Monday, February 15, 2016

2-15-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, February 15th. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime 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: our annual Oscar roundup with Richard Alleva, film critic for the Catholic journal Commonweal. He'll talk about the nominated films -- and also the ones that should've been nominated. You'll also learn why he's given up movies for Lent, and why he doesn't plan on watching much of Sunday's Oscar telecast. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived at

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

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, Monday nights you can participate in their weekly Anything Goes Open Mic. Also this evening is the weekly Moments of Gratitude meditation at 8. Tomorrow (Tuesday) you can check out the Buttonwood, for Laughter Yoga at 6 followed by Crystal Bowl Sound Healing at 7:30. Thursday, Cintamani and KaleYums play a Groove Jam session of world music. On Friday it’s An Evening of Music with Ashley Hamel and Orice Jenkins. Transitional Tai Chi and the weekly Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop happen this Saturday at the Buttonwood. Saturday evening, Don White brings a blended storytelling-comedy-author-troubadour-singer-songwriter performance.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight it’s Love Hangover with Comedian Dan Kalwhite and Jamie Arabolos. Tomorrow (Tuesday) it's a performance by Jean Claude Trans/AM and Disco Teen 66. On Wednesday it’s Words & Music, a monthly event full of local & touring musicians, writers, poets and comedians. On Thursday you can see Henry Flower, Phemale and Verdigrls. This Friday's Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features Travis Moody for a solo performance. Friday evening Mission Zero, Bearstronaut and Superhuman Happiness rock the house. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friend and later Saturday night you can catch Bent Knee, Ports of Spain, Kindred Queer and Olive Tiger. Sunday matinee features artists Sam Perduta, Daniel Eugene and Xavier Serrano while Sunday evening showcases the bands Crunk Witch, If Jesus Had Machine Guns, The Forest Room and Sketch the Cataclysm. 

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight and every Monday you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Also Monday evening, it’s the Amity Teen Center Benefit.  Friday evening in Lilly’s Pad…The Arc Agency Presents: Loner Chic for their Record Release Party. Pinegrove, Milkshakes and The Sleep Cozies also play. Rounding out the weekend, The Helium Brothers play hot bluegrass jams and cool country rock.

Tomorrow (Tuesday), Pacific Standard Tavern in New Haven hosts Steal Your Funk: featuring Jordan Giangreco and Jen Durkins. Greener Grounds with Tweed play Thursday and Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan perform Friday. On Saturday you can catch music from Black Rock Social.

Wednesday night, Manic Productions in New Haven presents Kurt Vile and the Violators with Xylouris White at the College Street Music Hall. Also 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 in Hamden.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight's JAZZ MONDAYS is with Matt & Atla Dechamplain. Tomorrow (Tuesday) Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra gets funky and works out new material. Wednesday brings the long running weekly Community Blues Jam with Tommy Whalen. Friday, Paul Gabriel Blues Band performs electric blues. Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez will be at Black-Eyed Sally’s on Saturday.

This Thursday, it's the 5th Connecticut Printmakers Invitational exhibition, Multiple Impressions. The February Creative Cocktail Hour in Hartford will host an artist reception from 6-8 with music provided by artist Tang Sauce. The Hartt School and Real Art Ways co-present the Bang on a Can All-Stars for a Saturday Performance. On Sunday, curator musicians Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes freely improve music for a show created in real-time.

At Russell Library here in Middletown, you can check out The Job Group, Thursday mornings for  a chance to network with other job seekers and professionals. Veteran's Writing Group continues to meet every Thursday, 7pm. T’ai Chi lessons are held for the next two Saturday's. Also this Saturday, Russell Library presents the Steve Liskow Writing Workshop – Characters Create Story.

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 Richard S. Field in Cutting Remarks II, a talk on the intricacies and problems of cutting technique used in 15th and 16th century fine art. Thursday, Special Collections and Archives present Passion and Power, Prints and Text: German Books in the Age of Dürer. Sunday you can catch Stan Scott and Friends performing old and new songs of emigrants, soldiers, mystics and laborers.

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 Live Action and Documentary Shorts 2016. Showings through Thursday. Films Aferim! and A War open Friday and run through the weekend. 

Tonight and Tuesday Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing the movie classic, Casablanca. Wednesday, the Oscar nominated film Brooklyn starring Oscar nominee Saorise Ronan about an Irish immigrant in the 1950’s, opens and with viewings through Saturday. On Sunday, it’s a showing of the recently restored Chimes at

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:

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 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 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  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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