Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday December 14th. 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 volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.

I'm JCherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture.

Thanks for joining us! If you are a regular listener, then you know its pledge drive time at WESU.  With over $18K left to raise by the end of the year, your donation will help us pay the bills and end the seemingly endless barrage of pledge drive promos and pitches. Clearly, you find value in this service or you would have already tuned out.  Many folks like yourself tune in each and every day to WESU to hear public affairs and musical perspectives not found elsewhere, yet only a few hundred actually help sustain this station. Keep listener supported free form community radio alive and well at WESU. Make a tax deductible year end donation today you can do that atwww.WESUFM.org/pledge where you can also check out our great new thank you gifts!

Now, let’s get back to the reason you tuned in in the first place. Here’s a rundown of events and activities on our area this week.

The Mac 650 Gallery & Artist Co-Op in Middletown hosts a figure drawing workshop on Thursday at 6:30 pm. Details at https://www.facebook.com/mac650gallery/

Here in Middletown at the Russell Library, tonight The Middlesex County Historical Society sponsors Eric Lehman on Thursday night, author of “Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London.” There’s Paper Crafts for Adults Friday morning, and Kindness Rocks at 4 pm—come paint a rock for their garden. www.russelllibrary.org

In New Haven at Café Nine tonight Rhett Miller appears along with Sarah Borges at Café Nine. Friday’s Happy Hour set at The Nine features DW Ditty. Friday night Café Nine’s main event features The Shondes, Olive Tiger, and La Tunda. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, and the late show’s bill has Mephiskapheles, The Screw-Ups, and The Royal Swindle for a night of Punk Ska. On Sunday at 1 pm it’s the Golden Microphone Holiday Ramble at café Nine, and Sunday’s late show is Sex Beat with DJ Kid Congo Powers. http://www.cafenine.com/

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight Hip Hop star Busta Rhymes comes yourway Thursday, and on Friday it’s their Great Holiday  Spectacular, with Patry Bois, Donaher, and more. On Saturday it’s the Annual Toys for Tots show with Kung Fu, Pink Talking Fish and more.  www.toadsplace.com


Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on Thursday it’s Liviu’s Invitational on Thursday at Black-eyed Sally’s. Friday night, the Jim Koeppel Band brings you blues, roots, and more. On Saturday night, you can catch Ray Morant’s Soul Tsunami. http://www.blackeyedsallys.com/


Manic Presents has a show  On Saturday, Manic Presents Guided By Voices at The Ball Room. www.manicpresents.com
Donna:



Infinity Hall Hartford brings A Capella to the stage on Thursday with Rockapella. On Saturday, it’s the music of Led Zeppelin with Kashmir. Infinity Hall Norfolk presents  Parsonsfield - Holiday Acoustic Tour Friday night. On Saturday at infinity Norfolk Tex Mex legends, Los Lobos take the stage. Sunday Jay Ungar, Molly Mason & The Family Band take the infinity hall Norfolk stage.  www.infinityhall.com

The Community Health Center of Middletown hosts a Holiday Party this Friday from 4 to 7 pm. With family fun and an opportunity to get a picture with Santa plus seasonal treats and family activities. www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice

Friday night, Singer/songwriters Kate Callahan and Kristen Graves take the Buttonwood Tree stage on in Middletown. The Aligned with Source workshop happens Saturday mornings, and Saturday evening The buttonwood offers Latin Jazz with Ed Fast and Conga-Bop. Change It Up, the art exhibit with the work of Kathleen Curran Smits, runs through the month. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings. www.buttonwood.org

You can skate for free seven days a week at the Winterfest ice rink at Bushnell Park in Hartford near the Pump House. Details at www.bushnellpark.org

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford hosts A Very Crossing Xmas Friday at 7:30, benefitting Toys for Tots. On Saturday, it’s A Very Cherry Christmas with Kayotik, Left Hand Backwards, and more. Enjoy Buzzard Canyon, 2 Parts Dead, and Pinto Graham on Saturday. Details at www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation/

You can enjoy The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy performed by the CONNetic Dance ensemble this Friday through Sunday at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. The Festival of Trees & Traditions also continues daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Details at www.thewadsworth.org


At the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown, Holiday Story Time continues on Saturday morning featuring The Grinch. www.wesleyanrjjulia.com

Artists for World Peace and Annie Sailer Dance hold a 6X6 for Peace Pop-up this Saturday a 11 am at Erector Square in New Haven. All proceeds benefit the Native Eyes Project, providing free eye care to Native Americans. View the growing canvas of 6” square original art. www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

The Greater Middletown Chorale’s annual A Festival of Carols takes place this Saturday at First Congregational Church of Cheshire at 5 pm. Details at www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

District Night happens at Theater Works in Hartford this Saturday from 5 to 8 pm. offering free music, crafts, and more. www.theaterworkshartford.org

The Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown hosts A Morning with St. Nicholas this Sunday at 10 am. Enjoy brunch and a photo shoot. www.wadsworthmansion.com

The Middletown Art Academy hosts a Family Holiday Art Workshop Sunday from 2 to 4 pm. Details at www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

The Middletown Symphonic Band holds its Annual Holiday Concert Sunday at South Congregational Church in Middletown at 2 pm. Details at www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

