Friday, April 8, 2016

Friday's Jive 04-08-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, April 8th 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.

In Middletown, at The Buttonwood Tree this evening it’s Comedy Night with Darren Sechrist & Friends. On Saturday, it’s a morning class of Transitional Tai Chi followed by the Aligned with Source meditation workshop guided by Annaita Gandhy. Saturday evening, The Laszlo Gardony-John Lockwood Duo play a jazz set at The Buttonwood. Meanwhile on Sunday afternoon The Buttonwood hosts Feel the Bern: Words and Music for Bernie Sanders. Find more at

At New Haven's Café Nine happening now the Kings And Queens Of East Rock play for the Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour and later tonight Personal Space with Zero Years and Section play rock and synth pop. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. Saturday evening, Yarn with Arms & Voices perform. Cygnus Radio and Cafe 9 present “The Sunday Buzz” Matinee featuring King Bongo. In the evening, Fernando Pinto Presents Punk Rock Karaoke featuring The Gimme Gimme Gimmes with The Oddbodies. Visit

Tonight New Haven's Toad’s Place in New Haven features the Sublime Tribute Band - Badfish  on their “Doin’ Time” Tour with Inosoul, Ian Biggs & the Ruckus and On the Fritz. Sunday evening, Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld perform the live podcast “If I Were You”. Check

This evening Hartford's Black-Eyed Sally’s presents Roots of Creation performing reggae/rock dubtronica. Saturday, Avenue Groove play R&B/Funk/Dance music. Blues for Dave, a Music Benefit for long time blues champion Dave Carpenter and his fight against cancer is Sunday. Visit to learn more.

Saturday evening, Gogol Bordello with Xylouris White perform at College Street Music Hall, presented by Manic Productions. Visit

Tonight at Cyprus Restaurant in Middletown, Prime Rib The Band performs. Learn more at

Tonight at the Space in Hamden, Delaney Morgan performs retro-infused soul. Young Cal and Ben Todd also perform. On Saturday, The Snaz, Event Horizon, The Vinyl Mission and Do It for Your Heroes share the bill. Sunday, it’s an alternative/pop/punk rock show featuring Approaching Troy, Short Month, Without a Doubt and Bonsai Trees. Visit

This Saturday, at the Blue Plate Tavern in Plainville CT, the Tom Sanders Band plays classic and southern rock. Visit

Through Sunday, it’s the 11th International Hip-Hop Festival at Trinity College in Hartford, this year headlined by Rakim and featuring artists from Mexico, Sweden, the U.K., Kenya, the U.S. and more. There will be performances, panel discussions, lectures and film screenings on subjects like Islam and hip-hop, Turkish underground rap and graffiti. Visit

At The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook tonight, Cheryl Wheeler & Lucy Kaplansky perform. On Saturday, it’s a matinee showing of Exhibition on Screen: Vincent van Gogh. Saturday evening, the film Hammer of the Gods showcases the Led Zeppelin experience and Sunday evening The Kate screens Bolshoi Ballet in HD: Don Quixote. Learn more at

At Middletown's Russell Library through Sunday, it’s the Friends of the Library Book Sale. Saturday morning at 10 am, Tracy Nixon-Moore leads a Resume Review session. Later Saturday afternoon, it’s Shakespeare On Screen, a film series event with Richard Alleva. Visit

This Sunday is WESU's annual spring record fair. From 11am-4pm you can stop by 55 Wyllys Ave in Middletown for the chance to find rare records and listen to DJs mix live music. Go to

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

At Hartford's Real Art Ways, beginning tonight and running through next Thursday are two films: from political provocateur Michael Moore comes Where to Invade Next, an expansive, subversive comedy confronting the pressing issues facing America today. Valley of Love, a story about an estranged couple who travel to Death Valley after receiving a letter from their deceased son is also screening. Visit

This weekend at Trinity College’s Cinestudio, it’s the 17th annual Festival of French and Francophone Cinema series April in Paris 2016, playing a new french film every night. On Sunday, they're showing a taped performance of the ballet Don Quixote from the Russian Bolshoi Ballet and they open a run of The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums directed by Kenji Mizoguchi. 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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