Monday, December 14, 2015

12-14-15 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, December 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. Thanks for joining us!

I'm Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping t he Faith, which airs every first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: we introduce you to Wesleyan's new Catholic chaplain, Fr. William Wallace, who's also a lawyer, working most recently in New York City. How did he find his way to Wesleyan? Tune in to hear.

I also want to mention that we hope you’ll take your relationship with WESU one step further by supporting our Fall 2015 community pledge drive. WESU depends on listener support for over a third of our annual budget and we need  our listeners to do their part to keep this community station on air!  Not only are there way-cool WESU pledge gifts, but if you mention Reasonably Catholic, I'll send you a free book of your choosing from a list posted at Donate online at

Now here's some of what’s happening in our area this week:

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight is a benefit for the Milford Food Bank, featuring The Right-Offs, Sean Conlon, Cerise Montclair, Paul Belbusti, and Avmus. Tomorrow brings the Dudley Farm String Band, with Ben Mikula and Jacob Green. Wednesday, it’s A Sonic Simon Comedy Christmas Miracle w/  Tyler Sonnichsen & Sean Simoneau. Thursday, Gasoline Therapy takes the Café Nine stage, with the James Mauri Four and Bedroom Rehab Corporation. Friday’s Weekly Wind-down Happy Hour at 5 features Snake Hill Blues. That’s followed at 9 by Jesse Malin, Dead Heavens and Don DiLego. Saturday’s Jazz Jam session is with Tony Dioguardi and Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by The Hempsteadys, Rusty Things, and The Screw-Ups. The Sunday Matinee at 3:30 features The Chryslers, followed at 8 by a holiday edition of Drag Queen Bingo with Robin Banks.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place,  tonight you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & friends. Friday and Saturday, it’s Kung Fu and Friends, the fifth annual Toys for Tots spectacular.

Up in Hartford, Black-eyed Sally’s continues it’s the usual Jazz Mondays series at 8 pm with the Mike Camacho Quintet. Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8 pm, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. Thursday, the Charlie Allen Band plays, and is followed by a Country Jam! Bring your fiddle or just get up on stage and stretch your lungs! Friday brings the XY Eli Band with special guest Peter Greenfogel Jazz Quartet: billed as some blues, some jazz and some dancing funk. Saturday, The Primate Fiasco, a project based out of Northampton MA,  combines old timey Dixie Jazz with modern groove/funk/improv music.

Back in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, you can catch their weekly Moments of Gratitude meditation tonight at 7:45. That’s followed by their weekly Anything Goes Open Mic. Signups are at 7:30pm. Tomorrow (Tues), from 2 to 5 p.m., it’s a UFOlogy seminar, a serious philosophy class on the UFO phenomenon. Physicist Will Riordon and retired Asian studies / human rights activist Richard Kagan will be among those joining in. Also tomorrow, from 6 to 7, it’s Laughter Yoga followed by Crystal Bowl sound healing.Friday at the Buttonwood brings the Coconuts, New England's Legendary Comedy Rock Band. Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon, it’s the Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop. Sunday, Joe Fonda performs with Carlo Morena from Italy on Piano and Felix Lecaros Herrera from Chile on drums.

Tonight and Thursday at Oddfellows Playhouse, audition for the production of Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors are open to ages 12-19 and take place at 6 pm.

The Tom Sanders Band will be performing at June's Outback Pub in Killingworth on Tuesday. Call (860) 663-1292 for more details.

At the Russell Library, its Christmas Tales on Tuesday. Join in singing Carols and making holiday crafts at 6:30 pm.

On Tuesday, its the monthly Senior Sing-a-long at the Middletown Community Center at 12:30, participants are welcome to bring songs for the group to sing.

 Manic Productions brings several shows to New Haven venues this week, including Golden Bloom with The Sun Parade and Laundry Day at Bar in New Haven on Wednesday; Knuckle Puck, with Seaway, Light Years, and Salitter at The Space in Hamden on Friday; and Silverstein and Senses Fail, with Hundredth and Capsize, on Saturday at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven.

The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Call 860-347-0278 for details.

At Infinity Hall Hartford this Thursday night you can catch Eileen Ivers performing Joyful Christmas. Then Friday brings Kashmir - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute Band to the Infinity Hall stage. Details at

The Veterans Writing Group meets at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Russell Library in Middletown.

Middletown’s holiday on main street 2015 activities continue through Saturday. Complete details and added activities are published online at

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

On Tuesday, Wesleyan and the Russell Library will wrap up their series "Pre-code Hollywood" with a screening of Dames, directed by Ray Enright and Busby Berkeley in 1934, at 12 pm in the Goldsmith Family Cinema. 

Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, as a part of their ongoing matinee series Film 101, Upstream Color a film directed by Shane Carruth will be shown  at 1 pm. on Thursday, Heart of a Dog, directed by Laurie Anderson will end its run. Also on Wednesday, its Other Peoples Stories at 7:30 pm. Also on Thursday, The Wonders, an Italian film about a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation will end its run. On Friday, The Winding Stream, a documentary about the legendary Carter Family and Appalachian music will begin its run with a Q & A with the director at 7 pm. On Sunday, a showing of the film will be followed by a bluegrass jam at 1:15 pm. More info at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio ends its run on Thursday of Hitchcock/Truffaut, a documentary about an interview between the two legendary filmmakers. The film features interviews from Hollywood legends like Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa. On Friday and Saturday, they will screen the audio-visual tour-de-force Baraka, a film whose creator travelled six continents to capture human and natural life. On Sunday, they present the Bolshoi Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker, followed by a run of America's most cherished holiday film, It's a Wonderful Life, directed by Frank Capra. More information and showtimes at

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

Right after the Jive, its Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry. 

From 6-6:30 its Think Twice Radio reasserting the "watchdog" role of the media by ramping up coverage of Connecticut issues in a nonpartisan manner
Then at  6:30-8, it’s  75% Folk with Michael Benson.
From 8-9:30 p.m. it’s  Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin offering Americana music from Nashville and around the world including Folk, acoustic Country and roots-Rock from both emerging and veteran artists.
At 9:30 it’s an hour of Scandinavian Sounds with DJ Northern Lights, bringing you music from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland, and showcasing Eurovision artists, folk, and genres in-between.
From 10:30-11 it’s Romancipation with Dr. Love and DJ Smooth, where you can hear advice on dating, love, and all of the above.  
From 11 to midnight it’s Sleep Paralysis with Erin and Ethan, who chat about dreams, float on sounds, and poke around in the subconscious.
From 12-1 a.m. it’s Your Turn with Rachel Day, where a different guest each week will chronologically share songs that were fundamental in shaping who they are.
Next up at 1 a.m. it’s an hour of Word on the Hill with DJ Breej, providing a platform for silenced minorities on campus to discuss a specific struggle and how it relates them to Wesleyan and beyond.
From 2 to 3 a.m. it’s Radio Roulette with DJ McLeary who, with mom's record collection and WESU's vinyl vault,  explores an eclectic selection of music in the onsite library.
From 3 to 4 a.m. it’s Maximum Rock and Roll for a late night does of loud rock and roll!

BBC World news comes your way from 4 to 5 a.m., followed by Morning Edition from NPR. 

  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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Thanks - Now stay tuned for afternoon Jazz with  Charles Henry.

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