Good evening, it's Tuesday, December 2nd, 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 Marianne O’Hare, Thanks for joining us.
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:
At the Buttonwood Tree, here in Middletown, tonight at 6 you can participate in Mimi Claire’s weekly Laughter Yoga session, followed by a vegetarian potluck. Bob Gotta’s monthly Acoustic Open Mic happens this Thursday evening. On Friday at 8 you can catch the acoustic duo Moonshine Holler, who bring you traditional American music and flatfoot dancing. On Saturday morning at 10:30, the Aligned with Source Workshop, hosted by Annaita Gandhy, resumes, with this week’s theme being “Ownership: What, Who & How much do you Own?” On Saturday night, the jazz duo of Uri Shaham and Mark Kaplan take the Buttonwood stage. On Sunday at 3, there’s a recital by the students of The Hartt School of Music featuring compositions for guitar and harp. Sunday night at 7 there’s the Great Make Believe Improv Show, with comedy fit for the family. Every Monday morning, the Hearing Voices Network meets at the Buttonwood at 10:30 a.m. www.buttonwood.org
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. You can learn more at: www.foodnotbombs.net
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine tonight, Manic Productions presents Corrections House, Statiqbloom, and Polluter. Tomorrow/ Wednesday’s 8:00 show features The Dialtones, The Beatdown, and The Excitement Gang. On Thursday The Sacred Shakers headline Café Nine’s Country Gospel Super-group show. Friday brings Gary Heriot to the Café Nine stage for an early show at 5, followed at 9 by a Proto Punk show including X___X, Estrogen Highs, and Stark Raving Lulu. The Weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session will be with Mike Coppola and Friends. Later at 9pm Lydia Lunch and Weasle Weasle Walker headline a show with Elisa Ambrogio, and Whore Paint opening. On Sunday at 3 Kath Bloom headlines, followed by the Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod at 8. 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 Cynthia Fabian and Carl Ricci this week. Friday night’s 9:00 show headlines blues performer Popa Chubba. On Saturday they bring you Southern New England blues favorite Easy at 9.www.blackeyedsallys.com
Tonight at Wesleyan’s Crowell concert Hall, Professor Neely Bruce conducts the WesWinds ensemble fall concert at 8pm. The Wesleyan Center For the Arts Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan series continues tomorrow/ Wednesday at 4:15 in CFA hall, with a presentation by Veronica Doubleday, “Emotional Expression in Woman’s Music-Making in Afghanistan.” You can catch her in performance Wednesday night at 7 with vocal and drum performances of the music of Afghanistan, accompanied by her husband, John Baily, on the lute. The Writing at Wesleyan series continues tomorrow/ Wednesday with presentations by poet Thomas Sayers and novelist Hirsh Sawhney at 8 p.m. at the Russell House. On Thursday the Youth Gamelan Ensemble performs at 6 in World Music Hall. The Senior Capstone Project presents Jean Claude van Italie’s “The Serpent” by Sivan Battat this Thursday through Saturday at the Patricelli Theater. On Friday and Saturday, student choreographers present their Winter Dance Concert at CFA Theater. On Friday at 9, visiting Professor David Berhman hosts the graduate music student concert “All” Means “Necessary” in World Music Hall. On Sunday in Crowell Concert Hall, choreographer Iddi Saaka presents the West African Dance Concert at 2 p.m. http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
Manic Productions brings you Winterpills, The Sun Parade, and Ruby Nightingale, performing at Bar in New Haven this Wednesday. On Sunday, they have Manchester Orchestra and Chris Staples at Center Church on the Green in New Haven at 7:30. www.manicproductions.org
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, Grammy-winner Jose Feliciano appears this Wednesday at 8. On Thursday at 7:30, the Connecticut Lyric Opera and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra presents Der Rosenkavalier. Friday evening’s offering is Tusk, the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band. Saturday’s headliner is the Alternative/Rock band Sister Hazel with special guest Shayna Leigh. On Sunday, the New England Jazz Ensemble performs Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker” and other holiday favorites at 1:30. www.infinityhall.com
