Friday, December 4, 2015

Firday's Jive 12-04-15

Good evening, it's Friday, December 4th, 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.

In New Haven tonight, Cafe 9's early show features Tom Hearn at 5 pm.  You can also catch Café Nine’s First Friday Artist in Residence Series with Photographer Kathleen Cei’s photos of local bands and other compelling characters. Later tonight, Ports Of Spain, Holy Tunics, Dead Painters, Procedure Club, and Dan Soto and The High Doses take the stage. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola & Friends. Saturday night brings The Night of The Living Banjo, an evening of banjo-powered music from singer-songwriters, old-timesters, bluegrassers & innovators. Hosted by Lys Guillorn and Elisa Flynn with special guests. Sunday night there’s a Blues Open Mic with Off The Trax. More at

Tonight at The Buttonwood Tree, jazz composer Vince Guaraldi’s timeless themes from Charlie Brown’s Christmas will be performed by The Eric Mintel Quartet.  Saturday night, Connecticut’s own Darren Sechrist brings together some of New England’s top comics for a night of comedy at Buttonwood Tree. Throughout December, Artists for World Peace presents the exhibition "Art For Life" featuring photographs of Tanzania and Uganda by Claudia Paul and Lonzo Lowery, as well as paintings by Lorelei Chang and Kamar Thomas. Visit

Sunday night Manic Productions presents Brandi Carlile at College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Go to

Tonight at Toad’s Place in New Haven, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic return. More at

At Infinity Hall Hartford tonight you can catch Javier Colon. Saturday night it's Neko Case with Special Guest Natalie Tuttle. Details at

Tonight in Middletown, MAC650 gallery presents an Opening Reception for The Back Alleys of Paradise - works by Tab Hujar inspired by the Tim Burton classic movie "Nightmare Before Christmas", with music by Lizzienrose. Visit

The Middletown Symphonic Band will be performing a holiday concert tonight at 7PM at Westbrook High School Details at

You can catch The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers in their Holly Fair this Saturday. Call 860-347-0278 for details.

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

Saturday, The Artists for World Peace holiday open house happens at The DeKoven House on Washington Street, Middletown. You are invited to see what AFWP has accomplished this year and what's upcoming. Visit

Middletown’s Holiday On Main Street 2015 activities continue on Saturday. Complete details and added activities are published online at

Middletown's new Poet Laureate, Susan Allison, will read poems old and new on Sunday in the Hubbard Room of Russell Library. She will be available to sign copies of her book, “Down by the Riverside Ways”. Learn more at 

At Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts this weekend:
Tonight is the Annual West African drumming and dance concert. Of special significance, master drummer and Adjunct Professor of Music Abraham Adzenyah celebrates his final performance with his students. Saturday evening The Wesleyan University Orchestra and Concert Choir present a selection of popular holiday classics under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina in Crowell Concert Hall. Saturday from 10:00am to noon at Wesleyan University’s Russell House there is a panel event on "Indigenous Middletown: Settler Colonial and Wangunk Tribal History" featuring historians, educators,  and activists. All are welcome. For more information, contact J. Kehaulani Kauanui 860-685-3768 or Also on Saturday night at Wesleyan in the World Music Hall, experience the culture of Java with beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble. The concert will include a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble. Wesleyan’s "Introduction to Dance" beginning dance students will perform works of various styles, including Bharata Natyam at Crowell Concert Hall Sunday afternoon at 2. More information at    

The Sauce Boss returns for a night of blues, gumbo, slide guitar, and hot sauce at Hartford's Black-eyed Sally’s tonight. On Saturday night Poppa Chubby brings his classic blues-rock to Sally’s. Visit

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

At Real Art Ways, Hartford tonight through Sunday, The Internet Cat Video Festival screens. Theeb, a coming of age movie about a young boy in the Ottoman empire during World War I continues through Dec. 10. "Heart of a Dog", a personal essay film by Laurie Anderson opens tonight, continuing through Dec. 10. More info at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues a run of "Beyond Measure" tonight. The film "Steve Jobs" starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet runs through Saturday. Starting Sunday, "99 Homes" opens, a movie starring Andrew Garfield about a recently evicted construction worker who falls into criminal work with a real estate shark. Details and show times 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 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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