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.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:
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. 

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