Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thursday 3-23-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday March 23rd. 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. Thanx for joining us! Here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week:

At 5:33 today The Salons at Stowe series at the Harriett Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford presents a panel discussion and conversation called, Unpacking Islamophobia.  Visit for details.

The film “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” as part of their Books to Blockbusters series. Yoga in the Hubbard Room happens on Saturday, and on Sunday, you can enjoy music and clogging by the Atwater-Donnelly Trio. Check the website for the full schedule of events for all the

The Middlesex Drum Circle meets at the Buttonwood Tree this Thursday. On Friday, storyteller, troubadour and songwriter Don White takes the Buttonwood stage. Saturday mornings at The Buttonwood tree, you can participate in Annita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source weekly workshop. Later Saturday night, folk artists Lisa Bastoni and Naomi Sommers take the stage at The Buttonwood.  Sunday afternoon, John Basinger continues his performance of Book III of Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” (from Memory!!)

Tonight/Thursday, in New Haven at Café Nine, Manic Productions presents Quinn XCII, Kolaj, and Ian Biggs. Friday’s Happy Hour performance features Lynn Malavolte & DW Ditty. Friday night Café Nine’s main event features Ian Fitzgerald & Something Else, Lys Guillorn, and James Maple. Saturday's weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Billy Cofrances this week. Saturday night Cash’d Out, pays tribute to Johnny Cash, Slim Francis opens the show.   "The Sunday Buzz" at Café Nine offers a book signing with Chip McCabe in support of his book 100 things to do in Hartford before you die along with Canyon and Frank Critelli will also perform. The Café Nine Sunday Blues Jam features The George Lewis Band. For more info, visit

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on Thursday nights, The Po Boys hold down a regular set featuring mystery guests. This Friday, you can catch some dirty punk reggae with Danny Pease and the Regulators at Sally’s. Duppy Conquerors, a Bob Marley tribute band, perform at Sally’s on Saturday.

Tonight, Manic Productions presents Laura Stevenson, Adult Mom, and NYR at Bar in New Haven. You can catch Le Butcherettes, Lea, and Perennial at The Ballroom on  for details

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can check out some Celtic Rock with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers (not Peppers!). Pink Talking Fish’s Dark Side of Gamehendge takes the Infinity Hall Hartford stage Friday night.  On Saturday it’s Moondance: A Van Morrison Tribute Show. At infinity Hall Norfolk, Friday night you can catch Vance Gilbert w/ Kerri Powers. Saturday Jeff Pevar take the infinity Norfolk stage. Sunday on stage at infinity Norfolk you can catch the Southern New England High School Jazz Festival. At 1pm you can catch Berlin and Simsbury High Schools followed by Middletown and Farmington High Schools at 4pm

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tomorrow (Friday), they headline The Knocks, appearing with Bipolar Sunshine and Gilligan Moss. Saturday brings you another Original Saturday Night College Dance Party. 
Find more info at

You can 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 is holding over runs of  “I Am Not Your Negro” about James Baldwin, and “Kedi,” a cat documentary filmed in Istanbul, through March 30th. Tomorrow (Friday), they open “Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” an educational journey into the creative process of the Beatles classic. Real Art Ways screens the 1970’s classic “M*A*S*H” on Sunday as part of their Film 101 series.
Details & screening times at

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford opens a run of Martin Scorsese’s film “Silence,” about missionaries trying to keep Christianity alive in 17th-century Japan. The Midnight Movie on Friday at Cinestudio 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. Details and screening times at

As mentioned at the top of the jive, right here in Middletown, at 6pm, Russell Library a screening of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” as part of their Books to Blockbusters series.

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

Right after the jive from 5:05-6:30pm, stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa offering
Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience.  

From 6:30-8:30 tonight Imagine with Karen Stein, offers Peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!

Evening Jazz with Bill Denert comes your way from 8:30-10pm with a broad range of swing, bebop and avante garde  Jazz with a sprinkling of new releases.

From 10-Midnight, Vicki is in the studio for a 2 hour spring break free-form fill in show.

At Midnight, stay tuned for 4 hours of old school Rnb and Soul with Sir Bruce on The greatest Sounds under the Sun.

The BBC World News happens at 4 followed at 5am by Morning Edition from NPR.

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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