Wednesday, December 16, 2015

12-16-15 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, December 16th, 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!

Ben Michael. Thanks for joining us. If you haven’t already made a contribution, I hope you’ll help us close out our Fall 2015 community pledge drive. WESU depends on listener support for over a third of our annual budget and we need our listeners to do their part to keep this community station on air! Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. We’ve hit the homestretch with just under $2,000 left to meet our needs for this year. Donate online at 

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

Down in New Haven tonight, Café Nine brings offers A Sonic Simon Comedy Christmas Miracle w/  Tyler Socnichsen & Sean Simoneau. Tomorrow/Thursday, Gasoline Therapy takes the Café Nine stage, with the James Mauri Four and Bedroom Rehab Corporation. Friday’s Weekly Wind-down Happy Hour at 5 features Snake Hill Blues. That’s followed at 9 by Jesse Malin, Dead Heavens and Don DiLego. Saturday’s Jazz Jam session is with Tony Dioguardi and Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by The Hempsteadys, Rusty Things, and The Screw-Ups. The Sunday Matinee at 3:30 features The Chryslers, followed at 8 by a holiday edition of Drag Queen Bingo with Robin Banks.

Manic Productions brings several shows to area venues this week, including Golden Bloom with The Sun Parade and Laundry Day at Bar in New Haven tonight/Wednesday; Manic presents Knuckle Puck, with Seaway, Light Years, and Salitter at The Space in Hamden on Friday; and Silverstein and Senses Fail, with Hundredth and Capsize, on Saturday at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven.

The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet on Wednesdays at First Church on Court St. Call 860-347-0278 for details.

On Thursday at Oddfellows Playhouse, auditions for the production of Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors are open to ages 12-19 and take place at 6 pm.

Up in Hartford, at Black-eyed Sally’s, Thursday night the Charlie Allen Band plays, and will be followed by a Country Jam! Bring your fiddle or just get up on stage and stretch your lungs! Friday brings the XY Eli Band with special guest Peter Greenfogel Jazz Quartet: billed as some blues, some jazz and some dancing funk. Saturday, The Primate Fiasco, a project based out of Northampton MA,  combines old timey Dixie Jazz with modern groove/funk/improv music.

Back in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, Friday night brings the Coconuts, New England's Legendary Comedy Rock Band. Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon, it’s the Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop. Sunday, Joe Fonda performs with Carlo Morena from Italy on Piano and Felix Lecaros Herrera from Chile on drums.

At Infinity Hall Hartford this Thursday night you can catch Eileen Ivers performing Joyful Christmas. Then Friday brings Kashmir - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute Band to the Infinity Hall stage. Details at

The Veterans Writing Group meets at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Russell Library in Middletown.

In New Haven at Toad’s Place, on Friday and Saturday, it’s Kung Fu and Friends, the fifth annual Toys for Tots spectacular.

Middletown’s holiday on main street 2015 activities continue through Saturday. Complete details and added activities are published online at
Sat. Dec. 19th  there will be a Democratic Debate watch party from 8:30 to 11 PM at Taino Smokehouse in Middletown.  for info check  and

Search 06457 under "events" link.

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

Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways tonight/Wednesday, its Other Peoples Stories at 7:30 pm. You can catch Heart of a Dog, directed by Laurie Anderson, until the end of its run on Thursday. Also ending its run  on Thursday is: The Wonders, an Italian film about a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation will . On Friday, The Winding Stream, a documentary about the legendary Carter Family and Appalachian music will begin its run with a Q & A with the director at 7 pm. On Sunday, a showing of the film will be followed by a bluegrass jam at 1:15 pm. More info at

Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio ends its run on  of Hitchcock/Truffaut, a documentary about an interview between the two legendary filmmakers. The film features interviews from Hollywood legends like Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa. On Friday and Saturday, they will screen the audio-visual tour-de-force Baraka, a film whose creator travelled six continents to capture human and natural life. On Sunday, they present the Bolshoi Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker, followed by a run of America's most cherished holiday film, It's a Wonderful Life, directed by Frank Capra. 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 Ear Candy with Sick Nelden. Hear the new, hear the old, hear the pop songs that get in your head and won't leave you alone. Listen to Ear Candy, please!

From 6-6:30 its Your Mind Matters with Helen Evrard, M.D. where Guests discuss holistic approaches to the brain diseases we call mental illness, or share their stories of personal healing and achievement.

Fusion Radio with James Fusion follows from 6:30 to 8, with the best Techno mix on radio.
From 8 to 9:30 it’s The Warehouse with Mike Nyce, bringing you deep underground sounds mixed live for your listening pleasure.
And at 9:30, it's The Vault with DJ Anton Banks. Presenting listeners with the latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house and leftfield mixed live. Exclusive music from international artists.

From 11 to midnight it's black music matters with DJ Frau Miau. Dedicated to playing music for black people, by black people. Ranging from slave songs to Kendrikc LaMar.

From Midnight to 1am, Metal on Metal. The radio show dedicated to the extreme. Black, thrash, death, progressive and power metal.

And from 1 - 2 am it's Third Waves with Georgia O'Queef and Madame Ovary. We will discuss issues related to third wave feminism in the news and also play an eclectic collection of music by women artists.

From 2 - 3 it's Mom's After Hours with DJ Janis Mean and DJ Joni Bitchell. Appreciating moms and motherhood.

And from 3 - 4 it's Sing Out! Radio magazine with Tom Druckenmiller. A weekly hour long magazine format programs featuring interviews in addition to live and recorded traditional folk music.

The BBC World News follows at 4, and we start your day bright and early with Morning Edition from NPR at 5 a.m.

 That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. If you missed anything, you can find the script online . 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  Thanks so much - Now stay tuned for Ear Candy with Sick Nelden (and if you like his show, let us know by making a donation!) 

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