Monday, March 14, 2016

3-14-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, March 14th, 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  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: a conversation between a Yale theologian and a New York Times columnist on the subject of “Character, Flourishing and the Good Life.” Miroslav Volf, founder and director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, and David Brooks, a pundit for the Times, PBS, NPR, interviewed each other a few weeks ago at Yale's Battell Chapel before a packed house. The organizers kindly provided the audio of the event. Can't listen live? Find the program archived at

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


Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, it’s the Anything Goes Open Mic at 7, followed by the weekly Moments of Gratitude meditation. On Tuesday you can choose between Laughter Yoga followed by a Crystal Bowl Sound Healing, or Color Me Calm, a session of adult coloring with Elizabeth Lupacchino.   On Thursday the Cintamani groove band brings you fusion world music.  On Friday it’s the Michelle Canning Band, performing songs from their new album, “The Flower and the Serpent,” along with original pieces and traditional bluegrass. Saturday morning Mike McEwen brings you transitional tai chi, followed by the Aligned with Source workshop.  Saturday night Hartford native Warren Byrd premiers new work including a musical tribute to master poet John Farris. The International Women’s Day art exhibit continues through the month.


Down in New Haven, at CafĂ© Nine, tonight it’s DJ N.E.B.’s release party for the new EP, “Hands Through the Sourglass.”  On Tuesday it’s Drinkdeeply’s Singer/Songwriter Series, with Stephany Brown, Robert C. Fullerton, and more.  Wednesday, they bring you A Tribute to Jason Molina.  On Thursday they headline Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots, appearing with Justin Chadbourne, and Tracy Jo and the Toads. Friday’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features The Tommy’s, followed by the evening show with Sniper 66, Haste, Blastmat, and Thrust. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, followed by a late show with Purling Hiss, Stove, Blessed State, Hellrazor, and Lea.  The Sunday Buzz features the Bakun Brothers, followed by Landing, Kindling, and Human Pontiac for the Sunday evening offering. 



Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Mondays starts at 8. Tomorrow (Tuesday) Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra gets funky and works out new material. Wednesday’s Community Blues Jam is with Ed Bradley this week.  Thursday evening, the month-long Strange Creek “Battle of the Bands” continues.  On Friday Bearly Dead takes the stage, highlighting the music of The Grateful Dead.  Saturday, they headline blues challenge-winner The Mike Crandall Band, with blues, swing, jump, and more.  On Sunday you can catch singer/songwriter Lazer Lloyd.


Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight and every Monday you it’s A Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. On Thursday they headline Candyland.  On Friday it’s the Spring Fling Glow Party with a variety of performers.  On Saturday, it’s Dexta Daps with the Dapa Don Experience.  Sunday, in Lilly’s Pad, enjoy The Helium Brothers with bluegrass jams and cool country rock.



Tonight, Manic Productions in New Haven presents Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, along with Northcote and Mo Kenney, at the College Street Music Hall.  On Tuesday, it’s Foxing, O’Brother, Tancred, and Adjy at The Space, along with Kyle Kinane and Dan Kalwhite at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.  Wednesday, Oneida, Jerkagram, and Idiot Glee appear at Bar in New Haven. They wind down the week with Jimkata, Broca’s Area, and Joon appearing at The Ballroom at The Outer Space..


This Tuesday, the Russell Library here in Middletown presents the Lunch and Learn Film Series at noon, with Richard Alleva.  This week’s offering is “The Truce,” a post WWII film, first in the series “Chasing Justice Through the Ruins.” The Veteran's Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7.  On Saturday at 2, renowned author and psychiatrist Dr. Lloyd Sederer speaks on How Families Can Help their Loved One with a Mental Illness. On Sunday, the Middletown Art Academy hosts an opening reception for their artwork exhibit “Water for People, Water by People,” in celebration of World Water Day.  The exhibit runs through April.  Visit the website for details on all activities for children, students, families, and more.


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


At Infinity Hall in Hartford, it’s the Concert for Kym to benefit the Connecticut ALS Association of CT on Wednesday, introducing two classic rock bands along with special guest Tammy Tanner. On Thursday it’s the Boston Irish Comedians St. Patty’s Day Spectacular, with Jack Lynch, Joey Carroll, Steve Macone and Mike Prior.  On Friday they headline Who’s Bad: The World’s Only Sanctioned Tribute to Michael Jackson.  On Saturday they bring the David Bromberg Quintet to the stage. Sunday, it’s Southern soul rock with JJ Grey & Mofro.


Oddfellow’s Playhouse in Middletown opens its reimagined production of “A Comedy of Errors” this Thursday, directed by ARTFARM’s Dic Wheeler and including clowns, masks, and circus elements.  It runs through Saturday.


The Art Guild of Middletown invites you to a workshop on “The Joy of Acrylics” with artist Josa Weatherwax this Saturday at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell.


Artists for World Peace is hosting a daylong event, The Heart of Inner Peace, with workshops and presentations this Saturday at the Mercy by the Sea center in Madison.  Information at


There’s a Revolutionary War-themed Open House this Saturday from 9 to 1 at the Godfrey Memorial Library on Newfield Street in Middletown.  Tour the library and find out about ancestors who fought in the Revolution.


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


Up in Hartford, Real Art Ways is screening “Embrace of the Serpent,” exposing the effects of Western colonialism over four decades on the Amazon, tonight through Thursday with 4:30 screenings.  Also running through Thursday is “The Wave,” an intense environmental thriller set in a popular Norwegian tourist town.  On Saturday they open “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. 


Trinity College’s Cinestudio presents Frederico Fellini’s 1980 film “City of Women,” in a newly-restored version that stars Marcello Mastroianni as an old-school womanizer.  It runs through Tuesday.  On Wednesday they open a run of “Room,” starring Academy Award-winner Brie Larson, about a mother and her son imprisoned in a single room by a brutal kidnapper.  It runs through the weekend.


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






BBC World news comes your way  at 4 am, and then we begin tomorrow’s broadcast day with Morning Edition from NPR at 5 am.


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.


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

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