Monday, December 22, 2014

12-22-14 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, December 22nd. 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.

Now here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week. The schedule is a bit thin doe to the some holiday happening this week.

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown is closed until January 4th.
In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, tonight they’ve got Below the Gaff, The Alehounds, and Ben Drickson at 9.  On Tuesday, there’s the Burlesque-A-Pades Christmas Shimmy with special guests.  They reopen Friday at 5 with the Nick Dimaria Quartet, followed at 9 by Milksop:Unsing, Wasted Days, Rudeyna, and Jacket Thor.  Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 features Tony Dioguardi & Friends, followed at 9 by Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, and the George Baker Band.  On Sunday at 3 they feature Thee Icepicks and Ninth Wave, with their 8 p.m. Original Sunday Night Jam with the Morris Trent Band.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight you can catch the usual Jazz Monday.  They’re closed Tuesday through Thursday for the holiday.  On Friday, they reopen with John Mayock & the Homesteaders, bringing you edgy roots-rock for an 8:00 show. On Saturday they bring Misty Blues to the stage, featuring lead singer and founder Gina Coleman.

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight there’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends in Lilly’s Pad.  On Friday they bring you John Valby and XXX-Mas Show.  Saturday you can catch Badfish with a Tribute to Sublime, along with Something Simple, Shrub, and Ian Biggs. for more.

On Wednesday and Saturday, you can take a guided tour of two exhibits at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford.  Learn more about (Re)Buuilding Hartford: A City Captred by Richard Willing, and Hartford Seen:  Photographs by Pablo Delano.

Back up in Hartford, at Infinity Hall, on Friday they bring you The Cast of Beatlemania. On Saturday you can hear singer/songwriter and Grammy nominee Johan Osborne, with special guest Jeff Leblanc.  On Sunday, they’ve got Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot – An Evening Celebrating the Music of Billy Joel.

This week, Manic Productions brings you Stephen Kellogg and Ben Fields to The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden on Friday.

The Holiday Light Fantasia is open through the week at Goodwin Park in Hartford.  It’s a two-mile drive-through wonderland of holiday scenes and animations.

You can skate for free at the Winterfest Hartford rink in Bushnell Park all week long, thanks to the City of Hartford and The iQuilt Partnership.  Free skate rentals are available.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford the run of “Awake: The Life of Yogananda,” an unconventional biography of an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920’s, continues through Wednesday.  Also continuing is “The Tale of Princess Kaguya,” a Japanese tale of a young princess who enthralls all who encounter her, but who must ultimately face punishment for her crime. On Friday and Saturday they’re screening “National Gallery,” Frederick Wiseman’s film that takes you behind the scenes of this famous London museum.  On Friday a run of “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” opens. It’s a documentary about the women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966-1971.  There’s a opening night discussion with Director Mary Dore on Friday after the film, which runs through the weekend.

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, they’re showing the 1946 Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, tonight through Wednesday. Details are at

Now, here’s a look at tonight’s programming on WESU 88.1 FM:

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

At 6:00 p.m. stay tuned for Radio Curious from Pacifica.

That’s followed at 6:30 by Michael Benson’s 75 % Folk, a mix of folk, blues, movie soundtracks, and interviews and more.    

At 8:00 p.m. there’s Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin, giving you Americana music from Nashville and around the country including Folk, acoustic Country, and roots-Rock.

From 9:30-midnight  The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee brings you the music of yesterday’s future today.

At midnight we kick off 2.5 hrs old time Christmas radio programming.

From 2:30-3 a.m. #BasicBints with DJ Jui-C and DJ Kale Chip will use satire to discuss social identity in relation to pop culture and current events. Satire's another word for couture, right?

After that, Maximum Rock and Roll Radio comes your way from 3-4 a.m.

The BBC World News takes over at 4 and we start tomorrow’s broadcast day at 5 a.m. with Morning Edition from NPR.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. Tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 p.m. to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at WESU 88.1 FM, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

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General Manager Ben Michael says “The matching gift from Wesleyan’s Office of academic affairs is unprecedented for WESU, and is a huge help as we bring our most challenging fundraising effort, ever, to a successful end.”  “Meeting our goal for this year’s winter pledge drive will enable WESU to replace the 17 year old audio mixing console in our air studio, after nearly half a million hours of continuous service.” said Michael, the station’s only full time employee.

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