Monday, March 28, 2016

3-28-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, March 28th, 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 rebroadcast of a 2014 April Fool's Day episode featuring an hour of Catholic humor! Can't listen live, find it archived online 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 and Moments of Gratitude meditation. Friday evening it’s the First of April and  comedy rock band The Coconuts take the stage. 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 International Beat Poetry Festival to the Buttonwood, and in the evening you can catch a MASTER CLASS: with Danny Green Trio on playing Brazilian rhythms in a jazz context. The Danny Green Jazz Trio will conclude the evening with a show at the Buttonwood Tree. On Sunday, it’s the Great Make Believe Society Improv Show. The International Women’s Day Art Show is on display for the month of March. New paintings by WESU DJ Bill Revill, host of Acoustic Blender,  are on display at the Buttonwood Treeduring the month of April. 

Down in New Haven tonight, at Café Nine, you can catch DO IT FOR YOUR HEROS featuring Siksay, Dangerzone, Cosmic Hotel Band. Tomorrow (Tuesday) is a SINGER SONGWRITER SHOWCASE featuring Terri Lynn and Beth Bradley. Wednesday night, WORDS & MUSIC take the stage. On Thursday, Café Nine presents KAL MARKS featuring Left and Right, Bilge Rat and Crag Mask. Early April 1st (Friday), BRUCE & LORALEE CROWDER play for the Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour and later Friday night RHETT MILLER (OF THE OLD 97S) perform with THE ZAMBONIS. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with MIKE COPPOLA AND FRIENDS. Saturday evening, THE MOUNTAIN MOVERS, STEFAN CHRISTENSEN & FRIENDS, AND PIECES OF FRUIT share a bill at Café Nine. Cygnus Radio and Cafe 9 present “The Sunday Buzz” Matinee Sunday afternoon, featuring WOLF HARBOR, PSYCHOALA and COASTAL NOTION. Sunday night, Manic Productions & Safety Meeting present ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE with Mounds and Nothing Israel to wrap up the weekend.

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. Tuesday evening THE EXPENDABLES with Passafire, Roots of Creation and Tunnel Vision perform. Thursday night Toad’s host Savage Tour presenting FELLY x GYPPS for their “7TH KING TOUR.” DJ AP Supreme, Rick Gatt, Nino Scott, and Peter Sun also perform. Friday evening, you can hear TURKUAZ with Lespecial and West End Blend. Saturday night it’s THE ORIGINAL SATURDAY NIGHT COLLEGE DANCE PARTY with DJ Action & Marc.

Wednesday night, Manic Productions present SMALL BLACK and Mission Zero at BAR in New Haven. Thursday evening, you can hear the music of BONGZILLA featuring Black Cobra, Kings Destroy and Lo Pan performing at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden. On Saturday, it’s April 2nd and THE MOUNTAIN GOATS featuring William Tyler (of Silver Jews and Lambchop) take the stage at College Street Music Hall.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight their weekly Jazz Monday event features The Mike Casey Trio. 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 Tim McDonald. Friday evening at Black-Eyed Sally’s, Danny Pease and The Regulators (DPR) offer their style of “Dirty Punk Reggae”  blending the style of ska, reggae, rock and hip-hop. Saturday night, you can catch Jane Lee Hooker, a blues legend tribute band.

At Russell Library here in Middletown, right now you can catch the confidential Job Coaching session with Jim Kubat, Associate Director of the Wesleyan Career Center until 8:30. Tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, Bob Carlson is available for Practice Interviews at 1PM. Tuesday evening, Russell Library hosts HER-story: a writing workshop with Elizabeth Thomas at 7PM. Wednesday morning, it’s a Workshop on PowerPoint Basics and the Great Reads Book Discussion with Hedda Kopf meets to talk about “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.” This and every Thursday, at 7pm, the Veterans Writing Group meets at the library. Also Thursday, the Job Group meets at 9AM for a Linkedln Photo Session. You can catch Jazz Up close with saxophonist Caroline Davis. Friday, April 1st, the Women’s Group hosts Cultural Connections, inviting women of all nationalities for chance to meet other immigrant women and help with adaptation to American culture. Saturday morning at 10 am, Tracy Nixon-Moore leads a Resume Review session. Later Saturday afternoon, the Drumming Circle with Jocelyn Pleasant meets.

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

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 and Landfill Harmonic about a children’s orchestra in Paraguay whose instruments are made entirely of garbage. Colliding Dreams, a documentary on today’s Israeli-Palestinian conflict also has showings until Thursday.

Tonight, and tomorrow (Tuesday)  Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing 45 Years, a film about a couple's anniversary and relationship rocked by return of a long-dead fiancee.  Wednesday Cinestudio opens a run of The Big Short, Oscar nominated film about the 2008 financial crisis. Saturday,  She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry sponsored by The Women of Gender Resource Action Center at Trinity College opens in Cinestudio.

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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