Good evening, it's Tuesday December 13th. 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 Marianne O’Hare producer of CHC. Thanks so much to the WESU friends, family, and listeners who came together to raise the $20,000 needed to balance our books and keep WESU on air this season. If you didn’t get a chance to contribute yet, never fear, donations beyond our goal for the Fall drive will help to keep our Spring Pledge drive as short as possible.
Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
At the Russell Library in Middletown, this evening at 6:30 WESU’s own Dr. Helen Evrard presents a workshop, “Brain Health and the Work Search: The Powerful Medicine of Words.” Thursday at 6 Russell Library invites you to bring your kids in to a Candy Sushi workshop. The Veterans Writing Group meets on Thursday. Middletown’s Poet Laureate Susan Allison holds a Poet’s Corner on Friday at 1 pm. On Sunday there’s a Historic Sewing Circle at 1 pm for sewers, tailors, costumers, and designers. Find details of these events and more at www.russelllibrary.org
Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts sponsors the Ensemble Pamplemousse presenting New Music tonight at 8 pm at Crowell Concert Hall. The Ensemble is a composer/performer collective, and works by graduate music students will be presented. www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/
Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, it’s Crunk-Witch, Ceschi (sounds like “Chess-key”), and The Forest Room. There’s a Comedy Open Mic hosted by Dan Rice tomorrow/Wednesday. Thursday’s "bill includes Witch Hair, Dead Painters, and JFK. Friday’s Happy Hour features Tommy Doomsday, followed later by a Xmas Extravaganza featuring Shellye Valauskas, Experience, The Linemen, and Abbie Barrett. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, and the late show headlines Space Cadets, appearing with Todd Lewis Kramer. On Sunday at noon they’ve got A Country Christmas featuring The Hickups, followed by the Sunday Buzz Matinee at 4, Café Nine’s holiday party with The Cobalt Rhythm Kings and their 20th Anniversary Jam. 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 Gene Donaldson. On Thursday nights The Blackeyed Sally’s house band, The Po’ Boys play boogie-woogie, blues rock and roll. Friday, they bring you the Ras Spectiv Band, celebrating the music of Bob Marley and more. On Saturday, there’s reggae funk with The Spiritual Rez. www.blackeyedsallys.com
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 - 9:30p. Partners not necessary but soft-soled shoes are! For information, call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278.
Artists for World Peace brings vibraphonist Jay Hoggard to The Hubbard House in Middletown this Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Proceeds benefit the Children of Peace Project and the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. Contact Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org for details, or visit http://www.artistsforworldpeace.org/one-child-one-concert/
Manic Productions brings Thievery Corporation, The Reminders, and DJ Norrin to the College Street Music Hall on Wednesday. Or you can catch Caveman and Telegram Scam at Bar in New Haven. www.manicproductions.org
Thursday evening at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown at 7 pm there’s Shaking the Tree Gong & Sound Meditation session with Andrew. Friday’s double bill includes R & B artist Jim Shepley, appearing with Brian May. Saturday morning it’s Annaita Gandhy’s Aligned With Source workshop at 10:30 am, with this week’s theme of “Your Gifts.” At 1 pm there’s a Holiday Ornament Decorating event sponsored by Middletown’s Park & Rec Dept. At 8 pm it’s An Allen Family Christmas with jazz renditions of your holiday favorites. There are two performances Sunday, at 3 and 7 pm, of Dylan Thomas’ classic “A Christmas in Wales,” brought to you by Connecticut Heritage Productions and featuring Peter Loffredo. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30. Details at http://buttonwood.org
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Thursday brings a night of Grammy Award-winning reggae with Morgan Heritage and their “Back To Basics” Tour. On Friday Toads Place hosts the Marion Meadows Holiday Show, benefitting Project Music. On Saturday they headline Deadphish Orchestra, and Talking Dreads. www.toadsplace.com
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, it’s Christmas with the Celts this Thursday at 8 pm. Enjoy the jazz and rock offerings of Blood Sweat and Tears on Friday. On Saturday, it’s Kashmir, the Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute Band. www.infinityhall.com
The Hartt School Community Division’s annual production of The Nutcracker happens this Friday through Sunday at the Millard Auditorium at the University of Hartford. Full details at www.hartord.edu/nutcracker
The Artists Collective in Hartford presents its annual pre-Kwanzaa and Christmas celebration on Saturday from 2-5 pm with ensemble performances, vendors, and presentations. Info at www.artistscollective.org
Connecticut Landmarks presents Victorian Christmas tours this Saturday and Sunday at the Butler-McCook House in Hartford. www.ctlandmarks.org
There’s a Jazz Brunch with the Gwenath Douglas Trio this Sunday at 10:30 am at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. www.thewadsworth.org
You can enjoy the Holiday Light Fantasia in Goodwin Park in Hartford throughout the season. Proceeds benefit Channel 3 Kids Camp. Details at www.holidaylightfantasia.org
The City of Hartford’s seventh annual Winterfest continues through the month. Enjoy free ice skating at Bushnell Park, or visit Santa’s workshop and get your photo taken on Saturday from noon to 3 pm. Go to www.winterfesthartford.com for details of these activities and more.
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 “Deconstructing the Beatles: The White Album,” a multimedia look at the creation of this iconic music. They also continue “Little Sister,” a dark comedy about a young nun who revisits her childhood home. On Wednesday they screen “Girl Asleep,” an Australian film that explores the teenage mind, and “Pickle,” an award-winning short about rescue animals. Visit the website for information on weekend screenings. www.realartways.org.
Though Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run of “Elevator To The Gallows,” a 4K ultra high def restoration of Louis Malle’s debut film about a woman planning the murder of her gangster husband. On Thursday and Saturday, they’ve got matinees of National Theatre Live’s performance of Harold Pinter’s “No Man’s Land.” Friday and Saturday’s evening movie is “Baraka,” an exploration of spiritual expression from 24 countries. They’re screening the Bolshoi Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcraker” for a Sunday matinee, and continue traditional holiday offerings Sunday afternoon with “It’s a Wonderful Life.” www.cinestudio.org
Right after The Jive until 6pm, stick around for The Soul Spoke with DJ Skaz featuring
Tunes from around-the-world tunes that uplift, realign, and educate - giving soul to your world and backbone to your day.
From 6-6:30pm stay tuned for Voices with Abby Shneyder presenting Poetry out loud!
From 6:30-8pm, Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill offers 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, The Karl Marx Social Hour with DJ Fat Marco and DJ Ninjoo Pinjoo wrap their show around a weekly theme.
Easy Listening with DJ Re-Bag comes your way from from 1-2am
At 2am stay tuned for 2 hours of Histotronics, offering Electronic music through the ages by exploring its conception and evolution over time.
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 www.wesufm.org/jive . 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.
Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on WESU Middletown:
That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. If you missed anything, you can find the written version online at wesufm.org/jive. 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.