01-09-12 jive


Good evening, it’s Wednesday,  Jan. 9th, and this is the Jive at Five – WESU’s Daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends.

I’m Bill Denert,  producer and host of Thursday night’s Evening Jazz where “hearing is the best experience” and Connecticuts Number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for tuning in!

Visit wesu.streamrewind.com to hear Evening Jazz , and other great shows recorded here on WESU!

Now let’s look at what’s going on in the community this week:

Tonight the Buttonwood Tree brings “Evening Oasis,” a belly-dance presentation.Thursday at the Buttonwood, it’s Writers Out Loud, a literary prose open mic with co-hosts Cocomo Rock and Al Bower Jr. Friday brings the George Schuller Trio to the Buttonwood, with George Schuller on drums, Frank Kimbrough on piano, and Matt Pavolka on bass.

On Sunday, and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs  shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone is welcome. You’re also invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church, 190 Court St., at 11:30 a.m.
For more information about all Buttonwood Tree events, go to buttonwood.org.

Thursday at 6 p.m., the Russell Library celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a special event featuring performances by the Middletown High School Chamber Choir Singers, Oddfellows Playhouse, and The Shiloh Baptist Missionary Church Male Chorus. Writer and educator Kate Rushin will discuss Watch Night. Patricia Charles, Superintendent of Schools and the Honorable Daniel T. Drew, Mayor of Middletown, will judge a debate about the Emancipation Proclamation presented by the Middletown High School Debate Club. An audience discussion is planned, and refreshments will be served. Olin Library at Wesleyan University and the Middlesex County Historical Society will feature exhibits on slavery, the Abolitionist Movement, the Underground Railroad in Middletown and colonization. The Friends of the Russell Library and the Middletown Human Relations Commission are co-sponsoring the celebration.

Sunday afternoon at 2:30, Russell Library director Arthur S. Meyers will discuss his new book “Democracy in the Making: The Open Forum Lecture Movement” . In 1908 a remarkable direction in community learning began in Boston and spread across the country, becoming the Open Forum Lecture Movement. These locally planned, transdenominational lectures, followed by periods for questions, were characterized as “the striking of mind upon mind.” Meyers book explains how this initiative broadens our awareness of personal and community courage and democratic planning. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Tonight, down in New Haven at Toad’s Place is the weekly EDM Night.Thursday brings Kendrick Lamar to Toad’s.And Friday it’s Johnny Winter with the Johnny I Band and Murray the Wheel.  Also on Friday, in Lilly’s Pad, Afton Presents CityState, Four Barrel Billy and Madison Red. Saturday brings Unforgettable Fire, a U2 tribute, along with The Bonesmen, Circadian Rhythm, INK and The Modern Tribe. More at Toadsplace.com

Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight,  The Saint James Jazz Band plays Café Nine, bringing refried standards with a heavy R&B style from a quartet of veteran New Haven area jazz sidemen. Thursday, it’s Mercy Choir; Jason Prince; and Chris Bousquet. And the Friday Happy Hour brings Sal Paradise to Café Nine, followed by Atrina; w/ Old Man Lady Luck; and Lasher. Saturday, it’s the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Gary Grippo and Friends, followed at 9 p.m. The Iguanas; w/ Joe Flood.Sunday brings the Sunday After Supper Jam to Café Nine, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More at cafenine.com

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sallys, it’s the Blues Jam with Ed Bradley, one of the longest running open blues jams in New England! Thursday brings The Sawtelles to Blackeyed Sally’s. They’re a husband-wife duo balancing four elements: alternate-tuned guitar, stand-up drum kit (ala Velvet Underground’s Mo Tucker) and two voices. Sparse but intricately arranged pop that is as lush as it is threadbare makes what is played as important as what isn’t.

The late show on Thursday is the Jackleg Preachers, a diverse and dynamic group, in both age and musicianship, running the gamut of musical genres.
Saturday, it’s Delta Generators at Sally’s, finalists (out of 55 entries worldwide) in the best self-produced CD competition at last year’s International Blues Challenge.
More at blackeyedsallys.com

Saturday night at 8pm, The Connecticut Guitar Society Presents Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church at 814 Asylum Avenue in Hartford.

Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten track in central Connecticut.
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, “Chasing Ice” continues through tomorrow, featuring climate-change-skeptic-turned-true-believer James Balog, a National Geographic photographer who deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

Tonight also is a Science on Screen Night, this time with “Tremors,” in which a pair of small-town handymen living in a small desert community stumble upon several difficult-to-explain phenomena, including a couple of people who’ve died under extremely strange (and, in one instance, very grisly) circumstances. Eventually, they and a handful of their neighbors find the cause: gigantic prehistoric worm-like creatures that streak under the desert the way fish swim through oceans, reaching up and grabbing anything they need for food. Cut off from the outside world, they have to figure out how to get across the desert alive while these creatures — that are smart as well as fast — close in on them, stalking them like monster sharks.

The film will be discussed by Maureen Long, a seismologist and professor of geology and geophysics at Yale.

Tonight at Real Art Ways, it’s “Inescapable Rhythms”, the every-second-Wednesday poetry reading and open mic series, this week featuring Lesley Yalen and Seth Landman.

Friday begins screenings of “Central Park Five,” a look at the events leading to the wrongful arrest and conviction of five black and Latino teenagers, accused in 1989 of brutally attacking and raping a Central Park jogger in what became a notorious case.
Saturday’s monthly late show is “The Room,” about a happy-go-lucky banker who sees his world fall apart when his friends begin to betray him one by one. the film is described as so amazingly bad it’s great.
More information can be found at realartways.com.

Over at Cinestudio tonight, the Trinity College cinema, wraps up the screenings of “A Royal Affair,” about a national hero in Denmark who’s an 18th century man of reason up against the superstitions and despotism of the royal court.

Then through Saturday Cinestudio presents, of “A Late Quartet,” which takes place inside the lives of a New York City quartet as they rehearse Beethoven’s ravishing Quartet in C sharp minor. Hidden allegiances, ambitions and passions are revealed when the cellist (Christopher Walken) announces his plans to leave.
Sunday’s matinee and evening show is “Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel.”
More can be found at cinestudio.org.

Now here’s what’s playing tonight on WESU, 88.1 FM:

 Right after the Jive at 5 stay tuned for The Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano
An hour of the latest and greatest in the world of independent rock, pop, electronic, and experimental music out there today.

At 6pm each day Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network offers your  daily dose of alternative international news and reporting.

Beginning at 6:30 and running until 8pm it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion
Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992.

Starting at 8 it’s The Warehouse with Mike Nyce bringing you the best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30-11 DJ Otto Nation brings you an eclectic free form mix of music.

 And from 11pm- until 1:30am it’s Midnight Munchies with DJ Gus Lo bringing you the Below Ground
Street music your ears have been craving.

After that DJ Otto Nation is back in the house for another set until DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections 3:30-4am.

The BBC World News kicks on at 4am and we begin another day with Morning Edition from NPR.

That’s all for today’s Jive at 5. If you didn’t get a chance to write anything down you can access the Jive at WESUFM.org/jive. 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.

Tuesday’s Jive


Today’s Jive was recorded and produced by: 
J-Cherry… producer and host of, ‘VOICE of the CITY’
 Airing on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown
Tuesdays from 8-9PM
Live and local… This ain’t no commercial radio!
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Good evening, it’s Tuesday,  Jan. 8th, and this is the Jive at Five – WESU’s Daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends.

I’m J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,  Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. WESU is now recording our live stream! Visit wesu.streamrewind.com to hear VOICE of the CITY, and other great shows recorded here on WESU! Thanks for tuning in.
Now let’s look at what’s going on in the community this week:
Tonight Over at Klekolo World Coffee in Middletown, there will be live music on  at 7 p.m., this week with Kevin O’Neil on jazz guitar.Over at the 
Buttonwood Tree Wednesday brings “Evening Oasis,” a belly-dance presentation, to the Buttonwood.Thursday, it’s Writers Out Loud, a literary prose open mic with co-hosts Cocomo Rock and Al Bower Jr.Friday brings the George Schuller Trio to the Buttonwood, with George Schuller on drums, Frank Kimbrough on piano, and Matt Pavolka on bass.
On Sunday, and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs  shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone is welcome. You’re also invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church, 190 Court St., at 11:30 a.m.

For more about all Buttonwood Tree events, go to www.buttonwood.org.


Over at the Russell Library in Middletown tonight, Reader’s Theater presents a reading by professional actors of the play “Life x 3,” in which a couple is surprised by guests who arrive a day early. With the consumption of much wine and little food, secrets and confidences are exposed and professional and personal conflicts arise as the same scene is enacted three times with slight but significant variations.

