Monday, March 7, 2016

3-7-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, March 7, 2016 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. 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. This Tuesday, The Connecticut Songwriters Association presents a workshop on The Business of Being a Creative Musician: Publishing, Royalties & Taxes with Bill Pere. Wednesday evening, electric gypsy tribal jazz band The Grays, take the stage. Friday evening listen to seasoned comics and new voices with the Comedy Night featuring Darren Sechrist & Friends 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 evening, you can catch the Kris Allen Quartet for an evening of jazz at the Buttonwood. Sunday brings the International Women’s Day Art Show reception, a collective women’s art show on display for the month of March.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight it’s The Hooch featuring Stone Cobra and Bloodred Whiskey. Tomorrow (Tuesday) Emily B with Chris Cretella, Mike Paolucci, Subsonic Stimulus Package take the stage. Wednesday night, it’s the comedy open mic hosted by Dan Rice. On Thursday, Manic Productions and Café Nine Present surrealist garage-punk band, Le Butcherettes with The Dead Ships and Eureka the Butcher. This Friday’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour is with Americana/Country artists Stefanie Harris Austin and Calvin Decutlass, front man of the Country Rockers. Friday evening, Relative Souls with Someone You can Xray and Catalina Gonzalez & friends play at the Nine. The weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Saturday evening you can catch Dead City Riot with the Oddbodies and The Chore Boys. Rounding out the week it’s “The Sunday Buzz” with The Jovial Crew playing sons of the sea, pub and shore. 

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight and every Monday you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. On Thursday, it’s the album release of Earthside. Performances also by Wess Meets West, Head With Wings and Wayward City. Friday evening, you can hear Shakedown and The Dead and Beyond with Kazoo Crew Family Band and Cabin Fever. Sunday evening, Twiddle and Strange Machines perform. Candyland rounds up the week with music at Toad’s Place.

Tomorrow (Tuesday), Manic Productions in New Haven presents Dr. Dog with Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts at College Street Music Hall. On Wednesday, Cindertalk with Naytronix and Young Nudist perform at BAR. Saturday evening you can catch Grammy Winner Lucinda Williams and Buick 6 at College Street Music Hall.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight is Jazz Monday’s. Tomorrow (Tuesday) Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra gets funky and works out new material. Wednesday you can catch the weekly Community Blues Jam with Gene Donaldson. Thursday evening, it’s the second night of Strange Creek “Battle of the Bands”. This event runs for the next 3 Thursday’s. Friday evening at Black-Eyed Sally’s it’s the Frank Varela Trio playing blues, jazz and funk. On Saturday, 7-piece Talking Heads Tribute Band, Start Making Sense recreate the music of the famous new-wave music band.

This month, Real Art Ways hosts the 5th CT Printmakers Invitational exhibition, Multiple Impressions featuring 23 artists who use a variety of printmaking processes. Also open this month, is the exhibition, Keleti Station. Artist Alina Gallo has painted a life-sized egg tempera mural directly on the walls of Real Art Ways depicting a train station in Budapest where thousands of Syrian and Afghan refugees were stranded in route to Germany during 2015. The mural is open through April. This Saturday, the exhibit Desperate Cargo by Syrian artist and architect Mohamad Hafez opens and runs through April.

Right now, at Russell Library here in Middletown, you can catch the Job Coaching workshop with Jim Kubat until 8:30pm and tomorrow (Tuesday) it’s a workshop to practice interview skills with Bob Carlson. Tuesday evening Russell Library hosts Telling Voices: Stories in Movement. This and every Thursday, The Job Group meets mornings for a chance to network with other job seekers and professionals and the Veteran's Writing Group meets in the evening. On Friday, it’s the monthly book sale. Saturday morning features a Resume Review session with Tracy Nixon-Moore and a Dance Fitness Class at 10:30. Saturday evening, the Ensemble Schumann plays music for an oboe, piano and viola trio.

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, you can catch 2016 Best Foreign Film Nominee Embrace of the Serpent. A story about the devastating consequences of western colonialism, Embrace of the Serpent encompasses no fewer than nine languages and four decades in the Amazon. Showings through Thursday. Showing as a matinee on Thursday, it’s screwball comedy Bombshell, about a film star trying to escape it all, only to find herself deeper into the world of acting and pretense. 

Tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing Amy, the 2016 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary chronicling the life of R&B singer Amy Winehouse.  Opening Thursday with showings through the weekend, Cinestudio shows Carol. Adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s book about a love affair between two women, Carol stars Cate Blanchet and Rooney Mara.

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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