Thursday, December 24, 2015

Thursday's Jive

JCherry... producer and host of 
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Good evening, it's Wednesday, December 23rd 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. We are in the final stretch of the pledge drive and only need a little more to keep our station running through the next year. Whether you are just tuning in for the first time, or are a lifetime supporter of WESU, we need your help. What better way to ring in the New Year, than support the voice of your community. Donate online at  

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

In New Haven at Cafe Nine tonight at 
7 pm Bill Calash presents fun and music at The Kings and Queens of East Rock Christmas Party. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band. Saturday night brings classic soul, rhythm, and blues from Kevin St. James & The Crown Street Orchestra at 9 pm. Sunday's Matinee features proto-punk and psychedelic intrigue from Lamb Bombs and The Natch at 3 pm. Sunday night welcomes Wisconsin-based sing and songwriter Kirby Jayes along with Sam Perduta 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven,  Saturday night, its John Valby's XXX-Mas Show at 10 pm. They headline Sammy Adams on Sunday at 9 pm. 

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, on Saturday, Antony Digennaro and Tommy Monaghan present "Music for 32 Goats" at 8 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.

Up in Hartford, Black Eyed Sally's goes country on Saturday at 8 pm, featuring Connecticut's own Nashville recording artist Presley & Taylor.
At Infinity Hall Hartford on Sunday at 7:30 its Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot: An evening celebrating the music of Billy Joel. Also 7:30, its the usual Open Mic Night. Details at 

Wesleyan's Center for the Arts is currently closed for winter break, but will reopen with new events in January. More information at    

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

Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, "The Winding Stream", a documentary about the legendary Carter Family and Appalachian music will end its run on Thursday. Also ending on Thursday is the documentary film "Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict" about the legendary heiress and collector of modern art. On Friday, "Janis: Little Girl Blue" opens, a documentary by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg, that delves into the life and found footage of the late Janis Joplin.  More info at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio plays the seminal 1946 Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" starring James Stewart and Donna Reed and directed by Frank Capra through Thursday. After that they take a break and will continue again on Wednesday January 6th.

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 

And if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? WESU depends on listener support for over a third of our annual budget and we need you to do your part to keep this community station on air! Please make a donation in support of community radio online at at your earliest convenience.    
Thanks - Now stay tuned for Home Grown!

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