Monday, April 24, 2017

4/24/17 jive

Good evening, it's Monday April 24th. 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  nd 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. The next show, on May 2nd, our guest will report back about what he heard at the posh $1,200-a-plate conservative Catholic meeting he attended at the Trump Hotel in DC. I'll also bring you news of great pledge gifts in exchange for your support of our spring pledge drive: autographed books courtesy of authors who recently appeared on the show. Thanks in advance for going to and giving what you can.

Now here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week.

Quinn Miller plays at  Klekolo World Coffee in Middletown on Tuesday. 

On Friday, Circophony's Circus Indivisible performs at the Oddfellows Theater, 128 Washington Street, Middletown. 

At RUSSELL Library this week, All Sewn Up will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 3:00pm – 5:00pm in the Hubbard Room, teaching basic clothing maintenance and repair. The Classic Mystery Book Discussion group will be reading Whose Body? this week, and meeting on Tuesday, April 25, 12:00pm – 1:00pm to discuss. Also this week is the Middletown World War I Digitization Day on Thursday, April 27. In an effort to help preserve this significant piece of our history, the Russell Library  will be partnering with the Connecticut State Library’s Remembering World War One: Sharing History/Preserving Memories project to hold a digitization day event. The event Healthy Me, Healthy Start is on Fridays, a free early childhood nutrition program designed to support parents in establishing healthy eating habits in their young children. On Saturday, attend How to find a grant - Learn about Grants Databases Available at the Russell Library in Meeting Room 3. On Saturday evening there's  Yoga In The Hubbard Room.  Details at

Tonight, the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown offers Moments of Gratitude and a weekly open mic. Tonight is also the Bruce Blackman Fundraiser Art Sale running April 6 - April 30. The collection is titled "Pieces of the Moment" and features his abstract collage art. 100% of proceeds go to the performing art center. Tuesday has weekly afternoon yoga, and Thursday is the Middlesex drum circle. Friday features folk artists Kristen Graves and Natalie Gelman. Saturday is Aligned with the Source as well as 71 Strings, Three Men, and a Concertina featuring Larry Kaplan, Dave Paton, and Tom White returning to the Buttonwood Tree with a special mix of contemporary songs as traditional music from around the world accompanied on at least nine instruments, but not all at once…Sunday has John Basinger's Paradise Lost: Book 4. John recites from memory Book 4  of John Milton's epic story of the Garden of Eden, Paradise Lost.

Tonight in New Haven at Café Nine, catch Monthly Mondays with Frank Critelli. This Local legendary songwriter hosts a Monthly series with some of his favorite artists in unique and sometimes unorthodox formats. Frank Critelli writes songs, and He dabbles in haiku and other short poetry. Tuesday is Eilen Jewell with Miss Tess and  ; The Talkbacks, and Seth Adam. Wednesday, see vocalist Sophie Auster with SEE. SEE is a twenty y  ear old singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Long Island, NY. After teaching herself the drums, guitar , bass, piano, and more, she began writing original songs at the age of 15 and eventually became a primary songwriter and drummer for an alternative indie rock band based out of Long Island. Thursday is Western Estates, Straight To VHS, and Witch Hair, and DW Ditty plays at the Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour on Friday. Later that night, GO KAT GO! Presents THE'S and Sasquatch (Solo), as well as Bloodshot Bill. Saturday's Jazz Jam Session is with Billy Cofrances this week, and ELM CITY FOLK FESTIVAL
brings in Michael Hunton, Oh, Cassius, Rusty Things, The Can Kickers, and The Goddamn River later on. 
"The Sunday Buzz" matinee from Cygnus Radio presents SARAH BORGES & ; THE BROKEN SINGLES, with The Backyard Committee as well. The week ends with music from THE WILD REEDS and Blank Range on Sunday night. 


Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Monday’s session features a special secret guest artist this and every week. Every Tuesday night at Sally's, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra gets funky as they jam and work out new material. Wednesday's COMMUNITY BLUES JAM is W/ TIM MCDONALD this week. Every wed at 8:00 pm we host one of the longest running open blues jams in New England!  Featuring our house band with a different host each week. Thursday night, catch the premiere of the CTBS ANNUAL BAND CHALLENGE where Four blues bands compete to win a chance to represent CT in Memphis! Come hear what CT has to offer.  Thursday nights Sally’s house band, The Po Boys, feature special guests. Friday brings ELIZA NEALS & THE NARCOTICS. Eliza Neals is an award-winning, sultry, powerful blues-rock-soul vocalist . Saturday features Robert Frahm.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, as every Monday night, ROHN LAWRENCE & FRIENDS hold down a set of smooth jazz on the LILLY PAD. Thursday brings the local SPRING MUSIC FEST 2, featuring artists Crosby, Exist, Placeville, Pre-Owned, Street Tiger, Torque and Treehouse of Bees. Friday the 28th is BADFISH, A TRIBUTE TO SUBLIME on THE HERB & LEGENDS TOUR, playing with Roots of Creation, Ian Biggs & the Ruckus and Tales of Joy. 

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Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents the fourth week of the Senior Thesis Exhibition Receptions, opening on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 4:00pm. On Monday, watch the Ebony Singers Spring Concert, 8:00pm in the Crowell Concert HallThe Ebony Singers are a study of African-American religious music through the media of performance. The areas of study consist of traditional gospel, contemporary gospel, spirituals, and hymns in the African-American tradition. Between Charms: Piano Recital by Yvonne Troxler will take place on Tuesday, April 25, in Russell House. Thursday sees Senior Talks in the History of Art in Boger Hall. Here, Seniors in the Art History Program of Wesleyan's Department of Art and Art History present their thesis talks. Thursday, Advanced Javanese Gamelan performs in the World Music Hall, and the Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble plays on Friday. The Spring Dance Concert will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 8:00pm in the Patricelli '92 Theater. 

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This Tuesday, Manic presents Acid Mothers Temple with Babylon, and Sun Dagger in The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, CT. Acid Mothers  Temple has a floating line-up with contributions from many members of the AMT Soul Collective, and an ever-changing sound. Wednesday's free event is brought to you by #FreeMusicWednesdays, fearturing Honeysuckle, Sam Moss, and the Balkun Brothers at BAR in New Haven. Honeysuckle is a progressive folk act that blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration. Saturday, Manic Presents:: MONO and Holy Sons at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. The Tokyo, Japan based 4 piece Instrumental Rock band MONO was originally formed in 1999. Their unique approach of blending orchestral arrangements and shoegaze guitar noise in their music has been highly influential. On Sunday, see The Wild Reeds, an LA based band, with Blank Range at Cafe Nine.  for details. 

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

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” an educational journey into the Beatles' creative proce ss this week. Tomorrow  also plays through this week, a film about French actress and director Mélanie Laurent who decided to travel the world in search of solutions that can help save the next generations. The result is Tomorrow, an inspiring documentary that presents concrete solutions implemented throughout the world by hundred of communities. in A Quiet Passion, Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. A Quiet Passion plays through the weekend. 

Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing I Am Not Your Negro Monday-Weds, a  film on author, black activist and gay icon James Baldwin. T2 Trainspotting plays Thurs-Sat, depicting Edinburgh’s underworld and how it has changed as director Danny Boyle and the original cast drop in 20 years after Trainspotting’s original glory. Sunday plays Personal Shopper, the tale of a young American working as the personal shopper to an obnoxiously wealthy socialite in Paris, and trying to connect with her dead twin at the same time. 

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 Voices with Abby Shneyder for 30 minute of poetry and voice!

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.

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 dont 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 our weekday public affairs lineup at 4am with the BBC world Report
At 5am stay tuned for NPR’s Morning Edition.
At 9am stick join us Rising up with Sonali from Pacifica
followed by NPRs 1A with Joshua Johnson

At 11am (Monday Through Thursday) WESU is proud to presents 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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