Wednesday, December 18, 2013

12-18-13 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, December 18th.  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!

Now for our rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week. Be sure to check with venues for potential snow cancellations!

Here in Middletown, tonight at 7pm the Buttonwood Tree presents the film “The Blue Butterfly.

Friday night the JPJ -  454 Jazz Project  takes the Buttonwood stage. 

Saturday morning, it’s Qigong (Chi Kung), Tai Chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop.

Saturday afternoon’s Spoken Word session at 4 explores the intersection of faith, gender and sexuality. The Buttonwood is especially looking for poets to present work on the topic.

Saturday night at 8pm, you can catch some Celtic folk music and storytelling by The Jolly Beggars.

Sunday, 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 3, and then again at 7, Peter Loffredo presents Dylan Thomas’s holiday classic, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” Admission to this Connecticut Heritage Productions show is by donation, plus a non-perishable food item for the Amazing Grace pantry.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, the long running Wednesday night Blues Jam will be hosted by Tim McDonald.

Thursday brings The Superpowers, dedicated to providing only the heaviest 21st Century grooves. Friday brings Devon Allman (Gregg Allman’s son) to Sally’s. Saturday, it’s the X Y Eli Xmas Xtravaganza, with guitarist Eli X.

Also in Hartford, at Sully’s Pub, you can catch karaoke. Thursday is Jeff Jahnke's West End Friends. And Friday brings the The Winter Wimbash, hosted by foundation bass man and musical innovation, Doug Wimbish featuring Skip McDonald and Keith Lablanc & more.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight brings a Connecticut homecoming by Sarah Lou Richards, Jesse Terry, and Mike Clifford. Thursday, DrinkDeeply brings Ports of Spain to Café Nine, along with Milksop:Unsung and Elison Jackson. Friday at 5 brings Gary Heriot, followed at 9 by The Wagon Riders and DJ Dave Coon. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. That’s followed at 9 by The Anti-Emo Empire Benefit/Reunion Show, with No Image, 76 % Uncertain, The Mistaken, The Coquettes, and Malcolm Tent. Sunday’s Original Sunday Night Jam is with the Morris Trent Band.

Manic Productions brings several shows to nearby venues this week. Tonight, Eternal Summers, Daphne Lee Martin and the Starlight Girls play Bar in New Haven.

Thursday, Manic Productions presents Field Mouse, Tancred (with Jess Abbott of Now, Now), the Box Tiger and Slander to The Space in Hamden.

Friday night’s show at The Space features I Am The Avalanche, Wolves At Bay, Canvas, and Life On The Sideline.

Saturday at The Space, Manic Productions presents Their / They're / There (with Owen & Into It. Over It); as well as Mansions and Birthmark (with Nate Kinsella from Joan of Arc and Make Believe).

Tomorrow night, Toad’s Place in New Haven, brings Danny Brown to the stage. Friday is the John Valby Triple-X-mas Show. Saturday, Kung Fu plays at Toad’s, along with The Stepkids, Twiddle and Norrin. Sunday, Gorilla Music presents the New Haven Jingle Bell Rock & Metal Fest, with a long list of bands who’l l perform on two stages. Details about this and other shows can be found at

Back in Middletown, on Friday, at the new Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, 139 Main Street Ext., Middletown, Sez Zion performs. Saturday brings the Alvin Carter Project to Scatz. That's Scatz with a “Z”.

On Sunday afternoon at 1:30, the Jovan Alexander Trio plays jazz at Sweet Harmony Café and Bakery, 330 Main St., Middletown.

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

Real Art Ways in Hartford, has extended their run of the documentary “Muscle Shoals” through tonight. Also running through tonight is Mother of George, an enlightening look at immigrant life in the Crown Heights' Yoruba community.

Opening Friday and running through next week is "Following the Ninth:, part road trip, part adventure story, it's an inspirational film about Beethoven's Ninth, the power it has to liberate us, to shield us against suffering, and to provide hope and resilience for us in dark times.

Also opening on Friday is the animated children’s tale, My Neighbor Totoro. The story follows Satsuke and Mei, two young girls who find that their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures called Totoros. This family-oriented feature has a powerful ecological theme. .

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, playing through Saturday is Samsara in 4K: In what is now a treasured alternative holiday tradition, folks from Hartford and beyond get together for pot luck dinners and then come to Cinestudio for an awe-inspiring film by director Ron Fricke. This year it’s Samsara, a mesmerizing non-verbal visual experience celebrating the diversity and inter-connectedness of life on Earth, shot in 100 locations and 25 countries. Samsara - a Sanskrit word meaning the ever turning wheel of life - was made, according to Fricke, to “delve deeper into my favorite theme: humanity’s relationship to the eternal.” The images of unprecedented clarity were created by shooting on 65mm film, then transferring the film through the highest resolution scanning process available.  Opening Sunday, at 2:30 and showing again at 7:30, then running through Christmas Eve, you can catch the 1946 Frank Capra classic It’s a Wonderful Life.

Back here in Middletown, tonight at 7 p.m, The Buttonwood tree will be showing the film “The Blue Butterfly. Based on a true story, the film is about Pete, a young cancer victim who has a dream of catching the rare Amazonian blue morpho butterfly. With the help of his mother and a famous entomologist, Pete sets out on a transformative journey that touches everyone around him.

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

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 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

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Thanks for listening! Now stay tuned for The Explorer's Hour

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