Thursday at 6 p.m., the Russell Library celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a special event featuring performances by the Middletown High School Chamber Choir Singers, Oddfellows Playhouse, and The Shiloh Baptist Missionary Church Male Chorus. Writer and educator Kate Rushin will discuss Watch Night. Patricia Charles, Superintendent of Schools and the Honorable Daniel T. Drew, Mayor of Middletown, will judge a debate about the Emancipation Proclamation presented by the Middletown High School Debate Club. An audience discussion is planned, and refreshments will be served. Olin Library at Wesleyan University and the Middlesex County Historical Society will feature exhibits on slavery, the Abolitionist Movement, the Underground Railroad in Middletown and colonization. The Friends of the Russell Library and the Middletown Human Relations Commission are co-sponsoring the celebration.

On Sunday afternoon at 2:30, Russell Library director Arthur S. Meyers will discuss his new book Democracy in the Making: The Open Forum Lecture Movement . In 1908 a remarkable direction in community learning began in Boston and spread across the country, becoming the Open Forum Lecture Movement. These locally planned, transdenominational lectures, followed by periods for questions, were characterized as “the striking of mind upon mind.” Meyers book explains how this initiative broadens our awareness of personal and community courage and democratic planning. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place Wednesday brings the weekly EDM Night.Thursday brings Kendrick Lamar to Toad’s.And Friday it’s Johnny Winter with the Johnny I Band and Murray the Wheel.  Also on Friday, in Lilly’s Pad, Afton Presents CityState, Four Barrel Billy and Madison Red. Saturday brings Unforgettable Fire, a U2 tribute, along with The Bonesmen, Circadian Rhythm, INK and The Modern Tribe. More at Toadsplace.com

Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight, it’s Get to the Point!, Café Nine’s storytelling series, hosted by Christopher Arnott (writer for the Daily Nutmeg and the New Haven Advocate). Featured will be actor/photographer/bellman Gary Cavello (describing how he once ran away and joined a circus); novelist Andrew Bardin Williams; scenester Craig Gilbert; storyteller/author Tom Fifer; Erich Greene of New Haven Theater Company; poet Patty Kennedy; singer Lys Guillorn performing an old murder ballad. To be considered for this or future Get to the Point! performances, contact Chris Arnott at chris@scribblers.us     

Tonight at Café Nine, it’s the Singer/Songwriter Series, featuring Dave Hogan; Barbara Shepard and Schula Weinstien; Paul Panamarenko; Stephany Brown, ukelele lady; and Matt Stokes playing rootsy, soulful old-timey covers. Wednesday, The Saint James Jazz Band plays Café Nine, bringing refried standards with a heavy R&B style from a quartet of veteran New Haven area jazz sidemen. Thursday, it’s Mercy Choir; Jason Prince; and Chris Bousquet. And the Friday Happy Hour brings Sal Paradise to Café Nine, followed by Atrina; w/ Old Man Lady Luck; and Lasher. Saturday, it’s the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Gary Grippo and Friends, followed at 9 p.m. The Iguanas; w/ Joe Flood.Sunday brings the Sunday After Supper Jam to Café Nine, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More at cafenine.com

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sallys, Tonight Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, jams and works out new material at Sally’s.Wednesday, it’s the Blues Jam with Ed Bradley, one of the longest running open blues jams in New England!Thursday brings The Sawtelles to Blackeyed Sally’s. They’re a husband-wife duo balancing four elements: alternate-tuned guitar, stand-up drum kit (ala Velvet Underground’s Mo Tucker) and two voices. Sparse but intricately arranged pop that is as lush as it is threadbare makes what is played as important as what isn’t.
The late show on Thursday is the Jackleg Preachers, a diverse and dynamic group, in both age and musicianship, running the gamut of musical genres.

Saturday, it’s Delta Generators at Sally’s, finalists (out of 55 entries worldwide) in the best self-produced CD competition at last year’s International Blues Challenge.

More at blackeyedsallys.com

Saturday night at 8pm, The Connecticut Guitar Society Presents Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick at the
Asylum Hill Congregational Church at 814 Asylum Avenue in Hartford.

Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten track in central Connecticut.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, “Chasing Ice” continues through Thursday, featuring climate-change-skeptic-turned-true-believer James Balog, a National Geographic photographer deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

Tomorrow also is a Science on Screen Night, this time with “Tremors,” in which a pair of small-town handymen living in a small desert community stumble upon several difficult-to-explain phenomena, including a couple of people who’ve died under extremely strange (and, in one instance, very grisly) circumstances. Eventually, they and a handful of their neighbors find the cause: gigantic prehistoric worm-like creatures that streak under the desert the way fish swim through oceans, reaching up and grabbing anything they need for food. Cut off from the outside world, they have to figure out how to get across the desert alive while these creatures — that are smart as well as fast — close in on them, stalking them like monster sharks.

The film will be discussed by Maureen Long, a seismologist and professor of geology and geophysics at Yale.

Wednesday at Real Art Ways, it’s Inescapable Rhythms, the every-second-Wednesday poetry reading and open mic series, this week featuring Lesley Yalen and Seth Landman.

Friday begins screenings of “Central Park Five,” a look at the events leading to the wrongful arrest and conviction of five black and Latino teenagers, accused in 1989 of brutally attacking and raping a Central Park jogger in what became a notorious case.

Saturday’s monthly late show is “The Room,” about a happy-go-lucky banker who sees his world fall apart when his friends begin to betray him one by one. the film is described as so amazingly bad it’s great.

More at www.realartways.com.


Over at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema, tonight and tomorrow wraps up the screenings of “A Royal Affair,” about a national hero in Denmark who’s an 18th century man of reason up against the superstitions and despotism of the royal court.

Then begins a run, through Saturday, of “A Late Quartet,” which takes inside the lives of a New York City quartet as they rehearse Beethoven’s ravishing Quartet in C sharp minor. Hidden allegiances, ambitions and passions are revealed when the cellist (Christopher Walken) announces his plans to leave.

Sunday’s matinee and evening show is “Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel.”

More at cinestudio.org.

Now let’s look at what’s on tap here at WESU tonight.

Finding Bliss: Words and Music with DJ Lauren “Bliss” Agnelli
An interview, free-form talk show about people who are following their hearts and living authentically.


Sounds From the Global Village with Jason M. Longwell from Pacifica
A radio show featuring traditional, folkloric, and contemporary music from around the world. You will hear everything from scratchy field recordings made during the early 20th century to the latest fusions of music and culture from around the world.


Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.


Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill
An eclectic selection of Americana, country, folk, folk-rock, bluegrass, acoustic, blues, Celtic, old-time, singer-songwriter and other music that has a roots influence.


The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry
Join J-Cherry and the Strawberries for live and local Connecticut arts and music at it’s best. A bi-weekly show featuring the areas finest artists and musicians of every genre.


Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat
I’ve got a song in my heart, a chemical imbalance in my head and a musical library at my fingers. From krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, Wonderland has a place for it.


This Southbound Train with Mary Barrett
Featuring bluegrass, newgrass, and other acoustic sounds. Artists from North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountains are featured alongside musicians pickin’ and grinnin’ throughout the United States.


Record Roulette with Avery
Random, risky vinyl: I’m digging for gold in WESU’s extensive record collection and broadcasting what I find from all genres, from all ages.


Hardly Strictly Bluegrass with DJ Sleepy Girl 
The dulcet tones of bluegrass and folk — just not entirely.


Radical Roots with Junkyard Augustine and KC-Gull
Presenting lo-fi music with a message. Folk, blues, punk, alt-country, and rollicking protest numbers; a mix of handed-down traditional favorites and brand new world-folk numbers.


The Boss with DJ Moe
Bruce Springsteen: revered, remembered, relived. Each week shines the focus on a different era of the Boss.


The Wayfaring Stranger with Lily Myers
The new American folk revival is just beginning! I’ll bring you the newest and best in contemporary folk and folk-rock from around the country.


Six Degrees Of David Bowie with Monica Kornis
By connecting various artists to David Bowie in six steps or less we will observe his ubiquitous influence on modern music, as well as explore his many collaborations and influences.


Search and Recover with DJ Cheshire Cat
Search and Recover scours the world of music to find as many versions of a single song as possible. Join the exploration of the modern musical standards!


Vinylville with DJ Johnny
The sounds of vinylville will be solely generated by the turntables of the WESU studios. New vinyl releases and reissues will be discussed, and programming will be open to any vinyl news or discussions. Who needs an iPod when you have two turntables and a microphone?


Angels And Airwaves: MPD
Bask in the grace and glory of our local police department.


The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast at 5 a.m. with Morning Edition from NPR.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at www.wesufm.org/jive, and if you know of any events that you’d like to have announced on the Jive, send them tojive@wesufm.org If you tune in to WESU for information and music that you can’t find elsewhere, then we are counting on you to help support the service you depend on.

Please take a moment to make a donation of any size online at www.wesufm.org, every dollar counts and we need to hear from you. Tonights music for the Jive was written and recorded by the Late Edmund James Wood from the Album, While I Sleep. Thanks for listening and stay tuned 

Mon., Jan. 7 Jive

Good evening, it’s Monday,  Jan. 7th, and this is the Jive at Five – WESU’s Daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends.

I’m Maria Johnson, host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, a progressive-minded show dealing with issues of faith and action every 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday from 4 p.m. to right before the Jive. Thanks for tuning in.

