Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday the 13th's Jive, 11-13-15

Good evening, it's Friday, November 13th, 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.

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

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight at 7, they headline Gwar.
On Sunday, jam with The John Kadlecik Band at 8 pm. Visit

Meanwhile New Haven's Cafe Nine Happy House features The Buttondowns at 5 pm. today, followed by Roosevelt Dime at 9 pm. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session features Gary Grippo & Friends, followed by Glamour Assassins and Saving Skylar at 9 pm. Sunday, Tony & Irena play at 3 pm. That's followed at 8pm by Words and Music, a monthly event full of local & touring musicians, writers, and poets. Details at

Tonight at Infinity Hall in Hartford, Leon Russell headlines at 8 pm. Saturday is "A Night at the Opry" presented by Gunsmoke at 1:30 pm. This is followed by Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show at 8 pm. The New Christy Minstrels play Sunday at 1:30 pm. Also on Sunday at 7:30 is the Madeleine Peyroux Trio, with Open Mic Night at the Infinity Bistro. Details at

You can tango at First Church on Court St every Friday until 10 pm. Partners not necessary.  Call 860-347-0278 for details.

In Middletown, The Oddfellows Playhouse Jr & Teen Rep Companies 2 week run of "Alice in Wonderland" will continue through this weekend and next. Visit

Tonight Manic Productions brings David Bazan to the Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden, at 9pm. Puscifer plays on Saturday at 8 pm in the Shubert Theater, New Haven. The full line of shows is at
Tonight in Hartford at Black-eyed Sally’s, Start Making Sense, a Talking Heads tribute band plays at 9 pm. On Saturday, its the Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase featuring Tone Cool at 9 pm. Go to 

At Wesleyan's Center for the Arts tonight and Saturday, a Breaking Ground dance series event brings Faye Driscoll to Memorial Chapel at 8 pm. On Sunday, pianist Lisa Moore plays Philip Glass. The “R. Luke Dubois--In Real Time” exhibit is in the Zilkha Gallery while Tanya Marcuse’s “Phantom Bodies” is in the Davison Art Center - both exhibitions run through December 13. More information at

Meanwhile at the Russell Library in Middletown there is a WWI poster exhibition, running through November 30th. Visit for all they offer.

And at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight, it’s the folk duo The Kennedys, Pete & Maura celebrating 20 years together at 8 pm. Saturday is the 10th Annual CT Jazz Composers & Improvisers Festival starting at 7:30 pm.
Featuring highly-acclaimed and internationally-recognized artists from the New York/New England area, including Jimmy Greene. The Hearing Voices Network meets weekly on Monday morning at 10:30.

At Bridge St. Live! in Collinsville, tonight its rock 'n roll, with the Lustre Kings & Jr. Krauss, and the blues with the Shakes. Learn more at

On Sunday, Real Art Ways presents "Improvisations: Arcade" where Curator Musicians Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes join guests for freely improvised music at 3pm. Visit

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, it's a busy weekend. Opening tonight and continuing through next Thursday is "Experimenter", a chilling exploration of authority and conformity. The early show prior to "Experimenter" is "Difret". Saturday's and Sunday's matinee is East Side Sushi. On Sunday, "Gisela's Story" a documentary about three generations responding to a Holocaust survivor's legacy, at 11:30am. Again, visit for the complete listings.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio shows "Grandma": Lily Tomlin's starring role of a poet and her niece on a roadtrip. It's playing through Saturday. On Sunday, The Bolshoi Ballet presents George Balanchine's "Jewels". Also on Sunday, Noah Baumbach's new film "Mistress America" starring Greta Gerwig, is the story of two young New Yorkers. This film runs through Tuesday. You can learn more at

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


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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