Thursday, December 17, 2015

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it's Thursday, December 17th, 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 JCherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. If you haven’t already made a contribution, I hope you’ll help us close out 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! Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. We’ve hit the homestretch with just under $2,000 left to meet our needs for this year. Donate online at 

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

Down in New Haven tonight, Café Nine brings Gasoline Therapy takes the Café Nine stage, with the James Mauri Four and Bedroom Rehab Corporation. Friday’s Weekly Wind-down Happy Hour at 5 features Snake Hill Blues. That’s followed at 9 by Jesse Malin, Dead Heavens and Don DiLego. Saturday’s Jazz Jam session is with Tony Dioguardi and Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by The Hempsteadys, Rusty Things, and The Screw-Ups. The Sunday Matinee at 3:30 features The Chryslers, followed at 8 by a holiday edition of Drag Queen Bingo with Robin Banks.

Manic Productions brings several shows to area venues this week, Knuckle Puck, with Seaway, Light Years, and Salitter at The Space in Hamden on Friday; and Silverstein and Senses Fail, with Hundredth and Capsize, on Saturday at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven.

Tonight at Oddfellows Playhouse, auditions for the production of Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors are open to ages 12-19 and take place at 6 pm.

Up in Hartford, at Black-eyed Sally’s, Tonight night the Charlie Allen Band plays, and will be followed by a Country Jam! Bring your fiddle or just get up on stage and stretch your lungs! Friday brings the XY Eli Band with special guest Peter Greenfogel Jazz Quartet: billed as some blues, some jazz and some dancing funk. Saturday, The Primate Fiasco, a project based out of Northampton MA,  combines old timey Dixie Jazz with modern groove/funk/improv music.

Back in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, Friday night brings the Coconuts, New England's Legendary Comedy Rock Band. Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon, it’s the Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop. Sunday, Joe Fonda performs with Carlo Morena from Italy on Piano and Felix Lecaros Herrera from Chile on drums.

At Infinity Hall Hartford this tonight you can catch Eileen Ivers performing Joyful Christmas. Then Friday brings Kashmir - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute Band to the Infinity Hall stage. Details at

The Veterans Writing Group meets at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Russell Library in Middletown.

In New Haven at Toad’s Place, on Friday and Saturday, it’s Kung Fu and Friends, the fifth annual Toys for Tots spectacular.

Middletown’s holiday on main street 2015 activities continue through Saturday. Complete details and added activities are published online at
Sat. Dec. 19th  there will be a Democratic Debate watch party from 8:30 to 11 PM at Taino Smokehouse in Middletown.  for info check  and
Search 06457 under "events" link.

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

Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways tonight/Wednesday, its Other Peoples Stories at 7:30 pm. You can catch Heart of a Dog, directed by Laurie Anderson, until the end of its run on Thursday. Also ending its run  on Thursday is: The Wonders, an Italian film about a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation will . On Friday, The Winding Stream, a documentary about the legendary Carter Family and Appalachian music will begin its run with a Q & A with the director at 7 pm. On Sunday, a showing of the film will be followed by a bluegrass jam at 1:15 pm. More info at

Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio ends its run on  of Hitchcock/Truffaut, a documentary about an interview between the two legendary filmmakers. The film features interviews from Hollywood legends like Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa. On Friday and Saturday, they will screen the audio-visual tour-de-force Baraka, a film whose creator travelled six continents to capture human and natural life. On Sunday, they present the Bolshoi Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker, followed by a run of America's most cherished holiday film, It's a Wonderful Life, directed by Frank Capra. More information and showtimes 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. You can listen to the best 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."

From 9:30-10:30 you can catch UnderCover with Ali and Ben who explore inspiration through invitation in a variety of music genres. 

From 10:30-11:30, stay tuned for the Late Night Format with Adi Slepack, for a radio show that is; like a TV talk show, with a new media spin!

At 11:30, it's an hour of Meet Music with DJ Rami. Buckle up and tune in to meet a new artist with each show, exploring background, influences and personal stories.

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 People, Places and Things with Jackalope. Each week brings a new theme, each theme brings and exciting smorgasbord of songs relating to it.

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. 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. IF you missed an item in our community calendar, you can find the script online at  If you turn to WESU for music and information that you cannot find elsewhere, please help us out with a donation today during our current fall pledge drive. You can make that donation online at 

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Ear Candy with Sick Nelden!

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