Good evening, it's December 5th. 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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Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
Tonight, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown at 6pm, you can participate in thier weekly Laughter Yoga session. Thursday night, ARTFARM honors the life & legacy of iconic Italian actor/playwright/activists in a program called The Politics of Laughter: A Tribute to Dario Fo and Franca Rame, Introduced by Wesleyan/Yale Professor Ron Jenkins. Friday night The Mattabesset String Collective, a five-piece string band, plays an eclectic mix of bluegrass, blues, country and rock at The Buttonwood Tree. Saturday morning at 10:30 brings, Anniata Gandhy’s weekly Aligned with Source, workshop. Saturday afternoon at 1pm, the Middlesex Music Academy Student Recitaltakes the Buttonwood Stage. Saturday night Pesky J Nixon offers compelling harmonies and narratives backed by disparate instrumentation including- zydeco style accordion, virtuosic mandolin, tribal percussion, and more. The Hearing Voices Network meets at the Buttonwood on Mondays at 10:30 am. www.buttonwood.org
Down in New Haven tonight, RICHARD BUCKNER and Lys Guillorn share the Café Nine Stage. Tomorrow/ Wednesday night ANSTIGATOR, DAYSIX, and ALEX PANDA make for a night of Electronic Dance Music at Café Nine. Joey Sprinkles and Pleasure Beach make for a night of Melodic indie rock on Thursday night. Fridays Weekly wind down early set at 5pm feature The Buttondowns. Don Dilego and Tha Backyard Committee take the stage at 9pm for the Friday night main event at Café Nine. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo and Friends this week. Saturday night, it’s a triple bill featuring The James Mauri 4, Fiction, and Crown Colony. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 brings you ANDREW BIAGIARELLI and TONY REGETS. Sunday night Café Nine offer a full night of entertainment with AUDREY CAMPBELL, MARIE PINETTE, DANNY HENRY, and Joe Stalsworth. www.cafenine.com
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 Ed Bradley, this week. On Thursday its Sally’s house band The Po’ Boys offer boogie-woogie blues, rock, and Roll. On Friday, night Café nine presents FLUX CAPACITOR W/ RHYTHM INC for a night of genre bending electronic rock and roll. Saturday night you can catch the Jay Willie Blues Band with James Montgomery. www.blackeyedsallys.com
It’s a busy time at Wesleyan University Center for the Arts as they wrap up the Fall semester. Tonight Evening brings The New England premiere of the opera "Port Bou" (sounds like boo) (2014) by Elliott Sharp depicting the last moments in the life of philosopher Walter Benjamin at Port Bou, in 1940, as he was fleeing Nazi-occupied France. This free performance happens at Wesleyan’s Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall).
Tomorrow/Wednesday night in the World Music Hall there’s a South Indian Music Student Recital at 7pm. Thursday at 3:15pm, Students from Wesleyans "Introduction to Experimental Music" class present a series of overlapping performances alongside special mystery guests in a rendition of John Cage's Musicircus. The Capstone Theater Production: THE SELF will run several times Thursday and Friday nights in Wesleyan’s Patricelli ’92 Theater. THE SELF is an exploration in performing one’s own life, wherein a seven-person ensemble will tell personal stories. Also on Thursday night at 7pm, you can catch The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble for an evening of Javanese music with a prelude by the Youth Gamelan Ensemble. Wesleyan’s Winter Dance Concert happens on Saturday at 8pm in the CFA Theater. www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
Tomorrow/ Wednesday, The Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford invites you to join them for their 43rd Festival of Trees & Traditions, an annual holiday fundraising event featuring trees and wreaths decorated by community members, artists, and organizations, and displayed in the galleries throughout the week. This special exhibition is on view during regular museum hours. www.thewadsworth.org
Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at www.hartfordmindfulnesscenter.org
Middletown Scottish country dancers offer classes for beginners & experienced dancers at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, Every Wednesday from 7 - 9:30pm. For information, call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278.
The Main event here in Middletown this Wednesday night is the WESU Fundraising Dinner at La Boca Restaurant on Main St, where you can help us close out our Fall Pledge Drive while enjoying great food in the company of fine folks like you who appreciate WESU! Lord Lewis will be playing funk and soul music to keep the dance floor grooving and there will be a silent auction with goods and services provided by area businesses, artisans, and organizations. Tickets are $25 and you can purchase them as well as find out more at www.wesufm.org/dinner
There are other worthwhile events happening in our area on Wednesday night like the Hack n’ Jill Open Mic Night at The Mezzo Grille in Middletown that starts around 7:30. Old Lonesome Dave Downs hosts the event and invites performers of all ilkes to participate with a reminder that proceeds will go toward next year’s Jack n’ Jill Music Festival, to benefit New Horizon’s Domestic Violence Services.
