Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday's Jive 09-23-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, September 23rd, 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
Grammy Award-winning flutist Rhonda Larsen performs at 8 pm. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop is at 10:30 am. Connecticut’s Doug White Quintet appears Saturday night at 8 with jazz and more. On Sunday at 5 there’s an opening reception for this month’s featured artist, Lindsay Behrens. Details at

At Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts on Sunday at 3, in Crowell Concert Hall you can enjoy This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part X. Details at 

At the Russell Library in Middletown, on Saturday at 1:30 they present the Great American Folk Song Revival with the Caroline Doctorow Duo. Details at 

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday early set at 5 features Lynn Malavolte & Friends. Later on it's Orquesta Afinke. Saturday afternoon there’s a Playing for Change Foundation event, featuring George Baker, Gary Heriot, and Mike D'Amico, followed by more George Baker. Saturday night, Manic Productions presents Ages & Ages, Cereus Bright, and The Sea, The Sea. Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 Present The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 pm with John D’Amato, and Sunday night at 7 it's Box Set Duo Trio and The Alpaca Gnomes. Details at

At New Haven's Toad’s Place tonight they have Denzel Curry, Boogie, and Yoshi Thompkins. Details at

At Hartford's Black-Eyed Sally’s tonight it’s One Love – a tribute to Bob Marley. On Saturday it’s award-winning guitarist Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood bringing you R & B, blues, and more. Details at

Tonight Manic Productions presents St. Lucia, Sofi Tukker, and DL is OK at New Haven's College Street Music Hall. Details at

Tonight Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents Bang Your Head with local favorites. On Saturday they’ve got FN Fest 10, Scotty Anarchy’s Birthday Banger. Details at Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902. 

This Saturday at 4 pm Wesleyan Potters in Middletown hosts the exhibit, Comforts from Our Past: Gary and Kyle O’Neill, at their Middletown gallery location. The series celebrates the artists’ blended Native American and African American heritage. Details at

This Saturday also brings the 30th annual Many Colors of a Woman Jazz Festival to The Unitarian Society of Hartford at 7pm.  This is the longest running jazz festival showcasing the music and women of jazz with featured acts Mathis’ Afrikan Amerikan Jazz, New Millennium All Stars, and The Bertha Hope Trio. The event is free. Call 860-951-7694 for details.

The 97th Annual Durham Fair continues this weekend offering a Farm Museum, Kids Place, Discovery Center, and more. Today’s events include a tractor pull and motorized demolition derby, with performances by The Kerry Boys, Kara and Zach, CJ West and the Downtown Train, the Carrie Ashton Band, Mixed Signals, and more, including the headliner, Old Dominion. The fun continues on Saturday with animals and food galore, along with music by the Brown Paper Sax Band, Salt Island Seanotes, Kings of Karma, The Meadows Brothers, Sister Funk, the Truckstop Troubadors, and headliner Foreigner. Sunday’s schedule includes a monster truck show, draft horse pull, and music by Bourbon Chaser, Jackson Hill, & the Rob Glassman Band, finishing with Martha Reeves & The Vandellas Sunday night.  Details at 

Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are still going strong. Here in Middletown there are two farmers markets continuing 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:

Hartford’s Real Art Ways has extended their run of “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – the Touring Years,” through the 29th. Directed by Ron Howard, the film follows the Beatles during their sixties touring years. Tonight they open “Ixcanul,” (sounds like: Ike’s-can-ool) a film exploring the lives of marginalized women in the Guatemalan coffee highlands; and “Author: the JT LeRoy Story,” a film about the literary hoax of a San Francisco housewife. On Saturday they celebrate Art House Theater Day with screenings of “A Town Called Panic: Double Fun,” and “Phantasm: Remastered.” Details and screening times at

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues a run of “Jason Bourne,” the fifth installment of the series starring Matt Damon. On Sunday they open “Dark Horse,” about a depressed Welsh village that puts its faith in a steeplechasing thoroughbred. 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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