Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday's Jive 04-15-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, April 15th 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 check out Don Minott and the High Voltage Reggae Band. On Saturday, it’s a morning class of Transitional Tai Chi followed by Aligned with Source meditation guided by Annaita Gandhy. Saturday evening, La Hot Jazz & Co introduces songs off their new album.

Friday evening Cyprus Restaurant in Middletown hosts musical guests, The Mighty Soul Drivers. Visit

At New Haven's Café Nine, the Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lodge and later Friday evening Fernando Pinto Presents Jane Lee Hooker, The Naked Heroes and Catalina Shortwave. The weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Saturday evening, you can catch Painted Zeros with Witch Hair, Izzy True and Pug. And “The Sunday Buzz” Matinee at Cafe Nine hosts the Elm City Folk Festival. Full details at

On Saturday, Ghost and Tribulation perform at College Street Music Hall, hosted by Manic Productions, Redscroll  Records and Irockradio. Sunday evening, you can catch the show Esperanza Spalding Presents Emily’s D+Evolution at College Street Music Hall, hosted by Premier Concerts and Manic Productions. Visit

Tonight at 7pm at Middletown's First Church on Court St. in Middletown you can experience “Everything is Connected—An evening of stories—most true, many weird” with Peterson Toscano who explores the serious worlds of gender, sexuality, privilege, religion, and environmental justice. On Saturday at noon at the South Congregational Church, Toscano offers “A Discussion-driven performance”, think of it as the Q&A session where the audience’s questions and interests determine the content of the presentation. There'll be plenty of room for your own input or simply sit back and watch the discussion unfold. Call (860)346-6657 for info.

Performing tonight at New Haven's Toad's Place are rappers Junglepussy & Speedy Oritz with Rizzla, Naytronix and 99Sublime. On Sunday, you can catch Ro James and JR Castro with Ru Williams, Elisha Richards, Kendall, J-Delice and Kaeli Rose at Toad’s Place, presented by Hot 98.7. Visit

Meanwhile Hartford's Black-Eyed Sally’s has blues singer Sari Schorr with special guest Chris Bergson on Saturday night. Go to

At The Space in Hamden, Sam Woolf, Como Brothers, Sarah Barrios and Dylan Brady play blues, pop, rock, indy, and folk. On Saturday, it’s an All Ages Open Mic and on Sunday, Sadistik, Ceschi, Mega Ran, Weerd Science (of Coheed & Cambria), and Early Adopted share the bill. Visit

Saturday at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, view the Met in HD with a screening of the opera Roberto Devereux. Visit

Sunday at Infinity Hall Hartford, The Curtis Brothers Quartet & Orice Jenkins featuring Grammy winning bassist Luques Curtis and award winning pianist Zaccai Curtis return to their hometown to play jazz. Learn more at

At Middletown's Russell Library Saturday afternoon, it’s Shakespeare On Screen, a film series event with Richard Alleva, this week showing The Tempest. Visit

Tonight and Saturday Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents the faculty dance concert "Storied Places". Saturday morning, the CFA presents Ideas that Move: A Conference In Honor of Mark Slobin, followed by an evening concert. Saturday afternoon, it’s the fifth annual community event, The Big Draw: Middletown, a invitation for all members of the community to celebrate drawing with workshops for people of all skill levels. Learn the details at

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

At Hartford's Real Art Ways you can catch Where to Invade Next, a film from political provocateur Michael Moore presenting an expansive, subversive comedy confronting the pressing issues facing America today. Showings through Sunday. Tonight, Louder than Bombs, starring Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Bryne and Jesse Eisenberg and the film, Take Me to the River, a drama about a queer Californian teen trying to stay above the fray during his Nebraskan family reunion open and run through next Thursday. Visit

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford has the latest Coen Brothers adventure Hail, Caesar! tonight and Saturday. On Sunday, they begin a run of Where to Invade Next. 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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