Monday, February 12, 2018

Monday 2-12-18 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, February 12h. 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," now in its fifth year of bringing a progressive take on faith and action.  A week from tomorrow, on Feb. 20th, it's our annual Oscar preview, this time with not one, but two film critics from the Catholic journal Commonweal, Richard Alleva and Rand Richards Cooper. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived that night at

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

In New Haven, Café Nine’s Manic Mondays brings you GOODNIGHT BLUE MOON and Patrick Dalton.
Tuesday Café at Café Nine you can catch conscious roots Rreggae from Jamaica with EARTHKRY with opening act, The Alpaca Gnome Trio. Wednesday, it’s a Lovers Lounge-a-Palooza "VALENTINE'S DAY JAZZ LOUNGE Show" WITH KEVIN SAINT JAMES. Thursday’s at Cafe Nine it’s JOE MILLER & THE HIPSHAKERS alongside BRONSON ROCK.  Friday night at The Nine, Fernando Pinto Presents: Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees & Beyond plus American Trash, and more.  Saturday, Café Nine’s Weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. Saturday night, WITCH HAIR, LAUNDRY DAY, and THE RIGHT OFFS share a bill at Café Nine and "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee From Cygnus Radio features ROBYN HITCHCOCK and Lys Guillorn.  Sunday eve it’s the original Cafe Nine Blues Jam with GEORGE LESIW BAND

At the Russell Library in Middletown, Thursday night from 6:30PM-8:00PM in the Hubbard Room
A Film Screening for Black History Month of Whose Streets?.   Friday from 4:00PM-6:00PM
In The Hubbard Room it’s Poet's Corner with Middletown’s Poet Laureate Susan Allison: Calling All Poets! Saturday from 10:00AM-2:00PM in the Hubbard Room The NAACP presents a Black History Extravaganza. You can also see experience the powerful art exhibition currently on display throughout the Library by Pierre Sylvaine. The exhibit is called  “Fantastical Journey: Voodoo, Slavery, Jazz.” runs through March. On Saturday morning you can explore French and Spanish language classes for your kids.  You can check the website for more activities and offerings for patrons of all ages, and for information on the current online auction fundraiser.

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts invites you to experience a virtuoso of the koto, Masayo Ishigure (Mah SIGH yoh Eesh ee GOO ray), Friday, February 16 at 8pm in Crowell Concert Hall. “Koto 360 Degrees”, is a musical dialogue between the east and west, with Japanese instruments alongside western elements. 
Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher and Principal Harpist with the United States Coast Guard Band Megan Sesma returns to The Russell House with her Coast Guard Band colleague and saxophonist Dr. Joshua Thomas, a Conn-Selmer artist, Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 3:00pm

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight’s JAZZ MONDAY event is a PETER GREENFOGEL BIRTHDAY BASH. Tomorrow night Brings Black-Eyed Sally’s Annual Fat Tuesday celebration with a New Orleans Dinner and dancing to Zydeco Slim and The River City Hogs. Wednesday’s Weekly Community Blues Jam is hosted by Gene Donaldson this week. . It’s Liviu’s Invitational on Thursday, and on Friday Mambo Sons take the Sally’s stage. Saturday’s headliner is NEAL & THE VIPERS WITH CARL RICCI & 706 UNION AVE.

Saturday night at The College St Music Hall PREMIER CONCERTS AND MANIC PRESENTS:
Bring Less Than Jake, Four Year Strong, Direct Hit, and Bearings to the stage.  Sunday they’ve got Declan McKenna and Chappell Roan at The Space Ballroom in Hamden.

The Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown hosts: an Authors to Schools Program Open House at 6 pm Tuesday.  Thursday they host a workshop for kids to Make Valentine Gifts at 6pm. Friday at 7pm at Wesleyan RJ Julia is another book event featuring Tom Ryan, on "Will's Red Coat".

Tomorrow night (Tues) Infinity Hall Hartford, it’s a MARDI GRAS PARTY at 5pm later Tuesday night you can stick around for Krewe Orleans w/ members of Trey Anastasio Band, Pink Talking Fish, Moe, Turkauz, and more. Friday at Infinity Hartford, it’s The Weight Band "World Gone Mad" Album Pre-Release Concert w/ members of THE BAND (Levon Helm Band and the Garth Hudson and Rich Danko Bands).  Infinity Norfolk present Griffin House on Friday night and Welcomes the return of The legendary reggae group, The Wailers on Saturday night.

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

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues their annual Oscar Nominated Short Films series through Feb 22nd.  They’ve also extended their run of “Loving Vincent,” through Feb 18th.  FACES PLACES (VISAGES, VILLAGES) runs through Thursday and Real Art Ways screens french films The Bread Winner, tonight and The insult Tomorrow (Tues) as well as LAST MEN IN ALEPPO on Thursday.  Check the website for details and screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues their run of the 1942 classic love story, “Casablanca.” Through Thursday. Friday they open a run of the film Lady Bird/. 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 The Jive at Five, stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry From classic bop to smooth contemporary sounds.

At 6 it’s Radical Radiowaves with DJ ORacle

At 6:30 until 8pm 75% Folk with Michael Benson presents Contemporary folk along with a mix of blues, jazz, world music and movie soundtracks. Lots of new music and occasional interviews.

From 8-9:30pm tonight Stay tuned for Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin.

From 9:30-11pm  Jimmy Z fills in for Jack Sullivan on Cruiser’s Radio Program
And at 11pm it’s Hits of the 60’s and 70’s with Jimmy Z Playing billboard hot 100 hits of the 60’s and 70’s. Win a WESU mug on our weekly “Name That Tune” contest.

AT 12:30 lit-mus with DJ Chi and DJ baby ruth Explore the intersections of literature and music with anonymous submissions from students across the country.

Then at 1:30 check out Weekly Ketchup wit DJ Oat Neal and DJ Opal.

at 2:30, On This Day with DJ Celiac and Jamsterdam Explores what was musically and historically significant on this day and listen to the #1 songs and fun facts from past decades.

At 3:30 Spoiler Alert Radio Conversations on the craft of filmmaking.

The BBC world Report comes your way at 4am and we begin our weekday program with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, Now stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, up next! 

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