Thursday, December 3, 2015

12-3-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday December 3rd, 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 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!

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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 Americana music 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. 

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

You can catch The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers in their Their Holly Fair this Saturday. Call 860-347-0278 for details.

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

At Infinity Hall Hartford tonight you can catch HBO Live: An Evening with Richard Plepler, the CEO of HBO. Javier Colon takes the Infinity Hall Stage in Hartford tomorrow/Friday night.Saturday night brings an opportunity to check out Neko Case with Special Guest Natalie Tuttle. Details at

Also tonight 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.

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: 

Also this evening, the CFA presents 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!

Tomorrow/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!

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 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    

Up in Hartford, at Black-eyed Sally’s tomorrow/Friday night, The Sauce Boss returns for a night of blues, gumbo, slide guitar, and hot sauce! On Saturday night Poppa Chubby brings his classic blues rock to Sally’s.

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 a final showing of 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. 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 opens tonight and runs 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 Homegrown with Rob DeRosa, playing Connecticut Connected music presented for the global audience for 13 years

From 6:30-8pm it's Imagine with Karen Stein inviting you to listen to the 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."

9:30-10:30, it's an hour of UnderCover with Ali and Ben, bridging genres and generations and exploring the concept of inspiration through imitation.

From 10:30-11:30, stay tuned for Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam, featuring local hip hop artists and ross the region with tracks from mainstream artists not usually played on radio. 

At 11:30, it's an hour of The British are Coming with DJ Babelfish, exploring British music one region at a time not limited to a specific time or genre.

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 Evolution of Soul with DJ XAN playing everything from Al Green to D'Angelo, Nao and even house music with a soul-like sound.

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 Homegrown with Rob DeRosa (and if you like his show, let us know by making a donation!) 

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. 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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