Monday, December 28, 2015

12-28-15 jive

Good evening, it's Monday, December 28th, 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! We hope you holiday season has been a good one, so far!

I'm Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping The Faith, which airs every first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: our fourth annual Year in Review episode, in which I try to cram as many snippets from the two dozen-plus episodes of progressive Catholicism -- including a visit by Pope Francis -- into 55 minutes! Can't listen live? Find it archived at for two weeks or forever at

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

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight you can catch their weekly Moments of Gratitude meditation tonight at 7:45. That’s followed by their weekly Anything Goes Open Mic. Signups are at 7:30pm.  Otherwise, the buttonwood is closed this week until Saturday morning, when they offer the Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop from 10:30-noon. Later Saturday night, Pete LaMalfa & His Washingtonians for an evening of Jazz .

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight you can catch Surf Rockers, Ice pick, with opening acts, The Clams, The Jaws, and The Palomino Brothers. Tomorrow (Tuesday) brings a bill featuring DEAD DONAH, Morus Alba, Ero & The Zeros, Blake Falcon & The Rudy Bagels. Wednesday, at Café Nine, it’s WORDS & MUSIC with Drained Glory, Dan Kalwhite, K. Ponzio, Craig Taylor, Stosh Mikita, Craig Gilbert, and the ­Cody Place Band. Thursday night, Café Nine offers a New Years Burlesque with Cabaret, Magic, Side-Show, Games, & Fun surprises!  Friday’s Weekly Wind-down Happy Hour at 5 features Sean Conlon. Later Friday night, The Nine offers a double bill featuring WOODY PINES and Wise Old Moon.  Saturday’s. Later, Saturday night it’s the Jazz Jam session is with Mike Coppola and Friends at 4:30. Later Saturday night brings the 4th Annual Beehive Holiday Blowout with CHRISTINE OHLMAN & REBEL MONTEZ and The GEORGE BAKER BAND.  Sunday night at Café Nine, you can catch BIRTH OF FLOWER, The Gates of Ivory, and Disco Teen 66.
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & friends. Wednesday night at Toads Place you can catch BADFISH, A TRIBUTE TO SUBLIME, Inosoul, JG & Friends, plus Bruce 3 and the Revenge. Thursday night at Toad’s place brings SHAKEDOWN’s NEW YEAR’S EVE EXTRAVAGANZA, with Kazoo Crew Family Band, and Stoned in America.  Sat you can catch ZACH DEPUTY & Roots of Creation.

Up in Hartford, Black-eyed Sally’s continues it’s the usual Jazz Mondays series at 8 pm tonight. Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8 pm, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. Wednesday brings the long running Black-eyed Sally’s weekly Community Blues Jam, hosted by Tim McDonald, this week. Thursday, Sally’s presents a New Year’s Eve Celebration w/ The Mighty Soul Drivers, with seating at 8:00 pm & later. Saturday night, Texas Bluesman Lucky Peterson stops by Black-eyed Sally’s.

The CT Poetry Society Middletown Chapter holds its meetings on the last Wednesday of every month. The meetings are open to the public and take place at: 6 p.m.  in Meeting Room 3 at Russell Library
Wednesday night, Manic Productions presents a bill featuring Tri-State Era, The Most, Guest House, & Knife Garden for a night of math rock and emo at Bar in New Haven on Wednesday.
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Call 860-347-0278 for details.

First Night Hartford is a family-friendly, alcohol-free New Year's Eve party  that celebrates the arts, bringing together musicians, artists, performances groups and more at various downtown venues. Find all the details at

 Infinity Hall brings in the new year at their Norfolk venue with a performance by The Allman Neville Pitchell Band with Special Guest Saagar Ace. At Infinity Hall Hartford, Tower of Power plays 2 shows on NYE.  The Cast of Beatlemania comes to to the Infinity Hall Hartford stage on Saturday. Details at
An annual New Year's Eve Contra Dance starts at 8 p.m. and winds down about 12:30 a.m. in the ballroom of the West Hartford Town Hall, 50 S. Main St. Bob Isaacs will call to the music of the Celtic Wild Notes. A potluck is planned for 6:30.

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

Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, through Dec 31, They continue their run of Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict a documentary about the colorful character who was not only ahead of her time but helped to define it. Also showing through Thursday at Real Art Ways is Janis: Little Girl Blue in which Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil) delves into the life of late rock legend Janis Joplin. Friday Real Art Ways begins a run of NOMA: My Perfect Storm, A documentary about the celebrated chef René Redzepi, set against the backdrop of the Copenhagen-based restaurant NOMA, named the Best Restaurant in the World in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014. More info at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio will emerge from their annual winter hiatus on Jan 6 with a run of MAcBeth!

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU: (note there may be variations due to winter break for students at Wesleyan)

Right after the Jive, its Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

From 6-6:30 its Think Twice Radio reasserting the "watchdog" role of the media by ramping up coverage of Connecticut issues in a nonpartisan manner
Then at  6:30-8, it’s  75% Folk with Michael Benson.
From 8-9:30 p.m. it’s  Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin offering Americana music from Nashville and around the world including Folk, acoustic Country and roots-Rock from both emerging and veteran artists.

Chip keeps the Americana going till 11, when Franco takes over, bringing music and more from Italy.

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. it’s Radio Roulette with DJ McLeary who, with mom's record collection and WESU's vinyl vault,  explores an eclectic selection of music in the onsite library.
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 4 to 5 a.m., 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 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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Thanks - Now stay tuned for afternoon Jazz with  Charles Henry.

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