Monday, April 18, 2016

4-18-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, April 18th, 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. Tomorrow: we get reaction from three progressive Catholic groups to Pope Francis' document on the family. We'll hear from New Ways Ministry, which serves LGBT Catholics; Future Church, which seeks to enlarge the role of women in the church, among other changes; and Women's Ordination Worldwide, whose name speaks for itself. Can't listen live? Find the audio along with other bells and whistles of interest archived at 

And finally, as a UConn women's basketball fan, I'm sure I speak for all of us when I wish Coach Geno Auriemma a speedy recovery from whatever landed him in the hospital recently! Get well soon!

Now here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week: Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, Monday nights it’s the weekly Anything Goes Open Mic and Moments of Gratitude meditation. On Tuesday, you can catch a restorative session of Laughter Yoga, followed by Crystal Bowl Sound Healing in the evening. Thursday night, the band Cintamani brings world music, kirtan, and superfood treats for an evening of trance and dance. On Friday, The DeChamplains play a Tribute to Duke Ellington 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. Also on Saturday morning, the Story City Troupe share personal anecdotes at the Buttonwood.

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, it’s performances from THE HEAD, LEA and the Right Offs. Tomorrow (Tuesday), Manic Productions & Safety Meeting Present BOOGARINS with Procedure Club and Copper Blue at the Nine. On Wednesday, it’s a big lineup featuring WORDS & MUSIC with Neon Leather Drip, The Forest Room, K. Ponzio, Dan Kalwhite and Craig Taylor. Thursday evening at Café Nine, Manic Productions Presents musical guests JAIMOE’S JASSSZ BAND with the George Baker/Tony Dioguardi Duo. The Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features THE BUTTONDOWNS and later Friday evening, THE WAGONRIDERS and The Palomino Brothers take the stage. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band. On Saturday night, you can catch music from THE ROOMSOUNDS with Johnny Mainstream. “The Sunday Buzz “, this early Sunday afternoon is presented by Fernando Pinto featuring musical guest Jon Dee Graham with Jeff Przech. Rounding off the week, Drag Bingo with Robin Banks is hosted at Café Nine.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, every Monday you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. On Wednesday, it’s PUDDLES PITY PARTY. Thursday evening, it’s a rap show from FABOLOUS. Friday evening, SHAKEDOWN with The Dead and Beyond, Electric Mayhem and Voodoo Band share the bill. On Saturday, Toad’s Place hosts WOOFSTOCK 2016 presented by Bikers Against Animal Cruelty. Musical guests The Bird’n’Boys, Naja, Murray the Wheel, Crossing Rubicon, and Crossfire perform and you can donate animal blankets, toys, food and treats to Toad’s Place. Wrapping up the week in the Lilly Pad, THE HELIUM BROTHERS play hot bluegrass jams & cool country rock.

Wednesday night, in New Haven, Manic Productions present The Mowgli’s with Julia Nunes and The Rebel Light at The Space. Also on Wednesday evening, Inter Arma with Cable and Waken share a bill at BAR. On Thursday, you can hear tunes from Atlas Genius with Skylar Grey and The Young Wild at College Street Music Hall. Saturday night, it’s an experimental music show when The Residents present Shadow and screen the film Theory of Obscurity.

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 Session will be hosted by Ed Bradley. Friday evening Giant Panda Guerilla Dubs Squad plays reggae and jam-band tunes.  On Saturday, Consider the Source play progressive rock, fusion and jazz with Indian and Middle Eastern styles at Black Eyed Sally’s.

At Russell Library here in Middletown, from now until 8:30, you can catch the Job Coaching Session with Jim Kubat for advice on careers and more. This evening at 7:00, the Reader’s Theater presents the play Satchmo at the Waldorf. Tomorrow (Tuesday) at Russell Library, it’s Chasing Justice Through the Ruins Film Series with Richard Alleva, this week screening The Third Man (1949). At 1pm, Bob Carlson is available for Practice Interviews. Wednesday evening, it’s Family Game night and a screening of the documentary film Hey Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird. Also Wednesday evening, Russell Library hosts Weight Loss: Getting a Grip on Letting Go with Gregory Besek. Every Thursday, Russell Library hosts the Job Group at 9AM for a chance to network with other job seekers and receive advice from professionals. The Veterans Writing Group meets Thursday evening. On Saturday, musical guests Entwyned Early Music perform Popular Music from the Bard to Bach as part of Art Farm’s Shakespeare 400 event.

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:
This evening, up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, you can catch Louder than Bombs, starring Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Bryne and Jesse Eisenberg. Showings through Thursday. Take Me To the River, a drama about a queer Californian teen trying to stay above the fray during his Nebraskan family reunion also plays Monday through Thursday. On Friday the films Sweet Bean  and The First Monday in

Tonight and tomorrow (Tuesday) at Trinity College’s Cinestudio, it’s a showing of Where to Invade Next, a film from political provocateur Michael Moore presenting an expansive, subversive comedy confronting the pressing issues facing America today. On Wednesday, Cinestudio hosts a double screening of The Dante Quartet & Slacker. Thursday through Saturday, you can catch Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Also on Saturday, it’s the 2016 Reel Youth Hartford Film Festival offering local students the chance to learn about filmmaking. Cinestudio wraps up the week with the film El Clan.

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  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.

Maximum Rock & Roll Radio is on at 3, playing the best DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the ever-growing, Maximum Rock’n roll record collection.

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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