Wednesday, December 2, 2015

12-2-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday December 2nd, 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.

I'm Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanks for joining us! 

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

In New Haven tonight,  Cafe 9 presents 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. 

Up in Hartford, at Black-eyed Sally’s it’s the Wednesday Sally’s weekly Blues Jam featuring 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.

This Thursday (and Every First Thursday) at the Buttonwood Tree, 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.

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 tonight.  Manic Presents San Fermin and Sam Amidon at the Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden tomorrow night. Sunday night Manic presents Brandi Carlile at College Street Music Hall in New Haven.

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.

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

At Infinity Hall Hartford this tomorrow 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

Also tomorrow 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 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. for details.

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

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.

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

Here’s what’s happening at The Wesleyan University Center for the Arts this week:
Tonight, The Chinese Music Ensemble presents traditional and contemporary repertoire under the direction of graduate music student Joy Lu at The World Music Hall.

Also this evening, 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. 

Tomorrow 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    

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 Tonight. Later in the week, from Friday to Sunday, The Wonders and Heart of a Dog show play in the theater. More info at

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio begins its run of "Beyond Measure" tonight. The film "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

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 at . 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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