Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday 03-12-18 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, March 12th. 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: Michael O’Loughlin, national correspondent for the Jesuit magazine America, discusses his recent article, “How the Catholic Church could help lead a gun control movement.” He also takes stock of Pope Francis’ now five-year-old pontificate and tells why right-wing criticism of the Jesuit media Father James Martin over his support of LGBT community turned out to be a blessing. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived at

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

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts their usual Anything Goes Open Mic tonight hosted by Rick Kominowski. Intentional & Empowering Yoga happens Tuesday afternoon, and on Wednesday it’s Yoga Now with Aloha! Enjoy Shaking the Tree, a Gong and Sound Meditation, on Thursday. The Dan Laparini Trio takes the stage Friday night with Latin jazz, R& B, and more.  The Aligned with Source Workshop & Meditation happens Saturday morning, and there’s a Teen Open Mic in the afternoon. Get ready for the Irish Saturday night with the Lost Acres String Band. The International Women’s Day art exhibit continues through the month, featuring various artists. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday morning.

At the Mac650 Gallery & Artist Co-Op in Middletown, they’ve got Villager, Secret Friends, Nick Grunerud and more tonight at 8 pm. On Saturday, it’s Palehound, Violent Mae, and Glambat.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the readers Theater presents “Buyer and Cellar”  at 7 pm tonight. Please enter through the Court Street back entrance. On Tuesday they offer free blood pressure screenings in the morning. They’re screening “Murder She Said” at noon in their movie series, and there’s a Job and Career Workshop at 6 pm, Networking for Job Seekers. The Russell Readers meet at 6:30 pm to discuss Eudora Welty’s “The Whole World Knows.”  The Girls Who Code series continues on Wednesday at 6 pm, and there’s a nutritional workshop, Sugar, Sugar!, at 6:30 pm. The presentation, Essential Oils 101, happens Thursday night. On Friday at 10:30 it’s Smart Searching: Internet Research, Fact Checking, and Staying Safe, and the Poet’s Corner with Susan Allison happens at 4 pm. On Saturday at 1:30 the Irish/New England band Céilí performs. Check the website for more activities and offerings for patrons of all ages.

 In New Haven, Café Nine’s Manic Mondays brings you Zachary Cale, Snake Oil, and ZZZWalk. On Tuesday you can catch Kyle Cook and Seth Adam. Wednesday, it’s Without Waves, Xenosis, and Glass Divide. Thursday’s headliners are Ces Cru and G-Mo Skee. Friday’s Happy Hour features The Buttondowns., followed by the late show with Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, and Daddy Long Legs. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, and the late show’s got Cyperna, Ultramantis Back, Intercourse, and Scalp the Pioneer. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features Steve Mednick, Eddie Seville, and more, and the late show is a Sex Beat Dance Party with DJ Kid Congo Powers.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, the Night of Smooth Jazz tonight with Rohn Lawrence & Friends. On Tuesday, it’s Mat Kearney’s Crazytalk Tour, Andrew Belle, and Filous. Friday’s  headliner is West End Blend, appearing with Srange Machines and Funky Dawgz Brass Band. On Saturday, it’s jazz and reggae acoustic with Benjy Myaz: Up Close & Personal.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it’s Jazz Mondays tonight with the Sarah Hahahan Quintet. Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra comes your way Tuesday night. Wednesday’s Community Bllues Jam happens Wednesday. It’s Liviu’s Invitational on Thursday, and on Friday the Bruce Katz Band takes the stage. On Saturday, you can catch blues/rock with the Sue Menhart Band. Showcase.

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford brings you North by North, Hyperdriver, Aurelius, and Post-Modern Panic this Tuesday. On Friday, it’s Black Pyramid, Witchkiss, Sperm Donor, and Undercliff. On Saturday it’s the St. Paddy’s Day Punk Show.  Details at

The Elizabeth Park Conservancy opens their 2018 Garden Lecture Series Wednesday at the Pond House Café in West Hartford, featuring Peggy Cornett who will speak on Preserving Plants from the Past; Monticello’s Historic Landscape. Details at

The Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown hosts a Kids Event Wednesday at 6 pm, Just for Fun! Come plant seeds in a lightbulb.

