Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it'sThursday, December 4th 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 JCherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. From all of here at WESU we wish you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday! 
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

Tonight , 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?”

Tonight 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.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine tonight 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,  Friday night’s 9:00 show headlines blues performer Popa Chubba. On Saturday they bring you Southern New England blues favorite Easy at

Saturday night at Keagans Pub on Main Street in Middletown gigglejuice takes the stage from 9-midnight.

Manic Productions Presents,  On Sunday,  Manchester Orchestra and Chris Staples at Center Church on the Green in New Haven at 7:30.

 At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tonight @ 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. 

The Middlesex County Historical Society hosts author Anne Farrow, author of “The Logbooks:  Connecticut’s Slave Ships and Human Memory” at the Society’s headquarters in Middletown.

In New Haven, at Toad’s Place, On tonight 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.  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:
Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

Words with Abigail Shneyder
Features spoken word artists with weekly performances and interviews.
(1,3,5) The Witching Hour with Lily Myers        
I will play contemporary American music from female artists, in a range of genres including folk, folk-rock, pop, indie, and experimental; anything that feels new and innovative, with an emphasis on strong female vocals, poetic lyricism, and an otherworldly quality.  
(2,4) Imagine with Karen Stein
Peace through music! Mostly world music, blended with music from the US and music from down the road.
Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
Where hearing is the best experience. A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.
(1,3,5) Radio Obscura with Joe McCarthy and DJ Pete 
It's like looking, but for your ears.  
(2,4) Good Times: Radio Plays with MKC, Omardaslayer, djspecialk 
Comedic Radio Plays and Good Conversation.

(1,3,5) Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam
The Underdogs Edge will feature local hip hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists normally not played on the radio.
(2,4) Multifarious with DJ Bard, DJ Sunny D
Tune in while your venerable hosts argue relentlessly about who has the better taste in music.

(1,3,5) MidniteMunchiez with DJ gusLo
Grab your sweets/treats and listen.                      
((2,4) Free Association with DJ Robin Hood
Traveling through the past half-century (and beyond!) of popular music through song-by-song associations, from lyrical similarities to historical connections to the occasional Freudian slip.

(1,3,5) The Chillin Factory with Noah G., DJ So Fresh So Clean
Quality hip hop analysis and dissection invariably favoring and promoting music which provides the best human interpretation for the Platonic form of "chill."
(2,4) The British Are Coming with DJ Babelfish           
Each show will focus on bands or artists from one British region or city. With a purely geographical organization, no show is limited

(1,3,5) Cinemusic with DJ Iceray  
Each show explores two movies with a short review of each and a playlist of music related to each movie.           
(2,4) Earwash with Le DJ   
Clean out your ears with grimy punk and tour the 70's musical explosion. Leather jackets, 2 minutes songs, and downstrokes.

RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald
A musical tour across borders and genres

The Divide and Conquer News Report with C.C.  Arshagra
A Concept radio Arts Skit that was introduced to the public on 'The I Do Not Know Show' also produced, and hosted by C.C. Arshagra. 

 4-5am BBC World News
International news coverage from the famous British news network.
We begin tomorrow's broadcast at 5 a.m. with Morning Edition from NPR.

And 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

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