Friday, November 6, 2015

Friday's Jive 11-06-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, November 6th, 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

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

Tonight, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents choreographer Eiko Otake who continues her series "A Body in Places" at the Van Vleck Observatory at 6:30pm and 8pm and Saturday at 4pm and 6:30pm.  Also Saturday, Ghanaian master drummer Abraham Adzenyah celebrates his 46 years at Wesleyan at 3 pm in the CFA Hall, followed by a student concert at 9 pm. Visit for the complete weekend schedule.

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight it's the Michael Gallant Trio at 8 pm. Saturday is Aligned With Source a workshop to balance the self at 10:30 am, followed by Bamboo Brush Painting at 1 pm. Noah Guthrie also performs on Saturday at 8 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

On Sunday at the Russell Library in Middletown, folk musician Rick Spencer presents songs from WWI at 2 pm. Go to

This weekend is The Elm City Music Fest, an annual music festival and conference filled with live music, educational panels and workshops, VIP networking parties and vendors. This year’s festival runs through Saturday night and will be hosted at the New Haven Hotel with live music each night showcased at venues on and around Crown Street in New Haven. has a complete guide.

New Haven's Cafe Nine hosts an exhibition of the photos of Haywad Gatling this afternoon/evening. It's also the beginning of the Elm City Music Festival at 8 pm. Saturday Cafe Nine’s weekly Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola, with the music festival continuing at 9 pm. Sunday is Brazilian guitar Stephen Guerra and Felicia De Santis at 3 pm. Learn more at

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight Joe Budden plays with G Young at 9 pm. Visit

Hartford's Black-eyed Sally’s presents the Nick Moss Band at 9 pm on Saturday. Visit

At Infinity Hall in Hartford tonight they headline Aztec Two-Step performing the Simon & Garfunkel Songbook at 8 pm. The Smithereens perform at 8 pm on Saturday. On Sunday, its the Free Wounded Warrior Benefit Concert featuring the 1st Company Guard Band at 3 pm. Go to

You can tango every Friday at First Church on Court St. until around 10pm, it's already in full swing now. Partners not necessary.  Call 860-347-0278 for details.

On Saturday, Manic Productions brings The Hotelier and Runaway Brother to The Space in Hamden at 7:30 pm. Visit

In Middltown on Saturday, Oddfellows Playhouse welcomes Eshu Bumpus for storytelling at 1 pm.

Peruvian artist Ivan Huerto has his first United States showing at Gallery 53, 53 Colony Street, Meriden, now through November 14. Find out more at gallery53.​org

On Saturday, Riverwood Poetry Series Presents  “Conversations that Challenge: Poetry, Race and Racism.” at the Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Av, Hartford, for a day of performances, workshops, food, and fun. Events kick off at 1pm and go into the evening. Guest artists include David Mills, Kate Rushin, Antoinette Brim, and Rickey Laurentiis. This is free and open to the public, pre-registration is optional but preferred. Do so at

On Saturday, Real Art Ways presents "Battle Trance", an unusual combination of four tenor saxophones at 7:30 pm. Visit

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford today, it's the Out and Out Cocktail Hour at 5:30 pm. Also they will be showing "Nasty Baby", a story of parenthood. "East Side Sushi" a film about a single mother's introduction to food culture opens tonight. On Sunday, they show "PlantPure Nation" a documentary about a movement to promote a plant-based diet in Kentucky at 1:30 pm. Visit

This evening, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues their 17th annual Eros Film Festival, with a showing of "Jenny's Wedding" at 7:30 pm, and on Saturday, it's "The New Girlfriend" at 2:30 pm and "Those People" at 7:30 pm. The 75th Anniversary of Fantasia is Sunday at 2:30 and 7 pm. 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 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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