Wednesday, March 15, 2017

03-15-17 Jive

Good evening, it's  Wednesday March 15th. 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 tuning in! I hope you’ve gotten dug out of the snow and ice that Stella left in its wake as the mid-March storm ripped across our state. Here's a rundown of some of what's going down in our area this week.

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

Tonight Manic Productions presents Mike Adams at His Honest Weight, Fatal Film, and Farmertan at Bar in New Haven. At The Outer Space tomorrow/Thursday, Manic presents And The Kids, Vundabar, and SPORTS. Friday you can catch Movements, Firestarter, From States Away, and In Response. Saturday, they’ve got The Pietasters, The  Hempsteadys, and Dagwood.  for details

Tonight in New Haven, Café Nine there’s a comedy/poetry Open Mic with Mooncha and Puma Simone. Olive Tiger and Granite to Glass take the Café stage on Thursday. Café nine’s weekly Friday Wind Down Happy Hour brings you Stephanie Harris Austin, Te ri Lynn, and more, this week. TheMain event Friday night features Glambat, Tuxis Giant, Teen Spaceship, and Underwear. Saturday's weekly Jazz Jam Session features Tony DioGuardi & Friends this week. Saturday night’s line up at the Nine features Little Lesley & The Bloodshots sharing a bill with Bopthrills.  "The Sunday Buzz" matinee headlines the Zoo Front 25th Anniversary Tour. Later Sunday night Café Nine presents a triple bill featuring True Will, Zombii, and Sunday Morning.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, This week’s Wednesday Community Blues Jam is with Tommy Whalen tonight. Sally’s in house band-The Po Boys hold down a regular Thursday set, with mystery guests every week. On Friday it’s the Chris O’Leary Band. Saturday’s headliner is blues singer Regina Bonelli, appearing with Michael Hill.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, the regular monthly Thursday night Gong & Sound Meditation will take place at the Mac650 Gallery this month. The Joe Fonda & Satoko Jujii Duet brings you experimental and exciting jazz on Friday night. Saturday morning brings the weekly Aligned with Source workshop and later Saturday night, songwriters Eric Taylor and Dana Coper perform at the Buttonwood Tree. Sunday afternoon, the folk group Cricket Tell The Weather takes the Buttonwood stage.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Friday, it’s DJ Bucks Birthday Bash with reggae pop star, Shaggy. Saturday’s DMZ and 1 Shot Dealz perform at Toad’s.   Find more info at

At the Russell Library in Middletown, they’re showing the film “Indignation” on Thursday as part of the Books to Blockbusters series. Middletown’s Poet Laureate Susan Allison presents Women Poets on Friday. There’s Tai Chi and Qigong on Saturday morning. Check out the website for the full schedule of events for all the family.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, Thursday night there’s a Concert for Kymberly Cotton to benefit the ALS Association of CT, with a night of classic rock featuring That 70’s Band and Optic Nerve. Thursday, Infinity Hall Hartford presents the Mars vs Venus Cosmic Comedy Clash featuring Kerri Louise, Bob DiBouno and Joe Currie . Friday at Infinity Hall Hartford, you can catch blues and rock with the Matt Zeiner Band featuring Baby Dynamite. On Saturday, its funk and world music with Red Baraat Festival of Colors. Infinity Hall Norfolk presents a night with Masters of the Telecaster: Jim Weider (The Band) and Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan and Levon Helm) and Tash Neal (The London Souls), Friday

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts hosts a reception for the Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition with an opening reception, this Saturday at the Zilhka Art Gallery on Washington Terrace. The exhibit runs through the end of the month and features hundreds of pieces of art created by city art students K-12. for more info

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues their run of James Baldwin’s “I Am Not Your Negro” withSamuel Jackson through March 23rd. opening Friday, Real Art Ways opens a run of “Kedi,” a cat documentary filmed in Istanbul. In their Film 101 series, this Sunday, they’re offering the 1959 classic “Some Like It Hot,” with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. There’s a post-film discussion.
Details & screening times at

Tonight (Weds) Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford starts a run of Woody Allen’s 1979 classic, “Manhattan,” that runs through Saturday. On Thursday they show “A Prep School Negro,” about a boy from the Philadelphia ghetto who gets a chance at an elite education. There’s a post-film discussion. The Sunday matinée is the Bolshoi Ballet’s performance of Stravnisky’s “A Contemporary Evening.” In the evening they open a run of “Paterson,” starring Adam Driver as a New Jersey busman with a repetitive life. Details and screening times at

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Harford is screening the Academy Award-winning film “Moonlight” tonight (Wednesday) at the Wadsworth Atheneum, with a post-film  discussion.

And, don’t forget about the Middletown’s Russell Library screening of the film “Indignation” on Thursday night.

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

Right after the Jive, stay tuned for an hour of commentary and music with Eric Kuhn, host of The Big Controversy.

At 6pm, stay tuned for Your Mind Matters with DR Helen Evrard.

Fusion Radio with James Fusion brings you a 90 minute techno mix at 6:30 and The Warehouse with Mike Nyce keeps the mix going with 90 minutes of deep underground house music.  

The Vault with Anton Banks, presents another 90 minute set of electronic music from 9:30 to 11pm.

After that, Chip Austin is in the house for an hour of Americana and folk music until midnight.   

Then stay tuned for 3 hours of free form radio at its best with Chaim.

At 3am, its Maximum Rock and Roll Radio, for an hour of loud rock.

Weekdays WESU offers BBC’s world Report at 4am. At 5 we continue with NPR’s Morning Edition.
Rising up with Sonali from Pacifica comes your way weekdays at 9am. 

That's followed by NPR’s 1A with Joshua Johnson and 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. Fridays at 11am we present First Voices from Pacifica. Of Course, at noon every weekday, you can tune in for Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.  Find the rest of our 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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