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 Thursday, the Veterans Writing Group meets at 7 p.m. at the Russell Library in Middletown. On Saturday, they offer the third Writing Workshop hosted by author Steve Liskow, with this month’s them being “I’ve Got a First Draft: Now What?” http://www.russelllibrary.org
The Middlesex County Historical Society hosts author Anne Farrow, author of “The Logbooks: Connecticut’s Slave Ships and Human Memory” on Thursday at the Society’s headquarters in Middletown. http://www.arts2go.org
In New Haven, at Toad’s Place, On Thursday they bring three bands with three albums to the stage, including Say Anything, Saves The Day, and Reggie and the Full Effect. On Friday Toad’s place presents Zach Deputy for a 9:00 show. www.toadsplace.com
The Friends of the Davison Art Center at Wesleyan host their Holiday Open House this Friday at 5 at the Center in Middletown. Details at http://www.arts2go.org
The Middletown Symphonic Band performs its holiday concert at Westbrook High School in Westbrook at 7 p.m. http://www.middletownsymphonicband.org
Holiday on Main Street 2014 continues in Middletown this Saturday, starting with the annual Craft Fair at The Church of the Holy Trinity at 9 a.m., and including pictures and donuts with Santa, hayrides, train rides, and more. See free Christmas films at Wesleyan’s Center for Film Studies, and hear holiday stories at noon at the Main St. Fire Department. http://www.holidayonmain.com
The annual Christmas “Holly Fair” at First Church happens this Saturday in Middletown. Enjoy baked goods and crafts and lunch starting at 9:30. 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 Thursday. Continuing through Wednesday is “Diplomacy,” a French drama about Hitler’s plan to destroy Paris in WWII. “BFFs,” a female buddy comedy about posers in a weekend couples retreat, also runs through Thursday. “Alternate Endings,” a new video program for the 25th anniversary of Day With(out) Art, runs all day today, and features the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic. On Friday they start a ruin 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 “Force Majeure,” a Cannes Jury Prize-winning psychodrama about a Swedish family on vacation in the French Alps. Both continue through the weekend. They’re got the monthly Real Board Games this Tuesday at 6, and their monthly Gaze social hour happens this Friday at 5:30. www.realartways.org
At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, the run of “Rome, Open City,” a restored ultra high def version of the 1945 classic about Italian resistance fighters being hunted by the Gestapo, continues through Wednesday. On Thursday they open “Dear White People,” about a black student on a mostly white Ivy League campus who produces shows about stereotypes. On Sunday there’s a one-time showing of the Bolshoi Ballet’s “La Bayadère” in ultra-high def at 12:55. On Sunday they open “The Green Prince,” a documentary following the friendship between a Hamas sympathizer and a member of the Israeli security service. 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 sneak peek into the wild world of live music at Wesleyan.
From 6-6:30pm it’s The Production Report with Kiley and Allis, who’ll report on entertainment industry news, deliver predictions, review new movies and shows, and interview industry professionals.
From 6:30-8pm Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill presents 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!
At 8pm 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.
From 10:30-11:30pm its Undercover with Rebecca Seidel, Bridging genres and generations, by exploring the concept of inspiration through imitation.
At 11:30 Call It Anything with DJ Riela collaborates with current student musicians at Wesleyan, to play an assortment of music that is tailored around music similar to their own work.
From 12:30-1:30am The Late Night Format with Adi Slepack include a topical monologue, entertainment segments, with guests, and pseudo-"musical performances".
From 1:30-2:30am stay tuned for It's Kind of a Funny Story with DJ Tanner for TRUE stories, music, and poetry all pertaining to a specific word/theme selected for each episode.
From 2:30-3:30am its The Blast Zone with Baggins and the G-O who plan to have a wild time bantering about sports and interviewing student athletes.
From 3:30-4am its The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation for an An eclectic mix of music from the WESU library.
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 Wild Wild live with Rachie and Hibiki.