Wednesday, November 26, 2014

11-26-14 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, November 26th, and this is the Jive at Five – Our daily community calendar and run down 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 week-nights 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! Thanx for tuning in!
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, it's Dean Falcone’s 18th Annual Thanksgiving Vomitorium, with a special tribute to the Kinks. Friday’s early show at 7:30 features cellist and singer Leyla McCalla, and at 10 you can catch the Late Show with Hank and Cupcakes, and Mission O. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session will be with Billy Cofrances at 4:30, followed at 9 by their Skansgivin’ Skaturday with The Hempsteadys, The Dialtones, and Llama T Ska. Sunday’s 3 p.m. Jam is with Stacy Phillips, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Cobalt Rhythm Kings.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it's the Wednesday night blues jam be hosted by Tim McDonald this week. Friday night’s 9:00 show headlines Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez. Saturday they bring you jazz with the Allegra Levy Band featuring Sean Clapis. 8.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, this evening's annual Thanksgiving Eve Show features Deep Banana Blackout. On Friday they bring Chris Webby and MarBar to the stage. Saturday’s at 9:00 show brings you George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, along with Amy Lynn & The Gunshow..

Connecticut’s own NRBQ takes the stage tonight at 8 At Infinity Hall in Hartford,. On Friday they’ve got "The Weight" performing the music of THE BAND at their 8:00 show. On Saturday, Max Creek takes the Infinity stage, offering electric rock jam starting at 8. On Sunday, they offer Ryan Montbleau and Band, with special guest Jesse Dee, for a 7:30 show.

Also tonight, the Middletown Scottish Country Dancers hold classes for beginning and experienced dancers from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at First Church on Court Street. Partners not necessary. Wear soft-soled shoes. For information, call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278

On Friday, the 29th Annual Holiday on Main Street festival takes place in Middletown, starting with a Holiday Train Exhibit at 11 at Amato’s Toy & Hobby. There’s an Open House at the Mansfield House at 2, food, hot chocolate, and hayrides, and a carol sing. The Middletown High School Marching Band performs, and the evening concludes with a tree lighting on the South Green at 6, with a second lighting at Eli Cannon’s lighting at 8:15 and the arrival of Santa by horse and carriage.

Winterfest Hartford opens Friday at 4:30, and includes music, ice skating, and free photos with Santa.

At the Buttonwood Tree, here in Middletown, on Friday at 8 you can hear the Omar Tamez Quartet play their unique blend of jazz and traditional Mexican music. On Saturday, the Buttonwood celebrates its new Steinway piano with a Musical Offering by Carolyn Halsted, playing Bach, Beethoven and more, at 7:30. Every Monday morning, the Hearing Voices Network meets at the Buttonwood at 10:30 a.m. "Beyond Visible," a meditative photographic exhibit by Emily Zeitlin and Scotty Giffen, continues through the week.

On Sunday’s Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree around 1pm. All are welcome to enjoy the meal and to help prepare it, beforehand, at First Church on Court Street in Middletown at 11:30am. You can learn more at:\

And on Friday the Holiday Light Fantasia opens in Hartford at Goodwin Park.

On Friday there’s a show of the paintings of David Schulz at Middletown Framing, 502 Main St. A reception will be held from 5-8 p.m.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of "Citizenfour," Laura Poitras’ documentary of the events of the Edward Snowden security leak, continues through tonight. Also continuing is "Diplomacy," a French drama about Hitler’s plan to destroy Paris in WWII.

Real Art Ways is closed for Thanksgiving. On Friday they start a run of "Pelican Dreams," Emmy-Award-winner Judy Irving’s documentary that follows a California brown pelican from an arrest on the Golden Gate Bridge to care at a rehabilitation facility. Also opening is "BFFs," a female buddy comedy about posers in a weekend couples retreat. Both continue through the weekend. On Saturday they’re showing the Internet Cat Video Festival, for cat lovers of all ages. On Sunday at 2 there’s a one time event, "Holbook/Twain: An American Odyssey," with the award-winning show "Mark Twain Tonight" and a post-film discussion with Director Scott Teems.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, tonight through Sunday you can see "Boyhood," a film that follows a boy in his journey from childhood to adulthood. On Sunday they open "Rome, Open City," a restored ultra high def version of the 1945 classic about Italian resistance fighters being hunted by the Gestapo, which continues through next week.

Now here's a rundown of what's on air on WESU-FM tonight:

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for: The Explorer’s Hour with Pickup Sticks for an exploration into the realm of indie rock and roll.

From 6-6:30, it's Mind Matters with Helen Evrard, M.D. The show provides information and guest interviews on issues concerning mental illness (brain disease). The focus is exploring holistic therapies and stories of individual achievement.

At 6:30-8pm it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion. Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

And from 8-9:30pm, it's The Warehouse with Mike NyceThe best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.
Starting at 9:30 it's N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk. Serious turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

And from 11-12am it's Missteps with Djmsal. MISSTEPS is a monthly club night, FM radio show, and up-and-coming record label run by friends, DJs, and fellow producers – Djmsal & Guy Fridge. Dedicated to the underground, MISSTEPS seeks to bring attention to forward-thinking, cutting-edge club music from around the world. All rights reserved. All wrongs reversed.

At 12-1:30am it's 75 Years Of… For 75 years, WESU has broadcast underground music and under-represented genres. During our 75th Anniversary, this program will feature a different genre or theme each month, with songs chosen by our listeners and staff!
From 1:30 to 2:30am stay tuned for Biz Marquee with DJ Co
le. Come join DJ Cole for some hip-hop and movie talk. The show features an eclectic mix of contemporary and old school hip-hop, ending with a discussion about films featuring rap artists and music created by those artists.
And at 2:30-4am it's In the Mix with WillTech. "In the Mix" aims to bring the best in trance, house, and deep house to the Wesleyan and Middletown community.

The BBC world news kicks on at 4 and we start tomorrow’s broadcast day at 5am with Morning Edition from NPR.

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
2014 Marks 75 years of Alternative music, Public Affairs, and community service for WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for The Explorer's Hour with DJ Pickup Sticks!

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