Now let’s look at what’s going on in the community this week:

Over at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight at 7:30, it’s the “Anything Goes” open mic night.

Wednesday brings “Evening Oasis,” a belly-dance presentation, to the Buttonwood.

Thursday, it’s Writers Out Loud, a literary prose open mic with co-hosts Cocomo Rock and Al Bower Jr.

Friday brings the George Schuller Trio to the Buttonwood, with George Schuller on drums, Frank Kimbrough on piano, and Matt Pavolka on bass.

On Sunday, and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs  shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone is welcome. You’re also invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church, 190 Court St., at 11:30 a.m.

For more about all Buttonwood Tree events, go to www.buttonwood.org.


Over at the Russell Library in Middletown tonight, Reader’s Theater presents a reading by professional actors of the play “Life x 3,” in which a couple is surprised by guests who arrive a day early. With the consumption of much wine and little food, secrets and confidences are exposed and professional and personal conflicts arise as the same scene is enacted three times with slight but significant variations.

Thursday at 6 p.m., the Russell Library celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a special event featuring performances by the Middletown High School Chamber Choir Singers, Oddfellows Playhouse, and The Shiloh Baptist Missionary Church Male Chorus. Writer and educator Kate Rushin will discuss Watch Night. Patricia Charles, Superintendent of Schools and the Honorable Daniel T. Drew, Mayor of Middletown, will judge a debate about the Emancipation Proclamation presented by the Middletown High School Debate Club. An audience discussion is planned, and refreshments will be served. Olin Library at Wesleyan University and the Middlesex County Historical Society will feature exhibits on slavery, the Abolitionist Movement, the Underground Railroad in Middletown and colonization. The Friends of the Russell Library and the Middletown Human Relations Commission are co-sponsoring the celebration.

On Sunday afternoon at 2:30, Russell Library director Arthur S. Meyers will discuss his new book Democracy in the Making: The Open Forum Lecture Movement . In 1908 a remarkable direction in community learning began in Boston and spread across the country, becoming the Open Forum Lecture Movement. These locally planned, transdenominational lectures, followed by periods for questions, were characterized as “the striking of mind upon mind.” Meyers book explains how this initiative broadens our awareness of personal and community courage and democratic planning. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.


Over at Klekolo World Coffee in Middletown, there will be live music on Tuesday at 7 p.m., this week with Kevin O’Neil on jazz guitar.


Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight, it’s A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends.

Wednesday brings the weekly EDM Night.

Thursday brings Kendrick Lamar to Toad’s.

And Friday it’s Johnny Winter with the Johnny I Band and Murray the Wheel.  Also on Friday, in Lilly’s Pad, Afton Presents CityState, Four Barrel Billy and Madison Red.

Saturday brings Unforgettable Fire, a U2 tribute, along with The Bonesmen, Circadian Rhythm, INK and The Modern Tribe.

More at Toadsplace.com


Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight, it’s Get to the Point!, Café Nine’s storytelling series, hosted by Christopher Arnott (writer for the Daily Nutmeg and the New Haven Advocate). Featured will be actor/photographer/bellman Gary Cavello (describing how he once ran away and joined a circus); novelist Andrew Bardin Williams; scenester Craig Gilbert; storyteller/author Tom Fifer; Erich Greene of New Haven Theater Company; poet Patty Kennedy; singer Lys Guillorn performing an old murder ballad. To be considered for this or future Get to the Point! performances, contact Chris Arnott at chris@scribblers.us     

Tomorrow at Café Nine, it’s the Singer/Songwriter Series, featuring Dave Hogan; Barbara Shepard and Schula Weinstien; Paul Panamarenko; Stephany Brown, ukelele lady; and Matt Stokes playing rootsy, soulful old-timey covers.

Wednesday, The Saint James Jazz Band plays Café Nine, bringing refried standards with a heavy R&B style from a quartet of veteran New Haven area jazz sidemen.

Thursday, it’s Mercy Choir; Jason Prince; and Chris Bousquet.

And the Friday Happy Hour brings Sal Paradise to Café Nine, followed by Atrina; w/ Old Man Lady Luck; and Lasher.

Saturday, it’s the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Gary Grippo and Friends, followed at 9 p.m. The Iguanas; w/ Joe Flood.

Sunday brings the Sunday After Supper Jam to Café Nine, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars.

More at cafenine.com


Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sallys, tonight is Jazz Monday.

Tomorrow, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, jams and works out new material at Sally’s.

Wednesday, it’s the Blues Jam with Ed Bradley, one of the longest running open blues jams in New England!

Thursday brings The Sawtelles to Blackeyed Sally’s. They’re a husband-wife duo balancing four elements: alternate-tuned guitar, stand-up drum kit (ala Velvet Underground’s Mo Tucker) and two voices. Sparse but intricately arranged pop that is as lush as it is threadbare makes what is played as important as what isn’t.

The late show on Thursday is the Jackleg Preachers, a diverse and dynamic group, in both age and musicianship, running the gamut of musical genres.

Saturday, it’s Delta Generators at Sally’s, finalists (out of 55 entries worldwide) in the best self-produced CD competition at last year’s International Blues Challenge.

More at blackeyedsallys.com

Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten track in central Connecticut.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, “Chasing Ice” continues through Thursday, featuring climate-change-skeptic-turned-true-believer James Balog, a National Geographic photographer deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

Tomorrow also is a Science on Screen Night, this time with “Tremors,” in which a pair of small-town handymen living in a small desert community stumble upon several difficult-to-explain phenomena, including a couple of people who’ve died under extremely strange (and, in one instance, very grisly) circumstances. Eventually, they and a handful of their neighbors find the cause: gigantic prehistoric worm-like creatures that streak under the desert the way fish swim through oceans, reaching up and grabbing anything they need for food. Cut off from the outside world, they have to figure out how to get across the desert alive while these creatures — that are smart as well as fast — close in on them, stalking them like monster sharks.

The film will be discussed by Maureen Long, a seismologist and professor of geology and geophysics at Yale.

Wednesday at Real Art Ways, it’s Inescapable Rhythms, the every-second-Wednesday poetry reading and open mic series, this week featuring Lesley Yalen and Seth Landman.

Friday begins screenings of “Central Park Five,” a look at the events leading to the wrongful arrest and conviction of five black and Latino teenagers, accused in 1989 of brutally attacking and raping a Central Park jogger in what became a notorious case.

Saturday’s monthly late show is “The Room,” about a happy-go-lucky banker who sees his world fall apart when his friends begin to betray him one by one. the film is described as so amazingly bad it’s great.

More at www.realartways.com.


Over at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema, tonight and tomorrow wraps up the screenings of “A Royal Affair,” about a national hero in Denmark who’s an 18th century man of reason up against the superstitions and despotism of the royal court.

Then begins a run, through Saturday, of “A Late Quartet,” which takes inside the lives of a New York City quartet as they rehearse Beethoven’s ravishing Quartet in C sharp minor. Hidden allegiances, ambitions and passions are revealed when the cellist (Christopher Walken) announces his plans to leave.

Sunday’s matinee and evening show is “Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel.”

More at cinestudio.org.

Now let’s look at what’s on tap here at WESU tonight.

Right after the Jive at 5, from 5:05 to 6, it’s

Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, a well-rounded jazz show for true jazz heads.

Then at 6pm each weekday, it’s Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network, your evening dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

From 6:30-8pm, it’s Life is a Killer with Johnny Analog, moving through the blues diaspora from front porch country blues and big city electric blues to jazz, R&B and soul.

From 8-9:30pm, it’s Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis, the best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and latin dancefloor grooves.

Then the 9:30pm – 12:30am slot brings the return of “Aargh” with Tom Gatzen for three hours of bone crushing cosmic stoner rock, doom, and otherwise loud and slow music.

From 12:30 to 2:30 a.m., DJ Otto Nation will be playing an eclectic mix of music from the WESU Vaults.

From  2:30-3:30am, it’s Maximum Rock and Roll Radio, followed from 3:30-4am by DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections: You’ve lost someone, let’s find them.

Then the BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast at 5 a.m. with Morning Edition from NPR.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at www.wesufm.org/jive, and if you know of any events that you’d like to have announced on the Jive, send them tojive@wesufm.org If you tune in to WESU for information and music that you can’t find elsewhere, then we are counting on you to help support the service you depend on.

Please take a moment to make a donation of any size online at www.wesufm.org, every dollar counts and we need to hear from you. Thanks for listening!

