Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday 11-13-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday November 13th. 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 -- for five years now! -- airs every first, third and fifth Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Every episode is archived forever at Why not visit and check them out?

Now here's a bit of what's happening in our area this week:
In New Haven at Café Nine tonight, they celebrate Manic Mondays with Glenn Jones and Dan Greene. On Tuesday, enjoy Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters, and Stefanie Austin and The Palomino Club. Wednesday’s headliner is Dom Flemons, appearing with Washboard Slim and the Bluelights. Thursday’s bill has Reality Bomb, The Not Mikes, Pangalactic, and the Mike Brandon Band. Friday’s Happy Hour features Lynn Malavolte with DW Ditty, and the late show’s got José Oyola & The Astronauts, Hnry Flwer, UZOO, and Klokwize. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, and José Oyola returns in the evening, along with Salt Cathedral, Tall Juan, and Ani Cordero. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features Rob Lytle, Anne Castellano, Shesaidhesaid, and Dogbite, and they round out the weekend with Deke Dickerson and Nathaniel Hintz.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight it’s the usual Jazz Mondays with Consequence. Every Tuesday, see Michael Palin's Other Orchestra get funky with their take on jazz, R&B, and soul classics. Wednesday’s Blues Jam is with Tommy Whalen. On Thursday it’s Liviu’s Invitational. The Funky Dawgz Brass Band takes the stage on Friday, and on Saturday it’s blues, Motown, and more with the Blue Devil Bluez.

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts their Anything Goes Open Mic & Moments of Gratitude tonight with Ashley Hamel. It’s empowering yoga on Tuesday afternoon, followed by Step into the Vortex in the evening with Anne-Marie and Mike McEwen. The Middlesex Drum Circle meets on Thursday. It’s rock fusion on Friday with Someone You Can Xray, and Brian May brings you roots, blues, and folk rock. The Aligned with Source Workshop happens Saturday morning, and there’s a Teen Open Mic in the afternoon. Saturday evening, enjoy acoustic folk with Seat of our Pants. On Sunday, John Basinger performs book nine of Paradise Lost, followed by a reception for the November photography art exhibition, Nature’s Wonders. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday at 10:30.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight is the Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. On Thursday, it’s Musiq Soulchild. On Sunday, they headline Hinder, and Josh Todd & The Conflict, appearing with Adelita’s Way and Wayland.

Manic Presents takes you to The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, starting with P.O.S., Metasota, and Transit22 on Tuesday. In the Ballroom on Thursday it’s The Slackers, Llama Tsunami, and So Long Liberty. On Friday, they’ve got This Will Destroy You, and Sannhet. They’re also at the College Street Music Hall, starting Wednesday with Gad Elmaleh. On Saturday it’s Silversun Pickups, and Minus The Bear. On Sunday they bring you Regina Spektor: A Special Solo Performance.

Writing at Wesleyan hosts a presentation by The New Yorker staff writer and MacArthur Fellow Sara Stillman: Journalism and Social Justice, Tuesday at 7 pm at Usdan Hall on the campus. Details at

At the Russell Library in Middletown, they screen Hitchcock’s “The Lady Vanishes” on Tuesday as part of their Classic Mystery Film series. The Job and Career Group holds a workshop, Job Search in the Digital Age, at 4 pm, and in the evening the Russell Readers met to discuss Julie Otsuka’s “Diem Perdidi.” Tom Callinan performs Songs of WWI Thursday evening. and there’s Paper Crafts for Adults Friday morning. The Friends Book Sale happens this weekend. On Saturday, writers can share their work for National Novel Writing Month from 10 am to 2 pm, and the Authors 06457 series presents Gloria Perry and Treamell Lawrence with their latest books. There’s Yoga in the Hubbard Room on Sunday.

The Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown invites you to celebrate National Novel Writing Month every Monday in November. Write-ins happen every Monday this month from 6-8 pm. On Tuesday, join Nicole Blades who discusses her new novel, “Have You Met Nora?” On Wednesday, artist Jill Sigman presents “Ten Huts.” On Saturday, the bookstore and the Be Homeful project present Paddington Bear Story Time.

