Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday December 1st 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 JCherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. 

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

Tonight  Manic Productions brings Thank You Scientist, Moon Tooth, The Tea Club, and Mile Marker Zero at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Manic presents Pete Yorn at the Ballroom stage on Friday. On Saturday, it’s Turkuaz & The New Mastersounds at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. And Sunday at College Street finishes out with Reverend Horton Heat, Unknown Hinson, Nashville P*ssy, and Lucky Tubb.

Tonight down in New Haven at Café Nine Backwoods Payback, VRSA, and When The Deadbolt Breaks. Friday’s Happy Hour at 5 features Frank Critelli this week. Later, Friday night, it’s a Hip Hop for the Homeless event featuring Joey Batts and Them, Hose Oyola, and more. Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola and Friends this week. Saturday night there’s a records release show for Landing, appearing with Procedure Club, Rivener, and Solilians at The Nine. Manic Productions finishes out the weekend for the Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3, featuring The Helium Brothers and Eddie Seville.

Tonight up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s Sally’s house band The Po’ Boys, with blues, rock, and boogie-woogie. On Friday, they bring you blues with The Delta Generators. On Saturday, it’s more blues with Poppa Chubby.

This evening, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown at 7 pm it’s the Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta. On Friday at 8 they bring you Indigo Soul, a rhythm and voice trio with R & B, soul, and light pop. The Eric Mintel Quartet comes your way on Saturday at 8, performing A Charlie Brown Christmas in celebration of its fiftieth anniversary. On Sunday at 2 pm John Basinger performs a live reading of Book 2 from John Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” a continuation of the Paradise Lost Performance Project. Later at 7 pm, it’s the Great Make Believe Improv Show. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30. Details at

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Thursday it’s the HOT 93.7 Christmas Party, with D.R.A.M, Justine Skye, and more. On Friday the headline Felly, Gyyps, Yonas, and The Mermaid Gang tour. Saturday brings another Original Saturday Night College Dance Party. On Sunday, in conjunction with the Yale Music Department, they host Jazz Into Africa/Africa Into Jazz with a variety of
At the Russell Library in Middletown,  the Veterans Writing Group meets tomorrow night (Thursday) at 7.

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts hosts the Topazio Lecture this Thursday at 5 pm at Ring Performing Arts Hall, featuring Alan Trachtenberg speaking on “Recovery and Redemption in the Camera Eye: William Earle Wlliams’ New View of the American Civil War.” At 7 pm they sponsor Music from East Asia performed by the university’s three ensembles: the Taiko Drumming Ensemble, the Chinese Music Ensemble, and the Korean Drumming Ensemble. It takes place in Crowell Concert Hall. On Friday at 7 pm they present the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble performing a Javanese wayang puppet play in World Music Hall. There’s an African Drumming and Dance Concert at 8 pm in Crowell Concert Hall featuring Emmanual Attah Poku and the Kinewe African Dance ensemble from Tufts University. On Saturday at 8 pm the Wesleyan University Orchestra performs at Crowell Concert Hall. On Sunday at 2 pm they present the Worlds of Dance Concert at Crowell Concert Hall. At 3 pm on Sunday the Concert Choir performs a variety of selections at Memorial Chapel. Details at 

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega takes the stage this Thursday. On Friday you can hear Americana and roots rock performed by Rusted Root. On Saturday at 1:30 they bring you the University of Hartford’s Jazz Stars of Tomorrow. Later, at 8 pm, it’s pop and soud with Javier Colon, appearing with Laura Clapp. On Sundayat 1 pm it’s the a capella Whiffenpoofs, with The Duke’s Men of Yale. Sunday night, it’s classic pop with Al Stewart.

The Women’s Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford hosts a Night of Illumination this Thursday at 5 pm. Purchase a tree or wreath, enjoy refreshments, and watch a screening of the holiday classic “Love, Actually.” Their Festivals of Trees and Traditions starts on Friday at 10 am and continues through the weekend. Details at

The Connecticut Forum presents a panel discussion, “The Future of Higher Education,” this Thursday at The Bushnell Center in Hartford at 8 pm. Panelists will discuss the future of college education and what needs to change. Details at

The Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Concert happens this weekend at the Aetna Theater at the Wadsworth Athenaeum. Visit for times and ticket information.

The Mark Twain House in Hartford hosts its annual free tour of the home and museum this Saturday and Sunday. Details at  

Artists for World Peace holds its third annual Open House this Saturday from 1-6 pm at the DeKoven House in Middletown. There will be live music, food, a holiday marketplace, and an interfaith dialogue on peace. Details at

The Middletown Recreation Division hosts a nature hike this Sunday at 10 am at Highland Forest, led by Beth Lapin. Call 860-262-2788 for details.

WESU's own Bill Denert will be in East Hampton this Sunday for a book signing for his children's book, “Tales From the Little Valley.” It’s taking place at 95 Main Street, right next to Po's Rice and Spice restaurant. Come on down and join the fun as Bill discusses his current book, along with news about his second book of the series to be published soon.

The Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown hosts its annual Holiday Market this Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm. Shop for holiday gifts including pottery, organic candles, clothing, and more. Details at
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 sponsors its seventh annual Winterfest again this year starting on Friday. Enjoy free ice skating at Bushnell Park. Visit Santa’s workshop and get your photo taken on Saturday from noon to 3 pm. Visit their Facebook page at Winterfest Hartford.

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 “Tampopo,” a 4K restoration of the Japanese film about a band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner toward the perfect recipe, through Thursday. Tonight and Wednesday they’re screening “Gimme Danger,” chronicling the story of the great rock-n-roll band, The Stooges. There’s a one-time showing on Tuesday of “Tower,” a film exploring the 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas. On Thursday they open “Miss Hokusai,” a Japanese film about the 19th century artist Hokusai and his brilliant daughter.  It runs through the weekend.

 Trinity College’s Cinestudio they open “Denial,” starring Rachel Weisz as a historian sued for libel by a Holocaust denier. It runs through Saturday. On Saturday there’s a free matinee showing of “Knucklehead,” about a mentally disabled man in Brooklyn’s housing projects, left unprotected after his brother is shot. There’s a Q & A session following. On Sunday they open “The Handmaiden,” a Korean film about a common pickpocket who meets a Japanese heiress.   

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

Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience.  Hey, It's Homegrown...want some?

Imagine with Karen Stein
Peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!

Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
A broad range of swing, be bop and avante garde with a sprinkling of new releases. "Hearing is the best experience"

Your English is good with Mizael Robledo
An exploration of the contextual experiences of people who learned English as a second language, with music in the guests' native tongue.

UnderCover with Ali & Ben
Bridging genres and generations, UnderCover explores the concept of inspiration through imitation.

The American Empire
Join our Lady, Dj Tootse Mutant on an exploration of the influence of American Imperialism on foreign music, such as Korean Hip-Hop, Japanese Jazz, and Peruvian Punk and so much more.

The Greatest Sounds Under The Sun with Sir Bruce
Old School R&B.

DJ coroner's last will & testimony

Haunting the midnight airwaves with an eclectic mix of oneiric, experimental sounds. Ambient, noise, drone, footwork, art pop, poetry readings and more.

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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