Monday, May 1, 2017

Monday 5/1/2017 jive

Good evening,  it's Monday, May 1st. Happy May Day! . 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: we peek behind the curtain to learn what a progressive-minded Catholic learned at a $1,250-a-plate gathering of conservative Catholics at the Trump Hotel in DC. Also, we touch base with Arthur Meyers, who, since retiring last year as director of Middletown's Russell Library, has been hard at work on another book, this one about a turn-of-the-last-century priest who was ahead of his time in calling for equal pay for equal work and the end of child labor. His ideas eventually ended up as part of FDR's New Deal. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived tomorrow night at

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

At RUSSELL Library this week,  Film screenings will be held throughou t the week, with The Boys of '36 from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, in the Hubbard Room. The Racial Justice Book Group will meet Tuesday, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. in Meeting Room 2 to discuss The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. Ava DuVernay's film '13th' plays from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Hubbard Room.

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Tonight, the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown offers Moments of Gratitude and a weekly open mic. Tuesday is intentional and empowering yoga, through the day. On Thursday the 4th, artist PHOEBE LEGERE's Art Show
"Seeing the Unseen: Connecting to Creation" opens. Phoebe Legere is a visionary artist who uses classical old masters techniques to express her highly personal magic realism. Later that evening is an Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta. Friday, Story City Troupe brings you a night of anecdotes using The Moth Formula: all are true, personal stories, often funny, sometimes amazing, poignant or ironic and based on a single theme for the evening. Saturday is DenMar Jamz! with Carol Hahn, an eclectic and dynamic show with novel renditions of favorite songs from diverse genres and eras. Aligned with the Source is Saturday as well. Sunday features theater troupe Concrete Tomato with History of the Future and Cloud 9.

Tonight in New Haven at Café Nine, catch Sam Carlson's Solo Record Release:
S.G. CARLSON, featuring musical guests Jacket Thor, and KamRyn. Tuesday, catch OLD SALT UNION and Lines West for a night of explorations of the jazz and blues roots of bluegrass in a mature and refreshing manner. Wednesday, Fernando Pinto Presents LOCUST HONEY, playing with The Bandolins serving up a rotating instrumentation of fiddles, open-back and resonator banjos, acoustic and resonator guitars. Thursday is MARBIN and Strawberry Cheesesteak, for a night of genre bending progressive jazz-rock. Friday's Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour hosts LYNN MALAVOLTE and SOLIN, and later that night is the CD release party for KINDRED QUEER, also featuring DR. CATERWAUL'S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS. Saturday's JAZZ JAM WITH MIKE COPPOLA AND FRIENDS invites you to Come down and sit in for a few songs or just sit back with your favorite beverage and enjoy the musical magic. Saturday night's show is JACQUES LE COQUE, DUST HAT and THE RIGHT OFFS, bringing you a night of  well-balanced, rough, raw, fuzzy rock n' roll. "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee from Cygnus Radio hosts MARCH & BEAUTY and JELLYSHIRTS, and THE STRAY BIRDS and Five in the Chamber play later on. 

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight’s Jazz Monday’s session features a special secret guest artist this and every week. Every Tuesday night at Sally's, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra gets funky as they jam and work out new material. Wednesday's COMMUNITY BLUES JAM is with Mark Nomad this week. Every wed at 8:00 pm sally's hosts one of the longest running open blues jams in New England!  Along with Sally's house band with a different host each week. Thursday night, catch the premiere of the CTBS ANNUAL BAND CHALLENGE where Four blues bands compete to win a chance to represent CT in Memphis! Come hear what CT has to offer.  Friday brings MIXED SIGNALS- CINCO DE MAYO PARTY for a night of tunes and tequila. On Saturday, SHAKA & THE SOUL SHAKERS play WITH THE SCISSORMEN for some rockin' slide guitar. 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, as every Monday night, ROHN LAWRENCE & FRIENDS hold down a set of smooth jazz on the LILLY PAD stage. Tuesday brings SOMO: THE ANSWERS TOUR with Carter Reeves and Demarious Cole. On Thursday, Money Nem Ent & Tru Biz Promotions Presents: PNB ROCK with Daveon and **Music by Hot 93.7's DJ Meechie & Hosted by G.Money da Prince**. Friday the 5th is the SPRING HEELED JACK USA RECORD RELEASE PARTY! featuring The Doped Up Dollies and The Snails. Sunday night, catch AB-SOUL on the YMF TOUR. Find more info at

