Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday 03-20-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday March 20th. 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 chat with the Rev. Donna Schaper, pastor of the historic Judson Memorial Baptist Church on the cusp of Washington Sq Park in NY's Greenwich Village. Rev. Schaper's latest book is titled I Heart Francis: Letters to the Pope from an Unlikely Admirer. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived at tmrw evening.

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, followed by a Crystal Bowl Sound Healing in the evening. The Middlesex Drum Circle comes your way Thursday. On Friday, storyteller, troubadour and songwriter Don White takes the Buttonwood stage. Saturday morning’s Aligned with Source workshop is followed later that night by folk artists Lisa Bastoni and Naomi Sommers.  Sunday afternoon, John Basinger presents Book III of Milton’s “Paradise Lost.”

Tonight in New Haven, Café Nine presents Dapperascal, and EOE. On Tuesday, Manic Productions headlines Elison Jackson, appearing with The Ferdy Mayne, and Hnry Flwer. Wednesday’s bill is a Words & Music session. Manic Productions returns on Thursday to bring you Quinn XCII, Kolaj, and Ian Biggs. Friday’s Happy Hour brings you Lynn Malavolte & DW Ditty, followed by the late show with Ian Fitzgerald & Something Else, Lys Guillorn, and James Maple. Saturday's Jazz Jam Session is with Billy Cofrances this week, with the late show featuring Cash’d Out and Slim Francis.   "The Sunday Buzz" this week hosts a book signing with Chip McCabe, along with Canyon and Frank Critelli. The Sunday Blues Jam brings the George Lewis Band to the Café stage. For more info, visit

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Mondays features Jocelyn Pleasant. The regular Tuesday set is Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band that jams and works out new material. Wednesday's Community Blues Jam is with Mark Nomad this week. Sally’s in house band-The Po Boys hold down a regular Thursday set, with mystery guests every week. On Friday, catch some dirty punk reggae with Danny Pease and the Regulators. Duppy Conquerors, a Bob Marley tribute band, comes your way on Saturday.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Ron Lawrence & Friends hold down a regular set of Smooth Jazz on the Lily Pad stage on Tuesday this week. On Friday, they headline The Knocks, appearing with Bipolar Sunshine and Gilligan Moss. Saturday brings you another Original Saturday Night College Dance Party. 
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The Conversations at Noon series continues this Tuesday at the Connecticut State House in Hartford with retired CT Supreme Court Justice Peter Zarella. Details at

At the Russell Library in Middletown, they celebrate World Puppetry Day on Tuesday with a workshop on manipulating a marionette. There’s Origami later in the evening. The Cultural Connections group meets Wednesday, a meeting place for women of all nationalities. Bill Graham speaks on A Physicist’s Perspective of water, to celebrate World Water Day. There are two screenings of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” on Thursday as part of their Books to Blockbusters series. Yoga in the Hubbard Room happens on Saturday, and on Sunday enjoy music and clogging by the Atwater-Donnelly Trio. Check the website for the full schedule of events for all the family.

This Tuesday, Manic Productions presents The Expendables, Tribal Theory and more at the Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. On Wednesday, it’s Laura Stevenson, Adult Mom, and NYR at Bar in New Haven. You can catch Le Butcherettes, Lea, and Perennial at The Ballroom on Thursday.  for details

There’s a reception for the exhibition “Shifting Surfaces,” by artist Kim Sobel, this Wednesday at 5:30 at Chapman Hall on the Middlesex Community College campus in Middletown. Call 860-343-5806 for details.

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

The Salons at Stowe series at the Harriett Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford presents a panel discussion and conversation, Unpacking Islamophobia, this Thursday at 5:30. Visit for details.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, check out Celtic Rock with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers on Thursday. There’s funk/rock on Friday with Pink Talking Fish bringing you the Dark Side of Gamehendge.  On Saturday it’s Moondance: The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Show.

Enjoy multi-genre dance performances this weekend at HarttWorks, the Hartt School Community Division’s annual celebration of local student talent. It’s happening at the Millard Auditorium at the University of Hartford campus. Visit for performance times.

The Middletown Art Academy and WESU’s own J Cherry celebrate World Water Day this Sunday at 1:30 at the Academy’s Main St. location. Enjoy an exhibit and presentations, performance art, and a water blessing ceremony.

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “I Am Not Your Negro” a black history documentary, and “Kedi,” a cat documentary filmed in Istanbul, through Thursday. On Friday they open “Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” an educational journey into the creative process of the Beatles classic. They’re screening the 1970’s classic “M*A*S*H” on Sunday as part of their Film 101 series.
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Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues “Paterson,” starring Adam Driver as a New Jersey busman with a repetitive life, through Wednesday. On Thursday they open Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” about missionaries trying to keep Christianity alive in 17th-century Japan. The Midnight Movie on Friday is the animated Japanese film “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.” There’s a hint of spring in the Sunday screening of “The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism,” and they open a run of “Julieta,” a Spanish film about motherhood, passion, and loss.
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Don’t forget about the screenings at Middletown’s Russell Library this week, too (see above).


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 6-8 pm it’s 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 with Lord Lewis for 90 minutes of contemporary and vintage funk soul, reggae and more.. 

Cruiser’s Radio Program with Jack Sullivan runs from 9:30-11.

Franco is in the house for his mix of dance music from the 70’s and 80’s until 2am

Chris switches it up with his show. I love my Label, spotlighting a different music label weekly.  

The BBC World Report airs from 4-5 am Daily.

We start the day at 5 with NPR’s Morning Edition.

At 9am Weekdays 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, we bring you 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. Find our audio stream, 2 weeks’ worth of station archives a donation link and more, online at

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