Monday, January 11, 2016

1-11-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, January 11th, and 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. Can't listen live? Find it archived at  for two weeks or forever at

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. Wednesday night at The Buttonwood, The Grays begin a musical residency. They’ll be performing their ELECTRIC GYPSY TRIBAL JAZZ on the second and fourth Wednesdays. Friday night, Chat Noir plays music from a variety of European traditions at The Buttonwood Tree. They focus on the music of Django Reinhardt but branch out to include classic folk tunes from the Italian, French, and Russian traditions. Saturday mornings, the Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop happens from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Buttonwood Tree. Saturday night Story City Troupe stops at the Buttonwood Tree. They're a troupe of storytellers based in the Hartford area. For this evening the topic will be "Sports" .

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight, you can catch an early blues set at 7pm with Snake Hill Blues. At 8pm, tonight, Café Nine presents a second show featuring Glenn Roth, Shawn Taylor, and Kristen Graves. Tomorrow (Tuesday) Café Nine presents: Song Prompt: This Time Last Year, a sort of open mic for songwriters.  Wednesday, at Café Nine, it’s a night of Rock and Roll with The Zambonis, Slip and Fall, and The Screw-ups.Friday night, Café Nine presents a triple bill with PHONOSYNTHESIS  CHICA NON GRATA, and NICK DIMARIA WIRE. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4:30. Later Saturday night The Nine presents a 2016 St. Patrick' s Day Parade Fundraising concert with JOVIAL CREW and Buzz Gordo's Ski Lodge.  Sunday Night Off the Trax plays Classic Rock at the Nine.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & friends. Wednesday night at Toad’s you can catch HINDER, Shaman's Harvest, and Revolve.   Friday night at Toads Place you can catch Riders on the Storm, the Electric Lady band, and more.   Sat at Toads is a big night with 2 birthday bashes. Opus’s annual Blizzard B-Day bash features Dead by Wednesday (with special guests), Crossing Rubicon, Garbage Barge, Nassau Chainsaw and more, On the lily pad stage, they will be celebrating Mike Z’s birthday with Crosby, Heavy Breath, Shadow Kingdom, Vengence and more. Sunday brings Toad’s Annual MLK Music fest. This years’ lineup includes Sister Funk, L BREEZE, T.W.O., and Cluster Funk

Up in Hartford at Black-eyed Sally’s, tonight, it’s the usual Jazz Mondays series at 8 pm and features the Alvin Carter Trio. 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 Brandt Taylor, this week. (That’s all for this week!) Sally’s. Friday night ELIZA NEALS & THE NARCOTICS from Detroit make for a night of soul and blues.  Pink Talking Fish plays their mix of music by The Talking Heads, Pink Floyd, and Phish Sat night at Sally’s.

Wednesday night, Manic Productions presents a bill featuring Bent Knee, Kindre3d Queer, and Procedure Club at Bar in New Haven.

OTAKUS Russell Library’s Teen Group for fans of anime, manga and all things Japanese MEETS 2ND AND 4TH TUESDAYS at 7:00 pm at the Library. The Russell Readers invite you to Join them tomorrow (Tues) night at 7pm to discuss “R.U.R (Rossum’s Universal Robots)” by Karel Čapek.     
This Thursday (1/14), the Russell Library, welcomes vocalist Indra Rios-Moore and her band for a 7 p.m. concert in the Hubbard Room.

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

Friday night the Michael Cleary BAnd   will be at The Celtic Cavern in Middletown to present thier new album Uplift.

Infinity Hall Hartford presents Peter Asher and Albert Lee Thursday night. Jane Monheit takes the Infinity Hall Hartford dtage Friday night at Micky Dolenz of The Monkees is on stage Saturday night at Infinity Hartford.  at

The Bernie Sanders Presidential campaign Middletown chapter invites you to a Democratic debate watching party at Taino Smoke house on South Main St in Middletown during Sunday's Democratic debate from 9 - 11pm. For details you can go to the  "Events" page and search for the 06457 zip code.

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 the documentary, The Messenger which explores our connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Tonight you can catch the film Bikes vs Cars.  The run of  Janis: Little Girl Blue about the life of the late rock legend Janis Joplin, continues..  On the slate for later in the week and weekend are, Hasta Manana, Mustang, and Moonwalkers. More online at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing the film Trumbo through Wednesday night. This film features Bryan Cranston as an unapologetic Communist who was blacklisted during the Cold War paranoia of the 1950s.  Thursday night, Cinestudio shows the Brazilian film, Tattoo, as part of the OUTFIELD CT’s Second Thursday series that pays homage to the avant-garde gay theater scene of the 1970s.

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, 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 from 6:30-8, it’s 90 minutes of folk, blues, Americana, and more on 75% Folk, with Michael Benson.

From 8-11 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.

Franco takes over at 11pm, with his unique mix of Italian and American vintage disco, funk, and dance.

At 1am DJ Otto Nation takes the air chair offering a free form mix of music from around the world.  

From 3 to 4 a.m. its Maximum Rock and Roll for a late night dose 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 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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