Monday, February 1, 2016

2-1-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, February 1st. 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 rig ht before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow, a chat with Art Miller, the only African-American Catholic deacon in Connecticut, who used to head the Archdiocese of Hartford's Office of Black Catholic Ministries until the archdiocese eliminated the office, along with the Office of Hispanic Ministries, last year, as part of a still unfolding reorganization. Deacon Art -- a schoolmate, by the way, of Emmet Till, whose murder for whistling at a white woman is said to have sparked the civil rights movement -- says his work goes on. In fact, the good deacon got himself arrested and jailed recently for sitting down in a busy Hartford intersection during rush hour. It's just one of the aspects of tomorrow's interview that you won't want to miss. Can't listen live? Find the audio at

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. Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7:00 you can join the Laughter Yoga + Vegetarian Potluck. Thursday night The Buttonwood Tree hosts an Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta. Uri Shaham & Mark Kaplan Quartet perform Friday. Saturday Morning, the Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop happens from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Buttonwood Tree. Saturday night, the Free at Last players perform improv and on Sunday you can join in with the Great Make Believe Improv Show. .

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight it’s DRINK DEEPLY'S SALOON SINGER SHOWCASE featuring Jacket Thor, Christoph Whitbeck, NOAH MUNRO LEHRMAN and Long Live Folk. Tomorrow (Tuesday) Manic Productions Presents CHRIS BATHGATE with Wise Old Moon and The Go Rounds, providing a night of foot stomping Americana and contemporary roots music at Café Nine. Wednesday night, The Nine features COMEDY OPEN MIC HOSTED BY DAN RICE. Thursday night, Café Nine offers a diverse bill of music with PEAER, LAUNDRY DAY, Moon Pop + co., and Pug. You can catch SEAN CONLON performing during the Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour at 5 on Friday. Friday evening , Manic Productions partners with C afe Nine to present THE PEACH KINGS, Monogold, and Dr. Martino. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam s ession is with Mike Coppola and friends at 4:30pm. Later Saturday night you can catch THE PROUD FLESH, Rob Carlson & Benefit Street and Xavier Serrano. Sunday afternoon at Café Nine, you can catch OFF THE TRAX. 

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & friends. Thursday night at Toad’s Place you can catch JADAKISS. Friday night at Toad’s there’s a an elctro glow party on the main floor while Afton presents 10 bands on the lily pad stage.   Sat at Toads brings the sat night college dance party.  Sunday night Lotus takes the stage – El Ten Eleven opens the show.

Up in Hartford at Black-eyed Sally’s, 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, this week hosted by Ed Bradley. Saturday night you can check out BAD NEWS BARNES from NYC for a blues/roots show.

Wednesday night, Manic Productions presents, in partnership with Premier Concerts, Umphrey's McGee and Tauk at the College Street Music Hall for a 6:45 show. Later Wednesday evening, Moon Hooch and the Balkun Brothers take the stage at BAR. Vektor with Eight Bells and Warm perform Friday night at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. Saturday evening, you can catch Palehound, Violent Mae, Quiet Giant and Ruby Nightingale at the Space.
Russell Library here in Middletown presents Pianist Michael Brown, leading figure in the current renaissance of performer-composers, for a concert in the Hubbard Room, Thursday at 7:00pm. For the next four Saturday's, you can catch T'ai Chi at Russel Library, starting with this week's class on Balance. Also this Saturday, it's Take Your Child to the Library Day with crafts, stories and a surprise gift from the Poet Laureate of Middletown.

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

On Wednesday, Wesleyan University Center for the Arts hosts the opening reception of Light of the East - The Beauty of Movement in Silence. You can catch the Opening and Gallery Talk at noon. Thursday, it's the opening reception of Passion and Power - German Prints in the Age of Duerer. On Friday, it's the concert debut of Syrian vocalist/songwriter, Gaida. You can catch Gaida: In Concert at 8:00pm.

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

Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, through Sunday, the art exhibit Carla Gannis: Garden of Emoji Delights is available for viewing. Mustang, a film about five free-spirited sisters in rural Turkey runs through Thursday. Oscar Nominated Shorts 2016 also run through Thursday. On Friday, 2016's Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts start their run and show all weekend. Live Action Shorts, Boy and The World,run  through Thursday.

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 secondl week of 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, Lord Lewis hosts Rumpus Room, the best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club, jazz, reggae, ska, afro and Latin dance floor grooves.

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 is on to offer advice on dating, love and all the experts. Submit 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. With each episode, a different guest will chronological share songs that were fundamental to shaping who they are today.

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 The Witching Hour with DJ Hex Girl and DJ Tanner playing an eerie, dark and brooding mix of shoegaze, 80's goth rock, lo-fi music and chatting about occult topics. 

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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