Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thursday's JIVE

Today's Jive was produced by,

JCherry... producer and host of 

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Good evening, it's Thursday, December 11th, 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. 

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

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight 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. 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. 

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 the Russell Library, here in Middletown, tonight at 7 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.

Down in New Haven, tonight at Cafe Nine,  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. .

Also in New Haven,tonight at Toad’s Place, 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

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, 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.

Tonight Manic Productions brings 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.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tonight 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.

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

Saturday brings 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.

The Middletown Symphonic Band presents its annual Holiday Concert this Sunday at the South Church in Middletown at 2 p.m.

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.

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 tonight.

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

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 this evening at Cinestudio and continues through the weekend.

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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