Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday's Jive 10-30-15 Mischief Night

Good afternoon, it's Friday, October 30th, 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.

Tonight at Toad’s Place in New Haven, they're holding the Shake Down Halloween Dance Party beginning at 8:30 pm. Go to

Tonight Infinity Hall in Hartford hosts Joan Armatrading at 8 pm. Saturday is the Slambovian Circus of Dreams' Halloween Costume Ball. Andrea Gibson plays Sunday at 7:30 pm. Also on Sunday at 7:30 is Open Mic Night. Details at

At the Russell Library in Middletown on Sunday Resonant Motion, Inc. presents the fourth and final installment in the 2015 Jazz Up Close series with trumpet player and composer Nadje Noordhuis, bassist Henry Lugo and pianist/series curator Noah Baerman. Music starts at 1:30 pm. Visit 

Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts presents the Fall Senior Thesis Dance concerts: a collection of works presented by senior choreographers, located in the Patricelli '92 Theater, this evening through Sunday, 8pm. On Sunday they present "This is It" the complete works of Neely Bruce in Crowell Concert Hall at 3 pm. More information at  

Today in New Haven, Cafe Nine features Buzz Gordo's Ski Lodge at 5 pm, followed by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs at 9 pm. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session features Billy Cofrances, followed by the Lipgloss Crisis Halloween Burlesque Party at 9 pm. Sunday is Snake Hill Blues followed by Elle Sera and Todd Kramer at 7 pm. Visit for their complete weekly line-ups.

Tonight at Hartford's Black-eyed Sally’s, Shaka & The Soul Shakers perform with The Sawtelles beginning at 9 pm. On Saturday, Roots of Creation play a reggae Halloween show at 9 pm. Check for more at  

This evening, Manic Productions presents BoomBox and the NEW deal at College Street Music Hall beginning at 7:30 pm. Deer Tick headline a Manic show at the College Street Music Hall at 8 pm Saturday night. Their website is

You can tango every Friday at First Church on Court St. Partners not necessary.  Call 860-347-0278 for details, things begin at 4:30 and continue to around 10pm.

Tonight, the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown presents a Haunted Mansion from 7pm-midnight. Learn more at

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown is featuring Comedy Night with Darren Sechrist and other New England comics beginning at 8 pm tonight. Sunday it's comedy and fun with The Great Make Believe Improv show at 7 pm. Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 pm. Help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. The Hearing Voices Network meets weekly on Monday morning at 10:30. Visit

This evening at 7 pm, Circophony, a teen circus program run by Oddfellows Playhouse and ARTFARM presents a circus showcase at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown. There's more info at  

The blog,, has a long list - by county - of Halloween themed activities across CT. 

The Connecticut Farmer’s Markets are closing up as the growing season ends.  But you can still visit the market in Higganum Village today until 6:30. And the Old Saybrook Farmer's Market is Saturday 9-12:30pm. Visit

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

Real Art Ways in Hartford has Jafar Panahi's "Taxi," and "Finder's Keepers," a documentary about one man's fight to reclaim his lost body part. Both films run through next Wednesday. “Paradise is There" a documentary about Natalie Merchant's multi-platinum solo debut Tigerlily, plays Saturday and Sunday. For all the films showing, visit

Meanwhile, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its run of "Straight Outta Compton" the feature film about rap group N.W.A. through Saturday. On Friday at 10:30 pm, there is a showing of "GhostBusters", in 35mm. On Sunday, to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Oklahoma, the film will be shown at 2:30 and 7pm with add'l. shows at 7 on Monday and Tuesday. Get the complete listings at


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 CafĂ©
 with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy CaffĂ© 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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