Tuesday, December 1, 2015

12-1-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Tuesday December 1st, and this is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on WESU 88.1 FM 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. Thanks for joining us! 

I'm Marianne O'hare. I hope you’ll take your relationship with WESU one step further by supporting our Fall 2015 community pledge drive. WESU depends on listener support for over a third of our annual budget and we our listeners to do their part to keep this community station on air! We’ve hit the halfway mark but we still need over $9,000 in community support to meet our needs. Donate online at www.wesufm.org/pledge 

Okay! Now here's some of what’s happening in our area this week:

In New Haven tonight at 8pm,  Cafe 9 presents 
VERY FRESHLEA, and WITCH HAIR at 8pm. Tomorrow/Wednesday you can catch a COMEDY OPEN MIC HOSTED BY DAN RICE. On Thursday it's Americana and punk folks with Kingsley Flood and Goodnight Blue Moon. Friday's early show features Tom Hearn at 5 pm.  You can also catch CafĂ© Nine’s First Friday Artist in Residence Series with Photographer Kathleen Cei’s photos of local bands and other compelling characters, taken with a totally old-school, fully-manual Nikon FM2 film camera. Later Friday night, PORTS OF SPAIN Holy Tunics, Dead Painters, Procedure Club, and Dan Soto and The High Doses take the stage Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola & Friends. Saturday night brings The Night of The Living Banjo, an evening of banjo-powered music from singer-songwriters, old-timesters, bluegrassers & innovators. Hosted by Lys Guillorn and Elisa Flynn with special guests  Paul Belbusti of Mercy Choir, Chica Non Grata, Dangbats, Elisa Flynn, Julia Friend, Dave Hogan, Bret Logan, No Line North, The Sawtelles, Shaka's Root Hog Duo, Brian Slattery, Them Damn Hamiltons, +more. Sunday night there’s a Blues Open Mic with OFF THE TRAX.  www.cafenine.com 

Up in Hartford, Black-eyed Sally’s continues it’s the usual Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra. This Wednesday Sally’s weekly Blues Jam features Ed Bradley Wednesday night.  Friday night The Sauce Boss returns to Black-Eyed Sally’s for a night of blues, gumbo, slide guitar, and hot sauce!  Saturday night  Poppa Chubby brings his classic blues rock to Sally’s.  blackeyedsallys.com

Tonight, and every first Tuesday of the month the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts Laughter Yoga at 6 pm followed by a 7pm Vegetarian Potluck. This Thursday (and Every First Thursday), Bob Gotta hosts his long running acoustic open mic at the Buttonwood.  Friday night, Jazz composer Vince Guaraldi’s timeless themes from Charlie Brown’s Christmas will be played by The Eric Mintel Quartet on the Buttonwood Stage.  Saturday mornings at the Buttonwood Tree bring the Aligned with Source meditation workshops. This Saturday night Connecticut’s own Darren Sechrist brings together some of New England’s top comics for a night of comedy at Buttonwood Tree featuring With: David Hintz, Jess Miller, Matt Walley & Paul Gregory. Throughout December at The Buttonwood Tree, Artists for World Peace  presents  the exhibition "ART for LIFE" featuring photographs of Tanzania and Uganda by Claudia Paul and Lonzo Lowery,as well as paintings by Lorelei Chang and Kamar Thomas. buttonwood.org

Manic Productions brings several shows to area venues this week, including Tom Hamilton's American Babies and The Backyard Committee at Bar in New Haven Wednesday night.  Manic Presents San Fermin and Sam Amidon at the Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden Thursday night. Sunday night Manic presents Brandi Carlile at College Street Music Hall in New Haven.  manicproductions.org

The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday at First Church on Court St. You can also catch Their Holly Fair This Saturday.  Call 860-347-0278 for details.

On Thursday at Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight you can catch Heavy Duty Rapper, DMX takes the Toad’s stage. Friday night, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic return to Toad’s Place toadsplace.com

At Infinity Hall Hartford this Thursday night you can catch HBO Live: An Evening with Richard Plepler, the CEO of HBO. Javier Colon takes the Infinity Hall Stage in Hartford Friday night.Saturday night brings an opportunity to check out Neko Case with Special Guest Natalie Tuttle.  Details at infinityhall.com

Thursday night here in Middletown, Mac 650 gallery presents an Opening Reception for their new gallery show, The Back Alleys of Paradise - Horrifically Beautiful works by Tab Hujar inspired by the Tim Burton classic "Nightmare Before Christmas" movie with  Music by Lizzienrose  www.mac650.com/ for info 

The Middletown Symphonic Band will be performing a holiday concert on Friday, at 7:00 PM at Westbrook High School - Admission is free. www.middletownsymphonicband.org for details.

