Good evening! It’s Tuesday, Jan. 7th 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 listener supported station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming weeknights and weekends. I'm Marianne O’Hare, producer of "Conversations on Health Care", which airs every Wednesday at 4:30pm.
Now for our rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s on Tuesday night’s, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Brandt Taylor. Friday, the Bruce Gregori Trio takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday, it’s the Alexis P. Suter Band, playing roots, blues and soul. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight Manic Productions presents Potty Mouth, with Radiator Hospital and Ovlov. Tomorrow/Wednesday, DrinkDeeply presents Long Live the King, a Tribute to Elvis. Thursday, DrinkDeeply brings Kindred Queer, with Sam Perduta. Friday’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour at 5 is with Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lodge. That’s followed at 9 by Sarah Borges and Girls, Guns, and Glory. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session at 4:30 is with Gary Grippo & Friends. At 9, The Iguanas bring New Orleans roots rock to the Café Nine stage. Sunday afternoon at 4, there’ll be a free pre-release listening party for the original cast recording of The Devil Plays Poker. That’s followed at 8 by The Original Sunday Night Jam, with the George Baker Band. www.cafenine.com .
Wednesday night in New Haven, at Toad’s Place you can chatch a bill featuring It’s Against Me, with The Sidekicks and The Shondes. Thursday brings a local rock showcase to Toad’s, including featuring 10 band. Friday at Toad’s, Riders on the Storm, pay a musical tribute to The Doors on a long bill featuring with Action Potential and Annie Nirschel, Circadian Rhythm, Eightfold, INK, the Nate Moore Band, Stephen Gonza, Terra Firma and Trag. Saturday, it’s Keeping Company, with Aye-Jay, Metasine, J Crow, Dr. Ink, Scats and Ysanne & Guests. www.toadsplace.com .
Manic Productions brings several shows to nearby venues this week. On Wednesday, Free Time and the Hiya Dunes play at Bar in New Haven. Thursday, Lee Ranaldo and The Dust play The Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden. And Friday, David Dondero and Jay Prince play The Outer Space in Hamden. www.manicproductions.com.
Also in Middletown, Thursday night, The Buttonwood Tree hosts Writers out Loud with Cocomo Rock and Al Bowler Jr. At 8 p.m. on Friday, the Buttonwood Tree presents music by singer/songwriter Ellen Bukstel. Opening for Ellen will be an old friend of the Buttonwood, Eric Kuhn, who has been on the Middletown music scene since the early 1980s. Saturday morning, it’s Qui Gong, community yoga and an empowerment workshop. At 8 p.m. Saturday, it’s Noise in the Key of Bliss with trumpeter Saskia Laroo and pianist/vocalist Warren Byrd. www.buttonwood.org
Also in Middletown, on Thursday at 7 p.m., the Art Guild of Middletown invites you to a demonstration by sculptor Wendy Swain, who works in clay. Information can be found by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author Elisabeth Petry continues to leadWe Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences at Russell Library this Thursday evening at 7:00 pm. Violinist Hye-Jin Kim and guitarist João Luiz team up for a classically-rooted, dance-inspired program. Friday, The Friends of Russell Library will hold a book sale on Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fiction and non-fiction in many categories as well as children's books priced to sell. Purchases support library programs that benefit the community. The Book sale continues on Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 1-4pm. Also on Saturday at 2pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library in Middletown Violinist Hye-Jin Kim and guitarist João Luiz team up for a classically-rooted, dance-inspired. The two offer music by Paganini, Piazzolla & Paquito D’Rivera and original arrangements of traditional folksongs from their native cultures—Korea and Brazil. www.russelllibrary.org
Friday night in East Hampton, Old Bank Flowers & Greenery on Main St hosts an opening reception for their new gallery installation including recent work from featured Middletown artist, Pierre Slyvain. WESU’s own David Bauer will also have some of his photography on display as well. The event is open to the public and features light refreshments and live jazz from 6:30-8:30 Friday night. https://www.facebook.com/OldBankFlowersGreenery for info
Speaking of WESU connected visual Artists, You can see the water color painting Bill Revill, host of Acoustic Blender, on display at The Infinity gallery at Infinity Hall in Farmington through April. http://www.infinityhall.com/
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
through Thursday at RealArtWays in Hartford, youc an catch “Go for Sisters”, a film about a mother’s search for her son who went missing along the Mexican border. Also running through Thursday is Bastards, a French thriller about a man’s determination to exact revenge for the violence done to his family. Opening Friday is Bettie Page Reveals All, an intimate look at the rise, and fall, and rise again of one of the world's most recognized and controversial sex symbols. With her razor sharp wit and Tennessee twang Bettie Page emerges from decades of seclusion to reveal her secret past and narrate her life story. www.realartways.org .
At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, tonight is your last chance to catch the Norwegian documentary Liv and Ingmar. Telling the real life love story of the legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman and Norwegian actress Liv Ullman. Opening Wednesday and running through Saturday at Cinestudio is “All is Lost”, starring Robert Redford, alone in the ocean. Sunday at Cinestudio brings a special week-long premiere of The Great Beauty, which has been both hugely popular and sharply dividing audiences with its overarching question, Is Italy in Decline? www.cinestudio.org .
And now here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU, which includes a new addition and also some pinch-hitters because Wesleyan dj's are on their winter break.
Right after the Jive at Five, Rob DeRosa is in the Air Chair for a special Tuesday edition of our CT connected music show, Homegrown.
That's followed by 30minutes of news and commentary from the World Socialist Website at 6pm
Bill Revill is in the house for a 90 minute eclectic mix of acoustic roots music on Acoustic Blender at 6:30
J-Cherry and the Strawberry’s host an hour of live local arts and entertainment from 8-9pm.
From 9-10 DJ Cheshire Cat offers a truncated episode of his free form music show, Wonderland to make room for the inaugural episode of a “75 Years of Socially Conscious Music” beginning at 10pm. Broadcast weekly throughout January, this program features listener and staff suggestions that reflect both socially conscious music and WESU’s 75 year old commitment to free form radio!
But the “75 Years of…” project will continue throughout 2014, and WESU wants your input! Each month, we’ll have a new theme, and we want your suggestions on songs to include! February will feature “75 Years of Lyrics Beyond the English Language”. We are looking for your favorite recordings whose lyrics are in a language other than English, regardless of genre. Details online at www.wesufm.org
At 11:30 stay tuned for a special 30 minute Dub meditation mix by big bent.
At Midnight we kick off a 2 hr jim Hendrix Radio special, called the Jimi you never knew.
At 2am you can catch a 60 minute radio documentary on the seminal Brit. punk rockers, The Clash!
DJ Otto Nation presents an eclectic mix of new music from 3-4 am until the BBC world news kicks on.
Morning Edition from NPR starts our broadcast day tomorrow 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 wesufm.org/jive.
thanks to the amazing listeners, staff who made WESU’s winter pledge drive a success. If you haven’t made your pledge of support yet, you can do so at www.wesufm.org.
Thanks for listening! Stay tuned for some good homegrown with Rob!