Monday, May 16, 2016

05-16-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, May 16th. 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. Week nights and weekends, 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 p.m. to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: we follow up on last Thursday's seismic news that Pope Francis will establish a commission to study the possibility of -- gasp! -- ordaining women as deacons. There's plenty of evidence that women were deacons and even priests in the early church. Could it be that under Francis' wise leadership, the church will catch up with its own history? We talk to two longtime champions of the cause. 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 it’s the weekly Anything Goes Open Mic from 7-10 with a Moments of Gratitude meditation at 8pm. On Tuesday, it’s Laughter Yoga followed by a Vegetarian Potluck. Friday evening, CT State Troubadour Kate Callahan t akes the stage at the Buttonwood Tree. Fellow Singer-songwriter Davey O. shares that bill.  On Saturday morning, The Buttonwood offers a morning class of Transitional Tai Chi at 9:15 am followed by the Aligned with Source meditation at 10:30am. This Saturday evening, The Buttonwood presents a special show that has been dubbed The French-American Connection. The night features an evening of creative music with: Christophe Rocher (France) on Clarinets -Joe Fonda on Bass, and Harvey Sorgen playing Drums. The group combines French and American jazz cultures in a creative, new way.

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch a night of roots country twang with URBAN PIONEERS, Jeremy Zombii, Eddy Crash, and The Goddamn River. Tomorrow (Tuesday), Cafe Nine present musical guests BIRTHING HIPS, TIFFANY'S HOUSE,  PIECES OF FRUIT, and SHIRESE for a creative night of pop, noise, and rock. On Wednesday, Café Nine hosts the 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour of the THE MURDER JUNKIES. PUS and Intercourse open that evening of fun. Thursday evening, Manic Productions Presents JAIMOE'S JASSSZ BAND with The Saint James Trio at Cafe Nine. Café Nine’s early 5pm set on Friday, features Country favorites from the husband & wife team of Bruce and Lora Lee Crowder. Friday night Fernando Pinto Presents Elm City Steam Punk Festival featuring WALTER SICKERT & THE ARMY OF BROKEN TOYS, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, and Frenchy & The Punk. Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends this week and begins at 4:30pm. Saturday evening, Manic Productions & Cafe 9 Present KID CONGO & THE PINK MONKEY BIRDS. The Tet Offensive and Mr. Airplane Man are also on that bill. Sunday afternoon, “The Sunday Buzz“ Matinee features SULTANS OF STRING (WITH SITAR MASTER ANWAR KHURSHID) and is hosted by Cygnus Radio and Cafe Nine. Sunday evening, OFF THE TRAX KINDRED QUEER takes the Café Nine Stage.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, every Monday you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends on the Lily Pad Stage. Tomorrow/Tuesday evening, French Montana takes the stage. Friday night SHAKEDOWN plays the THE DEAD AND BEYOND at Toad’s Place. The Hound and Voodoo open that show.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight their weekly Jazz Monday event is with the Jackie McLean Jazz Alumni Ensemble.  On Tuesday evenings, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on the Sally’s stage. This Wednesday’s weekly community blues jam at Sally’s will be hosted by Tommy Whalen. Friday night Black Eyed Sally’s presents musical guest Erin Harp and the Delta Swingers. Saturday night, brings the New England Blues Harmonica Showcase featuring DARRELL NULISCH, CHERYL ARENA, and THE KOSHER KID backed by The SMOKING HOT DANNY DRAHER BAND!

Here in Middletown, tomorrow/ Tuesday afternoon from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. brings a monthly sing-a-long at The Middletown senior/community center under the direction of Barbara Arafeh. These singalongs are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at Middletown’s new Senior (Community) Center on Durant Terrace. The Sing-a-Longs are for everyone who loves to sing the “old favorites”.

Serving the communities of Middletown, Cromwell and Portland, One Book on the Riverbend annually offers a book for the community to read and discuss. For full details on each event and for late additions to the line-up, you can visit or their Facebook page. This year's book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Tomorrow / Tuesday 6 pm The Russell Library in Middletown offers a screening of the 1962 film, Starring Gregory Peck.   Saturday is National Read-a-thon Day, with activities from 10am-5pm in Middletown at the Middlesex County Historical Society Mansfield House on Main St.

Tuesday night Russell Library presents: “Meet your new teen librarian”. You are invited to drop by the Teen Area for pizza, ice cream, and other refreshments and meet YOUR Teen Librarians. You can find out about the exciting new programs being offered to teens and explore the teen area.  This is a special program for Parents and students in grades 7 to 12. No registration required. The Veteran’s writing group meets at the Library on Thursday evening.   At 7pm Thursday night, you can catch a program about Biagio “Max” Corvo of Middletown who was a true hero of World War II. Saturday, Russell Library’s Shakespeare on screen: film series with Richard Alleva presents Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood, a 1957 adaptation of Macbeth.

Wednesday night at Bar in New Haven, Manic Productions presents an Elison Jackson album Release Show.  Grubby Little Hands and Lea open that show.   On Saturday, Manic presents Jimkata, Broca's Area, & Joon at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden.

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:

Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways, is showing Dough, an endearing cross-cultural dramedy about an old-school Jewish baker struggling to keep his dying business afloat in London. Also on screen though Thursday at RAW is, Tale of Tales,  where John C. Reilly and Salma Hayek lead a cast in this baroque fantasy that invites Game of Thrones comparisons. 

Through Wednesday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio, continues their run of Yasujiro Ozu’s classic film, Embrace of the Serpent, which tells the timeless story of a widowed father who is cared for by his only daughter, filmed during the American occupation of Japan.  Thursday night, Cinestudio begins a run of Eye on the Sky, billed as a black comedy / thriller that makes a political statement. for details. 

This Saturday Russell Library’s Shakespeare on screen: film series with Richard Alleva presents Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood, a 1957 adaptation of Macbeth.

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 6-8:00pm Krittika and Gabby fill in for Michael Benson and offer some free form radio fun.

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, DR Love comes in an hour early, to heat  things up before the final episode of Romancipation with Dr. Love and DJ Smooth at 10:30.
Sleep Paralysis is on from 11-midnight with Erin and Ethan, chatting about dreams, floating on sounds, and poking around in the subconscious.

From 1-3am Bruce Jefferson is in the air-chair with a late night set of RnB and soul for the grown and sexy crowd.

We switch it up big time at 3am when Maximum Rock & Roll Radio comes alive to offer the best DIY punk, garage, and hardcore Rock and Roll.  

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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