Monday, May 29, 2017

Monday 5-29-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday May 29th. 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 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: three experts and I do a post-mortem on last week's meeting between President Trump and Pope Francis, two iconoclastic figures but who couldn't hold more opposite views. Can't listen live? Find the audio online at If you give a pledge of any size to the station's spring pledge drive, by the way, I'll send you your choice of autographed books by three authors who appeared on Reasonably Catholic recently: Gina Barreca's If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse; Tom Krattenmaker's Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower; and the Rev. Donna Schaper's I Heart Francis. Just mention your choice when you pledge at or contact me through the site. Thanks for supporting WESU's unusual programming. You put the community in community radio!

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

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 Tim McDonald this week. On Thursday Sally’s house band, The Po Boys, takes the stage. On Friday Sally’s debuts Dylan Doyle. On Saturday, it’s Danny Pease and the Regulators.

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 it’s Riders on the Storm with multiple performers appearing on two stages. On Saturday it’s an Electronic Pop & Dance Night featuring RAGEPAK and TreFyah. Info at

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown is closed today for the holiday. They reopen Tuesday with Intentional and Empowering Yoga. The Story City Troupe takes the stage on Thursday, and on Sunday you can enjoy comedy with Cloud 9 & Friends Improv.

On Tuesday in New Haven at Café Nine, they headline Dear Darla. There’s a Benefit for the Connecticut Bail Fund on Wednesday with Ceschi, Patrick Dalton, and Swamp Yankee. On Thursday it’s Maybird, appearing with Mission Zero. Friday’s Happy Hour features Shellye Valauskas & Dean Falcone, followed by the evening show with Phat Astronaut, The Telle, Baka Fana, and Mizeyesis. . Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola and Friends, with Manic Presents! Bringing you the evening show with Bent Knee, Great Caeser, and The Refectory. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Anne Marie Menta & Dick Neal, with the late show headlining Ryxno, Dr. Beardface and the Spacemen, and Zombii.

At Russell Library this week, their One Book on the Riverbend series presents Tales from the Connecticut River: Stories of Local Crew Coaches on Tuesday. Or, you can join their Classic Mysteries Book Discussion in a conversation about Dashiell Hammett’s “The Thin Man.” On Wednesday the One Book on the Riverbend series continues with Eating Like a Champion: How Elite Athletes Build Their Power, featuring Jeff Hush, founder of Food & Movement Therapy. The Jazz Up Close and Crossing Cultures series presents music with Japanese violinist Meg Okura and her quintet on Thursday at 7. A 2-week exhibit of photographs celebrating the Middletown Summer Hoopfest opens June 1.

This Wednesday, Manic Presents brings The Orwells and The Walters to The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Or, enjoy Ruby The RabbitFoot, José Oyola & The Astronauts, and Ashley Hamel at Bar in New Haven. They’re back at The Ballroom on Thursday with Joseph, and Overcoats, and Friday with Barns Courtney and Brian Bonz.

There’s free yoga every Wednesday at 6 p.m. brought to you by Riverfront Recapture and Hartford Sweat. Bring your own mat to Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. On Thursday they offer Thursday Nights on the Plaza, with free music and more, also on the Plaza.

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

An Opening Reception for Flohana, photographs of the Hawaii Fire Artists, happens Thursday at the MAC 650 Gallery on Main St in Middletown at 5 pm.

The First Thursday Jazz Series in Middletown, hosted by Central City Productions, continues this Thursday at Lan Chi Restaurant on Main St. in Middletown with music by Trevor Davis’ Jazz Affair. Info at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, enjoy blues and rock with the Eric Johnson Band and special guest Arielle on Thursday. It’s metal and rock on Friday with Ozzmosis. On Saturday it’s vocal tribute galore with Barbra & Céline: Double the Divas. Details at

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford brings you Skinlab with Product of Hate, Ikillya, Soul Conversion and more on Thursday. On Friday it’s the Jeremy Zombii Birthday Show. On Saturday it’s Baconfest 3! with a recipe contest, two stages and ten bands.

In Hartford, there’s free music at noon every Friday in their Pratt Street Music Series, featuring Belle of the Fall this week.

Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford offers a free Tree Walk Saturday morning at 10 to explore their rare and notable trees.

The Middletown Recreation Department sponsors a guided nature walk on Saturday at McCutcheon Park that includes a discussion of Native uses of the area. Call 860-262-2788 for details.

And the Rockfall Foundation hosts a Day Hike at Wadsworth Falls State Park in honor of Connecticut Trails Day led by geologist Christine Witkowski. You can learn more about the geology and ecology of the area.

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “Obit,” a film that explores the world of obituary writers. Both run through Thursday. Continuing through Wednesday is “Like Crazy,” an Italian film about friendship and madness in a psychiatric clinic. On Thursday they screen “Disturbing the Peace,” a film about former Israeli and Palestinian enemy combatants who come together to challenge the status quo. There’s a post-screening Q&A with director Stephen Apkon. They explore the ideology of White House strategist Stephen Bannon’s  with Bannon’s documentary “Generation Zero” on Saturday, along with a post-film discussion. They open “The Commune” on Friday, about a post-70’s Copenhagen commune, and “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” about resistance efforts in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Both run through the weekend.   Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues “Panique,” the restoration of a 1947 classic about intrigue in Nazi-occupied France, through Thursday. Their 30th annual Connecticut LGBT Film Festiv al opens Friday with “Center of the World,” followed by an Opening Night Reception. Check the website for times and offerings through the weekend.

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 Big Controversy with Eric Kuhn, an amusing review of political events and public affairs from local to national.

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 to midnight, when Hits of the 60’s and 70’s with Jimmy Z takes over.

From 1:30-2:30 am it’s The Future of What with Portia Sabin about music and the recording industry for insiders, outsiders, and outliers.

Maximum Rock & Roll Radio comes your way from 2:30-3:30 am, with punk, rock, and hardcore from the Maximum record collection, followed by Fun with DJ Otto Nation from 3:30-4 am.

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

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

At 11 am (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 pm 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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