Good evening, it's Tuesday January 10th. 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 Marianne O'Hare, producer of Conversation on Healthcare, heard on Tuesdays at 4pm. Thanks for joining us!
Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
At the Russell Library in Middletown, coming up at 5:45 pm today, the Job and Career Group Workshop oresents “Create Balance & Relieve Anxiety” with Diane Lang. Find details of these events and more for adults, kids, and families at www.russelllibrary.org
Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, Soul Conversion, Prologues, and Flames Ov The Fallen share a bill. Wednesday’s bill includes Wes Swing, Olive Tiger, and Jay Sirianni. On Thursday they bring you Wise Old Moon and Muddy Ruckus. Friday’s Happy Hour at 5 features Buzz Gordo, followed later by We Are Scientists and Straight To VHS, brought to you by Manic Productions. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4 is with Gary Grippo & Friends, with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fundraiser happening later at 9 pm. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 4 brings you An Afternoon with Larry Kirwan of Black 47. www.cafenine.com
Manic Productions brings Mat Kerekes, Elder Brother, The Flats, and Pinfinger to The Space in Hamden tonight/Tuesday. Tomorrow/Wednesday, Manic Presents Mates of State and The Sun Parade at Bar in New Haven. Saturday, they headline Deerhunter, appearing with Palm, at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. www.manicproductions.org
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on Tuesday nights, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. Wednesday’s Community Blues Jam is with Tommy Whalen this week. On Thursday, house band The Po Boys is on deck. On Friday, the Jeremy Baum Trio brings you blues and soul-jazz from the ‘60’s. On Saturday, guitarist/songwriter Tom “The Suit” Forst takes Sally’s stage. www.blackeyedsallys.com
The North End Action Team of Middletown is showing their appreciation for the North End Community this Wednesday at 6 pm at La Boca Restaurant on Main St. Enjoy free food, games, raffles, and more. Details at the Arts2Go Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/
The Hartford Public Library hosts a Community Conversation and Public Allies Open Forum this Wednesday at 6 pm at the Downtown Branch. Refreshments will be served. On Thursday at 6 pm they celebrate Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday with a reading of “The Raven,” followed by coffee and conversation. On Saturday at 1 pm there’s a community conversation, Solidarity with Standing Rock, led by New England Native artists and educators. The James Weidman Aperturistic Trio performs in the Baby Grand Jazz Series on Sunday at 3 pm. www.hplct.org
Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at www.hartfordmindfulnesscenter.org
Wednesday night, one of CT’s original Jam Bands, “The Bus,” hosts the Wednesday night open mic at The Cypress Restaurant on South Main Street in Middletown. (860)346-3367 for details.
Middletown Scottish country dancers offer classes for beginners & experienced dancers at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, Every Wednesday from 7 - 9:30p. Partners not necessary but soft-soled shoes are! For information, call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278.
At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Thursday at 8 pm it’s a double bill, with Jennifer Hill of Murderous Chanteuse and Kierstin Sieser of The Tiny Ocean combining talents for a night of Little Girls with Loud Mouths. Annaita Gandhy’s Aligned With Source Workshop happens on Saturday at 10:30 am, with this week’s theme of Honoring Your Unique Self. Acoustic folk comes your way Saturday night at 8 pm presented by Seat Of Our Pants (SOOP). Details at http://buttonwood.org
At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Thursday they’re present a night of jam bands with Keepers of the Vibe, Viva la Hop, and Flowers N Kain. On Friday and Saturday it’s two days of the Opus Blizzard B-Day Bash. Check the website for full details on who’s in the lineup. www.toadsplace.com
The Art Guild of Middletown starts off thier New Year at 7 pm on Thursday with a demonstration of monotype printmaking by Nancy Whitcher at the Woodside Elementary School in Cromwell. www.middletownartguild.org
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can hear world music performed by Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars Friday at 8 pm. On Saturday, it’s classic rock with Vanilla Fudge. Details at www.infinityhall.com
The Eli Whitney Museum in Hamden invites you to their classic American Flyer Trains exhibit this Saturday and Sunday at their Whitney Avenue location. Admission is free. Come run a train, or build a wooden train from a kit. Details and times at www.eliwhitney.org
Asylum Hill Congregational Church, The Urban League of Greater Hartford, and the CT Center for Nonviolence invite you to a film screening and discussion, “Get in the Way, the Journey of John Lewis,” Sunday at 6:30 pm the church’s Hartford location. Call 860-525-5696 for details.
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. They’re also continuing “Nocturnal Animals,” Tom Ford’s romantic thriller about a divorced couple discovering dark truths. The matinee screening on Thursday in their Film 101 learning series is “Paths of Glory,” Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 classic anti-war movie about a WWI French hero on an impossible mission. There’s a post-film discussion afterwards. There’s a matinee screening on Friday of “Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness,” a virtual reality journey into blindness based on the real-life experience of theologian John Hull. On Sunday it’s the Connecticut Premier of “How to Build a Time Machine,” in their Science on Screen series, featuring UConn physicist Dr. Ron Mallett and animator Rob Niosi who collaborate to introduce you to the fourth dimension. There’s a post-film Q&A with Dr. Mallett. www.realartways.org.
Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run of “A Man Called Ove,” a bittersweet comedy from Sweden about a lonely retiree forced to adjust to his new noisy neighbors, through Wednesday. On Thursday they screen “Esteros,” in their Out Film CT series, about the reunion of two childhood friends in their native Argentina. On Friday and Saturday they offer “Nocturnal Animals,” Tom Fords romantic thriller about a divorced couple and their secrets. Their National Theatre Live matinee on Sunday is Harold Pinter’s “No Man’s Land.” They also open “The Forest For the Trees,” a dark comedy from Germany about a young teacher whose idealism leads to isolation and terror. 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 stay tuned for Home Town Browns with DJ Ja Free for an exploration of south Asian culture.
at 10pm Underdogs edge presents underground hip hop from known and unknown artists alongside the lesser known tracks from the hit makers.
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