Monday, March 30, 2015

3-30-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, March 30th, and this is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on WESU 88.1 FM 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, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs from 4 to right before the Jive at Five every 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday. Tomorrow, just in time for Easter, an episode about the sacrament of reconciliation, previously known as confession. We'll hear from the show's patron saint, Passionist Father John Baptist Pesce, who's been hearing confessions for 64 years, about the uses and misuses of the sacrament. I also ask a sprinkling of Catholics how long it's been since they went to confession. Can't listen live? Go to for the archived audio of that and all previous shows. And be aware that our next show, on the 1st Tuesday of April -- so, next week, not the week after next -- will take us to the Wadsworth Atheneum for its month-long exhibit of art about heaven.

Now here’s some of what’s going on in our area this week.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight brings Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed by the Anything Goes Open Mic.  On Thursday it’s Open Mic with Bob Gotta at 7.  Friday they’ve got acoustic/pop performer Alec Chambers  at 7. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Living in Divine Order. At 1, there’s a Free Poets Collective Open Mic, hosted by Andrea Barton, with featured poets Lisa Taylor and Brenda Krosnicki.  The Doug White Quintet takes the stage later at 8. Sunday’s worship service at 10 is with Rev. Ronnie Bantum and at 11 with Pastor Sandra Steele. Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m. Help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30. Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets.

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, it’s Monday Night Jazz with Kevin St. James and Joe McWilliams at 9.  Tuesday, they bring you 10 String Symphony and The Teaspoons at 9.  On Wednesday Shel and Olive Tiger take the Café stage.  Thursday they’ve got Roger Street Friedman and Seth Adam.  On Friday, it’s Wess Meets West, Ports of Spain, Fishing The Sky, and Grace Notes at 9. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Mike Coppola and Friends, and at 9:30 Manic Productions and Fistful of Jokes present Eugene Mirman and Andrew Donnelly

Also this week in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends in Lilly’s Pad. On Tuesday they headline Curren$y, along with others, for a 9:00 show.  On Wednesday they bring you New Found Glory and the Sleep When I Die Tour.  Thursday it’s Break Science, Marvel Years, and Vibe Street.  On Friday, WYBC Radio presents Ante-Fling featuring Giraggage.  On Saturday, Lost Soles Productions brings you The Spring Fling Sneaker Show, with a sneaker raffle, custom demonstrations, and a door prize. has the complete line-up.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is the usual Jazz Mondays at 8, with the Jocelyn Pleasant Quartet.  On Tuesday, Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Ed Bradley.  On Thursday, it’s Slacker’s Union playing cover tunes.  On Friday, enjoy the Xy Eli & D. Smith Blues Band with a Tribute to Muddy Waters.  On deck for Saturday is West End Blend, a West Hartford Afro-Funk/Hip-Hop Jam Collective aiming to fill the dance floor. for more.

Tonight at 7, at the Russell Library in Middletown, they have guest speaker Roy Lisker presenting “People, Places and Adventures in Western Ireland.  On Tuesday at 7, Joe Flood discusses his upcoming premier multi-media event on three Middletown composers, Reginald deKoven, Henry Clay Work, and Edward Barrett.  On Wednesday they’re screening “2001 A Space Odyssey” at 7. A discussion follows the film. The Veterans Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7.  On Saturday at 10 you can learn the art of Zentangle with Pam Hartz Miller.  Visit for details and information on more community activities

The One book/One Middletown series presents a book discussion of this year’s selection “Stranger in a Strange Land,” by Robert A. Heinlein, at the Portland Library at 6:30 tonight.

Manic Productions brings you Kind of Like Spitting, The City On Film, and others this Tuesday at the Space in Hamden.  On Wednesday, Dinowalrus, Glamour Assassins, and Terrible Roars take the stage at Bar in New Haven.

The Connecticut Old State House presents “The Mystique of the Lighthouse:  History and Lore” this Tuesday at noon with author Jeremy D’Entremont, the historian of the American Lighthouse Foundation.  Visit for details. 

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts holds a reception for Week Two of the Senior Thesis Exhibition at the Zilkha Gallery this Wednesday at 4. At 8, Asian Cultural Senior Advisor Ralph Samuelson performs music on the Japanese flute, followed by a performance with dancer choreographer Eiko Otake.  Check the website for location.  On Thursday at noon dancer Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston discuss their exhibition “A Body in Fukushima” at the Mansfield Freeman Center. The Spring Senior Thesis Dance Series happens this week from Thursday through Saturday.  The multimedia solo performance “Ida” is presented in CFA Courtyard.  Senior choreographers present a collection of new works at the Patricelli Theater.  A Senior Music Recital by Oluwaseun Odubiro, “Flies Flucht,” occurs at Crowell Concert Hall on Friday at 7.

