Wednesday, December 3, 2014

12-3-14 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, December 3rd 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 Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan!

And I'm Donna Denert. 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, Bob Gotta’s monthly Acoustic Open Mic happens tomorrow 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.

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:

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine tonight at 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 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.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it's the longstanding Wednesday night blues jam 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

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 tonight 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 tonight 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.

Manic Productions brings you Winterpills, The Sun Parade, and Ruby Nightingale, performing at Bar in New Haven this evening.  On Sunday, they have Manchester Orchestra and Chris Staples at Center Church on the Green in New Haven at 7:30.

 At Infinity Hall in Hartford, Grammy-winner Jose Feliciano appears tonight 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. 

This evening, 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?”

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.

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.
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

The Middletown Symphonic Band performs its holiday concert at Westbrook High School in Westbrook at 7 p.m.

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.

The annual Christmas “Holly Fair” at First Church will be this Saturday in Middletown.  Enjoy baked goods and crafts and lunch starting at 9:30.

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 this evening.  Also, continuing through tonight 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.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, the run of “Rome, Open City,” a restored ultra high definition version of the 1945 classic about Italian resistance fighters being hunted by the Gestapo, continues through tonight.  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.

Now here's a rundown of what's on air on WESU-FM tonight:
Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for: The Explorer’s Hour with Pickup Sticks for an exploration into the realm of indie rock and roll.
From 6-6:30, it's Mind Matters with Helen Evrard, M.D. The show provides information and guest interviews on issues concerning mental illness (brain disease). The focus is exploring holistic therapies and stories of individual achievement.

At 6:30-8pm it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion. Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!
And from 8-9:30pm, it's The Warehouse with Mike NyceThe best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.
Starting at 9:30 it's N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk. Serious turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.
And from 11-12am it's Missteps with Djmsal. MISSTEPS is a monthly club night, FM radio show, and up-and-coming record label run by friends, DJs, and fellow producers – Djmsal & Guy Fridge. Dedicated to the underground, MISSTEPS seeks to bring attention to forward-thinking, cutting-edge club music from around the world. All rights reserved. All wrongs reversed.

At 12-1:30am it's 75 Years Of… For 75 years, WESU has broadcast underground music and under-represnted genres.  During our 75th Anniversary, this program will feature a different genre or theme each month, with songs chosen by our listeners and staff!
From 1:30 to 2:30am stay tuned for  Biz Marquee with DJ Cole. Come join DJ Cole for some hip-hop and movie talk. The show features an eclectic mix of contemporary and old school hip-hop, ending with a discussion about films featuring rap artists and music created by those artists.

And at 2:30-4am it's  In the Mix with WillTech.  "In the Mix" aims to bring the best in trance, house, and deep house to the Wesleyan and Middletown community.   
The BBC world news kicks on at 4 and we start tomorrow’s broadcast day at 5am with Morning Edition from NPR.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at

2014 Marks 75 years of Alternative music, Public Affairs, and community service for WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at

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