Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thursday's Jive

Today's Jive was produced by,
J-Cherry... producer and host of, 'VOICE of the CITY'

 Airing on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown
Tuesdays from 8-9PM
Live and local... This ain't no commercial radio!

Good evening! It’s Thursday, Nov. 28th, Happy Thanksgiving!  this is the Jive at Five - our daily community calendar and rundown 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 weeknights and weekends.  I'm J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY, Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. Thanks for joining us! 

Now for our rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Most venues are closed for Thanksgiving, have a safe and happy holiday!

Things kick into swing on Black Friday right here in Middletown

 The City’s Holiday on Main Street festivities kick off at 4:00 pm Friday, starting at Union Park, the South Green with Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree. More online
Also here in Middletown Friday night, Sez Zion takes the stage at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, on Main Street Ext.  Saturday night Talented vocalist Rahsaan Langley takes the Scatz stage.

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, Friday The Middletown High School Art Club will be exhibiting its third student sponsored gallery show at The Buttonwood Tree during the month of November. The show, led by Senior Angela Byrd, will display an array of student art work celebrating Middletown High School. The opening event is Friday evening from @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Saturday morning kicks off with Tai Chi and community yoga. Saturday night Jazz vocalist Mary Ellen Lonergan will be performing songs from the Great American Songbook and Standards. Alex Nakimovsky will be joining her on piano while Phil Bowler plays bass.  On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm, as Rumpus, an invitation to express the rhythm inside you, takes place inside. All are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. Sunday afternoon at 2:30 John Basinger performs from Book 11 of Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost. Books will be provided to follow along with.

The Middletown Symphonic Band will be performing a Christmas Concert at the First Congregational Church in Wallingford, CT on Sunday at 2:00 PM. The church is located at 23 South Main Street in Wallingford. Admission is free. Additional information about the Middletown Symphonic Band and its schedule of holiday concerts is available at 

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, The “Sizzla” scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled until further notice. Tickets refundable at point of service.  Friday night Chris Webby returns to Toads.

Also in New Haven, at Caf√© Nine, Friday night Steve Broderick and The 100 Watt Suns take the stage with James Mauri Four andChaser Eight opening the show.  Cafe Nine’s Saturday afternoon’s weekly Jazz Jam will be hosted by Billy Cofrances. Saturday night Five in the Chamber and the Amanda Gregg / Chris Wuerth Duo duo make for a night of roots and bluegrass music at The Nine. Sunday Night brings Blues Boot Camp with Greg

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, Saturday night, the Mike Crandall Band  plays the blues at Sally’s.

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

Real Art Ways in Hartford, RAW is closed for tonight for Thanksgiving.  Friday night Real Art Ways opens, the documentary “Muscle Shoals” telling the story of the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative music in American history. The Film Motel Life, based on the popular novel by Willy Vlautin, also opens on Friday night. Learn more at

Tonight at Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford,  Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine staring Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin opens Wednesday night and continues through Saturday, including tonight Thanksgiving day. is the source for more information.

And now here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive at Five stay tuned for: 

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