Good evening, it's Tuesday, Dec. 16th 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.
Now here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:
At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight you can participate in their 6pm Laughter Yoga session and vegetarian potluck. Tomorrow/Wednesday at 7, it’s the Middlesex Drum Circle. Thursday at the Buttonwood Tree, it’s a High Vibe Groove Jam with Cin Ta Mani (pronounced chin TA mani). Friday, the Jolly Beggars bring the rich tradition of Celtic folk music and storytelling to the Buttonwood. Saturday morning at 10:30, Annaita Gandhy hosts here weekly Aligned with Source workshop. Saturday night at 8, La Hot Jazz performs tunes from the Great American Songbook at The Buttonwood. On Sundays 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. Later, from 3 to 5 Sunday evening, renowned jazz pianists, composers and educators Jen Allen and Noah Baerman bring their new group, Trio 149, featuring Jen on piano, Noah on synthesizer, and Jonathan Barber on drums, to the Buttonwood. This performance celebrates the recent publication of Sitting In: Jazz Piano, a new instructional book co-authored by Jen and Noah. Details about all events are at www.buttonwood.org
In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, you can cath Natalie Tuttle and The Moonshine Players. Tomorrow/Wednesday, it’s the Kings and Queens of East Rock Christmas Party. Thursday brings Frenchy and The Punk, along with The Suitcase Junket, to the Café Nine stage. Friday, it’s Ceschi and Anonymous Inc; Political Animals; and Tommy V.; among others. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 features the George Baker Band, followed at 9 by Rude Boy George, The Clams and Someone You Can Xray. The Original Sunday Night Jam is with The Langley Project.www.cafenine.com.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Tuesday nights you can catch Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, working out new material. The Weekly Wednesday night Blackeyed Sally’s Blues Jam is hosted by Tim McDonald this week. Friday brings a Phish tribute to Café Nine, with 7 Below. Saturday, The Curl Daddys , a California-styled surf band, recreates a time of hot rods, bikinis and fun in the sun. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Manic Productions presents various shows at area venues this week. Tomorrow/Wednesday, The Box Tiger, along with Atrina and Dangerous Animals, comes to Bar in New Haven. Friday, We Are the In Crowd, with Nick Santino of A Rocket to the Moon, comes to The Space in Hamden. Also on Friday, Manic productions presents The Slackers, with Mephiskapheles and Jesse Wagner (of the Aggrolites) for a night of Ska at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Sunday, Anthony Raneri (of Bayside), along with Wolves at Bay, performs at The Space. Details at www.manicproductions.com.
On Wednesday evening at 7, Middletown Scottish Country Dancers host classes at First Church on Court Street. Partners not necessary, but soft-soled shoes are recommended. Information by calling Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278.
Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Thursday brings Rae Sremmurd. Friday, it’s night one of Kung Fu & Friends, presenting Steely Dan’s “The Royal Scam,” with Steely Dan members Jon Herington and Bernard Purdie. Also performing will be Consider the Source and Gubbulidis, featuring Mihali & Zdenek of Twiddle. Friday at Toad’s, it’s the Joyful Giving Holiday Soiree, featuring Paris, Cary Liptak, Ricky Alan Draughn, and Kyle Serniak. Admission to the show includes a donation to ConnCan, an educational advocacy group, plus holiday themed treats. Cocktail attire is requested. Saturday brings night two of Kung Fu & Friends to Toad’s, with Twiddle and Cosmic Dust Bunnies.www.toadsplace.com for more.
Back up in Hartford, at Infinity Hall, Thursday brings The Wizards of Winter: A Trans Siberian Orchestra Experience to the stage. Friday, it’s Judy Collins, who will also perform at Infinity Hall’s Norfolk venue on Saturday. Saturday’s Hartford performance is by Albert Cummings. Sunday brings Jen Lowe and the Super Sensitive Dude-A-Palooza to Infinity Hall in Hartford. Details about all shows at www.infinityhall.com.
Thursday evening at 7, the veterans’ writing group meets at Russell Library on Broad Street. www.russelllibrary.org.
Looking for something different to do with the family the weekend before Christmas? On Friday evening at 7 and on Saturday at noon and 4, ArtFarm’s Circophony brings Circus on the High Seas to the Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown. In this display of teen talent, sailors are clowns, pirates dance on stilts, an octopus juggles, sea creatures dive through hoops and the mermaids are contortionists. Details atwww.arts2go.org.
Saturday brings the final opportunity to enjoy Middletown’s Holiday on Main Street, drawing young and old downtown to celebrate the holiday season for more than 25 years now. With a variety of entertainment every week ranging from free horse and carriage rides to Santa Claus, there is certainly something for everyone. Details at www.arts2go.org.
On Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., the "Journey Writer's Workshop," a talented group of writers, playwrights, poets, singers and actors showcase their gifts at Sweet Harmony Café & Bakery, 330 Main St., Middletown. www.sweetharmoneycafe.us.
Also on Sunday, at 5, the Greater Middletown Chorale, backed by the New Haven Symphony, performs Handel’s Messiah at the MHS Performing Arts Center, 200 LaRosa Lane, Middletown. Details at gmchorale.yolasite.com.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Real Art Ways in Hartford continues their run of the Swedish Film Force Majeure though Thursday. Also continuing on the screen at Real Art Ways through Thursday is British Arrows Awards — an eclectic mix of mini-dramas, wit, and innovation. Friday begins a run of Awake: The Life of Yogananda, an unconventional biography of an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Saturday and Sunday bring a showing of The Tale of Princess Kaguya, in which a mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her, but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. www.realartways.com
Tonight Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, ends their run of it’s Keep on Keepin’ On, a documentary about a student/mentor relationship. Wednesday, in an alternative holiday tradition at Cinestudio, the run of Samsara begins. It’s a mesmerizing non-verbal visual experience celebrating the diversity and inter-connectedness of life on Earth, shot in 100 locations and 25 countries. Samsara - a Sanskrit word meaning the ever turning wheel of life - was made, according to director Ron Fricke, to “delve deeper into my favorite theme: humanity’s relationship to the eternal.” Sunday afternoon’s screening at 12:55 is of a live performance by the Bolshoi Ballet of The Nutcracker. That’s followed at 4 and 7:30 by It’s a Wonderful Life, running through Christmas Eve. Showtimes and other details are at 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 an early starting 3 hr special episode of Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill for an eclectic selection of Americana, country, folk, bluegrass, and other music that has a roots influence. There’s a fairly comprehensive concert listing at 7pm, live guests on occasion and ticket giveaways too! Tonight Bill Will give away tickets to see Joan Osborne at infinity Hall in Hartford.
At 8pm stay tuned for The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry offers a weekly dose of area artists and musicians of every genre.
At pm Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat is a free form music show that features everything from From krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog.
After that DJ Otto nation switched into holiday music mode for an eclectic and even wacky mix of holiday tunes you won’t hear anywhere else!
The BBC world news service take over at 4am and Morning Edition from NPR
starts our broadcast day tomorrow at 5am.
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And that's all for today's Jive at Five. Thanks for listening! Now stay tuned for Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill!