Good evening, it's Tuesday, December 20th. 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 and host of Conversations on Healthcare.
Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
At the Russell Library in Middletown, tonight, There’s an Origami class at 6:30. There’s a workshop tomorrow/Wednesday at 2:30 on Last Minute Gifts Using MS Publisher. Bring your own paper or use theirs to print certificates, coupons, photos, and more. Cultural Connections, the place for immigrant women to network, on happening tomorrow/weds at 5 pm. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets on Thursday at 6. Find details of these events and more at www.russelllibrary.org
Tonight, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown presents their Interplay / Laughter Yoga and Crystal Bowl Sound Healing. The Middlesex Drum Circle meets Thursday at 7 pm. The Buttonwood is closed for the holiday weekend. http://buttonwood.org
Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, Saray Golley, Kamryn, and Olive Tiger take the stage. Wednesday’s Special Holiday Show at The Nine features the Tony Purrone Trio. There’s a Local Band Showcase on Thursday and the Friday early set at 5pm featuresSnake Hill Blues. Friday night Café Nine headlines a Holiday Hip-Hop showcase with Deuce Bug and more. They’re closed for the holiday weekend. www.cafenine.com
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on Tuesday nights, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on stage. On Wednesdays, they present their long-running Community Blues Jam, hosted by Tommy Whalen, this week. Thursday night, the Xy Eli Band and Bob Orsi play soul, blues, and the music of Hendrix. They close out the week on Friday with Jake Kulak & The Lowdown. 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.
Manic Productions brings Wess Meets West, Pray for Sound, and All Riot to Bar in New Haven on Wednesday. On Friday, it’s The Slackers, The Screw-Ups, and Rebuilder at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. www.manicproductions.org
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, it’s their annual Holiday Jam on Thursday with Mister, Savo, Knockout, and Uncle Moose. On Friday they’ve got the John Valby XXX-Mas Show. www.toadsplace.com
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. 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 “The Brand New Testament,” a French comedy about a contemporary God and his family who live in a high-rise apartment in Brussels. On Friday they’re screening “The Eagle Huntress,” a documentary about a thirteen-year-old girl who becomes the first female in her family to train for an eagle hunting festival in Mongolia. www.realartways.org.
Though Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the holiday tradition of screening “It’s a Wonderful Life” through the week, ending with a Saturday matinee at 2:30. Check the website for times. www.cinestudio.org
Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on WESU Middletown:
Right after the jive, stick around for three hours of Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill presenting
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.
From 8-9pm The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry is a A weekly show featuring live and local Connecticut arts and music.
From 9-10pm The Hometown Browns with DJ jaFREE features your favorite cumin human talking culture, history, and art, featuring South Asian artists.
at 10pm Upfront Soul from Pacifica puts some soul in your stride with 2 hours of soul, rnb, and funk, selected by Sanguine Fromage.
From Midnight until 4am stay tuned for Franco’s Studio 54 mix of dance music from the 70’s and 80’s.
That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.
The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at wesufm.org/jive
Thanks so much for listening – warm wishes for a happy and safe holiday season.
Stay tuned for 3 hrs of Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill.