Monday, December 21, 2015

12-21-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, December 21st 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! 

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

In New Haven at Cafe Nine tonight at 8pm, its
songwriter Drew Angus along with Seth Adam and Chris Kiley. Tuesday, its "No Comfort Zone" an unusual open mic at 9 pm. Wednesday at 7 pm Bill Calash presents fun and music at The Kings and Queens of East Rock Christmas Party. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band. Saturday night brings classic soul, rhythm, and blues from Kevin St. James & The Crown Street Orchestra at 9 pm. Sunday's Matinee features proto-punk and psychedelic intrigue from Lamb Bombs and The Natch at 3 pm. Sunday night welcomes Wisconsin-based sing and songwriter Kirby Jayes along with Sam Perduta. 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & friends. On Wednesday, its the Local Showcase with Hype, Riot Kings, Dirt Devil's Grin, and Kevin Sava at 8 pm. Saturday night, its John Valby's XXX-Mas Show at 10 pm. They headline Sammy Adams on Sunday at 9 pm.

Up in Hartford, Black-eyed Sally’s continues it’s the usual Jazz Mondays series at 8 pm. On Tuesday at 8 pm, its the 18-piece funk machine Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra. Saturday, Black Eyed Sally's goes country featuring Connecticut's own Nashville recording artist Presley & Taylor.

Tonight, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, you can catch their weekly Moments of Gratitude meditation at 7:45. That’s followed by their weekly Anything Goes Open Mic. Signups are at 7:30pm. Tuesday, is the Middlesex Drum Circle at 7 pm, welcoming all skill levels. On Saturday, Antony Digennaro and Tommy Monaghan present "Music for 32 Goats" at 8 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.

Tuesday, the MAC 365 Gallery will host a capstone evening for Tab Hujar's exhibition of mixed media, paintings, and sculpture "The Back Alleys of Paradise." Festivities begin at 8 pm.

Manic Productions brings a Christmas Acoustic Experience to BAR in New Haven at 9 pm on Wednesday, featuring rapper and musician Ceschi Ramos, along with Opus of the Band Dead by Wednesday.

At Middlesex Community College, Wednesday is the last day to see Randall Nelson's "Friends and Family" exhibition in The Niche at Founders Hall. Also Kerri Gaudelli's "Reflector/Refractor" exhibition at Chapman Hall closes. The exhibition is open until 7.   

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

At Infinity Hall Hartford on Sunday at 7:30 its Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot: An evening celebrating the music of Billy Joel. Also 7:30, its the usual Open Mic Night. Details at

Wesleyan's Center for the Arts is currently closed for winter break, but will reopen with new events in January. More information at    

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

Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, "The Winding Stream", a documentary about the legendary Carter Family and Appalachian music will end its run on Thursday. Also ending on Thursday is the documentary film "Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict" about the legendary heiress and collector of modern art. On Friday, "Janis: Little Girl Blue" opens, a documentary by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg, that delves into the life and found footage of the late Janis Joplin.  More info at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio plays the seminal 1946 Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" starring James Stewart and Donna Reed and directed by Frank Capra through Thursday. After that they take a break and will continue again on Wednesday January 6th.

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

Right after the Jive, stay tuned for an hour of Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

From 6-6:30 its The Production Report with Kiley and Allis for a 30 minute rundown of entertainment industry news,  reviews, interviews and predictions.

Then at 6:30-8, it’s 75% Folk with Michael Benson, offering contemporary folk along with a mix of blues, jazz, world music and movie soundtracks. 

From 8 to 9:30 p.m. it’s Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis, with the best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, afro and Latin dance floor grooves.

Then stay tuned for an hour of Scandinavian Sounds with DJ Northern Lights, bringing you music from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland, and showcasing Eurovision artists, folk, and genres in-between.

From 10:30-11 it’s Romancipation with Dr. Love and DJ Smooth, where you can hear advice on dating, love, and all of the above.  

From 11 to midnight it’s Sleep Paralysis with Erin and Ethan, who chat about dreams, float on sounds, and poke around in the subconscious.

At Midnight catch Your Turn with Rachel Day, where a different guest each week will chronologically share songs that were fundamental in shaping who they are. 

Next up at 1 a.m. it’s an hour of Word on the Hill with DJ Breej, providing a platform for silenced minorities on campus to discuss a specific struggle and how it relates them to Wesleyan and beyond.

From 2 to 3 a.m. stay up for Fear Factor with DJ Korean Queen for a radio show about fears, phobias, and music!

From 3 to 4 a.m. it’s Maximum Rock and Roll for a late night dose of loud rock and roll!
BBC World news comes your way from at 4 and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast day with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

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.

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