Friday, May 6, 2016

Friday's Jive 05-06-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, May 6th, 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 five-piece string band, Mattabesset String Collective, play bluegrass, blues country and rock. Saturday, it’s a morning class of Transitional Tai Chi followed by the Aligned with Source meditation guided by Annaita Gandhy. In the afternoon, The Buttonwood Tree hosts a Drum Circle at Harbor Park as part of Middletown’s Feet to the Fire Festival. Saturday evening, the Andy Buzzi Trio with Steve Dedman perform at The Buttonwood. Details at

Wesleyan's Center For the Arts has plenty of activity tonight and tomorrow. Tonight the Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble perform in the Toneburst Electroextravaganza. On Saturday, it’s the second annual eco-arts festival, Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter. From noon to 5 in Middltown's Harbor Park, you can experience a rich blend of culture, history and science on the Connecticut River. WESU’s own Stephan Allison of River Valley Rhythms emcees the main stage events, and there will be live performances from Peter Siegel, Mattabesett String Collective, Honey and the Sting, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, and The Royal Boys and others. Middletown's Poet Laureate, Susan Allison, will be there. There are scheduled choreographed performances by employees of the City's Water & Sewer Dept. collaborating with Wesleyan Univ. students under the direction of choreographer Allison Orr. One Book on the Riverbend presents Anitra Brooks performing Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" and other songs. The Festival also features visual art, children’s activities, environmental education exhibits, food trucks, a craft fair, and much more! Also on Saturday, it’s the Retirement Ceremony for master drummer Abraham Adzenyah, featuring an afternoon show of Traditional West African Drumming, Singing and Dancing; and an evening All-Night Highlife Dance Party. Details at 

At New Haven's Café Nine, this evening there's live painting, beat sets, breakdancing and giveaways with performances from Duece Bug with Itz Urboi & Dj Funksway. Saturday's Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola and Friends. Saturday evening, The Downbeat 5, Shellye Valauskas Experience and Field Day share the bill. “The Sunday Buzz “ Matinee features Robbie Fulks and is hosted by Cygnus Radio and Cafe Nine. Sunday evening, Off The Trax performs. Details at

At Hartford's Black-Eyed Sally’s this evening, it’s musical guest One Love, a Bob Marley tribute band. On Saturday, Pink Talking Fish perform a tribute to Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish. Sunday morning at Black-Eyed Sally’s, they feature the Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch with the Mary Taylor Gospel Revue. Details at

Saturday evening at The Space in Hamden, musical guests Grounded Atmosphere, Globe Hollow, Ransom Circle, Prophecy Jones, Interstate Underground, and Shadow
perform. Details at

Saturday evening, Manic Productions present Frightened Rabbit and Caveman at College Street Music Hall. Details at

At the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook this evening it’s Canadian folk duo DALA. Saturday's scheduled performance has been moved to Sept. Details at

At New Haven's Toad’s Place this evening Buckethead performs. Sunday night the Insane Clown Posse and Louis Cheese perform as part of “The Riddlebox Tour.” Details at

Ticket sales go up this week for the Farmhouse Concerts & Garden Tours Spring/Summer Music Festival in Durham. Next week’s weekend shows feature music from Beethoven, Schubert, and Dvorak. Details at

Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
In Hartford at Real Art Ways opening tonight is Hockney, a frank and unparalleled visual diary of the artist David Hockney's long life. 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 continues a run. Saturday and Sunday, they present The First Monday in May which follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, “China: Through The Looking Glass”. You can learn more at

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, opening toay and Saturday are The Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films of 2016. Also this evening, Moonlight Movies at Cinestudio presents Mel Brooks classic western, Blazing Saddles. On Saturday, it’s the 2016 Trinity Film Festival and all the details for the festival are at Embrace of the Serpent screens at Cinestudio Sunday through Wednesday. 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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