Good evening, it's Tuesday, December 9th, 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.
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:
The Middletown Symphonic Band presents a short holiday concert tonight at 7:15 on the campus of Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown. http://www.arts2go.org
At the Russell Library, here in Middletown, tonight, the Russell Readers will discuss YiYun Li’s “The Science of Flight” this Tuesday at 7. Tomorro/Wednesday at 7, Hedda Kopf leads a book discussion of “The House of Mirth” by Edith Wharton. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7. There’s a Friends of the Library book sale this Friday and Saturday, and on Saturday they bring you Roger Ceresi’s All Startz Concert, an 8-piece horn band playing rhythm, blues, and rock and roll. http://www.russelllibrary.org
Down in New Haven, tonight brings the Café Nine Toys For Tots Benefit which offers free entrance to tonight’s show headlined by Murdervan with the donation of an unwrapped toy. On Wednesday, Manic Productions presents “Today Is The Day”, Burrows, and Slavestate, followed by The Asberry Boys and Seth Adam. Thursday’s show includes Blessed State, Dead Wives, Loom and Spook the Herd. On Friday they bring Landing, The Mountain Movers, and Omega Vague to the stage at 9. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session will be with Gary Grippo & Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents. Sunday’s 3 p.m. show features Lys Guillorn’s Big Little Sunday Show, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with the George Baker Band at 8. . www.cafenine.com.
Also in New Haven, tonight at Toad’s Place, you can catch “Dej Loaf”, and “Snoote Wild”. Thursday night Toads presents A Kushmas Vacation featuring Currency, Smoke DZA, Young Roddy, and Tribe Worldwide. On Friday horror rockers, GWAR bring their Eternal Tour 2014 tour to Toads place, and Saturday’s Annual Jazz Christmas Show headlines Marion Meadows.www.toadsplace.com.
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on Tuesday night’s 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 Tommy Whalen this week. Friday night’s 9:00 show headlines Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts, Connecticut’s “Best Blues Band” in 2011. Saturday they bring you singer/songwriter Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood at 9. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Manic Productions brings Russian Circles and Mutoid Man at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, tonight. Tomorrow/Wednesday, there’s The Pass, Ian Biggs, and Glamour Assassins at Bar in New Haven. On Thursday you can see Pearl and the Beard at The Space in Hamden, and Saturday’s feature at The Space is Modern Baseball for a 7:00 show. Sunday they bring Semicircle, Shampoo, and Dr. Martino to The Outer Space at Hamden. http://www.manicproductions.org
There’s a pre-audition workshop this Wednesday for Oddfellow’s winter main-stage production, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” at 6 p.m. at the Oddfellow’s Playhouse in Middletown. http://www.oddfellows.org
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
At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Thursday night brings the monthly Writers Out Loud open mic, co-hosted by Cocomo Rock and Al Bower, Jr. Friday at 7:30 is Live From Downtown Atlantis, a solo performance meditation with the work of L. Mixashawn Rozie. On Saturday morning the “Aligned with Source” workshop series continued with this week’s theme, “Being the Medium You Are.” Saturday afternoon at 1 there’s Ornament Decorating, and Saturday night at 8 enjoy “An Evening with the Samadi-Keene Duo,” with music for guitar, mandolin and piano. On Sunday they present “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” at 3 and 7 p.m., sponsored by Connecticut Heritage Productions and featuring Peter Lofredo and John Cappaletti. www.buttonwood.org On Sunday’s 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
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, Thursday’s 8:00 show is Start Making Sense (A Tribute to the Talking Heads) with HmfO (celebrating the music of Hall & Oates). On Friday they bring the Americana/roots rock band Rusted Root to the stage at 8. Saturday’s featured artist is jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli. On Sunday they offer Sadie and the Hotheads, fronted by Downton Abbey’s own Elizabeth McGovern. www.infinityhall.com
Holiday on Main St continues this Saturday in Middletown, starting at 10:30 with popcorn and pretzels, hot chocolate, and holiday music. Greet Santa and get free hayrides and trainrides. There’s a decorating workshop, holiday story time, and free doorprizes at selected businesses, as well as an Open House at First Church starting at noon. Details at http://www.holidayonmain.com
Saturday bring the Holiday Healing & Arts Fair to the Starr Mill at the waterfall on Beverly Heights in Middletown from noon to 6pm. Here you can find artists and their work as well as handcrafted jewelry and candles, local honey and more as well as reflexology, readings and healing sessions. You can find this event on facebook.
The Art Guild of Middletown presents its annual December Art Show this Saturday at the Portland Library, 20 Freestone Avenue. There’s an opening reception from 2-4 p.m. http://www.arts2go.org
The Middletown Symphonic Band presents its annual Holiday Concert this Sunday at the South Church in Middletown at 2 p.m. www.middletownsymphonicband.org
The Christmas Candlelight Concert happens this Sunday at First Church in Middletown at 4 p.m. They feature the Senior Choir, Celebration Singers, and Heart in Hand Bell Choir, along with Christmas poems and singing of carols. 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 “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, continues. Also continuing is “Force Majeure,” a Cannes Jury Prize-winning psychodrama about a Swedish family on vacation in the French Alps. Both continue through Thursday. On Friday they open “British Arrows Awards,” an eclectic mix of commercial creativity, from high-tech extravaganzas to bawdy comedy. Also opening is ‘Art and Craft,” a documentary about one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. Both run through the weekend.www.realartways.org
At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, the run of “The Green Prince,” a documentary following the friendship between a Hamas sympathizer and a member of the Israeli security service, ends its run tonight. The run of “Gone Girl,” starring Ben Afflick and Rosamund Pike, a drama surrounding the disappearance in a small Missouri town, opens Wednesday at Cinestudio and continues through the weekend. 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 peak into the live music scene at Wesleyan.
At 6:00 it’s Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill for 2 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.
From 10:30-11:30pm tonight, Galactic Thematics embark on a cosmic musical odyssey that transgresses the hermetic bounds of genre itself.
From 11:30-12:30am The Wily Windy Moors with Ian McCarthy presents pop or pop-adjacent tunes to get you revved up for bed, with a different title-based theme every week
After that at 12:30, Cryfest with Orlando Gloom invites you to take a stroll down this trail of musical tears with some of the most melancholy and grim, yet cathartic songs from across the decades.
At 1:30 Phantom Transmissions with DJ Scarecrow for Spoken Word, Poetry, Prose and Rap over Fluid Beats.
From 2:30-3:30am It’s the The Blast Zone with Baggins and the G-O inviting you to step into The Blast Zone for bantering about sports and interviewing student athletes.
From 3:30-4am it’s The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation an eclectic mix of music from the WESU library.
The BBC world news kicks on at 4 and we start tomorrow’s broadcast day at 5am with Morning Edition from NPR.
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