Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday's Jive 07-29-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, July 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 tonight
alternative/folk songwriter Kali takes the stage, working material from his new album, “Laugh, Love, Live.” On Saturday mornings Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop begins at 10:30 am.  Saturday, the Sweet As Sugar trio takes the stage with jazz-based and fusion offerings. The July art exhibit is “Faces, Places and Things” by Middletown artist Tom Humphreys. Details at

The 28th Annual Kids Arts Children's Circus comes to Middletown! The performance is scheduled for this evening beginning at 5pm but, in the event that rain causes a cancellation, it will take place at 5pm Saturday. Presented by Oddfellows Playhouse, this year's circus is Time for Circus and it takes place on the back lawn of Spencer School on Westfield St. For the latest info, call Oddfellows at 860.347.6143. Details at

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday early set at 5 features the Snake Hill Blues. Later tonight, it’s Mobley, The Peach Kings, and Rudeyna. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Billy Cofrances, and on Saturday night Drinkdeeply presents Bjork Night with hosts Mission Zero and many more performers. Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee with The Furors and The Foresters, followed by Drag Bingo with Dixie Normous! later to finish out their weekend. Details at

At New Haven's Toad’s Place this evening it’s DJ Craig G’s official birthday bash, featuring Cam’ron. They’ve also got A.V.B., Globe Hollow, Nigel Stephens and more in Lilly’s Pad.  On Saturday you can catch the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular. Details at

This weekend brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. Tonight they’ve got the Enemy of Reason CD Release Show. On Saturday, it’s the Cry Havoc! 10 Year Anniversary Show Part 2.  Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

In Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight's headliner is Good Lord the Liftin’, with blues, jazz, and funk covers. On Saturday, award-winning blues and soul performer Diane Blue takes the stage. Details at

Hartford’s Hartbeat Ensemble Youth Play Institute presents “A Bullet’s Conscience,” a one-act play tonight through Sunday. It’s about gun violence and the way forward, and is presented at the Ensemble’s Farmington Avenue location.  Details at 

Connecticut Ballet’s annual Summer Dance Caravan comes to Middlesex Community College this Saturday at 6 at Chapman Hall.  Admission is free, and the program offers contemporary premier works as well as the classics.  Details at

Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are in full gear now. Here in Middletown you can you can support local farmers and get nutritious home-grown goods on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the long running market at the South Green on Old Church Street from 8am-1pm.  On Fridays, The Middletown North End farmers market happens on Main Street outside Its Only Natural Market. For times and dates, as well as info on the many more markets in our area you can visit

Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Hartford's Real Art Ways tonight opens “The Innocents,” a French film about a physician called to handle a surprising crisis in a Benedictine convent after World War II. Details on this and other films are at

Meanwhile tonight, Trinity College's Cinestudio opens a run of “Love & Friendship,” a romantic comedy about a manipulative widow, based on an unfinished novella by Jane Austen. Details at

The free Movies in Riverside Park series in Hartford continues, with this week’s screening of “Zootopia” today beginning at sunset. 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 Chris for some live studio treats and other sonic events.

From 6 to 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 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 11:30pm it's Strickly Off the Head where DJ Commotion the Music Mixologist blends R&B, old school, hip hop, rap and house.

From 11:30pm 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 CafĂ©
 with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy CaffĂ© 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!

After that from 8-10am you can catch Weekend Edition, Saturday from NPR.

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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