Wednesday, December 7, 2016

12-17-16 Jive

Good evening, it's December 7th 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.

WESU is listener-supported community radio and we need your help to wrap up our fall pledge drive and ensure that it doesn’t become a WINTER Pledge drive.  Show your support for WESU and help us pay the bills with a donation, today. You can make that donation online at where you can also see our thank you gifts.  We appreciate your generosity.

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

Thursday, The Buttonwood Tree, in collaboration with 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.

Down in New Haven tonight (Wednesday), 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.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it's their long-running Wednesday 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.

It’s a busy time at Wesleyan University Center for the Arts as they wrap up the Fall semester. Tonight (Wednesday)  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.

Tonight/ 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.

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 - 9:30pm. For information, call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278.
The Main event here in Middletown this evening (Wednesday) 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

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 tonight(Wednesday). 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.

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.

The Holiday Light Fantasia in Goodwin Park in Hartford is up and running. Proceeds benefit Channel 3 Kids Camp. Details at

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.

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, 

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 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

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.   

Though tonight (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.   

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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