Friday, March 18, 2016

03-18-16 Jive Friday

Good evening, it's Friday, March 18th, and this is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming, here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers a diverse program of NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs. Each night and weekend WESU offers the best in free-form community programming.

I'm Ben Michael. Thanks for joining us.

Here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this weekend:

Oddfellow’s Playhouse in Middletown concludes the run of their production of Shakespeare's “A Comedy of Errors” this weekend.  Show times are at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow. The show is directed by ARTFARM’s Dic Wheeler and including clowns, masks, and circus elements.  It runs through Saturday.

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight, The Michelle Canning Band, performs songs from their new album, “The Flower and the Serpent,” along with original pieces and traditional bluegrass. Saturday morning Mike McEwen brings you transitional tai chi, followed by the Aligned with Source workshop.  Saturday night Hartford native Warren Byrd premiers new work including a musical tribute to master poet John Farris. The International Women’s Day art exhibit continues through the month.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, right about now their Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features The Tommy’s. Later tonight, Sniper 66, Haste, Blastmat, and Thrust take the Café Nine Stage. The Weekly Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4pm and that’s followed by a late show with Purling Hiss, Stove, Blessed State, Hellrazor, and Lea.  The Sunday Buzz at Cafe Nine features the Balkun Brothers. Sunday night youc an catch a bill featuring Landing, Kindling, and Human Pontiac.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, Bearly Dead takes the stage, playing the music of The Grateful Dead.  Saturday, Sally’s headlines their blues challenge-winners, The Mike Crandall Band, for a night of blues, swing, jump, and more.  On Sunday you can catch singer/songwriter Lazer Lloyd.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight,  it’s the Spring Fling Glow Party with a variety of DJs.  On Saturday, Dexta Daps with the Dapa Don Experience take the Toad’s Place stage.  Sunday, on Lilly’s Pad, enjoy The Helium Brothers with bluegrass jams and cool country rock.

Here in Middletown, tomorrow (Saturday) at 2 the Russell Library presents renowned author and psychiatrist Dr. Lloyd Sederer speaking on How Families Can Help their Loved One with a Mental Illness. On Sunday, the Middletown Art Academy hosts an opening reception for their artwork exhibit “Water for People, Water by People,” in celebration of World Water Day.  The exhibit runs through April.  Visit the website for details on all activities for children, students, families, and more.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tonight, they headline Who’s Bad: The World’s Only Sanctioned Tribute to Michael Jackson.  Tomorrow/ Saturday they bring the David Bromberg Quintet to the stage. Sunday at Infinity Hall Hartford, it’s Southern soul rock with JJ Grey & Mofro.

The Art Guild of Middletown invites you to a workshop on “The Joy of Acrylics” with artist Josa Weatherwax tomorrow/Saturday at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell.

Artists for World Peace is hosting a daylong event, The Heart of Inner Peace, with workshops and presentations tomorrow/Saturday at the Mercy by the Sea center in Madison.  Information at

There’s a Revolutionary War-themed Open House tomorrow/Saturday from 9 to 1 at the Godfrey Memorial Library on Newfield Street in Middletown.  Tour the library and find out about ancestors who fought in the Revolution.

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

Up in Hartford, Real Art Ways begins a run of Requiem for the American Dream, wherein, through a series of interviews spanning four years, leftist social critic Noam Chomsky discusses how the concentration of wealth and power among a small elite has polarized American society and brought about the decline of the middle class.    Also opening tonight at Real Art Ways is Michael Moore’s new film, just in time of election season.  Also showing this weekend at Real Art Ways is “Only Yesterday,” a new English-language version of the 1982 Japanese animated film about a young woman who revisits her past on a trip to her relatives in the countryside.

Through Saturday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio presents “Room,” starring Academy Award-winner Brie Larson, about a mother and her son imprisoned in a single room by a brutal kidnapper.  On Sunday Cinestudio begins a run of
Son of Saul, a film by first-time Hungarian director László Nemes that explores the moral choices of one man in Auschwitz without minimizing, sentimentalizing, or exploiting the Holocaust.

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for 5:05-6:30pm For 2 hours of talk and music with Deni and Al!

At 7 until 8:30pm stick around for 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 11:30pm its People, Places and Things with jackalope. Each week brings a new theme, each theme brings an exciting smorgasbord of songs relating to it.

At 11:30 Stay tuned for the final episode of WESU’s original murder mystery radio drama. Check our website for the previous episodes!

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.

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