Monday, May 8, 2017

5/8/17 jive

Good evening, it's Monday May 8th. 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. On our next show, on May 16, we answer the burning question: what the heck are Freemasons? Can't listen live? Find the audio archived that evening at

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. The PHOEBE LEGERE Art Show is on tonight, running May 4 - May 20. The show is titled "Seeing the Unseen: Connecting to Creation" "Phoebe Legere is a visionary artist who uses classical old masters  techniques to express her highly personal magic realism. Tuesday is intentional and empowering yoga and an emotional health workshop, Step into the Vortex, in the afternoon. Wednesday is a Private T'ai Chi and Drumming Class; the Bookstore will be closed. On Thursday, the Buttonwood hosts comedian Emma Willmann. Emma made her late night debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2016 and has also performed standup on Fuse’s Uproarious and Seeso’s Night Train. Friday sees a night of jazz and blues with vocalist Kosi on her Who I Am Tour Featuring Eric Lee. Saturday is aligned with the source; La Terza Classe plays later on that night, bringing you the sounds of bluegrass and americana through the lens of Naples. The week ends with Near and Far Storytellers on Sunday.

Tonight in New Haven at Café Nine, catch musical guests STEPH SERENITA
JEMAR PHEONIX (OF THE HOOCH) and ELLE SERA for a calm night of acoustic and soul. On Tuesday, Fernando Pinto Presents SLAID CLEAVES, a storyteller with a musical dimension. Wednesday is the COMEDY OPEN MIC HOSTED BY DAN RICE, and Thursday is An Evening With
THE REVELERS. Friday's Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour is with MIKE HATFIELD this week, and Goat Herder, Slip and Fall, and Productive Member play later on. Saturday has its weekly JAZZ JAM SESSION with Gary Grippo & Friends, and later that night THE CROWN STREET ORCHESTRA
and THE BIRDMEN take the stage. On Sunday, Caroline Spence, Brian Dolzani play, hosted by 
"The Sunday Buzz" Matinee from Cygnus Radio. On Sunday night, The Refurbished Original Sunday Blues Jam Session welcomes the GEORGE LESIW BAND for some good ol' blues. 


Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Monday’s session features a special secret guest artist this week. For the aficionado, or the curious first-timer, Jazz Mondays is the best taste of live jazz in Hartford. Every Tuesday night at Sally's, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra gets funky as they jam and work out new material. On Wednesday, the COMMUNITY BLUES JAM hosts ED BRADLEY this week. On Thursday, Sally's hosts the CTBS ANNUAL BAND CHALLENGE, where four bands come to duke it out for the chance to play In Memphis. Thursday nights Sally’s house band, The Po Boys, play a set and always feature special guests. Friday May 12th brings THE AMBASSADOR OF BLUES AND SOUL, SLAM ALLEN. American Showplace Music recording artist Slam Allen is one of the most dynamic and original blues and soul artists on the scene, sure to give your friday night the blues infusion you need to take you into the weekend. On Saturday, PROFESSOR LOUIE AND THE CROWMATIX play a mix of rock n roll and blues. Sunday the 14th is the Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch, Featuring a full Southern Buffet & the Mary Taylor Gospel Revue. Say Hallelujah!

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, you can catch a night of smooth Jazz with ROHN LAWRENCE & FRIENDS, playing every monday night on the LILLY PAD. Thursday May 11th brings a night of titillation and confusion with 
PINK TALKING FISH, A FUSION OF PINK FLOYD, THE TALKING HEADS & PHISH, also featuring West End Blend. Friday is UGLY GOD with Nebu Kiniza and HG Locks. Saturday is LIVE DEAD ‘69 PERFORMING "LIVE DEAD" IN ITS ENTIRETY FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, ANYWHERE (AND OTHER TASTEFUL SELECTIONS). Featuring artists Tom Constanten (Original Grateful Dead pianist), Mark Karan (Rat Dog, The Other Ones guitarist) and Slick Aguilar (Jefferson Starship, David Crosby lead guitarist). Friday is a big ol' party 
CELEBRATING SHAKEDOWN'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY! with Kazoo Crew Family Band, Klams Kasino, Bangcreek Puppies, No Mind, The Notch and more. Saturday night, In Lilly’s Pad…AFTON PRESENTS Mandala, Norris Blue, Sammy Maximin, and many more. 

Find more info at

At Russell Library this week, 
One Book on the Riverbend Multigenerational Book Discussion will be hosted on Tuesday, May 9. A Friends of the Library Booksale will be held on Fri. May 12 - Sat. May 13 in the Activity Room. 

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts AND The Wesleyan Soundwalk Collective presents Listening to and Sounding Wesleyan on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 1:20pm at Usdan University Center (meet outside by steps). Also on Monday is Not So Fast, a show where Interactive waves of sound, image and movement mix in a structured audio visual exploration and improvisation from the graduate music seminar class. Tuesday is the WesWinds Spring Concert in Crowell Concert Hall. The Toneburst Electroextravaganza will be held Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 9:00pm in the Memorial Chapel. The Annual Organ Romp is on Wednesday; Wesleyan organists and their friends get together for an evening of musical jokes and old and new music. The West African Drumming and Dance Concert will be held on Friday, May 12, in the CFA Courtyard. 

Full details at

This Tuesday, Manic presents Amon Amarth and Goatwhore at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, for a night of heavy metal. Kevin Devine, Adult Mom, and Joe Michelini (of River City Extension/American Trappist) play Wed, May 10, 2017 at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. Also on wednesday is #FreeMusicWednesdays with Tall Heights, Henry Jamison, and Oh, Cassius! at BAR. On Saturday, LANY and Goody Grace play at College Street Music Hall. Later on, Manic Presents:: Meat Puppets and mike watt + the jom & terry show at The Ballroom at The Outer Space.  for details.

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

This evening, there is a film screening of American Experience "Boys of 36" at 6:30 PM · Hosted by One Book on the Riverbend at the Portland Library. The Thin Man Film will be Screened on Tue 12 PM at Russell Library. 

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 and CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY this week. Friday is "Risk", a character study of Julian Assange. Risk plays through the weekend, alongside MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA. 

 Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing Land of Mine this week, a film that captures the moment when war ends and the road to rediscovering one’s humanity begins. On Thursday, Obsession plays, which was itself based on The Postman Always Rings Twice, a chilling tale of passion. Women Who Kill is also playing on Thursday and through the weekend. 20th Century Women plays Friday and Saturday, a story about family, sexuality, and identity. 

 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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