Friday, January 3, 2014

01-03-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Friday, January 3rd.  Thanks to the many listeners, donors, and volunteers who came together to make our 9th Annual Winter Holiday Pledge Drive a Success! Your support continues to illustrate the importance of maintaining and safe guarding community radio that matters! 

Employing our “Kinder Gentler” approach to develop community support in a world ruled by professional public radio fundraising has proved challenging.  Ultimately, it worked – thanks to our amazing audience, staff, and supporters.

2014 will be a busy and fun year at WESU as we celebrate our 75 year legacy as one of the original student owned and operated radio stations in the country. Highlights include special music and public affairs programming to physical and virtual exhibits of WESU artifacts and audio.

Ok - 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! 

Here's a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week-end.

Right now  Down in New Haven, at Cafe Nine, Victor Roland, takes the stage for an early show to be followed at 9pm by a Benefit for CT Death Quads -Men's Roller Derby, with Polluter, Oughts, and Wolves At Bay. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon  jazz jam  features Mike Coppola and friends this week. Ten at 7:30, it’s Big Lazy and Happy Ending. Greg Sherrod hosts Sunday’s Blues Boot Camp at 8pm .

At Toads Place in New Haven, tonight’s “Hair of the New Year Dog” event features a bill of local rock and metal bands, including: 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.

Up in Hartford, Blackeyed Sally’s The Tom Sanders band takes the stage tonight for an evening of Rocking Rhythm and Blues. Saturday at Sally’s, it’s the classic Soul sound of The Mighty Soul Drivers

Saturday Night The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts Artists for World Peace: The Flying Particles featuring  composers/performers Robert Nasta, Kevin O’Neil, and Michael Pestel presenting an evening of adventurous, spirited musical conversations between three seasoned contemporary improvisers.  Coming together under the banner of “The Flying Particles.” they will also be celebrating the release of their new CD. Saturday morning at 10:30am, you can catch the regular “Aligned with Source” A Workshop for Empowerment with Annaita Gandhi.  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.

Caravan of Thieves brings their gypsy stylings to The Sounding Board Coffeehouse, in  West Hartford. Saturday at 8pm. info online at
Believe it or not, the King of the Twist, Chubby Checker is back in town and will be performing a free concert at the Mohegan Sun Wolf’s Den on Saturday night at 8pm.

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

Tonight, Real Art Ways in Hartford openings the feature film, “Go for Sisters”, about a mother’s search for her son who went missing along the Mexican border. Also opening tonight 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 tonight 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. 

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 For more information

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

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm stick and stay for a drive time serving of Chocolate Cake with DJ Rob for an hour long musical sugar high. Power-pop plus Brit-pop and singer/songwriters from the 60's to today.

at 6:30 we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - Informing listeners about local and global issues with health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips, featuring a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, and blues.

Next up until 10pm, we take it From the Otherside with Rok-A-Dee - The Voice of Hartford, featuring upcoming regional artists performing reggae, R & B, Soca and more alongside the hit makers.

From 10 until Midnight, we go In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with Dope Dave - Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.

At Midnight until 2am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott - playing Contemporary, Hip Hop, Urban and Traditional gospel music.

from 2 to 2:30am it's Bassment Beats with DJ Lokash – featuring the latest in aboveground & underground hip-hop mixed live. Then at 2:30 until 3am Lokash presents catch the New World Show for The best in Global Bass mixed live. Baila coño!

The next hour 'til 4am it's Maximum Rock & Roll Radio - A weekly radio show featuring the best international DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rock n roll radio record collection.

+Sing Out! Radio Magazine with Tom Druckenmiller comes on at 4 until 5am with a weekly, hour-long “magazine format” program, featuring interviews in addition to “live” and recorded traditional folk musics.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the BBC World News - a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation

And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6:00 to 7:00am it’s the Celtic Café with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am with Francesco Fiumara for a weekly roundup of  music and memories from Italy.

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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Thanks again to the many listeners, donors, and volunteers who came together to make our 9th Annual Winter Holiday Pledge Drive a Success! Your support continues to illustrate the importance of maintaining and safe guarding community radio that matters!

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