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts hosts A Musical Evening with Joey Weisenberg: Building Community Through Song, tonight at the Freeman Center on campus. On Wednesday, at the Ring Performing Arts Hall, it’s an Artist Talk with Laylah Ali. A production of “The Pillowman” happens at the CFA Theater Thursday through Saturday. The Wesleyan University Orchestra performs at Crowell Concert Hall on Saturday, and on Sunday the Concert Choir presents their program at Crowell.

The Middlesex Community College hosts an opening reception for “Where I Wander,” an exhibition of mixed media pieces by artist Kathleen Deep, Wednesday at 5 pm on the Middletown campus. Details at

The Mac650 Gallery & Artist Co-Op in Middletown brings you Mom Jeans, Queen Moo and more this Tuesday.

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. 

The Half Door in Hartford brings you live local musicians every Wednesday at their Sisson Street venue. Details at

Music at the Hubbard House hosts the Russ Becker/Stephen Roane Duo this Wednesday at 7:30 pm in Middletown performing music by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Proceeds benefit the Artists for World Peace One Concert/One Child program.

The Connecticut Forum sponsors a Moderated Conversation with former First Lady Michelle Obama this Thursday at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford. Details at

 Cherry St. Station in Wallingford brings you Televangelist, huo, Ourselves, Alone, and My Life As A Cartoon this Thursday. On Friday, it’s Orissa, Signals of Bedlam, and Black River Union. On Saturday it’s Jordan’s Fall F-word Festival II with a host of performers. Details at

Infinity Hall in Hartford brings you Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes on Friday. On Saturday, it’s blues and funks with The Subdudes. There’s something for the kids on Sunday afternoon with Imagination Movers, and Sunday night you can catch Emily Saliers of The Indigo Girls with the Murmuration Nation Tour.

The Connecticut Woodcarvers Association hosts a Bizarre Bazaar Holiday Craft Show this Saturday from 10 a to 4 pm at the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol. Details at

Saturday evening here in Middletown, join WESU for Dinner and a show at our First Annual Free Form Feast and Festival, featuring over a dozen acts and an Italian buffet dinner – From Jazz and Americana to classical, word music, circus arts, comedy and more… there’s something for everyone. Our full lineup includes Old Lonesome Dave, Joe Flood, Noah Baerman, Bob Nasta, Frank Critelli, The Basukes, Slavei (sounds like slah-vay), Babe and Beth, Art Farm, Gag Reflex, Dana Merritt, Kelvin Young & Olivia Backal-Balik. General admission is just $25 -  and $10 for students. Purchase your tickets online at or visit the wesleyan box office.

First Church Middletown hosts The Living Well, a free Community Wellness Fair for Relaxation and Recovery, on Saturday from 9 am to noon at their Court St location. Enjoy demonstrations and displays of modalities you can explore for healthier living.

The I-Park Foundation hosts a free Artists-In-Residence Open Studios event this Sunday at their East Haddam location. You’re invited to enjoy the art, music, refreshments, and more. Details at

The Middletown Recreation and Community Service Department sponsors an all-day Mindful Awareness workshop on Sunday at the Senior Center. Call 860-638-4500 for information.

The Connecticut Historical Society invites you to their ongoing exhibit, Visions/Revisions: The Print Transformed, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Printmaker’s Network of Southern New England. Details at

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run “Loving Vincent,” a painted animation about the life of Vincent Van Gogh, and “Jane,” a documentary about conservationist Jane Goodall, through Thursday.  Weekend screenings and details can be found at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues the run of “A Journey Through French Cinema,” highlighting clips and classics from French cinematic treasures, through Wednesday. On Thursday they open “Brad’s Status,” about the overachieving trials of a screenwriter—turned director. National Theatre Live presents Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” on Thursday. On Sunday’s matinee is the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of “The Taming Of The Shrew.” website for full schedule and screening times.

Here's the rundown of tonight’s lineup here on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown:

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 stay tuned for something special from Pacifica

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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