Friday, December 12, 2014

12-12-14 Jive

Good evening, it's Friday, December 12th, 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 joining us!
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:

Here in Middletown right now, Wesleyan Potters invites you to their café night event featuring extended gallery hours with live music by Jim and Willow Sirch, longtime members of the New Haven-based contra dance band the Fiddleheads.  

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight brings: Live from Downtown Atlantis, a solo performance meditation with the work of L. Mixashawn Rozie. Tomorrow morning the "Aligned with Source" workshop series continued with this week’s theme, "Being the Medium You Are." Tomorrow/Saturday afternoon at 1 there’s an Ornament Decorating workshop at the Buttonwood.  At 8pm tomorrow night you can catch "An Evening with the Samadi-Keene Duo," with music for guitar, mandolin and piano. On Sunday,  Connecticut Heritage Productions presents "A Child’s Christmas in Wales" at 3 and 7 p.m., featuring Peter Lofredo and John Cappaletti. 

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

Down in New Haven, tonight at Cafe Nine,  you can catch Landing, The Mountain Movers, and Omega Vague. Saturday’s weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session at Café Nine will be with Gary Grippo & Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents. Sunday’s 3 p.m. show features Lys Guillorn’s Big Little Sunday Show, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with the George Baker Band at 8. .

Also in New Haven, tonight horror rockers, GWAR bring their Eternal Tour 2014 tour to Toads place, and Toad’s Annual Jazz Christmas Show headlines Marion Meadows tomorrow/Saturday night.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s 9:00 show headlines Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts. Tomorrow/Saturday they bring you the blues stylings of Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood.
Manic Productions brings Modern Baseball to the The Space in Hamden for a 7:00 show Saturday night. Sunday they bring Semicircle, Shampoo, and Dr. Martino to The Outer Space at Hamden.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tonight, Rusted Root to the stage at 8.  Tomorrow/Saturday’s jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli takes the stage. On Sunday they offer Sadie and the Hotheads, fronted by Downton Abbey’s own Elizabeth McGovern.

Holiday on Main St continues this Saturday in Middletown, starting at 10:30 with popcorn and pretzels, hot chocolate, and holiday music. Greet Santa and get free hayrides and trainrides. There’s a decorating workshop, holiday story time, and free doorprizes at selected businesses, as well as an Open House at First Church starting at noon. Details at

At the Russell Library, here in Middletown, The Friends of the Library book sale continues tomorrow/Saturday. The library also presents Roger Ceresi’s All Startz Concert, an 8-piece horn band playing rhythm, blues, and rock and roll.

Saturday also brings the Holiday Healing & Arts Fair to the Starr Mill at the waterfall on Beverly Heights in Middletown from noon to 6pm. Here you can find artists and their work as well as handcrafted jewelry and candles, local honey and more as well as reflexology, readings and healing sessions. You can find this event on facebook.

The Art Guild of Middletown presents its annual December Art Show this Saturday at the Portland Library, 20 Freestone Avenue. There’s an opening reception from 2-4 p.m.

The Middletown Symphonic Band presents its annual Holiday Concert this Sunday at the South Church in Middletown at 2 p.m.

The Christmas Candlelight Concert happens this Sunday at First Church in Middletown at 4 p.m. They feature the Senior Choir, Celebration Singers, and Heart in Hand Bell Choir, along with Christmas poems and singing of carols.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford tonight, they open "British Arrows Awards," an eclectic mix of commercial creativity, from high-tech extravaganzas to bawdy comedy. Also opening is ‘Art and Craft," a documentary about one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. Both run through the

Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, continues thier run of "Gone Girl," starring Ben Afflick and Rosamund Pike. This is a drama surrounding the disappearance in a small Missouri town.

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

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6pm it’s 
 it's Ear-Candy with DJ Sick Nelden where you hear the newest in Indie Rock, through the lens of pop and the absurd.
Then from 6:30 to 7pm stay tuned for 30 minutes of storytelling direct at our youngest listeners.

At 7 until 8:30pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee for a mix of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.

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

Then at 10pm 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 3am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

At 3, it's Bassment Beats with DJ LOKASH, celebrating its 10th year of bringing you the latest in aboveground & underground hip-hop mixed live; followed by hisNew World Show, with the best in Global Bass mixed live til 4. Baila coño!

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, the former host of WESU's own WESParla - A weekly roundup of news, 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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