Good evening, it's Tuesday, November 25th, 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 Ben Michael, Thanks for listening.
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight Isabel Stover takes the stage at 8. On Wednesday, they offer 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. www.cafenine.com.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Tuesdays Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material on the Black-eyed Sally’s Stage. Sally’s longstanding Wednesday night blues jam will 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. www.blackeyedsallys.com
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Tomorrow/Wednesday’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.. www.toadsplace.com.
Connecticut’s own NRBQ takes the stage tomorrow/Wednesday 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. www.infinityhall.com
also tomorrow/Wednesday, 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. http://www.holidayonmain.com
Winterfest Hartford opens Friday at 4:30, and includes music, ice skating, and free photos with Santa. http://www.hartford.com/winterfest
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. www.buttonwood.org
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: www.foodnotbombs.net
And on Friday the Holiday Light Fantasia opens in Hartford at Goodwin Park. http://hartford.gov/parks/200-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. http://www.arts2go.org
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 Wednesday. Also continuing is “Diplomacy,” a French drama about Hitler’s plan to destroy Paris in WWII. They’re closed on 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. www.realartways.org
At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, the run of “The Blue Room,” a French crime drama based on the novel by Georges Simenon, continues through Tuesday. Wednesday 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. www.cinestudio.org.
Now here's a rundown of what's on air on WESU-FM tonight:
Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for:
Wild Wild Live with Rachie and Hibiki for a peak into the live music scene at Wesleyan.
At 6:00 it’s Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill for 2 hrs of Americana, country, folk, bluegrass, and other music that has a roots influence, Plus a comprehensive concert listing at 7pm, live guests on occasion and ticket giveaways too!
From 8-9pm it’s The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry, for a weekly show featuring area artists and musicians of all genres.
At 9pm it’s Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat a free form music show offering a wide range of music from krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog.
From 10:30-11:30pm tonight, Galactic Thematics embark on a cosmic musical odyssey that transgresses the hermetic bounds of genre itself.
From 11:30-12:30am The Wily Windy Moors with Ian McCarthy presents pop or pop-adjacent tunes to get you revved up for bed, with a different title-based theme every week
After that at 12:30, Cryfest with Orlando Gloom invites you to take a stroll down this trail of musical tears with some of the most melancholy and grim, yet cathartic songs from across the decades.
At 1:30 Phantom Transmissions with DJ Scarecrow for Spoken Word, Poetry, Prose and Rap over Fluid Beats.
From 2:30-3:30am It’s the The Blast Zone with Baggins and the G-O inviting you to step into The Blast Zone for bantering about sports and interviewing student athletes.
From 3:30-4am it’s The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation an eclectic mix of music from the WESU library.
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 www.wesufm.org where you’ll also find our live internet stream, program archives, and our program schedule as well as news and information about WESU’s 75th anniversary. Atwww.wesufm.org, you can also make a donation I support of WESU
Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Wild Wild Live with Rachie and Hibiki.