This Tuesday, Wesleya n’s Center for the Arts presents A Celebration of Silent Sounds in the Memorial Chapel. Celebrate the writing excellence of students in Middletown Public Schools, and hear their winning submissions of essays, short stories, and poetry from the annual literary magazine Silent Sounds. See the South Indian Music Student Recital on Wednesday, May 3 in the World Music Hall. The Beginner Javanese Gamelan ensemble will play on Thursday, May 4, with a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble. Heinrich Isaac performs Hofkomponist to Emperor Maximilian I on Friday, May 5, followed by Wesleyan Korean Drumming and Taiko Ensembles in the Crowell Concert Hall. The Spring Faculty Dance Concert: Shake plays on Friday, May 5, and Saturday in the CFA Theater. See the Wesleyan University Orchestra Concert on Saturday, May 6, in the Crowell Concert Hall. Full details at

This Tuesday, Premier Concerts, Kirschner Concerts, and Manic Presents:: Melissa Etheridge:  Live at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Also onTuesday Manic Presents Local H and Wayward City at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Manic's wednesday night show at Bar in New Haven features Hollis Brown this week, with The National Reserve and Frank Viele. Twiddle and Sinkane play Fri, May 5 at the College Street Music Hall. On Saturday, don't miss the Mayday Parade: A Lesson In Romantics 10th Anniversary Tour with musical guests Knuckle Puck, and Milestones, at the College Street Music Hall. Preoccupations and Furnsss play that night at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. Sunday, The Cult and VOWWS go on stage at the College Street Music Hall.   for details.

This  WEDNESDAY (MAY 3) and the First Wednesday of Every Month, starting ‘round 7:30 p.m.-ish. Local Crooner, Old lonesome Dave Downs, invites singers, songwriters, musicians, poets, prognosticators, comics, dancers, thespians, watchers, listeners, drinkers, eaters, supporters, to Present an Original Song at the Jack n' Jill Open Mic Nights/ Songwriting Contest and Win a chance to perform at The Jack n' Jill Music Festival, which benefits New Horizons Domestic Violence Services ( This happens at MEZZO GRILLE, on COURT ST., in DOWNTOWN MIDDLETOWN, CT. 06457  860-346-6000

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

The Middletown ART WALK is on May 4th, featuring work by local artists and crafts for kids and grownups.

This Saturday may 6th,   Cross Street AME Zion Church, Middlesex Chapter of NAACP, and  Wesleyan University presents a  COLLEGE FAIR AND ADMISSIONS WORKSHOP from 11 am – 3 pm. At Cross Street AME Zion Church on West Street in Middletown  more info at  860-344-9527 or
Now here's a rundown o f cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Hartford’s Real Art Ways opens A QUIET PASSION this week, playing Mon, Tues and Thurs. SCIENCE ON SCREEN: HOW TO REGULATE A ROBOT? plays Monday as well. On Friday, CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY opens, depicting the battles for a city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Citizen Jane plays through the week. Saturday and Sunday is MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA, for some family fun. Sunday also shows THE GENERAL - WITH LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT. Details & screening times at
Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing Personal Shopper, the tale of a young American working as the personal shopper to an obnoxiously wealthy socialite in Paris, and trying to connect with her dead twin at the same time. Friday and Saturday, The Oscar Nominated Short  Films 2017: Live Action category will be playing. Saturday evening, Trinity Film Festival returns to Cinestudio for the 6th year in a row as a premier platform for the best undergraduate filmmakers in the world! On Sunday, see Land of Mine, a story of the moment when war ends and the road to rediscovering one’s humanity begins.

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.

Mixed Media 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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