Monday, November 21, 2016

11-22-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Tuesday November 22nd. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers talk radio from NPR and Pacifica, as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.

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I’m   Marianne O’Hare, producer of CHC Radio, Heard Wednesdays at 4:30.

Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:

At the Russell Library in Middletown, they’ve offer an Origami session this evening at 6:30. Check the website for holiday hours and closings.

Tonight, down in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, they headline Drew Angus and Ian Biggs. Tomorrow/Wednesday brings Dean Falcone’s 20th annual Thanksgiving Vomitorium. Friday’s Happy Hour at 5 features Bill Beckett this week. Later, their Black Friday Affair brings you Mr. Seuss, Left Field Rhythms, and IAmVarcity. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band, and the late show features Ultrabunny, Headroom, Healthy Snacks, and Spectral Fangs. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 brings you Ian Fitzgerald and Brian Dolzani.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on Tuesday nights, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on Sally’s stage. On Wednesdays they present their long-running Community Blues Jam hosted by Brant Taylor.  On Thursday, according to their website, The Po’ Boys will be playing boogie-woogie, blues, rock and Roll. On Friday, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez return to the Black Eyed Sally’s stage. On Saturday, they headline Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood, with R&B, rock, soul, and Texas blues.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tomorrow, Wednesday, their annual Funks-giving Show features Deep Banana Blackout and West End Blend. On Friday you can catch Chris Webby, Anoyd, Danny Evans, and Spark Kent. Saturday’s featured headliner is Zach Deputy.

Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at

Middletown Scottish country dancers offer classes for beginners & experienced dancers at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, Every Wednesday from 7 - 9:30p.   Partners not necessary but soft-soled shoes are! For information, call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they bring you blues and pop with Jeff Pevar and Friends tomorrow/Wednesday. Judy Collins performs Friday at 8:30 pm. Eaglemania is at Infinity on Saturday, with Eagles hits and more.

You can enjoy the Holiday Light Fantasia in Goodwin Park in Hartford starting this Thursday. Proceeds benefit Channel 3 Kids Camp. Details at

Wesleyan Potters' 61st Annual Exhibit & Sale of fine crafts, opens Friday November, featuring pottery, jewelry, sculpture, fiber arts, wood, paper crafts, photography, printmaking, toys and more. This year's Exhibit is themed "Star Light Winter Bright" and highlights a fund-raising raffles and more 860-347-5925, 

The City of Hartford sponsors its seventh annual Winterfest again this year starting on Friday. Enjoy free ice skating at Bushnell Park. Visit their Facebook page at Winterfest Hartford.

The Artists Collective hosts the first in its Music in the Atrium series this Friday at their Hartford location. The featured performer is Ed Fast & Conga-bop, a high-energy percussion ensemble. Details at

The Charter Oak Cultural Center presents “Legends of the Forgotten Borough,” about the legendary R&B group “Force MDs” of Staten Island, on Saturday at 2 pm at their Hartford location. Details at

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday and will reopen Saturday, when you can catch Fill the Robot featuring Phil Bullaro performing experimental electronic compositions. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30. Details at

Sunday night brings the return of “Wax”, a monthly party at Firehouse 12 in New Haven celebrating 45 rpm records and vintage fashion and dance culture. The event happens from 9- midnight with a retro outfit contest and Wax Resident DJ's NEB, Dooley-o plus special guest DJ Prime on the wheels of steel. 

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

Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways holds over its run of “A Man Called Ove,” a Swedish film about an isolated retiree whose life is changed by new neighbors. Also continuing is “Christine,” about a news anchor whose life spirals out of control in 1970’s Florida. Both run through Wednesday. On Friday they open “Tampopo,” a 4K restoration of the Japanese film about a band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner toward the perfect recipe. It runs through the weekend.  

Though Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run of “The Wanderers,” a restored 1979 film about an American gang of kids growing up in the streets of 1960’s Bronx, through Wednesday. On Thursday they open “The Girl on the Train,” about a divorced woman who becomes involved in the secrets of a disappeared neighborhood homeowner. It runs through Saturday. Sunday’s matinee is “Exhibition on Screen: The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch,” a film celebrating the work of that visionary painter. They also open “Arthropoid,” a film about the attempt to assassinate an SS Holocaust architect in WWII Czechoslovakia.   

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford hosts a free screening of the 1987 John Hughes comedy “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” this Sunday at 2 pm in Hartford.

Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on WESU Middletown:

Right after the Jive at Five The Bill Revill is in the house for off an extra-long edition of Acoustic Blender, tonight. 

Bill takes a quick break from 6-6:30pm for Voices with Abby Shneyder, presenting Poetry out loud!

At 6:30 Acoustic Blender is back in action with an eclectic selection of new and older folk, Americana, bluegrass, blues and other music that has a roots influence with a concert listing at 7pm and frequent concert and festival ticket giveaways.

At 8-pm, stay tuned for The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry A weekly show featuring live and local Connecticut arts and music.

The Hometown Browns with DJ jaFREE comes your way from 9-10pm with your favorite cumin human talking culture, history, and art, featuring South Asian artists.

At 10pm stay tuned for This is Water with Eric Hagen featuring discussions about important human issues, such as the meaning of life.

From 10:30-12am it’s Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam, Featuring local hip hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists normally not played on the radio.

At Midnight, taking over until 4am, Franco is in the house for Studio 54 spotlighting disco, funck, sould and other dance hits of the 70s and 80s.

The BBC World report comes your way at 4am and we being our weekday program daily, with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. If you missed anything, you can find the written version 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.

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