You can enjoy the Holiday Light Fantasia through the season at Goodwin Park in Hartford, celebrating Christmas, Hannukah, the New Year and more. Santa is there on Friday and Saturday. www.holidaylightfantasia.org  


Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:


Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues a run of the film “God’s Own Country,” a love story in the Yorkshire highlands, and “The Breadwinner,” about an Afghani girl in search of her father. They also continue “The Florida Project,” about a family in a budget motel near Disney World. On Friday they open “Big Sonia,” about a Holocaust survivor being evicted from a Kansas City mall.  Details and screening times at www.realartways.org

Through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues “Tom of Finland,” the true story of Touko Laaksonen, a post WWII gay artist. Friday Cinestudio opens “Novitiate,” a movie of rebellion and conflict in a 1960’s convent in Tennessee.  Enjoy The Bolshoi Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” in the Sunday matinée.  Check the website for full schedule and screening times. http://www.cinestudio.org/

Here's the rundown of tonight’s lineup here on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown:


Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
Homegrown is the award winning (Best Radio Program 2016 Hartford Magazine/CT NOW) Connecticut Connected Music Show-playing Connecticut connected artists of multiple genres. Often treating the listeners to pre-release material and in studio interviews with artists, the show also provides information about live shows in the area.

6:30-8pm
Imagine with Karen Stein
Peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!

8:00-9:30pm
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"

9:30-11pm
Crispix with Chris
From indie rock to folk to electronic and more, Chris picks whatever he's feeling this week to share with you.

11-midnight
The American Empire with Yours Truly, Tootse Mutant
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) The Audible Underground with DJ Joshinvents
Come explore a variety of underground music by independent or relatively unknown artists from many genres, while occasionally discussing current events neglected by mainstream media!

(2, 4) Fake News with DJ Alias and DJ Nick at Night
An irreverent take on political punditry, provided by two guys who love the sound of their own voices.

2-3am
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.

3-4am
Otto Nation 

At 45am We bring you the BBC World Report and we kick of weekdays with Morning Edition from NPR From 59am.

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.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wednesday 12-13-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday December 13th. 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 volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.

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!
And I'm Donna Denert! We're so pleased that you've joined us! If you are a regular listener, then you know its pledge drive time at WESU.  With over $18K left to raise by the end of the year, your donation will help us pay the bills and end the seemingly endless barrage of pledge drive promos and pitches. Clearly, you find value in this service or you would have already tuned out.  Many folks like yourself tune in each and every day to WESU to hear public affairs and musical perspectives not found elsewhere, yet only a few hundred actually help sustain this station. Keep listener supported free form community radio alive and well at WESU. Make a tax deductible year end donation today you can do that atwww.WESUFM.org/pledge where you can also check out our great new thank you gifts!

Now, let’s get back to the reason you tuned in in the first place. Here’s a rundown of events and activities on our area this week.
Bill:
Here in Middletown at the Russell Library, The Girls Who Code Club, for girl’s grades 6 through 12, meets on Wednesdays at 6 pm. The Middlesex County Historical Society sponsors Eric Lehman on Thursday night, author of “Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London.” There’s Paper Crafts for Adults Friday morning, and Kindness Rocks at 4 pm—come paint a rock for their garden. www.russelllibrary.org

In New Haven at Café Nine tonight/Wednesday, Grammy nominee Jenni Lyn along with Stacy Phillips and His Bluegrass Characters.  Thursday, Rhett Miller appears along with Sarah Borges at Café Nine. Friday’s Happy Hour set at The Nine features DW Ditty. Friday night Café Nine’s main event features The Shondes, Olive Tiger, and La Tunda. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, and the late show’s bill has Mephiskapheles, The Screw-Ups, and The Royal Swindle for a night of Punk Ska. On Sunday at 1 pm it’s the Golden Microphone Holiday Ramble at café Nine, and Sunday’s late show is Sex Beat with DJ Kid Congo Powers. http://www.cafenine.com/

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, this evening/Wednesday, it’s Sammy Wilk & Derek Luh with their Almost Broke Tour, along with Alec Chambers. Hip Hop star Busta Rhymes comes your way Thursday, and on Friday it’s their Great Holiday  Spectacular, with Patry Bois, Donaher, and more. On Saturday it’s the Annual Toys for Tots show with Kung Fu, Pink Talking Fish and more.  www.toadsplace.com


Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on Thursday it’s Liviu’s Invitational on Thursday at Black-eyed Sally’s. Friday night, the Jim Koeppel Band brings you blues, roots, and more. On Saturday night, you can catch Ray Morant’s Soul Tsunami. http://www.blackeyedsallys.com/


Tonight/Wednesday, Manic Presents has a show at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden featuring Jeff Rosenstock, Laura Stevenson, and Chris Farren on Wednesday. On Saturday, Manic Presents Guided By Voices at The Ball Room. www.manicpresents.com
Donna:

The Mac 650 Gallery & Artist Co-Op in Middletown hosts a figure drawing workshop on Thursday at 6:30 pm. Details at https://www.facebook.com/mac650gallery/

