Friday, May 20, 2016

5-20-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Friday, May 20th. 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 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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Here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week: 

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight, CT State Troubadour Kate Callahan takes the stage. Fellow Singer-songwriter Davey O. shares that bill.  On Saturday morning, The Buttonwood offers a class in Transitional Tai Chi at 9:15 am followed by the Aligned with Source meditation at 10:30am. This Saturday evening, The Buttonwood presents a special show that has been dubbed The French-American Connection. The night features creative music with: Christophe Rocher (France) on Clarinets -Joe Fonda on Bass, and Harvey Sorgen playing Drums. The group combines French and American jazz cultures in a creative, new way.

Also here in town at Oddfellow Playhouse, The Junior and Teen Rep Company actors continue their production of The Wiz! Performances are scheduled for Thursday through Saturday nights this weekend and next at 7 pm. Tickets are available through the website –  by email at, or phone at 860-347-6143.

Right about now, down in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch the husband & wife team of Bruce and Lora Lee Crowder playing country hits. Later tonight, at the Nine, Fernando Pinto Presents The Elm City Steam Punk Festival featuring WALTER SICKERT & THE ARMY OF BROKEN TOYS, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, and Frenchy & The Punk. Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends this week and begins at 4:30pm. Saturday evening, Manic Productions & Cafe 9 Present KID CONGO & THE PINK MONKEY BIRDS. The Tet Offensive and Mr. Airplane Man are also on that bill. Sunday afternoon, “The Sunday Buzz“ Matinee features SULTANS OF STRING (WITH SITAR MASTER ANWAR KHURSHID) and is hosted by Cygnus Radio and Cafe Nine. Sunday evening, OFF THE TRAX KINDRED QUEER takes the Café Nine

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight (Friday), SHAKEDOWN plays the music of The (Grateful) DEAD AND BEYOND on the main stage. The Hound and Voodoo open that

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s tonight (Friday), you can catch musical guest Erin Harp and the Delta Swingers. Saturday night, brings the New England Blues Harmonica Showcase featuring DARRELL NULISCH, CHERYL ARENA, and THE KOSHER KID backed by The SMOKING HOT DANNY DRAHER BAND!

Tonight, Friday, at Cherry Street Station in Wallingford, you can catch a night of heavy progressive rock with Ascension. Breathe and Frank Morin share the lineup. Saturday night, Cherry Street features The Netherlands and InAeona.  (203) 265-2902

Tomorrow - Saturday, back in Middletown, Russell Library’s Shakespeare on screen: film series with Richard Alleva presents Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood, a 1957 adaptation of Macbeth.

The Bus plays at the Cypress Grill on South Main Street here in Middletown, Saturday night. 860-346-3367

Tomorrow/Saturday night, Manic Productions presents Jimkata, Broca's Area, & Joon at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden.

Now here’s a rundown of cinema, off the beaten path, in central CT this weekend.

Real Art Ways has no screening listed for the weekend. Monday they begin a run of Sonic Sea a film
About protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution. Starting at 5 PM, next Monday, representatives from the Cetacean Society International will be on hand before and after each screening to educate, advocate and answer questions about the marine environment!
Following the 6 PM film on Tuesday, May 24 there will be a talk with Cynde McInnis the Director of Cetacean Society International.

Starting a run Next Friday at Real Art Ways is Our Last Tango, which  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 tore them apart.

Through Saturday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio, is showing a Film based on real events called Elvis and Nixon.  Sunday, Cinestudio begins a run of FRANCOFONIA, directed by master Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov exploring the relationship between art, culture, and 20th century European history, set in occupied Paris circa 1940. for details.

And now, here’s a run-down of tonight’s programming on WESU.  

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05-6:30 pm, Stick around for the final episode of Wild Wild Live with hosts Ethan and Rachel. Never fear, from what I hear, the show will be back next Fall with new hosts.  Congrats to Ethan and Rachel Day for their work in the air chairs and for their graduation from Wesleyan – they will surely be missed.
From 6:30-7pm, The Middletown Youth Radio Project wraps up another season before their summer hiatus..

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 Nouns with Jackalope. Each week brings a new theme, each theme brings an exciting smorgasbord of songs relating to it.

At 11pm until 3am 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!
The BBC World Report takes over from 4-5am and we start each weekday off bright and early with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

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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