Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday 03-27-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday March 27th. 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 pm to right before the Jive at Five. Next Tuesday, just in time for Holy Week, we talk to our faithful film critic Richard Alleva, of the Catholic journal Commonweal, about three films on DVD about the life of Jesus, the Scorsese classic The Last Temptation of Christ; the film based on an Ann Rice novel, The Young Messiah; and a poetic look at what Jesus might have been up to prior to starting his public ministry, Last Days in the Desert. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived 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 the weekly afternoon yoga at 1 pm. Sassy Songwriters takes the stage on Friday night with three women bringing you stories of love, loss, joy and redemption. On Saturday, enjoy jazz classics new and old with the Connor Waage Quartet. It’s short- and long-form comedy Sunday night with Cloud 9 & Friends Improv.

Tonight in New Haven at Café Nine, it’s Monthly Mondays with Frank Critelli. On Tuesday they’ve got Living Body, Procedure Club, and Parlay Droner. On Wednesday you can catch The Roomsounds, and Ryxno. The Lost Bayou Ramblers and Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps take the Café stage on Thursday. Friday’s Happy Hour guest is Snake Hill Blues, followed by the late show featuring Beniz Tek of Radio Birdman, and Dust Hat. Saturday’s Jazz Jam session is with Mike Coppola and Friends, and later it’s the Demkovic CD Release Party. On Sunday it’s a Buzz Music Marathon for the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, starting at noon. For more info, visit

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Mondays features Sarah Hanahan. 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 Tim McDonald 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 serious jazz and blues with Popa Chubby. On Saturday it’s the return of their popular Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, Ron Lawrence & Friends hold down a regular set of Smooth Jazz on the Lily Pad stage. On Wednesday, they headline Crystal Garden, featuring Boyd Tinsley. On Thursday it’s The Lox and Filthy America. . . It’s a Beautiful Tour. On Friday you can catch Shakedown, The Dead and Beyond, and much more, with a second stage of musicians in Lilly’s Pad. On Sunday they’ve got Periphery, The Contortionist, Norma Jean, and Infinity Shred.
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At the Russell Library in Middletown, on Tuesday, the Classic Mystery Discussion Group dives into Agatha Christie’s “The Mysterious Affair at Styles”. On Tuesday evening there’s a book signing with Jean Baur presenting “Joy Unleashed,” the story of her therapy dog Bella, who will also be in attendance. They screen “A Man Called Ove” on Thursday as part of the ongoing Books to Blockbusters series. On Friday morning it’s Drawing Mandalas for Insight into Life Issues, with a Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving demonstration later to celebrate Women’s History Month. There’s a Volunteerism Forum Saturday morning. Check the website for the full schedule of events for all the family.

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts hosts a lecture, “This is not my art work: Fabrication, Refabrication and Renunciation in Contemporary Art,” by Dr. Julie Reiss on Tuesday in Boger Hall. There’s a Conversation with director and playwright Emily Mann in Memorial Chapel Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, they host a talk by Letterpress printer and book artist Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr, at the Ring Performing Arts Hall. A talk and opening happens at the Davidson Art Center on Thursday with Andrew Szegedy-Maszak for the photography exhibit “Converging to a Center.” Philadelphia’s Tempesta di Mare perform their baroque chamber music concert, A Tale of Two Italian Cities, featuring pieces from Venice and Naples, on Friday at Crowell Concert Hall. Senior Thesis Dance Concerts and Senior Music Recitals happen from Thursday through the weekend. Full details at

This Tuesday, Manic Productions presents Portugal The Man, HDBeenDope, and Black Daniels at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. It’s Kevin Morby, Waxahatchee, and Mary Latimore on Wednesday at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. Or you can catch Stop Light Observations, Western Estates, and Dangerous Animals at Bar in New Haven. We’re back at the Ballroom on Thursday for Sofi Tukker, Verdigris, and LP Giobbi, and on Friday for John K Samson & The Winter Wheat, appearing with The End of America. Also on Friday, moe appears at the College Street Music Hall.  for details.

This Wednesday, the Miracle League of Connecticut hosts a Sensory Friendly Day at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford. They’re lowering the volume and dimming the lights to accommodate individuals and families on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities. Full details at

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

The Howl, Milkshakes, Cold Collective and more perform at the Mac650 Gallery in Middletown on Wednesday at 6:30. Details at

Middletown’s Poet Laureate Susan Allison holds Open Hours on Thursday morning at Brew Bakers North End Location in Middleton.

The Friends of the Davison Art Center of Wesleyan University host a Benefit Dinner and Auction this Thursday at Lan Chi Restaurant in Middletown. Details at

Refugee Palestinian Hip Hop Dance performers, The Shoruq Debka will be performing at two venues this weekend in Connecticut, before returning to Palestine: Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. you can catch them on stage in New Haven at Southern Connecticut State University’s Engleman Hall at 501 Crescent Street (doors open 6:30 p.m.) Friday Night at 7pm, the dance crew will perform at The Artists Collective, on Albany Avenue in Hartford (doors open 5:45 p.m.) for information call (860)200-5396  

The Connecticut Historical Society hosts Brooklyn Museum’s curator Lisa Small on Thursday who will speak on “Killer Heels: The Art and History of the High-Heeled Shoe.”

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, enjoy pop and rock on Friday with the Hollywood Allstars. On Sunday, it’s Live and Let Die: The Ultimate Tribute to Paul McCartney.

The Bushnell Park Carousel in Hartford opens its 2017 season this Saturday.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
CPTV hosts a screening of “Newtown,” a film about the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Saturday at the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall on the Wesleyan campus. A moderated panel discussion follows the film.

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. In a National Evening of Science on Screen, they’re showing “My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond.” On Friday they open “Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” an educational journey into the Beatles' creative process. They’re screening Woody Allen’s “The Purple Rose of Cairo” on Sunday as part of their Film 101 series.
Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues “Julieta,” a Spanish film about motherhood, passion, and loss, tonight through Wednesday. On Thursday they open “La La Land,” a contemporary movie musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Their annual April in Paris Festival opens Sunday, starting with the matinée screening of the 1928 film “The Italian Straw Hat,” and the evening film, Robert Bresson’s 1959 film, “Pickpocket.”
Details and screening times at

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 6-6:30 pm it’s Voices with Abby for a half hour poetry spotlight.  

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

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, it’s 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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