Thursday, December 10, 2015

12-10-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, December 10th, 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 JCherry, producer and host of VOICE of the City, Tuesday from 8-9pm, showcasing live and local music, arts and culture. Thanks for joining us!

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 still need almost $8,000 in community support to meet our needs. Donate online at 

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

In New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine,
 it's Hip Hop for the Homeless, a fundraiser bringing together musicians from around Connecticut at 8 pmFriday's happy hour features Buzz Gordo's Ski Lodge, a curated mix of 70's AM radio. At 9 pm, Bridgeport's Big Moon take the stage with Tanuki SuitSaturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Saturday night brings The Paul Collins Beatcome see the legend who fronted for The Nerves and The English Beat. Sunday night, Connecticut's revolving collection of musicians Some Such Things will perform at 8 pm. 

Tonight, at the General Joseph Mansfield House on Main Street, you can catch historian John Banks, author of Hidden History of Connecticut Union Soldiers at 7 pm. Also tonight At Infinity Hall Hartford, it's Jason Gray sh Christmas Stories with special guests Carrolton and Jonny Diaz at 8 pm. Rusted Root takes the Infinity Hall Stage in Hartford tomorrow/Friday night at 8 pm. Saturday night brings Larry Carlton at 8 pm. On Sunday at 7:30, its Open Mic Night. Also at 7:30, Sounds of Frank, a "centennial celebration of the Music of Frank Sinatra." Details at

Up in Hartford tomorrow/Friday night, Black-eyed Sally’s will feature Gong Tuff, the Tri-state area's premier Bob Marley Tribute Band. Saturday, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood bring you some Blues and R&B at 9 pm.

Tomorrow/Friday night at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, you can catch Jazz composer George Mastrogiannis performing "A Tribute to Rock & Roll" at 8 pm. Saturday mornings at the Buttonwood Tree bring the Aligned with Source meditati on workshops. From 1-3 pm, family members can decorate an ornament at no charge. Saturday night, Turkish jazz guitar virtuoso Sinan Bakir presents a solo electric show at 8 pm. Sunday, Peter Loffredo presents "A Child's Christmas in Wales" at 3 pm. 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.

Tomorrow/Friday, the Friends of the Russell Library Book sale will happen thru Sunday, starting at 9 am and closing at 6 pm. Come support your local library

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tomorrow/Friday night, you can catch some heavy tunes from The World Is Beautiful And Am No Longer Afraid To Die, along with Caspian for a 7pm show. Also on Friday at Lilly's Pad, it's the College Battle of the Bands at 8 pm.

Manic Productions brings Grace Potter and Eliza Hardy Jones to play Saturday 8 pm at the College Street Music Hall.

On Saturday, Oddfellows Playhouse presents "Stage Whispers" an evening of original one-act plays by Carolyn Kirsch at 7:30 pm.

Saturday, the Mac 650 gallery presents a group vocal study with vocalist/therapeutic musician Elizabeth Dellinger at 2 pm. There is also an Opening Reception for their new gallery show, The Back Alleys of Paradise - Horrifically Beautiful showcasing works by Tab Hujar inspired by the Tim Burton classic "Nightmare Before Christmas" movie with  Music by Lizzienrose  ] for info.  

On Saturday, you can support Green Street Teaching and Learning  Center in its first ever artist trunk show at 10 am. Items will include one-of-a-kind art pieces, hand made scarves, jewelry, and much more. At 10:30, its an ornament decorating workshop as a part of the Holiday on Main Street festivities.

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

At the First Church in Middletown on Sunday, they present a Candlelight Christmas Concert at 4 pm. 

Here’s what’s happening at The Wesleyan University Center for the Arts this week: Tonight, in the World Music Hall at 7 pm, the music of central Java will be showcased as a part of the Javanese Gamelan Ensemble final concert. In the Crowell Concert Hall, the students of Jazz Improvisation present Happening '15, a culmination of creative music and campus activity at 8 pm. 

Friday and Saturday night is the Winter Dance Concert, a series of works from advanced student choreographers at the CFA Theater at 8 pm

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

Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, tomorrow/Friday, The Wonders, an Italian film about a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation will begin its run. Saturday and Sunday, you can catch the animated classic "Iron Giant." Also on Saturday, Speak Up, a storytelling event centered around the theme "Nightlife", will start at 8 pm. O n Sunday, Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes present an evening of improvised music with special guests at 3 pm. More info at

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio presents "Freeheld", a film about the 'sanctity of marriage' and the struggles faced by same sex couples, staring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, and Steve Carell. Friday and Saturday, Cinestudio presents The Martian, sci fi epic about an astronaut trapped on mars, directed by Ridley Scott and staring Matt Damon. Sunday its the encore screening of Jane Eyre. Also on Sunday, Hitchcock/Truffaut a documentary about an interview between the two legendary filmmakers, begins its run. More information and showtimes at

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

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa, playing Connecticut Connected music presented for the global audience for 13 years.

From 6:30-8pm it's Imagine. You can listen to the best music from around the world and around the block.

At 8, it's Evening Jazz with Bill Denert, bringing you a broad range of swing, bebop, and avante garde with a few new releases, where "Hearing is the best experience."

From 9:30-10:30 you can catch UnderCover with Ali and Ben who explore inspiration through invitation in a variety of music genres. 

From 10:30-11:30, stay tuned for the Late Night Format with Adi Slepack, for a radio show that is; like a TV talk show, with a new media spin!

At 11:30, it's an hour of Meet Music with DJ Rami. Buckle up and tune in to meet a new artist with each show, exploring background, influences and personal stories.

At 12:30, it's High Tide with DJ Johnny Tsunami.: The tide is high and you know what that means... new waves! Wax down your board and ride the tide along the best post-punk/new wave jams from the 1970s and 1980's. 

From 1:30-2:30, you can catch The Weirding Way with DJ Atreides. With new soundscapes each show, it's the expression of thoughts through sound in a cross-genre exploration of a sonic mood with an indie/alternative focus.

From 2:30-4, it's People, Places and Things with Jackalope. Each week brings a new theme, each theme brings and exciting smorgasbord of songs relating to it.

The BBC World News follows at 4, and we start your day bright and early with Morning Edition from NPR at 5 am.
That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. 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. IF you missed an item in our community calendar, you can find the script online at  If you turn to WESU for music and information that you cannot find elsewhere, please help us out with a donation today during our current fall pledge drive. You can make that donation online at 

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Ear Candy with Sick Nelden!

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