Monday, August 31, 2015

8-31-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, Aug. 31st, 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. Tomorrow, we wrap up our third season with a timely episode, about Pope Francis, and how he went from being a quite conservative cleric who towed the Catholic party line to the open-hearted, social-justice-minded Pope who calls himself a sinner and who asks, who am I to judge. Passionist Father John Baptist Pesce has spent the last few months researching, writing and polishing a retreat talk, which he'll read for the first time for us. Sort of a world premiere. Can't listen live. You can find the audio archived for two weeks at or forever at

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

Tonight at 7:45 at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, they’ve got the weekly Moments of Gratitude.  On Tuesday it’s Laughter Yoga and a vegetarian potluck at 6.  On Thursday at 7 it’s Open Mic with Bob Gotta.  On Friday at 4, singer/songwriter and psychologist Steve Pracinos brings the Dr. Steve Band to the stage.  The Great Make Believe Improv Show with comedy fit for the family comes to the Buttonwood on Sunday at 7. Call the Buttonwood at 860-347-4957 for details.  The redesigned website will be back soon.

In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, their Jazz Mondays features the Seth Lewis Group tonight. Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra comes your way every Tuesday.  Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Ed Bradley. On Friday you can hear more blues with Kosher Kid & The Amplifires.  On Saturday it’s modern jazz, with the Grammy-nominated Brian Charette Trio.

In New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight they have Words & Music at 8.  On Tuesday it’s NBC’s “The Voice” vocalist Sarah Patenza, appearing with Jom Oblon and Friends. On Wednesday there’s a Comedy Open Mic hosted by Dan Rice.  On Thursday, The Dustbowl Revival and Wise Old Moon take the Café Nine stage.  On Friday at 5 there’s an Artist in Residence Opening Reception with The Tommy’s, to open “First Three Songs,” an exhibit of the concert photography of Audra Napolitano.  At 9 they headline The Birdmen. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Mike Coppola and Friends, followed at 9 by City Streets Country Roads, All Riot, and King Bongo.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, there’s the Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends tonight in Lilly’s Pad. On Tuesday they headline Lil Durk.  On Thursday, it’s the College Blackout Dance Party. On Friday, It’s Badfish, with a Tribute to Sublime, and more.  On Sunday Earl Sweatshirt presents the 2015 tour “Ready to Leave Now,” with Remy Banks and more.

The Summer Sounds Series at Harbor Park, sponsored by Middletown’s City Arts Office and the Middletown Commission on the Arts, holds its closing concert on Tuesday with The Middletown Symphonic Band at 7.  Information on access and parking can be found at

Manic Productions is bringing Off & On, Hey Anna, and Golden Bloom to Bar in New Haven on Wednesday.

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford celebrates the 40th anniversary of its MATRIX gallery with a conversation and reception on Wednesday at 6 p.m.  Featured artists are Ruben Ochoa and Mark Branford.  Visit for details.

You can tour the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown every Wednesday at 2 p.m., with tea available every second Wednesday of the month.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Veteran’s Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7. Visit their website for information on learning events, children’s activities, and more.

At the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center on Main Street in Middletown, there’s an opening reception on Thursday at 5 for the “Memory and Harbinger” [note: soft g] exhibit by Kathi Packer.  Explore paintings and drawings based on the wildlife she photographed in Africa.  Details at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can hear blues, jump, rock ‘n’ roll, and more by Roomful of Blues on Friday at 8.

You can tango every Friday at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, starting at 4 p.m. Details at

You can support Connecticut’s Farmer’s Markets and enjoy healthy food while you’re at it! The East Haddam Farmer’s market happens every Wednesday from 4 to 7, Durham’s is on Thursdays from 3 to 6. The Clinton market is every Thursday from 4 to 7. Middletown’s North End market is on Friday from 10 to 2, with the long-running market on the South Green on Tuesdays and Thursdays through October. There’s one in Higganum Village on Friday from 3:30 to 6:30, and in Cromwell on Friday from 4 to 7. On the shore, Old Saybrook markets are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. A new market is open at 53 Broadway in New Haven every Friday from 10 to 2.  The Chester market is open on Sundays from 10 to 1.  Visit for details.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” which celebrates Gibran’s elegant text as an animated musical adventure, continues through Thursday.  Also continuing is “Meru,” about three friends and their attempts to conquer the Shark’s Fin on Mt. Meru in the Himalayan Mountains of India.  On Friday they open “Call Me Lucky,” Bobcat Goldthwait’s film about comedian Barry Crimmins’ use of comedy to transform rage from childhood abuse.  Also opening is “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney’s laser-sharp and balanced assessment of the Apple mogul.  Both run through the weekend.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its run of “The Kindergarten Teacher,” an  Israeli film about a teacher who discovers that her kindergarten student has a rare facility for poetry, tonight and tomorrow.  On Wednesday they open “Amy,” the   documentary about Amy Winehouse that exposes how her fame was prized over her fragile mental health.  It runs through Saturday.  On Sunday they open “A Little Chaos,” starring Kate Winslet as an unconventional landscape gardener at King Louis XIV’s Versailles.  Full details at

Middletown’s first ever Mayoral Film Series concludes this Saturday at Wesleyan’s Center for Film Studies, with a screening of “The Usual Suspects” at 7:30. The series features classic gangster movies.  Proceeds benefit the Buttonwood Tree. Details at

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU, as we continue our summer programming schedule:

Right after the Jive stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry until 6 p.m.

From 6 to 8 p.m. it's 75% Folk with Michael Benson.

Up next at 8, we’ve got ninety minutes of new and vintage funk and soul with Lord Lewis on the Rumpus Room.

At 9:30 we switch (audio) gears for Aargh!!! with Tom Gatzen, featuring two hours of  loud music including stoner and cosmic rock, avant-garde, and more!

From 11:30 to 1 a.m. DIY Haircut with DJ Tim Daltrey celebrates punk, hardcore, garage, indie, and metal.

From 1 to 2 a.m. Maximum Rock and Roll Radio keeps the loud rock music pumping.

At 2 a.m. its In Other Words from Pacifica.

Following at 3, we’ll rebroadcast today’s noontime edition of Democracy Now with Amy Goodman, before switching over to the BBC World News at 4 a.m.  

Morning Edition comes your way at 5 a.m. each weekday here at WESU.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. If you missed anything, you can find the script online at And 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.

Now stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

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