Wednesday, December 25, 2013

12-25-13 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, December 25th -  MERRY CHRISTMAS-  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.

Café nine in New Haven reopens tomorrow/Thursday night with Vomit-oke, the Holiday version of 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

Friday night, here in Middletown, Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main Street Ext.  presents a a night of jazz vocals with Ian Woods.  Saturday night Rahsaan Langley takes the Scatz stage.

Friday, Blackeyed Sallys in Hartford 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.

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, Saturday night

At The Buttonwood Tree this week, things pick back up 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 Saturday night, Horror Rockers, GWAR bring their nasty stage show to Toads Place with Battlecross and Iron Reagan opening thee show. .

 The Brian McCarthy quintet  plays a gig at the Side Door in Old Lyme on Saturday for a night of contemporary jazz,

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:

Real Art Ways in Hartford, reopens tomorrow with a continued run of 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. Tomorrow night Real Art Ways opens the documentary on Noam Chomsky called “Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?”.     Learn more at

Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, has closed their door for their annual break and will reopen on January 2nd. www. for more information.

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

Right after the jive at Five stay tuned for Explorers hour.

At 6pm catch 30 minutes of news and commentary from the World Socialist Website.

At 6:30 James fusion kicks of our electronic music block with 90 minutes of pounding techno mixed live. At 8pm Miky Nyce keeps the EDN going with a 90 minute set of house music on the warehouse.  At 9:30 DJ Berk should be in the house followed by Gus Lo but my guess is that you’ll be getting our fun mix of holiday music until The BBC kicks on at 4, followed by NPR's Morning Edition at 5am.

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

And if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, help us wrap up our Winter Holiday Pledge Drive by supporting the station with a donation. We still need nearly $5000 to reach our goal by the end of 2013.  You can make that donation with yoru credit card or checking account info online at

Thanks for listening! Have a very merry Christmas and be safe out there!

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