Wednesday, December 4, 2013

12-04-13 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, Dec. 4th and 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 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 for tuning in!

Here's what’s happening in our area this week.

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, this evening at at 7:30, it’s Kirtan, a musical form of yoga, with Shubalananda.

Thursday at 7 p.m., it’s open mic night with Bob Gotta.

Friday at 8, it’s Nor’easter Noel Songwriter Sessions at the Buttonwood, a stellar cast of emerging songwriters from the Northeast celebrating the season with original holiday songs as well as classics. Featured performers will be Lara Herscovitch, Lisa Martin, Marc Douglas Berardo and duo Michelle Rubin and Rick Gedney of Open Book.

Saturday morning, it’s Qigong (Chi Kung), Tai Chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop. From 1 to 4 on Saturday, it’s the Free Poets Collective. That’s followed at 8 by trumpeter and vocalist Ricky Alfonso with a showcase of tight, joyful and uplifting jazz music guaranteed to please the well seasoned and casual jazz fans alike.

And 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.

Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts offers a jam-packed calendar of events this week. Tonight at 8 p.m. in the  Crowell Concert Hall, the Center for the Arts presents the Braxton Ensemble Concert.

Thursday afternoon at 1:30, John Cage’s “Musicircus” will be performed at Crowell. Also on Thursday evening at 7, the Center for the Arts presents Javanese Gamelan at World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave.and at 9, at the Crowell, the Mandé Music Ensemble presents the musical traditions of Mandé (Maninka and Bamana) peoples of western Africa, performing on guitars and ngonis (traditional lutes) under the direction of Wesleyan graduate student Samuel Dickey, class of '14.

Friday evening at 7, the Center for the Arts brings West African Drumming to Crowell Concert Hall, featuring a full chorus and drumming ensemble of students in the "West African Music and Culture" courses directed by Master Drummer Abraham Adzenyah. More info is at

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, Department of Jazz and Rollaway hit the stage.

Thursday, DrinkDeeply presents The Dialtones and The Royal Swindle.

Friday, Sean Conlon performs. And on Saturday, Manic Productions presents The Melodic, with Vikesh Kapoor and Bird Courage. The Saturday afternoon jazz jam is with the Mike Coppola Group.

Saturday night, Go Kat Go presents The Throttles and Lynette and the Longshots. Then on Sunday at 8, the Original Sunday Night Jam features the George Baker Band.

Tonight, Manic Productions presents Grandchildren, Snake Oil and Sway at Bar in New Haven.

Thursday at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden, Manic Productions presents Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, and Derek Brown.

And Sunday, at the Outer Space in Hamden, it’s Frontier Ruckus, with Brother Burnet.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, you can catch the Wednesday’s Blues Jam, one of the longest running in New England, with Gene Donaldson.

Friday brings Mixed Signals, a 5-piece rocking machine, to Sally’s.

Saturday, it’s Mark Mercier & the Big Yams, an evening of swampy New Orleans funk and soul.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place this Friday, Shakedown plays The Dead and Beyond, along with Disable Time and Relative Souls..

Back in Middletown, on Friday, at the new Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, 139 Main Street Ext., Middletown, Saskia Laroo performs.

Saturday brings the Alvin Carter Project to Scatz.

Everyone's favorite Wesleyan band gone wild, MGMT, brings their tour to the Oakdale in Wallingford this Friday, 12/6. Tune in to Homegrown with Rob DeRosa right after the Jive at Five for your chance to win tickets and for live "homecoming" interview with the band on the show that gave them their first radio play EVER! more about the concert online at     

Saturday afternoon at 2, at the Russell Library,  hosts a panel discussion titled, “Mental Health Matters: Living Successfully with Mental Illness,” featuring people who live with a mental health diagnosis, sharing their experiences of Hope in Recovery.  The program will include successes in moving from homelessness to independently living in the community, experiences of working in a competitive job, creating and enhancing personal and family relationships and living a life that is thriving and not just surviving.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, through next Tuesday you can catch, the documentary “Muscle Shoals” which tells the story of the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative music in American history. The film The Motel Life, about a pair of brothers working odd jobs, drinking hard and drifting from motel to motel, runs through Thursday. Opening Friday is Mother of George, an enlightening look at immigrant life in the Crown Heights' Yoruba community. .

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford,  Wong Kar-wai’s latest film, The Grandmaster, the action packed historical look at Bruce Lee’s legendary martial arts teacher, continues through tonight. On Thursday, Out Film CT’s First Thursday series presents C.O.G, based on an essay by David Sedaris. Friday begins a two-day run of Rush, director Ron Howard’s take on Formula One racing. And Sunday begins a run of the 1956 French classic, Pig Across Paris, a dark comedy set in WWII Paris during the German occupation.

In Hartford, Cinema Symphonic is a new film series being offered by HartBeat Ensemble at the Carriage House Theater. The series will begin with the silent film Metropolis with original music composed and performed by Hartt School of Music students.  Composers Jake McSheffrey and Evan Cogswell have written musical composition for two violinists, a cello and a piano. Metropolis opens December 5 – 7th at 360 Farmington Ave, Hartford.  Every performance will begin at 7:30pm.   More information and reservations can be made at 860-548-9144 or at

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive at Five stay tuned for:

The Explorers’ Hour with Pickup Sticks, Inviting you to  Venture into the infinity of the unknown via a synthesis of science, spoken word, and a lot of popular music.
At 6pm each weekday Free Speech Radio News offers a  daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

At 6:30,it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion for 90 minutes of techno from around the globe mixed live.

And at 8:00, Mike Nyce slows it down a few Beats per minute on The Warehouse, another live DJ mix this time featuring  underground house music.

From 9:30 to 11 it's The Vault with DJ Anton Banks. The Vault presents listeners with the very latest in techno, house, idm, and ambient as it was intended to be heard, in mixed form. Anton regularly features exclusive sets from international producers and DJs. Visit for the latest schedule and show information

11pm-12:30am  The Flip Side with Radiodad  features  unreleased songs, b-sides, maybe some singles, and EP-sourced material.

From 12:30-2am The Chill Factory with Noah G. and DJ So Fresh So Clean presents quality hip hop analysis and dissection invariably favoring and promoting music which provides the best human interpretation for the Platonic form of "chill."

From 2-4am it's The Late Night Concert Series  Featuring live recordings of concerts in their entirety from a wide range of musical genres.

The BBC kicks on at 4, followed by NPR's Morning Edition at 5.

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 value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about making a donation to help us kick off our Fall Pledge drive? You can make that donation online at  anytime.

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for The Explorer's Hour

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