Good evening, it's Tuesday December 27th. 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 Ben Michael Thanks for joining us.
Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, the lineup includes Werewolf Police, The Lost Riots, Ryxno, and King Bongo. There’s an evening of Words & Music tomorrow/Wednesday and Thursday brings the 5th annual holiday blow-out show with Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez. Friday’s Happy Hour at 5 features The Tommy’s, followed later by Savage World, Sperm Donor, and Cyperna. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4 is with Billy Cofrances, after which they finish out the year with the Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Burlesque Cabaret. 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 Wednesday, they present their long-running Community Blues Jam hosted by Tim McDonald. On Thursday, house band The Po Boys is on deck. On Friday their double bill features Gravitonik, with rock favorites, and Bonsai Trees, an indie rock band from Glastonbury. Saturday’s New Year’s Eve Celebration headlines The Mighty Soul Drivers. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Tomorrow/Wednesday night Felly returns to Toad’s Place in New Haven, for an Encore Performance. On Thursday they’ve got The White Panda, and Baasick and Friends. On Friday it’s Badfish – 40 oz. to Xmas, along with Something Simple, Ian Biggs, and Lucid Empire. Their Shakedown New Year’s Eve Extravaganza on Saturday headlines Off the Dome and Skanktones. www.toadsplace.com
Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at www.hartfordmindfulnesscenter.org
Manic Productions brings the Funky Dawgzz Brass Band, along with Tracy Jo & The Toads, to Bar in New Haven on Wednesday. www.manicproductions.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. call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278.
Thursday, Middletown’s Poet Laureate Susan Allison holds Open Hours at Brew Baker’s Café in the North End at 10 am.
The Hartford Public Library hosts a Kwanzaa Festival 2016 this Thursday from noon to 5 pm at the main location, featuring music, dancing, a soul food dinner, and more. Details at www.hplct.org
Infinity Hall in Hartford, presents comedian Landau Eugene Murphy Jr and the Home for the Holidays Tour this Thursday at 8. Riders on the Storm, the Ultimate Doors Tribute Band, is on deck for Friday. To close out your year they’ve got two performances by Tower of Power on Saturday, both opened by Brian Dunne. Details at www.infinityhall.com
At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Friday at 8 it’s a new original Coconuts - Comedy Rocks show. Saturday at 3 they host a program for peace and spiritual renewal at the gazebo at Harbor Park, Middletown, led by Andrew Prue. Details at http://buttonwood.org
First Night Hartford is back for its 28th year of celebrations on Saturday with food, music, museum tours and much more. Fireworks will pop at 6 pm and midnight. Admission is free and the event is family-friendly. Full details are at www.firstnighthartford.org
The Polish National Home’s Roaring Twenties New Year’s Eve Gala happens on Saturday at 8 pm at their Charter Oak Avenue location in historic Hartford. Enjoy dinner and the music of the Mark Fusco Band. Details at www.PolishHomeCT.org
You can bring in 2017 with a visit to the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown which hosts their annual Open House on Sunday from 1-4 pm. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, refreshments, and music by Horizon Blue. Details at www.wadsworthmasion.com
You can view 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 living in a high-rise apartment in Brussels. They also continue “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.
The Russell Library in Middletown is screening Pixar’s animated comedy-drama “Inside Out” this Tuesday at 2 pm, with free popcorn and beverages. www.russelllibrary.org
Trinity College’s Cinestudio is closed for the holidays and will reopen on January 4. www.cinestudio.org
Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on WESU Middletown:
Right after the jive,
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.
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, 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 now, for 3 hrs of Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill