Tuesday, December 23, 2014

12-23-14 jive

Good evening, it's Tuesday, December 23rd. 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.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 due to the upcoming holiday.

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown is closed until January 4th.

 In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, tonight there’s the Burlesque-A-Pades Christmas Shimmy with special guests.  Café Nine reopens Friday at 5 with the Nick Dimaria Quartet, followed at 9 by Milksop:Unsung, Wasted Days, Rudeyna, and Jacket Thor.  Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 features Tony Dioguardi & Friends. Later Saturday night Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez headlines a show with the George Baker Band opening.  On Sunday at 3 at Café nine you can catch Thee Icepicks and Ninth Wave. The Sunday Night Jam features The Morris Trent Band.  www.cafenine.com

There’s a Special Christmas Eve Show: with Stacy Phillips and His Bluegrass Characters tomorrow night (Weds) at The Outer Space - in Hamden, CT. Show starts at 7:30 http://theouterspace.net

Manic Productions presents Stephen Kellogg and Ben Fields at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden on Friday.www.manicproductions.com.

Tomorrow/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.  www.chs.org

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.  www.hartford.gov

You can also 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.  http://www.hartford.com

Blackeyed Sally’s reopens on Friday 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. www.blackeyedsallys.com

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place,  Friday night brings Dirty John Valby’s annual XXX-Mas Show.  Saturday you can catch Badfish doing a Tribute to Sublime, along with Something Simple, Shrub, and Ian Biggs.  www.toadsplace.com for more.

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 Joan Osborne, with special guest Jeff Leblanc.  On Sunday, Infinity Hall Hartford presents Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot for an Evening Celebrating the Music of Billy Joel.  www.infinityhall.com.

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 an opening night discussion with Director Mary Dore on Friday after the film, which runs through the weekend.  www.realartways.com.

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 and tomorrow (Wednesday). Details are atwww.cinestudio.org.

Now, here’s a look at tonight’s programming on WESU 88.1 FM:
Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for
An early and extended edition of Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill for 3 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. Tonight Cheshire Cat takes us all the way to Midnight when we kick off 3 hrs old time Christmas radio programming.

At 3am our program manager has programmed a special late night treat.
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.”

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Stay tuned for Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill!

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