Monday, December 5, 2016

12-5-16 Jive

Good evening, it's December 5th. 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, with permission from New Ways Ministry, a national advocacy group for LGBT Catholics, we are excited to bring you an October 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 but also respectfully about how the church might better treat its LGBT flock with respect, compassion and sensitivity – and how that flock might reciprocate in kind. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived tomorrow evening 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. Tomorrow afternoon at 1pm The buttonwood offer a news “Intentional and Empowering” Hatha Yoga Class. Later at 6pm, tomorrow night it’s the weekly Laughter Yoga session. Thursday night, ARTFARM honors the life & legacy of iconic Italian actor/playwright/activists in a program called The Politics of Laughter: A Tribute to Dario Fo and Franca Rame, Introduced by Wesleyan/Yale Professor Ron Jenkins.  Friday night The Mattabesset String Collective, a five-piece string band, plays an eclectic mix of bluegrass, blues, country and rock at The Buttonwood Tree. Saturday morning at 10:30 brings, Anniata Gandhy’s weekly Aligned with Source, workshop. Saturday afternoon at 1pm, the Middlesex Music Academy Student Recital takes the Buttonwood Stage. Saturday night Pesky J Nixon offers compelling harmonies and narratives backed by disparate instrumentation including- zydeco style accordion, virtuosic mandolin, tribal percussion, and more. The Hearing Voices Network meets at the Buttonwood on Mondays at 10:30 am.

Down in New Haven at Café Nine tonight, Christian Angel and Kathy Muir make for a double bill of singer songwriters. RICHARD BUCKNER and Lys Guillorn share the Café Nine Stage Tuesday night. Wednesday night ANSTIGATOR, DAYSIX, and ALEX PANDA make for a night of Electronic Dance Music at Café Nine.  Joey Sprinkles and Pleasure Beach make for a night of Melodic indie rock on Thursday night. Fridays Weekly wind down early set at 5pm feature The Buttondowns.  Don Dilego and Tha Backyard Committee take the stage at 9pm for the Friday night main event at Café Nine.   Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo and Friends this week. Saturday night, it’s a triple bill featuring The James Mauri 4, Fiction, and Crown Colony.  The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 brings you ANDREW BIAGIARELLI and TONY REGETS. Sunday night Café Nine offer a full night of entertainment with AUDREY CAMPBELL, MARIE PINETTE, DANNY HENRY, and Joe

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Mondays series offers live local talent. 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, hosted by Ed Bradley, this week.   On Thursday its Sally’s house band The Po’ Boys offer boogie-woogie blues, rock, and Roll. On Friday, night Café nine presents FLUX CAPACITOR W/ RHYTHM INC for a night of genre bending electronic rock and roll.  Saturday night you can catch the Jay Willie Blues Band with James Montgomery.

It’s a busy time at Wesleyan University Center for the Arts as they wrap up the Fall semester. Tonight brings the Annual Ebony Singers Winter Concert to Wesleyan’s Crowell Concert Hall for an evening of great gospel music conducted by Marichal Monts, Host of WESU’s Sunday morning Gospel Express for 30 years! Tomorrow at noon in Crowell Concert Hall, you can catch a Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert by Student performers.

 Tomorrow Evening brings The New England premiere of the opera "Port Bou" (2014) by Elliott Sharp depicting the last moments in the life of philosopher Walter Benjamin at Port Bou, in 1940, as he was fleeing Nazi-occupied France.  This free performance happens at Wesleyan’s Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall). Wednesday night in the World Music Hall there’s  a South Indian Music Student Recital at 7pm.  Thursday at 3:15pm, Students from Wesleyans "Introduction to Experimental Music" class present a series of overlapping performances alongside special mystery guests in this rendition of John Cage's Musicircus. Everything at once and all together. The Capstone Theater Production: THE SELF will run several times Thursday and Friday nights in Wesleyan’s Patricelli ’92 Theater.  THE SELF is an exploration in performing one’s own life, wherein a seven-person ensemble will tell personal stories. Also on Thursday night at 7pm, you can catch The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble for an evening of Javanese music with a prelude by the Youth Gamelan Ensemble.  Wesleyan’s Winter Dance Concert happens on Saturday at 8pm in the CFA Theater.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, you can catch the program, Gershwin! With Thomas Pandolfi and Emil Altschuler at 7:00pmin the Hubbard Room. Jazz Up Close With  Godwin Louis happens in the Hubbard room Sunday at 2pm.

This Wednesday, The Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford invites you to join them for their 43rd Festival of Trees & Traditions, an annual holiday fundraising event featuring trees and wreaths decorated by community members, artists, and organizations, and displayed in the galleries throughout the week. This special exhibition is on view during regular museum hours.

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.

The Main event here in Middletown this Wednesday night is the WESU Fundraising Dinner at Laboca Restaurant on Main St, where you can help us close out our Fall Pledge Drive while enjo ying great food in the company of fine folks like you who appreciate WESU! Lord Lewis will be playing funk and soul music to keep the dance floor grooving and there will be a silent auction with goods and services provided by area businesses, artisans, and organizations. Tickets are $25 and you can purchase them as well as find out more at

Infinity Hall Norfolk welcomes back Jorma (sounds like Yorma) Kaukonen  for a 7pm show Wednesday night. Tim Reynolds and Will Bradford take the infinity Norfolk stage  Friday there’s a John Denver Christmas concert with Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon. Infinity Hall Hartford presents a New York Vs Boston Comedy Throwdown Thursday night. Friday its Delta Rae with Special Guests Penny & Sparrow. John Pizzarelli takes the Infinity Hall Hartford Stage Saturday night.

The Holiday Light Fantasia in Goodwin Park in Hartford up and running. Proceeds benefit Channel 3 Kids Camp. Details at

The City of Hartford is sponsoring its seventh annual Winterfest again this year. Enjoy free ice skating at Bushnell Park. Visit their Facebook page at Winterfest Hartford.
The Charter Oak Cultural Center presents an opening reception and artist Q&A for Let Me See That Body: Julia DePinto from 6-8pm.

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 

Sunday you are invited to join the Middletown Symphonic Band to celebrate the holidays with new and old favorites at their concert at South Congregational Church from 2-5pm.  A free reception will follows the concert.

Also here in Middletown on Sunday at 3pm, Vintage players presents a stage production of “Love Letters” starring accomplished actors John Basinger and Carolyn Kirsch.   All proceeds will benefit the Children's Programs of Oddfellows Playhouse. A reception will be held immediately following the performance. Tickets and information at or call Oddfellows at (860) 347-6143.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut: 
Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues their run of Deconstructing The Beatles: The White Album.  Also now on screen at Real Art Ways is Seasons. Offering exceptional footage of animals in the wild, Seasons is the awe-inspiring and thought-provoking tale of the long and tumultuous shared history that inextricably binds humankind with the natural  

Though Wednesday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the run of the South Korean Film, “The Handmaiden” which one critic describes as a cultural mash-up (like Hamilton) that you can’t even imagine until you can’t live without it.   

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. Tonight’s program is a special dedication to contemporary soul singer Sharon Jones who died of cancer in recent weeks.

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. 

With just about $3k left to meet the goal for our Fall Pledge drive, your donation will go a long way towards making sure this doesn’t become a winter pledge drive. 

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