Monday, September 14, 2015

09-14-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, September 14th, 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 every first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: Birds. Obeying Pope Francis' call to environmentalism, we'll talk with Patrick Comins, director of bird conservation for Audubon Connecticut. I also can't resist announcing that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has granted media credentials to WESU so that Reasonably Catholic can bring you all the hoopla and holiness associated with Pope Francis' visit to DC, New York and Philly at the end of the month. You won't want to miss that, but if you do, you always can find the audio archived 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 their weekly Moments of Gratitude at 7:45.  On Tuesday it’s Laughter Yoga at 6, followed by a Crystal Ball Sound Healing at 7:30.  On Thursday, CinTamani and Aruna Chocolates bring you superfoods, world music and more at 7:30.  On Friday, Canadian sisters Erin and Colleen Searson perform songs from their new album, “Stars Above the Farm,” at 8 p.m.  On Saturday, you can hear the international multicultural jazz collective Jazz-Apero at 8. Visit for details. The Buttonwood’s redesigned website will be back soon.

In New Haven, at CafĂ© Nine, it’s a Singer Songwriter Showcase tonight at 9 with Andrew Serow, Pat Dalton, and more.  Tuesday, they have a Words & Music session with a variety of performers. On Wednesday they feature 7-string Brazilian Guitarist Rogerio Souza. On Thursday they’ve got The Lost Bayou Ramblers and Orkestar BAM.   On Friday you can hear Paul Panamarenko at 5, followed by the Elm City Noise Festival at 8 headlining Oneida. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, followed at 8 by Jonny Foz’s Bachelor Party, headlining Bragging Rights, DJ Big Pete, and more. On Sunday at 8 it’s JW Louis, along with Coda Blue.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place , it’s the usual Smooth Jazz tonight with Rohn Lawrence.  On Thursday they’ve got Bayside, The Early November, and Better Off.  On Friday it’s Reverend Horton Heat and The Adicts, with The Creepshow.  On Sunday the headliner is Ky-Mani Marley for a 9:00 show.

At Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, tonight’s Jazz Monday artist is the Jonathan Michel Quartet.  On Tuesday, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra brings you new material. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Gene Donaldson.   On Friday they headline the Orb Mellon Trio, performing delta blues. On Saturday you can catch the Street Life Rock & Soul Review, with some of CT’s best singers and players.

Back in Middletown, the Middletown Senior/Community Center has its monthly Sing-A-Long this Tuesday at 12:30 at the Center’s new location, 61 Durant Terrace.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, their new “Pre-Code Holywood: Sin on the Silver Screen” film discussion series starts on Tuesday at noon with a screening of “One Hour With You,” a 1932 film with Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald. Bring your lunch; the series is moderated by Wesleyan’s Scott Higgins.  At 6:30 they bring you “Three Toy Theater Tales: A Puppet Show,” featuring toy puppet works performed by Great Small Works from New York City, Facto Teatro from Mexico City, and Barbara Steinitz from Berlin.  On Thursday at 6:30, they offer “The Body in a Library: Dance Performance by Eiko,” with award winning dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake.  A discussion follows the performance. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7. Full details of these events and more at

The Hartford Public Library holds its monthly Salsa Social this Tuesday at 6 at the downtown location. Dancers of all levels are welcome.  They celebrate Envisionfest on Saturday starting at 10 with exhibits, a vintage book sale, and music by the Orquesta Espada Latin Jazz band.  In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, they have an author talk and book signing at 12:30 with Nelson Denis, presenting his book “War Against All Puerto Ricans.”

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

Manic Productions brings you Greensky Bluegrass and Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, appearing at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven on Wednesday.  Or you can catch Little Racer, If Jesus Had Machine Guns, and Oberon Rose on Wednesday at Bar in New Haven. On Friday at the College Street Music Hall, they headline Ride and DIIV.  And Dan Deadon, On an On, Eliot Sumner, and Dosh come to the College Street Music Hall on Friday for an 8:00 show.

