Monday, December 23, 2013

12-23-13 jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, December 23rd.  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 Ben Michael. Thanks for joining us.

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

Here in Middletown, tonight at 7pm Author Elizabeth Petry continues to lead We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences at Russell Library.
Aat the Buttonwood Tree, most programs are eon hiatus this week including the regular Monday now Anything Goes open mic which will return next Monday. Regular programming at the Buttonwood Tree resumes Saturday morning with Tai Chi and community yoga.  Saturday night brings The Buttonwood’s (Impromptu) Holiday Party from 7-11 pm. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm, all are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street.
Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, Monday night’s bring a weekly Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Saturday night, Horror Rockers, GWAR bring their nasty stage show to Toads Place with Battlecross and Iron Reagan opening thee show. .

Also in New Haven,  tonight you can catch Cafe 9 Holiday party featuring The Blondettes, Uza,  Kriss Santala, Uber Dami, and  Sal Paradise.  Café closes Tuesday and Wednesday this week reopening Thursday night with Vomit-oke, Holiday version of Live Café nine’s live band Karaoke.   Friday’s Early show at 5pm features Mark Daniel. Later Friday night Drink Deeply presents: Wess Meets West, Ports of Spain, and The Morning On Fire. Cafe Nine’s Saturday afternoon’s weekly Jazz Jam will be hosted Billy Cofrances this week. Saturday brings the Second Annual Beehive Holiday Blowout with Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, and The George Baker Band. Sunday afternoon brings a Bluegrass Jam w/ Stacy Phillips – more online at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s weekly, Hartford Jazz Society “Jazz Monday” features Dezron Douglas and Lummie Span.  Friday Blackeyed Sallys reopens for business offering a night of blues with the Cheryl Arena Band and Special Guest Hash Brown. Saturday night, Sally’s presents The Roxy Perry Holiday Show.

Friday night, here in Middletown Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main Street Ext.  presents a night of jazz vocals with Ian Woods.  Saturday night Rahsaan Langley takes the Scatz stage.
The Guru, Cold Fronts, DRGN King, SHMNS, Furnsss share a bill at The Space, in  Hamden Friday night. Lord Fowl plays at the Outer Space, Satu8rday night

The Brian McCarthy quintet  plays a gig at the Side Door in Old Lyme on Saturday,
The JOVAN ALEXANDER TRIO performs "Sunday Afternoon Jazz"  AT SWEET HARMONY CAFE & BAKERY  on Main St in Middletown this Sunday  from 1:30PM-3:30PM.
Sunday night Manic Productions presents an evening of alt country and Americana with Stephen Kellogg and  Dan Mills at Arch Street Tavern in Hartford.    

Now here's a rundown of some cinema you can catch off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Tonight and tomorrow, you can catch: "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 showing tonight and tomorrow at RAW 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. Real Art Ways is closed on Weds but resumes the Totoro run Thursday night and opens the documentary on Noam Chomsky called “Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?”.     Learn more at

Tonight and tomorrow At Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, you can
catch the 1946 Frank Capra classic "It’s a Wonderful Life". Starting on Christmas day, Cinestudio will then its doors until they reopen on January 2nd. for more information.

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

Right after the jive at Five stay tuned for afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry. 

At 6pm,  listen to 30 minutes of news from the  World Socialist news Website.

From 6:30-8pm: Michael Benson presents 90 minutes of folk, blues, jazz, and more on 75% Folk.  

At 8pm Chip Austen keeps the Americana music going with his show, unfocused folk.  

From 9:30pm to 3am: The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee presents an marathon 5.5 hrs of The music of yesterday’s future, today that we are affectionately referring to as W Lee S U

From 3-4am: RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald brings you to music from far flung places and sometimes from right in your own backyard.

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

And 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! Stay tuned for Charles Henry.

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