Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday's Jive

Today's Jive was produced by,

JCherry... producer and host of 

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Good evening, it's Thursday, Dec. 18th 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. 

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

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight it’s a High Vibe Groove Jam with Cin Ta Mani (pronounced chin TA mani). Friday, the Jolly Beggars bring the rich tradition of Celtic folk music and storytelling to the Buttonwood. Saturday morning at 10:30, Annaita Gandhy hosts here weekly Aligned with Source workshop. Saturday night at 8, La Hot Jazz performs tunes from the Great American Songbook at The Buttonwood. 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. Later, from 3 to 5 Sunday evening, renowned jazz pianists, composers and educators Jen Allen and Noah Baerman bring their new group, Trio 149, featuring Jen on piano, Noah on synthesizer, and Jonathan Barber on drums, to the Buttonwood. This performance celebrates the recent publication of Sitting In: Jazz Piano, a new instructional book co-authored by Jen and Noah. Details about all events are at  

Tonight evening at 7, the veterans’ writing group meets at Russell Library on Broad Street.

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, you can cath  Frenchy and The Punk, along with The Suitcase Junket, to the Café Nine stage. Friday, it’s Ceschi and Anonymous Inc; Political Animals; and Tommy V.; among others. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 features the George Baker Band, followed at 9 by Rude Boy George, The Clams and Someone You Can Xray. The Original Sunday Night Jam is with The Langley

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight brings Rae Sremmurd. Friday, it’s night one of Kung Fu & Friends, presenting Steely Dan’s “The Royal Scam,” with Steely Dan members Jon Herington and Bernard Purdie. Also performing will be Consider the Source and Gubbulidis, featuring Mihali & Zdenek of Twiddle. Friday at Toad’s, it’s the Joyful Giving Holiday Soiree, featuring Paris, Cary Liptak, Ricky Alan Draughn, and Kyle Serniak. Admission to the show includes a donation to ConnCan, an educational advocacy group, plus holiday themed treats. Cocktail attire is requested. Saturday brings night two of Kung Fu & Friends to Toad’s, with Twiddle and Cosmic Dust for more.

In Hartford, at Infinity Hall, tonight brings The Wizards of Winter: A Trans Siberian Orchestra Experience to the stage. Friday, it’s Judy Collins, who will also perform at Infinity Hall’s Norfolk venue on Saturday. Saturday’s Hartford performance is by Albert Cummings. Sunday brings Jen Lowe and the Super Sensitive Dude-A-Palooza to Infinity Hall in Hartford. Details about all shows at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, on  Friday brings a Phish tribute to Café Nine, with 7 Below. Saturday, The Curl Daddys , a California-styled surf band, recreates a time of hot rods, bikinis and fun in the sun.

Manic Productions presents various shows at area venues this week. Friday, We Are the In Crowd, with Nick Santino of A Rocket to the Moon, comes to The Space in Hamden.  Also on Friday, Manic productions presents The Slackers, with Mephiskapheles and Jesse Wagner (of the Aggrolites) for a night of Ska at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Sunday, Anthony Raneri (of Bayside), along with Wolves at Bay, performs at The Space. Details at

Looking for something different to do with the family the weekend before Christmas? On Friday evening at 7 and on Saturday at noon and 4, ArtFarm’s Circophony brings Circus on the High Seas to the Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown. In this display of teen talent, sailors are clowns, pirates dance on stilts, an octopus juggles, sea creatures dive through hoops and the mermaids are contortionists. Details

Saturday brings the final opportunity to enjoy Middletown’s Holiday on Main Street, drawing young and old downtown to celebrate the holiday season for more than 25 years now. With a variety of entertainment every week ranging from free horse and carriage rides to Santa Claus, there is certainly something for everyone. Details at

Saturday night in East Hampton at Higher Ground Coffee House and Gallery it giggle juice! The show starts at 8PM.

On Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., the "Journey Writer's Workshop," a talented group of writers, playwrights, poets, singers and actors showcase their gifts at Sweet Harmony Café & Bakery, 330 Main St., Middletown.

Also on Sunday, at 5, the Greater Middletown Chorale, backed by the New Haven Symphony, performs Handel’s Messiah at the MHS Performing Arts Center, 200 LaRosa Lane, Middletown. Details at

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Real Art Ways in Hartford continues their run of the Swedish Film Force Majeure though Thursday. Also continuing on the screen at Real Art Ways through Thursday is British Arrows Awards — an eclectic mix of mini-dramas, wit, and innovation. Friday begins a run of Awake: The Life of Yogananda, an unconventional biography of  an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Saturday and Sunday bring a showing of The Tale of Princess Kaguya, in which a mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her, but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

Tonight Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, ends their run of it’s Keep on Keepin’ On, a documentary about a student/mentor relationship. Wednesday, in an alternative holiday tradition at Cinestudio, the run of Samsara begins. It’s a mesmerizing non-verbal visual experience celebrating the diversity and inter-connectedness of life on Earth, shot in 100 locations and 25 countries. Samsara - a Sanskrit word meaning the ever turning wheel of life - was made, according to director Ron Fricke, to “delve deeper into my favorite theme: humanity’s relationship to the eternal.” Sunday afternoon’s screening  at 12:55 is of a live performance by the Bolshoi Ballet of The Nutcracker.  That’s followed at 4 and 7:30 by It’s a Wonderful Life, running through Christmas Eve. Showtimes and other details are at

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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