Monday, November 14, 2016

Good evening, it's Monday, November 14th. 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 airs every first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: a post-mortem on the recent election, featuring insights from four thoughtful experts: first, Mark Silk, director of Trinity College’s Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life, crunching the numbers of not just the Catholic vote but other constituencies as well; then, weighing in from Rome, Joshua McElwee, Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter; followed by, from London, Miriam Duignan, communications director for; and finally, from Washington DC, Sr. Marge Clark, senior government relationsadvocate with, the organization you may better know as affiliated with the Nuns on the Bus. It’s a yeasty episode which might just provide a glimmer of hope. The music you hear between the interviews is by the late, great Leonard Cohen. Rest in peace, dear Leonard.

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 Crystal Ball Sound Healing. They host Andrew presenting Shake the Tree Gong and Sound Meditation on Thursday at 7 pm. Story City Troupe takes the stage on Friday at 7:30. Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source Workshop happens Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme of “Channeling Higher Frequencies.” At 8 pm the Sue Lopes Quartet performs favorites from the Great American Songbook. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30. Details at

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, they bring you Quin Galavis, Death Black Birds, and Patrick Dalton. On Tuesday, it’s Alex Burnet, Olive Tiger, S.G. Carlson, and Wes Swing. A Comedy Open Mic hosted by Dan Rice is on deck for Wednesday. On Thursday they’ve got Ill-Literate Wordsmiths. Friday’s Happy Hour at 5 features Lynn Malavolte & Friends this week. Later, Manic Productions brings you Mount Moriah and Jake Xerxes Fussell. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, and later they headline Sammus, Ceschi, Laundry Day, and Siul Hughes.  Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 features Seth Adam and Frank Critelli, on Sunday night you can end your weekend with Cheetah Chrome, The Lost Riots, and Zombii.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Mondays series features Rob Zappula. 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 bring you the Michael Cleary Band with groove, funk, and rock. On Saturday, they headline the Alexis P. Suter Band with blues, soul, and rock.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight it’s the Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends in Lilly’s Pad. On Friday, they’ve got Dave East, YFN Lucci, and Jus BeatZ. Saturday brings their annual Toys For Tots Benefit Concert, featuring Kung Fu, The Alpaca Gnomes, and the Funky Dawgz Brass Band.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, on Tuesday at noon it’s the Lunch & Learn Film Series with Scott Higgins presenting Race to the Rescue: Classic Hollywood Adventures, highlighting the adventure serials of the ‘30’s and ‘40’s. On Wednesday at 5:30 the Cultural Connections Women’s Group meets, bringing together immigrant women from all countries. At 6:30 they host the Great Reads Book Discussion with Hedda Kopf, featuring selections from “Binocular vision: New and Selected Stories” by Edith Pearlman. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets Thursday at 7. Also on Thursday, the Readers’ Theater presents “The Sunset Limited” by Cormac McCarthy. Middletown Poet Laureate Susan Allison holds a Poet’s Corner on Friday at 1 pm. The Friends of the Library Book Sale happens this weekend from Friday through Sunday, and there’s Yoga in the Courtyard on Saturday at 11.

The Decorative Arts Council holds its annual lecture “Artistry and Innovation in American Glass” this Tuesday at 5:30 at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford. Details at

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts sponsors “Place in Exhaustion” by Warren Enström at World Music Hall this Tuesday at 9 pm. On Friday and Saturday they present “Hoo-Ha,” with choreographer Darrell Jones, also in World Music Hall. Full details at

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.

Artists for World Peace presents High Voltage Baroque, music for flute, violin, and clavinet, this Wednesday at 7:30 at the Hubbard House in Middletown as part of their ongoing One Concert-One Child series. Proceeds benefit the Children of Peace Project and the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. Contact for details.  

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford presents “Art Talk: The Photographic Object,” this Wednesday at 6 pm. Mark Osterman from the George Eastman Museum will speak on the materiality of photography. The talk is free and open to all.

Manic Productions presents Balance and Composure, Foxing, and Mercury Girls at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden on Wednesday. Or you can catch Xylouris White, Marisa Anderson, and Rivener at Bar in New Haven. On Thursday they’ve got Sad13 (pronounced Sade), Vagabon, and Sam Evian at The Space, and The Orbiting Human Circus Feat, Julian Koster and The Music Tapes at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. They’re back at the Ballroom on Friday presenting Jonathan Richman, along with Tommy Larkins. On Saturday it’s the In Flames & Hellyeah: Forged in Fire Tour 2016 at The College Street Music Hall in New Haven, featuring Ashes to New, and Source.

The Charter Oak Cultural Center presents a free staged reading of “Superman,” the award-winning play about the two men who created Superman in World War II-era Cleveland, Thursday at 7 in Hartford. On Sunday at 7, the Hartford Opera Theater presents its 7th annual New In November Festival, featuring original ten-minute operas.  Details at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they bring you Americana with Martin Sexton and Brothers McCann on Thursday. On Friday, it’s Jeff Pitchell, Charles Neville, and The Sheila Raye Charles Band. Saturday you can catch Satisfaction, the world’s #1 Rolling Stones Tribute Band. On Sunday they host the Connecticut Humane Society Benefit featuring Charmagne Tripp’s Tribute to Whitney Houston.

The Circophony Showcase happens this Friday at 7 pm at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown. Enjoy the teen talent of the partnership between Oddfellows and ARTFARM.

The 6th annual Hartford Harvest Market happens this Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm at the Knox Greenhouse in Hartford. Get fresh veggies and food from local vendors and enjoy music, arts & crafts for the kids, and more.

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,” (ooh-veh), a Swedish film about an isolated retiree whose life is changed by new neighbors. Also continuing is “Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary,” a documentary about the two Harvard psychology professors and their renowned experiments with mind-expanding psychedelics. Both run through Thursday. On Friday they open “Christine,” about a news anchor whose life spirals out of control in 1970’s Florida. It runs through the weekend.  

Though Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run of “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years,” Ron Howard’s documentary about the iconic band and their music, through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday they’re screening “The Light Between Oceans,” the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who rescue an infant girl adrift at sea. Sunday’s National Theatre Live matinee is “Hamlet.” On Sunday night they open a run of “The Wanderers,” a 1979 drama about teenage rival gangs in 1963 Bronx.   

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford screens a double feature this Saturday at 2 pm, including “Dreams,” a 1955 film about a Stockholm photographer who is the ‘other woman,’ and the 1966 “Blow-Up,” starring Vanesa Redgrave as a London photographer who finds suspicious happenings in her work. The films complement their photo exhibition, “The Thrill of the Chase.” On Sunday at 2 pm you can see “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” a 1951 classic about an alien and his robot who land on earth after WWII to bring an important message to all nations. Details at

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.

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.

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 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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