Friday, August 19, 2016

08-19-16 jive

Good evening, it's Friday, August 19th, and 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 lineup of talk radio from NPR and Pacifica as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends we bring you the best in free-form community programing.

 I’m Ben Michael, Thanks for joining us.

Tonight, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, you can catch, singer/songwriters Kerri Powers and Eric Lichter. Tomorrow, (Saturday) morning, Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at Harborpark (rather than the buttonwood) at 10:30 am. On Saturday night, trumpeter Nick Di Maria and Spectre take the stage, with ska, punk, jazz, and more. On Sunday at 5 there’s a reception to open the August art exhibit of works by Sicilian native Sal Italia.  Full details at

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight (Friday), they headline Trina. Saturday’s show is the Summer Slamfest 2016.

Tonight, Cherry Street Station in Wallingford brings you a night of heavy metal with Hounds Of Justice, Glass Divide, Striven and more. On Saturday, it’s a Benefit for Ray & Allison. You can find Cherry Street Station on Facebook, or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

Taking the Café Nine stage at 5pm today, down in New Haven is a triple bill featuring Calvin Decutlass, Stephanie Harris Austin, and Paul Panamarenko. Café Nine’s Friday night main event features The Batture Boys, and Joe Flood later this evening. Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, this week. Later, Saturday night, they headline Vinyl Cape, appearing with Ceschi, ZakG, and more. On Sunday, Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee with Jeff Przech & The Outfit, followed by the Manic Productions presentation of Gringo Star and Rudeyna at 9 pm.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s tonight, you can catch the reggae vibes of  The Equalites. Saturday’s Sally’s presets a special event, the Northeast Blues Guitar Summit, featuring nationally recognized talent including The Bruce Katz Band, Matt Stubbs, and more.

on  Sunday, Manic Productions brings TJ Miller and The Meticulously Ridiculous Tour, along with Kate Miller and Nick Vatrerott, at the College Street Music Hall in New haven.

The fifth annual Trinidad-style Caribbean Carnival happens this Saturday in Middletown at Harbor Park from 1-9 pm, brought to you by the Trinbago American Cultural Explorers. The event features Headline music acts include Baba Shanter and Lava Rebel with many others in performance throughout the day. Plus Vendors on-site, limbo contests, and live steel drumming ensembles. 860.818.0678 for more Information and find Details at

The sixteenth annual Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival happens on Saturday at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford from 8 am to 4 pm. Celebrate Asian culture with music and dance, food, a martial arts expo, dragon boat races, and more.

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 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 has yet extended their run of the New Zeland comedy/coming-of-age film “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” offering screenings Saturday and Sunday.  Also continuing is the Israeli comedy “The Kind Words,” which runs through August 25th.   Tonight Real Art Ways opens “Life, Animated,” the story of how a challenged young boy and his family discover a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in classic animated Disney films. Also opening, tonight is “Little Men,” a contemporary story of life-defining friendships that develop in the midst of familial turmoil.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its Wim Wenders film series this weekend, offering screenings of “Wings of Desire” tonight Friday, “Buena Vista Social Club” tomorrow (Saturday) and a Director’s Cut version of “Until the End of the World” on Sunday. Details and screening times at

The Hartford Free Summer Movies series offers “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” this evening at Bushnell Park. Details at

Now here's what's happening on air, tonight, on WESU:

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05-6 pm, stay tuned for 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 its all about lovers Rock, RnB, and Dancehall reggae plus Soca and other caribben sounds from the hit makers alongside artists from our region.
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 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!

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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