Thursday, December 31, 2015

Thursday's Jive

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Good evening, it's Thursday, December 31st 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. 

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! With just over $500 still needed go to close out this drive, your contribution right now can help us end this drive successfully before the end of 2015. Plus we’re offering great thank you gifts. Donate online at

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

At Main Pub in Manchester tonight you can cath The Michael Cleary Band CD release party for their brand new album, uplift! 

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight 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 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 tonight  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.

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 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 

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