Friday, January 1, 2016

Friday's Jive 01-01-16

Good evening, it's Friday, January 1, 2016, the beginning of a new year, 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 Café Nine Weekly Happy Hour at 5 today features Sean Conlon. Later tonight, The Nine offers a double bill featuring Woody Pines and Wise Old Moon.  Saturday’s Jazz Jam session is with Mike Coppola and Friends at 4:30. Later Saturday night it's the 4th Annual Beehive Holiday Blowout with Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez and The George Baker Band.  Sunday night at Café Nine, you can catch Birth Of Flower, The Gates of Ivory, and Disco Teen 66. You'll find their complete schedule at

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place Saturday you can catch Zach Deputy & Roots of Creation. Visit to learn more.

Meanwhile Hartford's Black-eyed Sally’s features Texas bluesman Lucky Peterson on Saturday night. Learn more at

The cast of Beatlemania comes to to the Infinity Hall Hartford stage on Saturday. Details at 

Back here in Middletown, The Buttonwood Tree is closed until Saturday morning, when they offer the Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop from 10:30-noon. Later Saturday night, Pete LaMalfa & His Washingtonians are in for an evening of Jazz. Visit

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

Hartford's Real Art Ways tonight begins a run of NOMA: My Perfect Storm, A documentary about the celebrated chef René Redzepi, set against the backdrop of the Copenhagen-based restaurant NOMA, named the Best Restaurant in the World in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014. More info at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio will emerge from their annual winter hiatus on Jan 6 with a run of Macbeth!

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 - and considering the time of year, Winter break at Wesleyan - it's best to check the WESU website for an up-to-date schedule.

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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