The Brainard Library and The Rockfall Foundation sponsor a lecture, Our Connecticut River: From Sea to Source, Wednesday at 6:30 at the library location in Haddam, first in their River Views lecture series. This event was rescheduled due to last week’s storm. Details at

You can enjoy country, rock, and more from the American songbook at the Hog River Brewing Company in Hartford every Thursday starting at 7 pm. Hartford native Connor Zane Millican partners with local musicians to bring you Twang Thursdays.

The Rockfall Foundation sponsors Meet Your Greens, presenting Lori Brown, Executive Director of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, Thursday at the Baci Grill in Cromwell at 5:30. Learn more about emerging environmental issues in the Lower Connecticut River Valley.

Enjoy Gospel and soul this Thursday at Infinity Hall in Hartford with Avery*Sunshine. It’s country and pop on Friday with Lee Ann Womack. On Saturday, they present Moondance, the Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Show. On Sunday at 1:30, you can catch The Brubeck Brothers Quartet.

Manic Presents is at the Space Ballroom in Hamden on Friday with Coast Modern and Foreign Air. They’re back again on Saturday with Spring Heeled Jack, Sgt. Scagnetti, and Nova Cloud. They’re also at the College Street Music Hall on Friday with the Migue;: War & Leisure Tour, SiR, and Nonchalant Savant.  .

The skating rink at Harbor Park in Middletown is now open on Saturdays and Sundays. Skate rentals and family passes are available. Call the Recreation & Community Services department for hours and full details. 860-638-4500.

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts hosts the Opening Reception for the Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition Saturday at 5 pm at the Zilkha Gallergy.

The Godfrey Library hosts two events this Saturday at their Middletown location. They’re sponsoring a writing group at 9:30 am, Write Your Family History, and hold a joint meeting at 7 pm with the Connecticut Society of Genealogists. You’re invited to learn more about their Family History Center.

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford presents Incarnations, an exclusive dance performance shown in conjunction with the exhibition Gorey’s World, this Saturday at 2 pm. They hold a St. Patrick’s Day Brunch on Sunday. Details at

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

The Pond House Café in at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford hosts their 21st annual Women’s Craft Celebration Saturday starting at 9 pm. Enjoy viewing handcrafted items from women artists. Details at

Baby Grand Jazz continues at the Hartford Public Library Sunday at 2 pm with a performance by The Hot Club of 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 Shape of Water,” a Cold War fable by Guillermo Del Toro, and “The Young Karl Marx,” a film about the birth of the early labor movement, through Thursday. Also continuing is “Oh Lucy!” a Japanese film about a woman with an identity crisis. On Friday they open “Goldstone,” about clashing cultures in an Australian mining outpost, and “Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy,” a continuation of an artist’s travelogue. Their Film 101 Series continues on Sunday with a screening of the 1956 film noir move, “The Killing,” which includes a post-film discussion.  Check the website for details and screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues “The Insult,” a film about culture clash in modern Beirut, through Wednesday. On Thursday they open “Darkest Hour,” a film about Winston Churchill, that runs through Saturday.  Sunday’s opening is “No Stone Unturned,” an Alex Gibney documentary about religious conflict in Northern Ireland. Check the website for full schedule and screening times.

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford is screening “Life and Nothing More” Wednesday at 7 pm as part of their Shaping Social Change Series. There’s a pre-film reception at 6 pm.  On Sunday at 2 pm, you can see “Viceroy’s House,” presented in their Interfaith Film Series. Check the website for dates and 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.

At 6stay tuned for a 30 minutes with Chris of Chrispix usually heard on Thursday nights.

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 it’s  Cruiser’s Radio Program with Jack Sullivan for 90 minutes of music and memories from the 1950s and 60s.

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 stay tuned for The Celctic Café Annual St Pattys Day special

Followed by an hr of great free form radio until 3:30 when it’s time for Spoiler Alert Radio featuring 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. 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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