Monday, January 30, 2017

01-30-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday the 30th of January. 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 airs every first, third and fifth Tuesday of the month, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: part II of an expansive chat with author, journalist and critic Rand Richards Cooper, who interviewed director Martin Scorcese about his new film Silence for the Catholic journal Commonweal. The film, in theaters now, tells the story of two Jesuit priests searching for their mentor and tending to a Catholic flock in hiding in 17th century Japan, when practicing Christianity was punishable by torture and death. Part I of our visit can be found on the website, where tomorrow's will also land, along with links to Rand's Q&A and film review.  Be sure to tune in next week, when we'll talk with a Lutheran pastor in Middletown who's forged a connection with a Muslim imam.

Now, here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week as we ease into our new Spring program season:

Tonight, the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown offers its regular Monday night open mic and Moments of Gratitude. Tuesday from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm the Buttonwood introduces a NEW WEEKLY class, Intentional and Empowering Yoga. Events continue Thursday night with Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, and Rick Silberberg in "A Re -Visible Man," running February 2 - February 26. Friday evening features Story City Troupe, modeled after The Moth. Saturday at the Buttonwood brings you Aligned with Source: An Interactive Workshop & Meditation hosted by Annaita Gandhy. On Saturday night, don’t miss the Daniel Meron Trio, presenting music from their newly released album Sky Begins.
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Tonight, the Monthly Mondays series down at Café Nine in New Haven brings you a free evening of music with Frank Critelli. Tuesday features vocalists MARIE PINETTE, KATHY MUIR and CHRIS PLYMPTON. Wednesday night brings you COMEDY OPEN MIC HOSTED BY DAN RICE, another free event. On Thursday, Jazz Haven Presents NICK DIMARIA WIRED, RECESS BUREAU and the LIZ DELLINGER TRIO. This Friday’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour showcases LYNN MALAVOLTE & DW DITTY. Also on Friday, prepare for an eclectic evening of jazz fusion and progressive rock with MID ATLANTIC TITLE, UNCONCIOUS DISTURBANCE, THE RIGHT OFFS and DR. MARTINO. Saturday February 4th, catch JAZZ JAM WITH MIKE COPPOLA AND FRIENDS, as well as PORTS OF SPAIN, JAKE MCKELVIE & THE COUNTERTOPS, Pleasure Beach and Thecolororange later on in the evening. On Sunday, Cygnus Radio & The Sunday Buzz Matinee present: CRISTINA HARRIS and the KIERSTIN JOY PUPKOWSKI BAND. Sunday also features the Rockabilly Folk-Fusion sounds of DO IT FOR YOUR HEROES.
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At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Ron Lawrence & Friends hold down a regular set of Smooth Jazz on the lily pad stage. For groundhog day, Toad’s brings you 6 MORE WEEKS OF local ROCK! Featuring 5 Below Zero, Chad Messier and the Old Souls, Crosby, A Dangerous Style, Fifth Street, Haris Shah, Low Pagoda, The Rising Tide, Screamin Eagle Band, Static Charmer, Still I Rise and Twiin Souls. On Friday, don’t miss Toad’s final event of the week, the Bright Night glow party, featuring a lineup of DJs and rockin original artists.
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Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, their Jazz Mondays series features NATHAN DAVIS’ YOUNG GODS MUSIC GROUP at 8 pm. On Tuesday nights, hear Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra work out new material on stage. Wednesday’s Community Blues Ja m will be hosted by Ed Bradley this week. This Thursday come hear Sally’s house band-The Po Boys. Featuring some of the best musicians in the area. Friday the 3rd, catch EASY BABY’s smooth bluesy sounds. On Saturday, psychedelic groove masters FRESH PAINT show off their boogie tunes.
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At the Russell Library this Tuesday is A Study in Scarlet Book Discussion from noon til 1 pm, Bring your toddler to We Read We Play on Friday, February 3.
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Mindfulness After  Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at

Wednesday, Manic Productions presents #FREEMUSICWEDNESDAYS at Bar in New Haven, this week featuring Dominic (Lithuania, DRGN KING), Norwegian Arms and Grass Stains. Groove to some soul-pop on Friday with Lawrence, then stay on for the Funky Dawgz Brass Band and Great Blue.

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.

From Cherry Street this week, catch the Hartford jazz orchestra at the Arch Street Tavern in Hartford, performing Monday. On Tuesday, Robert C Fullerton performs at Klekolo World Coffee in Middletown. Wednesday, The Outer Space in Hamden hosts the SeeS and Lukas Graham.
You can find the full weekend roundup on Cherry Street Station listings at or find them on Facebook.

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts ramps back up after winter break with the opening reception for Clarissa Tossin’s solo show Stereoscopic Vision on Tuesday at the Zilkha Gallery, exploring three-dimensional visualization and the workings of human perception through photographs. On February 1st, another exhibit opens--The Old Northern Capital—Beijing, with talks from Curator Lucia Wang. Also on the first is a singing workshop in the World Music Hall. Further, as part of the University Lecture series, Lars Jan will give a lecture about his recent performance work, The Institute of Memory. Thursday features "Adilei" Ensemble Concert: Georgian Traditional Music. Senior thesis projects and performances run through the weekend.

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways has extended their run of Neruda, a lavishly-mounted reimagining of the Nobel Prize-winning poet’s pursuit into political exile, starring Gael García Bernal. Both Neruda and Things to Come, detailing a professor’s journey through her husband’s abandonment, run through the 2nd. On screen Friday is Tanna, a film set in the south pacific that explores its native tribes. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing Fire at Sea Monday and Tuesday, and Doctor Strange, which will run through the end of the week. On February 5th, see Swan Lake and the Tree of Wooden Clogs.
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Right after the jive, stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, for an hour of straight ahead Jazz and classic Bop.

From 6-6:30 pm it’s the Production Report with Kiley and Allis Returns to the Airwaves to offer a peek inside the world of film, tv, stage and radio. 

At 6:30 stay tuned for, 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 rfor a stiff does of funk and soul with your host Lord Lewis The Velvet Knight.

Cruiser’s Radio Program with Jack Sullivan runs from 9:30-11, when Rhythm and Reason  and Meet Music  take over til 12 am.

12-1 is Untracked with DJ piginthecity, then Shut up and Don’t Play the Hits  til 2 am.

I Love My Label spotlight a new record label each week from 2- 4 am, when the BBC World News airs til 5 am.

We start the day at 5 with NPR’s Morning Edition. 
And stay tuned weekdays for new morning lineup!  
At 9am its Rising up with Sonali from Pacifica

That's followed by NPRs 1A with Joshua Johnson
At 11am (Monday Through Thursday) Stay tuned for the newest edition to our Morning talk show line-up, Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod from Pacifica.
Of Course at noon every weekday, its our guiding light of truth and justice in journalism, Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.  Find the rest of our amazing Spring program schedule, a live audio stream, program archives, the script for today's Jive, a donation link and much more online at 

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. Tune in to WESU 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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