Now stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

At Least 18 Reasons To Be Excited About 2013

2012 was a stellar year for music. Check out my post here for evidence. Just since I wrote that year-end list, Freddie GibbsBaby Face Killa mixtape crept onto my list for honorable-mention status, on the strength of this incredible video. Others like Miguel‘s Kaleidoscope Dream, Starlito‘s Funerals and Court Dates, Action Bronson & Alchemist‘s Rare Chandeliers and Roc Marciano‘s Reloaded might make it on there with a few more listens. 2013 has the potential to top that year, good as it was. Already, what I’ve heard from it– new music by A$AP Rocky, Toro Y Moi, Foxygen, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Christopher Owens, and the Azealia Banks dis track Angel Haze put out yesterday– is highly, highly encouraging. Here’s what to expect:

List after the jump:


1. Christopher Owens- Lysandre (1/15)
I downloaded a leaked version of this today (don’t worry, I’m definitely buying it when it’s out officially) and listened to it several times on repeat. This album demands and rewards your attention all the way through. I am happy to report that this album is full of sincerity, love, honesty, beautiful songwriting and musical arrangements. It’s missing some of the more rocking elements of his work with Girls, but this is a mature, classy, delightful concept album. The only comparable record I can think of is Histoire de Melody Nelson. He uses a repeated theme, like 70s albums, such as Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, Red Headed Stranger and The Last Waltz. And it stands up against any classic from that time period.

2. A$AP Rocky- Long.Live.A$AP (1/22)
The debut single for this album, “1 Train” features a veritable who’s who of elite up-and-coming rappers: Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf (who steals the show), Danny Brown, Action Bronson & Big K.R.I.T. A$AP is definitely a good dude to see rising in popularity– even if he’s not the most talented rapper, he’s got a definite ear for beats, surrounds himself with talented individuals, and challenges common conceptions of hip-hop. As he puts it in a new interview with Complex: “Why is it so fucking hard to accept the fact that we’re heterosexual men who love fashion? We get along with gay people, we accept gay people. We get along with white people, we get along with Asian people. We love everybody.”

3. Foxygen- We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (1/22)
I’ve covered Foxygen before here. They are a very fun group and this album is a big leap forward from last year’s EP. I pre-ordered this and the label sent me a link to download it even though it hasn’t been officially released yet. “No Destruction” has one of the best lines I’ve heard in a while: “There’s no need to be an asshole. You’re not in Brooklyn anymore.” Hopefully, this album will get a lot of recognition. Foxygen should be a big deal soon.

4. Toro Y Moi- Anything In Return (1/22)
Still associated with the joke-genre, chillwave, Toro left that behind for good in 2011 with the funk-influenced Underneath the Pine and Freaking Out. Now he’s turning his attention to pop. This isn’t exactly the type of stuff you hear on the radio, though. It’s sophisticated, exquisitely crafted, dreamy pop music. Check out the video for “So Many Details”, in which Toro wears a turtleneck and looks moody while his girl’s in the hot tub for evidence of his eccentric genius.

5. Unknown Mortal Orchestra- II (2/5)
The first single for this album, “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” has been out for a while. It’s one of the best songs released in 2012, a song about isolation and loneliness that is at once beautiful, heartbreaking, and somehow hopeful, much like Tame Impala‘s Lonerism.

6. Ghostface Killah & Adrian YoungeTwelve Reasons To Die (3/19)
It’s been seven years since Ghost put out the inimitable one-two punch of Fischscale and More Fish. Though he’s put out a lot of quality material since then, it’s high time for one of the best rappers alive to put out another classic. This one looks like it’s got the potential to be that. Adrian Younge has scored the Black Dynamite soundtrack, and put out the outstanding psychedelic soul record Something About April in 2011. If you’re a Ghost fan, you know the man loves his soul music and is one of the best to spit over soulful beats. So this team-up makes a lot of sense. Plus, RZA is executive producing. And, good lord, that cover is great.

7. Kurt Vile- Walkin’ on a Pretty Daze (Spring)
This is what Kurt’s saying about his new album: “The guitar playing is better and the ideas are new. It’s classic, it’s epic, with many more solos.” Can I get a hell yeah?! I’ve been a big fan of Kurt’s since 2011’s Smoke Ring for My Halo. And I would not expect him to be one for idle boasting.

8. Queens of the Stone Age- TBA (First half of 2013)
The band recently sent out this message to Mojo Magazine. Apparently “the record sounds like running in a dream inside a codeine cabaret.” And even they don’t know what that means. There are a lot of reasons to be excited about this album, especially the return of Dave Grohl and Nick Oliveri to the band (missing since 2002’s classic Songs for the Deaf, which, believe it or not, came out over ten years ago now. You’re old.

9. Danny Brown- Old (TBA)
Danny recently revealed collaborators on this album are going to include A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Kitty Pryde and Purity Ring. He also said the album’s going to be “more mature” and “If people are just looking for dick-sucking jokes, there isn’t too many of them this time.” A more mature Danny Brown is almost hard to conceive, but I’m definitely looking forward to hearing what that sounds like. And more collabs with Ab-Soul.

10. Earl Sweatshirt- Doris (TBA)
Earl’s recently released single “Chum” is probably the best thing he’s done so far in his young career– an autobiographical track that shows off his cleverness, way with words, and emotional depth (despite speaking in a monotone). It’s also far more mature than his impressive but definitely immature debut, 2010’s EARL. Maturity definitely seems to be a theme of a lot of these albums in 2013. And that’s not a bad thing. Music can be intelligent and thoughtful without being boring. Especially if you’re as ridiculously talented as Earl.

11. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib- Cocaine Pinata (TBA)
After putting out two excellent EPs together, Thuggin’ and Shame, Gangsta Gibbs and Madlib are putting out a full length. And it’s called Cocaine Pinata. I’m excited, anyway.

12. Pusha T- My Name Is My Name (TBA)
Pusha T was instrumental in bringing Chief Keef to greater attention, telling Kanye West about the young Chicagoan, leading to the G.O.O.D. Music remix of “Shit I Don’t Like.” But don’t forget that Pusha is still capable of being a vital, relevant artist himself. It’s been six years since Pusha released one of my favorite albums with Clipse, Hell Hath No Fury. The debut single off this album, “Pain” is very encouraging, as is the rest of the work he’s been doing since becoming a part of Kanye’s inner circle.

13. The Underachievers- Indigoism (TBA)
This group is signed to Flying Lotus‘ label. They have so far put out a handful of songs and videos on Youtube. Despite the limited output, The Underachievers are a very promising young group, who set themselves apart with some tremendous rapid-fire spitting and lyricism. They also share with Ab-Soul a fascination with the secrets the pineal gland (or “third eye”) may unlock.

14. Ab-Soul & JMSN- Unit 6 (TBA)
Ab-Soul & JMSN released one track together last year called “Nibiru,” which starts out with Ab-Soul theorizing that aliens probably built the pyramids. As with The Underachievers, Ab-Soul comes close to the sort of conspiracy theories you might see on the History Channel. However, that doesn’t take away from how good his music is, and there is something intriguing about this movement in hip-hop. JMSN appeared uncredited on several tracks on Kendrick Lamar‘s good kid m.A.A.d. city, and also released an experimental R&B album, Priscilla last year, which features a gorgeous Sigur Ros sample on “Hotel.”

15. My Bloody ValentineTBA (TBA)
My Bloody Valentine hasn’t put out an album since 1991’s Loveless, the record that is the definitive, perfect, and pretty much only essential shoegaze album (and also bankrupted their label at the time, Creation). Recently the band announced that they have finished mastering this album, though other details remain sparse.

16. The Arcade FireTBA (TBA)
Arcade Fire have reportedly already recorded 35 songs. They’ve also been working with James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. I’ll just leave it at that.

17. Snoop LionReincarnated (TBA)
Snoop Dogg has managed to remain one of the most iconic and beloved rappers despite arguably putting out only one classic in his career, Doggystyle way back in 1993 (or two if you count The Chronic). However, his transformation into Snoop Lion will at the very least renew interest in what he’s doing musically. Since converting to Rastafarianism, he’s abandoned hip-hop for reggae and adopted a more positive persona. This isn’t exactly a shocking move for one of the most famous weed-smokers in the world. As Drew Magary puts it in a recent profile in GQ, “A hundred thousand years from now, there’ll be nothing left but a pile of rocks and Snoop, perched upon the rubble, smoking a blunt, having outlived and outsmarted us all. The lion: king of the weed jungle.”

18. Tyler, The CreatorWolf (TBA)
His last album, 2011’s Goblin was one of the most disappointing albums in recent memory– an album so bad it almost made everyone (including me) look stupid for thinking Odd Future were anything more than a bunch of immature kids who make rape jokes and hate everything. However, Frank Ocean‘s critically acclaimed Channel Orange, Domo Genesis‘ solid No Idols mixtape with Alchemist, and Earl Sweatshirt‘s “Chum” have all proven that Odd Future definitely do have something special to them. Another reason for hope: Tyler has expressed admiration for Toro Y Moi and The Stepkids, artists making music quite a bit more mature and easy on the ears than the nihilistic mess that was Goblin.

Other artists that (hopefully) will be putting out albums in 2013: Action Bronson & Harry Fraud, Andre 3000, Angel Haze, Beck, Boldy James & Alchemist, Cloud Nothings, Deerhunter, DOOM & Ghostface Killah, Dr. Dre, Frightened Rabbit, Iceage, Juicy J, Kanye West, King Krule, The Knife, Madvillain, Major Lazer, Metal Clergy (Ka & Roc Marciano), MGMT, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Oab Jenkins, Schoolboy Q, Sky Ferreira, The Stepkids, Talib Kweli, Tinariwen, Vampire Weekend, Yo La Tengo and many, many others. Truly there will be an embarrassment of musical riches in 2013.

