Wednesday, December 30, 2015

12-30-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, December 30th 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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Now here's some of what’s happening in our area this week:
Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight 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 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 nightr 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 (Wednesday),  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 it's their long running 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 Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Call 860-347-0278 for details.

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.

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.

Back here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, is closed 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 .

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 rfom 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 at Five, stay tuned for Al Robinson's version of Ear Candy. 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 Radio Curious with Barry Vogul from Pacifica offering half hour interviews on a curiously wide array of topics concerning life and ideas.

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, listen to Sean D's extended edition of  Metal on Metal. The radio show dedicated to the extreme. Black, thrash, death, progressive and power metal.

From 1 - 3 am tune in for Franco Liseo as he plays all the disco hits from the '70s and '80s.

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.

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Thanks - Now stay tuned for Ear Candy with Al Robinson!

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