Monday, May 11, 2015

05-11-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, May 4th, 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 Billy Johnstone, host of The Broadway Radio Hour

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

Tonight, Middletown High School goes to the symphony in Hartford, at the Bushnell Center for the Arts, at 7 p.m. Students from chorus, band, and orchestra will perform with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.  Visit for details.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight brings Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed by the Anything Goes Open Mic hosted by Alan Bradley. On Thursday it’s the monthly Writers Out Loud, a prose Open Mic, hosted by Cocomo Rock and Al Bower, Jr.  On Friday they bring you singer songwriter Davey O, along with the Connecticut State Troubadour Kristen Graves. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Spiritual Growth.  Later at 8, internationally known guitarist/composer Peter Griggs takes the stage with “Music for Here and Now.” 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.  On Tuesday it’s Words and Music at 8.  On Wednesday they bring you Sketch the Cataclysm, An Historic, and IBN Orator.  On Thursday you can catch the Supersuckers frontman Eddie Spaghetti, along with Slim Francis. Friday’s 5:00 Happy Hour artist is Victor Roland, followed at 9 by Agent Orange, In the Whale, and Drug Shock. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, with Manic Productions bringing you Mystic Braves and more for a 9:00 show. Their Sunday Soul Service happens at noon.

Also this week in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight they’ve got the Grow Wild Tour featuring IM5 and more. VIP packages are available. It’s also the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence in Lilly’s Pad.  On Friday you can enjoy Cosmic Dust Bunnies, The Hornitz, and more at 8. Saturday, it’s the Hot Rod Circuit, with Small Brown Bike, The So So Glos, and Smoke Signals. has the complete line-up.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is the usual Jazz Mondays at 8. On Tuesday, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Ed Bradley.  Tommy Whalen.  Their CT Blues Challenge happens on Thursday at 8. Friday they bring you The Marks Brothers, a Connecticut jamband playing rock-n-roll. On Saturday you can hear Bluesiana Swamp Soul with Shaka & the Soul Shakers. for more.

Manic Productions brings Lady Lamb, Rathborne, and Violent Mae to The Space in Hamden this Tuesday.  On Wednesday they feature Broncho and more at Bar in New Haven.  Friday’s headliner is The Feelies, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Great Conversation 6 series continues this week, discussing “The Lifted Veil” by George Eliot on Tuesday at 7.  On Thursday, along with Resonant Motion, it’s the ongoing Jazz Up Close series, featuring a performance and discussion by drummer Johnathan Blake.  The Veterans’ Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7.  The award-winning Tesla Quartet performs in concert on Saturday at 2, with chamber music by a variety of composers. Visit for details and information on additional community activities.

The Heart City Story Club holds an open mic this Wednesday at 6 at the Hartford Public Library’s downtown location.  Bring a story and share it onstage live.

You can tour the Wadsworth Mansion every Wednesday at 2 p.m.  This Saturday, it’s also free admission during their ongoing Second Saturdays for Families series.  Details at

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

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford now offers free admission every Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 5 p.m.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, on Wednesday they bring you Grammy Award-winning country star Vince Gill, at the Warner Theatre.  Thursday’s headliner is folksinger Dar Williams, with special guest Lucy Wainwright.  On Friday, it’s the Mississippi-born blues singer Charlie Musselwhite at 8.  On Saturday, the “Spirit of Johnny Cash” tribute band takes the Infinity stage.  Blues and jazz legend Diane Schurr will be with us for a Sunday performance at 7:30.

The Art Guild of Middletown invites you to a demonstration by Elizabeth Rhoades, award-winning pastel artist, at their monthly meeting on Thursday at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell. has the details

The opening reception of the 2015 Arts & Media Festival at Middlesex Community College happens this Friday at 6 in Chapman Hall on the Middletown campus.  Call 860-343-5806 to learn more.

The Victory Over Domestic Violence Charity Motorcycle Ride happens this Wednesday, with benefits supporting the Domestic Violence Services of Middlesex County.  The ride starts in East Hampton, ending in Old Saybrook and taking the scenic route through Middlesex County.  Visit for details. Rain date is Sunday, May 17. 

WESU DJ Karen Stein, host of the Imagine show, performs acoustic guitar every Saturday from 12:15 to 3 p.m. at the original Brewbaker’s on Main Street in Middletown. 

The monthly “Journey Writers’ Workshop” for poets, playwrights, singers and more is this Sunday from 1 to 3 at Sweet Harmony CafĂ© in Middletown.

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  “La Sapienza,” about a Frenchman who returns to Italy to complete a book on the architect Borromini.  Also continuing is “3 Hearts,” a French drama about a classic love triangle.  Both run through Thursday.  On Tuesday there’s a one-time screening of “Every Secret Thing,” as part of the ongoing NY Film Critics series.  This film explores the mystery surrounding missing children, and there’s an exclusive pre- and post-screening broadcast and discussion hosted by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone.   On Friday they open “Iris,” a documentary about nonagenarian Iris Apfel, a longstanding style maven on the New York fashion scene.  It runs through the weekend.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, the run of “Seymour: An Introduction,” about an octogenarian piano teacher in New York City, continues through Tuesday.  On Wednesday they open a run of “Still Alice,” starring Academy Award winner Julianne Moore as a linguistics professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.  It runs through Saturday.  On Thursday their National Theatre Live series brings you Bernard Shaw’s “Man and Superman.”  Also on Thursday, the Out Film CT series presents “Boys,” a Dutch film about a teenager who discovers love during the summer holidays.  On Sunday they open “Effie Gray,” a British film about the repressive Victorian marriage of author James Ruskin and Effie Gray.

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

Right after the Jive at Five Stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

From 6 to 6:30 it’s Think Twice Radio with Al Robinson, which reasserts the “watchdog” role of media by ramping up coverage of Connecticut issues in a nonpartisan manner.

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 Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin, brings you Americana music from Nashville and around the world including Folk, acoustic Country, and roots-Rock from both emerging and veteran artists. 

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

At 11pm, Chip Austen slips back into the studio to cover songs without words.

Nick and Ethan are in the air studio for some free form radio fun from Midnight til 2am, as they wrap up another year at Wesleyan.

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

We follow that with Maximum Rock and Roll Radio until 4, followed by BBC World News from 4 to 5 a.m., bringing you international news coverage from the famous British news network. 

Morning Edition from NPR comes your way at 5. 

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.

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