Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday's Jive 09-16-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, September 16th, 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
Plywood Cowboy performs their brand of Americana roots music. On Saturday morning at 10:30, Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop is at HarborPark. Saturday night, The Karen Frisk Jazz Group featuring Donn Trenner takes the stage. Details at

Here at Wesleyan, tonight and Saturday, the CFA presents the New England premiere of “GO FORTH”, a theatrical performance inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead, by actor, director, and Wesleyan alum Kaneza Schaal (sounds like Can-ay-zuh Shawl)  in the CFA Theater. On Sunday, The innovative contemporary woodwind quintet Harmonia V performs a free concert at Wesleyan’s Russell House on High St. at 3pm. Details at 

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday early set at 5 features The Incorrigibles. Later Manic Productions presents Mystic Braves, The Dream Ride, and Elison Jackson. The Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam Session features Tony Dioguardi & Friends. Saturday night it's Big Moon, Deafmute, and Five Stories Falling. Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 Present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee at 3pm with Tuesday Saints. Sunday night A Pony Named Olga and 9th Wave close out the weekend. Details at

At New Haven's Toad’s Place tonight The Exhibition 2016 Tour with Danny Brown, Maxo Kream, and ZelooperZ stops in. 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 Grayson Hugh & The Moon Hawks take the stage. Saturday night, it's the band Mixed Signals. Details at

Sunday night Manic Productions presents Against Me!, Potty Mouth, and Frameworks at 7:30 pm in New Haven's College Street Music Hall. Details at

Tonight Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents a night of loud rock with 5 bands including Reason to Fight, Progress, Out Live Death, Oh The Humanity, and Two Fisted Law.  Saturday it's Falling Further With Soldiers of Solace and Diabolis. Details at Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902. 

Today at 5:30 pm at Wesleyan University, The Friends Of The Wesleyan Library present in the Smith Reading Room at Olin Library their 2016 Constitution Day Lecture  “Are We Better Than Our Predecessors? Toward a New Era of Progress” -  A talk by Dan Drew, Mayor of Middletown. A Q&A follows. Email for details.

The Art Guild of Middletown presents an Oil Painting Demonstration by award-winning artist Shauna Shane this Saturday at 9am at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell.  Full details at

Fall is CT’s agricultural fair season. This weekend there are three different fairs around the state.  One of the state’s oldest fairs, The Four Town Fair in Somers, has an Antique & Classic Car Show, a rockabilly performance from The Whiskey Rebels and contests like the Women’s’ skillet toss and a corn eating competition.
The Guilford Fair is part traditional fair, part circus, part theater. In addition to the midway rides, games and food, visitors can enjoy performances by the fair’s family circus with live tiger and lion acts! The Orange County Fair also happens this weekend. Details for all of the fairs are at 

Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are still going strong. Here in Middletown you can you can support local farmers and get nutritious home-grown goods at two farmers markets through, the end of October.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays the long running market at the South Green on Old Church Street is open 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:

At Hartford's Real Art Ways The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, directed by Ron Howard, is the featured film through the 22nd. Details and screening times at

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues a run of Swiss Army Knife, about a suicidal man on a deserted island who makes a new friend when the corpse of a young man (played by Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore. Also tonight, Cinestudio invites you to say farewell to Gene Wilder with a special one-time screening of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory @ 10:30 pm. Saturday, at 1pm it's National Theatre Live’s: A View From The Bridge.  Sunday you can catch Globe On Screen: Richard II at 1pm and also Sunday, Cinestudio opens a run of Under The Sun, about a young North Korean girl (Lee Zin-mi), her school and her family, filmed in North Korea. Details and screening times 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 5:05-6:30 pm, it'll be Wild Wild Live with Michelle & Alex covering that Wesleyan music scene.

From 6:30 to 7pm, catch the Middletown Youth Radio Project, a weekly 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 11:30pm it's Strickly Off the Head where DJ Commotion the Music Mixologist provides a live mixshow done on the fly or freestyle blending R&B, old school, hip hop, rap and house.

From 11:30 until 12:30am follow DJ MosDefNot & Hyphy Down the Lineage, taking the "Oh Geez" out of the OGs.
Then until 3am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE w/Clarence & Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

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 to 7am 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!

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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