Monday, November 7, 2016

11-7-16 Jive

Good evening, it's November 7th, the day before Election Day! 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. Next week, on Nov. 15th, we'll unpack the impact of the Catholic vote, among other impacts, on the presidential election with four experts.  Can't listen live? The audio will be posted online for two weeks at  and forever 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 Thursday Wesleyan students present an Art and Music Show with eclectic performers including an a capella group. On Friday the Sinan Bakir Trio performs new compositions and jazz standards. Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source Workshop happens Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme of “Choosing Your Legacy.” At pm singer/songwriter Patti Rothberg performs, appearing along with multi-instrumentalist Kristin Hoffman. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30. Details at

Tonight, down in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, they bring you Surface to Air Missive, Hellrazor, Witch Hair, and Sperm Donor. On Tuesday it’s Micah Schnabel and Christian Marrone. Wednesday’s show is The Goddamn Gallows, featuring Gallows Bound and The Palomino Brothers. On Thursday Manic Productions presents Tony Molina, appearing with Wildhoney and Bilge Rat. Friday’s Happy Hour at 5 features Victor Roland this week. Later, Manic Productions brings you Honus Honus, and Lea. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends, and The Long Ryders come your way later, along with Elison Jackson. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 headlines Max Loignon, and on Sunday night you can end your weekend with Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, along with Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Mondays series features the Jonathan Barber Quartet. 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 Gene Donaldson. On Thursday it’s Sally’s house band The Po’ Boys, with blues, rock, and boogie-woogie. On Friday, it’s a CD Release Party with Manbo Sons. On Saturday, Grammy-winning guitarist Paul Nelson and his band take Sally’s stage.

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 they’ve got the Everyone Orchestra conducted by Matt Butler. On Thursday they headline Russ, appearing with The Yung God Tour. Friday they bring you Atmosphere and the Freshwater Fly Fishermen Tour.

Manic Productions presents !!! (Chk Chk Chk) tonight at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. On Wednesday it’s Ben Sollee, Derik Hultquist, and Sam Moss at Bar in New Haven. On Friday they bring you Paper Route, Halfnoise, and Bonsai Trees at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. On Saturday it’s the Soil & the Sun, OWEL, Clouty And The Imagine Nation, and Audio Jane, also at the Ballroom. On Sunday they headline the Reel Big Fish ‘Turn the Radio Off’ 20th Anniversary Tour, with Masked Intruder and Stacked Like Pancakes, at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, on Tuesday at 10 am there’s a Smoking Cessation Program in association with Middlesex Hospital. The Russell Readers meet later at 6:30 to continue their 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories series, reviewing “What You Pawn/Will Redeem” by Sherman Alexie. On Wednesday at 7 the Middlesex County Historical Society continues its “A Vanished Port” Speaker Series, featuring Wesleyan scholar Richard Grossman speaking on “How Rich Was Rich?” – a lecture on 18th Century currency. Teen Writing Boot Camp with author Shari Arnold happens Thursday at 6; registration is required. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets at 7. The Wadsworth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is at the library on Saturday at 10:30 to accept applications or help you locate a patriot ancestor. On Sunday at 2 they present Telabration! with Storyteller and Master Puppeteer Marilyn O’Connor Miller with her program, “Just Desserts.”

On Wednesday there’s an Opening Reception at 1:30 for the exhibit “Tracing-Drawing-Turning” by Matthew Weber at Middlesex Community College in Chapman Hall.

Jordan Camp and Christina Heatherton, co-editors of the book Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter, will speak at the Olin Library Wednesday at 4:30 on the Wesleyan Campus. There’s an open house exhibit of materials related to the history of incarceration and policing.  These events are free. For more information, email the Friends of the Wesleyan Library at  

The Greater Hartford Arts Council holds its first DIY event at their Pearl Street headquarters this Thursday at 5:30. You can create your own fall wreath with local artist Katherine Tolve.

The Bushnell Park Foundation presents “Painting in the Park” Wednesday at 5:30 at the Pump House Gallery in Hartford. Create your own masterpiece under guidance of a professional artist.

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’s Center for the Arts sponsors another in its Artful Lunch Series this Thursday at noon at the Davison Art Center. Professor Julia Randall will discuss her favorite works.

Members of the Middletown Garden Cub will bring plants, flowers and imagination to the meeting of the Art Guild of Middletown this Thursday at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell at 7 pm. A door prize will be awarded to an audience member.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they bring you Southern Rock with Outlaws this Thursday at 8. On Friday, Average White Band offers Funk, R&B, and Soul. On Saturday, singer/songwriter Jonathan Edwards takes the stage. On Sunday you can catch Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy presenting the Remember Keith Emerson Tour with the music of Emerson Lake & Palmer.

The Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford opens its Read It And Sleep series this Friday at 7 with a reading of “Chicken in Space.” The event is free, and the first 25 kids admitted will receive a free copy of the book. On Saturday at 2 they’re screening Suzanne Bachner’s “The Good Adoptee,” followed by a post-show talkback with the creators. They host the yearly commemoration of Kristallnacht this Sunday at 5 pm.

The Wadsworth Atheneum holds its Second Saturdays for Families this Saturday featuring free admission, music, story-telling and more.

Artists in Real Time present Open Studio Hartford this Saturday and Sunday. It’s a self-guided tour of the artistic neighborhoods of the city. There’s free parking, shuttle buses, and more.

Music For Giving, a concert to benefit local social services, is happening this Sunday at 4 pm at First Church Middletown. This family event features the music of Harry Chapin performed by Grammy Award-winner Bill Pere, Kay Pere, and the LUNCH Ensemble. Details at

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. Also continuing is “Aquarius,” a Portuguese film about a widow fighting developers who try to evict her from her home. Both run through Thursday, On Friday they open “Girl Asleep,” about a 14-year-old girl navigating her Australian surroundings and inner turmoil in 1970.  

Though Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run of “The Battle of Algiers,” a 4K restoration celebrating the 50th anniversary of this Italian classic about Algeria’s war of independence, tonight and Tuesday. On Wednesday they open their annual Eros Film Festival with “Reel in the Closet.” The Festival continues with “Real Boy” on Thursday, “The Watermelon Woman” on Friday, “Arianna” on Saturday, and “Being 17” on Sunday.   

The Russell Library continues the 8th annual Middletown International Film Festival, Common Ground, with a screening of “The Fool,” a Russian film of one man’s fight against a corrupt political system, this Thursday at 7 pm in the library’s 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 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.

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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