Monday, October 17, 2016

10-17-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, October 17th 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:

WESU is listener supported community radio and we’ve just begun or Fall community pledge drive. While most of our broadcasters are volunteers, it still takes money to keep the station up and running. WESU relies on funding from all of our stakeholders. If you value the service WESU provides, we are counting on you to make a donation in support of this great station!  You can make that donation online at where you can also see our thank you gifts.  Thanks in advance!

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 InterPlay at 6:30, followed by the Crystal Bowl Sound Healing. Wednesday at 7 pm, the National Theatre of the Deaf presents a preview of “The King,” performed by Patrick Graybill, with a Q & A session following. On Thursday at 7 pm they’ve got Shaking the Tree, a Gong & Sound Meditation. On Friday night you can catch singer/songwriter Jann Klose, appearing with guitarist Jaclyn Jones. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at 10:30 am, with this week’s theme of “Manifesting Your Desires.” In the evening there’s a double bill of singer/songwriters, Connor Wallowitz and Dan Merritt. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30. Details at

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, it’s a night of alternative hip hop with Onry Ozzborn and Rob Sonic. On Tuesday, it’s Siksay, Shellye Valauskas, Experience, and Stephen Chopek.  Wednesday’s featured artists are The Hooten Hallers, and Rusty Things. On Thursday it’s Tan and the Bangas, appearing with Rudeyna. Friday’s weekly 5 pm Happy Hour features Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lodge this week, followed later by a Manic Productions show with Kingsley Flood and Goodnight Moonshine. Saturday’s 4:30 Jazz Jam is with the George Baker Band, with Ports of Spain, Lost Boy?, Holy Tunics, and The Gabba Ghouls following with a 9 pm show.  The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 headlines The Bongos, and they round out the weekend Sunday night with Ada Pasternak and Todd Lewis Kramer.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, their Jazz Mondays series hosts the Sanah Kadoura Trio 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 Tommy Whalen. On Thursday it’s Sally’s house band The Po’ Boys, with blues, rock, and boogie-woogie. On Friday, they’ve got the Chris Smith Band, appearing with special guest the Over Easy Band. On Saturday night you can hear Connecticut-based Avenue Groove, bringing you R&B, funk, and dance music.

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 it’s Yelawolf with the Trial by Fire Tour, appeariang with Bubba Sparxxx, Jelly Roll, and Struggle Jennings. On Friday they bring you the Lupe Fiasco Tour.

Manic Productions presents Brothers In Yarn, Werewolf Police, and Silverteeth this Wednesday at Bar in New Haven. On Friday, they headline Mike Birbiglia: Thank dGod for Jokes at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, appearing with Jon Fisch.  Sunday they bring you Touché Amoré, Tiny Moving Parts, and Culture Abuse at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts in Middletown sponsors a graduate music recital by Omar Fraire, “Quotation_Synergies,” on Tuesday at 9 pm in World Music Hall. At Wednesday at 6 pm Wesleyan President Michael Roth interviews Art History Professor Henry Adams about hyper-realistic landscape painting in the new book “Tula Telfair: Invented Landscape,” in the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall. On Thursday you can hear the Grammy Award-winning duo Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn presenting folk, blues, and more. Details at

At the Russell Library in Middletown, on Tuesday at noon they present their Lunch and Learn Film Series with Scott Higgins. The theme is Race to the Rescue: Classic Hollywood Adventures, and they’ll screen The 1920’s classic “The Mark of Zorro,” starring Douglas Fairbanks. There’s Origami Tuesday night at 6:30 pm. On Wednesday at 5:30 it’s Cultural Connections, helping immigrant women adapt to American culture. At 6:30, the Middlesex County Historical Society hosts Dr. Joesph Avitable in their “A Vanished Port” speaker series, who will discuss the horse trade in pre-Revolutionary America. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets every Thursday at 7. Also at 7, the Readers’ Theater presents “The Consultant,” by Heidi Schreck. On Friday at 3, in collaboration with Wells Fargo Bank and March for Education, they continue their series on Preparing for College with this week’s theme of “Credit.” 

Read to a Child in Connecticut hosts its second annual fundraiser this Wednesday at 6 at the Mark Twain House in Hartford. Live and silent auctions and historic tours are included.

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.

Wesleyan University’s English Department hosts a reading by poet and artists Dawn Lundy Martin on Wednesday at 8 pm at Russell House. Details at

Music in the Atrium, a new series at Artists’ Collective in Hartford, happens this Friday at 6 pm featuring the percussion ensemble Ed Fast & Conga-Bop.  

The Art Guild of Middletown presents a Chinese brush painting demonstration on Saturday at 9 am at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell with artist Amy Fang Zie. Details at 

The MAC650 Gallery on Main St. in Middletown hosts “Beat the Devil Out of It” this Saturday at 7 pm, featuring Connecticut artists and musicians in an intimate Fall showcase.

The Middletown Concert Series presents the celebrated three Sicilian Tenors this Saturday at 7:30 at the Middletown High School Performing Arts Center on LaRosa Lane. More information at

Trinity College in Hartford presents a fall dance performance sponsored by the Department of Theater and Dance this Saturday at 7:30 at the Austin Arts Center.

NBC Connecticut hosts a free Health & Wellness Festival this Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm at the XL Center in Hartford. There are free health screenings, flu shots, giveaways, and more.

Many of Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are still open. Here in Middletown you can you can support 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 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 Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “A Man Called Ove,” (ooh-veh), a Swedish film about an isolated retiree whose life is changed by new neighbors through Thursday. Tonight there’s a one-time screening of “Yarn,” about the artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet. On Friday they open “Harry & Snowman,” a true Cinderella story about the transformative relationship between a Dutch immigrant and an Amish plow horse. It runs through the weekend.  

Though Tuesday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run of “Our Little Sister,” a Japanese film about three sisters who meet an unknown relative when they travel to their father’s funeral. On Wednesday they open Woody Allen’s “Café Society,” starring Kristen Stewart as a 1930’s ingénue who gives up acting to work for a successful producer. On Sunday they open a run of “Ran,” a 4K restoration of Akira’s Kurosawa’s 1985 masterpiece epic of family betrayal.   

The Russell Library continues the 8th annual Middletown International Film Festival, Common Ground, with a screening of “Horses of God,’ a Moroccan film about the suicide bombers in Casablanca in 2003, at Chapman Hall on the Middlesex Community College Campus at 7 pm.

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 pm it’s Building Bridges, a weekly labor report from Pacifica.

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

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 DJ Atriedes from 11:30 to 12:30, an exploration of sonic moods with an indie/alternative focus.

At 12:30 am Green Tea Time with DJ Ari G presents coffeehouse-style music paired with "green" environmental news tidbits.

From 1:30-3 am it’s Connections 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.

If you value the service WESU provides, please join your fellow listeners in supporting WESU with a donation today, during our annual Fall pledge drive. You can make that donation online at where you can also see our great thank you gifts or download a pledge form to put in the mail.

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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