Friday, May 27, 2016

05-27-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Friday, May 27th. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming, here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers a diverse program of talk radio featuring NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs. Week nights and weekends, WESU offers the best in free-form community programming. 

I'm Ben Michael. Thanks for joining us! 

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Now, here’s a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
Tonight here in Middletown at The Buttonwood Tree Carrie Johnson & Julia Russo share a bill with Belle of the Fall.  After both groups perform separately, they will join forces for a closing set.  On Saturday morning, The Buttonwood offers a morning class of Transitional Tai Chi at 9:15 am followed by the Aligned with Source meditation at 10:30am. This Saturday evening, The Buttonwood presents The Uri Shaham - Mark Kaplan Quartet for a night of creative takes on the Jazz song book.

Also here in Middletown at Oddfellows Playhouse, The Junior and Teen Rep Company actors continue their production of The Wiz! With final performances scheduled for tonight and Tomorrow (Saturday) at 7 pm. Tickets are available through the website –, by email at, or phone at 860-347-6143.

Right now, down in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch SHELLYE VALAUSKAS & DEAN FALCONE who take the stage at 5pm. Later tonight, Cafe Nine presents a night of hardcore rock with Intercourse, heavy breath, MouthBreather, and MudSkipper. Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with George Baker & Friends this week and it begins at 4:30pm. Saturday evening, at Café Nine Twin Lakes Records presents a Willie Nelson Songbook tribute featuring Frank Critelli, Elisa Flynn, Lys Guillorn, Mercy Choir, No Line North, Brian Slattery and more.  “The Sunday Buzz“Matinee presented by Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 features THE SAINT JAMES TRIO for a 3pm set this week.  Sunday evening, Café Nine Stage features a night of alternative hip hop featuring JE DOUBLE F, OLD SELF, ZAK G, THE FOREST ROOM, and JULES BAXTER.

Also down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, tonight and tomorrow night’s bring dance parties to Toads.

Up in Hartford tonight, Black Eyed Sally’s presents Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts for a night of West coast, Chicago, and Texas tinged blues. Tomorrow, Saturday night, brings KIM LOGAN- W/ SPECIAL GUEST MATT HAECK for a night of dirty blues, classic country, and rock ‘n’ roll.

This weekend brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. Tonight’s bill features punk, death, and thrash metal from 4 acts ThanOnauT, Shallow Ground ,  Minotaur's Redemption, and  RÖÄRGH. Saturday night’s event features Inspired To Expire , I within I , My Hamartia, Destination Dimension , Open The Nile , and Mothman Apparatus.  Sunday brings an outdoor Memorial Day metal matinee to Cherry Street Station. Black River Union,  Kings Of Nothing,Ditch Wizard, APE!  and Formed From Anger  fill the bill!  Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info 

The Middletown Symphonic Band will open its 2016 outdoor concert series with a program of patriotic music as part of the Riverfront Recapture Concert Series in the amphitheater at Great River Park in East Hartford, beginning at 7 PM on Saturday, (Rain Date: Sunday, May 29). You are invited to watch and enjoy music to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend while overlooking the Connecticut River. Admission is free. Details at

Here in Middletown this Sunday The Cypress Grill on South Main Street celebrates their 90th anniversary with live music starting at noon. Learn more by calling 860 346 3367.

The City of Middletown and the Middletown Council of Veterans will be sponsoring the annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30, 2016. The theme this year is "Honoring Gulf War Veterans." The parade will start after the Middletown Vietnam War Vets Chapter conducts their annual 9am wreath-laying ceremony at on The Washington Street Veteran's Green Memorial.
The Main Street parade will start around 10:30 am at Spring and Main Street, move south on Main Street to Union Green at Pleasant and Main Street. There will be a ceremony on Union Green after the parade.
Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Tonight, Hartford’s Real Art Ways begins runs of two films. Our Last Tango, tells the life and love story of Argentina’s most famous tango dancers, Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, who met as teenagers and danced together for nearly fifty years until a painful separation. Also opening tonight  at Real Art Ways is: Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt, a "no-holds-barred documentary" about the influential philosopher, of the 20th century who remains a figure of fierce controversy.  

Also in Hartford, Trinity College’s Cinestudio, showing Richard Linklater’s Golden Globe-winning comedy, Everybody wants some.  Sunday, Cinestudio kicks off their annual LGBT film festival which runs all next week and kicks off with a presentation of short films by men,  Shorts by females will run on Monday.  for details.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU as we continue through the first week of our new Summer Program:

Right after the Jive, Stay tuned for a good time with Chris for a free form mix of music new and old.

From 6-7pm Audio Autonomy explores a  new topic and with a different host each week – covering  a mix of culture, politics, music and the arts - brought to you by Wesleyan students from the "Radio Production and the Politics of Independent Media" course.

At 7 stay tuned for the Universal Sound Wave with Sista Queen T, offering a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues. Plus health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips.

From 8:30-10pm its From The Otherside with Rok-A-Dee Reggae Dancehall, R&B, from new artists along the hit makers.

From 10-11:30pm  Strickly Off the Head with DJ Commotion the Music Mixologist blends. R&B, old school, hip hop, rap and house.

From 11:30-3am stay tuned for OVERDRIVE with Clarence and Shantay Scott who offer a mix of urban contemporary, hip hop, and traditional Christian gospel music.

At 3am stay tuned for 2 hour of Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat, who boasts 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.

The BBC World Report offers International news coverage of the day’s news events until
We begin our Saturday line up with The Celtic Café with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher
 From 6-7am

Following that, from 7-8am its Caffè Italia serving up a slice of Italy every Saturday morning.
After that from 8-10am youc an catch Weekend Edition, Saturday from NPR.  Visit our website for the full Saturday lineup of programming here on WESU.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. If you missed anything, you can find the script online at And tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 p.m. to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at WESU 88.1 FM, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

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Have a great holiday weekend, stay safe and lookout for jerks on the road!

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