Monday, September 12, 2016

09-12-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, September 12th. 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 Talk radio from NPR and Pacifica, as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.

I’m   Ben Michael.   Thanks for joining us on the first day of our Fall program season as we welcome our student broadcasters back to the airwaves from their summer break.

Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:

On Monday nights in Middletown, The Buttonwood Tree presents their weekly Anything Goes Open Mic + Moments of Gratitude from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm.  Tomorrow/Tuesday The CT Song Writers Association, presents a Songwriting Workshop with Bill Pere. Friday night Plywood Cowboy performs their brand of Americana roots music at The Buttonwood.  On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at 10:30 am. Saturday night, The Karen Frisk Jazz Group ft. Donn Trenner takes the stage. Details at

Here in Middletown, Wesleyan’s Center For the Arts, tomorrow (Tues) afternoon at 4:30, Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth ’78 talks with artist Charles Traub, Chair of the M.F.A. in Photography and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, about his Here is New York exhibiti of photographs made in response to the events of September 11, 2001.The opening reception for Here is New York happens at 5:30 on Tuesday.  On Sunday, The innovative contemporary woodwind quintet Harmonia V Performs a Free Concert at Wesleyan’s Russell House on High St. at 3pm. 

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch WORDS & MUSIC, A monthly event full of local & touring musicians, writers, poets, and comedians. Tomorrow, Tuesday Fernando Pinto Presents MIKE PETERS (OF THE ALARM) and Peter Lucibelli at Cafeg Nine. On Wednesday, there’s a COMEDY OPEN MIC HOSTED BY DAN RICE at The Nine. Thursday brings JACK OBLIVIAN AND THE SHEIKS and Jacques Le Coque to the Café stage. Friday’s Weekly 5pm set features THE INCORRIGIBLES this week. Later, Friday night, Manic Productions Presents MYSTIC BRAVES, The Dream Ride,and Elison Jackson. Café Nine’s Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam Session features Tony Dioguardi & Friends. Saturday night BIG MOON, Deafmute, and Five Stories Falling take the stage.  Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 Present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee at 3pm with TUESDAY SAINTS. Sunday night A PONY NAMED OLGA and 9th Wave Close out the weekend at Café Nine.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, Thier JAZZ MONDAYS series features The SIMONA PREMAZZI QUARTET, tonight. On Tuesday nights, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material stage at Sally’s. On Wednesdays Blackeyed Sally’s presents their long running Community Blues Jam, which is hosted by Gene Donaldson, this week. Thursday, the Balkun Brothers continue their September a Rock-N-Roll Residency, with special guests. Friday night, GRAYSON HUGH & THE MOON HAWKS take the stage at Black Eyed Sally’s. Saturday night, Mixed Signals takes the stage. 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, every Monday night you can catch a Night Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends on the Lilly Pad, stage. Thursday SHAUN FRANK’s GETAWAY TOUR stops at Toad’s.  On Friday THE EXHIBITION 2016 TOUR with DANNY BROWN, Maxo Kream, and ZelooperZ stops at Toads Place. On Sunday they headline August Burns Red, appearing with Erra, Silent Planet, and Make Them Suffer.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, Tomorrow night at 6:30pm-7:50 pm The Russell Library will discuss “If You Sing Like That for Me” by Akhil Sharma from the collection 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories.   The Veterans Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7.  

Frank Critelli closes out the Audio Feed free Wednesday noontime concert series at Hartford’s Constitution plaza this week presented by 

Middletown Scottish country dancers offer classes for beginners & experienced dancers at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, Every Wednesday from 7-9:30p.   Partners not necessary but soft-soled shoes are! For information, call Lucile Blanchard at 860-347-0278

Manic Productions presents Acid Dad, Straight To VHS, and Western Estates at Bar in New Haven, Wednesday. Thursday night MANIC PRODUCTIONS, AND PREMIER CONCERTS PRESENT: Built to Spill, Hop Along, and Alex G at The College Street Music Hall. Sunday night Manic presents Against Me!, Potty Mouth, and Frameworks for a 7:30 pm show at College Street Music Hall in New Haven.