Friday’s Jive 01-04-13

Good evening, it’s Friday, January 4th and this is the Jive at Five – WESU’s Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends. I’m Stephan Allison, host of River Valley Rhythms heard Thursdays at 4 pm here at WESU. Thanks for tuning in.

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For the latest in local arts and entertainment anytime you’re not hearing it on our Jive, go to arts2GO.org – the City’s website for what’s going on and what’s to do with a highlight on the arts in Middletown. That’s arts2GO.org

Thanks to all of the WESU listeners who have chosen to give the gift of community radio during our 8th annual Winter Holiday Pledge drive! If you haven’t yet had a chance to do your part, you can still make that donation online at www.wesufm.org.

Here then is a brief rundown of some of the cultural and entertaining events happening in our area this week:

Friday night, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown welcomes the Two Virgins’ band back to the stage for an evening of live  rock and roll, with Americana and beat-era roots.  Saturday brings The Russ Nolan Jazz Organ Trio’s “Tell Me” CD Release Party to the Buttonwood for an evening of high-energy modern jazz. Each Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food in front of The Buttonwood Tree at 1pm.  All are welcome to enjoy a meal and help prepare the vegetarian feast at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am.  More about Buttonwood Tree events at www.buttonwood.org 

At Café Nine in New Haven tonight you can catch Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons, Grave Robbers, and Paper Hill Casket Company play americana and rootin’ tootin’ country. Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by Mike Coppola this week.  Saturday night Oddball Entertainment Presents: The Suzan w/the Mendition of the Quay at Café Nine. The Suzan are a pop-rock band from Tokyo, More online found at www.cafenine.com

The Russell Knitters will meet on Saturdays, January 5 and 19, from 11:00am-1pm in Meeting Room 3 at Russell Library. Participants are encouraged to bring knitting projects and join an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise. No registration is required.

In honor of Jack Paton, his family and the Russell Library will present an annual writing contest for people who have lived or worked in Middletown. You must be over 25 years of age to enter. This year, the suggested theme is “Food for Thought.” What is your favorite story involving food? All ideas are welcome. Entry forms for this year’s John W. Paton Storytelling Contest are available in the lobby of Russell Library, 123 Broad St., Middletown and on their website. The entry deadline is Thursday, February 28, and the awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at 7pm. Entry forms are available in regular and large print. www.russelllibrary.org

Toads’s Place in New Haven tonight brings Reggae Winterfest featuring I Anbassa, The Green Line, All Good Feel Good Collective, 27 Prophets, Shots Fired, and Mitigue. More online at www.toadsplace.com

In Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s Jen Lowe & the Sensative Dudes take the stage tonight and you can catch the Mighty Soul Drivers Saturday night. More at www.blackeyedsallys.com

This Saturday brings the opening reception for the Art For Haiti Exhibition at the Artspace Gallery in Hartford from 6pm – 10pm. All proceeds to benefit “Movin’ With The Spirit” a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the people of the poorest part of Haiti. Exhibiting artists are Andria Alex, Andres Chaparro, David Bauer, Joyce Senesac, Paul Baldassini, Phil Ouellette, Pierre Sylvain, and Robert Charles Hudson. DJ Big Bent will be spinning international grooves throughout the opening reception. For information call Pierre at 860-808-9128

This Sunday brings the Monthly Shaped Note Singing gathering to the Bruce home, here in Middletown CT from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. you are invited to attend and bring a dish to share for the Potluck that follows the singing. All are welcome! Email nbruce@wesleyan.edu for further information and/or directions.

Now here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford tonight you can catch Price Check –  a smart and honest comedy that examines who we think we are and what we’re willing to do for the life we think we deserve. Real Art Ways begins a run of Chasing Ice from acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog who, once a skeptic about climate change, through his Extreme Ice Survey discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet.  More information at www.realartways.org 

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema begins a run of A Royale Affair in which Johann Friedrich Struensee, a national hero in Denmark, is an 18th century man of reason up against the superstitions and despotism of the royal court. More at www.cinestudio.org

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And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s
 Wild Wild Live with MC Apper

A sneak peek into the magical live music scene of Wes. Tune in for in-station sets from campus bands and recordings of up-and-coming artists’ campus shows.

From 6:00 to 6:30pm 
it’s Free Speech Radio News – Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

For the next half hour, until 7pm you have the Middletown Youth Radio Project – A weekly radio program featuring the thoughts, voices, creativity and talent of the kids in the WESU neighborhood.

At 7, until 8:30pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee – Informing listeners about local and global issues with health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips, featuring a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.

Next up until 10pm, we take it
 From the Otherside with 
Rok-A-Dee – The Voice of Hartford, including local artists from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He also features upcoming artists performing Caribbean R & B, Soca and international music.

From 10 until Midnight, take in
 the sounds of Rumba en el Patio 
with Michael
- Classic Salsa for the dancers, Afro-Latin Big Band for the discerning ear. Join us as we adventure through the history of Musica Latina!

At Midnight until 1:30am Saturday it’s 
N.E. Tempo with 
DJ Berk
- Serious turntablism – Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

At 1:30am we go 
In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with 
Dope Dave 
until 3am – Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.

At 3, to 4am it’s the Bassment Beats – the Real Hip-Hop is over here.

Then, we bring you
 Sing Out! 
from 4 to 5am, on a mission to preserve and support the cultural diversity and heritage of all traditional and contemporary folk musics, and to encourage making folk music a part of our everyday lives.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the 
BBC World News 
- a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation

And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6:00 to 7:00am it’s
 the Celtic Café
 with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé Italiafrom 7:00 to 8:00am 
with Francesco Fiumara, the former host of WESU’s own WESParla 
 – A weekly roundup of news, music and memories from Italy.

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 Music behind today’s Jive At Five is from Kevin Norton’s Metaphor Quartet, a CD entitled Not Only In That Golden Tree . . . featuring (the late) Wilber Morris, Masahiko Kono, Hitomi Tono’Oka and Kevin Norton, the selection “not drunk, but stunned” and it’s out on clean feed records.

The written form for what you’ve heard on today’s jive is online at wesufm.org/jive 

And if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can make that donation online at wesufm.org anytime. Thanks for listening!

Thursdays’ Jive

Today’s Jive was recorded and produced by: 
J-Cherry… producer and host of, ‘VOICE of the CITY’
 Airing on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown
Tuesdays from 8-9PM
Live and local… This ain’t no commercial radio!
jcherrypresents.com

Good evening, it’sThursday, January 3rd and this is the Jive at Five – WESU’s Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community  programming week nights and weekends. Thanks for joining us. I’m J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,  Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. WESU is now recording our live stream! Visit wesu.streamrewind.com to hear VOICE of the CITY, and other great shows recorded here on WESU! Thanks for tuning in. Thanks to all of the WESU listeners who have chosen to give the gift of community radio during our 8th annual Winter Holiday Pledge drive! If you haven’t yet had a chance to do your part, you can still make that donation online atwww.wesufm.org.


Here’s a brief rundown of some of the cultural and entertaining events happening in our area this week:

Tonight here in Middletown, The Buttonwood Tree in presents the longstanding Monthly acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta. Sign up starts at 6:30.  Friday night, The Buttonwood Tree welcomes the Two Virgins’ band back to the stage for an evening of live  rock and roll, with Americana and beat-era roots.  Saturday brings The Russ Nolan Jazz Organ Trio’s “Tell Me” CD Release Party to the Buttonwood for an evening of High-Energy Modern Jazz. Each Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food in front of the Buttonwood Tree at 1pm.  All are welcome to enjoy a meal and help prepare the vegetarian feast at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am.  More about buttonwood tree events at www.buttonwood.org 

At Café Nine in New Haven tonight  you can catch a night of  Psychedelic improvisational jazz/rock/funk with Symphonic Bodega and The New Dirty, Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons, Grave Robbers, and Paper Hill Casket Company play americana and rootin’ tootin’ country at Café nine Friday night.  Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by Mike Coppola this week.  Saturday night ODDBALL ENTERTAINMENT Presents: The Suzan w the Mendition of the Quay at Café Nine. The Suzan on are a pop-rock band from Tokyo, More online found at www.cafenine.com

Author Elisabeth Petry will continue to lead The Veterans’ Writing Group here in Middletown at a new time, 2-3:30pm, on Thursdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library, on Broad Street.  This series invites veterans to share their stories in their own voices. All veterans, either active or retired, are encouraged to come and write their experiences for their own benefit or to share with family and friends. 

The Russell Knitters will meet on Saturdays, January 5 and 19, from 11:00am-1pm in Meeting Room 3 at Russell Library. Participants are encouraged to bring knitting projects and join an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise. No registration is required.

