Friday, March 4, 2016

Friday's Jive 03-04-16

Good evening, it's Friday, March 4th 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 you can catch saxophonist Charles Neville and bassist Avery Sharpe for an evening of live jazz. On Saturday, it’s the morning class of Transitional Tai Chi followed by the Aligned with Source meditation guided by Annaita Gandhy. Saturday afternoon The Buttonwood features the Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival and Saturday evening, blues and folk band Peregrine Road takes the stage. On Sunday they feature comedy with the Great Make Believe Society Improv Show. Visit

At New Haven's Café Nine this late afternoon, it's the Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour with Paul Panamarenko playing old school country. Manic Productions and Café Nine present Go!zilla, an Italian Fuzz Psychedelic Punk band, and The Roaring 420’s who blend late 60s pre-punk with Eastern psychedelia for a Friday evening show. The weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola and Friends. Saturday evening it’s New Haven’s longest running sideshow Circus Delecti at Café Nine. The Sunday matinee features the Sarah Borges Band. This week, the Sunday evening Open Jam Session! is with Off the Trax. Learn more at 

Also New Haven's Toad’s Place this evening features the Cosmic Dust Bunnies with Bella’s Bartok, Danny Pease & the Regulators, and Blessed 2 Be. Go to

This evening at the Pacific Standard Tavern in New Haven, they feature the band Dead Show. Saturday evening, Heady performs. has more.

At Black-Eyed Sally’s in Hartford, funk/jam band Phonosynthesis takes the stage tonight. On Saturday you can listen to the first New England Blues Guitar Summit showcase a variety of top, world class electric blues guitarists. Learn more at

This month, Real Art Ways hosts the 5th CT Printmakers Invitational exhibition, Multiple Impressions featuring 23 artists who use a variety of printmaking processes. Also open this month is the exhibition, Keleti Station. Artist Alina Gallo has painted a life-sized egg tempera mural directly on the walls of Real Art Ways depicting a train station in Budapest where thousands of Syrian and Afghan refugees were stranded in route to Germany during 2015. The mural is open through April. Visit

Tonight at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate) in Old Saybrook, the band Runa performs Irish folk music mixed with the musical styles of bluegrass, flamenco, blues and jazz. Saturday, it’s the Met in HD performing Puccini’s opera Manson Lescaut. Also this Saturday, you can catch songwriter Richard Shindell performing ballads, dirges and diatribes on politics, prejudice, war and religion. Visit

Russell Library here in Middletown hosts a Resume Review session and a Hula Hoop Fitness class in the morning Saturday. Check out

Today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the MAC650 Gallery on Main Street in Middletown, there will be an opening reception for "Local Color: Seven Female Artists," an art exhibit to mark the 18th birthday of Durham artist Cas White-Ryan. The other artists are: Jan Wenzel, Marjee Wolfgang, Karen White, Linda DaSilva, Anastasia Andrews and WESU's own "Reasonably Catholic" host Maria Johnson. Visit

This Saturday and Sunday the Wesleyan University Center for the Arts hosts the DanceMasters Weekend featuring an array of Master Classes and Choreographer Conversations lead by dancers of varied backgrounds. You can join in the workshops and discussion, check out

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

At Hartford's Real Art Ways tonight, the 2016 Oscar Nominee for Foreign Film Embrace of the Serpent opens and runs through the weekend. On Sunday at 2pm, there is a special advance screening of Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song, a documentary on the jazz musician who hailed from CT. A post-film concert of Chapin's music follows. Contact for details.

Tonight through Sunday Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing the stop-motion animation film Anomalisa, directed by Charlie Kaufman. Sunday, the National Theater Live performs Hangmen, the darkly funny play right off it’s sell-out run at London’s Royal Court Theater. Also Sunday, Amy, the film about Amy Winehouse opens a run. 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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