Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Good evening, it's Wednesday, November 30th and 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.
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!

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Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
Tonight (Wednesday) Manic Productions brings  Mothers, E, and Reduction Plan at Bar in New Haven. On Thursday you can catch Thank You Scientist, Moon Tooth, The Tea Club, and Mile Marker Zero at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Manic presents Pete Yorn at the Ballroom stage on Friday. On Saturday, it’s Turkuaz & The New Mastersounds at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. And Sunday at College Street finishes out with Reverend Horton Heat, Unknown Hinson, Nashville P*ssy, and Lucky Tubb.

Tonight (Wednesday), down in New Haven at Café Nine, it’s another session of Words & Music. On Thursday you can catch Backwoods Payback, VRSA, and When The Deadbolt Breaks. Friday’s Happy Hour at 5 features Frank Critelli this week. Later, Friday night, it’s a Hip Hop for the Homeless event featuring Joey Batts and Them, Hose Oyola, and more. Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola and Friends this week. Saturday night there’s a records release show for Landing, appearing with Procedure Club, Rivener, and Solilians at The Nine. Manic Productions finishes out the weekend for the Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3, featuring The Helium Brothers and Eddie Seville.

Tonight (Wednesday) up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it's the their long-running Community Blues Jam hosted by Tim McDonald.  On Thursday it’s Sally’s house band The Po’ Boys, with blues, rock, and boogie-woogie. On Friday, they bring you blues with The Delta Generators. On Saturday, it’s more blues with Poppa Chubby.

This evening (Wednesday) at 7 pm, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts film students from Wesleyan presenting, “Middletown Portraits: Four Films About the People Behind Our Storefronts,” showcasing four local businesses, with a Q & A session. On Thursday at 7 pm it’s the Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta. On Friday at 8 they bring you Indigo Soul, a rhythm and voice trio with R & B, soul, and light pop. The Eric Mintel Quartet comes your way on Saturday at 8, performing A Charlie Brown Christmas in celebration of its fiftieth anniversary. On Sunday at 2 pm John Basinger performs a live reading of Book 2 from John Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” a continuation of the Paradise Lost Performance Project. Later at 7 pm, it’s the Great Make Believe Improv Show. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30. Details at

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Thursday it’s the HOT 93.7 Christmas Party, with D.R.A.M, Justine Skye, and more. On Friday the headline Felly, Gyyps, Yonas, and The Mermaid Gang tour. Saturday brings another Original Saturday Night College Dance Party. On Sunday, in conjunction with the Yale Music Department, they host Jazz Into Africa/Africa Into Jazz with a variety of
At the Russell Library in Middletown,  the Veterans Writing Group meets tomorrow night (Thursday) at 7.

Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register
Middletown Scottish country dancers offer classes for beginners & experienced dancers at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, Every Wednesday from 7 - 9:30p.   For info, call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278.

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts hosts the Topazio Lecture this Thursday at 5 pm at Ring Performing Arts Hall, featuring Alan Trachtenberg speaking on “Recovery and Redemption in the Camera Eye: William Earle Wlliams’ New View of the American Civil War.” At 7 pm they sponsor Music from East Asia performed by the university’s three ensembles: the Taiko Drumming Ensemble, the Chinese Music Ensemble, and the Korean Drumming Ensemble. It takes place in Crowell Concert Hall. On Friday at 7 pm they present the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble performing a Javanese wayang puppet play in World Music Hall. There’s an African Drumming and Dance Concert at 8 pm in Crowell Concert Hall featuring Emmanual Attah Poku and the Kinewe African Dance ensemble from Tufts University. On Saturday at 8 pm the Wesleyan University Orchestra performs at Crowell Concert Hall. On Sunday at 2 pm they present the Worlds of Dance Concert at Crowell Concert Hall. At 3 pm on Sunday the Concert Choir performs a variety of selections at Memorial Chapel. Details at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega takes the stage this Thursday. On Friday you can hear Americana and roots rock performed by Rusted Root. On Saturday at 1:30 they bring you the University of Hartford’s Jazz Stars of Tomorrow. Later, at 8 pm, it’s pop and soud with Javier Colon, appearing with Laura Clapp. On Sundayat 1 pm it’s the a capella Whiffenpoofs, with The Duke’s Men of Yale. Sunday night, it’s classic pop with Al Stewart.

