Monday, February 27, 2017

2/27/17 jive

Good evening, it's Monday the the 27th 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 Tuesday, 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 there's an acoustic open mic on Thursday. Catch Friday's story city troupe, a band of storytellers using The Moth Formula: all are true, personal stories, often funny, sometimes amazing, poignant or ironic and based on a single theme for the evening. Saturday march 4th brings you Aligned with the Source, as well as 
the Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival Event. Colin Haskins and Free Poets Collective Present "Woman Scream 2017" A Scream of Freedom, to honor all the girls of the world. Saturday night brings The Modern Riffs, straight ahead jazz, in combination with 70's and 80's classic rock and funk. Sunday brings 

Past Life Regression with Dan LaRosa, an interactive self-help hypnotist, as well as CLOUD 9, an improv comedy team performing both long and short form comedy. 

Tonight in New Haven, Café Nine presents "MONTHLY MONDAYS" WITH FRANK CRITELLI. Tuesday's IRIS benefit concert for immigrant support and services features ORKESTAR BAM, THE HARRIS BROTHERS and BALKAN BAND. On Wednesday, don't miss a lineup of fabulous female artists, including SARAH CHESLER, KATHY MUIR and NICOLE THOMPSON. Thursday is COLE QUEST AND THE CITY PICKERS, OLD ROYALS and EVENING DARLING. This Friday's Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour is showing THE INCORRIGIBLES. also on Friday, Manic Productions Presents MODERN MEASURE with Project Aspect and The Forest Room. Saturday's free JAZZ JAM is WITH MIKE COPPOLA AND FRIENDS this week, and DANGEROUS ANIMALS, THE Z-BOYS, Dickicker and Art School Girls play later on. "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee brought to you by Cygnus Radio hosts GINA SICILIA this week, and Sunday night is A BENEFIT FOR THE ACLU with Mates of State, The Shellye Valauskas Experience, Mercy Choir, Tiny Ocean, Frank Critelli, and more. 

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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. Thursday March 2nd features CHRONIXX with special guest Kelissa on their CHRONOLOGY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR. On friday there's the BRIGHT NIGHT GLOW PARTY with RAGEPAK, Blvkflip, D.Brown and more; doors are at 9:30.

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Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, the Jazz Mondays series features the FRANK KOZYRA QUINTET playing a DEXTER GORDON TRIBUTE. Tuesday, Sally's hosts an all-day mardi gras party with drinks, food, face painting, beads, and of course music. Wednesday's COMMUNITY BLUES JAM is with ED BRADLEY this week, and on Thursday MIKE CASEY JAZZ plays RISEUP. 

On Tuesday, February 28, Russell Library hosts a classic mystery book discussion in the Hubbard Room. this week will be a discussion of the Father Brown mysteries by G.K. Chesterton, starting with the short story The Blue Cross from the collection The Innocence of Father Brown. Tuesday, Middletown's NAACP presents a film screening of Alice’s Ordinary People. Sunday March 5th Russell Library celebrates international women's day, with a panel discussion on women's issues in the Hubbard room. 

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts brings you Sonatas and Interludes this Tuesday, February 28, with pianist Amy Williams. Thursday's installment of the Artful Lunch Series hosts Rhea Higgins. Friday the 3rd premiers Urban Bush Women: Walking with ’Trane, and Sunday is Listening in Reverse at the World Music Hall. 

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

This Tuesday, Manic Productions presents Robert Ellis and Courtney Hartman (of Della Mae) at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Weekly #FreeMusicWednesdays features Shadow Band, Mercy Choir, and Swamp Yankee at BAR in New Haven. Thursday, Merchnow Presents Polyphia, Jason Richardson, and Covet at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. Saturday nights brings you Wild Child, and Goodnight Blue Moon at The Ballroom at The Outer Space; doors at 8 pm.  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, experimental band 
Destination Dimension plays on Friday Mar 3. Saturday night is So Long Liberty with Slip And Fall, HONCH , and more. 

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues its screenings this week of the OSCAR NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS of 2017, running through Thursday. The Red Turtle, an animated film about a man's shipwreck and struggle for survival, plays through the week as well. 

Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing oscar nominated films all week, with Moonlight playing Monday-Wednesday and Manchester by the sea playing through the weekend. 

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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 Voice.  

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 Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin.

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

Untracked plays from 12-1 AM. Shut up and Don't Play the Hits is on 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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