Monday, November 21, 2016

11-21-16 jive

Good evening, it's November 21st. 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.

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I’m   Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which USUALLY airs every first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. But tomorrow, we're filling in for Josh, the host of Dissecting the Political Landscape, who's on the Wesleyan break. We'll chat with author Tom Krattenmaker, whose latest book is "Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower: Finding Answers in Jesus for Those Who Don't Believe."   When Tom's not writing books, Tom is the director of communications for Yale Divinity School. He's been a guest before on the show, and he always has stimulating insights to offer. Though he's not a believer in the spiritual aspects of Jesus, he considers him "a figure of unusual wisdom and deeply moving strangeness." As a bit of extra strangeness, I find myself coming close to proselytizing. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived 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. They’re closed for the Thanksgiving holiday until Saturday, when you can catch Fill the Robot featuring Phil Bullaro performing experimental electronic compositions. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30. Details at

Tonight, down in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, they bring you Storytime Bob, Steph Serenita, Tim Longden, and That Virginia. On Tuesday they headline Drew Angus and Ian Biggs. Wednesday brings Dean Falcone’s 20th annual Thanksgiving Vomitorium. Friday’s Happy Hour at 5 features Bill Beckett this week. Later, their Black Friday Affair brings you Mr. Seuss, Left Field Rhythms, and IAmVarcity. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band, and the late show features Ultrabunny, Headroom, Healthy Snacks, and Spectral Fangs. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 brings you Ian Fitzgerald and Brian Dolzani.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Mondays series features Orice Jenkins. 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 Brant Taylor.  On Thursday it’s Sally’s house band The Po’ Boys, with blues, rock, and boogie-woogie. On Friday, they bring you rock & soul artists Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez. On Saturday, they headline Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood, with R&B, rock, soul, and Texas blues.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight it’s the Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends in Lilly’s Pad. On Wednesday, their annual Funksgiving Show features Deep Banana Blackout and West End Blend. On Friday you can catch Chris Webby, Anoyd, M.A.R., Danny Evans, and Spark Kent. Saturday’s featured headliner is Zach Deputy.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, they’ve got Origami on Tuesday at 6:30. Check the website for holiday hours and closings.

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.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they bring you blues and pop with Jeff Pevar and Friends on Wednesday. The Amazing Judy Collins performs Friday at 8:30 pm. Eaglemania is at Infinity on Saturday, with Eagles hits and more.

You can enjoy the Holiday Light Fantasia in Goodwin Park in Hartford starting this Thursday. Proceeds benefit Channel 3 Kids Camp. Details at

The City of Hartford sponsors its seventh annual Winterfest again this year starting on Friday. Enjoy free ice skating at Bushnell Park. Visit their Facebook page at Winterfest Hartford.

The Artists Collective hosts the first in its Music in the Atrium series this Friday at their Hartford location. The featured performer is Ed Fast & Conga-bop, a high-energy percussion ensemble. Details at

The Charter Oak Cultural Center presents “Legends of the Forgotten Borough,” about the legendary R&B group “Force MDs” of Staten Island, on Saturday at 2 pm at their Hartford location. Details at

Wesleyan Potters' 61st Annual Exhibit & Sale of fine crafts, opens Friday, featuring pottery, jewelry, sculpture, fiber arts, wood, paper crafts, photography, printmaking, toys and more. This year's Exhibit is themed "Star Light Winter Bright" and highlights a fund-raising raffles and more 860-347-5925, 

Sunday night brings the return of “Wax”, a monthly party at Firehouse 12 in New Haven celebrating 45 rpm records and vintage fashion and dance culture. The event happens from 9- midnight with a retro outfit contest and Wax Resident DJ's NEB, Dooley-o plus special guest DJ Prime on the wheels of steel. 

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

Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways holds over its run of “A Man Called Ove,” a Swedish film about an isolated retiree whose life is changed by new neighbors. Also continuing is “Christine,” about a news anchor whose life spirals out of control in 1970’s Florida. On Friday they open “Tampopo,” a 4K restoration of the Japanese film about a band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner toward the perfect recipe. It runs through the weekend.  

Though Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run of “The Wanderers,” a restored 1979 film about an American gang of kids growing up in the streets of 1960’s Bronx. On Thursday they open “The Girl on the Train,” about a divorced woman who becomes involved in the secrets of a disappeared neighborhood homeowner. It runs through Saturday. Sunday’s matinee is “Exhibition on Screen: The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch,” a film celebrating the work of that visionary painter. They also open “Arthropoid,” a film about the attempt to assassinate an SS Holocaust architect in WWII Czechoslovakia.   

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford hosts a free screening of the 1987 John Hughes comedy “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” this Sunday at 2 pm in Hartford.

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 to 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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