Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday's Jive 10-02-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, October 2nd, and this is the Jive at Five - WESU's Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends. I'm Stephan Allison, host of River Valley Rhythms heard Thursdays at 4 pm here at WESU. Thanks for tuning in.

For the latest in local arts and entertainment anytime you're not hearing it on our Jive, go to – the City’s website for what’s going on and what’s to do with a highlight on the arts in Middletown. That's

Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.

New Haven's Café Nine presents Ryan Montbleau with Frank Viele tonight at 9 pm. On Saturday at 4:30, it's the Jazz Jam with Mike Coppola, followed by Goat Herder at 9 pm. On Sunday they bring you piano lounge with Kevin St. James and Steve Donovan at 8 pm. It's all at

Hartford's Black-Eyed Sally’s presents The Old Royals and Relative Souls at 9 pm. On Saturday they headline Chris Ruest playing Texas Blues. Visit

The Buttonwood Tree hosts the Michael Sheridan Trio, featuring gypsy swing at 8 pm. Saturday night they have the folk-rock sounds of The Sherman Ewing Duo. On Sunday, it's the Great Make Believe Improv (comedy) Show at 7 pm. Visit

New Haven's Toad’s Place presents NRBQ tonight at 7 pm. Visit

At the Russell Library in Middletown at 2 pm on Saturday, Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with Los Trovadores De America. Go to

Manic Productions tonight presents Lisa Lampanelli at the College St. Music Hall in New Haven at 9pm. Also, Gang of Four plays the Outer Space at 9. Saturday it's Wavves at 8 pm with Twin Peaks and Steep Leans. Visit

You can tour the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown every Wednesday at 2 p.m., with tea available every second Wednesday of the month.

Under the auspices of the Wesleyan Center for the Arts, on Sunday at the Davison Art Center Eiko Otake presents a series of performances as part of her solo project "A Body in Places", beginning at 3 pm. Learn more at

Also on Wednesday at the Wesleyan Potters Gallery, the "Vintage 20th Century Crafts" show begins at 10 am and runs through November 7.

Infinity Hall in Hartford tonight at 8 pm has Eagle Mania. On Saturday, Liberty Comedy presents Jon Fisch, Carrie Gravenson, and Shaun Eli at 8 pm. Sunday, its Brain Hoffman's tribute to Red Skelton at 1:30 pm, followed by Bernard Fowler at 7:30 pm. Their full list is at

The Head of the Riverfront Rowing Regatta is Saturday at Riverside Park in Hartford starting at 8:30 am. Visit

This Sunday the Cromwell Record Riot is at the Cromwell Crowne Plaza Hotel. This event features 40+ tables of records, CDs, DVDs, t-shirts and dealers from CT/NY/NJ/MA and beyond! Details at 

On Sunday, the 30th Annual Middlesex County Car Show and Flea Market begins at 8:30 on Palmer Field in Middletown.

You can support Connecticut’s Farmer’s Markets and enjoy healthy food while you’re at it! The Durham Farmer’s market is on Thursdays from 3 to 6. Middletown’s North End market is on Friday from 10 to 2, with the long-running market on the South Green on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-1. There’s one in Higganum Village on Friday from 3:30 to 6:30, and in Cromwell on Friday from 4 to 7. On the shore, Old Saybrook markets are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There's a market at 53 Broadway in New Haven every Friday from 10 to 2. The Chester market is open on Sundays from 10 to 1. Markets end after Mid-October. Details at

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Hartford:
The Wadsworth Atheneum is showing "Far from the Madding Crowd", a film based on Thomas Hardy's novel and set in Victorian England that introduces us to the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene, who attracts three very different suitors. Showtimes are Saturday at 2 and 7 pm. Visit

At Real Art Ways, tonight through Sunday, you can catch "Meet the Patels", a laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel filmed by his sister in what started as a family vacation video. Go to

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues through Saturday its run of "Mr. Holmes", the story of a British detective who can't resist a few more tantalizing mysteries before he retires. On Sunday, a one-time matinee of "The Impressionists", a film about the art show that traveled from Paris to Philadelphia and featured Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir, and Pisarro. Also on Sunday, they open "Phoenix," a German film set after WWII about an Auschwitz survivor returning home. Visit

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05-6 pm, it'll be Wild Wild Live with Ethan and Rachel. A sneak peek into the magical live music scene of Wes. Tune in for in-station sets from campus bands and recordings of up-and-coming artists' campus shows.

From 6 to 6:30pm it's Progress for the Planet w/Eric Hagen. Environmental news with a pro-green stance, including some environmentalist music from a variety of genres.
From 6:30-7pm it's the Middletown Youth Radio Project. A weekly radio program featuring the thoughts, voices, creativity and talent of the kids in the WESU neighborhood.

At 7 until 8:30pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - offering listeners a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues. Plus health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips.

Next up until 10pm, we take it From the Otherside with Rok-A-Dee where 60% of the show is love songs of different genre. The other 40% is Reggae Dancehall, R&B, and new artiste.    
Then from 10pm - midnight, we go In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with
Dope Dave
– where downtempo
poets and acrobatic emcees weave lyricism through various soundscapes.

At Midnight until 3am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE w/Clarence & Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

And then, from 3 until 5am you are taken to Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat, who has
a song in his heart, a chemical imbalance in his head and a musical library at his fingers. From krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, Wonderland has a place for it.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the 
BBC World News 
- a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation

And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6:00 to 7:00am it’s
 the Celtic Café
 with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am, serving up a slice of Italy every Saturday morning. You don't have to speak Italian to taste it: just relax, listen, and enjoy!

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

The Music behind today’s Jive At Five is from Noah Baerman's Ripples featuring Noah Baerman, Kenny Barron, Jimmy Green and many others – and the selection is Ripples-for Margie. Find out more at

The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at

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