Monday, April 11, 2016

4-11-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, April 11th, 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. Thanks for joining us!

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. On our next show, on April 19th, we'll get reaction to the Pope's recent document on the family from progressive minded Catholic organizations, namely the director of New Ways Ministries, which gives hope to gay Catholics worldwide, the Women's Ordination Conference, whose name speaks for itself, and the ever optimistic Deb Rose Milavec of FutureChurch.

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 night, you can check out electric gypsy tribal jazz music from the  2016 Musical Residency: The Grays. Friday evening, Don MInott / High Voltage Reggae Band play at the Buttonwood. On Saturday; it’s a morning class of Transitional Tai Chi followed by the Aligned with Source meditation guided by spiritual and holistic healer Annaita Gandhy. Saturday evening, La Hot Jazz & Co starts off their 2016 season with an introduction of songs off their new album.

Tonight, down in New Haven at at Café Nine, it’s Comedy Open Mic Hosted by Dan Rice. Tomorrow (Tuesday) hardcore punk bands MDC, Deathwish, The Excrementals and Ordinance take the stage. This Wednesday, Cafe Nine hosts JOHNNY CAMPBELL & THE BLUEGRASS DRIFTERS with The Wool Hats String Band. On Thursday, Fernando Pinto Presents LAS CAFETERAS with Jose Oyola and Maricamerica at Cafe Nine. The Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features BUZZ GORDO’S SKI LODGE and later Friday evening Fernando Pinto Presents JANE LEE HOOKER, The Naked Heroes and Catalina Shortwave. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Saturday evening, PAINTED ZEROS with Witch Hair, Izzy True and Pug perform. This week, “The Sunday Buzz” Matinee at Cafe Nine hosts the Elm City Folk Festival.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, every Monday you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Friday  evening WYBC ANTE FLING featuring Junglepussy & Speedy Oritz with Rizzla, Naytronix and 99Sublime take the stage. On Sunday, you can catch Ro James with JR Castro, presented by Hot 98.7, at Toad’s Place.

Wednesday night, in New Haven, Manic Productions  presents Big D and the Kids Table with Stop Exploding, You Cowards! at BAR. Thursday evening, Yuck with Saintseneca and Little Scream take the stage at The Space. Rounding out the week, Ghost and Tribulation perform at College Street Music Hall.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight their weekly Jazz Monday event is with the Mike Carabello Quartet. On Tuesday nights Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. This Wednesday, Black Eyed Sally’s weekly Community Blues Jam will be hosted by Ed Bradley. Friday evening Bella’s Bartok with Rhythm Inc. play bohemian folk punk. On Saturday, you can catch blues singer Sari Schorr with special guest Chris Bergson.

Wednesday evening at Cyprus Restaurant in Middletown, the Open Mic/Jam Session is hosted by the Bus and on Friday, The Mighty Soul Drivers play.

Tuesday and Wednesday evening, The Kate in Old Saybrook is hosting a showing of the film, Christopher Strong, starring Katharine Hepburn. Thursday night you can listen to pop, folk, rock and punk from musician Griffin House. On Saturday, the Kate screens the Met in HD this week featuring the opera Roberto Devereux.

At Russell Library here in Middletown, tonight from 6:30-8, you can catch the March for Education Meeting for the Public. Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1pm, Bob Carlson is available for Practice Interviews. Tuesday evening, the Russell Readers meet for a book discussion on 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. Every Thursday, Russell Library hosts the Job Group at 9AM for a chance to network with other job seekers and receive advice from professionals. At 7pm, the Veterans Writing Group meets. Also this Thursday at Russell Library you can catch acoustic duo Route 202 featuring award-winning musicians Thomasina Levy and Robert Brereton. Saturday morning at 10 am, Tracy Nixon-Moore leads a Resume Review session. Later Saturday afternoon, it’s Shakespeare On Screen, a film series event with Richard Alleva, this week showing The Tempest.

On Wednesday, April 13th at 6:30pm, ConnPIRG and the Connecticut League of Women Voters will host an event to discuss people -powered solutions to getting big money out of politics and reclaiming democracy from special interests. Mayor Drew will speak and there will be video statements by Senator Murphy and Senator Blumenthal and a number of other speakers, including the Director of the State Elections Enforcement Commission. Hosted in the Hubbard room of Russell Library, 123 Broad Street in Middletown, Wednesday at 6:30pm.

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

Saturday morning, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents Ideas that Move: A Conference In Honor of Mark Slobin, followed by an evening concert. Saturday afternoon, it’s the fifth annual community event, The Big Draw: Middletown, a invitation for all members of the community to celebrate drawing with workshops for people of all skill levels.

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

This evening, up in Hartford at Real Art Ways,you can catch Where to Invade Next, a film from political provocateur Michael Moore presenting an expansive, subversive comedy confronting the pressing issues facing America today. Also playing this evening is the film Valley of Love, a story about an estranged couple who travel to Death Valley after receiving a letter from their deceased son. Both films show tonight through Thursday. On Friday, Colliding Dreams and Landfill Harmonic play at Real Art Ways.

Tonight at Trinity College’s Cinestudio, it’s a restored showing of the film: The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums. A Kabuki actor during World War II who struggles with a recent marriage and fame. Showings Tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, it’s Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story. The latest Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar! plays until Saturday. On Sunday, you can catch Where to Invade Next at 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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