Infinity Hall Hartford brings A Capella to the stage on Thursday with Rockapella. On Saturday, it’s the music of Led Zeppelin with Kashmir. Infinity Hall Norfolk presents  Parsonsfield - Holiday Acoustic Tour Friday night. On Saturday at infinity Norfolk Tex Mex legends, Los Lobos take the stage. Sunday Jay Ungar, Molly Mason & The Family Band take the infinity hall Norfolk stage.  www.infinityhall.com

The Community Health Center of Middletown hosts a Holiday Party this Friday from 4 to 7 pm. With family fun and an opportunity to get a picture with Santa plus seasonal treats and family activities. www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice

Friday night, Singer/songwriters Kate Callahan and Kristen Graves take the Buttonwood Tree stage on in Middletown. The Aligned with Source workshop happens Saturday mornings, and Saturday evening The buttonwood offers Latin Jazz with Ed Fast and Conga-Bop. Change It Up, the art exhibit with the work of Kathleen Curran Smits, runs through the month. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings. www.buttonwood.org

You can skate for free seven days a week at the Winterfest ice rink at Bushnell Park in Hartford near the Pump House. Details at www.bushnellpark.org
Bill:
Cherry St. Station in Wallingford hosts A Very Crossing Xmas Friday at 7:30, benefitting Toys for Tots. On Saturday, it’s A Very Cherry Christmas with Kayotik, Left Hand Backwards, and more. Enjoy Buzzard Canyon, 2 Parts Dead, and Pinto Graham on Saturday. Details at www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation/
Donna:
You can enjoy The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy performed by the CONNetic Dance ensemble this Friday through Sunday at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. The Festival of Trees & Traditions also continues daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Details at www.thewadsworth.org


At the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown, Holiday Story Time continues on Saturday morning featuring The Grinch. www.wesleyanrjjulia.com

Artists for World Peace and Annie Sailer Dance hold a 6X6 for Peace Pop-up this Saturday a 11 am at Erector Square in New Haven. All proceeds benefit the Native Eyes Project, providing free eye care to Native Americans. View the growing canvas of 6” square original art. www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/
The Greater Middletown Chorale’s annual A Festival of Carols takes place this Saturday at First Congregational Church of Cheshire at 5 pm. Details at www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

District Night happens at Theater Works in Hartford this Saturday from 5 to 8 pm. offering free music, crafts, and more. www.theaterworkshartford.org

The Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown hosts A Morning with St. Nicholas this Sunday at 10 am. Enjoy brunch and a photo shoot. www.wadsworthmansion.com
Bill:
The Middletown Art Academy hosts a Family Holiday Art Workshop Sunday from 2 to 4 pm. Details at www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

The Middletown Symphonic Band holds its Annual Holiday Concert Sunday at South Congregational Church in Middletown at 2 pm. Details at www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

You can enjoy the Holiday Light Fantasia through the season at Goodwin Park in Hartford, celebrating Christmas, Hannukah, the New Year and more. Santa is there on Friday and Saturday. www.holidaylightfantasia.org  
Donna:

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:


Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues a run of the film “God’s Own Country,” a love story in the Yorkshire highlands, and “The Breadwinner,” about an Afghani girl in search of her father. They also continue “The Florida Project,” about a family in a budget motel near Disney World. On Friday they open “Big Sonia,” about a Holocaust survivor being evicted from a Kansas City mall.  Details and screening times at www.realartways.org

Through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues “Tom of Finland,” the true story of Touko Laaksonen, a post WWII gay artist. Friday Cinestudio opens “Novitiate,” a movie of rebellion and conflict in a 1960’s convent in Tennessee.  Enjoy The Bolshoi Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” in the Sunday matinée.  Check the website for full schedule and screening times. http://www.cinestudio.org/
Bill:
Here's the rundown of tonight’s lineup here on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown:
Right after the Jive, stay tuned for The Latin Music Hour with Isabel. Latin music from the 80's, 90's and early 2000's.
From 6 - 6:30 it's Think Twice Radio with Al Robinson.
The undertaking of "Think Twice Radio" is to reassert the "watchdog" role of the media by ramping up coverage of Connecticut issues in a non-partisan manner.
And from 6:30 -8 it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion.
The original... and still the best damn Techno mix on radio!
From 8 - 9:30 it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce.
The best of underground house music mixed live for your listening pleasure.
And starting at 9:30 and running until 11, it's N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk.
Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

From 11 -midnight it's Genrebusters with Baby Ruth and Willy J. A music history show that dives into the rise and phenonemon of cult sub-genres of music like MOR, "slacker-rock", prog-funk and trap.

And at midnight it's Who Sampled? with Margilla Madman and Bebbs. A music show that plays songs that sample other songs.

From 1 - 2 am it's Unsure with Racha and SarBot. Each program we cover a different topic through various forms of sonic media, whether with lyrical to instrumental music, archival news and interviews, movie and TV clips.

From 2 - 3 it's Well into the Eighties with Daniel Crippin. Classic alternative music from WESU's extemsive vinyl archive paired with the best in new indie rock.

From 3 - 4 it's Democracy Now! from Pacifica. Hosted by Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! gives access to peopleand perspectives rarely heard in the U.S. media, including journalists, rasstoos leaders, activists, artists, academics and ordinatry people from around the world.

