Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday 9/11/17 jive

Good evening, it's Monday September 11th. 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 airs every first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. A week from tomorrow: We celebrate the fifth anniversary of Reasonably Catholic by bringing back our first-ever guest, my guru Passionist priest Fr. John Baptist Pesce, perhaps Pope Francis' biggest fan. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived at

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

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown brings you its weekly Open Mic and Moments of Gratitude tonight. There’s empowering yoga on Tuesday afternoon, and Step into the Vortex in the evening. On Friday, Suzanne Sheridan performs along side Bob Cooper and Colin Healy. On Saturday morning it’s the Aligned With Source Workshop, and in the evening, it’s the Ann Sweeten Steinway Piano Concert. The Hearing Voices network meets on Monday mornings at 10:30.

In New Haven at Café Nine tonight, Honduras takes the stage, alongside All Riot and Dr. Martino. On Tuesday, it's Coastal Notion and On the Fritz. Wednesday’s bill features Kinko Kimono, Laundry Day, and Mike Kusek of Bilge Rat. Thursday is Dead Weight Burden, Banzai Giant, The Refectory and Hard Luxury. Friday is Off the Trax, and then later in the evening, its 
PARANORMAL ADAM, IAMVARCITY, POSITIVE ID, the BROLIC SCHOLARS and finally SNOTTAYNOSE. Saturday's Jazz Jam Session is hosted by Tony Dioguardi & Friends. Later that night, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys take the stage, followed by The Clams. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Washboard Slim and the Bluelights, along with Phil Rosenthal. The George Lesiw Band plays later that night.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s Jazz Mondays today with the ALVIN CARTER PROJECT, featuring ALVIN CARTER on the DRUMS; WARREN BYRD on the PIANO; and MORRIS TRENT on the BASS. Every Tuesday, see Michael Palin's Other Orchestra get funky with their take on jazz, R&B, and soul classics. Free Admission, always. Wednesday's community blues jam session features guest artist GENE DONALDSON this week. Thursdays at 8 pm, hear Sally’s in-house band The Po Boys, featuring some of the best musicians in the area. Special guest hosts every week, with no cover charge. This Friday, its SCOTT SHARRARD & THE BRICKYARD BAND. Saturday sees blues guitarist Chris Ruest with special guest and piano legend Gene Taylor. This Sunday, Sally's hosts a music community benefit, hosted by Shaka & The Soul Shakers and friends. The Balkun Brothers are hustling back from Nashville to join in with their support.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends tonight. CHON, The Fall of Troy and Hail the Sun play later on. Thursday is Zoey Dollaz, and Friday is The Bright Night Glow Party.

The Mac 650 Gallery in Middletown hosts diverse artists with openings throughout the week. They are located on Main St. Details at

At Russell Library this week, discuss The Postman Always Rings Twice with other fans on Tuesday afternoon. On the 14th, veterans are invited to join the We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences event at 6:30 pm.

As students head back to school and the tree leaves start to turn, the Wesleyan CFA reopens its calendar of events, starting with the Opening Reception and Gallery Talk for Sasha Rudensky's Acts and Illusions. This will take place on Wednesday at 5:00pm in the Davison Art Center.

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

Wednesday night - Rockin Johnny Burgin Band  are at Stomping Ground in Putnam w Dick Souza & Kosher Kid. The Kosher Kid also plays with The Orb Mellon Trio w Mark Hennessy at Wilson's Pub in Collinsville on Saturday. 

In Hartford, at Arch Street, Boo-Yah Free Funk Wednesdays is hosted is by members of West End Blend, Big Mean Sound Machine, and a rotating gang of special guests. 

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford features artists Damn Broads, the Benedicks, Fox Nuz and Pull it Together, all on Wednesday. On Friday, its Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots, Wolf Harbor, Kyle Trocolla and The Strangers, and Snuffbox. Saturday's theme is punk, and brings you artists Battalion of Saints, Nobodys, The CrypticsThe Minutes, Ugly and CRY HAVOC! On Sunday, get your metal fix with Castle.

