Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thursday's jive

Good evening, it's Thursday December 29th 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. 

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

Tonight (Wednesday), down in New Haven at Café Nine, 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, tonight 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 at Toad’s Place in New Haven, 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.

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.

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:

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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