Monday, October 3, 2016

10-03-16 jive

Good evening, it's Monday, October 3rd. 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 Maria Johnson, Host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs every first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: a rollicking, laughter-filled but also kind of deep conversation with feminist author, UConn professor and Hartford Courant columnist Gina Barreca, whose new collection of essays, If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse, includes the funny/sad story of why she left the Catholic Church many years ago and why, though it pains her, she can't go back; why she can't be just reasonably Catholic; and why no other religion fits the bill. Can't listen live? Find the audio online at

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

Tonight, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown presents their weekly Anything Goes Open Mic + Moments of Gratitude at 7:00 pm. On Tuesday it’s Laughter Yoga at 6 pm. There’s an Acoustic Open Mic on Thursday with Bob Gotta.  On Friday night you can catch Khalif Neville, son of New Orleans jazz great Charles Neville, bringing you classics, BeBop, and more. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at 10:30 am. In the evening, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dave Kopperman takes the Buttonwood stage. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30.  Details at

Tonight, down in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, they’ve got Johnny Mainstream, Death Black Birds, and Dagwood. On Tuesday Manic Productions brings you Please the Trees, The New Dirty, and Laundry Day. On Wednesday you can enjoy The Leyla McCalla Trio and Woody Pines. Thursday, it’s another Manic Productions event with Vetiver, and The Mountain Movers. Friday’s weekly 5 pm Happy Hour features Tommy Doomsday, followed later Friday night by Duece Bug with Itz Urboi & DJ Funksway, Crooked Mind, and more. Saturday’s 4:30 Jazz Jam is with Gary Grippo & Friends, with Jeremy & The Harlequins, The Skeleton Beats, and 9th Wave coming your way later that night. Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present The Sunday Buzz Matinee with Larry Kirwan at 3 pm, and they round out the weekend Sunday night with Nomad Stones, Telegram Scam, and Pleasure Beach, brought your way by Manic Productions.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, their Jazz Mondays series hosts the Henry Conerway Quartet tonight. On Tuesday nights, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on Sally’s stage. On Wednesdays they present their long-running Community Blues Jam hosted by Ed Bradley this week. On Friday, you can hear dirty punk reggae with Danny Pease and the Regulators, appearing with Joey Batts & Them. Saturday’s headliner is Chris Ruest with special guest Gene Taylor, offering Texas blues and more.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, every Monday night you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends on the Lilly’s Pad stage. On Thursday, enjoy another Bright Night Glow Party. On Friday you can catch The Get Up Kids, Brick + Mortar, and J. Russell & the Split Coils. They finish out the weekend Sunday night with Neon Indian, Classixx, and Harriet Brown.

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts in Middletown hosts “Getting to Know You,” a presentation of works by graduate student composers, at World Music Hall this Tuesday at 9 pm. On Wednesday at the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall they sponsor “We Don’t Need Another Hero,” an art talk by historian and art critic Rosalyn Deutsche, given in conjunction with the exhibition “Here is New York: A Democracy of Photographs” at the Zilkha Gallery. At the CFA Theater on Friday at 8 pm, choreographer Camille A. Brown returns with the Connecticut premier of “Black Girl: Linguistic Play,” a musical representation of black girlhood. The West End String Quartet performs works b Schumann and Neely Bruce at the Russell House on Sunday at 3 pm. Full details at

At the Russell Library in Middletown, they host a smoking cessation workshop Tuesday at 10 in partnership with Middlesex Hospital. Registration is requested. The First Robotics Team from Mercy High School demonstrates their competition robot at 6:30 Tuesday evening. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7. The Friends of the Library Book Sale happens on Friday and Saturday, with a featured theme of Angels and Devils. On Friday at 3, in collaboration with Wells Fargo Bank and March for Education, they begin a four-week series on Preparing for College, starting off this week with “Basics of Banking.” On Saturday at 11 am there’s Yoga in the Courtyard. 

Manic Productions presents Violent Femmes and Ava Mendoza at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven on Wednesday. Or you can hear Pugwash, and The Shellye Valauskas Experience at Bar, also in New Haven. On Friday, it’s the wellRED Comedy Tour, with Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan, and Corey Ryan Forrester at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. On Saturday they’ve got Jason Isbell and Josh Ritter at the College Street Music Hall, with a second choice of Cabinet at The Ballroom at The Outer Space.

Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at

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.

St. Vincent de Paul Middletown and the MAC650 Gallery cohost an opening Thursday night for “Crossing the Street: Portraits of People in the Community,” an exhibition by artist Abby Carter, from 5-8 pm. Proceeds benefit the St. Vincent Soup Kitchen.

There’s another reception from 6-8 on Thursday at the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center in Middletown for “Woven Together,” an exhibition of works by Rosyln Carrier-Brault, a photographer, and her sister Jaan N. Unghire, a quilter.

The Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program presents “Growing Up in Connecticut: Voices of Wisdom,” an evening of conversation, at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford at 5 pm Thursday.  Speakers include a Laotian dancer and chef, a blacksmith, and more. Details at  

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford has its monthly Second Saturdays for Families this week at their Hartford location, with free admission and special events starting at 10 am.  

Wesleyan University hosts “Mysterium: The Mystery Novel,” a writers’ conference, this Saturday starting at 9 am, with workshops, readings, and the opportunity to meet editors and agents. Registration is required and space is limited. Details at

The Eversource Hartford Marathon happens this Saturday starting at 8 am in Bushnell Park.

You can enjoy a celebration of seasonal change at Night Fall, happening at Elizabeth Park in Hartford this Saturday starting at 2 pm. There’s a local goods market, pop-up shows, food trucks, and more.

Hartford’s annual Columbus Day parade, hosted by the Italian-American Celebration and Parade Committee, happens this Sunday starting at 8 am along Franklin Avenue in the South End. Call 860-712-1300 for details.

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 October. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the long running market at the South Green on Old Church Street is open from 8 am-1 pm.  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 of “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – the Touring Years,” directed by Ron Howard, that follows the band during their sixties touring years. Also continuing is “Mia Madre,” the Cannes Film Festival-winning Italian drama about a film director dealing with the imminent death of her mother. Both run through Thursday. On Friday they open “Landfill Harmonic,” a documentary about the Recycled Orchestra of Catuera, a group of kids in Paraguay who create instruments from the garbage in one of South America’s largest landfills.  

Though Wednesday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run of “The Fits,” about a Cincinnati all-girl dance troupe with mysterious convulsive attacks. From Thursday through Saturday they’re screening “Indignation,” based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Philip Roth about college life in 1951 Middle America. The Sunday matinee is National Theatre Live’s performance of “The Deep Blue Sea,” about British post-WWII loss and secrets. They also open “Don’t Blink – Robert Frank,” about the work of this 1950’s and ‘60’s photographer that challenged America’s poverty and racial divide. 

The Russell Library opens the 8th annual Middletown International Film Festival, Common Ground, with a screening of “The Second Mother,” a Brazilian film about class barriers, this Thursday at 7 pm in the Hubbard Room.

Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on WESU Middletown:

Right after the jive, we’ve got Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, a well-rounded show for true jazz heads.

From 6-6:30, it’s Building Bridges, from pacifica, a weekly labor report.

From 6:30 to 8 pm it’s 75% Folk with Michael Benson, with a mix of folk, rock, blues, world music, rock, movie soundtracks, and interviews.

The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis takes you from 8 to 9:30 pm, with the best in contemporary funk, soul, reggae, dub, and African and Latin beats.

Cruiser’s Radio Program with Jack Sullivan is next from 9:30 to 10:30 pm, taking you back to the Doo-Wop and Rock ‘n’ Roll of the ‘50’s and ‘60’s.

Rhyme & Reason follows from 10:30 to 11:30 with DJ Riela and DJ Tanner, bringing you songs inspired by a poem, highlighting local writers.

After that it’s The Weirding Way with Maya Stevens from 11:30 to 12:30, an exploration of sonic moods with an indie/alternative focus.

Green Tea Time with DJ Ari G follows from 12:30 to 1:30, bringing you coffeehouse-style music with green environmental news tidbits.

It’s Connections from 1:30 to 3 am with DJ EKL & McSteamz, exploring the complexity of music and the music production process.

Maximum Rock and Roll is next from 3 to 4 am, with the best in DIY punk garage rock, and hardcore.
BBC World News airs from 4 to 5 am, and we get the day started at 5 with NPR’s Morning Edition.

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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