Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thursday 6-15-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday June 15th. 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 week, as either an original episode or an encore, from 4 pm to right before the Jive at Five. On Tuesday, June 20, we’ll air a lecture by writer Rand Richards Cooper, who, though he writes for the Catholic journal Commonweal, is not Catholic. From his school days on, he’s had a foot in both the Catholic and Protestant worlds, and he brings the insights he gained, as well as some literary examples, to bear on what it all means. You wont want to miss it, but if you do, you can find the audio archived at www.reasonably

Before we get into the community calendar, an update: As of today, we are just over $3,000 away from our spring pledge drive goal, thanks those of you who've done your part already. Those of you who've been meaning to give, please do. Time is ticking and we’ve only have one week left to wrap this up before our fiscal year end. . Thanks!

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

Here in Middletown tonight, there’s a Gong and Sound Meditation at The Buttonwood Tree. On Friday, you can 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.

At Russell Library in Middletown, this evening The Readers Theater presents “100 Saints You Should Know” by Kate Fodor. The Poet’s Corner with Susan Allison happens at 1 pm tomorrow/Friday.

In New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, tonight (Thursday), Richard Barone and Ricky Byrd take the stage. Friday’s monthly Women in Music Happy Hour features Kath Bloom, Terri Lynn, and Flo Ness. For Friday night’s main event at The Nine,   Manic Presents Charly Bliss, Hellrazor, and more. Weekly Saturday afternoont Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, this week. Saturday night you can catch Whiskey Kill and Bronson Rock. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Ponybird and Rob Carlson, along with Benefit Street. Sunday evening they finish out the weekend with a bill featuring Parker Gispert and Laundry Day.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight 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

Riverfront Recapture in Hartford offers Thursday Nights on the Plaza at Mortenson place, with free music and more, all on the Plaza.

Tonight/Thursday, Manic presents has Thrice, PUP, and The So So Glos at College Street Music Hall. At The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden for the weekend, Manic presents Moon Hooch and Honeycomb on Friday, and Sorority Noise, Forth Wanderers, The Obsessives, and Shannen Moser on Saturday. Then It’s St. Paul & The Broken Bones, appearing with Shovels & Rope, on Sunday at the College Street Music Hall.

In Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, Tomorrow/Friday, you can 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 where you can enjoy the Danny Draher Band, Grason Hugh & the Moon Hawks, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood, and more.

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 there’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

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

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:

Tonight Hartford’s Real Art Ways ends their run of 2 films, “Sacred,” a documentary about religious practices and rituals from around the globe. Also closing tonight is “Their Finest,” a WWII comedy about British pride and pluck. Tomorrow/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

Following their annual summer break, 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.

Now here's what's on the air tonight.

Right after The Jive at Five stick around for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa featuring Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience.  

from 6:30-10pm Imagine with Karen Stein offering peace through music from around the world and around the block!

From 10-11pm From the Archives with Sundermunich presents a mostly random selection of records from the studio and not-so-random from my personal archives.

At 11 going until midnight, David Whitehouse fills in for the Feminist Bloc w

And from Midnight-4am its Franco’s Studio 54 Disco Mix with 4 hours of disco and dance music from 70s and 80s.  

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.

Thanx for listening! Now stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa. And while you're grooving to Rob, how about helping out WESU by by donating to the station's spring pledge drive at ? Thanks!

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