Writing at Wesleyan presents poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips this Wednesday at 8 at Russell House.  He’s the recipient of the 2013 Pen/Joyce Osterweil Award and a contributor to The New Republic and The New Yorker.  A reception and book signing follow the talk.

This Wednesday at noon, the Hartford Public Library presents an author talk on “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” a show based on the book “The Children of Willesden Lane” that will run through April 26 at Hartford Stage. Author and piano virtuoso Mona Golabek is featured, and shares the true story of a Jewish musician’s survival in World War II.

You can tour the Wadsworth Mansion every Wednesday at 2 p.m.  Details at

The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet Wednesday at First Church on Court St.  Partners not necessary.  Call 860-347-0278 for details.

A spiritual/psychic development and meditation circle is offered every other Wednesday at 6:30 at Healing in Energy Wellness in Essex.  Details at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they bring you Moondance, “The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Show,” this Friday at 8.  On Saturday the Boston Comedy Festival presents Best of the Fest! with Jim McCue, Al Park, Dave McDonough, and Danny Boulger at 8. All details at

There’s an opening reception on Friday at 7 for the new exhibit “The Wandering Uterus II” at the Mac 650 Art Gallery on Main St. in Middletown.  Diverse fine art and media pieces from ten female Connecticut artists are presented.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, they continue their run of “Living is Easy with Eyes Closed,” about a Spanish English teacher who takes a road trip in 1966 in hopes of meeting John Lennon.  It continues through Thursday.  Also continuing is “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” about an Israeli woman seeking divorce from her manipulative husband.  Their film series Cinema 101 presents a one-time matinée screening of “The Magnificent Seven” on Thursday at 1. The GAZE happy hour occurs this Friday at 5:30.  Also on Friday, they open a run of “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,” about a Japanese woman who believes she can find buried money revealed in a treasure map from the movie “Fargo.”  It runs through the weekend.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, the run of “Timbuktu,”a political film about resistance to the jihadist takeover of a region in northern Mali, continues through Tuesday. On Wednesday they begin a run of “Mr. Turner,” a movie biopic of the 19th century English artist J. M. W. Turner.   It runs through Saturday.  On Sunday they open “Girlhood,” a French coming-of-age film about a young Muslim girl growing up in the poverty-ridden suburbs of Paris.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:

 Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry follows the jive from 5 to 6.  With
classic hop to smooth contemporary sounds.

From 6 to 6:30 it's Radio Curious from Pacifica, bringing you interviews on
a curiously wide array of topics concerning life and ideas.

75% Folk with Michael Benson follows from 6:30 to 8, bringing you
contemporary folk and acoustic music with side orders of blues, jazz, world,
pop, movie soundtracks, readings and occasional live interviews.

From 8 to 9:30 it's Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis, with the best in vintage
and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and Latin
dance floor grooves.

The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee follows from 9:30 to 11, bringing
you the music of yesterday's future today

Sleep Paralysis with Erin and Ethan comes your way from 11 to midnight.
They'll be chatting about dreams, floating on sounds, and poking around in
the subconscious.

At midnight it's Your Turn with Rachel Day.  In each episode, a different
guest comes on and chronologically shares and explains the songs that have
been instrumental in shaping who they are.  

From 1 to 2 a.m. we bring you Meet Music with DJ Rami. Buckle up and tune in
to meet a new artist with each show! Explore artists' backgrounds,
influences, and personal stories.

Next is All Mixed Up from Pacifica, airing until 3 a.m.  It's an eclectic
mix of arts and information, featuring mood-driven music mixes and

We follow that with Maximum Rock and Roll Radio until 4, followed by BBC
World News from 4 to 5 a.m.

Morning Edition from NPR comes your way at 5am.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. Tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 p.m. to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at WESU 88.1 FM, 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 anytime. Thanks for listening! Now stay tuned for Charles Henry.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday's Jive 03-27-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, March 27th, 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.

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

Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.

The Russell Library in Middletown continues their Jazz Up Close series on Saturday at 2 with pianist Noah Baerman, guitarist Freddie Bryant, and others. On Sunday the library celebrates India Heritage Month with a Photographers’ Reception featuring the works of Dianne Roberts and Harald Foellmer. Their exhibit continues through April. Visit

In New Haven tonight Cafe Nine Friday’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour at 5 features Victor Roland, followed by Live Mike Live at 9, featuring interviews with New Haven artists and celebrities. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with the George Baker Band. At 9 they’ve got All Riot, The Screw-Ups, and Spectral Fangs.  On Sunday, there’s Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School at 3, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Cobalt Rhythm Kings at 9. Visit

In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight at 9 it’s Frank Viele bringing you acoustic funk, folk and soul. On Saturday at 9, they feature singer/sonwriter Jeff Pitchell, appearing with Texas Flood. Visit

