Monday, May 25, 2015

05-25-15 Jive

I’m Billy Johnstone, host of the Broadway Radio Hour, heard on the 2nd and 4th Sundays from 5:30-6:30pm.

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening this week throughout our listening area.

In New Haven tonight, Cafe Nine tonight brings you 80’s dance, electro, and more with Michael Illian at 9.  On Tuesday you can catch Ray McMorrin and Jovan Alexandre.  The Tony Purrone Trio takes the stage on Wednesday.  On Thursday, it’s The Lost Bayou Ramblers and Orb Mellon on stage at Café Nine. Friday’s early show at 5 Calvin DeCutlass, followed by Live Mike Live at 9 with comedy, interviews, and more on the Café Nine stage. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 headlines Billy Cofrances.  Saturday night it’s Bella’s Bartok, The Asberry Boys, and Huntinanny featuring David Ramos.  Café nine present Haunted Cities and more at 3 p.m. on Sunday, followed by the usual Sunday Soul Service at 8.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence at 9.  On Thursday it’s Local Punk Night, with over 10 bands live on stage.  Friday they bring you Shakedown, playing The Dead & Beyond.  Saturday Toad’s features Bright Night 18: Electro Glow Party, with a big list of acts.  Also on Saturday, in Lilly’s Pad, Afton Presents brings you Mike Sands, Devolve, and more.

Up in Hartford, Black-eyed Sally’s is closed tonight. Tomorrow/ Tuesday nights you can catch Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, working out new material. Black-eyed Sally’s Wednesday Blues Jam features Tim McDonald this week. On Friday it’s a double bill, with Turbine and The Balkun Brothers. Saturday, the Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase starts at 9, with regional and national blues harmonica talent including Handy Award winner Steve Guyger. 

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Connecticut Poetry Society meets this Wednesday at 6.  The Veterans Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7.  Visit for details and information on additional community activities.

Manic Productions brings you Alberta Cross, City Streets Country Roads, and more this Wednesday at Bar in New Haven.  You can also catch Grammy-nominated Tig Notaro at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven on Saturday at 8.

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.

Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown offers the premier of “The Adventures of Super Margaret,” a new comedy for young audiences performed by the Junior and Senior Repertory Companies.  It opens this Thursday night and runs through Saturday, when you can catch a matinee performance.

On Thursday at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, you are invited to join the Middlesex Drum Circle this Thursday for a 7 p.m session.  Bring your own instrument, or use one on site.  On Friday you can enjoy music with the Trio 149 Jazz Group, the brainchild of jazz pianists Jen Allen and Noah Baerman.  The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. This week’s theme is Open Questions.  Later Saturday evening at 8, you can hear the Stanley Maxwell quartet, returning to the Buttonwood for the first time in over a decade. 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. The Hearing Voices Network meets weekly on Monday morning at 10:30.

At Infinity Hall,Hartford, you can hear world music artist Ottmar Liebert and his band Luna Negra this Thursday at 8.  On Friday, the Boston comedy Festival presents Boston Irish Comedians, featuring Joe Carroll, Jack Lynch, Jim McCue, and PJ Walsh.  On Saturday, it’s the Soul Sound Revue, featuring the best Motown band in the land.  Details at

You can take a free tour of the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arc every Thursday at noon in Bushnell Park in Hartford.  More information is available at

Artists for World Peace is holding its last concert of the season this Thursday at 7:30 at The Hubbard House in Middletown.  The featured artist is bellydancer Gia, performing with her troupe Venusrising.  E-mail for details.

Hartford’s award-winning saxophone ensemble, the Asylum Quartet, performs a free concert at noon this Thursday at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford.  Call 860-527-7231 to learn more.

The Greater Middletown Concert Association brings you Puccini’s La Bohème this Friday at 7:30 at the Middletown High School Performing Arts Auditorium.  Details at

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours happen this Friday and Saturday evenings at the Mark Twain House in Hartford.  Reservations are required.  Find out more at

This Saturday at 10 a.m., the Hartford Public Library presents Poets on Poetry, a monthly discussion of poetry collections.  This month’s focus is the work of Wallace Stevens.

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

You can celebrate the planet this Sunday from noon to 5 at the Hartford Earth Festival, where you can enjoy food, music, exhibits, and more at Mortensen’s Riverfront Plaza.

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

Through Thursday, Real Art Ways in Hartford, they continue their run of “Iris,” a documentary about nonagenarian Iris Apfel, a longstanding style maven on the New York fashion scene. Also continuing is “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window & Disappeared,” a comedy about a mischievous centenarian on the run. Both run through Thursday. On Friday they’re screening “Man From Reno,” a Japanese/English murder mystery that enters the world of a crime novelist.  Also opening is “Every Secret Thing,” another crime thriller based on the novel by Laura Lippman, about the deception surrounding a series of missing child cases.  Both run through the weekend.

 Trinity College’s Cinestudio is screening an Ultra High Def restoration of the 1952 British classic “The Tales of Hoffman,” an adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s popular opera.  It runs through Thursday.  On Friday the 28th Connecticut LGBT Film Festival brings you “Boulevard,” with Robin Williams in his last dramatic role.  Several shorts will be shown first, and screenwriter Douglas Soesbe will be in attendance.  An Opening Night Gala follows. The festival continues on Saturday with screenings of “20 Lies, 4 Parents and a Little Egg,” “While You Weren’t Looking,” and “Velociraptor.”  On Sunday they offer “Liz in September and “Lady Valor: The Kristen Beck Story.  Check the website for times and details.

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

Right after the Jive stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry until 6 p.m..
From 6 to 6:30 it’s Think Twice Radio with Al Robinson, a “watchdog” show of media covering Connecticut issues in a nonpartisan manner. 

After that it’s 75% Folk with Michael Benson from 6:30 to 8, bringing you contemporary folk and acoustic music, along with blues, world, pop, and more.

At 8pm, Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin, presents Americana music from Nashville and around the world from both emerging and veteran artists.  

At 9:30 Aargh!!! with Tom Gaten returns to the airwaves for 2hrs of  stoner, cosmic, doom, avant garde, and more 
From 11:30 to 1 DIY Haircut with DJ Tim Daltrey, celebrates punk, hardcore, garage, indie, and metal. 
From 1-2am Maximum Rock and Roll Radio keeps the loud rock music pumping!
At 2  DJ Otto Nation takes over until 3am when we will rebroadcast today’s noontime broadcast of Democracy Now, with Amy Goodman.

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.

If you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, please help us close out our Spring pledge drive with a meaningful donation. You can make that donation online at anytime. We are running out of time to make our studio upgrades possible and we could really use your help!  Thanks - Now stay tuned for afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

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