Wednesday, December 21, 2016

12/21/16 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, December 21st 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 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:

At the Russell Library in Middletown, tonight/Wednesday, Cultural Connections, the place for immigrant women to network, is happening at 5 pm. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets on Thursday at 6.  Find details of these events and more at

At the Buttonwood Tree, The Middlesex Drum Circle meets Thursday at 7 pm. The Buttonwood is closed for the holiday weekend.

Tonight's/Wednesday Special Holiday Show at Cafe 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 CafĂ© Nine headlines a Holiday Hip-Hop showcase with Deuce Bug and more. They’re closed for the holiday weekend.

(Wednesday) Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it's 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.

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 - 9:30p.   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 this evening/ Wednesday. On Friday, it’s The Slackers, The Screw-Ups, and Rebuilder at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

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.

You can enjoy 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 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.  

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.   

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

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.

GThanks for listening! Now stay tuned for Your Mind Matters with Helen Evrard, MD!

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