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents an Artist Talk with R. Luke DuBois on Wednesday at 4:30 at CFA Hall.  He’ll discuss his new exhibit, “In Real Time,” which includes real-time data, videos, scores and more that raise questions of artistic privacy and fair use.  The exhibit opening follows at 5:30.  On Friday, the Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton performs with his Trio at Crowell Concert Hall at 8.  On Saturday, Youth Gamelan Ensemble classes start at World Music Hall at 10 a.m.    Visit for full details.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they bring you Southern Rock with the Georgia Satellites on Friday at 8.  On Saturday, it’s blues and rock with Savoy Brown, featuring Kim Simmonds and special guests Kal David, Lauri Bono, and the Real Deal.  On Sunday at 1:30 it’s the Rising Star Music Festival, presented with the CREC Great Hartford Academy of the Arts, followed at 7:30 by Indian Ocean, bringing you Indian Rock and Jazz Fusion.

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

The Art Guild of Middletown hosts a workshop with acrylic artist Bill Colrus this Saturday at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell.  The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Envisionfest happens this Saturday in Hartford, celebrating art, theater, music, innovation, and more.   There’s free admission to many city venues, food trucks, and an artisan marketplace.  Visit for details.

The first annual Jack n’ Jill Music Festival happens this Saturday at Mezzo Grille in Middletown, starting at 3 p.m.  Featured artists include Nekita Waller, guitar virtuoso Dave Giardina, Ali McGuirk, and more.  Proceeds benefit the COMPASS Youth Collaborative, which runs after-school programs to reduce youth violence.  Full details at

Connecticut’s Farmer’s Markets continue to offer you locally grown produce and more. 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 “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” an unflinching portrait of the Apple founder and his legacy, continues. Or you can see “Rosenwald,” a documentary of the Jewish philanthropist and President of Sears who was a silent partner in America’s 20th Century Civil rights movement. Both run through Thursday.  On Friday they open “Blind,” a Norwegian thriller about a recently blinded woman whose reality is distorted by her obsession with writing.  It runs through the weekend.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its run of  “Testament of Youth,” a British film about the horrors of WWI, based on the memoir by Vera Brittain.  It runs through Tuesday.  On Wednesday they open “Mad Max: Fury Road,” George Miller’s fourth of the post-apocalyptic films.  It runs through Saturday.  On Friday there’s a one-time screening of “Ghosts of Amistad,” a documentary that traces the Africans of Sierra Leone who rebelled against slavery.  Saturday’s matinee is “Tomka and His Friends,” the restored version of a 1977 Albanian film about Nazi occupation.  On Sunday they open a run of “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” a reenactment of the notorious 1971 psychological experiment that explores abuse of authority. Full details at

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU, as we work our way through week two our new fall programming schedule:

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

From 6-6:30pm it’s Think Twice Radio (2,4) which aims to reassert the "watchdog" role of the media by ramping up coverage of Connecticut issues in a nonpartisan manner.

At 6:30 stay tuned for 75% Folk with Michael Benson, featuring contemporary folk along with a mix of blues, jazz, world music and more.

At 8 pm you can catch Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin for Americana music from Nashville and around the world.

From 9:30-10:30pm, Scandinavian Sounds with DJ Northern Lights presents up and coming artists from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland highlighting how these countries' music has influenced the rest of the world, and vice versa.

Romancipation with Dr. Love and DJ Smooth comes your way from 10:30-11pm,
Offering Advice on dating, love, and all of the above. You can submit to the experts on

Erin and Ethan presents Sleep Paralysis from 11-12am where they chat about dreams, floating on sounds, and poke around in the subconscious.

at Midnight it’s Your Turn with Rachel Day, where guests chronologically share songs that were fundamental in shaping who they are.

From 1-2am it’s Meet Music with DJ Rami, exploring artists' backgrounds, influences, and personal stories.

At 2 am, on Radio Roulette, with a combination of mom's record collection and WESU's vinyl vault, DJ McLeary explores an eclectic selection of music.

From 3-4am stay tuned for Maximum Rock and Roll Radio!

The BBC kicks on at 4, followed by Morning Edition from NPR at 5.

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.

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