Friday, September 9, 2016

Friday's Jive 09-09-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, September 9th, 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
it’s the eleventh annual Composers and Improvisers Festival at The Buttonwood Tree, featuring composer Joe Fonda and guitarist Mike Musillami, pianist Paul Arslanian, and jazz tap dancer Brenda Bufalino. On Saturday morning at 10:30, Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop is at HarborPark. Saturday night The Kennedys play roots, folk rock, and more. On Sunday, fiddler/stepper April Verch brings North American roots music and stories to the Buttonwood at 3, followed by a reading of Book 5 of Milton’s “Paradise Lost” at 7 by John Basinger. Details at

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday early set at 5 features Snake Hill Blues. Later it's Sun Dagger, Rudeyna, and Head With Wings. The Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Saturday night’s line up features Craig Bell & His Band, Stefan Christensen & Friends, Worn Leather, and Consolidated Plastics. "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee headlines The Bandidos, along with The Tommy and Travis Moody. Gary Burr and Mark Mirando take the stage later to round out the weekend. Details at

At New Haven's Toad’s Place tonight they headline Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime, along with Ian Biggs & the Ruckus, Inosoul, and On the Fritz. On Sunday they headline August Burns Red, appearing with Erra, Silent Planet, and Make Them Suffer. Details at

At Hartford's Black-Eyed Sally’s tonight you can hear hip hop, reggae, and more with The Alchemistics. On Saturday, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez take the stage with rock n soul. Details at

Manic Productions presents at the College Street Music Hall this weekend Twiddle headlining the Friday and Saturday shows, and of Montreal and Ruby the Rabbitfoot appearing Sunday evening. Details at

Saturday, Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents Warcockapalooza II, featuring nine hours of music starting at 3:30. Details at Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902. 

At the Russell Library in Middletown Saturday, the Jazz Up Close series, featuring saxophonist Steve Wilson and his trio starts at 2pm. Details, including new hours and more programming offers at  

You’re invited to a night of music and poetry to benefit Love146, a nonprofit dedicated to ending child trafficking, this Friday at Sarah’s Coffee House in Hartford. Call 860-402-2393 for details.

Tonight at 8, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts opens the concert season with the annual Bach to School organ concert at Memorial Hall, featuring the work of Maurice Duruflé. And you’re invited to register your child for the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble, with classes starting this Saturday at 10 am in World Music Hall. Details at

Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown holds its annual fall Open House tomorrow from 10 am to 1 pm. Meet the teaching artists, enjoy arts activities like puppet making and mural design, and learn more about their full array of fall programs.  Details at

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford has its monthly Second Saturdays for Families from 10 am – 1 pm tomorrow. Free admission includes story-telling, music, and more. Details at

The second annual Hartford Pridefest and parade happens this Saturday from noon to 5 pm in Bushnell Park. Details at

The free Sunset Sounds Concert Series concludes this Saturday starting at 5:30 at the Butler-McCook House in Hartford.  Enjoy a PopUp Art Show sponsored by Artists Supporting Artists, and jazz music by featured artist Richard McGhee & The Rahstet. Details at

The Middletown Symphonic Band closes out its summer series this Saturday with a concert at 7 pm at Great River Park in East Hartford.  Rain date is Sunday. Details at

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

This is the weekend for the Hebron Harvest Fair, continuing through Sunday.  This major agricultural fair is packed with fun & entertainment including livestock shows, a midway, exhibits, a small-animal barn, arts and crafts, food booths, a demolition derby and continuous stage entertainment. Details at
The North Haven Fair also is taking place this weekend through Sunday for more family fun. Details at

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

Opening today at Hartford's Real Art Ways is “Unlocking the Cage,” a documentary about the animal rights lawyer Steven Wise as he seeks to transform animals from “things” to “persons” with legal protections. They also continue a run of “Life, Animated,” a true story about a family who discover that Disney animated films will help them communicate with their troubled son. In addition, at 3pm on Saturday & Sunday they are showing "The Witness", a documentary on the 1964 Kitty Genovese murder which became a symbol for urban apathy. Details and screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio tonight and Saturday offers “Little Men,” a story of the family drama that surrounds two teenagers in contemporary Brooklyn. On Sunday they open “The Lobster,” starring Colin Farrell in a dystopian comedy about singles who turn into animals if they don’t find a mate by a deadline. Details and screening times at 

The Hartford Free Summer Movies series brings you “Bee Movie” starring Jerry Seinfeld and Renee Zellweger, this evening at Riverfront Park. 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 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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