Monday, March 6, 2017

3/6/17 jive

Good evening, it's Monday March 6th. 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, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow, a conversation with Christopher Hale, executive director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, about his resolution to give up sexism this Lent -- and not just for Lent, but forever. 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 Wednesday it’s Be Bold For Change – a women's art show to celebrate International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. On Thursday, Orlando Baxter performs at Stand-up Comedy Unplugged. Friday they’ve got Hiroya Tsukamoto and Andrew Biagiarelli performing mesmerizing and eclectic acoustic music described as Cinematic Guitar Poetry. Saturday is Aligned with the Source in the morning, and the Eric Mintel Quartet in an encore performance  - "EMQ Plays TV" - in the evening. Sunday is NEAR and Far Storytellers featuring an open mic opportunity for anyone in the audience during the first half of the show, with headliners in the second half. 

Tonight in New Haven, Café Nine presents the regular "Monthly Mondays". Killian Troop, Storytime Bob and Mike Hatfield will also play. Tuesday headlines Brian Langlinais, and Wednesday brings a Comedy Open Mic hosted by Dan Rice this week. Thursday the 9th, Manic Productions Presents CO/NTRY, with Spectral Fangs and Dr. Martino as well. Friday's Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour hosts Off The Trax, with a full lineup of artists later on, including the Duece Bug 'March Radness Tour' featuring Lingo and Grind Mode Cipher, Sky Swamp Orange, Eugene Gallagher and more. Saturday's weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session features Gary Grippo & Friends; Manic Productions brings Chad Valley, Mission Zero, and Procedure Club to the stage later on. "The Sunday Buzz" this week is a St. Patricks Day Parade Edition with Jovial Crew--celebrate St. Pat’s to the smooth sounds of 12 string guitars. 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 tonight. Thursday March 9th it’s the John Kadlecik Band, and Friday enjoy the Bright Night Glow Party with musical guests Biofeedback, BLVKFLIP, Cetflix & Nhill and more. Also on Friday, In Lilly’s Pad, AFTON presents Broken Insanity, The Blameless Project, Fading Not Receding and many more. On Saturday there’s a Spring Music Fest showcasing local performers. Sunday March 12th is PARADE DAY featuring JUST ONE MORE. 
Find more info at

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, you can catch the regular Tuesday set with Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra. You’ll hear an amazing 18-piece band get funky as they jam and work out new material. Wednesday's Community Blues Jam is with Gene Donaldson this week. Sally’s in house band-The Po Boys hold down a regular Thursday set, with mystery guests every week. Friday the 10th, get down with some real Americana with Jeff Przech & The Outfit. Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood play Saturday night, bringing us through to the  end of the week. 

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Job and Career group hosts a workshop on Tuesday evening: Create Balance and Relieve Anxiety. The Racial Justice Book Group also meets Tuesday evening to discuss Ta-Nihisi Coates’s book, “Between the World and Me.” On Thursday they’ve got two screenings of “Girl on the Train,” in their ongoing Books to Blockbusters series.

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts brings you The Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble on Tuesday, performing under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen. Thesis productions will run throughout the week, including the theater production Mnemonic, a show about the act of remembering. Pamela Z performs Correspondence, an immersive ensemble performance, on Thursday, March 9, in the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall. for more

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

There’s a panel discussion on Women in STEM this Wednesday at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford. Details at

This Wednesday, Manic Productions presents The Flaming Lips and A Place To Bury Strangers at College Street Music Hall New Haven. Heat, Navy Gangs, and Mom Pop+Co play at BAR in New Haven as well. Thursday night, JD McPherson and Girls Guns & Glory play in The Ballroom at The Outer Space. On Friday it’s AJR and Hailey Knox at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, and Marc Maron: The Too Real Tour and Marina Franklin perform at College Street Music Hall. The Paper Kites and Ports of Spain round out the weekend on Sunday at The Ballroom at The Outer Space.  for details

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

The Art Guild of Middletown presents a demonstration by fiber artist Kristen Walsh this Thursday at Cromwell Intermediate School at 7 pm. Info at

The Mac650 Gallery in Middletown hosts a figure drawing session this Thursday at 7 pm. There’s an opening reception on Friday at 7 for The Bookstore Project, featuring photography by Florin Ion Firimita.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford hosts a conversation, “In Limbo: Challenges Facing Undocumented Students,” on Thursday at the Center’s Hartford location.

At Cherry Street Station in Wallingford, Sperm Donor plays on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 8PM with L.M.I. and Poor Lily. 

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, Parsonfield  performs Americana and folk this Friday. On Saturday it’s Live Wire, the world’s ultimate AC/DC tribute band. There’s more folk and rock on Sunday with An Evening with Dawes.

The 46th annual Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade happens this Saturday starting at 11 am. Full details of the parade route and more are at:

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways screens “I Am Not Your Negro” a black history documentary, through Thursday. “You're Killing me Susana” opens Friday, a Mexican comedy about a soap opera actor trying to win back his wife.  They’re screening the 1933 Marx Brothers classic, “Duck Soup,” on Sunday.
Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing “Elle” all week, a French film about a woman who goes straight for revenge after being raped. In their 2nd Thursdays series, they screen Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s restored 1979 film, “Fox and His Friends,” about a young gay boy who wins the lottery. Their National Theatre Live series continues with screenings of Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” on Thursday and Sunday. On Friday they open “Jackie,” a biopic of Jackie Kennedy Onassis starring Natalie Portman. It runs through the weekend.
Details and screening times at

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, offering contemporary folk along with a mix of blues, jazz, world music, movie soundtracks and more.

From 8-9:30 enjoy The Rumpus Room. 

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

Untracked plays from 12-1 am, followed by Every Other until 2 am.

I Love My Label spotlights a new record label each week from 2- 4 am,

BBC World News airs from 4-5 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, followed by NPRs 1A with Joshua Johnson

At 11am (Monday Through Thursday) you’ll hear the newest addition to our morning talk show line-up, Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod from Pacifica.
Of course at noon every weekday, it’s our guiding light of truth and justice in journalism, Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.

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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