Tuesday, December 8, 2015

12-8-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Tuesday, December 8th, 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! 

I'm Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping t he Faith, which airs every first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. The next episode, on Dec. 15, will introduce you to Wesleyan's new Catholic chaplain, Fr. William Wallace, who's also a lawyer, working most recently in New York CityHow did he find his way to Wesleyan? Tune in to hear.
I also want to mention that we hope you’ll take your relationship with WESU one step further by supporting our Fall 2015 community pledge drive. WESU depends on listener support for over a third of our annual budget and we need  our listeners to do their part to keep this community station on air! We’ve hit the halfway mark but we still need over $9,000 in community support to meet our needs. Donate online at www.wesufm.org/pledge.  

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

In New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine, it's
 Redeyna, Belle of the Fall, and Jose Oyola to play 8 pm. Wednesday WPKN presents The Yawpers and Johnny Mainstream. On Thursday it's Hip Hop for the Homeless, a fundraiser bringing together musicians from around Connecticut at 8 pmFriday's happy hour features Buzz Gordo's Ski Lodge, a curated mix of 70's AM radio. At 9 pm, Bridgeport's Big Moon take the stage with Tanuki SuitSaturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Saturday night brings The Paul Collins Beatcome see the legend who fronted for The Nerves and The English Beat. Sunday night, Connecticut's revolving collection of musicians Some Such Things will perform at 8 pm. www.cafenine.com 

Up in Hartford, Black-eyed Sally’s, tonight and every Tuesday, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material at 8pm. This Wednesday Sally’s weekly Blues Jam features Ray Morant at 8 pm. Friday night get irie with Gong Tuff, the Tri-state area's premier Bob Marley Tribute Band. Saturday,  Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood bring you some Blues and R&B at 9 pm. 

Tonight, The Middletown Symphonic Band will be performing a holiday concert beginning at 6:15 pm in Yerbury Chapel on the Connecticut Valley Hospital Campus. They will also perform two other concerts in early December, check their website for more details. middletownsymphonicband.org

Manic Productions brings The Funky Dawgz Brass Band and Tracy Jo and the Toads to the Bar in New Haven, Tomorrow/Wednesday night at 9 pm. Manic Presents Grace Potter and Eliza Hardy Jones play Saturday at 8 pm at the College Street Music Hall. manicproductions.org

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tomorrow/Wednesday, Modern Baseball will perform with Pup and Jeff Rosenstock at 7 pm. Friday night, they bring some heavy tunes from The World Is Beautiful And Am No Longer Afraid To Die, along with Caspian at 7 pm. In Lilly's Pad also on Friday, its the College Battle of the Bands at 8 pm. toadsplace.com

Tomorrow/Wednesday at Oddfellows Playhouse, pre-audition workshops for the production of Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors are open to ages 12-19 and take place at 6 pm.  On Saturday, they present "Stage Whispers" an evening of original one-act plays by Carolyn Kirsch at 7:30 pm.

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.

Thursday, at the General Joseph Mansfield House on Main Street, you can catch historian John Banks, author of Hidden History of Connecticut Union Soldiers at 7 pm. Also on Thursday At Infinity Hall Hartford, it's Jason Gray sh Christmas Stories with special guests Carrolton and Jonny Diaz at 8 pm. Rusted Root takes the Infinity Hall Stage in Hartford Friday night at 8 pm. Saturday night brings Larry Carlton at 8 pm. On Sunday at 7:30, its Open Mic Night. Also at 7:30, Sounds of Frank, a "centennial celebration of the Music of Frank Sinatra." Details at infinityhall.com

Friday night at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, you can catch Jazz composer George Mastrogiannis performing "A Tribute to Rock & Roll" at 8 pm. Saturday mornings at the Buttonwood Tree bring the Aligned with Source meditati on workshops. From 1-3 pm, family members can decorate an ornament at no charge. Saturday night, Turkish jazz guitar virtuoso Sinan Bakir presents a solo electric show at 8 pm. Sunday, Peter Loffredo presents "A Child's Christmas in Wales" at 3 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. buttonwood.org

On Friday, the Friends of the Russell Library Book sale will happen thru Sunday, starting at 9 am and closing at 6 pm. Come support your local library  

Saturday, the Mac 650 gallery presents grpup vocal sutdy with vocalist/therapeutic musician Elizabeth Dellinger at 2 pm. and  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  www.mac650.com/ for info.  

