Monday, June 12, 2017

6-12-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday June 12th. 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 this summer airs every Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived at

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

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 Thursday it’s OTEP, The Convalescence, and Brand of Julez. On Friday they headline The Naked and Famous, appearing with Furbs. Saturday’s early show is the Upnext Day Party with Ayo & Teo, followed by the late show featuring Erotic City, a Prince tribute band. Info at

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts its Night Open Mic and Moments of Gratitude tonight. On Tuesday they’ve got Yoga at 1 pm, and in the evening Anne-Marie and Mike McEwen host Step into the Vortex, with tai chi, life perspectives, and more. There’s a Gong and Sound Meditation on Thursday. On Friday enjoy originals and more with Stephilia’s Stone, appearing with singer/songwriter Mary Bragg.The Aligned with Source Workshop and Meditation happens Saturday morning, and in the evening it’s a farewell gig with Israeli jazz pianist Uri Shaham and his trio.

In New Haven at Café Nine, they’ve got Haunting Titans, Horns of Ormus, Wol Harbor, and Todd Tesla. On Tuesday The Kominas appear with Giant Kitty. On Wednesday you can enjoy The Suitcase Junket, and Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps. Dan Rice. On Thursday, Richard Barone and Ricky Byrd take the Café stage. Friday’s monthly Women in Music Happy Hour features Kath Bloom, Terri Lynn, and Flo Ness, followed by Manic Presents’ production with Charly Bliss, Hellrazor, and more. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, and the late show Whiskey Kill and Bronson Rock. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Ponybird and Rob Carlson, along with Benefit Street, and they finish out the weekend with a late show featuring Parker Gispert and Laundry Day.

At Russell Library this week, it’s a busy Tuesday with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rebecca” in their Classic Mystery Series. There’s Adult Coloring at 3 pm, and the evening options are a Job Search Networking workshop with Orville Pierson, Origami, and Russell Readers discussing “Lawns,” by Mona Simpson. On Wednesday they screen “Manchester by the Sea,” and on Thursday night the Readers Theater presents “100 Saints You Should Know” by Kate Fodor. The Poet’s Corner with Susan Allison happens at 1 pm on Friday.

Riverfront Recapture in Hartford offers a free fitness class at Mortenson Plaza in Hartford every Tuesday at 6 pm. There’s also free yoga every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Bring your own mat. On Thursday they offer Thursday Nights on the Plaza, with free music and more, all on the Plaza.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on Wednesday the Community Blues Jam hosts Ed Bradley this week. On Friday enjoy guitarist Daniel Salazar with his cross-boundaries compositions. On Saturday, Sally’s invites you to the 18th annual Black-eyed & Blues Festival in Bushnell Park from 2 to 11 pm. Enjoy the Danny Draher Band, Grason Hugh & the Moon Hawks, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood, and more.

This Wednesday, Manic Presents brings Dead Heavens, InAeona, and Pray for Sound to Bar in New Haven. On Thursday, it’s Thrice, PUP, and The So So Glos at College Street Music Hall. They’re at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden for the weekend, with Moon Hooch and Honeycomb on Friday, and Sorority Noise, Forth Wanderers, The Obsessives, and Shannen Moser on Saturday. It’s St. Paul & The Broken Bones, appearing with Shovels & Rope, on Sunday 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 Wednesday on Constitution Plaza, provided this week by Sketch Tha Cataclysm. You can enjoy more on Friday with the Pratt Street Music Series, featuring Bruce Gregori this week.

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford brings you Owl maker, Left Hand Backwards, the DOOD, and Ditch Wizard on Friday. On Saturday it’s Corpse Light, VRSA, and Undercliff.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, this Saturday it’s a CD release party with blues artists the Balkun Brothers appearing with Consider the Source and Jake Kulak & The Lowdown. On Sunday it’s Bruce in the USA with the world's #1 Bruce Springsteen tribute band. Details at

The Cedar Hill Cemetery hosts a Butterfly Hunt this Saturday at 10 am in Hartford, co-sponsored by the Connecticut Butterfly Association. Wear long pants, hiking shoes, and bug repellent. Details at

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets are opening the 2017 season. Enjoy home-grown goods and support local growers. Open now are: Cromwell, Fridays 4-7 pm; Durham, Thursdays 3-6 pm; and Glastonbury, Wednesdays 4-7pm. More to come as the season unfolds. Info at

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “Sacred,” a documentary about religious practices and rituals from around the globe. Also continuing is “Their Finest,” a WWII comedy about British pride and pluck. Or you can see “Deconstructing the Beatles’ Rubber Soul,” which takes you through the creation of this iconic album. All run through Thursday. On Tuesday they screen “Hidden Figures” in their Science on Screen series, followed by a post-film discussion with local women of color in STEM. On Friday they open a restoration version celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Monterey Pop,” along with “Chuck,” about resilience in the boxing world, and “I, Daniel Blake,” about search for compassion after disability strikes. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford reopens on Friday with “Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story,” a documentary of the storyboard artist Harold Michelson and his family. On Sunday they screen “Micahelangelo Love and Death” in their Exhibition on Screen series, which gives a fresh look at this legendary artist.

In Middletown, the Russell Library continues its Summer Film Series, And the Oscar Goes To. . ., on Wednesday with two screenings of “Manchester By The Sea.”

Free Movies in the Parks returns this Friday with a screening of “Trolls” in Riverside Park in Hartford. The movie starts at sunset.

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 Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin, bringing you Americcana from Nashville and around the world.

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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