The BBC World News comes on board at 4am followed at 5 with Morning Edition from NPR.
Donna:
That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. Tune in to WESU each and every weekday at 4:55 p.m. to hear about what’s going on in the community, and on the air right here at WESU 88.1 FM, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.



Thanx for listening! Now stay tuned for The Latin Music Hourw

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tuesday 12-12-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Tuesday December 12th. 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 volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.

I’m Marianne O’Hare, Producer of Conversations on Healthcare, heard Wednesdays at 4:40 right before the Jive at Five.

Thanks for joining us!  (feel free to make your own pitch)  If you are a regular listener, then you know its pledge drive time at WESU.  With over $18K left to raise by the end of the year, your donation will help us pay the bills and end the seemingly endless barrage of pledge drive promos and pitches. Clearly, you find value in this service or you would have already tuned out.  Many folks like yourself tune in each and every day to WESU to hear public affairs and musical perspectives not found elsewhere, yet only a few hundred actually help sustain this station. Keep listener supported free form community radio alive and well at WESU. Make a tax deductible year end donation today you can do that atwww.WESUFM.org/pledge where you can also check out our great new thank you gifts!

Now, let’s get back to the reason you tuned in in the first place. Here’s a rundown of events and activities on our area this week.

Here in Middletown at the Russell Library, there’s a LinkedIn workshop this (Tues) evening. Also at the library tonight, the Russell Readers discuss Lauren Groff’s “At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners.” The Girls Who Code Club, for girl’s grades 6 through 12, meets on Wednesdays at 6 pm. The Middlesex County Historical Society sponsors Eric Lehman on Thursday night, author of “Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London.” There’s Paper Crafts for Adults Friday morning, and Kindness Rocks at 4 pm—come paint a rock for their garden. www.russelllibrary.org


In New Haven at Café Nine tonight, you can catch Gladshot alongside Procedure Club. Tomorrow/Wednesday, Café nine presents Grammy nominee Jenni Lyn along with Stacy Phillips and His Bluegrass Characters.  Thursday, Rhett Miller appears along with Sarah Borges at Café Nine. Friday’s Happy Hour set at The Nine features DW Ditty. Friday night Café Nine’s main event features The Shondes, Olive Tiger, and La Tunda. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, and the late show’s bill has Mephiskapheles, The Screw-Ups, and The Royal Swindle for a night of Punk Ska. On Sunday at 1 pm it’s the Golden Microphone Holiday Ramble at café Nine, and Sunday’s late show is Sex Beat with DJ Kid Congo Powers. http://www.cafenine.com/

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Wednesday, it’s Sammy Wilk & Derek Luh with their Almost Broke Tour, along with Alec Chambers. Hip Hop star Busta Rhymes comes your way Thursday, and on Friday it’s their Great Holiday  Spectacular, with Patry Bois, Donaher, and more. On Saturday it’s the Annual Toys for Tots show with Kung Fu, Pink Talking Fish and more.  www.toadsplace.com


Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on Tuesday nights, Michael Palin's Other Orchestra gets funky with their take on jazz, R&B, and soul classics. It’s Liviu’s Invitational on Thursday at Black-eyed Sally’s. Friday night, the Jim Koeppel Band brings you blues, roots, and more. On Saturday night, you can catch Ray Morant’s Soul Tsunami. http://www.blackeyedsallys.com/

You’re invited to join in the Winterfest Carol Sing Tuesday at 4 pm at the UConn Hartford building. Details at www.winterfesthartford.com

Wednesday night, Manic Presents has a show at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden featuring Jeff Rosenstock, Laura Stevenson, and Chris Farren on Wednesday. On Saturday, Manic Presents Guided By Voices at The Ball Room. www.manicpresents.com


The Mac 650 Gallery & Artist Co-Op in Middletown hosts a figure drawing workshop on Thursday at 6:30 pm. Details at https://www.facebook.com/mac650gallery/

Infinity Hall Hartford brings A Capella to the stage on Thursday with Rockapella. On Saturday, it’s the music of Led Zeppelin with Kashmir. Infinity Hall Norfolk presents  Parsonsfield - Holiday Acoustic Tour Friday night. On Saturday at infinity Norfolk Tex Mex legends, Los Lobos take the stage. Sunday Jay Ungar, Molly Mason & The Family Band take the infinity hall Norfolk stage.  www.infinityhall.com

The Community Health Center of Middletown hosts a Holiday Party this Friday from 4 to 7 pm. With family fun and an opportunity to get a picture with Santa plus seasonal treats and family activities. www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice

Friday night, Singer/songwriters Kate Callahan and Kristen Graves take the Buttonwood Tree stage on in Middletown. The Aligned with Source workshop happens Saturday mornings, and Saturday evening The buttonwood offers Latin Jazz with Ed Fast and Conga-Bop. Change It Up, the art exhibit with the work of Kathleen Curran Smits, runs through the month. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings. www.buttonwood.org

You can skate for free seven days a week at the Winterfest ice rink at Bushnell Park in Hartford near the Pump House. Details at www.bushnellpark.org

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford hosts A Very Crossing Xmas Friday at 7:30, benefitting Toys for Tots. On Saturday, it’s A Very Cherry Christmas with Kayotik, Left Hand Backwards, and more. Enjoy Buzzard Canyon, 2 Parts Dead, and Pinto Graham on Saturday. Details at www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation/

