Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's December 8th 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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Tonight, The Buttonwood Tree, in collaboration with ARTFARM, honors the life & legacy of iconic Italian actor/playwright/activists in a program called The Politics of Laughter: A Tribute to Dario Fo and Franca Rame, Introduced by Wesleyan/Yale Professor Ron Jenkins.  Friday night The Mattabesset String Collective, a five-piece string band, plays an eclectic mix of bluegrass, blues, country and rock at The Buttonwood Tree. Saturday morning at 10:30 brings, Anniata Gandhy’s weekly Aligned with Source, workshop. Saturday afternoon at 1pm, the Middlesex Music Academy Student Recitaltakes the Buttonwood Stage. Saturday night Pesky J Nixon offers compelling harmonies and narratives backed by disparate instrumentation including- zydeco style accordion, virtuosic mandolin, tribal percussion, and more. The Hearing Voices Network meets at the Buttonwood on Mondays at 10:30 am.

Down in New Haven tonight  Joey Sprinkles and Pleasure Beach make for a night of Melodic indie rock on Thursday night. Fridays Weekly wind down early set at 5pm feature The Buttondowns.  Don Dilego and Tha Backyard Committee take the stage at 9pm for the Friday night main event at Café Nine.   Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo and Friends this week. Saturday night, it’s a triple bill featuring The James Mauri 4, Fiction, and Crown Colony.  The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 brings you ANDREW BIAGIARELLI and TONY REGETS. Sunday night Café Nine offer a full night of entertainment with AUDREY CAMPBELL, MARIE PINETTE, DANNY HENRY, and Joe Stalsworth.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight its Sally’s house band The Po’ Boys offer boogie-woogie blues, rock, and Roll. On Friday, night Café nine presents FLUX CAPACITOR W/ RHYTHM INC for a night of genre bending electronic rock and roll.  Saturday night you can catch the Jay Willie Blues Band with James Montgomery.

It’s a busy time at Wesleyan University Center for the Arts as they wrap up the Fall semester. Tonight  The Capstone Theater Production: THE SELF will run several times Thursday and Friday nights in Wesleyan’s Patricelli ’92 Theater.  THE SELF is an exploration in performing one’s own life, wherein a seven-person ensemble will tell personal stories. Also on Thursday night at 7pm, you can catch The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble for an evening of Javanese music with a prelude by the Youth Gamelan Ensemble.  Wesleyan’s Winter Dance Concert happens on Saturday at 8pm in the CFA Theater.
Infinity Hall Norfolk  Tim Reynolds and Will Bradford take the infinity Norfolk stage Friday there’s a John Denver Christmas concert with Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon. Infinity Hall Hartford presents a New York Vs Boston Comedy Throwdown Thursday night. Friday its Delta Rae with Special Guests Penny & Sparrow. John Pizzarelli takes the Infinity Hall Hartford Stage Saturday night.

Thursday night at the Russell Library in Middletown, you can catch the program, Gershwin! With Thomas Pandolfi and Emil Altschuler at 7:00pm in the Hubbard Room. Jazz Up Close With  Godwin Louis happens in the Hubbard room Sunday at 2pm.

The Holiday Light Fantasia in Goodwin Park in Hartford is up and running. Proceeds benefit Channel 3 Kids Camp. Details at

The City of Hartford is sponsoring its seventh annual Winterfest again this year offering free ice skating at Bushnell Park. You can visit their Facebook page at Winterfest Hartford for more details.
Friday evening, The Charter Oak Cultural Center presents an opening reception and artist Q&A for Let Me See That Body: Julia DePinto from 6-8pm.

Wesleyan Potters' 61st Annual Exhibit & Sale of fine crafts, opens Friday, featuring pottery, jewelry, sculpture, fiber arts, wood, paper crafts, photography, printmaking, toys and more. This year's Exhibit is themed "Star Light Winter Bright" and highlights a fund-raising raffles and more 860-347-5925, 

Sunday you are invited to join the Middletown Symphonic Band to celebrate the holidays with new and old favorites at their concert at South Congregational Church from 2-5pm.  A free reception will follows the concert. 
Also here in Middletown on Sunday at 3pm, Vintage players presents a stage production of “Love Letters” starring accomplished actors John Basinger and Carolyn Kirsch.   All proceeds will benefit the Children's Programs of Oddfellows Playhouse. A reception will be held immediately following the performance. Tickets and information at or call Oddfellows at (860) 347-6143.

Also in Middletown at 4:00 PM this coming Sunday, First Church in Middletown (UCC) will host a CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS CONCERT.  The concert is free and open to the public and features traditional and classical, as well as Gospel and spiritual selections. Christmas readings and carol singing add to the mix; and a reception and "mini" Holly Fair will follow the concert.  For additional information call 860-346-6657 or visit

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut: 
Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues their run of Deconstructing The Beatles: The White Album.  Also now on screen at Real Art Ways is Seasons. Offering exceptional footage of animals in the wild, Seasons is the awe-inspiring and thought-provoking tale of the long and tumultuous shared history that inextricably binds humankind with the natural world.   

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run of the South Korean Film, “The Handmaiden” which one critic describes as a cultural mash-up (like Hamilton) that you can’t even imagine until you can’t live without it.   

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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