Monday, May 23, 2016

05-23-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, May 23rd. 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 talk radio featuring 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 Tuesday from 4 p.m. to right before the Jive at Five, during our new summer schedule, which kicks off today. Tomorrow's episode is a repeat broadcast of the show from April 19th, when three experts unpacked Pope Francis' document on the family, based on two years' worth of research among his flock. Then next week, May 31st, we'll have a fresh episode, featuring the co-author of The Vatican Cookbook! Can't listen live? Find the audio archived at

If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to help us close out our Spring pledge drive by making a donation in support of the service WESU provides.  The sooner we meet our goal, the sooner we can get back to the good stuff.  Please donate online at or send a check or money order to WESU Radio, 45 Broad St., Middletown, CT 06457 -  As of today., we still need roughly over $6,000 to meet our goal.

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 Anyth ing Goes Open Mic from 7-10 with a Moments of Gratitude meditation at 8pm. Wednesday night, The Grays continue their spring musical Residency at the Buttonwood. Thursday night, the Middlesex Drum Circle gathers at The Buttonwood Tree.  Friday night brings Carrie Johnson & Julia Russo sharing a bill with Belle of the Fall.  After both groups perform separately, they will join forces for a closing set.  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 The Uri Shaham - Mark Kaplan Quartet for a night of creative takes on the Jazz songbook.

Also here in Middletown at The Russell Library tonight, at 7:30 Reader’s Theater presents David Lindsay Abair’s “Good People” to be performed by professional actors under the direction of Richard Kamins in The Hubbard Room.  Tomorrow at noon, the Library’s Lunch and Learn series with Richard Alleva, presents the 1948 classic “A Foreign Affair” with Marlene Dietrich.  Wednesday night brings the Connecticut Poetry Society Monthly meeting to the Library’s Hubbard Room at 6pm.  The Veteran’s writing group meet at the Library on Thursday nights at 7pm.

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch a night of “Words & Music “during their monthly gathering of musicians, writers, poets, an comedians.  Tomorrow (Tuesday), Cafe Nine presents a night of pop and experimental rock with SIDE TRIPPERS, TREADWELL, and TRISTIN SHIELLS. On Wednesday, Café Nine hosts PAPERWHITE with special guests Cheerleader and Mission Zero. PUS and Intercourse open that evening of fun. Thursday at Café Nine you can catch a night if indie rock with The Color Orange, Lea, and Spectral Fangs.  Café Nine’s early 5pm set on Friday, features SHELLYE VALAUSKAS & DEAN FALCONE. Later on Friday night, Cafe Nine presents a night of hardcore rock with Intercourse, heavy breath, MouthBreather, and MudSkipper. Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with George Baker & Friends  this week and it begins at 4:30pm. Saturday evening, at Café Nine Twin Lakes Records presents a Willie Nelson Songbook tribute featuring Frank Critelli, Elisa Flynn, Lys Guillorn, Mercy Choir, No Line North, Brian Slattery and more.  “The Sunday Buzz“ Matinee presented by Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 features THE SAINT JAMES TRIO for a 3pm set this week.  Sunday  evening, Café Nine Stage features a night of alternative hip hop featuring JE DOUBLE F, OLD SELF, ZAK G, THE FOREST ROOM, and  JULES BAXTER.

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. Thursday evening, JADAKISS  and BEANIE SIGEL stop by Toads with  AceIsWorking and ANoyd opening the show.. Friday night SHAKEDOWN plays the THE DEAD AND BEYOND at Toad’s Place. Friday and Saturday night bring dance parties to Toads.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight their weekly Jazz Monday features the Steve Davis Sextet.  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 Tim McDonald. Friday night Black Eyed Sally’s presents Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts for a night of West coast, Chicago, and Texas tinged blues. Saturday night, brings KIM LOGAN- W/ SPECIAL GUEST MATT HAECK for a night of dirty blues, classic country, and rock ‘n’ roll.
The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday at First Church on Court St. in Middletown Call 860-347-0278 for details.

Wednesday night at Bar in New Haven, Manic Productions presents Fred Thomas (of Saturday Looks Good To Me). Superhuman Happiness and Art School Girls share that bill.   Thursday night  Manic presents  The Ready Set, Crash The Party, Five Stories Falling, and  4 Door Theatre at the Space in Hamden.

The Middletown Symphonic Band will open its 2016 outdoor concert series with a program of patriotic music as part of the Riverfront Recapture Concert Series. The concert will be held in the amphitheater at Great River Park, 301 East River Drive, East Hartford beginning at 7 PM on Saturday, May 28, 2016 (Rain Date: Sunday, May 29). Come and enjoy music to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend in this lovely setting overlooking the Connecticut River. Admission is free. For a link to directions or for information about other performances in the band's summer concert series, please see the

This weekend brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. Friday night’s bill features punk , death, and thrash metal from 4 acts ThanOnauTShallow Ground ,  Minotaur's Redemption, and  RÖÄRGH. Saturday night’s event features Inspired To Expire , I within I , My HamartiaDestination Dimension , Open The Nile , and Mothman Apparatus.  Sunday brings an outdoor Memorial Day metal matinee to Cherry Street Station. Black River Union,  Kings Of Nothing, Ditch WizardAPE!  and  Formed From Anger  fill the bill!  Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info. 

Here in Middletown this Sunday The Cypress Grill on South Main Street celebrates their 90th anniversary with live music starting at noon. Learn more by calling 860 346 3367.

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

 Tonight Hartford’s Real Art Ways,  begin a run of Sonic Sea a film about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution. Starting at 5 PM, today (Monday), representatives from the Cetacean Society International will be on hand before and after each screening to educate, advocate    and answer questions about the marine environment!  following the 6 PM film Tomorrow (Tuesday), May 24 there will be a talk with Cynde McInnis the Director of Cetacean Society International.    Friday, Real Art Ways begins a run of Our Last Tango, which  tells the life and love story of Argentina’s most famous tango dancers Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, who met as teenagers and danced together for nearly fifty years until a painful separation tore them apart. 

Tonight and Tomorrow in Hartford, Trinity College’s Cinestudio, continues their run of FRANCOFONIA, directed by master Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov exploring the relationship between art, culture, and 20th century European history, set in occupied Paris circa 1940. Wednesday Cinestudio begins a run of, Richard Linklater’s Golden Globe-winning comedy, Everybody wants some. for details. 

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU as we kick off the first week of our new Summer Program:

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for an hour of Afternoon Jaz z with Charles Henry.

From 6-8:00pm, stay tuned for 75% Folk with Michael Benson offering contemporary folk along with a mix of blues, jazz, world music and movie soundtracks. Lots of new music and occasional interviews
At 8pm, on the 2nd anf 4th Mondays it’s Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin, presenting 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, Cruiser’s Radio Program with Jack Sullivan offers a a blend of Rock & Roll from the 1950 - 1960s that provides the music and the news of that era.
At 10:30 stay tuned for an hour of “Free Talk” with Al Robinson & Deni Young, this is a commentary talk show addressing news, politics, entertainment and weather.

From Midnight to 3am all summer, Franco’s Studio 54 with Francaccio di Roma provides 3 hours of  Disco and dance music of the 70’s and 80’s.

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.

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