Monday, December 17, 2012

12-18-12 Jive

Good evening, it's Tuesday, Dec. 18th. 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 Marianne O’Hare. Thanks to all of the WESU listeners who have chosen to give the gift of community radio during our 8th annual Winter Holiday Pledge drive! If you haven’t yet had a chance to do your part, you can still make that donation online at

Here’s a brief rundown of some of the cultural and entertaining events happening in our area this week:

The North End Action Team invites you to celebrate the Season in song with your friends and neighbors in the North End of Middletown tonight (Tuesday) at 7pm.  NEAT's Community Music Initiative is holding a Community Sing at The MAC650 Gallery on Main Street.  This is a *Free Event* with refreshments for Carolers provided. Bring a friend and a song!  For more information, contact Carolyn:, or call the NEAT office: 860-346-4845

Tomorrow/Tuesday evening, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown a free Laughter Yoga session.  Wednesday at the Buttonwood, Deni hosts a free night of Karaoke.  Friday night, The Buttonwood Tree welcomes Joe Flood back to the stage for a double bill with George Breakfast for an evening of Americana music called A Window Shoppers X-Mas. Saturday brings The Annual staged reading of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”  performed live by Peter Loffredo accompanied by Eric Esposito with two Shows at 3:00 and 7:00 pm.  Admission by donations plus a non-perishable food item for The Amazing Grace Pantry.  Saturday evening’s appearance by Jen Hill at The Buttonwood has been postponed. 

Each Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food in front of the Buttonwood Tree.  You're invited to help prepare them prepare their vegetarian meal at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am.

Throughout December, you can catch a photography exhibit by none other than WESU's own DJ Bill Revill, host of our Tuesday evening Folk music show, the Acoustic Blender will be exhibited. It's an eclectic selection of subjects that includes musicians, landscapes, seascapes, local agricultural fairs and more. You can always find out more about buttonwood tree events at 

At Café Nine in New Haven tonight (Tuesday), Ports of Spain hosts an album fundraiser featuring Wess Meets West,  Ovlov,  and Head With Wings.
Thursday night at Café Nine BURLESQUE-A-PADES presents "HOLIDAY INN": A rocking holiday burlesque spectacular direct from NYC. Friday, FAKE FOUR Presents: Ceschi & Anonymous Inc. for an evening of  live progressive instrumental hip hop / electronic music. Saturday's Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by George Baker this week.  Saturday night Café Nine presents Rocking around the Beehive Tree with Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez w/ special guests The MIghty Soul Drivers. SUNDAY evening Café nine presents the JEWMONGOUS - Holiday Comedy Songfest .  More online found at

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight (Tuesday), you can catch Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, for their weekly engagement. Wednesday, it's Black eyed Sally’s longstanding Blues Jam session hosted with BRANDT TAYLOR this week. Thursday brings Hartford native Steve Balkun’s Blues Band to Sally's. Friday night, The Colby's Xmas Stocking Stuffer takes the Sally's stage for an evening of Louisiana spiced music.  More at  

At the First Church of Christ on Court Street in Middletown, on Wednesday nights at 7pm, there’s an ongoing Scottish country dance class for all levels of experience. Call 860-347-0278 for more information.

Down in New Haven, at Toads place. Wednesday brings their weekly Electronic Dance Music Night. Friday brings the return of “Dirty” John Valby’s XXX-Mas show. Saturday night brings Kung Fu’s Christmas Spectacular featuring Break Science, Viral sound, and connection.  This is event is also a Toy drive for needy kids.

On the lily pad stage at Toad’s Saturday night Afton presents over 10 local bands. Sunday night you can catch Steady habits, Wess Meets West, and The Royal Swindle on the Lily pad Stage.  More information about all Toad’s shows can be found at

Thursday night here in Middletown, The Russell Library presents the writing workshop: “We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences” under the direction of author Elisabeth Petry . This series invites veterans to share their stories in their own voices Thursdays - through Dec 27 at 7pmin Meeting Room 2

On the third Thursday of every month, creative people come together for conversation, art and music at Real Art Way’s Creative Cocktail hour in Hartford. This month’s event offers a Silent Disco party where the crowd dances to DJ that plays through individual wireless headphones.

Saturday night at 8pm, The Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown presents an evening of live music with The Marksmen  860-347-9999

Now Here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford through Wednesday night you can catch "The Flat", "a film that begins as a family quest but evolves into a gripping study of know-don't-tell reticence and the umbilical tie of a lost homeland."  

Also through Wednesday, Real Art Ways is showing “The Waiting Room”a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. Tonight’s screening will be followed by a panel discussion about health care. There will be no films shown Thursday night. Friday Real Art Ways opens a run of “In the Family” a drama about an adopted child caught in a custody battle after one of his fathers dies unexpectedly.  Saturday brings the Best of NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival Kid Flix Mix 2012 tothe screen at 2pm offering a colorful collection of short films from around the world, suited for audiences, ages 4 to 8. More information at .

Through Friday, Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema, is now showing Cloud Atlas the film adaptation of a book by British author David Mitchell wherein
six interwoven stories, featuring a 19th century bisexual musician in Belgium, and a fast-food worker of the totalitarian future are interweaved. More at .

Now here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s Finding Bliss: words and music with DJ Lauren "Bliss" Agnelli, an interview, free-form talk show about people who are following their hearts and living authentically.
At 6pm each week night, Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network provides an evening dose of alternative international news and reporting.

From 6:30-8:00 Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill, provides  an eclectic selection of Americana, country with roots influence.

From 8-9pm. The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry, is your source for live and local Connecticut arts and music at its best.

From 9-11:30 is 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 11:30pm-12:30 am is Hardly Strictly Bluegrass with DJ Sleepy Girl, the dulcet tones of bluegrass and folk--just not entirely.

At 12:30 DJ Otto Nation steps in for the late night holiday mix you can’t find elsewhere.

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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