Wednesday, December 11, 2013

12-11-13 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, December 11th 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 joining us.

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

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight you can catch "Loves It" for a 7pm show. Later at 10pm, Paul Panamarenko  performs. Chris Mir opens the show. 

Thursday night at Cafe' Nine, The Rosenthals and Naomi Sommers make for a night of bluegrass and roots music.  

Friday’s Early Show at 5pm features Mountains of the Moon. Later on that night you can catch Rizzo's Dilemma with Blessed and Gifted. 

Cafe Nine’s Saturday afternoon’s weekly Jazz Jam will be hosted by Gary Grippo and Friends this week. Saturday night Tripeg Lobo Productions presents "All I've Got is a Photograph" featuring:

Lys Guillorn, Elisa Flynn, The Sawtelles, Frank Critelli, George Hakkila, Brother Burnet, Daphne Lee Martin, Grimm Generation, Dawn Cook, Dave Hogan, Mercy Choir, Chris Bousquet, The Park. For information about all these events and more go to

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, is the Wednesday’s weekly Blues Jam, one of the longest running in New England, hosted by Tommy Whalen.

Friday Night, Mike Law and the Playboys return to the Sally’s stage for a night of roots rock and blues.  Saturday night, Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood play the blues at Sally’s. More can be found at

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight, there will be an “Evening Oasis” Belly Dancing Presentation from 8-9pm.

The Writers Out Loud poetry and prose open mike happens on the 2nd Thursday monthly at the Buttonwood. 

Friday night Connecticut’s 15th State Troubadour, Kristen Graves  and Glenn Roth Share a bill at the Buttonwood. 

Saturday morning kicks off with Tai Chi and community yoga followed by a self empowerment workshop. 

Saturday afternoon brings the annual family friendly Holiday ornament making workshop to the buttonwood tree.  Saturday night Charter Oak Bluegrass returns to the Buttonwood.  

On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm, all are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the f meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. Go to for more about these events.

Also in Middletown tonight, Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main Street Ext.  presents a new weekly spoken word event.

Friday night Sez Zion takes the stage and Saturday night the Alvin Carter Project Featuring Nita Zarif takes the Scatz stage. More can be found at

Down New Haven at Toad’s Place, tomorrow night,  ANTHONY GREEN, Dave Davison (of Maps & Atlases) and  Psychic Babble take the stage.

Friday brings the Marion Meadows Annual Jazz Christmas Celebration with Special Guests Vincent Ingala & Elan Trotman.

Saturday night Hip Hop artist LUPE FIASCO tales the Toads main stage with Dee-1 and Political Animals opening the show.

Back in Hartford tomorrow night,  Real Art Ways presents the musical event, Improvisations: with Joe Morris & Stephen Haynes, featuring Ingrid Laubrock on Tenor Saxophone.

Saturday afternoon at 1pm, Real Art Ways and Hartford Public Library invite you to engage in a Community Conversation about how the physical characteristics of neighborhoods affect community experiences. Seating is limited: please RSVP by email to or by calling Real Art Ways at 860-232-1006. You can also access their website at
Riverwood Poetry’s monthly event happens on the Second Thursday of each month, at Asylum Hill Congregational Church on Asylum Avenue, in Hartford . This Thursday’s theme is Snowflakes on Your Tongue. You are invited read your own work or the work of a favorite poet.

This is the closing week for Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater’s co production "Oliver!"  bringing the classic Dickens' story of Oliver Twist alive in this musical adaptation for families this holiday season through Saturday, Dec 14th. Tickets and info online can be found at, or by calling 860-347-6143.

Back here in Middletown this Saturday, The City’s Holiday on Main Street festivities continue at 10am. More online at

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

Through tomorrow at Real Art Ways in Hartford, you can catch: the documentary “Muscle Shoals”. The new critically acclaimed Belgian love story, The Broken Circle Breakdown is also on the screen this week at RAW through Thursday.

Friday night, Real Art Ways opens the film MOTHER OF GEORGE about  a Nigerian Crown heights  family trying to keep old traditions in a modern world. 

Saturday and Sunday Real Art ways is showing "American Promise", a documentary following the 12-year journey of two African-American families as they navigate the ups and downs of educating their sons.  The Sunday afternoon screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Learn more at  

Tonight at Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, you can experience the 1956 French classic, "Pig Across Paris", a dark comedy set in WWII Paris during the German occupation. Tonight, Cinestudio begins a run of  Enough Said, in which Two of television’s biggest icons - James Gandolfini  (The Sopranos) and Julie Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld) - star in a bittersweet comedy that this is also Gandolfini’s final film. for more information.

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

Now, Here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU Middletown.

 Right after the Jive at Five stay tuned for: 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 from 8 - 9:30, Mike Nyce slows it down a few Beats per minute on The Warehouse, another live DJ mix this time featuring  underground house music.

At 9:30 it’s N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk for some Serious turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

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 2-3am  Amalgamation with DJ Symphonia   is a “cross-genre” music show that focuses on artists who utilize elements from different genres to create different and often unique music.

From 3-4am
Late Night Concert Series  Features  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, 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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