Monday, February 8, 2016

1-8-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, February 8th. 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 Ben Michael. 

Now here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, Monday nights at 7:00, you can participate in their weekly Anything Goes Open Mic. Sign up starts at 6:30pm. Also this evening is the weekly Moments of Gratitude meditation at 8:00pm. Wednesday at 7:00, The Grays play their second set of electric gypsy tribal jazz. Friday night, its Cold Duck time, where you can catch a mix of bebop, funk and traditional jazz. Saturday, the Buttonwood Tree hosts a Valentine Special for members and later in the day, you can catch the Aligned with Source guided m editation workshop. Saturday night, the 2nd Line Jazz Quartet performs. On Sunday its the Great Make Believe Society Improv Show at 7pm.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight it’s ANDREW LEAHEY & THE HOMESTEAD with Mark Daniel fro a 8:30 show. Tomorrow (Tuesday) ATLAS BLOOM, The Not Mikes and Eddy Crash perform at 9:00. On Thursday you can see DRINKDEEPLY'S SALOON SINGER SHOWCASE featuring Chrissy Keegan, Eugene Gallagher, Tim Payson, Krizta Moon and Shawn Taylor. On their Farewell For Now Tour!, HUNTER VALENTINE and Glamour Assassins perform Thursday. This Friday's Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features CHRISTINA HARRIS; POINT BLANK, 222 and Entierro perform Friday evening. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Later,  Saturday night, you can catch NEW HAVEN REMEMBERS DAVID BOWIE: THE LATER YEARS. Sunday evening at Café Nine it's VALENTINES DAY LOVE LOUNGE. 

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with ROHN LAWRENCE & FRIENDS. Thursday night, LIL BIBBY & LIL HERB perform at 9. On Friday evening, it's the YALE BLACK SOLIDARITY CONFERENCE feat. MICK JENKINS.

Lucius Dylan Prolyte Productions presents a One Love Valentine's Jam at Pacific Standard Tavern on Crown Street in New Haven Friday featuring THE ALCHEMYSTICS and DJ Mes-Zen Jah.

Wednesday night, Manic Productions in New Haven presents KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS with Xylouris White at the College Street Music Hall. Later Wednesday evening, THE SOFT MOON and Landing take the stage at BAR. JOSH RITTER & THE ROYAL CITY BAND with Elephant Revival play Thursday night at College Street Music Hall. Friday evening, you can catch THE SLACKERS, The Hempsteadys and The Screw-Ups at The Ballroom at The Outer Space n Hamden.

Up in Hartford at Black-eyed Sally’s, tonight's JAZZ MONDAYS is with TOMMY LEHMAN GROUP. Tomorrow, it's FAT TUESDAY IS HERE!! an all day party featuring southern and cajun cuisine, stilt walkers, Mardi Gras beads, face painting, and a performance by Rivercity Slim & the Zydeco Hogs at 7:30. MICHAEL PALIN'S OTHER ORCHESTRA also plays Tuesday evening. Wednesday brings the long running Black-eyed Sally’s weekly COMMUNITY BLUES JAM hosted by BRANDT TAYLOR. CHRIS SMITH BAND with OVER EASY play Friday evening at Black-eyed Sally's. On Saturday, you can catch the VALENTINE'S DAY CELEBRATION WITH LATANYA FARRELL for a 9 o'clock show. Rounding out the week, it's VALENTINES DAY & THE MUSIC OF JAMES TAYLOR.

on Tuesday its a day-long, city-wide Mardi Gras celebration with brass bands making surprise appearances all over Hartford. You can catch the final show featuring the Hartford Hot Several Brass Band, the Boycott Brass band and the Expandable Brass Band 7pm at Real Art Ways. 

Don Minott & Special Guests will bring a night of roots reggae to Sully's Pub in Hartford this Saturday, show time at 9.

At Russell Library here in Middletown, The Veteran's Writing Group continues to meet every Thursday at 7pm. For the next three Saturday's, you can catch T'ai Chi lessons, 10:30-11:30. Also this Saturday, Russell Library presents presents Phil Klein - The Dog Listener and a workshop on understanding and training your dog, Saturday 2-4 in the Hubbard Room.

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

on display at the Wesleyan Potters Gallery gallery shop in Middletown is their new themed jewelery show Rock & Roll: 

On Tuesday, Wesleyan University Center for the Arts hosts a talk by contemporary Chilean playwright and director Guillermo Calderón. Friday, Choreographer Kota Yamazaki's company Fluid hug-hug performs the New England premiere of OQ, inspired by Japanese renga.

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

Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways,  you can catch Oscar Nominated Anime Shorts and Live Action Shorts 2016 run through Thursday. Films In the  Shadow of Women and Aferim! open Friday. Rounding out the weekend is the Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts 2016. 

Tonight and Tomorrow (Tuesday) Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing Paolo Sorrentino's new film Youth Starring Micael Caine and Harvey Keitel about two artists ending their career and contemplating success, loss and mortality. On Sunday, Suffragette featuring Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter begins it's run in the theater.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU: as we work our way through the our new Spring Schedule.  

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

From 6-6:30pm stick around for Brass Tacks with Emmet Teran and Alec Shea presenting news stories from around the world through interviews with experts and newsmakers on topics not covered elsewhere.

From 6:30-8, it’s 75% Folk with Michael Benson, offering contemporary folk along with a mix of blues, jazz, world music and movie soundtracks.  

At 8pm, Chip Austin hosts Unfocused Folk, Americana music from Nashville and around the world including folk, acoustic Country and roots-Rock from both emerging and veteran artists.

From 9:30-10:30pm, Scandinavian Sounds with DJ Northern Lights discovers music old and new from a variety of genres -Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland.

At 10:30, Romancipation with Dr. Love and DJ Smooth who offer advice on dating and love. You can submit questions to the experts at 

Sleep Paralysis is on from 11-midnight with Erin and Ethan, chatting about dreams, floating on sounds, and poking around in the subconscious.

From 12-1am, it's Your Turn with Rachel Day featuring a new guest each week.

1-2am features Third Waves with Georgia O'Queef and Madam Ovary, a show of eclectic music by queer and female artists, quirky commentary and a critical look at women in the world's news.

From 2-4am it's Bubblegum with DJ CHRIS playing authentic and beautiful pop music and exploring the highs and lows in the genre. There is treasure in trash.

BBC World news comes your way from  at 4 and then 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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