Monday, January 4, 2016

01-04-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, January 4th, and this is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming, here on 88.1 FM WESU 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! Happy New Year!!

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: We start with some spiritual, emotional and physical advice for women in midlife, courtesy of an author who actually had a revelation during a hot flash in church; then we'll wrap up with Commonweal film critic Richard Alleva's review of the film Brooklyn.

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

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, Monday nights at 7:45 you can participate in their  weekly Moments of Gratitude meditation just before their regular Monday night Anything Goes Open Mic. Signups are at 7:30pm. Tomorrow night (every 1st Tues), The Buttonwood offers a session of Laughter Yoga at 6 followed by a vegetarian potluck. Friday night, the quartet Windborne stops by The Buttonwood, offering close harmony singing and spirited ba njo picking mixed with polyphonic vocal music from Eastern Europe, Corsica, Basque Country and more. Saturday mornings, the Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop happen from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Buttonwood Tree. Later on Saturday, its’ AN AFTERNOON OF POETRY and SONG by author John Surowiecki and son.  Saturday night Seat of Our Pants offers Contemporary, acoustic folk. .

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, you can catch a varied bill featuring JACKET THOR, Sara-Joy Liebig, Taryn Renay, Jon the Archivist, Organs & The Weight We Carry, and Chris Kiley. Tomorrow (Tuesday) brings another action packed bill featuring THE 34'S, Bad Larry, This Criminal Soul, and Jeremy Zombii. Wednesday, at Café Nine, it’s COMEDY OPEN MIC HOSTED BY DAN RICE. Thursday night, Café Nine offers LONG LIVE THE KING! A TRIBUTE TO ELVIS, featuring DW Ditty, Kriss Santala, Sean Conlon, Buzz Gordo, Christoph Whitbeck, Terri Lynn, The Right Offs (solo), Brian Slattery, Tom Hearn, Paul Panamarenko, and Cristina Harris!  Friday’s Weekly 5pm early show features STEFANIE HARRIS AUSTIN and CALVIN DECUTLASS. Later Friday night at The Nine, Manic Productions Presents DOWNTOWN BOYS, Guerilla Toss, Maricamerica, and Jose Oyola (solo).  Café Nine’s weekly afternoon Jazz Jam session is with Gary Grippo and Friends at 4:30. Later Saturday night GIRLS, GUNS, AND GLORY and The Hickups offer a night of contemporary Americana.  Sunday afternoon at Café Nine, The Buttondowns take the stage for a 3pm show and Greg Sherrod Band hits the stage at 8pm.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & friends. Friday night at Toads Place you can catch WINTER WONDERBAND 2016 featuring Something Simple, A Day Less, ATWA, Lawnchair Pilots, Monopole, Montgomery Parkway, The Not Mikes, and
Woodstock Band.  Sat at Toads there’s a BRIGHT NIGHT: ELECTRO-GLOW PARTY featuring a dozen DJs.

Up in Hartford at Black-eyed Sally’s, tonight, it’s the usual Jazz Mondays series at 8 pm. Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8 pm, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. Wednesday brings the long running Black-eyed Sally’s weekly Community Blues Jam, hosted by GENE DONALDSON, this week. (That’s all for this week!) Sally’s.

Wednesday night, Manic Productions presents a bill featuring Tri-State Era, The Most, Guest House, & Knife Garden for a night of rock at Bar in New Haven. Friday night MANIC PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: a night of serious heavy metal with Venom Inc, Necrophagia, and Nightbitch at The Ballroom at The Outer Space

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

 Infinity Hall Norfolk presents their OPEN MIC BIG STAGE COMPETITION ThisThursday. Friday on their Norfolk stage they present The Slambovian Circus of Dreams. At Infinity Hall Hartford, Friday night They present, Funk Sax Man Maceo Parker of James Brown and P Funk Lineage. Saturday night at Infinity Hartford you can catch Howie Day w/ special guest Brian Jarvis. On Sunday it’s the Young Studs of Comedy at Infinity Norfolk. Details

Friday night down in New Haven, The Elm City Noise Festival and DrinkDeeply present PEDESTRIAN DEPOSIT + PHEMALE + SICKNESS + CERISE MONTCLAIR + NEPHEW at Lyric Hall Theater on Whalley Ave. find more info on facebook

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

Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, through Thursday, They continue their run of: Janis: Little Girl Blue in which Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil) delves into the life of late rock legend Janis Joplin. Also continuing through Thursday is: NOMA: My Perfect Storm, A documentary about the celebrated chef René Redzepi, set against the backdrop of the Copenhagen-based restaurant NOMA, named the Best Restaurant in the World  several times over. Opening Friday at RAW is Su Rynard’s documentary, The Messenger which explores our connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. The Film Moonwalkers a high-tempo action-comedy starring Ron Perlman as a 1960s CIA agent in swinging sixties

Trinity College’s Cinestudio will emerge from their annual winter hiatus on Jan 6 with a  run of MAcBeth!

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU: (note there may be variations due to winter break for students at Wesleyan)

Right after the Jive, stay tuned for an hour of Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

From 6-8, it’s 75% Folk with Michael Benson, offering contemporary folk along with a mix of blues, jazz, world music and movie soundtracks.  

From 8 to 9:30 p.m. it’s Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis, with the best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, afro and Latin dance floor grooves.

From 9:30 to 11 p.m., ChipAustin takes over.

Then from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Franco Liseo brings music and more from Italy.
He's followed by Radio Roulette from 2 to 3 a.m., and then Maximum Rock and Roll from 3 to 4.
BBC World news comes your way from at 4 and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast day with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

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 and Happy New Year! 

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