Monday, May 9, 2016

5-9-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, May 9th, 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, you can catch the Buttonwood 2016 Spring season Musical Residency of The Greys. Friday evening, it’s Comedy Night with Darren Sechrist & Friends. 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 Benefit Concert with musical guests Larry Kaplan, David Paton and Tom White playing “Songs from the Old and New Traditions.” Saturday afternoon, it’s John Basinger Live: Paradise Lost Book 4, a book reading benefit for the Buttonwood Tree. Saturday evening it’s an Art Reception for local CT artist, Ryan Galligan.

Tonight, down in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, it’s DRINKDEEPLY’S SINGER SONGWRITER SHOWCASE featuring The Drunken Cuddle, Kev King, Ben Erickson. On Tuesday, it’s musical guests CABIN FEVER, Psychoala, The Hooch, and On The Fritz. On Wednesday, Fernando Pinto Presents! SLAID CLEAVES at Cafe Nine. Thursday evening, WEBB WILDER and Michael Hunton take the stage. Friday afternoon, it’s a performance from FRANK CRITELLI, and later Friday evening, HOME BLITZ, Stefan Christensen & Friends, Gun Shy, and Medication share the bill at Cafe Nine. Saturday’s afternoon JAZZ JAM SESSION is with Gary Grippo & Friends, this week. Saturday evening, CH3 performs with Lost Generation and 76% Uncertain. On Sunday, Cygnus Radio presents “The Sunday Buzz” with musical guests LARRY KIRWAN (of Black 47), GREG TROOPER and JOE FLOOD. Sunday evening at Cafe Nine, Fernando Pinto hosts JOE LOUIS WALKER, Mark Zaretsky & “Magic Mike” Bloomer.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, every Monday you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Thursday evening, it’s an Intimate Night with musical guest LIL’ KIM. On Friday, it’s NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE with more than 10 DJs.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight’s weekly Jazz Monday is with The Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz. Tuesday evening, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. Black-Eyed Sally’s Community Blues Jam on Wednesday is with Gene  Donaldson. Thursday night, it’s the final Round of the CT Blues Society's Annual Band Challenge. Thursday’s lineup includes Bridgeport Johnny, Whiskey Rebels, Danny Draher Band and Slim Hippo. Friday evening at Black-Eyed Sally’s, Rebel Alliance plays reggae. Saturday evening, you can catch bluegrass and rock with the Brummy Brothers.

Wednesday night, in New Haven, Manic Productions presents Astronautalis with Ceschi and Factor Chandelier at BAR. Thursday, it’s musical guests S.T.R.F.K.R. with Com Truise and Fake Drugs at College Street Music Hall. Also on Thursday, Chelsea Wolfe and a Dead Forest Index perform in The Ballroom at the Outer Space. Friday night, Manic Productions hosts Nick Fradiani, The Alternate Routes, Ian Biggs and Sarah Barrios at College Street Music Hall.

This Saturday at Real Art Ways in Hartford, it’s Improvisations::Arcade, featuring musical guests Joe Morris and Stephen Hayes, and various other artists for an evening of intimate improvised music.
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 hosted this evening is One Book Discussion: NOT Liberty and Justice for All: The Criminal Case of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 9:30AM, it’s a Workshop on Microsoft Excel Basics and at 1pm, Bob Carlson is available for Practice Interviews. Tuesday evening, the library offers a workshop on Feng Shui. Wednesday afternoon, it’s Cultural Connections with The Women’s Group at 5:30PM. Thursday morning, Russell Library hosts the Job Group at 9:30AM for a chance to network with other job seekers and receive advice from professionals. Thursday evening, it’s the Panel Discussion: To Kill a Mockingbird: Legal Aspects of the Trial with Judge Marino and guest attorneys, and a concert from the Metropolitan Klezmer Quartet. The Veterans Writing Group also meets Thursday evening. Friday and Saturday, it’s the Friends of the Library Book Sale. Saturday afternoon, Russell Library hosts Tales That Only Look Tall with SOVA Theater artist, Adelka Polak.

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, at Real Art Ways in Hartford, you can catch 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. The film “Hockney” also plays tonight through Thursday at Real Art Ways. Opening Friday are the films “Dough” and “Tale of Tales”.

Tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday at Trinity College’s Cinestudio, it’s a showing of “Embrace of the Serpent” from Director Ciro Guerra about two parallel journeys through the Amazon rainforest. On Thursday, you can catch the film “Crusing” by Director William Friedkin. “Zootopia” opens at Cinestudio on Friday and shows through the weekend.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU: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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