Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday 10-09-17 jive

Good evening, it's Monday October 9th. 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, on October 17th, I'll talk to another Maria Johnson. She's a Catholic blogger and the author of two books about inspiring women saints. One is titled My Badass Book of Saints: Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live, and the other, which likens contemporary female superheroes to the saints is titled Supergirls and Heros: My Companions on the Quest for Truth, Justice and Heroic Virtue. Can't listen live? The audio will be available online at

Now here's what's going on in our area this week: 

At the Mac650 Gallery & Artist Co-Op in Middletown, you can catch Terror Pigeon, Space Camp and more tonight at 7 pm. They also host a Figure Drawing event Thursday at 6:30. The theme is Biker Chick.

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown brings you its weekly Open Mic and Moments of Gratitude hosted by Ashley Hamel tonight. There’s empowering yoga on Tuesday afternoon, and Step into the Vortex with Anne-Marie and Mike McEwen in the evening. On Friday the Matabesset String Collective takes the stage for a night of bluegrass, blues, and more. On Saturday morning it’s the Aligned With Source Workshop, and in the evening it’s another double bill with singer/songwriters Cathy Kreger and Caroline Doctorow. The Hearing Voices network meets on Monday mornings at 10:30. The month-long Art Show features the work of Bonnie Byrne LeMay.

In New Haven at CafĂ© Nine tonight, they celebrate Manic Mondays with Great Peacock, the Balkun Brothers, and Seth Adam. On Tuesday it’s Grammy nominee Kim Richey, along with Lara Herscovitch. Wednesday’s bill has Canyon, That Virginia, Steph Serenita, and Storytime Bob. Thursday brings you Cash’d Out and Nathaniel Hintz. Friday’s Women in Music Happy Hour has Shellye Valauskas & Dean Falcone, along with Kamryn. Followed by a late show with Danny Pease and the Regulators, Dutty Winehouse, and more. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends, and the late show has Nihiloceros, Witch Hair, and Lew Alcindor. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features The Furors and Big Fat Combo, followed by a late show with the Gibson Brothers.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s Jazz Mondays today with the Joe Palmer Group. Every Tuesday, see Michael Palin's Other Orchestra get funky with their take on jazz, R&B, and soul classics. Wednesday's community blues jam session features Brant Taylor this week. On Thursday it’s Liviu’s Invitational. It’s high-energy acoustics on Friday with Primate Fiasco. On Saturday, it’s the return of the Northeast Blues Guitar Summit.

Manic Presents brings Third Eye Blind to the College Street Music Hall in New Haven on Tuesday. On Wednesday it’s Kyle Kinane, Andrew Morgan, and Craig Taylor at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. They’re back at College Street on Sunday with Phoenix, and Lo Moon. Details at

At the Russell Library in Middletown, there’s a Tobacco Cessation Workshop on Tuesday morning, and in the evening the Job & Career Center hosts a workshop on Job Negotiation. In addition, the Russell Readers will meet to discuss “Refresh, Refresh” by Benjamin Percy. Their World War I discussion series continues each Wednesday through the month. Veterans, families, and the public are invited to join at the Middletown Senior Center at 10 am, or at 7 pm at the library. There’s a Horror Writing for Teens workshop Wednesday at 6 pm. There’s a book discussion on Margaret Atwood’s “Alias Grace” Thursday evening. Friday they host a Paper Crafts for Adults at 11:30 am. On Saturday they begin a Local Authors! series with Middletown authors Sandy Berenbaum and Matthew James Alexander Simmons, and the Friends Book Sale happens this weekend. They’re open Sundays from 1-4 pm. Check the website for details these and more ongoing events for all ages.

Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown hosts several book signing events this week. On Tuesday, meet Anthony Horowitz who brings you the latest in his teen spy series, “Never Say Die.” On Wednesday, folk singer and activist Dar Williams presents a reading, singing, and singing event for her new book, “What I Found in a Thousand Towns.” On Friday, it’s Jenny Fran Davis with her debut novel, “Everything Must Go.” Full info at

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts hosts Rob Lancefield, Registrar of Collections, in their Artful Lunch Series at noon Wednesday at the Davison Art Center. On Friday, jazz chanteuse Somi performs at Crowell Concert Hall. On Sunday, you can enjoy two performances of Vertical Influences presented by the Montreal-based company Le Patin Libre at the Freeman Athletic Center skating rink. Professor Neely Bruce presents Part XIII of his This Is It! Complete piano works series Sunday at 3 at Crowell Concert Hall. Details at

There’s free yoga at Bushnell park on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm.

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

Trinity College in Hartford invites you to the opening exhibit “Art from Archive: Work by Lewis Watts and Pablo Delano,” Thursday from noon to 6:30 pm at the Austin Arts Center. This exhibit highlights photographs of Black and Puerto Rican history. Details at

The KNOW GOOD market happens Thursday at 5 on Bartholomew Street in Hartford. Enjoy local food trucks, music, and more.

YWCA Hartford’s Region Community Matters presents a discussion “Women in Local Politics” led by Patricia Russo of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale this Thursday at 5:30 at their Broad St. location in Hartford. Details at

The Hartt School Community Division presents a free performance of “August: Osage County” happening this Thursday through Saturday at the Handel Performing Arts Center in Hartford. Reservations required.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, they’ve got Monthly Funktion on Thursday, along with The Mushroom Cloud, Steal Your Funk, and Lucid Empire. In Lilly’s Pad, you can catch Ageless for the New Mature Dance Party. Friday brings you Westside Gunn & Conway Benny, Smoke DZA, and BRILLiant Mindz.

Infinity Hall in Hartford features The Floozies: Funk Jesus Tour 2017 this Thursday at 7:30 pm. On Friday it’s Aztec Two-Step – The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook Show. Saturday, it’s bluegrass and Southern rock performed by An Evening With Shovels & Rope. You can hear blues and soul on Sunday with JJ Grey & Mofro.

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford features Sea of Bones, Fister, Sperm Donor, and Un this Thursday. On Friday it’s the 2017 Connecticut MetalFest. On Sunday you can catch Stargazer, To Fear The Fall, and more. Details at

Bon Appetit and Long Lane Farm invite you to a Pumpkin Festival this Saturday from noon to 4 pm at 281 Long Lane in Middletown. Enjoy free veggie burgers, live music, farm tours and more.

The Eversource Hartford Marathon happens this Saturday at Bushnell Park. A full schedule can be found at

Naturally Dogs and Cats hosts an organized dog walk at Keney Park in Hartford this Saturday from 9 to 11 am. Details at

It’s free admission with the Second Saturdays for Families event at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. Details at

The Connecticut Gilbert & Sullivan Society performs “Princess Ida!” this Saturday and Sunday at the Valley Regional High School Performing Arts Center in Deep River. Details at

The region’s newest vocal chamber ensemble, Alchemy, opens its first season this Saturday with their performance, We Begin to Shine, at the First Congregational Church in Cheshire. More information at

The Buttonwood Tree hosts a Music for Giving Fundraiser Sunday at 4 pm at First Congregational Church in Middletown.

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

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “The Nile Hilton Incident,” an Egyptian movie about a murder in Cairo, and “Walk With Me,” a peek inside the Zen Buddhist monastery of Thich Naht Hahn, through Thursday. The afternoon movie is “Wind River,” a thriller about a murder on a Native American reservation. On Friday they open “Lucky,” about the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist in a desert town.  “Ex Libris: New York Public Library,” also runs next weekend. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues the run of the 1979 Russian science fiction classic, “Stalker,” through Wednesday. OutFilm CT presents “Desert Hearts” on Thursday as part of the ongoing Second Thursdays Series. On Friday they open “The Big Sick” about a Pakistani-American comedian navigating a non-traditional relationship. Check the website for full schedule and screening times.

Here's the Monday night line-up for our Fall program season here at WESU.

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

Then at 6pm, it's time for Radical Radiowaves with DJ Oracle who 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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