Monday, January 16, 2017

01-16-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday January 16th, Martin Luther King Jr Day (observed). 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, Host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, a progressive minded show which, through January, airs EVERY Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: a visit 
with columnist and books editor for the National Catholic Reporter, Jamie Manson, talking to us about her intriguing recent column, headlined: is pope francis campaigning for married priests? If so, it's not necessarily a good thing. she says.
Along our conversation, we also talk about why the prospect of female deacons is also not necessarily a blessing.
And finally Jamie also weighs in on actions by four conservative cardinals who asked Pope Francis to clarify certain matters and, having received only silence, went public, sparking what's been referred to in the press as a Vatican civil war. 

Don't forget to tune in next Tuesday, when we'll have dispatches from the Women's March on Washington and an interview with the Commonweal film critic who interviewed director Martin Scorcese about his new film Silence.

Can't listen live? Find the audio archived for two weeks at and forever at

Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight brings the ongoing Open Mic and Moments of Gratitude at 7 pm. On Tuesday, there’s Intentional & Empowering Yoga at 1 pm. Tomorrow/Tuesday night at 7:45 there’s a laughter Yoga Session followed by Crystal Ball Sound Healing.

Thursday night, The Buttonwood hosts 2 events. Shaking the Tree Gong & Sound Medidation actually takes place in the Mac650 Gallery space across Main street at 7pm. Meanwhile, 3 comedians, headlined by Mark Normand take the buttonwood tree stage from 8-10pm.  Friday night, The Free At Last Players present a new show: The Evolution of Trump? Can the Free At Last Players show our new President the light? Annaita Gandhy’s Aligned With Source Workshop happens on Saturday at 10:30 am. Saturday night at 8 pm, Warren Byrd’s Byrdspeak Sessions with Special Guest Mixashawn present “Refresh MLK” bringing The Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King into high focus.

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, Manic Productions presents THE SAINT JAMES TRIO.  Tuesday makes for a night of Surf Rock with The Clams, The Curls Daddys, and Surf Squad. Wednesday’s bill features MOJO DOJO, CABIN FEVER, and SOLISTIC. Thursday at Café Nine there’s a Rockabilly Riot with THE BRAINS and THE DELTA BOMBERS. Friday’s 5pm early show features Tuesday Saints. Later at 9:30 Café Nine’s main event features  Sidestep Complex, Sky Swamp Orange, Drop Kick Pop, and Eugene Gallagher. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session at Café Nine is hosted by  Tony DioGuardi and Friends this week. Saturday night there’s an event called NHV PLAYS LEONARD COHEN, where a collection of New Haven's musical talents pay tribute to the late, legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen.  The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 4 brings the Sez Zion Jazz Band for a smooth blend of Jazz and R+B .

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight it’s their Night of Smooth Jazz with Ron Lawrence & Friends. On Thursday Toads presents STEPHEN LYNCH the THE MY OLD HEART TOUR. Friday, it’s the DEAN WEEN GROUP. The Mike Dillon Band opens that show. Saturday night, Toad’s presents a 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Doors album, Riders on the Storm , featuring 10 bands on 2 stages. Check the website for full details on who’s in the lineup.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, their Jazz Mondays series features the Michael Feinberg Trio tonight. On Tuesday nights, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. Wednesday’s Community Blues Jam is with Mark Nomad, this week. On Thursdays, Sally’s house band The Po Boys is on deck. This Friday, 7 Below recreates the Phish concert experience. Saturday, The Alchemists make for a night of positive Hip hop, reggae, dub, and soul.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, There’s an origami workshop tomorrow (tues) at 6:30 for kids age 7 and up. Thursday night, Middletown native author, Kevin Lacz, talks about his book, The Last Punisher” a true sniper’s account of the battle of Ramadi. There’s an Art Party at The Library from 4-5pm in the Activity Room.

Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at

Wednesday, Manic Productions presents Mates of State, Fond Han, and Bilge Rat at Bar in New Haven.

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.

Friday Night, Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents Mystic Seahorse and Crazy Havoc for a night of Punk Rock. You can find Cherry Street listings online at or find them on Facebook.

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways has extended their run of “The Eagle Huntress,” through Thursday. They’re also continuing “Notes on Blindness,” a virtual reality journey into blindness based on the real-life experience of theologian John Hull.  Tonight Real Art Ways concludes the run of The Brand New Testament, which one critic described as "A cheerfully blasphemous movie and pointedly hopeful vision of what life might be with the right girl in charge."  Friday Real art Ways begins a run of Neruda, a lavishly-mounted reimagining of the Nobel Prize-winning poet’s pursuit into political exile, and notably marks his reunion with No star Gael García Bernal.

Through Wednesday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing The Forest Through the Trees, a dark comedy about a young teacher whose idealism transforms into isolation and terror. Thursday Cinestudio kicks off a run of a 4K restoration presentation of the 1968 classic, The Lion in Winter, strarring Katha rine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole!. Sunday  there are 2 showings of BOLSHOI BALLET: SLEEPING BEAUTY (Live) at 12:55 and 4pm. Cinestudio kicks off their run of The Eagle Huntress, Sunday evening.   for details

Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on WESU Middletown:

Right after the jive, stay tuned for 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 Stay tuned for the Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis for 90 minutes of funk, soul. reggae and world music dance floor grooves.

Cruiser’s Radio Program with Jack Sullivan will cover three hours of radio tonight, from 9:30 pm to 12:30 am, 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.

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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