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. 

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. 

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:
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. 

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.
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. 

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. 

12-31-12 Jive NYE!


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 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


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.

Right after the Jive At Five, it’s Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, a well-rounded jazz show.

At 6pm each week night, Free Speech Radio News from the Pacifica Network provided an evening dose of alternative international news and reporting.

At 630 tonight Stacey Zackin and friends kick off our New Year’s Eve spectacular at 6:30. At 8pm,


at 8pm on the Rumpus Room, Lord Lewis presents his Annual year end showcase of his favorite new release in 2012 for a retrospective of vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and latin dance floor grooves from this year.
At 9:30 Classik Az (sound like Oz) helps us bring in the new year (living room style) with a live broadcast until 2:30am.

at 2:30 am Maximum Rock and Roll Radio features the best DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rock n roll record collection.

at 3:30am DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections. You’ve lost someone. Let’s find them.

The BBC World News   begins at 4am and we begin tomorrow’s programming at 5am with Morning Edition from National Public Radio.
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.

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!

Friday’s Jive 12-28-12

Good evening, it’s Friday, December 28th 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:

Over at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, this is your last chance to catch an exhibition of photographs by WESU’s own Bill Revill, which are on display through the end of the month.  It’s an eclectic selection of prints of musicians, landscapes, seascapes, local agricultural fairs and more. Tonight the Buttonwood brings a double musical bill featuring Jake Armerding  and Chris LaVancher for a night of Americana. Saturday evening, Jeremiah Birnbaum, described as a “rootsy, soulful troubadour,” performs at The Buttonwood Tree. This and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome. You’re also invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at the First Church on 190 Court St. More online at www.buttonwood.org

Kick New Years off early at Javapalooza, 330 Main Street in Middletown. On Saturday from 7p to 10p Zoo Front starts things off with their “quirky little pop songs for dancin’” and then the night is given over to The Sawtelles. Call 860.346.5282

On Sunday morning — and every last Sunday of the month — over at BrewBakers in Middletown, The Rusted Keys, an acoustic duet perform, beginning at 9 a.m.

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight it’s Zach Deputy, with Frank Viele. Saturday brings the White Panda Holiday Bash to Toad’s, with Cash Cash, Jacob Es, and Sikai. Sunday  brings Badfish, A Tribute to Sublime, with Carbonated Insight, Coax Rhino, and Something Simple. More online at www.toadsplace.com

Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight, it’s the John D’Amato Band taking the stage. The Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by The Billy Cofrances Group this week. Later Saturday night, Safety Meeting Records presents Tomb and Thirst, Ferocious F-‘ing Teeth, Stone Titan, and Last Words. Then Sunday it’s the Sunday After Supper Jam with host Kevin St. James and the Legendary Café Nine All-Stars. Find more at www.cafenine.com

In Hartford at Blackeyed Sallys tonight Easy Baby, a brand new New England blues act, takes their stage. Saturday brings the Rockabilly Riot, with Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings. More online at www.blackeyedsallys.com

Here now is a rundown of cinema off the beaten path around Central CT.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford through New Year’s Day, it’s the Best of NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival Party Mix 2012, a collection hilarious, heartfelt and beautiful short films around the world, suitable for older kids ages 8 and up, including festival award-winners and audience favorites. Tonight begins a run of Price Check, set in the pricing department of a supermarket chain. The film is described as “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.” More online at www.realartways.org

Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema, is closed until Jan. 3. 

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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’s Thursday, Dec. 27th.  This 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.  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.
Over at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, this week is your last chance to catch an exhibition of photographs by WESU’s own Bill Revill, which are on display through the end of the month.  It’s an eclectic selection of prints of musicians, landscapes, seascapes, local agricultural fairs and more.
Friday at the Buttonwood brings a double musical bill featuring Jake Armerding  and Chris LaVancher for a night of Americana. Saturday evening, Jeremiah Birnbaum, described as a “rootsy, soulful troubadour,” performs at the Buttonwood Tree. This and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome. You’re also invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at the First Church on 190 Court St. More online at www.buttonwood.org
On Sunday morning — and every last Sunday of the month — over at Brew Bakers in Middletown, The Rusted Keys, an acoustic duet beginning at 9 a.m.
Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight a local showcase to Toad’s, with Dirty Lizard Kings, EightFold, Father Time, Fear Apparent, Forget Paris, Haddam Neck, the Mike Cusato Band, and Super Bad. Friday, it’s Zach Deputy, with Frank Viele. Saturday brings the White Panda Holiday Bash to Toad’s, with Cash Cash, Jacob Es, and Sikai. Sunday  brings Badfish, A Tribute to Sublime, with Carbonated Insight, Coax Rhino, and Something Simple. More online at www.toadsplace.com
 
