Monday, April 25, 2016

4-25-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, April 25th, 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!

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 Wednesday, it’s a electric gypsy tribal jazz show from the 2016 Musical Residency: The Grays. Thursday night, you can join the Middlesex Drum Circle for an evening of rhythm. Friday evening, Greg Wilfrid & Friends play music from their recent folk album “Dust and Soil.” 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, Cathy Kreger and Caroline Doctorow are the Buttonwood’s musical guest. This Sunday is the first of May, and you can catch the May Art Show featuring Ryan Gallagan. Sunday evening, it’s the Great Make Believe Society Improv Show at the Buttonwood.

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, it’s performances from VALORIE BLACK, Control + V, Clones of Clarence, and Ed. Tomorrow (Tuesday), VOWWS with Night Club, Reduction plan and New Gods share the bill. On Wednesday, Cafe Nine and Citizen Radio! present JAMIE KILSTEIN with Decasa and King Bongo. Thursday evening at Café Nine, Noise Box 2 hosts WRISTS and SOUR SPIRIT with Dave Go & the Guy from Beastmaster, Zak G and Slime Mob. The Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour this week features SNAKE HILL BLUES and later Friday evening, MASTA ACE with Mister Burns, N.M.E., The Illest, Mister, MC, Johnny Wae take the stage. Café Nine’s Jazz Jam Session is with Billy Cofrances, Saturday afternoon. Saturday night, you can catch music from GREG SHERROD BAND and THE NEW DIRTY with Someone You Can Xray. Sunday afternoon “The Sunday Buzz “ Matinee features THE BIRDMEN and is hosted by Cygnus Radio and Cafe Nine. Sunday evening, Manic Productions & Cafe 9 Presents CORNERS with Mercy Chior and Oberon Rose.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, every Monday you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Tuesday evening, it’s the PARTY GODZ TOUR featuring DJ Relly Rell, Zombie, Myke Green, DJ Double T, Rowdy Nova, DJ Prestige and Dead by 5am.  Friday evening, MAX CREEK plays their 45th anniversary show with Eggy and Creamery Station.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) night, in New Haven, Manic Productions present SALES with Rudeyna and Violet Mae at The Space. On Wednesday, SEAN ROWE + His Band play with The Sea The Sea at BAR. Saturday evening, you can check out music from YOUTH CODE with Statiqbloom and Faithbloomer at The Space.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight their weekly Jazz Monday event is with the Paul Brown Tribute Band. This Wednesday, Black Eyed Sally’s weekly Community Blues Jam Session will be hosted by Ed Bradley. Thursday night, it’s the second Round of the CTBS Annual Band Challenge.  Four blues bands compete each week for a chance to represent CT in the 33rd International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Thursday’s lineup includes sayWHAT?, Sadie & the Jumpcats, The Coffee Grinders and the Rich Badowski Blues Band. Friday evening Relative Souls play old school funk, new age, soul and rock at Black-Eyed Sally’s. On Saturday, Loups Garou takes the stage to pay electric funk and folk harmonies.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, it’s a showing of the film on Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments. Wednesday evening, Kim Richey plays. On Thursday, you can catch an New Christy Minstrels perform under the direction of Randy Sparks. Friday evening, Tusk: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute plays at the Kate.

At Russell Library here in Middletown, this week is Money Smart Week featuring several workshops on budgeting and managing funds. From now until 8:30PM,  you can catch the Job Coaching Session with Jim Kubat for advice on careers. Also this evening at 6PM is a workshop on Excel and Household Budgeting. Tomorrow (Tuesday), at 1pm, Bob Carlson is available for Practice Interviews and in the evening, you can catch the workshop Using Excel to Manage Your Investments. Wednesday,  there is an afternoon workshop covering Grants and Databases and an evening workshop on Social Security and Medicare. This Thursday morning, Russell Library hosts the Job Group at 9AM for a chance to network with other job seekers and receive advice from professionals. Thursday evening, the author of ‘To The Nines” speaks on the early history of golf courses in CT; The Veterans Writing Group also meets. Friday morning, Judi Margolin leads the workshop on grant programs: “Cultivate Your Individual Donors.”  Saturday morning, it’s Resume Reviews with Tracy Nixon-Moore and in the afternoon, it’s the poetry event “Who in the wat is Poetry?” with Susan Allison.

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

Saturday evening J-Cherry and The Strawberries perform at The Performance Hub in Torrington.

This Saturday and Sunday, the 2016 Daffodil Festival returns to Meriden's Hubbard Park, offering three stages jam-packed with Connecticut homegrown bands, food and fun for the family. Plus, there's a fireworks display Saturday night and the event is free and open to the public. Highlights from the music lineup of over over 30 bands include, Daphne Lee Martin, West End Blend, The Balkun Brothers, Frank Viele, Frank Critelli, Wise old Moon, Jose Oyola and the Astronauts, River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs, Chaser Eight and much more.

On Sunday The Haddam Historical Society presents a special Daffodil Daze garden concert, featuring Belle of the Fall, to cap the town of Haddam's wide Spring Weekend event. the concert will be from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. 

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 at Trinity College’s Cinestudio, it’s a showing of Sweet Bean. Chef Sentaro cooks dorayaki pancakes using the delicious red bean paste without enthusiasm, but his sad life is transformed when an eccentric old woman signs on as his assistant at the bakery. Showings through Thursday. Also running this evening is The First Monday in May, a documentary following the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, “China: Through The Looking Glass.” Thursday afternoon, it’s a matinee viewing of fiction-documentary hybrid Film 101: Close-Up.

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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