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.
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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
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.
Imagine with Karen Stein
Peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!
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"
Crispix with Chris
From indie rock to folk to electronic and more, Chris picks whatever he's feeling this week to share with you.
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.
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, 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.
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.
At 4‑5am We bring you the BBC World Report and we kick of weekdays with Morning Edition from NPR From 5‑9am.
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.