The Art Guild of Middletown presents an Oil Painting Demonstration by award-winning artist Shauna Shane this Saturday at 9am at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell.  Full details at

Friday -  You can catch The Thom Sanders Band for a night of Southern Rock at June’s Outback
on Rt 81 in Killingworth.

Friday night, Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents a night of loud rock with 5 bands including Reason to Fight, Progress, Out Live Death, Oh The Humanity, and Two Fisted Law.  Saturday brings Falling Further With Soldiers of Solace and Diabolis to Cherry Street. You can find Cherry Street Station on Facebook, or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

Fall is CT’s agricultural fair season. This weekend offer three different fairs around the state.  One of the state’s oldest fair, The Four Town Fair happens in Somers with an Antique & Classic Car Show, a rockabilly performance from The Whiskey Rebels and contests like the Women’s’ skillet toss and a corn eating competition.

The Guilford Fair is part traditional fair, part circus, part Broadway theater. In addition to the midway rides, games and food, visitors can enjoy performances by the fair’s family circus with live tiger and lion acts.

The orange county fair also happens this weekend. You can find details for all of these fairs at  

Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are still going strong. Here in Middletown you can you can support local farmers and get nutritious home-grown goods at two farmers markets through, the end of October.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays the long running market at the South Green on Old Church Street is open from 8am-1pm.  On Fridays, The Middletown North End farmers market happens on Main Street outside Its Only Natural Market. For times and dates, as well as info on the many more in our area you can visit

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

Through Wednesday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run “Life, Animated,” a true story about a family discovery that Disney animated films will help them communicate with their troubled son. Also showing through Wednesday is “Unlocking the Cage,” a documentary about the animal rights lawyer Steven Wise as he seeks to transform animals from “things” to “persons” with legal protections. Thursday, Real Art Ways opens a run of The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, Directed by Ron Howard  

Though Wednesday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues their run of “The Lobster,” starring Colin Farrell in a dystopian comedy about singles who turn into animals if they don’t find a mate by a deadline.  Opening Thursday is a run of Swiss Army knife, about a suicidal man on a deserted island who makes a new friend when the corpse of a young man (played by Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore. Friday night, Cinestudio invites you to say farewell to Gene Wilder with a special one-time screening of WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY @ 10:30 pm. Saturday cinestudio offers National Theatre Live’s “The Encore Series”: A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at 1pm.  Sunday you can catch Globe On Screen: RICHARD II at 1pm on the Cinestudio screen. Sunday, Cinestudio opens a run of Under The Sun, about a young North Korean girl (Lee Zin-mi), her school and her family, filmed in North Korea. 
Details and screening times at 

Now here's what's on the air tonight, as we kick off the first night of our Fall program season, here in WESU Middletown.

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

From 6-6:30pm Progressive Spirit with John Shuck offers interviews with top scholars, authors, social justice activists, about Spirituality and Social Justice. 

At 6:30 until 8pm 75% Folk with Michael Benson offers Contemporary folk along with a mix of blues, jazz, world music and movie soundtracks and more!

From 8-9:30pm Jack Sullivan fills in for Chip Austin’s Unfocused Folk.

At 9:30pm Jack Sullivan presents Cruiser’s Radio Program offering A blend of Rock & Roll from the 1950 - 1960s that provides the music and the news of that era.

From 10:30-11:30pm its  Meet Music with Jeremy Auerbach, who Introduces his audience to a new artist with each show.

at 11:30 stay tuned for  Something Old, Something New with John and Aurora who  create a musical time machine that can help listeners connect current songs from genres to past songs.
at 12:30 Green Tea Time with DJ Ari G presents Coffeehouse style music paired with "green" environmental news tidbits.

1:30-3am Connections with DJ EKL & McSteamz
Exposes, dissects, and appreciates the complexity of music production by taking songs and delving into samples and exposing the diverse influences and inspirations that colored a musician's production process.

From 3-4am Maximum Rock & Roll Radio offers The best DIY punk, garage rock, and hardcore Rock and Roll.

BBC World news comes your way at 4, with tomorrow’s broadcast day starting with Morning Edition from NPR at 5 am.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. If you missed anything, you can find the written version 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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