Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday's Jive 04-29-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, April 29th, 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 Greg Wilfrid & Friends play music from their recent folk album “Dust and Soil.” On Saturday, it’s a morning class of Transitional Tai Chi followed by the Aligned with Source meditation with Annaita Gandhy. Saturday evening, Cathy Kreger and Caroline Doctorow are the musical guests. Sunday evening, the Great Make Believe Society Improv Show returns. Details at

Its a busy weekend at The Wesleyan Center For the Arts as the academic year wraps up. Wes Out-Loud: Stories of Place, a site-specific auditory experience conceived and created through a collaboration between theater students and their professor, takes place throughout the weekend. The Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensembles present an evening of classic and contemporary jazz tonight at 8pm in Crowell Concert Hall.  "The Spring Dance Concert: What We Changed" also is tonight and Saturday at 8:00pm in the Patricelli '92 Theater. And Saturday night at 8 in Crowell Concert Hall, vibraphonist, composer, and Adjunct Professor of Music Jay Hoggard presents music from his new album, Harlem Hieroglyphs, in celebration of 40 years since his Wesleyan senior recital. The weekend also features The Wesleyan University Orchestra year end performance, and a chinese musical performance on Sunday. Monday night brings the annual performance of The Ebony Singers's Wesleyan's Gospel Choir under the direction of WESU's host of "The Gospel Express", Pastor Marichal Monts. Details at 

At New Haven's Café Nine, the Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features Snake Hill Blues and later, Masta Ace with Mister Burns, N.M.E., and others take the stage. Saturday afternoon's Jazz Jam Session is with Billy Cofrances. Later, it's the Greg Sherrod Band & The New Dirty with Someone You Can Xray. “The Sunday Buzz “ Matinee features The Birdmen, hosted by Cygnus Radio and Cafe 9. Sunday evening, Manic Productions & Cafe 9 present Corners with Mercy Choir and Oberon Rose. Details at

At Hartford's Black-Eyed Sally’s this evening, Relative Souls play old school funk, new age, soul and rock. On Saturday, Loups Garou takes the stage to pay electric funk and folk harmonies. Details at

Tonight at The Space in Hamden, Keynote Company presents The House on the Cliff and The Rise of the Broken. Details at  Saturday evening, Manic Productions and Redscroll Records present Youth Code with Statiqbloom and Faithbloomer at The Space. Details at

At the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook this evening Tusk: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute plays. Saturday evening, it's the Met in HD featuring the opera Elektra. The Ladies of the Boston Comedy Festival featuring Kendra Cunningham, Bethany Van Delft and Carolyn Plummer also is this Saturday. Sunday, the Yale Whiffenpoofs perform. Details at

At New Haven's Toad’s Place this evening Max Creek plays their 45th anniversary show with Eggy and Creamery Station. Saturday take part in the Original Saturday Night College Dance Party featuring DJ Action & Marc. Details at

At Middletown's Russell Library Saturday at 2pm “Who in the What is Poetry?” - a discussion and celebration of poetry for all - with Middletown's Poet Laureate Susan Allison is taking place. Details at

Saturday evening J-Cherry and The Strawberries perform at The Performance Hub in Torrington. Details at

This Saturday and Sunday, the 2016 Daffodil Festival returns to Meriden's Hubbard Park, offering three stages jam-packed with Connecticut homegrown bands, food and fun for the family. Plus, there's a fireworks display Saturday night and the event is free and open to the public. Highlights from the music lineup of over over 30 bands include, Daphne Lee Martin, West End Blend, The Balkun Brothers, Frank Viele, Frank Critelli, Wise Old Moon, Jose Oyola and the Astronauts, River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs, Chaser Eight and many more. Details at

On Sunday, The Haddam Historical Society presents a special Daffodil Daze garden concert from 4 to 6 pm, featuring Belle of the Fall, to cap the town of Haddam's Spring Weekend event. Visit 

Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
In Hartford at Real Art Ways opening tonight are Mountains May Depart, a new film examining how China’s economic boom has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love; and Francofonia, directed by master Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov (RUSSIAN ARK), which is an urgent meditation on the essential relationship between art, culture, and 20th century European history, set in occupied Paris circa 1940. You can learn more at

Through Saturday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio, is showing a recent Oscar winner, The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. On Sunday, Cinestudio screens the French coming of age film, My Golden Days. 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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