Monday, January 2, 2017

1-2-17 Jive

Good evening, it's January 2nd. 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   Ben Michael, Thanks for joining us. Happy New Year!

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

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown it’s the ongoing Open Mic and Moments of Gratitude at 7 pm. On Tuesday, there’s Intentional & Empowering Yoga on Tuesday at 1 pm, with Laughter Yoga later at 7:30 pm. It’s Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta on Thursday at 7 pm. On Friday at 8 pm the Hartford Story City troupe takes the stage. Annaita Gandhy’s Aligned With Source Workshop happens on Saturday at 10:30 am, with this week’s theme of Opening Up to Divine Grace & Joy. The jazz/blues quartet Bop Tweed comes your way Saturday night at 8 pm. On Sunday it’s John Basinger performing the Live Reading of Milton’s Paradise Lost Book 1 at 3 pm. Details at

Tonight, down in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, you can catch Greg Moran, Leila Crockett, and Becky Kessler. On Tuesday Woody Pines takes the stage. There’s a Comedy Open Mic hosted by Dan Rice on Wednesday. On Thursday it’s Steve Mednick & Hard Road, appearing with Rob Carlso & Benefit Street.  Friday’s Happy Hour at 5 features Lynn Malavolte & Dave Duffy, followed later by Psychoala, Strawberry Cheesesteak, Coastal Notion, and Flight of Silence.  Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4 is with Mike Coppola and Friends, and the late show features The Proud Flesh, and Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 brings you Long Live the King! A tribute to Elvis, with the Greg Sherrod Birthday Bash happening later at 8 pm.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight it’s their Night of Smooth Jazz with Ron Lawrence & Friends. On Friday it’s Cosmic Dust Bunnies, with Lespecial, The Mushroom Cloud, and Black Data. They bring in the New Year with a Bright Night Glow Party on Saturday.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, their Jazz Mondays series continues. On Tuesday nights, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on Sally’s stage. On Thursday, house band The Po Boys is on deck. On Saturday, it’s the New York Blues & Jazz Society’s Best Artist winner, the Danny Draher Band.

There’s a light schedule at the Russell Library in Middletown. On Saturday, they host UFC legend Chris Lytle presenting Lights Out On Bullying at 11 am. Free signed copies of his book, “Lights Out,” will be given to participants. 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

Manic Productions brings Mates of State and Laundry Day to Bar in New Haven on Wednesday. On Thursday, it’s Big Thief, Twain, and Zanders at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. They’re at the Ballroom again on Sunday with Squirrel Nut Zippers, appearing with Davina and The Vagabonds.

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.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can catch progressive rock and Rush tribute music by Lotus Land on Friday. On Saturday, it’s the cast of Beatlemania at 8 pm. Details at

The Art Guild of Middletown hosts the Opening Reception for its fifth annual Exhibit of Artwork by Members this Saturday from 2-4 pm at the Portland Public Library. The exhibit runs through the month.

The City of Hartford’s seventh annual Winterfest continues through Sunday. 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 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, through Thursday. There Film 101 Intersession series continues on Thursday with a screening of “McCabe and Mrs. Miller,” Robert Altman’s 1971 film starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie as newcomers who bring a brothel to the Pacific Northwest. A post-film discussion follows. Check the website for weekend offerings.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio reopens Thursday with a run of “Loving,” based on the true story of the interracial couple who take their fight for legal marriage all the way to the Supreme Court. It runs through Saturday. On Sunday they bring back a run of “A Man Called Ove,” a bittersweet comedy from Sweden about a lonely retiree forced to adjust to his new noisy neighbors.   

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 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.

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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