Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday 6-19-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday June 19th. 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.

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Here's a rundown of some of the fun stuff happening in our area this week.

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 enjoy Laughter Yoga with Felix. The Middlesex Drum Circle meets Thursday at 7 pm, followed by the Mark Normand Comedy Show at 8 pm. On Friday, the Akron-based Gage Brothers take the Buttonwood stage. The Aligned with Source Workshop happens Saturday at 10:30 am, and in the evening jazz pianist and composer Ben Rosenblum performs with his trio. There’s a Closing Reception on Sunday for Maria Louise to celebrate her exhibition, From Bud to Bloom. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday at 10:30 am.

In New Haven at Café Nine, tonight DrinkDeeply presents a night of Words & Music. Tomorrow/Tuesday they bring you Stephanie Urbina Jones and Summer Edeen. Wednesday, it’s Wes Swing, Gull, and Ports of Spain at Café Nine. On Thursday they headline Chris Barron (of the Spin Doctors), appearing with Shellye Valauskas, Dean Falcone, and Peter Lucibelli.  Friday’s Wind Down Happy Hour features Buzz Gordo. Friday night’s main event at Café Nine features Danny Pease and the Regulators, Dutty Windhouse, Sky Swamp Orange, and The Screw-Ups. Saturday Café Nine’s weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band. Saturday night Sidestep Complex, Drop Kick Pop, an Sarah Golley take the stage. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you The Hickups and Tuesday Saints, and they finish out the weekend with a Manic Presents late show featuring The Toasters, and Slip and Fall.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on Tuesdays Michael Palin’s Other Orchstra works out new material. Wednesday’s Community Blues Jam hosts Tommy Whalen this week. It’s a New England Blues Blast on Friday with Neal & the Vipers, appearing with Carl Ricci & 706 Union Ave.  Saturday’s event is The Ze-Conn, with Brian MacDonald and al All-Star Band celebrating the music of Warren Zevon.

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. Then there’s Thursday Nights on the Plaza, with free music and more, all on the Plaza.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, you can catch Reggae singer Tarrus Riley with Dean Fraser & Blak Soil Band on Wednesday. On Thursday, it’s the music of Jackson Brown with Running On Empty, appearing with Mark Daniel. On Saturday they headline Shakedown, along with The Dead and Beyond, Great Blue, O’K and the Night Crew, and Klams Kasino.

This Wednesday, Manic Presents brings Walter Lukens, Rudeyna, and the Bud Collins Trio to Bar in New Haven. On Thursday, Manic presents mewithoutYou, and Big Jesus  at College Street Music Hall hin New Haven.  On Friday manic is at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden with The Sea The Sea, and Kacy & Clayton.

At Russell Library this week, they’re screening “Moonlight” on Wednesday in their “And The Oscar Goes To. . . “ summer movie series. Russell Library offers Self-Defense for Teens with Cromwell Martial Arts on Thursday. Cultural Connections, a group for immigrant women, meets on Friday at 3:30. There’s Yoga in the Courtyard on Saturday at 11 am.

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 Riley Pinkerton & Henry Black. You can enjoy more on Friday with the Pratt Street Music Series, featuring Sarah Golley this week.

Wesleyan Potters in Middletown hosts an opening for their work, Connecticut Grown, Thursday at 5 pm. Details at

There’s Celtic music in Hartford at noon this Friday with The Jolly Beggars at the Old State House on Main Street. Details at

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford hosts a Fundraiser Show for Crossing Rubicon Bus on Friday. On Saturday it’s the All Day Summer Punk on the outdoor stage.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can indulge in folk, rock, and funk on Friday with the Adam Ezra Group, appearing with special guest Atlas Gray. On Saturday they bring you Tusk – the Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac. Details at

The Greater Hartford Latino Fest happens this Saturday from noon to 9 pm at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Enjoy music, vendors and more in the multicultural celebration.

The 3rd annual “Blackbird” Benefit Concert is back this Saturday at 6 pm at Middlesex Community College in Middletown. This year an all-star band performs The Beatles’ “Abbey Road.” Proceeds benefit the Stephanie Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets are opening the 2017 season again. 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 “Chuck,” about resilience in the boxing world, and “I, Daniel Blake,” about the search for compassion after disability strikes. Also continuing is “Their Finest,” about propaganda movies in WWII Britain. Opening Friday is “Dawson City: Frozen Time,” rare silent films from the early 20th century about a Canadian Gold Rush town. Also opening is “Radio Dreams,” about a Farsi-language radio station in San Francisco, and “The Book of Henry,” about a suburban family with a secret. Both run through the weekend. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues the run of “Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story,” a documentary of the storyboard artist Harold Michelson and his family. They screen National Theatre Live’s new production of “Salome” this week. On Friday they open “A Woman’s Life,” based on Guy de Maupaussant’s novel of a young girl’s journey from the convent to aging motherhood.

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

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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Thanks and stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, up next.

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