At Infinity Hall Thursday night, you can catch Donna The Buffalo. Friday at Infinity Hartford its Soul Sound Review. Saturday brings Alternate Routes w/s/g Gracie Day and The Knight. Infinity Norfolk presents  Rik Emmett of Triumph - Acoustic Duo Performance with Dave Dunlop Friday and Jane Monheit Saturday night.

This Saturday September 16th, Music Unlimited CT presents One day, One Stage, Unlimited Artists, in the back yard of the West Indian social club of Hartford (3340 main st HTfd) featuring Soca and reggae music. Headline artists include BUNGI GARLIN, RICKY T, ELEPHANT MAN & FAY-ANN, Plus Steel Bands, DJs and more.  Gates open at 12noon.  860-916-1154 for ticket information.

This Sunday J & J Productions, The Mezzo Grille, AT&T, WESU Radio and The City of Middletown invite you to The 3rd Annual Jack n' Jill Music Festival & Fund Raiser for New Horizons.   Kicking off at noon, Jack n' Jill is a 10-hour Celebration of music, diversity, generosity and fun, featuring an eclectic assemblage of music from  Pop to Latin American Folk, Blues, Jazz, Rock, Acoustic Psychedelia, Old Timey, and more. Plus special guests, raffle prizes, music trivia and more. 860-301-1284          For over 30 years New Horizons Domestic Violence Services has aided victims of domestic violence in Middlesex County to learn more about this non-profit agency. 

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets are still going strong. Enjoy home-grown goods and support local growers. Middletown’s long running market on the South Green is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 1pm and Middletown’s North End Farmers Market is on Friday’s from 10am to 2pm. Cromwell’s market is on Fridays 4-7 pm; Durham is Thursdays 3-6 pm; and Glastonbury’s market happens Wednesdays 4-7pm, find more at

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways screens STEP on Monday the afternoon, documenting the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. MARJORIE PRIME plays later, and   THE TRIP TO SPAIN even later, which offers a view into the rich culinary history of Spain. MAY IT LAST: A PORTRAIT OF THE AVETT BROTHERS plays Tuesday evening, and Columbus and Swim Team are shown on Friday. On Saturday evening, AFTER LOVE (L'ÉCONOMIE DU COUPLE) plays, a story of a family in turmoil.  Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues "Maudie" on Monday-Wednesday. On Thursday its the Falsettos, and Friday is Baby Driver and The Breakfast Club. On Sunday, see Al Gore's new film "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," following up on his earlier book-cum-movie "An Inconvenient Truth." Check the website for full schedule and screening times.

Here's the rundown of our New Monday night line-up as we kick off  our new Fall Program season here at WESU! 

Right after the jive at Five stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry until 6pm. 

then it's time for Radical Radiowaves with DJ Oracle which chronicles the actions of the political left locally and across the country 

at 6:30 it's time for 75% Folk with Michael Benson for a mix of contemporary folk, blues, jazz and acoustic music. Occasional live interviews.

from 8-9:30pm  Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin presents Americana music from Nashville and around the world including Folk, acoustic Country and roots-Rock from both emerging and veteran artists.

at 9:30pm Cruiser’s Radio Program with Jack Sullivan offers Music from the 1950s & 1960's as well as LIVE requests, TV Trivia, and more.

Hits of the 60s and 70s with Jimmy Z takes over from 11-12:30am Playing billboard hot 100 hits of the 60's and 70's

from 12:30-1:30am lit-mus with DJ midnight milkshake and DJ mos def not features writing submissions and inspired songs

NARRATALK with Miri from 1:30-2am is the talk show about the various types of narratives. Each week, different storytelling techniques found in film, television, and literature will be explored.

RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald  takes you on a tour across borders and genres, introducing you to music from far flung places and sometimes from right in your own backyard. from 2-3am

and at 3am M-Th late-night this Fall season on WESU,  we'll rebroadcast the day's noon-time run of Democracy Now! from Pacifica 

at 4am we bring you BBC's world report before we kick off our Tuesday morning programming with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

That's all for today's Jive at Five. Join us weekdays at 4:55 for a daily rundown of area happenings a rundown of evening programming on WESU Middletown! 

Now stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, up Next! 

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