Monday, May 2, 2016

5-2-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, May 2nd, 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 p.m. to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: a visit with a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Kentrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche, and his translator, who will be coming to St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield this weekend to lead a retreat on Developing the Outer World and the Inner Mind. Rinpoche has a lot of wisdom to share -- and a prediction that at the end of this scary election season, all will be well. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived afterward 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 and Moments of Gratitude meditation. On Tuesday, it’s Laughter Yoga + Vegetarian Potluck. Thursday night, you can join in the Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta. Friday evening, the five-piece string band, Mattabesset String Collective, play bluegrass, blues country and rock 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. Saturday afternoon, the Buttonwood Tree hosts a Drum Circle at Harbor Park. as part of Middletown’s Feet to the Fire Festival. Saturday evening, musical guests the Andy Buzzi Trio with Steve Dedman perform.

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, it’s performances from ORA COGAN, IKA UNI AL and Jacket Thor. Tomorrow (Tuesday), Fernando Pinto and Cafe Nine present musical guests TASHI DORJI, MARISA ANDERSON, GARY HIGGINS and Lys Guillorn. On Wednesday, it’s a COMEDY OPEN MIC with DAN RICE. Thursday evening, THE BROTHERS COMATOSE perform at Cafe Nine. Friday, you can catch Live painting, beat sets, breakdancing and giveaways with performances from DUECE BUG with ITZ URBOI & DJ FUNKSWAY. Café Nine’s Jazz Jam Session is Saturday afternoon with Mike Coppola and Friends. Saturday evening, THE DOWNBEAT 5, SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE and FIELD DAY share the bill. Sunday afternoon, “The Sunday Buzz “ Matinee features ROBBIE FULKS and is hosted by Cygnus Radio and Cafe Nine. Sunday evening, OFF THE TRAX performs at the 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, it’s SOMO and Quinn XCII sharing the bill. You can catch music from CHIEF KEEF Thursday night and on Friday, BUCKETHEAD performs. Sunday night the INSANE CLOWN POSSE and Louis Cheese take the stage at Toad’s Place as part of “THE RIDDLEBOX TOUR.”

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight their weekly Jazz Monday event is with the Rick Germanson Trio. On Tuesday evening, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. Thursday night, it’s the third 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 Washboard Slim and the Bluelights, Kris Heaton Band, Carl Ricci & 706 Union Ave Band, The Touro Band and East Coast Blues. Friday evening at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s musical guest One Love, a Bob Marley tribute band. On Saturday, Pink Talking Fish perform a tribute to Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish. Sunday morning at Black-Eyed Sally’s, you can catch the Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch featuring the Mary Taylor Gospel Revue.

Wednesday night, in New Haven, Manic Productions present YOU WON’T with Jocelyn Mackenzie at BAR. On Saturday, musical guests FRIGHTENED RABBIT and Caveman perform at College Street Music Hall.

May 4th is the first Wednesday of the Month, and Jack n’ Jill hosts Open Mic Nights at The Mezzo Grille in Middletown. Presented by J&J Productions, proceeds go toward the Jack n’ Jill Music Festival fundraiser for the Middletown Organization, New Horizons Domestic Violence Services.

At Russell Library here in Middletown, 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 meeting for the Public to discuss the March for Education. a workshop on Excel and Household Budgeting. Tomorrow (Tuesday), at 1pm, Bob Carlson is available for Practice Interviews and in the evening, it’s a workshop on Feng Shui with Gia Khalsa. Wednesday afternoon, you can catch The Dog Listener workshop with Phil Klein. 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, it’s a second Meeting for the Public discussing the March for Education; The Veterans Writing Group also meets. Saturday morning, it’s Resume Reviews with Tracy Nixon-Moore. Saturday evening, Russell Library hosts Billie Holliday’s Strange Fruit Performance by Anitra Brooks as part of the Feet to the Fire Festival.

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:

Tonight, up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, through Thursday, you can catch the Mountains May Depart, a new film examining how China’s economic boom has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love. Also showing through Thursday, is FRANCOFONIA, directed by master Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov depicting an urgent meditation on the essential relationship between art, culture, and 20th century European history, set in occupied Paris circa 1940. Real Art Ways opens two more runs on Friday.

Tonight at Trinity College’s Cinestudio, it’s a showing of My Golden Days from Director Arnaud Desplechin, a coming of age story about a middle-aged professor returning to Paris after many years and becoming overwhelmed by memories of his childhood. Showings through Thursday. Opening Friday, Cinestudio’s screens The Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films of 2016. On Saturday, it’s the 2016 Trinity Film Festival. Embrace of the Serpent screens at Cinestudio on Sunday.

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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