Monday, December 19, 2016

12-19-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday,  December 19th. 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, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which during the Wesleyan break will air every Tuesday from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow, with permission from New Ways Ministry, a national advocacy group for LGBT Catholics, we are excited to bring you an Oct. 30th address by Jesuit Father James Martin as he accepts New Ways Ministry's Bridge Building Award.

As you’ll hear, Father Martin, a writer and editor at large for the Jesuit magazine America, the author of many books, and a frequent commentator on Catholic issues by way of all manner of media, speaks passionately about how the church might better treat its LGBT flock with respect, compassion and sensitivity – and how that flock might reciprocate in kind. Regular WESU listeners may notice that today’s program also aired last week, to fill in for Josh Cardenas’s Dissecting the Political Landscape. It's an important enough speech -- the transcript of it will likely be published in book form -- that we're rerunning it in case you missed it, especially you faithful 1st,3rd and 5th Tuesday listeners. You can also find the speech online 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 Tuesday they’ve got Intentional & Empowering Yoga at 1 pm. At 6:30 it’s Interplay – Laughter Yoga, followed by a Crystal Bowl Sound Healing. The Middlesex Drum Circle meets Thursday at 7 pm. The Buttonwood is closed for the holiday weekend. Details at

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, they bring you Pat Hull, Gracie Day, and Seth Adam. On Tuesday it’s Saray Golley, Kamryn, and Olive Tiger. Wednesday’s Special Holiday Show features the Tony Purrone Trio. There’s a Local Band Showcase on Thursday with a variety of performers.  Friday’s Happy Hour features Snake Hill Blues, followed later by Holiday Hip-Hop with Deuce Bug and more. They’re closed for the holiday weekend.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Mondays series features the Matt Knoegel Big Red Trio. On Tuesday nights, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on Sally’s stage. On Wednesday, they present their long-running Community Blues Jam hosted by Tommy Whalen.  On Thursday, it’s the Xy Eli Band with Bob Orsi bringing you soul blues and the music of Hendrix. They close out the week on Friday with Jake Kulak & The Lowdown.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, on Tuesday at noon it’s the Lunch and Learn Film Series with Scott Higgins, exploring classic Hollywood adventures with the theme “Race to the Rescue.” This week it’s the 1935 classic “Captain Blood,” starring Errol Flynn and Olivia deHavilland.  There’s Oragami later at 6:30. There’s a workshop Wednesday at 2:30 on Last Minute Gifts Using MS Publisher. Bring your own paper or use theirs to print certificates, coupons, photos, and more. Cultural Connections, the place for immigrant women to network, on happening at 5 pm. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets on Thursday at 6.  Find details of these events and more 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.

Manic Productions brings Wess Meets West, Pray for Sound, and All Riot to Bar in New Haven on Wednesday. On Friday, it’s The Slackers, The Screw-Ups, and Rebuilder at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, it’s their annual Holiday Jam on Thursday with Mister, Savo, Knockout, and Uncle Moose. On Friday they’ve got the John Valby XXX-Mas Show.

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

The City of Hartford’s seventh annual Winterfest continues through the month. Enjoy free ice skating at Bushnell Park. Go to for details of these activities and more.

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

Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues its run of “The Brand New Testament,” a French comedy about a contemporary God and his family who live in a high-rise apartment in Brussels. On Friday they’re screening “The Eagle Huntress,” a documentary about a thirteen-year-old girl who becomes the first female in her family to train for an eagle hunting festival in Mongolia.  

Though Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the holiday tradition of screening “It’s a Wonderful Life” through the week, ending with a Saturday matinee at 2:30. Check the website for times.   

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 will cover three hours of radio tonight, from 9:30 to 12:30 pm, taking you back to the Doo-Wop and Rock ‘n’ Roll of the ‘50’s and ‘60’s.

At 12:30 Stay tuned for more vintage pop music on Franco’s Studio 54 disco mix until 3am,
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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