Wednesday, December 28, 2016

12-28-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday December 28th 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.

I’m   Ben Michael Thanks for joining us.

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

Tonight (Wednesday), down in New Haven at Café Nine, 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.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, 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.

Tonight (Wednesday), 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.

Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at

Manic Productions brings the Funky Dawgzz Brass Band, along with Tracy Jo & The Toads, to Bar in New Haven this evening (Wednesday).

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can view the Holiday Light Fantasia in Goodwin Park in Hartford throughout the season. Proceeds benefit Channel 3 Kids Camp. Details at

The City of Hartford’s seventh annual Winterfest continues through the month. Enjoy free ice skating at Bushnell Park. Go to 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.

The Russell Library in Middletown is screening Pixar’s animated comedy-drama “Inside Out” this Tuesday at 2 pm, with free popcorn and beverages.  

Trinity College’s Cinestudio is closed for the holidays and will reopen on January 4.   

Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on WESU Middletown:

Right after the Jive, Stay tuned for an hour conversation and music with Eric Kuhn.

Starting at 6pm, it's (2,4) Think Twice Radio with Al Robinson. The undertaking of "Think Twice Radio" is to reassert the "watchdog" role of the media by ramping up coverage of Connecticut issues in a nonpartisan manner.

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for Your Mind Matter with Helen Evrard, MD. We explore the brain conditions known as mental illness from a holistic viewpoint with guest who study them, treat them, or are affected by them.

From 6:30 until 8 it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion. The original and still the best damn Techno mix on radio!

Beginning at 8 and running until 9:30 it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

At 9:30 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 international artists.

And at 11pm, it's Midnight Pacifica. An hour of music from Radio Pacifica.
Then from midnight til 3 it's The Studio 54 Disco Mix with Franco .

From 3 - 4am it's The Hour of Slack from the Church of the SubGenius Radio Ministry. The compendium of the best and newest from all SubGenius radio and stage shows, bands, ranters, media barrage collage artists, plus the weirdest of the indie audio underground.

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.

Thanks for listening! Now stay tuned for an hour of good times and good tunes with Eric Kuhn.

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