Over at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight it’s The Cooking Channel’s Baron Ambrosia; w/ Goat herder and They Hate Us.Friday night the John D’Amato Band takes the Café nine Stage. Saturday afternooon’’s Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by The Billy Cofrances Group this week. Later Saturday night, Safety Meeting records presents Tomb and Thirst, Ferocious F-‘ing Teeth, Stone Titan, and Last Words.Then Sunday it’s the Sunday After Supper Jam with host Kevin St. James and the Legendary Café Nine All-Stars. www.cafenine.com
 
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sallys,it’s The Can Kickers w/ Milksop: Unsung. Friday night Easy Baby, a brand new New England blues act, takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday brings the Rockabilly Riot, with Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings. More online atwww.blackeyedsallys.com
 
Here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in Central CT.
Over at Real Art Ways in Hartford through New Year’s Day, it’s the Best of NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival Party Mix 2012, a collection hilarious, heartfelt and beautiful short films around the world, suitable for older kids ages 8 and up, including festival award-winners and audience favorites. Also running through Thursday, it’s In The Family, featuring a precocious 6-year-old with two dads and a good life until one of his dads dies in a car accident. Roger Ebert calls it “a courageous first feature… that sidesteps shopworn stereotypes and tells a quiet, firm, deeply humanist story about doing the right thing.” Then Friday begins a run of Price Check, set in the pricing department of a supermarket chain. The film is described as “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.” More onlie at www.realartways.org
 
Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema, is closed until Jan. 3.
Now let’s look at what’s on tap here at WESU tonight.

Now here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU.And now let’s take a look at 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

12-26-12 jive


Good evening, it’s Wednesday, Dec. 26th.  This 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 Ben Michael. Thanks for joining us.
Over at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, this week is your last chance to catch an exhibition of photographs by WESU’s own Bill Revill, which are on display through the end of the month.  It’s an eclectic selection of prints of musicians, landscapes, seascapes, local agricultural fairs and more.
Friday at the Buttonwood brings a double musical bill featuring Jake Armerding  and Chris LaVancher for a night of Americana.
Saturday evening, Jeremiah Birnbaum, described as a “rootsy, soulful troubadour,” performs at the Buttonwood Tree.
This and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome. You’re also invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at the First Church on 190 Court St. More online at www.buttonwood.org
 
On Sunday morning — and every last Sunday of the month — over at Brew Bakers in Middletown, The Rusted Keys, an acoustic duet, plays, beginning at 9 a.m.
Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight night brings Stillborn Fest to the stage, headlined by  CT prodigal hardcore Rockers, Hatebreed, alongside Emmre, This is Hell, Lionheart, The World We Knew, Thy Will Be Done and Bound for Pain. Wednesday is also the weekly EDM Night at Toads.
Thursday brings a local showcase to Toad’s, with Dirty Lizard Kings, EightFold, Father Time, Fear Apparent, Forget Paris, Haddam Neck, the Mike Cusato Band, and Super Bad. Friday, it’s Zach Deputy, with Frank Viele.
Saturday brings the White Panda Holiday Bash to Toad’s, with Cash Cash, Jacob Es, and Sikai.
Sunday  brings Badfish, A Tribute to Sublime, with Carbonated Insight, Coax Rhino, and Something Simple. More online at www.toadsplace.com
 
Over at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight/Wednesday brings Man in a Crowd, with A Paper Tugboat and Treestars. Thursday, it’s The Cooking Channel’s Baron Ambrosia; w/ Goat herder and They Hate Us.Friday night the John D’Amato Band takes the Café nine Stage. Saturday afternooon’’s Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by The Billy Cofrances Group this week. Later Saturday night, Safety Meeting records presents Tomb and Thirst, Ferocious F-‘ing Teeth, Stone Titan, and Last Words.Then Sunday it’s the Sunday After Supper Jam with host Kevin St. James and the Legendary Café Nine All-Stars. www.cafenine.com
 
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sallys, tonight/Wednesday brings their longstanding weekly open Blues Jam hosted by Tim McDonald this week.  Thursday at Sally’s, it’s The Can Kickers w/ Milksop: Unsung. Friday night Easy Baby, a brand new New England blues act, takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday brings the Rockabilly Riot, with Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings. More online at www.blackeyedsallys.com
 
Here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in Central CT.
Over at Real Art Ways in Hartford through New Year’s Day, it’s the Best of NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival Party Mix 2012, a collection hilarious, heartfelt and beautiful short films around the world, suitable for older kids ages 8 and up, including festival award-winners and audience favorites.
Also running through Thursday, it’s In The Family, featuring a precocious 6-year-old with two dads and a good life until one of his dads dies in a car accident. Roger Ebert calls it “a courageous first feature… that sidesteps shopworn stereotypes and tells a quiet, firm, deeply humanist story about doing the right thing.”
Then Friday begins a run of Price Check, set in the pricing department of a supermarket chain. The film is described as “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.” More onlie at www.realartways.org
 
Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema, is closed until Jan. 3.
Now let’s look at what’s on tap here at WESU tonight.

