Thursday, December 22, 2016

Thursday's JIVE

Good evening, it's Thursday, December 22nd 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. 

At the Russell Library in Middletown, tonight 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 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.

tonight Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s,  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.

Manic Productions brings 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:

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.
Thanks for listening!

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