Friday, December 25, 2015

Friday's Jive, Christmas Day 12-25-15

Good evening, it's Friday, December 25th, 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.

Our Fall 2015 community pledge drive is so close to coming to a grand conclusion. Your procrastination has run its course. It's now time to step forward. Let's enter the new year saying we've completed our final resolution of 2015. Please donate online at 

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

In New Haven at Cafe Nine, Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band. Saturday night brings classic soul, rhythm, and blues from 
Kevin St. James & The Crown Street Orchestra at 9 pm. Sunday's Matinee features proto-punk and psychedelic intrigue from Lamb Bombs and The Natch at 3 pm. Sunday, Café Nine welcomes Wisconsin-based sing and songwriter Kirby Jayes along with Sam Perduta. See the complete schedule at 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven Saturday night, its John Valby's XXX-Mas Show at 10 pm. They headline Sammy Adams on Sunday at 9 pm. Go to to learn more.

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown on Saturday, Antony Digennaro and Tommy Monaghan present "Music for 32 Goats" at 8 pm. Throughout December at The Buttonwood Tree, 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

Up in Hartford, Black Eyed Sally's goes country on Saturday at 8 pm, featuring Connecticut's own Nashville recording artists Presley & Taylor. Visit
At Infinity Hall Hartford on Sunday at 7:30 its Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot: An evening celebrating the music of Billy Joel. Also at 7:30, its the usual Open Mic Night. Details at 

Wesleyan's Center for the Arts is currently closed for winter break, but will reopen with new events in January. More information at    

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

In Hartford at Real Art Ways tonight, "Janis: Little Girl Blue" opens, a documentary by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg, that delves into the life and found footage of the late Janis Joplin. More info at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio takes a break and will continue again on Wednesday January 6th in the new year.

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

And if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can make that donation online at anytime. Thanks for listening!

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