Monday, June 1, 2015

6-1-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, June 1st, 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 and Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs at 4 p.m. every first, third and fifth Tuesday. Tomorrow: a chat with the playwright/director and one of the lead actors of "My Gay Son's Wedding," a comedy that will be performed at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral in Hartford next week. Can't listen live? Find the audio at

Now here's a rundown of some of what's going on in our area this week.

In New Haven tonight, Cafe Nine brings you Chris Arnott’s “Get to the Point.”  On Tuesday you can catch The Murder Junkies, The Lost Riots, and Damn Broads.  Wednesday it’s a limited-ticket seated show with Lloyd Cole.  Thursday, The Woggles, DJ Dave Coon, and DJ Fast Eddy take the CafĂ© stage. Friday’s weekly Wind-down Happy Hour at 5 features Calvin Gary Heriot, followed at 9 by The Famines, Spectral Fangs, and Lea.  Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 features Mike Coppola and Friends.  Saturday night they’re throwing an afterparty following the screening of “Danny Says,” a documentary about Danny Fields showing at the Whitney Humanities Center. Headliners are The Hymans, Dave Richman and The Modern Covers, and Jacques LeCoque.  The School of Rock Madison CT Showcase starts Sunday at noon, followed by the usual Sunday Soul Service at 8.

Tonight, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s the usual Moments of Gratitude at 7:45, followed by the Anything Goes Open Mic, hosted by WESU’s own J Cherry and Tim.  On Tuesday enjoy Laughter Yoga with Mimi Poitras at 6, followed by a vegetarian potluck.  On Thursday, it’s another Open Mic with Bob Gotta.  There’s a piano on site, and feel free to bring your own instrument. They also open their June art exhibit “Imagine,” featuring paintings by WESU’s Karen Stein. On Friday it’s Nested Drift, giving you fusion, improvisational jazz, and more.  Saturday at 8 it’s the George Mastrogiannis Quintet. 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. Sunday night, it’s the Great Make Believe Society Improv group of actors and musicians. The Hearing Voices Network meets weekly on Monday morning at 10:30.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence at 9.  Tuesday they bring you Chronixx and the Zincfence Redemption, along with Federation Sound.  On Thursday, Clean Bandit and Roman GianArthur take the Toad’s stage.  On Friday you can enjoy the John Valby XXX-Comedy show.  They finish out the week on Saturday with Mobb Deep.

Up in Hartford, at Black-eyed Sally’s, the Jazz Mondays artist tonight is the Frank Kozyra Quartet. On Tuesday, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. The Wednesday Blues Jam features Gene Donaldson this week. On Friday it’s Danny Pease & the Regulators, bringing you Dirty Punk Reggae and more.  Enjoy New Orleans funk on Saturday with The Colbys, along with special guest Charles Neville. 

Manic Productions brings you Prawn, Zanders, and All Riot this Wednesday at Bar in New Haven.  On Friday, Sebadoh and Total Babes take the stage at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Sunday, at The Space in Hamden, they bring you Alex G, Pinegrove, and Pupppy.

Connecticut Farmer’s Markets are starting their new season.  You can visit the East Haddam market on Wednesdays, the Durham market every Thursday, and the Higganum Village market on Fridays. Stay tuned to the Jive for updates on more openings, and visit for details.

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, you can hear the British rock group The Psychedelic Furs this Wednesday at 8.  On Thursday, it’s An Acoustic Evening with Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes, along with David O’Grady.  On Friday they bring you folk legend Livingston Taylor. Saturday, Americana singer/songwriter Martin Sexton takes the stage, along with special guests Brothers McCann.  VIP pre-show meet and greet tickets are available.  Sunday, you can hear soul singer/songwriter Marc Broussard, along with special guest Andy Suzuki & The Method.  Details at

The annual St. George’s Greek Festival takes place this Thursday through Saturday in Hartford.  There’s music, theater, food and more.  Information at

Art Walk happens this Thursday evening in Middletown.  You can view the art of Jeff Sullivan at Middletown Framing, and attend the opening reception at Green Street Center for Ben Parker’s “Breaking the Pattern.”  Details for these events and more 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

The Haddam-Killingworth High School student art exhibit opens this Friday at the MAC650 gallery on Main St in Middletown. An opening reception with music, refreshments, and more starts at 5:30.

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

The Russell Library in Middletown has a light week, but there’s a Zentangle workshop on Saturday at 10 with Pam Hartz Miller.  Visit for details and information on additional community activities.

The reSet Incubator Space in Hartford’s Parkville region hosts a National Day of Civic Hacking all day Saturday.  Learn about open data sources in Hartford, and join in designing community tools for I-84 redesign and more.

The Sporting Chance for Youth Day happens on Saturday at Riverside Park in Hartford.  Youth of all abilities can try rowing, fishing, soccer, mountain biking and more.  Visit for details. 

Tree expert John Kehoe leads a 2-mile tree walk this Saturday in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford.  Learn more at

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. 

The annual Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festival Del Coqui happens this Sunday at Bushnell Park in Hartford.  Enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of Hispanic culture.  More at

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, they continue their “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window & Disappeared,” a comedy about a mischievous centenarian on the run, through Thursday.  “Every Secret Thing,” another crime thriller based on the novel by Laura Lippman, about the deception surrounding a series of missing child cases, is screening Friday and continues through the weekend.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the 28th Connecticut LGBT Festival, with Men’s Shorts tonight at 7:30.  Tuesday is Women’s Shorts Night.  Wednesday they’re showing “Back On Board: Greg Louganis,” about the Olympic gold medalist and activist.  A centerpiece reception, with Director/Producer Cheryl Furjanic, starts at 6.  On Thursday it’s “How To Win at Checkers (Every Time).”  They close out the festival on Friday with “Happy End,” a German/Dutch production preceded by several shorts. The theater will reopen on June 11.

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 – 9:30 tonight, stay tuned for a special editions of Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin, presenting Americana music from Nashville and around the world from both emerging and veteran artists. 

At 9:30 we switch (audio) gears for Aargh!!! with Tom Gatzen who’ll provide 2 hours of  loud music including stoner and cosmic rock to doom and 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. There’s more (loud rock) where that came from, on Combat music radio at 2am. 

At 3am, we’ll rebroadcast today’s noontime edition of Democracy Now with Amy Goodman before switching over to the BBC world news at 4am. Morning Edition comes your way at 5am each weekday, here at WESU.

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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