Friday, December 11, 2015

Friday's Jive 12-11-15

Good evening, it's Friday, December 11th, 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 Buzz Gordo's Ski Lodge, a curated mix of 70's AM radio. At 9 pm, Bridgeport's Big Moon take the stage with 
Tanuki Suit. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Saturday night brings The Paul Collins Beat, come see the legend who fronted for The Nerves and The English Beat. Sunday night, Connecticut's revolving collection of musicians Some Such Things will perform at 8 pm.

Tonight at Infinity Hall Hartford, Rusted Root takes the stage at 8 pm. Saturday night brings Larry Carlton at 8 pm. On Sunday at 7:30, its Open Mic Night. Also at 7:30, Sounds of Frank, a centennial celebration of the Music of Frank Sinatra. Details at

Tonight Hartford's Black-Eyed Sally’s will feature Gong Tuff, a Bob Marley Tribute Band. Saturday, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood bring you some blues and R&B at 9 pm. Visit

Tonight at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, you can catch jazz composer George Mastrogiannis performing A Tribute to Rock & Roll at 8 pm. Saturday mornings at The Buttonwood Tree bring the Aligned with Source meditation workshops. From 1-3 pm, family members can decorate an ornament at no charge, a Holiday on Main St. activity. Saturday night, Turkish jazz guitar virtuoso Sinan Bakir presents a solo electric show at 8 pm. Sunday, Peter Loffredo presents "A Child's Christmas in Wales" at 3 and 7pm. 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. Learn more at

The Friends of the Russell Library Book sale will happen thru Sunday, starting at 9 am and closing at 6 pm. Come support your local Middletown library. 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight, you can catch some heavy tunes from The World Is Beautiful And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, along with Caspian for a 7pm show. Also tonight in Lilly's Pad, it's the College Battle of the Bands at 8 pm. Go to

Manic Productions brings 
Grace Potter and Eliza Hardy Jones to the College Street Music Hall Saturday 8 pm. They have more at

On Saturday, Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown presents "Stage Whispers" an evening of original one-act plays by Carolyn Kirsch produced by Vintage Players at 7:30 pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance for this show. Visit

Saturday, the MAC650 Gallery presents a group vocal study with vocalist/therapeutic musician Elizabeth Dellinger at 2 pm. Visit for info.  

Saturday, in Middletown Green Street Teaching and Learning Center holds its first ever artist trunk show at 10 am. Items will include one-of-a-kind art pieces, hand made scarves, jewelry, and much more. At 10:30, it's an ornament decorating workshop as a part of the Holiday on Main Street festivities. Complete details and added activities for Holiday On Main St. are published online at

Sunday, First Church, on Court St. in Middletown presents a Candlelight Christmas Concert at 4 pm.

Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts weekend includes, tonight in the World Music Hall at 7 pm, the music of central Java by the Javanese Gamelan Ensemble. In Crowell Concert Hall, the students of Jazz Improvisation present Happening '15, a culmination of creative music and campus activity at 8 pm. And tonight and Saturday night is the Winter Dance Concert, a series of works from advanced student choreographers at the CFA Theater at 8 pm. Visit

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem are performing in the area, featuring new winter songs, on Saturday at Northwest Park in Windsor at 7:30pm. Call 860.285.1886. They also will be at Bread Box Theater in Willimantic on Sunday at 4pm. Call 860.429.4220.

At Hartford's Real Art Ways on Saturday, Speak Up, a storytelling event centered around the theme Nightlife, will start at 8 pm. Sunday, Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes present an afternoon of improvised music with special guests at 3 pm. More info at

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

At Real Art Ways tonight The Wonders, an Italian film about a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation will begin its run. Saturday and Sunday, you can catch the animated classic Iron Giant. Visit

Tonight and Saturday, Cinestudio at Trinity College presents The Martian, a sci-fi epic about an astronaut trapped on Mars, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon. Sunday there's an encore screening of Jane Eyre. Also on Sunday, Hitchcock/Truffaut, a documentary about an interview between the two legendary filmmakers, begins its run. More information/showtimes 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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