Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday's Jive 02-12-16

Good evening, it's Friday, February 12th 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.

At Middletown's The Buttonwood Tree it’s Cold Duck time tonight, where you can catch a mix of bebop, funk and traditional jazz. Saturday, the Buttonwood Tree hosts a Valentine Special for members and earlier in the day, you can catch the Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop. Saturday night, the 2nd Line Jazz Quartet performs. On Sunday it’s the Great Make Believe Society Improv Show at 7pm. Details at

At New Haven's Café Nine the Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features Christina Harris; Point Blank, 222 and Entierro. The weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Later, Saturday night, you can catch New Haven Remembers David Bowie: The Later Years. Sunday evening at Café Nine it's Valentines Day Love Lounge. Visit 

Tonight, Manic Productions presents Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers with David Dondero at The Space in Hamden. Learn more at

At New Haven's Toad’s Place, tonight you can catch the Yale Black Solidarity Conference featuring Mick Jenkins. has more.

Lucius Dylan Prolyte Productions presents a One Love Valentine's Jam at Pacific Standard Tavern on Crown Street in New Haven tonight featuring The Alchemystics and DJ Mes-Zen Jah. Check out

Meanwhile tonight at Hartford's Black-eyed Sally’s, you can catch the Chris Smith Band with Over Easy. On Saturday, they have a Valentine's Day Celebration With Latanya Farrell, it's a 9 o'clock show. On Sunday, it's Valentines Day & The Music Of James Taylor. Details at

Don Minott & Special Guests will bring a night of roots reggae to Sully's Pub in Hartford this Saturday, show time at 9. Learn more at

At Middletown's Russell Library, for the next three Saturday's they offer T'ai Chi lessons, 10:30 to 11:30 am. Also this Saturday, Russell Library presents presents Phil Klein - The Dog Listener and a workshop on understanding and training your dog, from 2 to 4 in the Hubbard Room. Visit 

On display right now at the Wesleyan Potters Gallery shop in Middletown is their new themed jewelry show: Rock & Roll. Their website is

Tonight, Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts hosts choreographer Kota Yamazaki's company Fluid hug-hug for the New England premiere of OQ, a performance inspired by Japanese renga. Details are at

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

At Hartford's Real Art Ways, you can catch the showings of Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts and Live Action Shorts 2016 through Feb. 18th. See the full schedule at 

Tonight and Saturday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio screens The Danish Girl featuring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander about the first gender reassignment surgery. On Sunday, it's a Valentine's Day Showing of Casablanca and it's also showing Monday and Tuesday. See their full schedule 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 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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