Monday, May 15, 2017

5-15-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday May 15th. This is the Jiv  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 source s. Weeknights and weeke nds our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.

I’m Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonable Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs every first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: an interview with one of those baby-stealing, world-domination-plotting Freemasons, who the Catholic Church won't even let receive communion! Just kidding -- well, not about the communion part. Our guest explains what Freemasons are and do, and why the church is wrong to object to membership in the organization. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived tomorrow night at

As you're probably aware, WESU has launched its spring pledge drive. If you value what you hear on WESU, please support the service we provide with a donation during our Spring Pledge Drive, happening right now.  with 1/3rd of our goal met, your donation will go a long way towards sustaining the type of radio WESU delivers 247 365 days per year. Donate online at   

And finally, a big grateful hello to WESU fans Rusty Olson and Bill, who are refinishing my floors!

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

Tonight, the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown offers Moments of Gratitude and a weekly Open Mic. Tuesday there’s Intentional and Empowering Yoga, and a Crystal Bowl Sound Healing. A reception for the Phoebe Legere exhibit happens Wednesday evening, celebrating “Seeing the Unseen: Connecting to Creation,” which runs through the week. On Thursday evening, they host a Connecticut Songwriter’s Association Workshop. Friday’s headliner is Stanley Maxwell, a four-piece group offering jazz, funk, and rock. Saturday morning there’s the Aligned With Source Workshop; they round out the week with a concert by Phoebe Legere in the evening, bringing her Acadian-Cajan renaissanceensemble to the Buttonwood.

Tonight in New Haven at Café Nine, they headline The Dollyrots, appearing with Chaser Eight. On Tuesday it’s Two Cow Garage, and Christian Marrone. Wednesday’s bill has The Murder Junkies, RYXNO, and Intercourse. On Thursday it’s Joe Jack Talcum, F. Woods, Kyle Trocolla, and more. Friday’s Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features Calvin Decutlass and the Cut Loose Band, followed by a CD Release Show with Dutty Winehouse and a host of other performers. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, with The Living Deads and So Long Friendly appearing later. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Eric Ambel & Joe Flood, followed later by Audy Shaur and S.G. Calson, brought to you by Manic Presents!

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Monday’s session features a special guest artist. Every Tuesday night at Sally's, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. On Wednesday, the Community Blues Jam hosts Tommy Whalen this week. On Thursday it’s the CTBS Annual Band Challenge, with four blues bands competing for the chance to play In Memphis. On Friday you can enjoy jazz sax and more with the Noah Preminger Quartet. On Saturday it’s NY blues with the Chris Bergson Band, featuring a CD release show for the new album, Bitter Midnight.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends in Lilly’s Pad. On Friday they celebrate Shakedown’s 30th anniversary with performers on two stages. Saturday’s Bill includes Mandala, Norris Blue, Sammy Maximim, and more. Find more info at

At Russell Library this week, their One Book discussion series continues on Tuesday, exploring “The Boys in the Boat,” about the crew team going for gold at the 1936 Olympics. Or, you can attend their Origama class. The Peggy Stern Trio brings you music of the Great American Songbook on Thursday. On Saturdaytheir Hip Hop event includes a workshops on Tunrtablism, graffiti art, and rhyming. You can apply for or renew a Passport at their Saturday workshop. Or there’s a reception to open their art exhibit celebrating the Middletown Summer Hoopfest.

This Wednesday, Manic Presents brings Wrekmeister Harmonies, Thalia Zedek, and Polluter to Bar in New Haven.  They head to The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden on Friday with The Obsessed, Karma To Burn, Lo-Pan, and Curse The Son. It’s the Ballroom again on Sunday with Com Truise, and Clark. Or catch Flogging Molly, The White Buffalo, and Dylan Walshe at The College Street Music Hall in New Haven.

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

Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report will be speaking at the University of Hartford as part of the Progressive Movie/Speaker Night Wednesday at 7 pm at Auerbach Auditorium in Hillyer Hall.  

Also on Wednesday at 7:30, you’re invited to The Hubbard House in Middletown which presents “the wind blows through,” the Zen poetry of Ryokan, featuring The Flying Particles, as part of their ongoing One Concert-One Child series. Proceeds benefit the Children of Peace Project, and the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. Info at, or visit

In Hartford, enjoy free music at noon every Friday in their Pratt Street Music Series, featuring Olive Tiger this week.

The 10th annual Arts and Media Festival happens this Friday at Middlesex Community College in Middletown. Student film, video and new media projects will be showcased.

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “A Quiet Passion,” with Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson, through Thursday.  They also continue “Risk,” Laura Poitras’ documentary of Julian Assange. On Friday they open “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent,” a documentary of the rise and fall of America’s first celebrity chef. Also opening is “Obit,” a film that explores the world of obituary writers.  Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford screens “Frantz,” a film about post-war loss, through Wednesday. On Thursday they open “Get Out,” Jordan Peele’s film about an interracial relationship, that runs through the weekend. Their Thursday matinee is National Theatre Live’s production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
 There’s a Sunday screening of “Song to Song,” about aspiring singer/songwriters who fall in love.” 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 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, offering contemporary folk along with a mix of blues, jazz, world music, movie soundtracks, and more.

From 8-9:30 it’s the Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis for 90 minutes of funk and soul.

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

Mixed Media plays from 12-1 am, followed by Every Other until 2 am.

I Love My Label spotlights a new record label each week from 2- 4 am, after which BBC World News airs till 5 am.

At 5am stay tuned for NPR’s Morning Edition.

At 9am on weekdays join us for Rising up with Sonali from Pacifica
followed by NPR’s 1A with Joshua Johnson.

At 11am (Monday Through Thursday) WESU is proud to presents Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod from Pacifica, and every weekday at noon it’s Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.

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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