Good evening, it’s Wednesday, February 20th and this is the Jive at Five – WESU’s Daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends. I’m Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night’s Evening Jazz where “hearing is the best experience” and Connecticut’s number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for tuning in!
My wife, and sidekick, Donna is out today, visiting our daughter Sheridan up in Swansea, Mass, but she sends her regards and promises to be on the jive with me next Wednesday!!
Here’s a run sown of some of what’s scheduled to happen in the community this week.
Over at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight at 7, the Buddhist film “My Reincarnation” will be shown. Filmed over 20 years by acclaimed documentarian Jennifer Fox, “My Reincarnation” chronicles a Tibetan Buddhist Master’s rise to greatness as a Buddhist teacher in the West, as his son breaks away to embrace the modern world.
Thursday evening at the Buttonwood Tree, Alex Vans and the Hide Away performs indie rock at 8. Friday at 8, it’s Ari and Mia Friedman, a sister duet harmonizing as they explore the traditions of Southern Appalachia and Northeastern fiddle music.
On Saturday, community yoga is offered at the Buttonwood Tree beginning at 8:45. Also on Saturday at the Buttonwood, it’s An Afternoon with Liela Marie Fuller, a poet whose first collection has been called an emotional roller coaster ride from joy and happiness to sadness and pain. Then Saturday night at 8, enjoy Federico Ughi’s music at the Buttonwood. His music infuses the New York avant garde sound with a sense of melody inspired by the Italian classical and folk traditions of his childhood in Rome.
Then Sunday, and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food at 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome to enjoy a free vegetarian meal. And, you can help prepare it beforehand at First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. For more information about all Buttonwood events, visit their website at buttonwood.org.
Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight is Big Gigantic performs with Kill Paris and Dirty Bunny, followed by the weekly EDM Night. Friday at Toad’s, it’s the award-winning Shakedown, playing the Dead and beyond. Also playing are Down-Stairs Sally and Eggy & the Delegates. Then Friday, Afton Presents in Lilly’s Pad: Paragon; Molly Maine; Boltcutter; Fortune’s Gale; and Bob Raymond and Guests. Details can be found at toadsplace.com.
At Cafe’ Nine, in New Haven, it’s Perhaps, w Wess Meets West and Ovlov. Thursday at 8, Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys play at Café Nine. Friday from 5 to 7, it’s the Friday Happy Hour , with Byl Cote, followed by TACO HUT RECORDS & PROMOTION Presents Jose’s 25th Birthday Bash featuring Party Horse; Milksop:Unsung; and You Scream, I Scream.
Saturday, it’s the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam, with host George Baker at Café Nine, followed at 8 by CT.com Royal Thunder; with Ancient Wisdom; Bedroom Rehab Corporation; and Stone Titan. Sunday, from 4 to 7, it’s the Bluegrass Jam at Café Nine, hosted by Stacy Phillips. That’s followed at 7 by the Sunday After Supper Jam, with host Dom Zullo and the Café Nine All Stars. Details can be found at cafenine.com
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight, it’s the Blues Jam with John Fries; this is one of the longest running open blues jams in New England. Thursday at 8 brings Little Ugly with Paper Hill Casket Company to Blackeyed Sally’s. Then Friday, John Fries is back, this time with his trio The Heat and special guest Matt Zeiner. Saturday night, it’s Milo Z, a New York institution. For info on all acts, go to blackeyedsallys.com
At Wesleyan University tonight at 8 p.m., author Siddhartha Deb will read from his recent work at Russell House, 350 High Street. Siddhartha Deb is the author of the novels The Point of Return and An Outline of the Republic. On Thursday at 7 p.m. at Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, a senior music recital—“Music of the Night Chorus”—will be presented by Brian Goodell. Go to wesleyan.edu/cfa for details about all of these events.
Also on Thursday at 7 p.m., over at Russell Library, a program on Starting Your Vegetable Garden from Seeds will be offered. More information can be found at russelllibrary.org.
On Saturday at 7:30, the Greater Middletown Concert Association presents “Maria de Buenos Aires,” an opera by the Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, including tango dance pieces, at the MHS Performing Arts Center, 200 LaRosa Lane (off Newfield Street) in Middletown. For information, contact Barbara Arafeh at email@example.com.
Now here’s a rundown of cinema – plus an event AT a cinema– off the beaten track, here in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Oscar-nominated short films, both animated and live-action, make up the bulk of the schedule through tonight. Tomorrow, and every third Thursday, it’s the Creative Cocktail Hour, from 6 to 10 p.m., when creative people come together for conversation, art and music. The music will be by DJ Occult 69. Friday through next Thursday brings the film “Searching for Sugar Man,” nominated for an Oscar for best documentary feature, to Real Art Ways. Also on Friday: Michelle Ellsworth’s “Preparations for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome.” More can be found online at realartways.org.
At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, tonight through Saturday, it’s “Skyfall,” nominated for five Academy Awards. Then Sunday brings “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” another Oscar nominee. The film was made by Wesleyan film grads. Times and other details at www.cinestudio.org.
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.
Right after the Jive at 5, it’s 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 6-6:30 it’s
Free Speech Radio News. Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.
Starting 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 8-9:30pm it’s The Warehouse with Mike Nyce. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.
Then from 9:30-11pm it’s The Vault with DJ Anton Banks
On the air since 1996! Anton presents listeners with the very latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house, and leftfield mixed live each week. The program regularly features exclusive music and mix sets from international producers and DJs.
From 11pm-12:30am it’s N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk
Serious Turntablism – Dubstep, DnB, Ragga Jungle, and Breakbeats mixed live since 1998.
From 12:30-2am it’s Midnite Munchiez with DJ Gus Lo
Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving.
Then in the wee hours from 2-3am it’s Today Is Yesterday’s Tomorrow with Fuzzball
Follow along as we ride the contours of recorded sound through history and explore the interplay of past and present.
From 3-4am it’s Motion Picture Soundtracks with $pace Cadet, DJ Shoelace and DJ Sandwich. Tune in to soundtracks of movies that don’t exist
The BBC World News begins at 4am and we begin tomorrow’s programming at 5am with Morning Edition from National Public Radio.
That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.
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