Wednesday, January 1, 2014

01-01-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, January 1 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 a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Up in Hartford, Blackeyed Sally’s brings the Tom Sanders Band to the Sally’s stage, uniting veteran musicians from some of Southern New England's best blues, rock and r&b bands, including The Hornets, Smokehouse, Chris Tofield & The Bluesbenders and Whiskey River Band, to name just a few.

Saturday at Sally’s, it’s the Mighty Soul Drivers, bringing the classic Soul sounds of Memphis, Muscle Shoals and points South to the hills of New England.

Down in New Haven, at Cafe Nine, Cellular Chaos, The Simple Pleasure, and Jerkagram take the Café Nine stage tomorrow.

Friday’s 5 o’clock happy hour performer is Victor Roland, followed at 9 by Benefit for CT Death Quads -Men's Roller Derby, with Polluter, Oughts, and Wolves At Bay.

Saturday’s jazz jam at 4:30 features Mike Coppola and friends; then at 7:30, it’s Big Lazy and Happy Ending. Sunday’s Blues Boot Camp at 8 is with  Greg Sherrod.

Friday’s Hair of the New Year Dog keeps the local music coming with rock and metal, including these bands: 1.21 Gigawatts, Angry Reaction, Benders, Big Ed, Big Moon, Double The Dial, Feed The Pigs, Hollow, Idiot Excuse, Karmic Justice, Killin Cupid, SNAP, Velcro Buddha, and Zombii. Saturday’s Electro Glow Party is with Report to Bass 3.

Also in New Haven, tonight, Manic Productions brings BrotherTIger and Norrin to Bar.

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

Tonight, Real Art Ways in Hartford finishes up its run of the animated children’s tale, "My Neighbor Totoro" a family-oriented feature has a powerful ecological theme. Continuing through 

Thursday is the documentary on Noam Chomsky called “Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?”.

Opening  Friday is the feature “Go for Sisters”, about a mother’s search for her son who went missing along the Mexican border. Also opening Friday is Bastards, a French thriller about a man’s determination to exact revenge for the violence done to his family.  

Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford,  reopens tomorrow with "Kill Your Darlings", in which Daniel Radcliffe, otherwise known to the world as Harry Potter, transforms himself into the skinny, intellectual, Jewish, and closeted gay college student -1940s-era Alan Ginsberg. Commuting from New Jersey to Columbia University, Ginsberg makes friends with a group of budding rebels who would usher in Beat poetry and bohemia to the conformist 1950s. Ginsberg, along with William Burroughs (Ben Foster), Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), and Jack Kerouac (Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston), challenge their professors during the day, and the rigid parameters of sexual behavior at night. The ensemble cast also includes Kyra Sedgwick, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth Moss (lately of Mad Men and Top of the Lake). Opening Sunday at Cinestudio is the Norwegian documentary Liv and Ingmar. In all of the love affairs between directors and their muses, few were so passionate - or resulted in so many great movies - as the one between legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman and Norwegian actress Liv Ullman. This new documentary traces both their stormy relationship and the art they collaborated on: twelve groundbreaking (now) classics including Persona, Cries and Whispers, and Autumn Sonata. Ullman is fearlessly honest in her conversations with director Dheeraj Akolkar, tracing their great love from passion and creativity, to Bergman’s increasing jealousy and possessiveness, and finally, to a friendship that lasted until his death.

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU, which includes a new addition and also some pinch-hitters because Wesleyan dj's are on their winter break.

 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

And after a few hours of automation, the Late Night Concert Series comes on at 2am bringing you a wide variety of concerts throughout the years.

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

The end of 2013 brought the end of our annual winter pledge drive but we could still use a few more donations to sure things up and hit our mark. Please feel free to get started on your 2014 tax deduction with a donation at

Thanks for listening! Have a very safe and prosperous new year!

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