Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday 4/17/17 jive

Good evening, it's Monday April 17th. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming here on 88.1 FM WESU   ddletown. 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 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: We consider one Catholic high school’s decision to show no mercy when it comes to girls taking girls to the prom. The all-girls Mercy High in Middletown, CT, landed   in the news recently when a student circulated an online petition seeking to take a girlfriend to the prom, which is scheduled for the end of this month. Though the administration compelled the petitioner to withdraw her demand, the repercussions linger on. We’ll talk with three people who favor lifting the ban on same-sex prom attendance: Victoria Scott, a Mercy High alum now living in Pennsylvania who’s taken up the cause; Maryann Duddy-Burke,  executive director of the organization Dignity, which serves LGBT Catholics; and Jim Bransfield, lifelong Middletown resident who covers sports and writes a popular column for the Middletown Press. Jim, who happens to be gay, devoted a recent piece to the controversy. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived tomorrow evening at

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

Tonight, Artists for World Peace will present a slideshow about their recent visit to Nepal. Their programs support students studying Ethnomusicology at Kathmandu University. The event takes place at the deKoven House Community Center in Middletown from 7 - 8 p.m.  and is free and open to the public. In their One Concert – One Child series, they bring you Thomasina Levy, Songs of Hope and Community, this Thursday at the Hubbard House.

Tonight, the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown offers Moments of Gratitude and their weekly Open Mic. Tuesday brings afternoon yoga, with crystal bowl sound healing in the evening. The Painters, with special guest Warren Byrd, take the Buttonwood stage Friday night with their contemporary jazz. Saturday morning it’s the Aligned with the Source workshop and meditation, followed by the jazz saxophone quartet Tetraptych in the evening. Sunday from 3 to 5 pm you can visit Pieces of the Moment, the abstract collage art exhibit and fundraiser art sale by   Bruce Blackman, which continues through the month.

Tonight in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, catch Words and Music featuring Drink Deeply. Tuesday, Manic Presents The Barons, Chaser Eight, and Treadwell. Wednesday’s lineup includes Ceschi, Gregory Pepper, Dear Rabbit, Laundry Day and Ricky Swift. Thursday, you can catch Honch, The 34's, Dutty Winehouse and Spectral Fangs. Friday's Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour hosts Bronson Rock this week, followed by Sean Rowe and That Virginia, courtesy of Manic Presents. Saturday Jazz Jam session starts early at 4, and features the Nick DiMaria Quartet. Saturday evening’s headliner is Juliana Hatfield, appearing with Ports of Spain. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you The Dusk Whales, Brawlix, and Oberon Rose, followed by a Dance Party with Sex Beat and Kid Congo Powers.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s another Jazz Mondays session with a special artist. Every Tuesday, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra gets funky as they work out new material. Wednesday's Community Blues Jam hosts Hash Brown. On Thursday, the Connecticut Blues Society hosts their Annual Band Challenge. The house band, The Po Boys, also appears every Thursday. Tom Guerra &The Mambo Sons takes Sally’s stage on Friday, and on Saturday The Healing Blues Band brings you music based on stories from the homeless.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, like every week, you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. Thursday, it’s Chop Drop featuring Crowell &Codd Dubz. Yale’s African Arts and Culture Festival brings you Cosmic Homies and Oshun on Friday. There’s another Original Saturday Night College Dance Party on Saturday. The African Culture series continues on Sunday with Africa Into Jazz/Jazz Into Africa, featuring The Richard Bona Trio and The Randy Weston Sextet.

This Tuesday, Manic Presents brings Sebadoh and Blessed State to The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. On Wednesday it’s STS9 and City of the Sun at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, or you can catch Matt Pryor, Dan Andriano and more at Bar as part of their Freemusic Wednesdays series. Thursday it’s Explosions in the Sky and Thor and Friends at College Street Music Hall. There’s plenty more at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, with Frank Iero and The Patience on Thursday, along with Dave Hause and The Mermaid; Kishi Bashi, Tall Tall Trees, and Olive Tiger on Friday; and Miracle Legion and The Backyard Committee on Saturday. 

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents senior theses and recitals in music and art all week at various locations. Check the website for details. On Wednesday, the Collegium Musicum and Concert Choir presents Seasonal Music Across Four Centuries in Memorial Chapel. The world premier of “Islands: The Lost History of the Treaty that Changed the World,” happens Friday at CFA Theater. The play explores colonialism and the US/Indonesia relationship. It runs through Saturday. 
Full details at

At the Russell Library in Middletown, you can enjoy Origami on Tuesday at 6:30. Cultural Connections, a group for immigrant women, meets on Wednesday at 5:30. At 7 pm, the Connecticut State Library brings you a presentation on Connecticut’s Role in WWI. On Thursday at 10:30, they present Smart Searching: Internet Research, Fact Checking, and Staying Safe. Jazz Up Close with Noah Baerman and Sunny Jain comes your way Thursday night. On Friday at 1 pm, it’s Poet’s Corner with Susan Allison, presenting Poets Resist! The Survivors Swing Band brings you classic swing melodies on Saturday at 1:30.

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 “Frantz,” a story of post-WWI guilt and conflict, through Thursday. Also continuing is “Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” an educational journey into the Beatles' creative process. On Friday they open “Tomorrow,” a documentary about concrete solutions to preserve humankind. It runs through the weekend.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing “The Salesman,” a tale of crime and punishment set in modern Tehran, through Wednesday. On Thursday they open “Lion,” the true story of a search for a birth mother, which runs through Saturday. National Theatre Live’s production of Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guilderstern Are Dead” will be screened on Thursday and Sunday. Raul Peck’s film on black activist and gay icon James Baldwin, “I Am Not Your Negro,” opens on Sunday.

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 for the Rumpus Room.

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 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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