Monday, June 6, 2016

06-06-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, June 6th. 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 this summer airs or re-airs every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow's episode: Dispatches from Rome, where, last week, the organization Women's Ordination Worldwide hosted a counter event to one happening in nearby Vatican City. At the Vatican, it was a Jubilee for Priests. On the other side of the wall, it was a Jubilee for Women Priests, complete with roundtable discussions featuring notable thinkers on the subject of women's ordination; a cocktail hour with drinks named for some of Pope Francis' more unfortunate comments about women's place in the Catholic Church; a display of posters all over Rome; and a prayerful presence with other pilgrims in St. Peter's Square, where, this time, no Roman police led them away -- a miracle? Could be. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived at

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Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week: 
Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight brings their weekly “Anything goes” open mic . Tomorrow Tuesday brings Laughter Yoga and a Vegetarian Potluck.    Friday, at The Buttonwood , it’s Comedy Night with  Darren Sechrist & Friends.   Saturday mornings being a transitional Tai Chi class followed by the Aligned with Source: guided meditation sessions. Saturday night, Renowned Brooklyn composer, Andrew Shapiro will perform his artful blend of classical and ambient piano music.  Throughout June you can experience the photography of Curt Tota’s exhibit “Joy”.

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch SONG PROMPT: SHAKESPEARE DID IT - where songwriters gather to perform pieces within the theme and title, "Shakespeare Did It." All are welcome to write and perform.  Tomorrow (Tuesday), Cafe Nine and NHdocs present the Connecticut premiere of Gorman Bechard's newest rock documentary:  Who Is Lydia Loveless? The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Lydia & Gorman and a special live acoustic performance.   On Wednesday Fernando Pinto Presents a night of punk rock with the SUBHUMANS, Pears, & M-13. Thursday at Café Nine Manic Productions Presents a night of indie rock with AND THE KIDS, Vundabar, & Bilge Rat.   Café Nine’s early 5pm set on Friday features THE INCORRIGIBLES. Later on Friday night, Cafe Nine presents a bill featuring MONSTER EATS PILOT, Revolution, I Love You, Lazy Way Out, and Chica Non Grata. Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends  this week and it begins at 4:30pm. Saturday evening, Café Nine presents a night with John Doe of the legendary band “X” for a solo performance sin support of his new album. Jesse Dayton opens that show.  “The Sunday Buzz“  Matinee at Cafe 9 features The MUSCLE SHOALS REVUE FEATURING AMY BLACK, this week.  Sunday evening, Café Nine hosts a Fundraiser for the 6th annual Sounds of Summer - Music for the People. A free, family and pet friendly music festival located in Hamden, CT.

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, old school rapper, MOBB DEEP, stops by Toads for a night of hip hop.   Friday night at Toad’s Place, SHAKEDOWN plays the music of THE Grateful DEAD AND BEYOND. Cabin Fever and Just Wingin It open that show. Saturday night Toads offers a night of loud rock and heavy metal when home-town heroes, HATEBREED bring their CONCRETE CONFESSIONAL TOUR to CT. DevilDriver and Act of Defiance open the show. Sudnay night In Lilly’s Pad…THE HELIUM BROTHERS perform HOT BLUEGRASS JAMS & COOL COUNTRY ROCK.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on Tuesday evenings, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on the Sally’s stage. Wednesday night Sally’s hosts one of the longest running open mic blues jams in the state, hosted this week by Ray Morant.  Friday night, Shaka and the Soul Shakers stir a Gumbo pot full of twisted roots originals and obscure covers at Black Eyed Sally’s.. Saturday night, Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood return to the Sally’s stage for a night of blues.

Here in Middletown this Wednesday, The Cypress Grill on South Main Street offers an OPEN MIC/JAM HOSTED BY THE BUS. THE COMBUSTORS take the Cypress stage Saturday night at 8PM.

This Wednesday night PREMIER CONCERTS AND MANIC PRODUCTIONS PRESENT: Rebelution, The Green + J Boog, Stick Figure, Through the Roots, and DJ Mackle for a Wednesday evening show at The College Street Music Hall in New Haven, starting at 6:20 pm.  Also Wednesday night in New Haven, MANIC PRESENTS: The Cave Singers and Blank Range at BAR.  Friday night, MANIC PRODUCTIONS AND PREMIER CONCERTS PRESENT: Conor Oberst and The Felice Brothers at The College Street Music Hall for an all ages event. Sunday Manic presents James McCartney and The Balkun Brothers in The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.
The Art Guild of Middletown is pleased to announce its 13th Annual Juried Exhibit at Wesleyan University’s Zilkha Gallery open through June -12. Gallery hours are from 1 to 7 p.m. on June 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12.
Also here in Middletown at The Russell Library, The Veteran’s writing group meet Thursday nights at 7pm. The Friends of the Library book sale happens this weekend  on Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m. www.russelllibra

This week brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. Tomorrow night you can catch PotsY with Reptilian Race and Thirty Silver for a night of rock. Wednesday night, Cherry Street offers  Chronologist & Construct Paradise for a night of heavy metal. URN makes for another night of metal at Cherry Street, Thursday night.  Nasty Disaster  take the stage Friday night for more loud music! You can find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info. 
 Local musician Eric Kuhn is running for President! This Saturday at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown, he'll give a "speech" and perform selections from his recent album, Politics.  This event will benefit Oddfellows Playhouse.

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

Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues their run of Viva, which explores sexuality and the relationship between a father and son who clash over their opposing expectations of each other, as the men struggle to understand one another and become a family again.  Also shoeing through Thursday at Real Art Ways, is the film Sunset Song, Terence Davies’ intimate epic of hope, tragedy and love at the dawning of the Great War.  Through June 12th, Real Art ways is also showing the critically acclaimed animated family film, April and the Extraordinary World. Friday, Real Art Ways opens runs of the films Wedding Doll and Eva Hesse. 

Continuing through Friday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio, hosts the 29th Annual LGBT Film Festival featuring 11 different films in 8 days! Details at    at 

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 Jazz with Charles Henry.

From 6-8:00pm, Sir Bruce fills in for Michael Benson and will bring you some serious old school RnB.

At 8pm, stay tuned for the Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis the Velvet Knight for some vintage and contemporary Funk, soul, reggae, and other dance floor treats.

From 9:30-10:30pm, Cruiser’s Radio with Jack Sullivan offers 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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