Monday, March 21, 2016

03-21-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, March 21st, and 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 and Moments of Gratitude meditation. Wednesday evening, electric gypsy tribal jazz band, The Grays, take the stage continue their spring residency at the Buttonwood. Thursday night the Middlesex Drum Circle gathers at the Buttonwood Tree.  All are welcome! Friday evening The Katie Bull Group Project takes the stage for a night of jazz inside and “out” side the jazz tradition. On Saturday; it’s a morning class of Transitional Tai Chi followed by the Aligned with Source mediation, this week guided by spiritual and holistic healer Annaita Gandhy.  Saturday afternoon brings the The Connetic Word National Youth Poetry Slam 2016 to the Buttonwood Tree.  Saturday evening, you can catch the Kennedy’s performing their brand of Americana folk rock at the Buttonwood. The International Women’s Day Art Show is on display for the month of March.

Down in New Haven tonight, at Café Nine, you can catch RIVERS & RUST Featuring Kyle Cook of Matchbox 20, Frank Viele opens the show. Tomorrow (Tuesday) Lab Rats and Decasa take the Café Nine stage. Wednesday night, Café Nine Presents THE LOPEZ and Pangalactic, & Every Moving  Color. On Thursday, it’s a night of CT punk with ZOMBII, Hiss the Villain, and Jim Morrison's Ghost at The Nine.  Frank Critelli plays the Friday early (5PM) show at Café Nine this week and later Friday night, Fernando Pinto Presents ROBYN HITCHCOCK and Emma Swift. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band this week from 4:30-7pm). Saturday evening, ROZ AND THE RICE CAKES, Ports of Spain, Violent Mae, & Rudeyna share a bill at Café Nine. Sunday night brings a night of rootin-tootin Gutter-Billy and and busking with THE GODDAMN GALLOWS, The Palomino Brothers, and Outlaw Ritual 

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight and most every Monday you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Wednesday night Toad’s presents rapper, Dave East. Thursday night Toads keeps the hip hop going with Flatbush Zombies, A$AP, and Remy Banks.  Friday evening, you can hear TITUS ANDRONICUS, and Craig Finn. Saturday night The McLovins return to Toad’s Place.  Haley Jane and The Primates and Jose Oyola and the Astronauts open that show.

Joe Michelini (of River City Extension), with Wise Old Moon, Johnny Mainstream at BAR in New Haven. Friday night Manic presents The Rocket Summer, FARRO, & Kalimur at The Space in Hamden. Saturday at the Space Manic presents Somos, Petal, The Superweaks, & Queen Moo. At The Ball Room at The Outer Space, on Saturday night, Manic presents Neil Hamburger,
Major Entertainer - Mike H, & Brian Barganier

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight their weekly Jazz Monday event features the Jen Allen Group.  On Tuesday nights Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on Sally’s stage.
This Wednesday, Black Eyed Sally’s weekly Community Blues Jam will be hosted by Tommy Whalen. Thursday evening, Strange Creek “Battle of the Bands” continues. Friday evening at Black-Eyed Sally’s, Rebel Alliance offers a night of rock, reggae, and revolution! Saturday, night, Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood return to Black Eyed Sally’s for a night of rocking soul, and funky Texas blues. .

At Russell Library here in Middletown, tonight you can catch reader’s theater, a live drama enacted by professional actors, directed by Richard B. Kamins.  The play this month will be "Shipwrecked: An Entertainment, the Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont" by Donald Margulies.  This and every Thursday, at 7pm, the Veteran's Writing Group meets at the library. Saturday morning at 10 am,  Thelibrary hosts the presentation, “Looking for Indigenous Middletown in colonial archives: settler erasure of wangunk indian tribal history at russell library”  This panel presentation will be based on research conducted by select students from the Wesleyan class, “Decolonizing Indigenous Middletown: Native Histories of the Wangunk Indian People,” taught by J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology. This was a service-learning course in partnership with the Middlesex County Historical Society.   Later, Saturday, at 1pm, ArtFarm and The Russel library present, Shakespeare on Screen with film critic Richard Alleva, who will show scenes from all three of Sir Laurence Olivier’s adaptations of –Henry V, Hamlet, Richard III, and Othello —and discuss the techniques that made them both memorable and groundbreaking.

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

This weekend at Infinity Hall Hartford, you can catch Moondance, a Van Morrison tribute show on Friday night. Saturday, you can catch Kimock, featuring Steve Kimock and John Kimock. At infinity Norfolk, Friday night brings Jeff Pevar and friends featuring Mat Zeiner, David Livolski, and John Peckman. Saturday at infinity Hall Norfolk, you can catch the Soul Sound Revue.

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

Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, through Thursday, you can catch Requiem for the American Dream, wherein, leftist social critic Noam Chomsky discusses how the concentration of wealth and power among a small elite has polarized American society and brought about the decline of the middle class.    Also showing through Thursday is, Michael Moore’s new film, “Where to invade next.  Through Friday, Real Art Ways is also offering “Only Yesterday,” a new English-language version of the 1982 Japanese animated film about a young woman who revisits her past on a trip to her relatives in the countryside. Friday, Real Art Ways opens “Film 101: Face in the Crowd”, and “Landfill Harmonic”. 

Tonight, and tomorrow (Tuesday)  Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing  Son of Saul, a film by first-time Hungarian director László Nemes that explores the moral choices of one man in Auschwitz without minimizing, sentimentalizing, or exploiting the Holocaust.  Wednesday Cinestudio opens a run of “Spotlight”, Tom McCarthy’s meticulous, smart and intense film that delves into the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal through the eyes of four reporters at the Boston Globe, who investigated abuse and cover-ups going back at least 25 years.

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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