Monday, April 3, 2017

jive 4/3/2017

Good evening, it's Monday April 3rd. 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. Tomorrow, 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:

Tuesday, the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown offers weekly afternoon yoga at 1 pm. Story City Troupe takes the stage on Friday bringing you stories of love, loss, joy and redemption. On Saturday, enjoy Brian Friedland & Catherine Bent's renditions of classic American and Brazilian folk tunes. Sunday closes out the week with NEAR and Far Storytellers, featuring an open mic opportunity for anyone in the audience, as well as headliners later on. 

Tonight in New Haven at Café Nine, catch musical guests MID ATLANTIC TITLE, SEASONAL and HEARTSIDE. Tuesday features a comedy open mic hosted by Dan Rice. Wednesday, the Tet Offensive plays the music of Nirvana, and Thursday features SONIC SUPERCHARGER 66 and M-13. Friday night's weekly windown happy hour hosts Solin, performing covers and original work. Friday night is Cory Branan, Daphne Lee Martin, and Christian Marrone, playing a mix of folk rock and country punk. Saturday's jazz jam is with Gary Grippo and friends this week, and later that night Drinkdeeply Presents WESS MEETS WEST AND THE TRAVELER, CON ETIQUETTE and CITY STREETS COUNTRY ROADS. "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee from Cygnus Radio is on Sunday, this week featuring SUMMER EDEEN and AUGUSTE & ALDEN. 

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Mondays features the Haneef N. Nelson sextet. 
Tuesday's regular programming cedes its place to the HALL HIGH JAZZ ENSEMBLE W/ SPECIAL GUESTS, up and comers in the Middletown jazz scene. On Thursday April 6, catch Ed Mann w/ Other Orchestra playing the music of  Frank Zappa. Sally’s in house band-The Po Boys hold down a regular Thursday set, with mystery guests every week. On Friday, get down with Wobblesauce, serving up a unique concoction of electronica, rock, and overall action-packed instrumental dance music. Saturday night is ROBERTO MORBIOLI, a BLUESMAN FROM ITALY bringing you the sweet sounds of blues guitar. 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, see ISAIAH RASHAD on his LIL SUNNY TOUR with guest artists Lance Skiiiwalker and Jay IDK. Friday the 7th brings you KUNG FU: THE FEZ TOUR with Strange Machines, playing One set of original Kung Fu music, as well as a Steely Dan set. Sunday features the funky sounds of ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS on his ZOMBIES IN AMERICA TOUR, also featuring Atlas Genius and Night Riots.

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At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Racial Justice Book Club discusses Homegoing
Tuesday, April 4, at 6:30 in the Hubbard Room. On Thursday, catch up on the Books to Blockbusters film series with a screening of Queen of Katwe, Based on the book by Tim Crothers, it's a  vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess.  

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents a Graduate Recital with Omar Guzman this Tuesday, April 4, at 9:00pm. Senior fine arts theses open this week in the Zilkha gallery. Capstone theater productions as well as Senior Thesis Dance Concerts and Senior Music Recitals happen from Thursday through the weekend. Full details at

This Wednesday, Manic Productions #FreeMusicWednesdays presents Diet Cig, Daddy Issues, and Spit-Take at BAR. Vieux Farka Touré, Last Good Tooth, and José Oyola & The Astronauts play Sat, April 8, 2017 in The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Often referred to as "The Hendrix of the Sahara", Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali, and serves up jammin guitar and vocals.  for details.

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

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

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:

Monday April 3rd, tonight, presents a film screening of Racing to Zero at 7 PM at the Middlesex Community College in Middletown.

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “Kedi,” a cat documentary filmed in Istanbul, through the end of the week. On Friday they open “Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” an educational journey into the Beatles' creative process. Friday through Sunday, they're playing "Frantz", set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War. This film recalls the mourning period that follows great national tragedies and tells the stories of those who are left to cope. 

Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford pilots their AIP FILM FESTIVAL 2017 this week, with a screening of CHOCOLAT this evening. Tuesday April 4th shows the film 1984. AIP films run through the rest of the week.

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

From 8-9:30 Stay tuned the Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis.

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

Untracked plays from 12-1 AM. Every Other 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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