In honor of Jack Paton, his family and the Russell Library will present an annual writing contest for people who have lived or worked in Middletown. You must be over 25 years of age to enter. This year, the suggested theme is “Food for Thought.” What is your favorite story involving food? All ideas are welcome. Entry forms for this year’s John W. Paton Storytelling Contest are available in the lobby of Russell Library, 123 Broad St., Middletown and on their website. The entry deadline is Thursday, February 28, and the awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at 7pm. Entry forms are available in regular and large print. www.russelllibrary.orgToads’s place in New Haven Thursday brings a local band showcase to Toads. Friday brings REGGAE WINTERFEST featuring I Anbassa, The Green Line, All Good Feel Good Collective, 27 Prophets, Shots Fired, and Mitigue. More online at www.toadsplace.com

In Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s Thursday brings New Haven indie-folkers Goodnight Blue Moon to Sally’s. Jen Lowe & the Sensative Dudes take the Sally;s Stage Friday night and you can catch the Mighty Soul Drivers Saturday ngiht. More at www.blackeyedsallys.com

This Saturday brings the opening Reception the ART FOR HAITI EXHIBITION to the ARTSPACE GALLERY on in HARTFORD from, 6pm – 10pm. All proceeds to benefit “Movin’ With The Spirit” a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the people of the poorest part of Haiti. EXHIBITING ARTISTS include : Andria Alex , Andres Chaparro,  David Bauer,  Joyce Senesac, Paul Baldassini, Phil Ouelette,  Pierre Sylvain, Robert Charles Hudson. DJ Big Bent will be spinning international grooves throughout the opening reception. For information call Pierre at 860-808-9128

This Sunday brings the Monthly Shaped Note Singing gathering to The Bruce home, here in Middletown CT from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. you are invited to attend and Bring a dish to share for the Potluck that follows the singing. All are welcome! nbruce@wesleyan.edu for further information and or directions.

Now Here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford through tomorrow night you can catch Price Check –  a smart and honest comedy that examines who we think we are and what we’re willing to do for the life we think we deserve.
Also through Wednesday, Real Art Ways shows Best of NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival Kid Flix Mix 2012
Friday Real Art Ways begins a run of Chasing Ice from Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog, who once a skeptic about climate change, through his Extreme Ice Survey, discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet.  More information at www.realartways.org 

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema is closed through Thursday but re-opens with the launch of First Thursdays Cinema. OutFilmCT’s new series, featuring a great LGBT movie on the first Thursday of every month. Opening the series is a Belgian film starring Jelle Florizoone as a 14-year-old boy feeling trapped by his small coastal town, his neglectful mother, and an unrequited crush on the slightly older boy next door.  Friday Cinestudiop begins a run of A Royale Affair in which Johann Friedrich Struensee,  a national hero in Denmark, is an 18th century man of reason up against the superstitions and despotism of the royal court. More at www.cinestudio.org

Now here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive at 5,Thursday, 5:05-6pm
Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.


Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.


Total Praise with Minister Latrecia
A diverse and inspirational blend of contemporary gospel music to uplift your spirit!


Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
Where hearing is the best experience. A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.


Bridging the Gap with Jesse Brent
Exploring how music has changed forms through the years, and the links that tie together seemingly disparate genres such as blues and rap, or funk and Krautrock.


Alphabet Soup with DJ Blaze
An anti-genre, request-based melting pot. Each episode, we randomly select a letter from the alphabet, and play bands or artists whose names start with that letter. A wild romp through the annals of WESU’s music library, supported and guided by the interests of our listeners.


Bach Party with Canyon Girl
Bach Party will feature a unique theme each week showcasing work from a grand pool of classical composers and compositions. Tune in, remain composed, and keep it classy.


Hip-Hop Kitchen with Alex G
We play positivistic, afrocentric and jazz influenced hip-hop/rap that’s mixed with food news, recipes, reviews, tips, tricks, fun facts. Basically good food to eat while you listen to good hip-hop.


Songs Without Words with Jacob Feder
Songs Without Words offers an eclectic assortment of instrumental musics both new and old.


UnderCover with Rebecca Seidel
The best covers take original tracks and transform them into their own creations. Bridging genres, musical styles, and time, Undercover explores the concept of inspiration through imitation. Sometimes they surpass the original, sometimes they miss the mark – it’s your call.


Jack’s Jazz and Jam with DJ Jack
I will be playing music that features that blends styles, genres, and interesting melodic and harmonic arrangements. I would focus specifically on jazz and jazz influenced music, rock n’ roll, jam bands, bluegrass, funk, and any blending of the above genres.


Rock Fatale with DJ Stella
Featuring the first ladies of rock, from The Marvelettes to Metric.


Sunspot Loops
A sporadic exploration of what exists in music at the moment.


Corporate Radio Talk Show Live Superstar 9000 with \.com
The talk show that has the FCC raving! We never cease to disappoint.


The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast at 5 a.m. with Morning Edition from NPR.


That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at www.wesufm.org/jive, and if you know of any events that you’d like to have announced on the Jive, send them tojive@wesufm.org If you tune in to WESU for information and music that you can’t find elsewhere, then we are counting on you to help support the service you depend on.

Please take a moment to make a donation of any size online at www.wesufm.org, every dollar counts and we need to hear from you. Tonights music for the Jive was written and recorded by the Late Edmund James Wood from the Album, While I Sleep. Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa

01-02-13 Jive

 Good evening, it’s Wednesday, January 2nd and this is the Jive at Five – WESU’s Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community  programming week nights and weekends.Thanks for joining us. I’m Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night’s Evening Jazz where “hearing is the best experience” and Connecticut’s number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for listening!

WESU is now recording our live stream! Visit wesu.streamrewind.com to hear Evening Jazz, and other great shows recorded here on WESU!
And a special thanks to all of the WESU listeners who have chosen to give the gift of community radio during our 8th annual Winter Holiday Pledge drive! If you haven’t yet had a chance to do your part, you can still make that donation online atwww.wesufm.org.

Here’s a brief rundown of some of the cultural and entertaining events happening in our area this week:

At Café Nine in New Haven tonight The Can Kickers, The Shoutbacks, and Dr. Caterwauls Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps make for a night of punk loud rock.  Thursday night you can catch a night of  Psychedelic improvisational jazz/rock/funk with Symphonic Bodega and The New Dirty .  Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons, Grave Robbers, and Paper Hill Casket Company play americana and rootin’ tootin’ country at Café nine Friday night.  Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by Mike Coppola this week.  Saturday night ODDBALL ENTERTAINMENT Presents: The Suzan w the Mendition of the Quay at Café Nine. The Suzan on are a pop-rock band from Tokyo, More online found at www.cafenine.com

Author Elisabeth Petry will continue to lead The Veterans’ Writing Group here in Middletown at a new time, 2-3:30pm, on Thursdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library, on Broad Street.  This series invites veterans to share their stories in their own voices. All veterans, either active or retired, are encouraged to come and write their experiences for their own benefit or to share with family and friends.

The Russell Knitters will meet on Saturdays, January 5 and 19, from 11:00am-1pm in Meeting Room 3 at Russell Library. Participants are encouraged to bring knitting projects and join an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise. No registration is required.

In honor of Jack Paton, his family and the Russell Library will present an annual writing contest for people who have lived or worked in Middletown. You must be over 25 years of age to enter. This year, the suggested theme is “Food for Thought.” What is your favorite story involving food? All ideas are welcome. Entry forms for this year’s John W. Paton Storytelling Contest are available in the lobby of Russell Library, 123 Broad St., Middletown and on their website. The entry deadline is Thursday, February 28, and the awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at 7pm. Entry forms are available in regular and large print. www.russelllibrary.orgToads’s place in New Haven Thursday brings a local band showcase to Toads. Friday brings REGGAE WINTERFEST featuring I Anbassa, The Green Line, All Good Feel Good Collective, 27 Prophets, Shots Fired, and Mitigue. More online at www.toadsplace.com

Thursday night here in Middletown, The Buttonwood Tree in presents the longstanding Monthly acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta. Sign up starts at 6:30.  Friday night, The Buttonwood Tree welcomes the Two Virgins’ band back to the stage for an evening of live  rock and roll, with Americana and beat-era roots.  Saturday brings The Russ Nolan Jazz Organ Trio’s “Tell Me” CD Release Party to the Buttonwood for an evening of High-Energy Modern Jazz. Each Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food in front of the Buttonwood Tree at 1pm.  All are welcome to enjoy a meal and help prepare the vegetarian feast at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am.  More about buttonwood tree events at www.buttonwood.org

In Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s Thursday brings New Haven indie-folkers Goodnight Blue Moon to Sally’s. Jen Lowe & the Sensative Dudes take the Sally;s Stage Friday night and you can catch the Mighty Soul Drivers Saturday ngiht. More at www.blackeyedsallys.com

This Saturday brings the opening Reception the ART FOR HAITI EXHIBITION to the ARTSPACE GALLERY on in HARTFORD from, 6pm – 10pm. All proceeds to benefit “Movin’ With The Spirit” a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the people of the poorest part of Haiti. EXHIBITING ARTISTS include : Andria Alex , Andres Chaparro,  David Bauer,  Joyce Senesac, Paul Baldassini, Phil Ouelette,  Pierre Sylvain, Robert Charles Hudson. DJ Big Bent will be spinning international grooves throughout the opening reception. For information call Pierre at 860-808-9128

This Sunday brings the Monthly Shaped Note Singing gathering to The Bruce home, here in Middletown CT from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. you are invited to attend and Bring a dish to share for the Potluck that follows the singing. All are welcome! nbruce@wesleyan.edu for further information and or directions.