You can enjoy The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy performed by the CONNetic Dance ensemble this Friday through Sunday at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. The Festival of Trees & Traditions also continues daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Details at www.thewadsworth.org


At the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown, Holiday Story Time continues on Saturday morning featuring The Grinch. www.wesleyanrjjulia.com

Artists for World Peace and Annie Sailer Dance hold a 6X6 for Peace Pop-up this Saturday a 11 am at Erector Square in New Haven. All proceeds benefit the Native Eyes Project, providing free eye care to Native Americans. View the growing canvas of 6” square original art. www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/


The Greater Middletown Chorale’s annual A Festival of Carols takes place this Saturday at First Congregational Church of Cheshire at 5 pm. Details at www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

District Night happens at Theater Works in Hartford this Saturday from 5 to 8 pm. offering free music, crafts, and more. www.theaterworkshartford.org

The Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown hosts A Morning with St. Nicholas this Sunday at 10 am. Enjoy brunch and a photo shoot. www.wadsworthmansion.com

The Middletown Art Academy hosts a Family Holiday Art Workshop Sunday from 2 to 4 pm. Details at www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

The Middletown Symphonic Band holds its Annual Holiday Concert Sunday at South Congregational Church in Middletown at 2 pm. Details at www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

You can enjoy the Holiday Light Fantasia through the season at Goodwin Park in Hartford, celebrating Christmas, Hannukah, the New Year and more. Santa is there on Friday and Saturday. www.holidaylightfantasia.org  


Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:


Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues a run of the film “God’s Own Country,” a love story in the Yorkshire highlands, and “The Breadwinner,” about an Afghani girl in search of her father. They also continue “The Florida Project,” about a family in a budget motel near Disney World. On Friday they open “Big Sonia,” about a Holocaust survivor being evicted from a Kansas City mall.  Details and screening times at www.realartways.org

Through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues “Tom of Finland,” the true story of Touko Laaksonen, a post WWII gay artist. Friday Cinestudio opens “Novitiate,” a movie of rebellion and conflict in a 1960’s convent in Tennessee.  Enjoy The Bolshoi Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” in the Sunday matinée.  Check the website for full schedule and screening times. http://www.cinestudio.org/

Here's the rundown of tonight’s lineup here on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown:

Right after the jive at Five stay tuned for Spilled Milk with Charlotte offering assorted sounds right off the bedtime stories shelf!

From 6-8pm tonight,  it’s Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill offering an eclectic selection of new and older folk, Americana, bluegrass, blues and other music that has a roots influence with a concert listing at 7pm and frequent concert and festival ticket giveaways.

At 8pm, Its Voice of the city with J-Cherry for a spotlight on the local art scene.

From 9-10pm it’s The Test Patterns Show with Chaim O'Brien-Blumenthal


At 10pm it’s Radio Writer's Salon with DJ Steven where Wesleyan profs and student authors read their works, talk about the writing process and conferences.

From 11-midnight stay tuned for Dumpster Dive with DJ Smelly featuring punk, art pop and D.I.Y coming from a garbage compactor near you.

At Midnight, it’s Yours Truly with DJ Balsamic and DJ Megnanimous

From 1-2am soup sounds with joseph features home recordings, lo-fi, concerts, field recordings, and esoterica.

Maximum Rock and Roll Radio takes over with an hour of loud rock and roll from 2-3am

at 3am M-Th this Fall season at WESU,  we'll rebroadcast the day's noon-time run of Democracy Now! from Pacifica 

at 4am we bring you BBC's world report before we kick off our Tuesday morning programming with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.




If you have yet to make your donation in support of Community radio at WESU during our pledge drive, happening now, please do your part. With over $18K left to raise before year end. Every dollar counts and we really need to hear from you. Please donate online at www.wesufm.org/pledge

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!


Now stay tuned for Spilled Milk with Charlotte, up next!


Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday 12-11-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday December 11th. 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 volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.

I’m Ben Michael, Thanks for joining us!   If you are a regular listener, then you know its pledge drive time at WESU.  With over $18K left to raise by the end of the year, your donation will help us pay the bills and end the seemingly endless barrage of pledge drive promos and pitches. Clearly, you find value in this service or you would have already tuned out.  Many folks like yourself tune in each and every day to WESU to hear public affairs and musical perspectives not found elsewhere, yet only a few hundred actually help sustain this station. Keep listener supported free form community radio alive and well at WESU. Make a tax deductible year end donation today you can do that at www.WESUFM.org/pledge where you can also check out out great new thank you gifts!

Now, let’s get back to the reason you tuned in in the first place. Here’s a rundown of events and activities on our area this week.

