Good evening, it's January 3rd. 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.
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Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown you can catch a session of Laughter Yoga later at 7:30 pm, tonight. Bob Gotta’s long running acoustic open mic continues this Thursday at 7 pm. Friday at 8 pm the Hartford Story City troupe takes the Buttonwood Tree stage. Annaita Gandhy’s Aligned With Source Workshop happens on Saturday at 10:30 am, with this week’s theme of Opening Up to Divine Grace & Joy. The jazz/blues quartet Bop Tweed performs at The Buttonwood Saturday night at 8 pm. On Sunday at 3pm, John Basinger continues his ongoing of the Live performance of Milton’s Paradise Lost - Book 1. Details at http://buttonwood.org
Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, Woody Pines takes the stage. There’s a Comedy Open Mic hosted by Dan Rice tomorrow / Wednesday. Thursday night Steve Mednick & Hard Road share a bill with Rob Carlso & Benefit Street. The Café Nine weekly 5pm early set this Friday features Lynn Malavolte & Dave Duffy. Later Friday night, Psychoala, Strawberry Cheesesteak, Coastal Notion, and Flight of Silence take the stage. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session at 4pm is with Mike Coppola and Friends this week. The Saturday night main event at Café Nine features The Proud Flesh, and Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 brings you Long Live the King! A tribute to Elvis. The Greg Sherrod Birthday Bash happening later at 8 pm. www.cafenine.com
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on Tuesday nights, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on Sally’s stage. Thursday, The Sally’s house band, The Po Boys are on deck for a night of boogie-woogie blues rock and roll. Saturday, night Cafe Nine presents The New York Blues & Jazz Society’s Best Artist winner, The Danny Draher Band, live on stage. www.blackeyedsallys.com
Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at www.hartfordmindfulnesscenter.org
Middletown Scottish country dancers offer classes for beginners & experienced dancers at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, Every Wednesday from 7 - 9:30p. For information, call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278.
Manic Productions brings Mates of State and Laundry Day to Bar in New Haven tomorrow/ Wednesday night. Thursday Manic presents Big Thief, Twain, and Zanders at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden and Sunday they’ve got Squirrel Nut Zippers, appearing with Davina and The Vagabonds at The Ballroom. www.manicproductions.org
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, this Friday, it’s Cosmic Dust Bunnies, with Lespecial, The Mushroom Cloud, and Black Data. There’s a Bright Night Glow Party on Saturday. www.toadsplace.com
At the Russell Library in Middletown this Saturday, they host UFC legend Chris Lytle presenting Lights Out On Bullying at 11 am. Free signed copies of his book, “Lights Out,” will be given to participants. Find details of these events and more at www.russelllibrary.org
Infinity Hall Hartford, presents progressive rock and Rush tribute band Lotus Land Friday night. On Saturday, it’s the cast of Beatlemania at 8 pm. Infinity Hall Norfolk presents The Will Evans Band with Special guests Whiskey Treaty Road Show feat Jeff Howard performs at Infinity Hall Norfolk Friday night. Saturday in Norfolk, Infinity presents Albert Lee with Atlas Grey. Sunday Sessions! Live music in the Norfolk Bistro featuring Allysen Callery, this week. Details at www.infinityhall.com
For some loud rock music, you can head over to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford for a night of heavy Metal on Friday with Everybody Hates Me. Saturday night Chalice takes the Sherry Street stage to share a bill with One Part Human and Half Dragon. Details at www.reverbnation.com/venue/cherrystreetstation or find them on facebook.
The Art Guild of Middletown hosts the Opening Reception for its fifth annual Exhibit of Artwork by Members this Saturday from 2-4 pm at the Portland Public Library. The exhibit runs through the month. www.middletownartguild.org
The City of Hartford’s seventh annual Winterfest continues through Sunday. Enjoy free ice skating at Bushnell Park. Go to www.winterfesthartford.com 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 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, through Thursday. Real Art Way’s Film 101 Intersession series continues on Thursday with a screening of “McCabe and Mrs. Miller,” Robert Altman’s 1971 film starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie as newcomers who bring a brothel to the Pacific Northwest. A post-film discussion follows. Check the website for weekend offerings. www.realartways.org.
Trinity College’s Cinestudio reopens Thursday with a run of “Loving,” based on the true story of the interracial couple who take their fight for legal marriage all the way to the Supreme Court. It runs through Saturday. On Sunday they bring back a run of “A Man Called Ove,” a bittersweet comedy from Sweden about a lonely retiree forced to adjust to his new noisy neighbors. www.cinestudio.org
Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on WESU Middletown:
Right after the jive, stick around for three hours of Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill presenting
an eclectic selection of new and older folk, Americana, bluegrass, blues and other music that has a roots influence with a concert listing at 7pm and frequent concert and festival ticket giveaways.
From 8-9pm The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry is a weekly show featuring live and local Connecticut arts and music.
From 9-10pm it’s an hour of oldies but goodies with Jack Sullivan on Cruiser’s Radio.
at 10pm Upfront Soul from Pacifica puts some soul in your stride with 2 hours of soul, rnb, and funk, selected by Sanguine Fromage.
From Midnight until 4am stay tuned for Franco’s Studio 54 mix of dance music from the 70’s and 80’s.
BBC World News airs from 4 to 5 am, and we get the day started at 5 with NPR’s Morning Edition.
That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.
The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at wesufm.org/jive
Thanks so much for listening – warm wishes for a happy and safe holiday season.
Stay tuned now, for 3 hrs of Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill