Monday, April 4, 2016

4-4-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, April 4th, 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, an early Mother's Day episode. Holy Cross Professor Mat Schmalz will discuss Mother Teresa, who Pope Francis has announced he will canonize in September, and the more recently departed Mother Angelica, founder of the EWTN Catholic TV network. We'll also consider the fate of Crux, the Boston Globe's experiment in Catholic news coverage, which, having been disowned by the Globe, has now hitched its wagon to the ultra conservvative Knights of Columbus. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived 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. April 4th is the first Monday of the month: you can join the Buttonwood for Laughter Yoga + Vegetarian potluck until 8 this evening. Thursday evening it’s the Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta. Friday night, it’s Comedy Night: Darren Sechrist & Friends. On Saturday; it’s a morning class of Transitional Tai Chi followed by the Aligned with Source mediation guided by spiritual and holistic healer Annaita Gandhy. Saturday, The Laszlo Gardony-John Lockwood Duo bring an evening of jazz to the Buttonwood. Rounding out the week on Sunday afternoon the Buttonwood hosts Feel the Bern: Words and Music for Bernie Sanders.

Down in New Haven tonight, at Café Nine, you can catch DRINKDEEPLY’S SINGER SONGWRITER SHOWCASE featuring Gary Mezzi, D.W. Ditty, An Historic and Gary Velush. Tomorrow (Tuesday) folk and alt rock quartet ORDERS take the stage. This Wednesday, Cafe Nine hosts THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS and Pine Hill Haints. Thursday night, you can hear music from JEFFREY LEWIS & LOS BOLTS with Teenage Halloween, Brook Pridenmore and Clenn Planetts. Early Friday evening, KINGS AND QUEENS OF EAST ROCK play for the Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour and later Friday night PERSONAL SPACE with Zero Years and Section play rock and synth pop. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. Saturday evening, YARN with Arms & Voices perform at Cafe Nine. Cygnus Radio and Cafe 9 present “The Sunday Buzz” Matinee on Sunday afternoon, featuring King BONGO. The week wraps up with Fernando Pinto Presenting Punk Rock Karaoke featuring THE GIMME GIMME GIMMES with The Oddbodies,, Sunday evening at Cafe Nine.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, every Monday you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Tuesday evening METAL ALLEGIANCE featuring Alex Skolnick and Chuck Billy of Testament, Mark Osegueda of Death Angel, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater/The Winery Dogs, Ron “Bumblefoot” of Guns ‘N Roses and Mark Menghi share the bill with bands Next to None, Chains Over Razors, Dead by Wednesday and Vengeance at Toad’s place. Thursday night Toad’s host FABOLOUS and on Friday evening, you can catch BADFISH, A TRIBUTE TO SUBLIME - “Doin’ Tme” Tour with Inosoul, Ian Biggs & the Ruckus and On the Fritz. Sunday evening, Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld perform the live podcast “If I Were You” .

This evening,, Manic Productions present Wolf Alice with Slaves(UK) at The Space in New Haven. Wednesday evening, Ben Harper & Innocent Criminals with Christopher Paul Stelling perform at College Street Music Hall. Also this Wednesday night,  Manic Productions brings Funky Dawgz Brass Band with JTrain at BAR. On Thursday, you can catch Duncan Trussell: YOU ARE GOD TOUR with Johnny Pemberton and MC Mikey Kampmann. Saturday evening, Gogol Bordello with Xylouris White perform at College Street Music Hall.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight their weekly Jazz Monday event is with Jocelyn Pleasant. 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 Gene Donaldson. Friday evening at Black-Eyed Sally’s, Roots of Creation perform reggae/rock dubtronica and on Saturday, Avenue Groove play R&B/Funk/Dance music. You can wrap up the week with Blues for Dave, a Music Benefit for long time blues champion Dave Carpenter and his fight against cancer, Sunday at Black Eyed Sally’s.

Wednesday evening at Cyprus Restaurant in Middletown, the Open Mic/Jam Session is hosted by the Redliners. Friday evening, PRIME RIB THE BAND perform at Cyprus.

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 and an information session on Lyme Disease until 8:15. Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1pm, Bob Carlson is available for Practice Interviews. Tuesday evening, Russell Library hosts ‘One Book on the Riverbend’ Book Discussion, with week discussing “To Kill a Mockingbird.”. Every Thursday,, the Job Group meets at 9AM for a chance to network with other job seekers and receive advice from professionals and at 7pm, the Veterans Writing Group meets. Also this Thursday at Russell Library, Gregory Besek leads the event: Introduction to Shamanism.  Friday through Sunday, it’s the Friends of the Library Book Sale. 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.

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

This Thursday, Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents an Artist Talk with digital artists Jisong Lee and Youngho Kim to talk about the art and photography in Light of the East: The Movement in Silence, their first exhibit outside Korea.

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

This week at Trinity College’s Cinestudio, it’s the 17th annual Festival of French and Francophone cinema  film series April in Paris 2016, playing a new french film every night. On Sunday, it’s a showing of the taped performance of ballet DON QUIXOTE from the Russian Bolshoi Ballet..

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.

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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