Monday, January 18, 2016

01-18-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, January 18th. Happy Martin Luther King Day! This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming, here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers a diverse program of  NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs. Each night and weekend WESU offers the best in free-form community programming. Thanks for joining us!

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: Synchronicity! We hear from a woman who finds in those odd collisions of events that some would call coincidences proof of God's hand in her life; and also from an expert who literally wrote the book on synchronicity, who takes a less spiritual approach.

Can't listen live? Find it archived at for two weeks or forever at

Now here's a rundown 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 & 3rd Tues), The Buttonwood offers a session of Laughter Yoga at 6 followed by a vegetarian potluck. Every third Tuesday, Laughter Yoga is followed by Crystal Ball Sound Healing at 7:30pm. Thursday night Cintamani hosts a night in the spirit of kirtan, world music, and superfood treats. Friday night brings an evening of creative music and experimental jazz to the Buttonwood, with three groups:  Jump Italiano, Matlock & Rhodes, Duo and Zachary Rowden. Saturday mornings, the Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop happens from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Buttonwood Tree. Saturday night Seat of Our Pants offers contemporary   acoustic folk and The DeChamplains present a special Tribute to Duke Ellington and celebrate the release of their new CD. .

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight The Dirty Bourbon River Show brings their “New Orleans Big Brass Circus Rock” to Café Nine. The Royal Swindle opens the show with a mix of soul RnB and Ska. Tomorrow (Tuesday) brings a triple bill with TREADWELL, Do it for your heroes, and Lighthouse. Wednesday, at Café Nine, JEFFERY BROUSSARD & THE CREOLE COWBOYS bring their authentic RnB-infused Zydeco to the N ine. Thursday night, Café Nine offers Instrumental hip hop with MURK DADDY FLEX from Athens, GA, plus the MC stylings of Old Self, and a set by Parlay Droner. Friday’s Weekly 5pm set is w ith Frank Critelli, this week. Later Friday night at The Nine, GOAT HERDER, Toranavox, and VRSA make for a night of loud rock and roll.  Saturday morning Café nine hosts the SCHOOL OF ROCK MADISON SHOWCASE. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam session is with George Baker and friends at 4:30. Later Saturday night you can catch the SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE, FIELD DAY, and THE HICKUPS.  Sunday afternoon at Café Nine, LAST MINET and Telegram Scam take the stage for a 4pm show and DRAG BINGO WITH DIXIE NORMOUS 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, BIG JIM’S WINTER BASH features The Craft Band, Ice Flowers, Mama Kettle, Midnight Fusion, Murray the Wheel, Prospect 27, Reality Bomb, Seventh Sign, Siksay Band, Soldiers of Solace, and the Touro Blues Band.  Sat at Toads there’s a BRIGHT NIGHT: ELECTRO-GLOW PARTY featuring Electronic music DJs.

Up in Hartford at Black-eyed Sally’s, tonight, The Hartford Jazz Society’s Jazz Mondays series features the SASKIA LAROO QUARTET. 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 TOMMY WHALEN, this week. Friday Night, the CHARLIE ALLEN BAND plays country at Sally’s. Saturday night brings BIG MEAN SOUND MACHINE fusing afrobeat, garage rock, funk, and dub rhythms.

Wednesday night, Manic Productions presents a bill featuring What Moon Things, Dirty Dishes, and Stove at Bar in New Haven. Thursday night MANIC PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS  Chairlift and THE//MOON at Space in Hamden.  Saturday Night Manic presents Ratatat and Hot Sugar at The College St Music Hall in New Haven. Manic is back at The Space on Sunday with Torres, Zanders, and Reduction.

Tomorrow/Tuesday afternoon brings the monthly sing-a-long to the Middletown senior community center at 12:30. for info.

Also happening Tomorrow/Tuesday evening, here in Middletown, Bill Ryczek will discuss his latest book, Connecticut Grid-iron: Football Minor Leaguers of the 1960s and 1970s. His illustrated talk will be at 7:00 pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library.

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

Joshua Davis of Maroon 5 takes the stage for a solo show This THURSDAY, at Infinity Hall, Hartford. Infinity Hall Norfolk offer roots folk, country, and bluegrqass with the Steel Wheels and special guest Switch Factory on Thursday as well. There's more Bluegrass at Infinity Hall Norfolk on Friday night when The Gibson Brothers with Special Guests the Zolla Boys take the stage . At Infinity Hall Hartford, Friday night they’ve got Rider’s on The Storm. Saturday night at Infinity Hartford you can catch Cracker unplugged. Details at
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, through Thursday, for a 4th week, they continue their run of: Janis: Little Girl Blue about the life of late rock legend Janis Joplin. Also continuing through Thursday is: Mustang, a film about five free-spirited sisters in rural Turkey.  This weekend at Real art Ways brings an opportunity to see Boy and The World, opening on Friday.  And In Jackson Heights begins its run on Saturday.
Through Wednesday Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing INGRID BERGMAN IN HER OWN WORDS, a new Documentary from Sweden. Opening Thursday at Cinestudio is INSPIRED TO RIDE which follows a handful of cyclists as they race unsupported in the inaugural year of The Trans Am Bike Race, an antithesis to events like Tour de France and Race Across America.

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 at 11 p.m. stay tuned for 2 hrs of disco and dance favorites with Franco.

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.

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