Monday, January 8, 2018

Monday 01-08-18 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, January 8th. 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. Tomorrow -- which is the second Tuesday, I'll fill in for the still-on-break Wesleyan students with a chat with our faithful movie critic Richard Alleva about two films with Catholic content, Lady Bird, which just won two Golden Globe awards, and Novitiate, about a young woman during the Vatican II reform days who wants to be a nun. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived tomorrow evening at

Now here's some of what's happening in our area this week:

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts their usual Anything Goes Open Mic & Moments of Gratitude tonight, with Ashley Hamel.  There’s Empowering Yoga on Tuesday afternoon, and Kanaha Yoga Wednesday morning. On Friday at The Buttonwood, you can enjoy the folk duo, The Promise is Hope. The Aligned with Source Workshop and Meditation happens on Saturday morning. The rhythm and voice trio, Indigo Soul, takes the Buttonwood Tree stage Saturday afternoon. The NEAR and Far Storytellers are at the Buttonwood Sunday evening, and The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings.  All Month you can enjoy the art exhibit, Mystic Collages, by featured artist Flo Bartosiak.

In New Haven, Café Nine’s Manic Mondays brings you the Funky Dawgz Brass Band performing tonight. On Tuesday, it’s James Darling and the Nuclear Heartbreak, Haunting Titans, and Phony Danza. They headline the Kevin Saint James Band on Wednesday, appearing with Gatehouse Music. On Thursday it’s Mark Daniel & The Free Radicals, Daniela Cardillo, and Passing Strange. Friday’s 5pm Happy Hour performance features Lynn Malavolte, and the Friday night main event features The Refectory, Hylda, Sullust, and Stone Titan. Saturday’s weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends, and the Saturday late show headlines Will Dailey, appearing with Ayrhill. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at Café Nine is a Songwriter Series with Chris Berardo and more, and the evening show is Sex Beat with DJ Kid Congo Powers.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends tonight. On Friday, it’s Riders On The Storm, The Electric Lady Band, Little Us, and more. On the Lilly’s Pad stage Friday night you can catch the Too Far Promo Show. They’ve got Opus’ Blizzard B-Day Bash on Saturday featuring Fatal Portrait, EARTH, and JASTA, along with Metal Karaoke and Soldiers of Solace in Lilly’s Pad.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, Tonight youc an catch the “CAPTAIN” KIRK WOODARD QUINTET holding down their Jazz Monday event. Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra comes your way Tuesday night at Blackeyed Sally’s. Their weekly Community Blues Jam happens on Wednesday with guest Ed Bradley. It’s Liviu’s Invitational on Thursday, and on Friday singer/songwriter Pat O’Shea and his band take the stage. It’s blues and more on Saturday with Kosher Kid & The Incredible Amplifires.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, Middlesex Hospital presents a Tobacco Cessation Workshop on Tuesday at 11 am. At noon, they’re screening “British Intelligence,” starring Boris Karloff, as part of the ongoing Classic Mystery Film Series. The Russell Readers meets at 6:30 to discuss “Haircut” by Ring Lardner in their American Short Stories series. The Girls Who Code Club holds ongoing meetings every Wednesday at 6 pm. There’s Paper Crafts for Adults on Friday at 11:30, featuring Paper Sculpture. The library is closed on Sunday and Monday for the Martin Luther King holiday. Check the website for more activities and offerings for patrons of all ages.

You can learn African Kizomba Dance, a fun, low impact activity, at The 224 in Hartford on Tuesday at 6 pm. Details at

The Hartford Mindfulness Center hosts Mindfulness Meditation After Work every Wednesday at 6:15 pm at their Farmington Avenue location.

The Mac 650 Gallery & Artist Co-Op in Middletown hosts Edgar Clinks, Eddie Golden III, Lady Queen Paradise, and Queer Choir on Thursday at 7 pm. Fat Randy appears at the MAC on Saturday. Details at

Infinity Hall brings you Americana, country and more with Neko Case on Friday, appearing with Mt. Joy. On Saturday, they’ve got Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones Tribute Band.

Manic Presents is at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven this weekend. On Friday, it’s Guster, Mates of State, and The Zambonis, and on Saturday you can catch Rebelution, Raging Fyah, and DJ Mackle.

At the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown, the NAACP Youth Committee presents a workshop for high school students, Writing the College Essay, Saturday at 9 am. They’re hosting a CT Writing Groups Meetup on Sunday at noon, for writers looking for critique partners, writing groups, and beta readers. Details at

The Middlesex Music Academy in Middletown offers ukulele classes for both beginners and intermediates on Saturdays, led by Karen Hogg. Details at

Artists for World Peace brings their 6X6 PEACE Wall to Bethany this Saturday from 1 to 4 pm at the Clark Memorial Library. Artists are invited to create a canvas, or come to purchase one. Proceeds support the Native Eyes Project. Details at

It’s Second Saturdays for Families this week at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, offering free admission, music, and more.

The Connecticut Historical Society invites you to their ongoing exhibit, That’s Weird, of strange objects connected to our state’s material culture, happening every Saturday. Details at

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford hosts Brandon Mabry’s Birthday Bash on Saturday with Slip & Fall, Matt and the Marauders, Honch, and more. Details at

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues “The Florida Project,” about a family in a budget motel near Disney World, and “The Light of the Moon,” about a Latina architect in Brooklyn dealing with a sexual assault, through Thursday. The afternoon movie is “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” about a perfect family encountering a past secret. On Friday they open “In the Fade (Aus Dem Nichts),” a German film about a mother who loses her child in a Neo-Nazi bomb attack. The weekend opening is “Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming,” an animated film about a Canadian poet performing in Iran. Check the website for details and screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues “Faces Places,” a French documentary about a photographer and his giant portrait, through Wednesday. Thursday’s CT OutFilm series offering is “God’s Own Country.” They’re screening “Murder on the Orient Express” on Friday and Saturday, with an all-star cast including Penelope Cruz and Dame Judi Dench. On Sunday they reprise “Loving Vincent,” an animated feature about the iconic artist. Check the 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 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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