Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday's Jive 02-19-16

Good evening, it's Friday, February 19th 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 it’s An Evening of Music with Ashley Hamel and Orice Jenkins. Transitional Tai Chi and the weekly Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop take place Saturday mornings at The Buttonwood Tree. Saturday evening, Don White offers a blended storytelling-comedy-author-troubadour-singer-songwriter performance. Go to

At Café Nine in New Haven, the Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features Travis Moody for a solo performance. Later Mission Zero, Bearstronaut and Superhuman Happiness rock the house. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friend and later on you can catch Bent Knee, Ports of Spain, Kindred Queer and Olive Tiger. Sunday's matinee features Sam Perduta, Daniel Eugene and Xavier Serrano while Sunday evening showcases Crunk Witch, If Jesus Had Machine Guns, The Forest Room and Sketch the Cataclysm. Visit

At Toad’s Place in New Haven this evening in Lilly’s Pad…The Arc Agency Presents: Loner Chic for their Record Release Party. Pinegrove, Milkshakes and The Sleep Cozies also play. Rounding out the weekend on Saturday, The Helium Brothers play hot bluegrass jams and cool country rock. Visit

Tonight Pacific Standard Tavern in New Haven, Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan performs. On Saturday night catch Black Rock Social. has more.

Tonight, Manic Productions presents The Slackers, The Hempsteadys and The Screw-Ups at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. See

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight the Paul Gabriel Blues Band performs electric blues. Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez will be at Black-Eyed Sally’s on Saturday night. Learn more at

The Hartt School and Real Art Ways co-present the Bang on a Can All-Stars for a Saturday Performance. On Sunday, curator musicians Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes freely improvise music for a show created in real-time. Visit 

At Russell Library here in Middletown Saturday, they're featuring Steve Liskow's Writing Workshop – Characters Create Story. Learn more about it at

Sunday Wesleyan University Center for the Arts Music at the Russell House series hosts Stan Scott and Friends performing old and new songs of emigrants, soldiers, mystics and laborers. Learn more at

The DeChamplains, bring a mix of romantic jazz piano and vocals to the Northwest Park Nature Center in Windsor, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The DeChamplains will perform music from The American Songbook and Bebop classics as well as contemporary and original compositions. Visit for information and reservations. Proceeds benefit environmental studies at the Park.  

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

Up in Hartford at Real Art Ways, tonight through Sunday you can catch Oscar nominated Live Action and Animated Shorts 2016. Opening tonight and continuing through Thursday are Aferim!, a darkly funny, ribald comedy/period piece/Western from director Radu Jude, and A War, Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Go to 

Tonight through Saturday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing the Oscar nominated film Brooklyn starring Oscar nominee Saorise Ronan about an Irish immigrant in the 1950’s. On Sunday, they're showing the recently restored Chimes at Midnight, a film from 1965 based on five of Shakespeare’s plays and Holinshed’s Chronicles by Raphael Holinshed. 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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