Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday's Jive 01-29-16

Good evening, it's Friday, January 29th 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.

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

Here in Middletown, at The Buttonwood Tree, tonight Connecticut’s own Darren Sechrist brings together some of New England’s top comics for a night of laughs. Saturday mornings, Aligned with Source: A guided meditation workshop takes place from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Saturday night Moto performs their brand of Soca music from Trinidad, plus traditional roots reggae and creative interpretations of rock, R&B and soul music with elements of jazz, salsa and afro-beat. has more.

In New Haven, Café Nine has their weekly Friday 5pm set, today with Tim Payson. Later, Chaser Eight, Mr. Council, and The Hooch take the stage. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam session is with Billy Cofrances and friends at 4:30. Later you can catch the Go Kat Go! Birthday Show featuring Jeff Deware & The Bop Thrills, The Dukes Of Hamden, and Rumble. Sunday afternoon at Café Nine, they feature Lys Guillorn & Her Band and Her Band’s Bands featuring Lys Guillorn And Her Band, The Sawtelles, and Chica Non Rata. Later Sunday catch a night of contemporary puppetry when Pinned and Sewtured Presents: Dames In The Dark. Details at

Hartford's Black-eyed Sally’s tonight hosts The Alchemistics playing reggae, hip hop, & soul. Saturday night is the return of the Balkun Brothers, fresh off their European tour. Go to

Tonight Toad’s Place in New Haven there’s an Electro Glow Party on the main floor while Afton presents 10 bands on the Lily Pad Stage. Saturday Toads offers their Saturday night college dance party. Sunday night Lotus performs and El Ten Eleven opens that show. Check for details at

Also in New Haven tonight at Pacific Standard Tavern, Lucius Dylan Prolyte Productions presents a night of roots and dub reggae with Roots of Creation. Miz-eyesis spins the drum and bass, dubstep, and dub reggae to start off the night. Visit

Tonight, Infinity Hall Hartford’s Backyard Music Series presents Wise Old Moon, Atlas Gray & Kerri Powers. Saturday it's Five for Fighting with string quartet. You can find more, including events at their Norfolk venue at  

The art festival Hygienic Art XXXVII (37) begins tonight and runs through Feb. 13 in New London. Nearly a dozen activities will be held in the Bank Street neighborhood, including the reason for the festival's existence: Salon des Indépendants. The annual art exhibit is open to any artist who wants in. Each can bring one artwork and hang it in the Hygienic Art Gallery. There is no censorship, so parental discretion is advised. Another highlight is the Ice Carnival on Saturday at the art park next to the gallery. Admission to the carnival is free and you'll see fire breathers and ice sculptures. Those who want the free tickets to play games must sing a song to get them. Other activities include a rock concert, a hootenanny, a cabaret, a fashion show and a youth art exhibit. A photo scavenger hunt and exhibit has the theme "Shoot Pictures, Not People!" emphasizing nonviolence.  Admission is free while some events ask for a suggested donation. Free parking is available in the municipal parking structure near Hygienic Galleries. Details at

Wesleyan university Center for the Arts presents David Davis--"Sax In the City" featuring vocalist Charmagne this Sunday at 3pm at the Russell House. Find out more at

Sunday in Middletown, Dreamville Team 2016 presents their Black and White Inaugural Poetic Justice Night in Honor of Jermaine Lamarr Cole. The event happens at the MAC 650 Gallery on Main Street from 5-9pm.  For more information, email 

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

Hartford's Real Art Ways continues their run of Mustang tonight through next Thursday. Also tonight, they begin their run of 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts. Learn more at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues a run of Truth starring Kate Blanchette and Robert Redford, a tale that exposes the perils facing journalists covering volatile material. Also, tonight is a one-time late show of Labyrinth, featuring David Bowie. A run of Youth, an intimate look at two artists (Michael Caine, a composer and Harvey Keitel, a filmmaker) nearing the end of their career, begins on Sunday. And there's a showing of National Theatre Live's production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses on Sunday at 1pm. Visit

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 to be safe, it's best to check the WESU website for the 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 and the others Reggae Dancehall, R&B, and new artiste.    
Then from 10 to 11pm it's People, Places and Things with jackalope. Each week brings a new theme, each theme brings an exciting smorgasbord of songs relating to it.

That's followed until Midnight by Easy List-ening with DJ Rebag whose lists, particularly at their most strange and offbeat, can be some of the best ways to organize countless songs. He tackles something new each week.

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 the title track from Talking Drums' Some Day Catch Some Day Down, re-issued and re-mastered as a cd on the innova label in 2011. The original vinyl was released in 1987.

The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at

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