Now Here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford through tomorrow night you can catch Price Check –  a smart and honest comedy that examines who we think we are and what we’re willing to do for the life we think we deserve.
Also through Wednesday, Real Art Ways shows Best of NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival Kid Flix Mix 2012
Friday Real Art Ways begins a run of Chasing Ice from Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog, who once a skeptic about climate change, through his Extreme Ice Survey, discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet.  More information at www.realartways.org
Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema is closed through Thursday but re-opens with the launch of First Thursdays Cinema. OutFilmCT’s new series, featuring a great LGBT movie on the first Thursday of every month. Opening the series is a Belgian film starring Jelle Florizoone as a 14-year-old boy feeling trapped by his small coastal town, his neglectful mother, and an unrequited crush on the slightly older boy next door.  Friday Cinestudiop begins a run of A Royale Affair in which Johann Friedrich Struensee,  a national hero in Denmark, is an 18th century man of reason up against the superstitions and despotism of the royal court. More at www.cinestudio.org
Now here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive at 5, it’s the Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano. An hour of the latest and greatest in the world of independent rock, pop, electronic, and experimental music out there today.

From 6-6:30 it’s
Free Speech Radio News. Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

Starting at 6:30 and running until 8pm it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion. Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It’s a vinyl world!

From 8-9:30pm it’s The Warehouse with Mike Nyce. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

Beginning at 9:30 until11pm it’s The Vault with DJ Anton Banks. On the air since 1995! Presenting listeners with the very latest in underground electronica on vinyl format, so the music can be heard as it was intended. Regularly featuring exclusive sets from international producers and DJs.

Then from 11pm-midnight, it’s The Smorgasboard with Hygge Li and Maneki Neko
A colossal mix of electronic infused with the spices of dance.

From midnight to 1:30am, DJ Gus Lo presents Midnight Munchies! Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving for!

From 1:30-2:30am it’s Today Is Yesterday’s Tomorrow with Fuzzball
Follow along as we ride the contours of recorded sound through history and explore the interplay of past and present.

And starting at 2:30 and running for an hour it’s Alive Not Amplified with Adrien
The longest running student radio show on WESU! Electronics discouraged.

And from 3:30 to 4am it’s DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections
You’ve lost someone. Let’s find them.

The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast at 5 a.m. with Morning Edition from NPR.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at www.wesufm.org/jive, and if you know of any events that you’d like to have announced on the Jive, send them to jive@wesufm.org

If you tune in to WESU for information and music that you can’t find elsewhere, then we are counting on you to help support the service you depend on.

Please take a moment to make a donation of any size online at www.wesufm.org, every dollar counts and we need to hear from you.
Thanks for listening and stay tuned for the Needle Drop.

Tuesday’s Jive


Today’s Jive was recorded and produced by: 
J-Cherry… producer and host of, ‘VOICE of the CITY’
 Airing on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown
Tuesdays from 8-9PM
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Good evening, it’s Tuesday, January 1st 2013! From all of here at WESU, HAPPY NEW YEAR!  This is the Jive at Five – WESU’s Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community  programming week nights and weekends.Thanks for joining us. I’m J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,  Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. WESU is now recording our live stream! Visit wesu.streamrewind.com to hear VOICE of the CITY, and other great shows recorded here on WESU! Thanks for tuning in. Thanks to all of the WESU listeners who have chosen to give the gift of community radio during our 8th annual Winter Holiday Pledge drive! If you haven’t yet had a chance to do your part, you can still make that donation online atwww.wesufm.org.

Here’s a brief rundown of some of the cultural and entertaining events happening in our area this week:

At Café Nine in New Haven Wednesday night The Can KickersThe Shoutbacks, and Dr. Caterwauls Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps make for a night of punk loud rock.  Thursday night you can catch a night of  Psychedelic improvisational jazz/rock/funk with Symphonic Bodega and The New Dirty .  Joe Fletcher & the Wrong ReasonsGrave Robbers, and Paper Hill Casket Company play americana and rootin’ tootin’ country at Café nine Friday night.  Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by Mike Coppola this week.  Saturday night ODDBALL ENTERTAINMENT Presents: The Suzan w the Mendition of the Quay at Café Nine. The Suzan on are a pop-rock band from Tokyo, More online found at www.cafenine.com

Author Elisabeth Petry will continue to lead The Veterans’ Writing Group here in Middletown at a new time, 2-3:30pm, on Thursdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library, on Broad Street.  This series invites veterans to share their stories in their own voices. All veterans, either active or retired, are encouraged to come and write their experiences for their own benefit or to share with family and friends. 
The Russell Knitters will meet on Saturdays, January 5 and 19, from 11:00am-1pm in Meeting Room 3 at Russell Library. Participants are encouraged to bring knitting projects and join an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise. No registration is required.

In honor of Jack Paton, his family and Russell Library present an annual writing contest for people who have lived or worked in Middletown. You must be over 25 years of age to enter. This year, the suggested theme is “Food for Thought.” What is your favorite story involving food? All ideas are welcome. Entry forms for this year’s John W. Paton Storytelling Contest are available in the lobby of Russell Library, 123 Broad St., Middletown and on their website. The entry deadline is Thursday, February 28, and the awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at 7pm. Entry forms are available in regular and large print. www.russelllibrary.orgToads’s place in New Haven Thursday brings a local band showcase to Toads. Friday brings REGGAE WINTERFEST featuring I Anbassa, The Green Line, All Good Feel Good Collective, 27 Prophets, Shots Fired, and Mitigue. More online at www.toadsplace.com

Thursday night here in Middletown, The Buttonwood Tree in presents the longstanding Monthly acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta. Sign up starts at 6:30.  Friday night, The Buttonwood Tree welcomes the Two Virgins’ band back to the stage for an evening of live  rock and roll, with Americana and beat-era roots.  Saturday brings The Russ Nolan Jazz Organ Trio’s “Tell Me” CD Release Party to the Buttonwood for an evening of High-Energy Modern Jazz. Each Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food in front of the Buttonwood Tree at 1pm.  All are welcome to enjoy a meal and help prepare the vegetarian feast at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am.  More about buttonwood tree events at www.buttonwood.org 
 
In Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s Thursday brings New Haven indie-folkers Goodnight Blue Moon to Sally’s. Jen Lowe & the Sensative Dudes take the Sally;s Stage Friday night and you can catch the Mighty Soul Drivers Saturday ngiht. More at www.blackeyedsallys.com

This Saturday brings the opening Reception the ART FOR HAITI EXHIBITION to the ARTSPACE GALLERY on in HARTFORD from, 6pm – 10pm. All proceeds to benefit “Movin’ With The Spirit” a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the people of the poorest part of Haiti. EXHIBITING ARTISTS include : Andria Alex , Andres Chaparro,  David Bauer,  Joyce Senesac, Paul Baldassini, Phil Ouelette,  Pierre Sylvain, Robert Charles Hudson. DJ Big Bent will be spinning international grooves throughout the opening reception. For information call Pierre at 860-808-9128


This Sunday brings the Monthly Shaped Note Singing gathering to The Bruce home, here in Middletown CT from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. you are invited to attend and Bring a dish to share for the Potluck that follows the singing. All are welcome! nbruce@wesleyan.edu for further information and or directions.

Now Here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford through Thursday night you can catch Price Check –  a smart and honest comedy that examines who we think we are and what we’re willing to do for the life we think we deserve.

Also through Wednesday, Real Art Ways shows Best of NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival Kid Flix Mix 2012
Friday Real Art Ways begins a run of Chasing Ice from Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog, who once a skeptic about climate change, through his Extreme Ice Survey, discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet.  More information at www.realartways.org 
Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema is closed through Thursday but re-opens with the launch of First Thursdays Cinema. OutFilmCT’s new series, featuring a great LGBT movie on the first Thursday of every month. Opening the series is a Belgian film starring Jelle Florizoone as a 14-year-old boy feeling trapped by his small coastal town, his neglectful mother, and an unrequited crush on the slightly older boy next door.  Friday Cinestudiop begins a run of A Royale Affair in which Johann Friedrich Struensee,  a national hero in Denmark, is an 18th century man of reason up against the superstitions and despotism of the royal court. More at www.cinestudio.org
Now here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU. 

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Right after the Jive at 5,Thursday, 5:05-6pm
Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.


Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.


Total Praise with Minister Latrecia
A diverse and inspirational blend of contemporary gospel music to uplift your spirit!


Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
Where hearing is the best experience. A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.


Bridging the Gap with Jesse Brent
Exploring how music has changed forms through the years, and the links that tie together seemingly disparate genres such as blues and rap, or funk and Krautrock.