On Saturdays, the Middlesex Community College Department of Arts presents a series of Art Therapy workshops in Snow Hall at 2 pm. www.arts2go.org

This Saturday from 10:00am - noon at Wesleyan University’s Russell House, you can check out the panel event Indigenous Middletown: Settler Colonial and Wangunk Tribal History featuring historians, educators,  and activists. This event is Free and open to the community ~ all are welcome! For more information, contact J. Kehaulani Kauanui 860-685-3768 or email: jkauanui@wesleyan.edu

Also on Saturday here in Middletown, The Artists for World Peace holiday open house happens at The DeKoven House on Washington Street. You are invited to see what AFWP has accomplished this year and what is upcoming. artistsforworldpeace.org/

Middletown’s holiday on main street 2015 activities continue on Saturday. Complete details and added activities are published online at holidayonmain.com

Middletown's new Poet Laureate Susan Allison will read poems old and new on Sunday, December 6th, 2015 at the Hubbard Room of the Russell Library. She will be available to sign copies of her book, “Down by the Riverside Ways”. www.rrusselllibrary.org  

Here’s what’s happening at The Wesleyan University Center for the Arts this week: 

Wednesday night, The Chinese Music Ensemble presents traditional and contemporary repertoire under the direction of graduate music student Joy Lu at The World Music Hall.

Also on Wednesday the CFA presents Winter Songs: Koliada and Music from the Carpathian Mountains at 8:00pm in The Memorial Chapel  featuring five male singers from the Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine, singing traditional winter, accompanied by trio) of instrumentalists, and special guests including bandurist Julian Kytasty, members of Hartford's Yevshan Ukrainian Vocal Ensemble, and Wesleyan’s own a cappella group Slavei. 

Thursday night Violinist, composer, educator, and technologist Todd Reynolds will perform music written for him by R. Luke DuBois, Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen, and Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang, augmented and amplified by the live, performance-responsive video art of Mr. DuBois. at The CFA Hall, this is a Free event!

Friday night brings the Annual West African drumming and dance concert. This year the West African Drumming and Dance Concert takes on special significance, as master drummer and Adjunct Professor of Music Abraham Adzenyah celebrates his final performance with his students. Mr. Adzenyah is retiring in December after 45 years of sharing the vibrancy of West African music with generations of Wesleyan students.

Saturday evening The Wesleyan University Orchestra and Concert Choir present a selection of popular holiday classics under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina. In Crowell Concert Hall. This event is Free and open to the public!

Also on Saturday night at Wesleyan, you can Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble. The concert will include a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble. This event is free  and open to the public and happens at The World Music Hall. Free!

Wesleyan’s "Introduction to Dance" and beginning dance students will perform works of various styles, including Bharata Natyam at Crowell Concert Hall Sunday afternoon at 2. More information at wesleyan.edu/cfa    

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, tonight it's Marshland, a film about a small town in 1980 Spain targeted by serial killer. Showings run through Thursday. With a brand-new reel of over 100 videos, The Internet Cat Video Festival screens Friday through Sunday. Also tonight, you can catch Theeb, a coming of age movie about a young boy in the Ottoman empire during World War I as he guides a British officer across the Arabian desert. Theeb runs through Thursday. Blow-out, a 1981 film about a sound recordist who accidentally catches a murder on tape, has a single showing Tomorrow/Wednesday. Later in the week, from Friday to Sunday, The Wonders and Heart of a Dog show play in the theater. More info at www.realartways.org

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio ends its run of Finders Keepers, a kickstarter-funded documentary about a custody battle for a mummified leg. Beyond Measure plays Tomorrow/Wednesday and Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet runs Thursday through Saturday. Starting Sunday, 99 Homes opens, a movie starring Andrew Garfield about a recently evicted construction worker who falls into criminal work with a real estate shark. Details and show times at cinestudio.org.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:  

Right after The Jive at Five, stick around for Brass & Sass with DJ Thrasher for an exploration of the New Orleans' music scene from past to present. 

At 6pm it’s Your English is Good with Mizael Robledo, offering an exploration of the contextual experiences of people who learned English as a second language, with music in the guests' native tongue.

From 6:30-8pm, Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill presents an eclectic selection of Americana, country, folk, folk-rock, bluegrass, acoustic, blues, Celtic, old-time, singer-songwriter and other music with a roots influence.

At 8pm it’s a hour of The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry, a weekly show featuring live and local Connecticut arts and music.

From 9-10:30 it's Radio Obscura. Joe McCarthy and Paco Winebox asked us to tell you that “You won't believe your eyes” when you listen to their show.

Oblique Strategies with Biscuit comes your way at 10:30pm, inviting you to join in for twists and turns through an hour of constrained musical drifting.

From 11:30-12:30am, Food Court Friends with Sierra Mist and Orange Julius offers an hour of punk and pop punk to bang your head and let out some teen angst to. 

At 12:30am The Chillin Factory with Noah G. and DJ So Fresh So Clean presents quality hip hop analysis and dissection.

From 1:30-2:20am, it's High Times with DJ Woo, featuring up and coming electronic artists with music that will elevate your existence.

From 2:30-3:30am RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald explores music from around the world.

At 3:30, Shortwave Report with Dan Roberts from Pacifica gives a weekly review of news stories from around the world.

BBC World news comes your way from 4 to 5am, followed by Morning Edition from NPR.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. If you missed anything, you can find the script online at wesufm.org/jive. And tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 p.m. to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at WESU 88.1 FM, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

And if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can help us meet our goal and end this pledge drive as early as possible with your donation online at wesufm.org.  Thanks so much - Now stay tuned for Brass & Sass (and if you like his show, let us know by making a donation!) 

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