Tonight, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown has its usual Monday night Open Mic & Moments of Gratitude with Ashley Hamel.  Singer/songwriters Kate Callahan and Kristen Graves take the Buttonwood Tree stage on Friday. The Aligned with Source workshop happens Saturday mornings, and Saturday evening The buttonwood offers Latin Jazz with Ed Fast and Conga-Bop. Change It Up, the art exhibit with the work of Kathleen Curran Smits, runs though the month. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings.
www.buttonwood.org

In New Haven at Café Nine tonight, it’s Manic Mondays with Okey Dokey, Zac Clark, and The Grand Par. Tuesday’s headliners are Gladshot and Procedure Club. On Wednesday, it’s Grammy nominee Jenni Lyn, along with Stacy Phillips and His Bluegrass Characters.  Thursday, Rhett Miller appears along with Sarah Borges at Café Nine. Friday’s Happy Hour set features DW Ditty, followed by the Friday night main event featuring The Shondes, Olive Tiger, and La Tunda. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, and the late show’s bill has Mephiskapheles, The Screw-Ups, and The Royal Swindle. On Sunday at 1 pm it’s the Golden Microphone Holiday Ramble, and the late show is Sex Beat with DJ Kid Congo Powers. http://www.cafenine.com/


At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Monday nights they offer Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. On Wednesday, it’s Sammy Wilk & Derek Luh with their Almost Broke Tour, along with Alec Chambers. Hip Hop star Busta Rhymes comes your way Thursday, and on Friday it’s their Great Holiday  Spectacular, with Patry Bois, Donaher, and more. On Saturday it’s the Annual Toys for Tots show with Kung Fu, Pink Talking Fish and more.  www.toadsplace.com

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, It’s Jazz Mondays tonight with a Donald Byrd Birthday Tribute. Michael Palin's Other Orchestra gets funky with their take on jazz, R&B, and soul classics on Tuesday nights at Sally’s. It’s Liviu’s Invitational on Thursday, and on Friday the Jim Koeppel Band brings you blues, roots, and more. On Saturday night, it’s Ray Morant’s Soul Tsunami. http://www.blackeyedsallys.com/

Back in Middletown at the Russell Library, the Classic Mystery film series continues on Tuesday with the 1940 classic, “The Letter,” starring Bette Davis. There’s a LinkedIn workshop Tuesday evening, and the Russell Readers discuss Lauren Groff’s “At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners.” The Girls Who Code Club meetings continue Wednesday at 6 pm, for girls grades 6 through 12. The Middlesex County Historical Society sponsors Eric Lehman on Thursday night, author of “Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London.” There’s Paper Crafts for Adults Friday morning, and Kindness Rocks at 4 pm—come paint a rock for their garden. www.russelllibrary.org

You’re invited to join in the Winterfest Carol Sing Tuesday at 4 pm at the UConn Hartford building. Details at www.winterfesthartford.com

Manic Presents has a show at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden this Wednesday  featuring Jeff Rosenstock, Laura Stevenson, and Chris Farren on Wednesday. On Saturday, Manic Presents Guided By Voices at The Ball Room. www.manicpresents.com

The Mac 650 Gallery & Artist Co-Op in Middletown hosts a figure drawing workshop on Thursday at 6:30 pm. Details at https://www.facebook.com/mac650gallery/

Infinity Hall Hartford brings A Capella to the stage on Thursday with Rockapella. On Saturday, it’s the music of Led Zeppelin with Kashmir. Infinity Hall Norfolk presents  Parsonsfield - Holiday Acoustic Tour Friday night. On Saturday at infinity Norfolk Tex Mex legends, Los Lobos take the stage. Sunday Jay Ungar, Molly Mason & The Family Band take the infinity hall Norfolk stage.  www.infinityhall.com

The Community Health Center of Middletown hosts a Holiday Party this Friday from 4 to 7 pm. With family fun and an opportunity to get a picture with Santa plus seasonal treats and family activities. www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice

You can skate for free seven days a week at the Winterfest ice rink at Bushnell Park in Hartford near the Pump House. Details at www.bushnellpark.org

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford hosts A Very Crossing Xmas Friday at 7:30, benefitting Toys for Tots. On Saturday, it’s A Very Cherry Christmas with Kayotik, Left Hand Backwards, and more. Enjoy Buzzard Canyon, 2 Parts Dead, and Pinto Graham on Saturday. Details at www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation/

You can enjoy The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy performed by the CONNetic Dance ensemble this Friday through Sunday at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. The Festival of Trees & Traditions also continues daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Details at www.thewadsworth.org


At the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown, Holiday Story Time continues on Saturday morning featuring The Grinch. www.wesleyanrjjulia.com

Artists for World Peace and Annie Sailer Dance hold a 6X6 4 Peace Pop-up in New Haven this Saturday a 11 am at Erector Square in New Haven. All proceeds benefit the Native Eyes Project, providing free eye care to Native Americans. View the growing canvas of 6” square original art. www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

Stage Left Dance in Middletown holds a Tap Class with Tyler Knowlin Saturday at 2 pm. They also offer Parent’s Night Out on Saturday from 5:30 to 8 pm. Drop your kids off for dancing and treats. www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

The Greater Middletown Chorale’s annual A Festival of Carols takes place this Saturday at First Congregational Church of Cheshire at 5 pm. Details at www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

District Night happens at Theater Works in Hartford this Saturday from 5 to 8 pm. offering free music, crafts, and more. www.theaterworkshartford.org

The Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown hosts A Morning with St. Nicholas this Sunday at 10 am. Enjoy brunch and a photo shoot. www.wadsworthmansion.com

The Middletown Art Academy hosts a Family Holiday Art Workshop Sunday from 2 to 4 pm. Details at www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