Infinity Hall Norfolk welcomes back Jorma (sounds like Yorma) Kaukonen for a 7pm show tomorrow/Wednesday night. Tim Reynolds and Will Bradford take the infinity Norfolk stage Friday there’s a John Denver Christmas concert with Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon. Infinity Hall Hartford presents a New York Vs Boston Comedy Throwdown Thursday night. Friday its Delta Rae with Special Guests Penny & Sparrow. John Pizzarelli takes the Infinity Hall Hartford Stage Saturday night. www.infinityhall.com
Thursday night at the Russell Library in Middletown, you can catch the program, Gershwin! With Thomas Pandolfi and Emil Altschuler at 7:00pm in the Hubbard Room. Jazz Up Close With Godwin Louis happens in the Hubbard room Sunday at 2pm. www.russelllibrary.org
The Holiday Light Fantasia in Goodwin Park in Hartford up and running. Proceeds benefit Channel 3 Kids Camp. Details at www.holidaylightfantasia.org
The City of Hartford is sponsoring its seventh annual Winterfest again this year offering free ice skating at Bushnell Park. You can visit their Facebook page at Winterfest Hartford for more details.
Friday evening, The Charter Oak Cultural Center presents an opening reception and artist Q&A for Let Me See That Body: Julia DePinto from 6-8pm. www.charteroakcenter.org
Wesleyan Potters' 61st Annual Exhibit & Sale of fine crafts, opens Friday, 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, www.wesleyanpotters.com
Sunday you are invited to join the Middletown Symphonic Band to celebrate the holidays with new and old favorites at their concert at South Congregational Church from 2-5pm. A free reception will follows the concert.
Also here in Middletown on Sunday at 3pm, Vintage players presents a stage production of “Love Letters” starring accomplished actors John Basinger and Carolyn Kirsch. All proceeds will benefit the Children's Programs of Oddfellows Playhouse. A reception will be held immediately following the performance. Tickets and information at www.oddfellows.org or call Oddfellows at (860) 347-6143.
Also in Middletown at 4:00 PM this coming Sunday, First Church in Middletown (UCC) will host a CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS CONCERT. The concert is free and open to the public and features traditional and classical, as well as Gospel and spiritual selections. Christmas readings and carol singing add to the mix; and a reception and "mini" Holly Fair will follow the concert. For additional information call 860-346-6657 or visit www.firstchurchmiddletown.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues their run of Deconstructing The Beatles: The White Album. Also now on screen at Real Art Ways is Seasons. Offering exceptional footage of animals in the wild, Seasons is the awe-inspiring and thought-provoking tale of the long and tumultuous shared history that inextricably binds humankind with the natural world.www.realartways.org.
Though Wednesday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run of the South Korean Film, “The Handmaiden” which one critic describes as a cultural mash-up (like Hamilton) that you can’t even imagine until you can’t live without it. www.cinestudio.org
Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on WESU Middletown:
Right after the jive, we’ve got The Soul Spoke with DJ Skaz, brings you some new soulful tunes from around the world.
From 6-6:30 pm it’s the Production Report, where Kiley and Allis will bring a comedic perspective to the newest news from the entertainment industry.
At 6:30 until 8 pm, Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill offers an eclectic selection of folk, Americana, bluegrass, and blues from old to new.
The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry takes you from 8 to 9 pm, featuring live and local Connecticut arts and music.
Up next is The Hometown Browns with DJ jaFREE, where you can get your fix of culture, history, and art featuring South Asian artists.
From 10 to 10:30 pm, stay tuned for This Is Water with Eric Hagen to hear quality discussion about a variety of human issues like the meaning of life.
After that it’s Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam from 10:30 to 12 am featuring local hip hot artists and little-known tracks from mainstream artists.
Next up is the Karl Marx Social Hour from 12 to 1 am, where DJ Fat Marco and DJ Ninjoo Pinjoo will play music relating to a story, social event, or historical event of their choosing.
The Chain with DJ JB and DJ EA Sportz will take you from 1 to 2 am, featuring old and new music connected through artists' collaborations, performance histories, and personal lives.
From 2 to 4 am, settle in for Histrotronics to experience the evolution of electronic music throughout the ages.
BBC World News airs from 4 to 5 am, and we get the day started at 5 with NPR’s Morning Edition.
That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. If you missed anything, you can find the written version online at wesufm.org/jive.
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