Monday, February 22, 2016

02-22-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, February 22nd. 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. I'm Ben Michael, thank you for joining us! 

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. Wednesday it’s an electric gypsy tribal jazz funk show by The Grays. The Middlesex Drum Circle meets at the Buttonwood on Thursday. Friday evening, Switch Factory takes the stage for musical improvisation and down-home vocal harmonies. On Saturday, you can catch a new class of Transitional Tai Chi, in the morning and the weekly Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop right after. The Jolly Beggars bring a blend of Celtic folk music and storytelling to the Buttonwood Saturday evening.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight it’s and evening music show with Glenn Roth with Seth Adam and Brian Dolzani. Tomorrow (Tuesday), Dan Baird & Homemade Sin perform. Manic Productions presents David Ramierez and Lucette on Wednesday. On Thursday, Jazz Haven presents the Jovan Alexandre Quartet. Friday evening, you can catch Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen for soulful and funky pop tunes. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band and later Saturday night Manic Production and Café Nine present Greyhounds with Tracy Jo and the Toads. The Sunday matinee features the band Snake Hill Blues playing a wide range of blues standards with a rock edge while Sunday evening showcases Drag Bingo with Robin Banks 

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight and every Monday you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Tomorrow (Tuesday) The Alba Varden, featuring Todd Stoops of Octopus/RAQ and Jordan Giangreco of Viral Sound/Steal Your Funk perform with Off the Dome and Just Wingin It. Friday evening brings the Bright Night Winterfest 2 to Toad’s Place; Ragepak, Daps, DJ I95, Gringo Loco and Jorce perform. Also Friday evening, Afton Present the bands Get Your Bread University, Interstate Underground, Lawnchair Pilots, Madman, Savage Panda and Yesteryear.

Tomorrow (Tuesday), Pacific Standard Tavern in New Haven hosts the weekly show, Steal Your Funk: featuring Jordan Giangreco and Jen Durkins. Wednesday evening, Maradeen performs for a free show. The Donavan Brothers take the stage at the Pacific Standard Tavern on Friday. Saturday night, the bands Consider the Source, Mushroom Cloud, 
Polluter make for night of of Middle Eastern scales, psychedelics jams and hard rocking rhythm.

Tomorrow (Tuesday), Manic Productions in New Haven present Potty Mouth with Stove, Spit-Take and Narcisister at The Space. Wednesday you can catch music from the band Teen, along with Katie Von Schleicher and The Sixth Ocean at BAR. On Thursday at the College Street Music Hall, Del McCoury and David Grisman perform with Professors of Bluegrass.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight's JAZZ MONDAYS is with the Peter Greenfogel Group featuring Chris Casey, Stephen “King” Porte and Jonathan Barber. Tomorrow (Tuesday) Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra gets funky and works out new material. Wednesday brings the long running weekly Community Blues Jam with Tim McDonald. On Friday, you can catch the Nick Moss Band originating form Chicago for a show of traditional blues and progressive blues-rock. Saturday evening, it’s Henricks plays Hendrix, a musical homage to Jimi Hendrix.

This entire week, the 5th Connecticut Printmakers Invitational exhibition, Multiple Impressions continues showcasing various fine artists and designers in Hartford. Starting today, artist Alina Gallo paints a life-sized egg tempera mural directly on the walls of Real Art Ways. The mural depicts a train station in Budapest where thousands of Syrian and Afghani refugees were stranded in route to Germany during 2015. The mural is open through April.

At Russell Library here in Middletown, the Job Group meets Thursday mornings for a chance to network with other job seekers and professionals. Veteran's Writing Group continues to meet every Thursday, and this week, author William H. Foster reads from his new book Proud to Be in the Service a history on African American military service during World War II. Saturday brings Says Who: A Steven Liskow Writing Workshop on character creation and screenwriting techniques. The last week of Tai Chi lessons is this Saturday and on Sunday, the Hip Hop Culture Slam comes to Russell Library.

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 Artful Lunch Series with Professor of art History Peter Mark. Thursday, choreographer, writer and director Ralph Lemon presents Ceremonies Out of the Air. This Saturday you can check out the panel discussion, China’s Youth: Another Cultural Revolution Special. Also this Saturday it’s the Orchestra Children’s Concert and Musical Petting Zoo. Rounding out the weekend, This is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce Part VIII performs for a Sunday afternoon show.

Here in Middletown, Thursday night, Music at the Hubbard House presents  a One Concert/One Child house concert featuring Anna Mae, Eric Kuhn, and Yousry. The concert happens at 7:30 at 37 Ridge Road in Middletown. Seating is limited, for reservations contact

 This Sunday (February 28) at the Cypress Restaurant in Middletown, brings the release party for Eric Kuhn's new album Politics and the kickoff of Eric's campaign for the presidency. Eric's new album, Politics is a satiric romp through American politics from 1776 up to today, focusing on the Obama years. 

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

Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, you can catch film Aferim!, a darkly funny comedy/period piece/Western set in 1835 Romania, with showings through Thursday. Oscar Nominated Best Foreign Language Film: A War also runs through Thursday. The film Rams, a winner at the Cannes Film Festival about two estranged brothers in Iceland reuniting to save the family sheep opens Friday and runs through the weekend. 

Tonight and Tuesday Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing the recently restored Chimes at Midnight. Starting Wednesday, it’s a showing of Joy starring Jennifer Lawrence. On Thursday, the National Theater Live performs Shakespeare’s comedy, As You Like It.

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, 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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