The Middletown Symphonic Band holds its Annual Holiday Concert Sunday at South Congregational Church in Middletown at 2 pm. Details at www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

You can enjoy the Holiday Light Fantasia through the season at Goodwin Park in Hartford, celebrating Christmas, Hannukah, the New Year and more. Santa is there on Friday and Saturday. www.holidaylightfantasia.org  


Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues its “God’s Own Country,” a love story in the Yorkshire highlands, and “The Breadwinner,” about an Afghani girl in search of her father. They also continue “The Florida Project,” about a family in a budget motel near Disney World. On Friday they open “Big Sonia,” about a Holocaust survivor being evicted from a Kansas City mall.  Details and screening times at www.realartways.org

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues “Tom of Finland,” the true story of Touko Laaksonen, a post WWII gay artist, through Thursday. On Friday the open “Novitiate,” a movie of rebellion and conflict in a 1960’s convent in Tennessee.  Enjoy The Bolshoi Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” in the Sunday matinée.  Check the website for full schedule and screening times.
http://www.cinestudio.org/

Here's the rundown of tonight’s lineup here on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown:

Right after the jive at Five stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry until 6pm.

Then at 6pm, it's time for Radical Radiowaves with DJ Oracle who chronicles the actions of the political left locally and across the country

at 6:30 it's time for 75% Folk with Michael Benson for a mix of contemporary folk, blues, jazz and acoustic music. Occasional live interviews.

from 8-9:30pm  Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin presents Americana music from Nashville and around the world including Folk, acoustic Country and roots-Rock from both emerging and veteran artists.

at 9:30pm Cruiser’s Radio Program with Jack Sullivan offers Music from the 1950s & 1960's as well as LIVE requests, TV Trivia, and more.

Hits of the 60s and 70s with Jimmy Z takes over from 11-12:30am Playing billboard hot 100 hits of the 60's and 70's

from 12:30-1:30am lit-mus with DJ midnight milkshake and DJ mos def not features writing submissions and inspired songs

NARRATALK with Miri from 1:30-2am is the talk show about the various types of narratives. Each week, different storytelling techniques found in film, television, and literature will be explored.

RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald takes you on a tour across borders and genres, introducing you to music from far flung places and sometimes from right in your own backyard. from 2-3am

and at 3am M-Th late-night this Fall season on WESU,  we'll rebroadcast the day's noon-time run of Democracy Now! from Pacifica

at 4am we bring you BBC's world report before we kick off our Tuesday morning programming with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

If you have yet to make your donation in support of Community radio at WESU during our pledge drive, happening now, please do your part. With over $18K left to raise before year end. Every dollar counts and we really need to hear from you. Please donate online at www.wesufm.org/pledge

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!


Now stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, up Next!




Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday's Jive 12-08-12

Good afternoon, it's Friday, December 8th, 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.


I hope you’ll support community radio at WESU with a donation today, during our annual Fall gone Winter pledge drive.  If you hear your favorite DJ on air asking for your support, why not pick up the phone and make a pledge when they ask for it? I wouldn’t count on someone else doing it for you. The reality is that WESU community pledge drives are only supported by 200-300 listeners and we need to hear from more of you. If you’re not already a supporter of WESU, please step up to the plate and help us continue to provide the service you depend on.

Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in the community this weekend.
Tonight at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, there’s a double bill with Ashley Hamel and Orice Jenkins. The Aligned with Source workshop is Saturday morning, and the evening’s entertainment features the Ken Serio Jazz Trio. Sunday afternoon, it’s the NEAR and Far Storytellers. Change It Up, the art exhibit with the work of Kathleen Curran Smits, runs through the month. Details @ buttonwood.org

New Haven’s Café Nine Friday Happy Hour features Bronson Rock, followed by a late show with China Crisis, Reduction Plan, and Falconeer. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends, and the late show features Elison Jackson, Laundry Day, Grubby Little Hands, and Toyz. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features The Birdmen and The Tommy’s. Details @ cafenine.com

In Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight you’re invited to celebrate with Vitamin B-3. Grayson Hugh & The Moon Hawks takes Sally’s stage on Saturday. Details @ blackeyedsallys.com

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight they headline CT’s very own heavy metal hometown heroes, Hatebreed, appearing with Dying Fetus, Code Orange, and Twitching Tongues. Details @ toadsplace.com

The Mac 650 Gallery & Artist Co-Op in Middletown hosts a Cassette Release Show for Sentiments’ A Widow & A Forest Burning Down tonight. Details @ facebook.com/CityArtsOffice

At the Wesleyan Center for the Arts in Middletown, the Winter Dance Concert is at the CFA Theater tonight, or you can enjoy the Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble Concert at Crowell Concert Hall. Saturday at the Goldsmith Family Cinema, there’s a screening and discussion with artist and Wes alumni Amanda Palmer and filmmaker Michael Pope along with students from their Wesleyan course entitled The Art of Doing, Also on Saturday you can catch the Winter Dance Concert at CFA Theater.  Sunday, they wrap up this very busy week with the Worlds of Dance Concert at Crowell Concert Hall. Details @ wesleyan.edu/cfa

The Hartford Jazz Society offers a comprehensive list, chock full of weekly events featuring jazz. Details @ 
hartfordjazzsociety.com   