The Women’s Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford hosts a Night of Illumination this Thursday at 5 pm. Purchase a tree or wreath, enjoy refreshments, and watch a screening of the holiday classic “Love, Actually.” Their Festivals of Trees and Traditions starts on Friday at 10 am and continues through the weekend. Details at

The Connecticut Forum presents a panel discussion, “The Future of Higher Education,” this Thursday at The Bushnell Center in Hartford at 8 pm. Panelists will discuss the future of college education and what needs to change. Details at

The Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Concert happens this weekend at the Aetna Theater at the Wadsworth Athenaeum. Visit for times and ticket information.

The Mark Twain House in Hartford hosts its annual free tour of the home and museum this Saturday and Sunday. Details at  

Artists for World Peace holds its third annual Open House this Saturday from 1-6 pm at the DeKoven House in Middletown. There will be live music, food, a holiday marketplace, and an interfaith dialogue on peace. Details at

The Middletown Recreation Division hosts a nature hike this Sunday at 10 am at Highland Forest, led by Beth Lapin. Call 860-262-2788 for details.

WESU's own Bill Denert will be in East Hampton this Sunday for a book signing for his children's book, “Tales From the Little Valley.” It’s taking place at 95 Main Street, right next to Po's Rice and Spice restaurant. Come on down and join the fun as Bill discusses his current book, along with news about his second book of the series to be published soon.

The Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown hosts its annual Holiday Market this Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm. Shop for holiday gifts including pottery, organic candles, clothing, and more. Details at

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

The City of Hartford sponsors its seventh annual Winterfest again this year starting on Friday. Enjoy free ice skating at Bushnell Park. Visit Santa’s workshop and get your photo taken on Saturday from noon to 3 pm. Visit their Facebook page at Winterfest Hartford.

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

Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues its run of “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, through Thursday. Tonight and Wednesday they’re screening “Gimme Danger,” chronicling the story of the great rock-n-roll band, The Stooges. There’s a one-time showing on Tuesday of “Tower,” a film exploring the 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas. On Thursday they open “Miss Hokusai,” a Japanese film about the 19th century artist Hokusai and his brilliant daughter.  It runs through the weekend.

Though tonight (Wednesday), Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run of “Arthropoid,” a film about the attempt to assassinate an SS Holocaust architect in WWII Czechoslovakia. On Thursday they open “Denial,” starring Rachel Weisz as a historian sued for libel by a Holocaust denier. It runs through Saturday. On Saturday there’s a free matinee showing of “Knucklehead,” about a mentally disabled man in Brooklyn’s housing projects, left unprotected after his brother is shot. There’s a Q & A session following. On Sunday they open “The Handmaiden,” a Korean film about a common pickpocket who meets a Japanese heiress.   

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

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for Untracked with DJ PigInTheCity for a spotlight on Cinematic music that has yet to be heard in movies.

At  6pm, stay tuned for  Your Mind Matters with Dr. Helen Evrard, MD, exploring the brain conditions known as mental illness from a holistic viewpoint with guests who study them, treat them, or are affected by them.
From 6:30-8pm its Fusion Radio with James Fusion  - for a 90 minute live techno mix.

At 8m Mike Nyce keeps the beat going with his 90 minute live mix of deep underground house music on The Warehouse .

From 9:30-11pm it's the vault with DJ Anton Banks, presenting listeners with the latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house, and leftfield mixed live. Featuring exclusive music from internationals artists.

At 11pm stay tuned for Fresh Produce with DJ Blue Dream for an hour of Brand new hip hop, funk, and contemporary jazz, fresh from independent producers.

At midnight, its Hero Worship with DJ Girl Fieri & DJ Give 'em hill.

After that at 1am, The Second Sex with DJ Crystal Beth & DJ Megnanimous  offer a look at female singers, shredders, and rockers across various decades and genres.

From 2-3am, Catch of the Day with DJ Lobster speaks in-depth about one new release and plays songs that inspired the artist and are related to the work.

From 3-4am stick around for The Hour of Slack from The Church of the SubGenius Radio Ministry
At 4am you can catch the BBC world report before we kick off tomorrow’s program with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

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. 

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