Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday's Jive 03-11-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, March 11th 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, laugh to seasoned comics and new voices with the Comedy Night featuring Darren Sechrist & Friends. On Saturday there's a morning class of Transitional Tai Chi followed by the Aligned with Source mediation guided by Annaita Gandhy. Saturday evening, you can catch the Kris Allen Quartet for an evening of jazz. Sunday the International Women’s Day Art Show reception begins at 3, the collective women’s art show is on display for the month of March. View the full calendar at

At the Russell Library here in Middletown Saturday evening, the Ensemble Schumann plays music for oboe, piano and viola trio. Visit

At New Haven's Café Nine, the Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour is with Americana/Country artists Stefanie Harris Austin and Calvin Decutlass, front man of the Country Rockers. This evening, Relative Souls with Someone You Can Xray and Catalina Gonzalez & friends play. The weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Saturday evening you can catch Dead City Riot with the Oddbodies and The Chore Boys. Rounding out the week it’s "The Sunday Buzz" with The Jovial Crew. Learn more at

Hartford's Black-Eyed Sally’s tonight has the Frank Varela Trio playing blues, jazz and funk. On Saturday a 7-piece Talking Heads Tribute Band, Start Making Sense, recreates the music of the new-wave music band. Visit

Meanwhile New Haven's Toad’s Place has Shakedown - The Dead and Beyond, with Kazoo Crew Family Band and Cabin Fever tonight. Saturday evening, Twiddle and Strange Machines perform. Candyland appears Sunday. Check

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 on view through April is Keleti Station - a life-sized egg tempera mural painted by the artist Alina Gallo 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. On Saturday, the exhibit Desperate Cargo by Syrian artist/architect Mohamad Hafez opens and runs through April. Visit

Tonight at Infinity Hall Norfolk, you can catch the Americana sounds of Asleep at the Wheel and Saturday night Big Bad Voodoo Daddy takes their stage. Meanwhile at Infinity Hall Hartford, you can catch the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular tonight and Saturday night the Deer Tick Acoustic Tour. Full lineups are at

Middletown's Oddfellows Playhouse production of A Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s classic farce re-imagined with circus acts, clowns, masks and careening confusions has shows tonight and Saturday and again on March 17, 18, & 19. All shows start at 7:30. A Pay What You Can performance, which allow audience members to set their own ticket price, is on March 17. Email or call 860-347-6143 for info. The show is appropriate for all ages.

Hartford's Real Art Ways begins a run of The Wave, the Norwegian disaster thriller directed by Roar Uthaug. Also continuing a run is Embrace of the Serpent, a 2016 Oscar nominated Best Foreign Film from Columbian director Ciro Guerra. To learn more visit

Tonight and Saturday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing Carol. Adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s book about a love affair between two women, the film stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. On Sunday, Cinestudio presents the Bolshoi Ballet's Spartacus in HD. Also, Federico Fellini's City of Women begins a short 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.

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