Infinity Hall Hartford brings the pop and R&B of Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals tonight. On Saturday, Blood, Sweat & Tears returns to their stage. The Glenn Miller Orchestra performs on Sunday afternoon. Details @ infinityhall.com

Tonight, Cherry St. Station in Wallingford brings you Blanket Jackson, The Sparkomatics, and more. Their annual Tree Trimming Party starts on Saturday at 5 pm. Details @ facebook.com/CherryStreetStation

Manic Presents brings Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, along with Sad13 to The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden tonight.  They bring comedian Tig Notaro to the College Street Music Hall Sunday night. Details @ manicpresents.com

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Friends Book Sale happens this weekend. The award-winning Avery Ensemble performs chamber music on Saturday at 1:30 pm. Details @ 
russelllibrary.org

At the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown, it’s Holiday Story Time on Saturday morning featuring Corduroy The Bear. Details @ wesleyanrjjulia.com

The Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Concert, From Tinseltown to Times Square, happens this weekend at the Wadsworth Athenaeum with performances today through Sunday. It’s also Second Saturdays for Families this weekend with free admission and special activities. Their Festival of Trees Traditions runs daily through the holiday season. Details @ thewadsworth.org

You’re invited to Sip, Snack, & Shop, a holiday market at The Galleria Hair Studio on Highland Avenue in Middletown, this evening from 6:30 to 9 pm. WESU’s Your Mind Matters host Dr. Helen Evrard will be there with her book, Positive Matters. Call 860-344-9900 for details.

The Middletown High School Bands and Chorus holds an Open House this Saturday at 10 at the high school. Enjoy Christmas music and bring your presents for wrapping. Details @ facebook.com/CityArtsOffice

Artists for World Peace holds its annual Market Place this Saturday, and inaugurates a Pop-Up Gallery with handmade gift items from Tanzania, Kenya, and Nepal. It’s at the deKoven House on Washington St., in Middletown from 11 am to 4 pm. Details @ facebook.com/CityArtsOffice

The Exchange Club of Middletown hosts its annual Holiday Evening of Harmony featuring a capella singers and songs of the season this Saturday at 1740 Randolph Rd. Details @ facebook.com/CityArtsOffice

You can enjoy music and stories for mature audiences this Sunday at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown with Welcoming Light – Stories for a Dark December. Details @ wadsworthmansion.com

The Connecticut Historical Society invites you to their new exhibit, That’s Weird, of strange objects connected to our state’s material culture, happening every Saturday. Details @ chs.org

You can skate for free seven days a week starting at the Winterfest ice rink at Bushnell Park in Hartford near the Pump House. Details @ bushnellpark.org

And, here's our rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Hartford’s Real Art Ways has extended their run of Loving Vincent, a painted animation about the life of Vincent Van Gogh, through Sunday. They also continue The Florida Project, a poignant look at summer childhood. Weekend openings include God’s Own Country, a love story in the Yorkshire highlands, and The Breadwinner, about an Afghani girl in search of her father. Details & screening times @ realartways.org

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues 2001: A Space Odyssey, the 1968 classic projected in 70mm film, through Saturday. They screen National Theatre Live’s comedy, Young Marx, on Sunday. Easy A, starring Emma Stone in a movie about ‘80’s teenage angst, is tonight’s late show. Details and screening times @ cinestudio.org 

If you are looking for more information on the arts in Middletown, please visit the City's Facebook page at facebook.com/CityArtsOffice


And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU and to be safe, it's best to check the WESU website for the up-to-date schedule.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:30pm, it'll be Wild Wild Live! with Babe and Beth expounding on that Wesleyan music scene.

And from 6:30-7pm catch 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 Sista Queen T - offering a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues. Plus health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips.

Next up until 10pm, we take it From the Otherside with Rok-A-Dee where 60% of the show is love songs of different genre and the others Reggae Dancehall, R&B, and new artiste.    
                                                        
Then from 10 to 11:30pm it's Strickly Off the Head where DJ Cocomotion the Music Mixologist provides a live mixshow done on the fly or freestyle, with no pre-planned mixes or blends - R&B, old school, hip hop, rap and house.

Bridging the night to the morning hours, from 11:30pm to 12:30am you’ll have An A and a B with DJ N following the premise that every band has its hits - and a multitude of unknown, hidden gems. Songs played per band (70s-2000s rock) seek to highlight this dichotomy.

From 12:30pm until 3am Saturday we go into serious OVERDRIVE w/Clarence & Shantay Scott - offering the best urban contemporary, hip hop, and traditional gospel music on the planet!

From 3 until 5am you are taken to Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat, who has
a song in his heart, a chemical imbalance in his head and a musical library at his fingers. From krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, Wonderland has a place for it.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with theBBC World News - a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation, and Pacifica.

Staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6 to 7am it’sthe 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 Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am, serving up a slice of Italy every Saturday morning. You don't have to speak Italian to taste it: just relax, listen, and enjoy!

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 the title track from Talking Drums' Some Day Catch Some Day Down, re-issued and re-mastered as a cd on the innova label in 2011. The original vinyl was released in 1987.

The written form for what you've heard on today’s Jive is online at wesufm.org/jive


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