Wednesday, December 19, 2012

12-19-12 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, Dec. 19th. 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 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!. 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:

Tonight 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 American 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 Folks 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

Thursday night, 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 can be found

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, it's their longstanding Blues Jam session hosted by BRANDT TAYLOR this week. Thursday brings Hartford native Steve Balkun’s Blues Band to Sally's. The Colby's Xmas Stocking Stuffer takes the Sally's stage for an evening of Louisiana spiced music.  More can be found online at

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

Down at Toad's Place in New Haven, tonight 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 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 tonight 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 tonight, 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 Real Art Ways shows Best of NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival Kid Flix Mix 2012 on the 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 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.

Beginning at 9:30 until11pm it's The Vault with DJ Anton Banks. On the air since 1995! Presenting listeners with the very latest in underground electronica on vinyl format, so the music can be heard as it was intended. Regularly featuring exclusive sets from international producers and DJs.

Then from 11pm-midnight, it's The Smorgasboard with Hygge Li and Maneki Neko
A colossal mix of electronic infused with the spices of dance.

From midnight to 1:30am, DJ Gus Lo presents Midnight Munchies! Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving for!

From 1:30-2:30am 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.

And starting at 2:30 and running for an hour it's Alive Not Amplified with Adrien
The longest running student radio show on WESU! Electronics discouraged.

And from 3:30 to 4am it's DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections
You’ve lost someone. Let’s find them.

The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow's broadcast at 5 a.m. with Morning Edition from NPR.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at, and if you know of any events that you'd like to have announced on the Jive, send them to

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