vegetarian food beforehand at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. For more information about all Buttonwood events, go to buttonwood.org
This Saturday, from 11am to 1, The Russell Knitters gather to share ideas and expertise at Russell Library in Middletown. You are invited to bring your knitting projects, questions, and expertise. No registration is required. www.russelllibrary.org for information about other classes and clubs the library has to offer.
Impart Leadership and ARF Worldwide Leadership host a training event for community and business leaders this Friday at First Cathedral in Hartford, with scholarship funds available for college students to attend. Interested students should immediately contact Dr. Barbara Headley at 860 922-0571 to have tickets reserved.
The Sanctuary at Shepherds Field in East Haddam hosts its third Annual Karmic Relief fund raising event, featuring Comic Hypnotist Dan Larosa, live jazz music, and a silent auction of special works of art by well-known artists and holistic practitioners, as well as food and drink. To buy tickets or to find out more, you can call the Sanctuary at (860) 319-1134 or visit their website at oursanctuary.org
Bridge Street Live in Collinsville presents comedian Pete Lee on Friday night, a show of guitar music on Saturday night, and a jazz performance by the Noah Preminger Quartet on Sunday night. Check out 41bridgestreet.com for more or call (860)693-9762
Now, here’s a brief rundown of cinema off the beaten path in central CT this week.
Tonight, Cinestudio, the Trinity College Cinema in Hartford starts a run of “JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME” which chronicles a day of unexpected adventures for a 30-year-old slacker, who only intended to pick up some wood glue for his mother (Susan Sarandon). More online at cinestudio.org
Real Art Ways in Hartford offers screenings of two documentaries this week. “EL BULLI: COOKING IN PROGRESS” follows the renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adrià as he works with his culinary team to develop a new menu for his restaurant. Friday’s showing will be preceded by a special molecular bar and food demonstration with local restaurants at 6 PM.
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye is an intimate portrait of performance artist and musician Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his other half and collaborator, Lady Jaye, as they undergo a series of plastic surgeries for their “Pandrogyne” project. More info can be found online at realartways.org
Now stick around, here’s what’s playing on WESU tonight:
Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for The Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano
An hour of the latest and greatest in the world of independent rock, pop, electronic, and experimental music out there today.
From 6-6:30pm, it’s Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.
At 6:30 and running until 8pm, it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion
Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It’s a vinyl world!
From 8 to 9:30pm it’s The Warehouse with Mike Nyce
The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.
At 9:30 until11pm it’s The Vault with DJ Anton Banks
On the air since 1995! Presenting listeners with the very latest in underground electronica on vinyl format, so the music can be heard as it was intended. Regularly featuring exclusive sets from international producers and DJs.
From 11pm-1230am it’s Word…Life Radio with H Biz & B Fiz
Early 90’s hip-hop is the focus here, with the occasional touch of punk, funk, reggae and soul.
From 1230-2am, it’s Beats with Dylan Bostick
Hip-hop. Electro. Techno. UK bass. Music that makes you groove.
In the wee hours from 2-3am it’s The Postman Express Hour with DJ JD, DJ MacChillin, & DJ Jack 3 DJs give their take on a specific “post” genre, be it post-folk jangling, post-psychedelic, post-rock, post-punk, any other post. Exploring jarring, weird and stimulating new music, and placing it in a historical context.
From 3-4am, it’s Search and Recover with DJ Cheshire Cat
Search and Recover scours the world of music to find as many versions of a single song as possible. Join the exploration of the modern musical standards!
The BBC World News kicks on at 4 and we begin tomorrow’s programing at 5am with Morning Edition from NPR.
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