Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday's Jive 05-13-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, May 13th, 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 it’s Comedy Night with Darren Sechrist & Friends. On Saturday, it’s a morning class of Transitional Tai Chi followed by the Aligned with Source meditation guided by Annaita Gandhy. Saturday night, The Buttonwood Tree hosts a Benefit Concert with musical guests Larry Kaplan, David Paton and Tom White playing “Songs from the Old and New Traditions.” Beginning at 2:30 on Sunday, it’s John Basinger Live: Paradise Lost Book 4, a recitation to benefit The Buttonwood Tree. Sunday evening it’s an Art Reception for local CT artist, Ryan Galligan. Details at

At New Haven's Café Nine this afternoon, it’s Frank Critelli in performance, and later, Home Blitz, Stefan Christensen & Friends, Gun Shy, and Medication share the bill. Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Saturday evening, CH3 performs with Lost Generation and 76% Uncertain. Cygnus Radio presents “The Sunday Buzz” Special “In the Round” Songwriter Show with musical guests Larry Kirwan (of Black 47), Greg Trooper and Joe Flood. Later in the evening, Fernando Pinto hosts Joe Louis Walker, Mark Zaretsky & “Magic Mike” Bloomer. Details at

At Hartford's Black-Eyed Sally’s this evening, Rebel Alliance plays rock-reggae. Saturday evening, hear bluegrass and rock with the Brummy Brothers. Details at

This evening at The Space in Hamden, it’s a local music showcase with performances from Lucid Empire, Negative Response, David Taylor Coffey, The Basement Kids and Grounded Atmosphere. On Saturday, stop in for an evening of acoustic music with CT Unplugged featuring musical guests Just a Pipe Dream, Streetlight on Lori, The Not Mikes, So Sorry, The Rips, The Original Milk Bottle, Harp Street Mezzanine, Mandala, and The 30th of February. Details at

Tonight, Manic Productions hosts Nick Fradiani, The Alternate Routes, Ian Biggs and Sarah Barrios at College Street Music Hall. Details at

At the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook this evening British blues/rock pioneer Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown celebrate 50 years of music. On Saturday, you can catch an afternoon or evening show from one of Rock & Roll’s founding vocal groups, The Drifters. Details at

At New Haven's Toad’s Place this evening you'll hear Nahko And Medicine For The People with Cas Haley. Saturday evening, it’s a Bright Night Glow Party, featuring Alex Panda, Blackout, ChiCe, Daps, DJ Sith, Lost Brothers, OD Dapper, Planet Marz, Rise, StrictlySavage, and Tre Fyah. Details at

The Farmhouse Concerts & Garden Tours Spring/Summer Music Festival in Durham this weekend features music from Beethoven, Schubert, and Dvorak. Details at

This Saturday at Real Art Ways in Hartford, it’s Improvisations::Arcade, featuring musical guests Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes, and various other artists for an evening of intimate improvised music. Details at

Today until 6 and Saturday 9 to 5, the Russell Library in Middletown has the Friends of the Library Book Sale. Saturday afternoon, Russell Library hosts Tales That Only Look Tall with SOVA Theater artist, Adelka Polak. Details at

There's an African Drumming and Dance Workshop at Green St. Teaching and Learning Center, 51 Green St. in Middletown Saturday at 11am. And the Middletown Symphonic Band performs at 2pm for the annual St. Sebastian Feast at Washington and Pearl Streets in Middletown. Details at

Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
In Hartford at Real Art Ways Francofonia, directed by master Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov (RUSSIAN ARK), continues through Sunday. Opening today are the films Dough, the Hartford Jewish Film Festival 2016 Audience Award Winner for Best Feature; and Tale of Tales, a baroque fantasy starring John C. Reilly and Salma Hayek. Details at

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, showing this evening and Saturday is Zootopia, starring Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman. Sunday afternoon, director Yasujiro Ozu's classic film Late Spring begins a 4 day run. Details at

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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