On Saturday, you can support Green Street Teaching and Learning  Center in its first ever artist trunk show at 10 am. Items will include one-of-a-kind art pieces, hand made scarves, jewelry, and much more. At 10:30, its an ornament decorating workshop as a part of the Holiday on Main Street festivities.

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

At the First Church in Middletown on Sunday, they present a Candlelight Christmas Concert at 4 pm. 

Here’s what’s happening at The Wesleyan University Center for the Arts this week: Tonight, students from the Wesleyan chamber music program will perform at 12 pm in the Crowell Concert Hall. Also, at 7 pm, the Wesleyan Wind Ensemble will perform pieces for winds and percussion at 7 pm in the Crowell Concert Hall. In the CFA Hall at 9 pm, Datum-Datura will present an evening of sound, image, and the influence of language. 

Wednesday, the Wesleyan Organ Students will perform a seasonal program at the South Church in Middletown at 12 pm. This is a Free event! Also on Wednesday, the students of South Indian voice will perform their fall semester recital at 7 pm. 

Thursday afternoon brings the students of experimental music together to perform John Cage's "Musicircus" at 1 pm in the Crowell Concert Hall.  In the World Music Hall at 7 pm, the music of central Java will be showcased as a part of the Javanese Gamelan Ensemble final concert. In the Crowell Concert Hall, the students of Jazz Improvisation present Happening '15, a culmination of creative music and campus activity at 8 pm. 

Friday and Saturday night is the Winter Dance Concert, a series of works from advanced student choreographers at the CFA Theater at 8 pm

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

Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, tomorrow/Wednesday, Heart of a Dog, directed by Laurie Anderson will end its run. Also Wednesday, its Other Peoples Stories at 7:30 pm. On Friday, The Wonders, an Italian film about a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation will begin its run. Saturday and Sunday, you can catch the animated classic "Iron Giant." Also on Saturday, Speak Up, a storytelling event centered around the theme "Nightlife", will start at 8 pm. O n Sunday, Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes present an evening of improvised music with special guests at 3 pm. More info at www.realartways.org

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio ends its of 99 Homes, a movie starring Andrew Garfield about a recently evicted construction worker who falls into criminal work with a real estate shark. Tonight, they show National Theater's live broadcast of Jane Eyre. Tomorrow/Wednesday, they present a free screening of The Price of the Ticket, a documentary about writer James Baldwin. On Thursday, it's Freeheld, a film about the 'sanctity of marriage' and the struggles faced by same sex couples,  staring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, and Steve Carell. Friday and Saturday, Cinestudio presents The Martian, sci fi epic about an astronaut trapped on mars, directed by Ridley Scott and staring Matt Damon. Sunday its the encore screening of Jane Eyre. Also on Sunday, Hitchcock/Truffaut a documentary about an interview between the two legendary filmmakers, begins its run. More information and showtimes at cinestudio.org.

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

Right after The Jive at Five, stick around for Brass & Sass with DJ Thrasher for an exploration of the New Orleans' music scene from past to present. 

At 6pm it’s Your English is Good with Mizael Robledo, offering an exploration of the contextual experiences of people who learned English as a second language, with music in the guests' native tongue.

From 6:30-8pm, Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill presents an eclectic selection of Americana, country, folk, folk-rock, bluegrass, acoustic, blues, Celtic, old-time, singer-songwriter and other music with a roots influence.

At 8pm it’s a hour of The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry, a weekly show featuring live and local ecticut arts and music.  On tonight's show you can catch Bonnie Erich, a local children’s songwriter. 

From 9-10:30 it's Radio Obscura. Joe McCarthy and Paco Winebox asked us to tell you that “You won't believe your eyes” when you listen to their show.

Oblique Strategies with Biscuit comes your way at 10:30pm, inviting you to join in for twists and turns through an hour of constrained musical drifting.

From 11:30-12:30am, Food Court Friends with Sierra Mist and Orange Julius offers an hour of punk and pop punk to bang your head and let out some teen angst to. 

At 12:30am The Chillin Factory with Noah G. and DJ So Fresh So Clean presents quality hip hop analysis and dissection.

From 1:30-2:20am, it' s High Times with DJ Woo, featuring up and coming electronic artists with music that will elevate your existence.

From 2:30-3:30am RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald explores music from around the world.

At 3:30, Shortwave Report with Dan Roberts from Pacifica gives a weekly review of news stories from around the world.

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 wesufm.org/jive. 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 Brass & Sass!

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