Thursday, January 7, 2016

01-06-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, January 6th, and this is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming, here on 88.1 FM WESU 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! Thanx for tuning in!
Thanks to our supporters for a successful fall turned winter pledge drive.  When it really comes down to it, there are literally a few hundred people whose donations ensure free form community radio has a home at WESU.  On behalf of the thousands of listeners who listen to WESU regularly, but haven’t yet seen the light, and all of the WESU staff, thanks for having our back with a donation this fall. Your support sustains the community service that WESU provides. As more people join in and support our work, we can increase the value and impact of the work we do. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Here's some of what’s happening in our area this week:
Here in Middletown, Friday night,  the Buttonwood Wood Tree presents the quartet Windborne, offering close harmony singing and spirited banjo picking mixed with polyphonic vocal music from Eastern Europe, Corsica, Basque Country and more. Saturday mornings, the Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop happen from 10:30-noon at the Buttonwood Tree. Later on Saturday, its’ AN AFTERNOON OF POETRY and SONG by Author, John Surowiecki and son.  Saturday night Seat of Our Pants offers Contemporary, acoustic folk.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, you can catch COMEDY OPEN MIC HOSTED BY DAN RICE. Thursday night, Café Nine offers LONG LIVE THE KING! A TRIBUTE TO ELVIS, featuring DW Ditty, Kriss Santala, Sean Conlon, Buzz Gordo, Christoph Whitbeck, Terri Lynn, The Right Offs (solo), Brian Slattery, Tom Hearn, Paul Panamarenko, and Cristina Harris!  Friday’s Weekly 5pm early show features STEFANIE HARRIS AUSTIN and CALVIN DECUTLASS. Later Friday night at The Nine, Manic Productions Presents DOWNTOWN BOYS, Guerilla Toss, Maricamerica, and Jose Oyola (solo).  Café Nine’s weekly afternoon Jazz Jam session is with Gary Grippo and Friends at 4:30. Later Saturday night GIRLS, GUNS, AND GLORY and The Hickups offer a night of contemporary Americana.  Sunday afternoon at Café Nine, The Buttondowns take the stage for a 3pm show and Greg Sherrod Band hits the stage at 8pm.

Up in Hartford at Black-eyed Sally’s, tonight it's the long running Black-eyed Sally’s weekly Community Blues Jam, hosted by GENE DONALDSON, this week. (That’s all for this week!) Sally’s.

The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Call 860-347-0278 for details.

Tonight, Manic Productions presents a bill featuring Tri-State Era, The Most, Guest House, & Knife Garden for a night of rock at Bar in New Haven on Wednesday. Friday night MANIC PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: a night of serious heavy metal with Venom Inc, Necrophagia, and Nightbitch at The Ballroom at The Outer Space

Infinity Hall Norfolk presents their OPEN MIC BIG STAGE COMPETITION this Thursday. Friday on their Norfolk stage they present The Slambovian Circus of Dreams. At Infinity Hall Hartford, Friday night they present, Funk Sax Man Maceo Parker of James Brown and P Funk Lineage. Saturday night at Infinity Hartford you can catch Howie Day w/ special guest Brian Jarvis. On Sunday it’s the Young Studs of Comedy at Infinity Norfolk. Details at

In New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Friday night you can catch WINTER WONDERBAND 2016 featuring Something Simple, A Day Less, ATWA, Lawnchair Pilots, Monopole, Montgomery Parkway, The Not Mikes, and Woodstock Band.  Sat at Toads there’s a BRIGHT NIGHT: ELECTRO-GLOW PARTY featuring a dozen DJs.

 Friday night down in New Haven, The Elm City Noise Festival and DrinkDeeply present PEDESTRIAN DEPOSIT + PHEMALE + SICKNESS + CERISE MONTCLAIR + NEPHEW at Lyric Hall Theater on Whalley Ave. find more info on facebook

Also down in New Haven Friday night, The LDPP Winter Concert series at Pacific Standard Tavern features The Grays with special guests Dapperascal & Mark Pires.

There’s an exhibit of paintings by WESU DJ, Bill Revill, The host of Acoustic Blender,  at the Cora J. Belden Library in Rocky Hill this month with an opening reception on Saturday, January 9th, from 2 - 3:30.  

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, through Thursday, They continue their run of: 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. Also continuing through Thursday is: 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 several times over. Opening Friday at RAW is Su Rynard’s documentary, The Messenger which explores our connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. The Film Moonwalkers a high-tempo action-comedy starring Ron Perlman as a 1960s CIA agent in swinging sixties

Trinity College’s Cinestudio will emerge from 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 it’s Your Mind Matters with Helen Evrard, M.D. where Guests discuss holistic approaches to the brain diseases we call mental illness, or share their stories of personal healing and achievement.

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 an extended version of Accoustic Blender with Bill Revill!

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.

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.  

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.

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

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