Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday's Jive 11-20-15

Good evening, it's Friday, November 20th, 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.

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday Happy Hour features Christina Harris at 5pm. Also tonight, it's the George Baker Band's CD release party at 9pm. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, with Mates of State playing at 9 pm. Sunday is Joe Fletcher and Elison Jackson at 8pm. Go to

Also in New Haven, you can visit for the latest on who's performing there this weekend.

Tonight at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Jeff Fuller & Friends will perform at 8pm. On Saturday, folk group Sons of the Never Wrong play at 8pm. Food Not Bombs sereves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1pm. Help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30am. The Hearing Voices Network meets weekly on Monday morning at 10:30. Visit

On Sunday, The Hampstead Stage Company presents "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" at 1:30 pm at the Russell Library in Middletown. Visit for all their activities.

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts/CFA Theater presents "Marisol" by Jose Rivera at 8 pm tonight and Saturday. Wesleyan's Music Department and R. Luke Dubois present "Hard Data Redux" at 8 pm tonight, while the “R. Luke Dubois--In Real Time” exhibit runs through December 13 in the Zilkha Gallery. On Saturday, chamber music quartet Brooklyn Rider plays at 8pm in the Crowell Concert Hall. Tanya Marcuse’s “Phantom Bodies” is on exhibit through December 13 in the Davison Art Center. VIsit

At The Space in Hamden tonight, Manic Productions brings in Young Rising Sons and The Moser beginning at 8pm. Visit

Hartford's Black-eyed Sally’s is featuring the On the Spot Trio with the William Thompson Funk Experiment at 9 pm tonight. Saturday, it’s Italian Bluesman Robert Morbioli at 9pm. Visit

At Infinity Hall in Hartford tonight they headline Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes at 8 pm. Macy Gray with special guest Valise performs on Saturday at 8 pm. On Sunday, David Sanborn plays at 1:30 pm, followed by Colin Hay and Open Mic Night at 7:30 pm. Details at

You can tango every Friday at First Church on Court St. It has already started but the dancing continues until 10 pm. Partners are not necessary.  Call 860-347-0278 for details.

On Saturday, the Middlesex Community College Department of Arts presents a series of Art Therapy workshops in Snow Hall at 2 pm.

This Sunday, the Greater Middletown Chorale will perform Gabriel Faure's "Requiem" at 4 pm in the Bethany Covenant Church, Berlin, CT.

Also on Sunday at the MAC650 Art Gallery, Snooty Garland performs at the Sunday Dinner Residency at 7 pm.

Connecticut Farmer’s Markets are closed. 

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

Hartford's Real Art Ways tonight begins a run of the Basque film, "Flowers/Loreak". This is the story of three women, three lives altered by the mere presence of bouquets of flowers. "Of Men and War" a documentary about U.S. Veterans participating in a pioneering war trauma therapy center begins tonight as well. Visit 

Continuing tonight and tomorrow at Trinity College’s Cinestudio, is Robert Zemeckis' film "The Walk", about aerialist Philippe Petit's attempt to cross the World Trade Center towers in 1974, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. On Sunday, National Theater live presents Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" at 1 pm. "Rififi", a 1955 feature heralded as the first French film noir, will begin its run on Sunday and continue through the next week. This film was directed by Middletown native Jules Dassin. Check for details 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 Caf√©
 with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caff√© 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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