Alphabet Soup with DJ Blaze
An anti-genre, request-based melting pot. Each episode, we randomly select a letter from the alphabet, and play bands or artists whose names start with that letter. A wild romp through the annals of WESU’s music library, supported and guided by the interests of our listeners.


Bach Party with Canyon Girl
Bach Party will feature a unique theme each week showcasing work from a grand pool of classical composers and compositions. Tune in, remain composed, and keep it classy.


Hip-Hop Kitchen with Alex G
We play positivistic, afrocentric and jazz influenced hip-hop/rap that’s mixed with food news, recipes, reviews, tips, tricks, fun facts. Basically good food to eat while you listen to good hip-hop.


Songs Without Words with Jacob Feder
Songs Without Words offers an eclectic assortment of instrumental musics both new and old.


UnderCover with Rebecca Seidel
The best covers take original tracks and transform them into their own creations. Bridging genres, musical styles, and time, Undercover explores the concept of inspiration through imitation. Sometimes they surpass the original, sometimes they miss the mark – it’s your call.


Jack’s Jazz and Jam with DJ Jack
I will be playing music that features that blends styles, genres, and interesting melodic and harmonic arrangements. I would focus specifically on jazz and jazz influenced music, rock n’ roll, jam bands, bluegrass, funk, and any blending of the above genres.


Rock Fatale with DJ Stella
Featuring the first ladies of rock, from The Marvelettes to Metric.


Sunspot Loops
A sporadic exploration of what exists in music at the moment.


Corporate Radio Talk Show Live Superstar 9000 with \.com
The talk show that has the FCC raving! We never cease to disappoint.


The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast at 5 a.m. with Morning Edition from NPR.


That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at www.wesufm.org/jive, and if you know of any events that you’d like to have announced on the Jive, send them tojive@wesufm.org If you tune in to WESU for information and music that you can’t find elsewhere, then we are counting on you to help support the service you depend on.

Please take a moment to make a donation of any size online at www.wesufm.org, every dollar counts and we need to hear from you. Tonights music for the Jive was written and recorded by the Late Edmund James Wood from the Album, While I Sleep. Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa

Good evening, it’s Monday, Dec. 31st, New Year’s Eve! This is the Jive at Five – WESU’s Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community  programming week nights and weekends. I’m Maria Johnson, Host of Reasonably Catholics where… _______.
Thanks to all of the WESU supporters who have given the gift of community radio during our 8th annual Winter Holiday Pledge drive! If you haven’t yet had a chance to do your part, you can still make that year end donation online at www.wesufm.org for that last minute 2012 tax deduction.
Here’s a brief rundown of some of the cultural and entertaining events happening in our area this week:
Here in Middletown, organized and co sponsored by the City of Middletown and Community Health Center, Midnight on Main boasts over 100 events within 4 blocks of Main Street. The 2nd annual event kicked off at 3pm today and continues through Midnight.

With Roof Top Fireworks at 6pm and dozens of family events for one admission price in addition to no ticketed events, Middnight on Main offers something for everyone. Right now, until 5:45, you can catch the funk and soul sounds of Spark Plug, The Melvin Sparks  Tribute band, who are performing at Oddfellows playhouse on Washington St. Or you can head over to cath some Afro Cubano Music with Jose Conde at The First Church Sanctuary on Court St.Surf Rockers, Ninth Wave are also on stage as we speak, in the First Church Parish Hall. 

Don’t worry because all of those acts are playing more sets later in the evening plus much much more including, Taiko Drumming, salsa, and break Dancing lessons, Live Irish music, juggling and Frisbee demonstrations, plus live folk music with Dar Williams, Jazz with Noah Baerman, Afro Pop with Timbala, The Grand Slambovians and the Americana sounds of Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem. The grand event will culminate in anticipation of bringing in 2013 with a countdown starting at 11:30 in front of the Church of the Holy Trinity on Main Street.   More information and  Middnight on Main entry buttons are available online at www.middnight.org  


You can also Celebrate the incoming year at the Canoe Club at Harbor Park  in Middletown with the Waterfront Jazz project.  Call 860-347-9999 for reservations

Toads’s place in New Haven invites you to their NYE EXTRAVAGANZA tonight Featuring SHAKEDOWN,  The Mushroom Cloud, and the John Lennon Tribute, Nutopia. Weds brings the weekly Toads Electronic Dance Music dance party. Thursday brings a local band showcase to Toads. Friday brings REGGAE WINTERFEST featuring I Anbassa, The Green Line, All Good Feel Good Collective, 27 Prophets, Shots Fired, and Mitigue. More online at www.toadsplace.com

Tonight in Hartford Blackeyed Sally’s brings in the new Year with Avenue Groove. Wednesday, it’s Black 
eyed Sally’s longstanding Blues Jam session hosted with BRANDT TAYLOR this week. Thursday brings New Haven indie-folkers Goodnight Blue Moon to Sally’s. Jen Lowe & the Sensative Dudes take the Sally;s Stage Friday night and you can catch the Mighty Soul Drivers Saturday ngiht. More at www.blackeyedsallys.com

Author Elisabeth Petry will continue to lead The Veterans’ Writing Group here in Middletown at a new time, 2-3:30pm, on Thursdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library, on Broad Street.  This series invites veterans to share their stories in their own voices. All veterans, either active or retired, are encouraged to come and write their experiences for their own benefit or to share with family and friends. 

The Russell Knitters will meet on Saturdays, January 5 and 19, from 11:00am-1pm in Meeting Room 3 at Russell Library. Participants are encouraged to bring knitting projects and join an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise. No registration is required.
In honor of Jack Paton, his family and Russell Library present an annual writing contest for people who have lived or worked in Middletown. You must be over 25 years of age to enter. This year, the suggested theme is “Food for Thought.” What is your favorite story involving food? All ideas are welcome. Entry forms for this year’s John W. Paton Storytelling Contest are available in the lobby of Russell Library, 123 Broad St., Middletown and on their website. The entry deadline is Thursday, February 28, and the awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at 7pm. Entry forms are available in regular and large print. www.russelllibrary.org

At Café Nine in New Haven Wednesday night The Can KickersThe Shoutbacks, and Dr. Caterwauls Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps make for a night of punk loud rock.  Thursday night you can catch a night of  Psychedelic improvisational jazz/rock/funk with Symphonic Bodega and The New Dirty .  Joe Fletcher & the Wrong ReasonsGrave Robbers, and Paper Hill Casket Company play americana and rootin’ tootin’ country at Café nine Friday night.  Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by Mike Coppola this week.  Saturday night ODDBALL ENTERTAINMENT Presents: The Suzan w the Mendition of the Quay at Café Nine. The Suzan on are a pop-rock band from Tokyo, More online found at www.cafenine.com


Thursday night here in Middletown, The Buttonwood Tree in presents the longstanding Monthly acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta. Sign up starts at 6:30.  Friday night, The Buttonwood Tree welcomes the Two Virgins’ band back to the stage for an evening of live  rock and roll, with Americana and beat-era roots.  Saturday brings The Russ Nolan Jazz Organ Trio’s “Tell Me” CD Release Party to the Buttonwood for an evening of High-Energy Modern Jazz. Each Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food in front of the Buttonwood Tree at 1pm.  All are welcome to enjoy a meal and help prepare the vegetarian feast at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am.  More about buttonwood tree events at www.buttonwood.org 


This Saturday brings the opening Reception the ART FOR HAITI EXHIBITION to the ARTSPACE GALLERY on in HARTFORD from, 6pm – 10pm. All proceeds to benefit “Movin’ With The Spirit” a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the people of the poorest part of Haiti. EXHIBITING ARTISTS include : Andria Alex , Andres Chaparro,  David Bauer,  Joyce Senesac, Paul Baldassini, Phil Ouelette,  Pierre Sylvain, Robert Charles Hudson. DJ Big Bent will be spinning international grooves throughout the opening reception. For information call Pierre at 860-808-9128

This Sunday brings the Monthly Shaped Note Singing gathering to The Bruce home, here in Middletown CT from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. you are invited to attend and Bring a dish to share for the Potluck that follows the singing. All are welcome! nbruce@wesleyan.edu for further information and or directions.


Now Here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford through Thursday night you can catch Price Check –  a smart and honest comedy that examines who we think we are and what we’re willing to do for the life we think we deserve.

Also through Wednesday, Real Art Ways shows Best of NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival Kid Flix Mix 2012
Friday Real Art Ways begins a run of Chasing Ice from Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog, who once a skeptic about climate change, through his Extreme Ice Survey, discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet.  More information at www.realartways.org 
Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema is closed through Thursday but re-opens with the launch of First Thursdays Cinema. OutFilmCT’s new series, featuring a great LGBT movie on the first Thursday of every month. Opening the series is a Belgian film starring Jelle Florizoone as a 14-year-old boy feeling trapped by his small coastal town, his neglectful mother, and an unrequited crush on the slightly older boy next door.  Friday Cinestudiop begins a run of A Royale Affair in which Johann Friedrich Struensee,  a national hero in Denmark, is an 18th century man of reason up against the superstitions and despotism of the royal court. More at www.cinestudio.org
Now here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU.