Monday, February 20, 2017

2/20/17 jive

Good evening, it's Monday the 20th of February. 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 o ur 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 Tuesd  ay, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: our annual Oscar episode with film critic Richard Alleva of the Catholic journal Commonweal. Just in time for Sunday's Oscar telecast, Richard and I will bat around the nominees for best picture, with an eye to their spiritual content, and Richard will predict the big winner. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived tomorrow evening at

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 brings you weekly afternoon yoga and a sound healing and meditation workshop later in the evening. On Thursday the 23rd, the Middlesex drum circle will be held--bring your own instrument, though some percussion instruments will also be provided. Friday night you can enjoy a night of acoustic music with Connecticut based artists Dana Merritt (singer-guitarist) and Glenn Roth (acoustic guitarist). Saturday morning’s bring Anniata Ghandy’s Aligned with the Source workshops to the buttonwood. Luke Hendon's Wandering with Silk & Steel, part of his gypsy jazz series take the Buttonwood tree Stage Saturday evening. Sunday, John Basinger continues to recite from memory, Book II of John Milton's epic story of the Garden of Eden, Paradise Lost. Rick Silberberg’s "A Re -Visible Man" gallery show runs through February 26.

Tonight in New Haven, Café Nine presents UNPLANNED POTUSHOOD: A BENEFIT FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD with performances by WITCH HAIR and LAUNDRY DAY. Tuesday features SONAR SHACK, MEATBALL SUBMACHINE GUN and CRYSTAL CLEAR. Wednesday STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS, with Dyna-mojo make for a night of Louisiana music at The Nine. Thursday, OURSELVES, ALONE, LIGHTHOUSE and IF JESUS HAD MACHINE GUNS, make for a medley of Minimal post punk electronic pop music.  Friday, Café Nine’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour hosts the TUESDAY SAINTS. THE PROUD FLESH, BIRTHRATES, VIREO, and GREG MORAN take the Stage later Friday night. Saturday's Weekly afternoon JAZZ JAM SESSION at Café Nine features the George Baker Band. Saturday night, Fernando Pinto Presents MONSTERLAND, SAVAK, and Creature Did.  "The Sunday Buzz " Matinee from Cygnus Radio, features THE CARLEANS and THE WYRD BROTHERS this week. Sunday night, Café Nine presents: SEX BEAT W/ KID CONGO POWERS, a new DJ series featuring the best in 60’s soul, Garage, and 70’s glam.  For more info, visit

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Ron Lawrence & Friends hold down a regular set of Smooth Jazz on the lily pad stage. The AMITY TEEN CENTER BENEFIT will be on the Main stage tonight. Tuesday the 21st features reggae with TRIBAL SEEDS with Raging Fyah and Nattali Rize. Thursday Famous Dex takes the Toads place stage. Friday the 24th SHAKEDOWN plays THE Music of the Grateful DEAD AND BEYOND, Kazoo Crew Family Band, Jeff Summa & the Roasters and Brian Skidmore share the bill. Doors at 8 PM. Find more info at

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, the Jazz Mondays series features ANDREW RENFROE QUARTET at 8 pm, for your jazz fix. Every Tuesday night, MICHAEL PALIN's OTHER ORCHESTRA gets funky on the stage. Wednesday’s Community Blues Jam will be hosted by Tim McDOnald this week. On Thursday Sally’s house band-The Po Boys featuring some of the best musicians in the area playing blues, R & B and classic rock. Friday the 24th you can catch The Professors of Sweet Sweet Music (POSSM), an Americana style band out of Hartford CT. On Saturday, The Beehive Queen of Rock and Roll, CHRISTINE OHLMAN & REBEL MONTEZ, return to Sally’s.
Tomorrow at 11:30, Eric Girardi presents a mesmerizing performance of circus skills choreographed to music at the Russell Library. He has been performing professionally for over fifteen years as a world-ranked yo-yo player, jug-gler, top spinner, diabolo'ist, contact juggler and stilt-walker.  The event is open to all All ages. Drop-in, no registration. Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library. Wednesday night at 7pm, you can catch Living Large in Middletown: a talk in which Bill Hosley will discuss 18th - century Middletown architecture with an emphasis on the Wetmore House. Famous visitors to the house included Aaron Burr, the Marquis de Lafayette, and noted theologians Jonathan Edwards and Timothy Dwight. Saturday at 12:30 The Library presents a screening of Ava DuVerney’s award winning civil rights film, Selma.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) night, Robert C Fullerton plays blues, folk, rock, gospel and jazz at Klekolo World Coffee on Court Street in Middletown.
Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts brings you IN STEREO Week Three with a Dance Duet tomorrow/ Tuesday, February 21, at 5:00pm in the Zilkha Gallery. The Muhal Richard Abrams Quintet plays Friday the 24, 2017 in the Crowell Concert Hall. Sunday, see Charlie Suriyakham in his series Clarinet Passion at Russell House. for more

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

This Wednesday, Manic Productions presents Lady Lamb and Henry Jamison at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. The DigCommunist Daughter, and Seth Adam will play that same evening at BAR in New Haven. Saturday Manic resents Young The Giant on their Home of the Strange Tour, and Lewis Del Mar at the College Street Music Hall.  for details

Middletown’s Poet laureate Susan Allison, keeps office hours on Thursdays, between noon and 2 pm at Brew Bakers Café on Main Street in Middletown’s North End.  Please feel free to bring your poems, questions, ideas to share and discuss!

At Cherry Street Station in Wallingford, punk band The Hulls play on Fri the 24th @ 9PM, alongside KING SEXY and Zombii. The Shape, Deafmute, and VRSA make for a night of Heavy metal.   

Sunday here in Middletown, The Greater Middletown Concert Association presents the acclaimed Boston based big band ensemble, Swing Legacy on stage at The MHS Performing Arts Auditorium at Middletown High School.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

On screen at Hartford’s Real Art Ways this week are the OSCAR NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS of 2017, running through Friday.   Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing the epic eastern noodle showdown, Tampopo through Wednesday, Loving plays Thursday through Saturday, and Sunday features I, Claude Monet. Details and screening times at
Saturday afternoon at 12:30 The Russell Library in Middletown presents a screening of Selma, the 2014 film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis.

Now here's what's on the air tonight, on WESU:

Right after the jive, stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, for an hour of straight of Jazz and classic Bop.

From 6-6:30 pm it’s The Production Report. 

At 6:30 stay tuned for, 75% Folk with Michael Benson offers Contemporary folk along with a mix of blues, jazz, world music, movie soundtracks and more.

From 8-9:30 Stay tuned for The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis.

Cruiser’s Radio Program with Jack Sullivan runs from 9:30-11, when Rhyme and Reason takes over til 12 AM.

Untracked plays from 12-1 AM. Every Other plays rock and hip hop til 2 am.

I Love My Label spotlights 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.
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

We have enough time in this evening's Jive to plug our terrific 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 addition 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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