Monday, June 5, 2017

Monday 6-5-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday June 5th. 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. Tomorrow, a real treat -- a visit with a chef who cooks for a passel of elderly priests and brothers at a West Hartford monastery, and who has an amazing story. Anne Boucart is Jewish. Two of her grandparents perished in the Holocaust, and her mother was sheltered from the Nazis in Catholic convents in Belgium, where she was compelled to make her First Holy Communion. Anne, too, has had to navigate her way through the foreign waters of Catholicism. You won't want to miss it, but if you can't listen live, you can find the audio online at

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

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 enjoy funky blues and soul with Ray Morant’s Soul Tsunami. Saturday, SNL band vocalist Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez take Sally’s stage.

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 CT’s Finest presents Return of the Real featuring Spark Kent, Stubs, BRILLiant Mindz, and more. On Friday it’s a Local Showcase Summer Spectacular with a variety of performers on two stages. On Saturday the Rick Derringer Band takes the stage along with Remember September.   Info at

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts its Open Mic and Moments of Gratitude tonight. On Tuesday they’ve got Yoga at 1 pm. On Friday enjoy guitarist Sinan Batir and his new trio. The Aligned with Source Workshop and Meditation happens Saturday morning, and in the evening it’s the World of Women Voices with singer/songwriters Sharon Goldman, Bev Grant, and Villa Palagonia featuring Allison Scola.

In New Haven at Café Nine, they headline Ohtis, and S.G. Carlson tonight. On Tuesday it’s a special screening of DA Pennebaker’s “65 Revisited,” featuring a decade of Dylan, as part of the New Haven Documentary film Festival. On Wednesday they host a Comedy Open Mic with Dan Rice. On Thursday, it’s Mid Atlantic Title, Barrows, and Western States. Friday’s Happy Hour features The Sulls, followed by the evening show with Pleasure Beach and Reduction Plan. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends, and the late show features Dangerous Animals, Flight of Silence, and The Right Offs. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Diane Cluck and An Historic, and they finish out the weekend with a jazz jam brought to you by the George Lesiw Band.

This Tuesday, Manic Presents! brings Foster the People and Miya Folick to the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. On Wednesday they’re back at College Street with Franz Ferninand and Omni. Or, you can enjoy Mirah and Mobley appearing at Bar in New Haven. On Thursday, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, they bring you The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, appearing with Beverly, and Ablebody. It’s three nights in a row at the College Street Music Hall starting on Friday with City and Colour and Noah Gundersen, Saturday with Demetri Martin and the Let’s Get Awkward Tour, and Sunday with Trombone Shorty &Orleans Avenue, appearing with the New Breed Brass Band. Or you can catch Twin Peaks, Ron Gallo, and Dirt Devil on Saturday at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, and Elvis Depressedly and more at The Ballroom on Sunday.

At Russell Library this week, The Jobs and Careers Program hosts Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interviewing Skills on Tuesday. Or, there’s a Racial Justice Book Group event to discuss “The Turner House,” by Angela Flournoy.  The Summer Movie Series screens “La La Land” on Wednesday. Children’s author Minh Le shares his book, “Let Me Finish!” on Friday. There’s a Friends of the Library Book Sale this weekend.  You’re invited to register for the Adult Summer Reading program, offering a chance to win gift cards to local venues. The exhibit of photographs celebrating the Middletown Summer Hoopfest is ongoing.

The Art Guild of Middletown hosts its annual Juried Exhibit this week, and invites you to submit original work at designated times. The opening reception and awards ceremony will be held Friday at 7pm at the Zilkha Art Gallery on the Wesleyan campus. Full details at

There’s free yoga every Wednesday at 6 p.m. brought to you by Riverfront Recapture and Hartford Sweat. Bring your own mat to Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. On Thursday they offer Thursday Nights on the Plaza, with free music and more, also on the Plaza.

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

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford brings you Soul Conversation, Iconoclasm, Flapjack Attack, and Living Skies on Wednesday. On Friday they start their Three Days of Riffs Weekend with Bone Storm, Gritter, and more. There’s a CD release party on Saturday featuring Sworn Enemy, No Honor Among Thieves, and others.

In Hartford, there’s free music at noon every Wednesday on Constitution Plaza, provided this week by Meredith Rose. You can enjoy more on Friday with the Pratt Street Music Series, featuring Bruce Gregori this week.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, enjoy jazz on Friday at An Evening with Pat Metheny, appearing with Antonio Sanchez, Linda Man, and more. On Saturday it’s blues with Grammy nominee Tab Benoit. On Sunday, Indivisible Connecticut presents Songs of Despair & Hope with a live performance by The Shinolas, appearing along with other performers. A portion of sales will be donated to local action groups. the Divas. Details at

Connecticut celebrates its 13th annual Open House Day on Saturday with a variety of free offerings across the state at diverse venues. Check out what’s happening at or

At the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, it’s Second Saturdays for Families this week with free admission, along with Juneteenth Family Day, celebrating African American history with a variety of activities.

The Brownstone Quorum and Town of Portland are co-sponsoring The Portland Riverfront Park Music and Arts Festival Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Portland Riverfront Park. Rain date is June 11th. Enjoy continuous music, arts and crafts, food vendors, and more. The line-up includes Deep Ellum at noon, Seat of Our Pants at 1:00 pm, We Got Rhythm at 2:15 pm, The Mighty Soul Drivers at 4:15 pm, and Plywood Cowboy at 6:15 pm. Riverfront Park is located at 284 Brownstone Avenue, near the Brownstone Quarries. Full details at

On Sunday, Hands On Drumming – CT sponsors a River Vibes Waterfront Drum Circle at 4 pm at Waterfront Park in Middletown. Bring your own or use one of theirs. The Circle will meet every second Sunday through the summer.

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 “Obit,” a film that explores the world of obituary writers. Both run through Thursday. Also continuing are “Like Crazy,” an Italian film about friendship and madness in a psychiatric clinic, and “The Zookpeeper’s Wife,” about resistance efforts in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. The films run through Thursday. On Friday they open “Sacred,” a documentary about religious practices and rituals from around the globe. Also opening is “The Lost City of Z,” the true story of a British explorer who discovers an unknown civilization in the Amazon. Both run through the weekend. On Sunday they screen “Before Homosexuals,” a documentary on same-sex desire, as part of the 30th CT LBGT Film Festival.  Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues screenings of selections for the 30th annual CT LGBT Film Festival, offering men’s shorts, women’s shorts, and more. On Sunday their National Theatre Live series brings you “Peter Pan.

In Middletown, the Russell Library opens its Summer Film Series, And the Oscar Goes To. . ., on Tuesday with two screenings of “La La Land.”

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 the Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis for 90 minutes of funk and soul.

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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