At the Hartford Public Library on Saturday, the Connecticut Poetry Society presents a moderated discussion of “The Source,” by Mark Doty, at 10:15 am.  They celebrate Women’s History Month on Saturday at 1 with “The Uncharted Path from Fear to Freedom: A Glimpse into the Life and Work of Adrienne Rich. Their Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3 p.m. with the Alvin Carter Project: Confluence of Influence. Visit

The Mark Twain House resurrects the popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours tonight and Saturday. Tonight they present Brian Dykstra: Selling Out, at 7:30, and Saturday’s events include “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” and the workshop “Getting Started: The First Steps to Writing a Story” with Jo Anne Burgh. Visit

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, dinger/songwriter Don White takes the stage at 7 tonight. At 8 pm Saturday night, there’s a live performance and CD recording session with the band Coconuts. Food Not Bombs serves food outside The Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m. Help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30. Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets. Visit

Manic Productions presents No Joy, Landing, and Grooms at the Ballroom at the Outer Space on Saturday for an 8:30 show. Check in at

Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge presents live music this weekend with Touch of Soul tonight and straight-ahead Jazz Saturday night with John Brighenti. Visit them at

The Center for the Arts at Wesleyan has a busy week ahead with many student thesis exhibits, screenings and performances. The Spring Faculty Dance Concert “Women of Myth Unleashed/The Seven Deadly Sins” takes place on tonight and Saturday at the CFA Theater. Tonight, singer/songwriter Omnia Hegazy takes the stage at Crowell Concert Hall to perform American pop/rock and Arabic folk music as part of the CFA’s Muslim Women’s Voices series. On Saturday at CFA Hall, Ming Zhu presents a senior recital, “Tunes of Ancient China.” Details at

Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring the talents of over 25 young people on stage and behind the scenes, is presented tonight and Saturday night beginning at 7:30 pm.  The company has been rehearsing since January and is excited to welcome spring with this youthful, effervescent production of Shakespeare’s delightful comedy. Details at 

The Greater Middletown Concert Association sponsors a performance of “The Barber of Seville” this Saturday at 7:30 at the Middletown High School Performing Arts Center. Call 860.346.4778 or visit

The WESU spring Record Fair will be held at Beckham Hall on 55 Wyllys Avenue in Middletown this Saturday from 11am - 4pm. The fair features dozens of vendors selling new and used music in all formats, plus WESU DJs spinning vinyl all day long! It is free and open to the public. For more information, go to 

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
The film “Music of Survival” about the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus, will be shown Sunday at Wesleyan’s Goldsmith Family Cinema, along with a performance and discussion by Julia Kytasty. Visit  

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, opening tonight is “Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem,” an Israeli film that follows a woman seeking to divorce her manipulative husband who’s put on trial by her country’s religiously-based marriage laws.  Improv’d Cinema happens on Sunday at 2, featuring Sea Tea Improv as they do voice-overs on a terrible film selected by the audience. Visit for more info.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, “A Most Violent Year,” runs through Saturday. It's a drama involving a contractor operating his business in the trash-filled streets of 1981 New York City. On Sunday they screen “National Theatre Live: A View from the Bridge,” the Arthur Miller classic. Cinestudio celebrates their 45th anniversary on Saturday with a one-time screening of classic concert film from The Talking Heads, “Stop Making Sense”. On Sunday they open a run of “Timbuktu,” an Oscar-nominated film about radical jihadists who took over northern Mali in 2012. Visit

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

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6pm it’s
 Ear-Candy with DJ Sick Nelden where you hear the newest in Indie Rock, through the lens of pop and the absurd. Then at 6, it's half an hour of Argus News Radio with Simon Korn providing campus and Middletown news. And on the 2nd and 4th Fridays it's Music, Eh?! with Annalee followed by half an hour of Counterspin.

Then from 6:30 to 7pm listen to 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.

Then at 10pm we go 
In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with 
Dope Dave - Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.

At Midnight until 3am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

At 3, it's Bassment Beats with DJ LOKASH, celebrating its 10th year of bringing you the latest in aboveground & underground hip-hop mixed live; followed by his New World Show, with the best in Global Bass mixed live til 4. Baila coño!

Sing Out! Radio Magazine with Tom Druckenmiller comes on at 4 until 5am with a weekly, hour-long “magazine format” program, featuring interviews in addition to “live” and recorded traditional folk musics.

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 Italia from 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 the Anthony Braxton Quartet, 8 Standards (Wesleyan) 2001, featuring Anthony Braxton, Kevin O'Neil, Andy Eulau, and Kevin Norton. The selection is Nuages and it's out on Barking Hoop Records.

The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at

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 anytime. Thanks for listening!