Good afternoon, it’s Friday, September 21st, 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, 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 Stephan Allison, host of River Valley Rhythms heard Thursdays at 4 pm here at WESU. Thanks for tuning in.
For the latest in local arts and entertainment anytime you’re not hearing it on our Jive, go to arts2GO.org – the City’s website for what’s going on and what’s to do with a highlight on the arts in Middletown. That’s arts2GO.org
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area:
On Saturday, from 8 to 10 p.m., the Center for the Arts brings the Anonymous Ensemble’s “Liebe Love Amour!” to the CFA Theater. The ensemble’s latest interactive work is a raw, theatricalized “live film” of a search for an understanding of the phenomenon of love, inspired by the iconography of actress and singer Marlene Dietrich and director Erich von Stroheim. The audience’s stories become part of the fabric of the piece as they help guide the spontaneous “choose-your-own-adventure” narrative.
Tonight, at The Buttonwood Tree at 8PM it’s a Double Bill Duos: Daphne Lee Martin, Jim Carpenter and Frank Critelli. Saturday at 1PM is a Chinese Bamboo Brush Painting Workshop and, Saturday night it’s Jasmine Lovell-Smith’s Towering Poppies. Food Not Bombs shares food beginning about 1 pm Sundays in front of The Buttonwood Tree. Anyone is welcome. Consider yourself invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on its website at www.buttonwood.org.
On Saturday at the Russell Library, the Russell Knitters meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
And all through September drawings, paintings and sculpture by inmates of Connecticut prisons will be displayed at the Russell Library. The exhibit is sponsored by Community Partners in Action, which operates on the belief that the arts are an important tool for inmates to develop life skills while also providing the general public a window into an often-unseen part of our community. For more information you can access the library’s website at Russelllibrary.org
On Sunday beginning at 3pm at the South Church on Main St and across from the YMCA there is a benefit concert for Amazing Grace & St. Vincent DePaul’s featuring Anhared Stowe, violin, & Carolyn Halsted, piano. They will be playing sonatas of Ives, Faure, and Elgar.
Over at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight’s happy hour features Robin Banks and Bingo for Booby Prizes, followed by Rohn Lawrence and Friends. Saturday, the Afternoon Jazz Jam from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. is hosted by Morris Trent Trio, followed by CT.COM and ADVOCATE’s WEEKLY GRAND BAND SLAM WINNERS SHOWCASE: Hannah Fair; Dan Soto; GraveRobbers; and Elison Jackson. Then the weekend is rounded out with the Sunday After-Supper Jam starting at 8 p.m., with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More can be found at cafenine.com.
Tonight up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, just back from Europe, it’s Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood taking the stage at 9 with a high-energy mix of Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Soul and funky Texas Blues. Saturday, it’s the Tom Sanders Band, with former Blues Society President Tom and the boys laying down some tough blues rock. More information can be found at blackeyedsallys.com
On Friday, Dry the River, listed as one of the “100 Best Things in the World Right Now” by British Magazine GQ, will be playing at the Space beginning at 7pm.
Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight it’s Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime, with Scotty Don’t and The Green Line, followed by Afton Presents, with a wide array of bands. Then Sunday it’s ASAP Rocky, with three packages of tickets to choose from. Go to Toadsplace.com for details.
Saturday night at Red Rock Tavern in Hartford, it’s the Michael Cleary Band. Show starts at 9PM. For more information call 860-246-4527
On Sunday the Antlers are playing at the Center Church on the Green in New Haven at 7pm.
Now let’s take a look at cinema – as well as a bit of public art – off the beaten path:
Yesterday, Real Art Ways in Hartford unveiled Adam Niklewicz’s “The Charter Oak,” a water mural located at 215 Pearl Street in downtown Hartford, on the exterior wall of a long-vacant deconsecrated synagogue. The mural, while barely visible when the wall is dry, blossoms into full detail when water saturates the piece, a symbol of Connecticut’s revolutionary spirit. The iconic image, which appears and disappears from view, is based on Charles DeWolf Brownell’s painting of 1857 in the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum. The mural will be “watered” every day at 3PM until the beginning of November. A companion piece, “Walking Around a Tree,” will debut on Saturday. The projection, which animates a young tree that revolves 360 degrees, will be displayed at night, high on the exterior of the AT&T building adjacent to the synagogue. On Friday and continuing into next week, the films “Mahler on the Couch” and “You’ve Been Trumped” will be screened. Information about all events can be found at realartways.org.
At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema, it’s the Woody Allen film “To Rome with Love,” four intertwined stories of Americans and Italians bewitched by the Eternal City. Then Sunday begins “Farewell, My Queen,” set during the French Revolution and focusing on the emotional lives of four women living at Versailles. Tickets and times can be found at cinestudio.org.
And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU in this, the 1stweek of the radio station’s Fall Season.
Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s
Wild Wild Live with MC Apper
A sneak peek into the magical live music scene of Wes. Tune in for in-station sets from campus bands and recordings of up-and-coming artists’ campus shows.
From 6:00 to 6:30pm
it’s Free Speech Radio News – Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.
For the next half hour, until 7pm you have the Middletown Youth Radio Project – A weekly radio program featuring the thoughts, voices, creativity and talent of the kids in the WESU neighborhood.
At 7, until 8:30pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee – Informing listeners about local and global issues with health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips, featuring a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.
Next up until 10pm, we take it
From the Otherside with
Rok-A-Dee – The Voice of Hartford, including local artists from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He also features upcoming artists performing Caribbean R & B, Soca and international music.
From 10 until Midnight, take in
the sounds of Rumba en el Patio
- Classic Salsa for the dancers, Afro-Latin Big Band for the discerning ear. Join us as we adventure through the history of Musica Latina!
At Midnight until 1:30am Saturday it’s
N.E. Tempo with
- Serious turntablism – Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.
At 1:30am we go
In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with
until 3am – Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.
At 3, to 4am it’s the Bassment Beats – the Real Hip-Hop is over here.
Then, we bring you
from 4 to 5am, on a mission to preserve and support the cultural diversity and heritage of all traditional and contemporary folk musics, and to encourage making folk music a part of our everyday lives.
And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the
BBC World News
- a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation
And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6:00 to 7:00am it’s
the Celtic Café
with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.
And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé Italiafrom 7:00 to 8:00am
with Francesco Fiumara, the former host of WESU’s own WESParla
– A weekly roundup of news, music and memories from Italy.
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.
The Music behind today’s Jive At Five is from Kevin Norton’s Metaphor Quartet, a CD entitled Not Only In That Golden Tree . . . featuring (the late) Wilber Morris, Masahiko Kono, Hitomi Tono’Oka and Kevin Norton, the selection “not drunk, but stunned” and it’s out on clean feed records.
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