Right after the jive at Five stay tuned for Sounds From the Global Village from Pacifica

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.

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!

12-25-12 Jive Christmas!


Good evening, it’s Tuesday, Dec. 25th, Merry Christmas! 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 Ben Michael. Thanks for joining us.
Now let’s look at what’s going on in the community this week:
Over at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, this week is your last chance to catch an exhibition of photographs by WESU’s own Bill Revill, which are on display through the end of the onth.  It’s an eclectic selection of prints of musicians, landscapes, seascapes, local agricultural fairs and more.
Friday at the Buttonwood brings a double musical bill featuring Jake Armerding  and Chris LaVancher for a night of Americana.  Saturday evening, Jeremiah Birnbaum, described as a “rootsy, soulful troubadour,” performs at the Buttonwood Tree. This and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome. You’re also invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at the First Church on 190 Court St. More online at www.buttonwood.org

On Sunday morning — and every last Sunday of the month — over at Brew Bakers in Middletown, The Rusted Keys, an acoustic duet, plays, beginning at 9 a.m.

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Wednesday night brings Stillborn Fest to the stage, headlined by r CT prodigal hardcore Rockers Hatebreed, alongside Emmre, This is Hell, Lionheart, The World We Knew, Thy Will Be Done and Bound for Pain. Wednesday is also the weekly EDM Night at Toads.
Thursday brings a local showcase to Toad’s, with Dirty Lizard Kings, EightFold, Father Time, Fear Apparent, Forget Paris, Haddam Neck, the Mike Cusato Band, and Super Bad. Friday, it’s Zach Deputy, with Frank Viele.Saturday brings the White Panda Holiday Bash to Toad’s, with Cash Cash, Jacob Es, and Sikai. Sunday  brings Badfish, A Tribute to Sublime, with Carbonated Insight, Coax Rhino, and Something Simple. More online at www.toadsplace.com

Over at Café Nine in New Haven, Wednesday brings Man in a Crowd, with A Paper Tugboat and Treestars. Thursday, it’s The Cooking Channel’s Baron Ambrosia; w/ Goat herder and They Hate Us.Friday night the John D’Amato Band takes the Café nine Stage. Saturday afternooon’’s Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by The Billy Cofrances Group this week. Later Saturday night, Safety Meeting records presents Tomb and Thirst, Ferocious F-‘ing Teeth, Stone Titan, and Last Words.Then Sunday it’s the Sunday After Supper Jam with host Kevin St. James and the Legendary Café Nine All-Stars. www.cafenine.com

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sallys, Wednesday brings their longstanding weekly open Blues Jam hosted by Tim McDonald this week.  Thursday at Sally’s, it’s The Can Kickers w/ Milksop: Unsung. Friday night Easy Baby, a brand new New England blues act, takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday brings the Rockabilly Riot, with Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings. More online at www.blackeyedsallys.com

Here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in Central CT.

Over at Real Art Ways in Hartford tonight and through New Year’s Day, it’s the Best of NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival Party Mix 2012, a collection hilarious, heartfelt and beautiful short films around the world, suitable for older kids ages 8 and up, including festival award-winners and audience favorites.

Also tonight and running through Thursday, it’s In The Family, featuring a precocious 6-year-old with two dads and a good life until one of his dads dies in a car accident. Roger Ebert calls it “a courageous first feature… that sidesteps shopworn stereotypes and tells a quiet, firm, deeply humanist story about doing the right thing.”

Then Friday begins a run of Price Check, set in the pricing department of a supermarket chain. The film is described as “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.” More onlie at www.realartways.org

Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema, is closed until Jan. 3.

Now, here’s what’s on tap here at WESU tonight.

Right after the jive at Five stay tuned for Sounds From the Global Village from Pacifica  with Jason M. Longwell for 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.

at 6pm each Week Day Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network offers  Your evening dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network. Tonight you can catch a special FSRN Holiday Documentary: Communities in the crosshairs: The Drug War in Guatemala

From  6:30-8pm DJ Otto Nation presents an eclectic selection of Holiday tunes you won’t find elsewhere on the dial.|
From 8pm-Midnight it’s a super special Christmas edition of Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat, who’s
got a song in his heart, a chemical imbalance in his head and a musical library at his fingers.

At Midnight, We present our final Holiday musical mix taking you until  3:30 when it’s time for an encore episode of Angels And Airwaves: MPD where you can  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. Thanks for listening and Merry Christmas!

Now stay tuned for Music from the Golbal Village.