Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday 05-22-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday May 22nd. 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 Ben Michael, Thanks for joining us. If you value what you hear on WESU, we need your support with a donation during our spring pledge drive happening right now. Thanks to about 100 stalwart supporters, we’ve reached the halfway mark towards our goal. Every dollar counts and we could really use your help. You’ll find a secure donation link, pictures of our thank-you gifts, and much more at our website,

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 you can enjoy the Intimate Acoustic show in the evening with Australia’s Maya McClean. Wednesday evening it’s an artist’s reception for Maria Louise featuring Lady Liz. The Middlesex Drum Circle meets Thursday night. It’s Chat Noir on Friday with traditional folk and Gypsy Jazz. The Aligned With Source Workshop happens as usual on Saturday morning, with the Patrick & Kate Music Duo taking the Buttonwood stage Saturday night performing in their pop/alternative style. John Basinger performs Book 5 of Paradise Lost on Sunday at 3 pm.

Tonight in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, they headline Furbs, appearing with Deep Dish. The Kristin Andreassen Trio and Goodnight Blue Moon come your way on It’s another in the ongoing series of Words & Music on Wednesday. Thursday, the bill’s got Rudeyna, Sarah Golley, and Elsie and The Vibe. Friday’s Female Artists Happy Hour features The Dont’s, Kamryn, and Donna Santala, followed by the evening show with Savage World, Polluter, and Lift. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band, and the evening show’s got Kings and Liars, Model Decoy, and Chuggernaut. There’s a Sunday Buzz Memorial Day BBQ at 2 pm, and the evening show brings you Olive Tiger, Tiny Diamond, and Cat Has Claws.

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 Gene Donaldson this week. On Thursday Sally’s house band, The Po Boys, takes the stage. On Friday it’s West Hartford’s GRaviToNik appearing with a special guest. It’s soul and more with Grayson Hugh & The Moon Hawks on Saturday, or you can enjoy Legends Live! At the University of St. Joseph’s Hoffman Auditorum with music by sons and daughters of music legends.

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 Wednesday it’s Mantis, Ponicz, Bommer, and more. Thursday you can catch CardiB. On Friday there’s a Throwback Dance Party with DJ action playing your favorites. Info at

The Conversations at Noon series at Connecticut’s Old State House in Hartford presents “Lest They Perish: Refugee Resettlement in Connecticut” on Tuesday at noon.

At Russell Library this week, their One Book discussion series continues on Tuesday with a screening of “The Boys in the Boat,” about the US crew team going for gold at the 1936 Olympics. Cultural Connections happens on Wednesday; it’s a meeting place for women of all nationalities. At Thursday morning’s Job Group, WESU’s own Dr. Helen Evrard speaks on Brain Health, Words, and Strengths. Thursday night, the library co-hosts a workshop with the CCSU Journalism department, “Fake News: Can You Spot It?” On Saturday morning enjoy a workshop on nature writing and a book signing with Katherine Hauswirth, author of “The Book of Noticing: Collections and Connections on the Trail.” There’s Yoga in the Courtyard at 11 a.m.

This Wednesday, Manic Presents brings Piebald and Simon Doom to The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Or you can catch Girls Guns and Glory, Palomino Brothers, and Whiskey Priest at Bar in New Haven. On Friday it’s Animal Collective and Circuit des Yeux at the College Street Music Hall.

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

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

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, enjoy jazz and jazz fusion this Friday with Kevin Eubanks. They bring Joe Cocker’s band back with Cocker Rocks on Saturday at 8 pm. Details at
The Greater Middletown Concert Association presents Puccini’s “Tosca” this Friday at 7:30 at the Middletown High School Performing Arts Auditorium. Details at

Wesleyan Center for the Arts hosts a Thesis Art Exhibition for the Class of 2017 at the Zilkha Gallergy on campus this Saturday at 2 pm. 

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent,” a documentary of the rise and fall of America’s first celebrity chef. Also ongoing is “Obit,” a film that explores the world of obituary writers. Both run through Thursday. On Friday open “Like Crazy,” an Italian film about friendship and madness in a psychiatric clinic.  Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues “Song to Song,” about aspiring singer/songwriters who fall in love, through Wednesday. On Thursday they open “Glory,” a Bulgarian comedy about national discord. It runs through Saturday. They screen National Theatre Live’s production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” for a Sunday matinee, and open “Panique,” the restoration of a 1947 classic about intrigue in Nazi-occupied France.  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.

At 6:00 stay tuned for, 75% Folk with Michael Benson, offering contemporary folk along with a mix of blues, jazz, world music, movie soundtracks, and more. On tonight’s show Songstress Keri powers will Join Michael around 6:45pm.

From 8-9:30 it’s Unfocused folk with Chip Austin.

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

From 11pm to 2am, Chaim is in the house for 3 hrs of psyche rock and more!  

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.

If you value what you hear on WESU, we need your support with a donation during our spring pledge drive happening right now. You’ll find a secure donation link, pictures of our thank-you gifts, our program schedule, audio archives, and much more at our website,

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