Monday, December 29, 2014

12-29-14 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, Dec. 29th. This is the Jive at Five – our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on WESU 88.1 FM 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 Maria Johnson, producer and host of "Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith," which is airing these days, during Wesleyan's winter break, every Tuesday from 4 to 4:55 p.m. Tomorrow: the year in review. The best clips from a rich year in progressive Catholicism, with Pope Francis, of course, leading the way.  Can't listen live? Find the audio archived for two weeks at or forever at

Here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week:

In New Haven tonight, Cafe Nine, presents a double bill featuring Eric Sommer and Chris D’Amato for an 8pm show.  Tomorrow/ Tuesday, Café Nine presents the Words & Music show featuring SHADOW, Xavier Serrano, Craig Gilbert, Mike Pounds Photography, Daniel Eugene, Christoph Whitbeck, and Mykl Sivak.  On Wednesday  Café Nine presents “The Great Gatsby” New Year’s Eve Burlesque Cabaret starting at 9.  On New Year’s Day, they bring The Detroit Cobras and The Naked Heroes to the Café Nine stage. There’s an early show Friday at 5pm with, Solin, followed by a 9 p.m. show with Entierro, Space Orphans, and LaTunda. Saturday, Café Nine’s afternoon’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 will be hosted by Mike Coppola and Friends this week.  Later at 9 p.m. Saturday night Café nine presents Sarcasmo, Old Self, Jules Baxter, Tommy V., Benn Grim, and Apollo Suns.  On Sunday night their Blues Boot Camp will be hosted by Greg Sherrod.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight you can catch The Hartford Jazz Societies’ weekly Jazz Monday event, with tonight’s featured artist the Emmett Goods Quintet. Wednesday night’s New Year’s Eve Blues Bash headlines the New England blues super-group Night Train.  On Friday at 8:30, they bring you The Rib Rockers with Special Guests, presenting classic rock and soul. On Saturday at 9 there’s the Mighty Soul Drivers River City Slim’s B-Day bash.

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 New Year’s Eve there’s a big Extravaganza with Shakedown, playing The Dead & Beyond, Deep, and Super Trance. On Friday they offer Bright Night 9: Electric Glow Party, with a host of acts to enjoy.  Saturday, they bring Soulive and Remember September to the Toad’s stage.  for more.

On Tuesday at 2 p.m. you can take a guided tour of two current exhibits at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford,  (Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured by Richard Willing, and Hartford Seen:  Photographs by Pablo Delano.

Also in Hartford, at Infinity Hall, they’ve got monster horn band, Tower of Power for two shows on New Year’s Eve, at 7 and 11 p.m.  Friday night Infinity Hall Hartford presents Ted Vigil “Celebrating the Music of John Denver.” On Saturday you can hear singer/songwriter Javier Colon, Connecticut’s own winner of NBC’s “The Voice.” Special Guests Matt Cusson & Jeff Howard will also also featured.

First Night Hartford starts this Wednesday at 3.  It’s a family-friendly, multicultural and alcohol-free New Year’s celebration with musicians, artists, performance groups and exhibits.  There are fireworks at 6 p.m. and midnight in Bushnell Park, and much more.

First Night Hartford includes an annual Kwanzaa celebration at Charter Oak Cultural Center from 6 to 8 p.m.  Learn the seven principles of Kwanzaa through the artistry of story, song and dance.

Join the Downton Abbey preview party this Friday at 7, sponsored by the Wesleyan Center for the Arts at CFA Hall.  Seating is limited and registration is required.  More at

The Holiday Light Fantasia remains open through the week at Goodwin Park in Hartford.  It’s a two-mile drive-through a 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 Thursday.  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. They’re also screening “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” through Thursday.  It’s a documentary about the women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966-1971. On Friday they open “The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness,” a rare look inside the Japanese animation Studio Ghibli with Director Hayao Miyazaki.  It runs through the weekend.  Also running Friday through the weekend is “Antartica:  A Year on Ice,” a documentary following the scientists, technicians and craftsmen who live year-round on the Antarctic continent.

Cinestudio at Trinity College is closed for the holidays, and will reopen on January 8th. 

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 for an hour of classic jazz.

At 6 p.m. there's a special 30 minute session with Classic Az and the "The Girls". 

at 6:30 you get 90 minutes of Americana with Chip Austen, filling in for Michael Benson's 75% Folk.

That's followed by The Rumpus Room at 8:00pm for 90 minutes of contemporary and vintage funk, soul, reggae and Afro and Latin dance floor jams.

From 9:30- Midnight. The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee presents the music of yesterday's future today.

At midnght, Rick Reaction has prepared a special radio documentary. 

 From 2:30-3 a.m. it’s #BasicBints with DJ Jui-C and DJ Kale Chip, who invite you to discuss social identity in relation to pop culture and current events through satire.

Maximum Rock and Roll Radio comes your way from 3-4 a.m. for a weekly dose of DIY punk, garage rock, and hardcore from around the world.

The BBC world news service takes over at 4 a.m., and Morning Edition from NPR starts our broadcast day tomorrow at 5.

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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