Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday's Jive 04-22-2016

Good afternoon, it's Friday, April 22nd, Earth Day, 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 The DeChamplains play a Tribute to Duke Ellington. On Saturday, it’s a morning class of Transitional Tai Chi followed by the Aligned with Source meditation with Annaita Gandhy. Saturday evening, the Story City Troupe share personal anecdotes in the fashion of the popular Moth storytelling series. Learn more at

New Haven's Café Nine Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features The Buttondowns and later, The Wagonriders and The Palomino Brothers take the stage. The Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session features the George Baker Band. Saturday night, the music is from The Roomsounds with Johnny Mainstream. The afternoon “Sunday Buzz“ is presented by Fernando Pinto and Cygnus Radio and features musical guest Jon Dee Graham with Jeff Przech. In the evening, it's Drag Bingo with Robin Banks. Learn more at

Meanwhile tonight New Haven's Toad’s Place brings in Shakedown with The Dead and Beyond, Electric Mayhem and Voodoo Band. On Saturday, they host Woofstock 2016 presented by Bikers Against Animal Cruelty. Also Saturday evening, it’s The Original Saturday Night College Dance Party with DJ Action & Marc. Musical guests The Bird’n’Boys, Naja, Murray the Wheel, Crossing Rubicon, and Crossfire perform and you can donate animal blankets, toys, food and treats. Sunday in the Lilly Pad, The Helium Brothers play hot bluegrass jams & cool country rock. Learn more at

And Manic Productions presents an experimental music show when The Residents present Shadow and screen the film Theory of Obscurity on Saturday night. Learn more at

Saturday evening at The Space in Hamden, Bass Placer Events present Space Jam Foam Fest. Learn more at

Traveling north, Hartford's Black-Eyed Sally’s tonight has Giant Panda Guerilla Dubs Squad playing reggae and jam-band tunes. On Saturday, Consider the Source play progressive rock, fusion and jazz with Indian and Middle Eastern styles. Sunday afternoon, you can catch the Musician's Lifeline Benefit featuring Jeff Pevar in a fundraiser for CT musicians in need. Learn more at

Also in Hartford Saturday afternoon, Real Art Ways is having the closing ceremony of Desperate Cargo by Mohamad Hafez. You can catch the artist talk, discussion and Q&A session. Learn more at

This evening in Old Saybrook at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center The Garcia Project plays an ode to classic Jerry Garcia music from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Saturday afternoon at the Kate, it’s a second showing of the Exhibition on Screen: Vincent van Gogh. Saturday evening, it's Masters of the Telecaster featuring rock guitarists Jim Weider, GE Smith and Tom Principato for a night of blues and roots rock and roll. Learn more at

Middletown's Russell Library Saturday presents the Entwyned Early Music Ensemble performing popular music from the Bard to Bach as part of Art Farm’s Shakespeare 400 event. Learn more at

The Wesleyan Concert Choir presents choral masterworks under the direction of Nadya Potemkina  beginning at 7pm in Crowell Concert Hall on the campus of Wesleyan University in Middletown. Learn more at

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

Tonight at Hartford's Real Art Ways, it’s a showing of the Japanese film Sweet Bean, about two people brought together by cooking. Also showing this evening, is The First Monday in May, a documentary on the Metropolitan’s Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, “China: Through the Looking Glass.” Both films run through next Thursday. Learn more at

Through Saturday, also in Hartford, Trinity College’s Cinestudio hosts Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And on Saturday, the 2016 Reel Youth Hartford Film Festival offers local students the chance to learn about filmmaking. Learn more about the festival at and that's "R E E L". The film El Clan, based on facts regarding kidnappings during the late stages of the Dirty War of Argentina, opens Sunday. 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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