Monday, October 24, 2016

10-24-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, October 24th 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!

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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 Thursday at 7 pm the Middlesex Drum Circle meets. Orice Jenkins and Chad Browne-Springer come your way Friday with unique genre-bending sounds. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at 10:30 am, with this week’s theme of “Channeling Higher Frequencies.” In the evening it’s the Steve Band Halloween Show with one of a kind original music. There’s an Artist Reception Sunday at 8 with Nicole Kelly, celebrating her current exhibition “The Beauty of Age.” The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30. Details at

Tonight, down in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, they bring you Natalie Tuttle and Glenn Roth in their “Monthly Monday” residency series. On Tuesday it’s Soul Conversion and Flames of the Fallen. Wednesday, they headline The Dickies, appearing with Dead City. Lonesome Billy’s Halloween Bash starts at 5 pm on Thursday. Friday’s weekly 5 pm Happy Hour features Snake Hill Blues, followed by the Lipgloss Crisis Halloween Burlesque Party.  Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 showcases Billy Cofrances, followed later by The Proletariat, M-13, and Chem-Trails. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 headlines the Palaminos in a Pre-Party for The Blasters, appearing later Sunday night along with The Delta Bombers.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, their Jazz Mondays series hosts the Sam Landsman Sextet 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 Tim McDonald. On Thursday it’s Sally’s house band The Po’ Boys, with blues, rock, and boogie-woogie. On Friday, they’ve got Bella’s Bartok, melding Klezmer pop with a circus vibe. On Saturday night it’s the return of the New England Blues Harmonica Showcase, with  Brian Templeton, Diane Blue, and much 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 it’s Dopapod, with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Friday they’ve got the Shakedown Halloween Costume Ball featuring Creamery Station and the Terry Rand Band. The Team Roland Tour is on the roster for Sunday at 4 pm.

Manic Productions presents And The Kids & Palm, and Mal Devisa, appearing at The Space in Hamden on Tuesday. On Wednesday, it’s half Waif, Adult Mom, and Namesake at Bar in New Haven. Gov’t Mule appears at the College Street Music Hall on Friday. They’re at the Music Hall again on Saturday with Railroad Earth and The Ghost of Paul Revere. They round out the weekend at the Music Hall on Sunday, bringing you the Rocky Horror Picture Show 40th Anniversary Screen Party with Barry Bostwick at 7 pm.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, tomorrow/Tuesday at 10am, the Jobs and Careers Program sponsors a talk, “Turn Your Dream of a Career in Healthcare into a Reality.” On Wednesday at 6:30 their Great Reads Book Discussion series with Hedda Kopf reviews “Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories” by Edith Pearlman. The Job Group meets on Thursday morning, followed at noon by the opportunity to meet with reps from Macy’s for seasonal employment opportunities. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets every Thursday evening. 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 “College.” On Saturday at 1, Theatrical Productions presents an adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ “It Can’t Happen Here,” to celebrating the 80th anniversary of the work.

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.   

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts celebrates the 40th annual Navaratri Festival, starting on Thursday at 4:30 with “Building a Home: The First half-Century of Music and Dance of India” at Ring Family Performing Arts Hall. On Friday at 8 in Crowell Concert Hall they present “Vocal Music of South India.”  On Saturday at 8 pm, violinist and composer L. Shankar performs at Crowell Concert Hall. Sunday morning at 11 am, a Hindu religious service, Sarawati Puja, will be held at World Music Hall. The Festival concludes Sunday at 3 pm with a performance by the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble at Crowell Concert Hall. Details at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, Grammy Award-winner Marc Cohn returns with an all new show on Thursday.  They also bring back the Slambovian Circus of Dreams’ Halloween Costume Ball on Saturday. On Sunday, the Legacy Foundation holds their annual “My Little Black Dress” fundraiser, featuring music by Black Violin.

Trinity College’s Music Department presents Stephen Sondheim’s musical, “Company,” Thursday through Saturday at the Austin Arts Center in Hartford.  Visit for information on how to obtain free tickets.

The Connecticut State Library holds another Conversations at Noon this Friday at the Capitol Avenue, Hartford, location. The theme is “Voting and Beyond: Citizens Take Action.”  Details at

Artists for World Peace hosts a screening of the original 1924 silent film, “Phantom of the Opera,” with live musical accompaniment by The Flying Particles, Friday at 7:30 at the DeKoven House in Middletown. Proceeds benefit the Children of Peace Project and the Amazing Grace Food Pantry.

The Wadsworth Mansion Haunted Halloween Bash beckons all ghosts and ghouls on Friday from 7 to midnight at the Middletown grounds. There’s music, food, and prizes for best costumes.

This Sunday at 9 pm, Firehouse 12 in New Haven continues their monthly All-45 Record Party, “WAX: curated by and featuring DJs N-E-B and Dooley-O on turntables. There’s also a Retro Outfit contest. Details at

Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets end this week. 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. Also continuing is “Harry & Snowman,” a true Cinderella story about the transformative relationship between a Dutch immigrant and an Amish plow horse. Both runs through Thursday. On Friday they open “Aquarius,” a Portuguese film about a widow fighting developers who try to evict her from her home. It runs through the weekend.  

Though Tuesday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run “Ran,” a 4K restoration of Akira’s Kurosawa’s 1985 masterpiece epic of family betrayal. On Wednesday they open “Kubo and the Two Strings,” a 3-D stop animation film based on the Japanese legend of a boy and a vengeful spirit. It runs through Saturday. On Saturday and Sunday they have matinees of National Theatre Live’s “Frankenstein,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch. On Sunday they open “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” starring Natalie Portman as the mother of celebrated Isralie author Amos Ox.   

The Russell Library continues the 8th annual Middletown International Film Festival, Common Ground, with a screening of “The Good Road,” an Indian film about the intersection of random lives on a highway in India, at the Center for Film Studies on the Wesleyan 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.

From 8-9:30 pm it’s Chip Austin’s Unfocused Folk, with Americana from Nashville and more performed by both emerging and veteran artists.

At 9:30pm Jack Sullivan presents Cruiser’s Radio Program offering a blend of Rock & Roll from the 1950’s and 60’s providing the music and news of that era.

From 10:30-11:30 pm it’s Meet Music with DJ Rami, introducing you to a new artist with each show.

At 11:30 stay tuned for Something Old, Something New with Aurora and DJ Dazzle, with a musical time machine that helps you connect current songs to the past.

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.

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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