Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday 6-26-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday June 26th. 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!

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

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts its Night Open Mic and Moments of Gratitude tonight. On Tuesday it’s Empowering Yoga at 1 pm. On Friday singer/songwriter Kerri Powers takes the stage. The Aligned with Source Workshop happens Saturday at 10:30 am. On Sunday it’s comedy with Cloud 9 Improv & Friends. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday at 10:30 am. Visit the website to learn about free camping passes to the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival featuring the Slambovian Circus of Dreams happening this weekend in Hillsdale, NY.

In New Haven at Café Nine, tonight it’s Ed Bluez, Storytime Bob, Michael Mancenelli, and more. Tomorrow the bill includes Gary War, The Mountain Movers, Camby, and Alexander. On Wednesday it’s BJ Barham, Frank Viele, and Charley Crockett. On Thursday, Alash, and Sam Moth take the Café stage. Friday’s Wind Down Happy Hour features Lynn Malavolte, followed by a concert to benefit The International Institute of Connecticut which serves refugees and immigrants. Artists include Witch Hair, Sam Carlson, Bilge Rat, and more. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola and Friends, and the late show headlines Lea and Swamp Yankee. The Sunday Buzz Matinee theme is Songbirds and Songwriters and includes Lara Herscovitch, Kate Callahan, and Caroline Doctorow. They finish out the weekend with the late show bringing you Thelma and The Sleaze, and Nightbloom.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s Jazz Mondays today with the Sam Landsman Group. on Tuesday Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. Wednesday’s Community Blues Jam hosts Tim McDonald this week. It’s a record release party on Thursday for the new album from Cruz Machine. There’s funk, soul, rock and more on Friday with Liviu Pop & Friends. On Saturday, enjoy Blue Devil Bluez.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends tonight. On Tuesday you can catch Moneybagg Yo with Funk Flex. On Thursday, it’s The Z3, along with Not Ween.

Tonight, Manic Presents brings Jason Isbell and the 500 Unit, and The Mountain Goats, to the College Street Music Hall. They’re at College Street tomorrow with Michael Franti & Spearhead, appearing with Satsang. It’s free music Wednesdays at Bar in New Haven with Daniel Bachman, Ava Mendoza, and American Elm. They’re back at College Street on Friday headlining An Evening with Gillian Welch.

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 Russell Library this week, there’s a book discussion for teens on Tuesday at 3 on “13 Reasons Why” by Jay Asher. Registration is suggested. There’s Adult Coloring, also at 3 pm, and at 6:30 you can join their Classic Mystery Book Discussion group to explore the duMaurier classic, “Rebecca.” Financial Literacy for Millennials happens Tuesday at 6:30 pm. They’re screening “Arrival” on Wednesday in their And The Oscar Goes To. . . series. On Friday at 9 am there’s a Summer Meals Blitz Day Meetup for volunteers and partners to coordinate the free summer meals program in Middletown. Registration is recommended.

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 Jeff Przech. You can enjoy more on Friday with the Pratt Street Music Series, featuring Among The Acres this week.

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford brings you Destination Dimension, Florence, Glassgirl and Brunettes on Tuesday. On Friday they’ve got a CD Release Party with Joey Concepcion. On Saturday it’s a Memorial Benefit Show for Ezra Langston, featuring BLASTMAT, PUS, Vacant Eyes, and more.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can enjoy Americana and pop on Friday with Josh Ritter Works in Progress. On Saturday they bring you Kiss the Sky – the Definitive Jimi Hendrix Tribute. On Sunday it’s The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber starring Terry Barber. Details at

Enjoy the City of Middletown’s Fireworks Festival on Saturday starting at 6 pm at the Municipal Building on DeKoven Drive and Harbor Park along the river. There’s music, food, ice cream vendors, and children’s activities. Live entertainment includes the Los Sugar Kings, Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze, and the Middletown Symphonic Band.

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, Plainville Fridays 3-6 pm, and Berlin Saturdays, 9-1 pm. 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 “Dawson City: Frozen Time,” rare silent films from the early 20th century about a Canadian Gold Rush town. Also continuing is “Radio Dreams,” about a Farsi-language radio station in San Francisco, and “The Lost City of Z,” about a British explorer who discovers a lost civilization in the Amazon. All run through Thursday. On Friday they open “Monterey Pop,” a documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary of this iconic Summer of Love concert, and “The Book of Henry,” about a suburban family with a dangerous secret. Both run through the weekend. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues the run of “A Woman’s Life,” based on Guy de Maupaussant’s novel of a young girl’s journey from the convent to aging motherhood. On Friday they open “Moka,” a psychological thriller.

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

Hartford’s Free Movies in the Parks series brings you “Trolls” this Friday in Riverside Park. 

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 Karen Stein of Imagine Radio (heard on Thursday nights) fills in for Michael Benson, tonight.

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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