Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday's Jive 09-30-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, September 30th, 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
singer Sissy Castrogiovanni performs original Sicilian music along with jazz and Mediterranean melodies. Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop begins at 10:30 am. At 2, the International Beat Poetry Festival presents  “Celebrating the Beats: Their Words, Their Legacy, Their Music,” featuring the Sergio-Mayo Jazz Duo and readings by The Meeting House Poets. Saturday night it's a singer/songwriter double bill with former Middletown singer/songwriter Cathy Kreger and Caroline Doctorow, singing solo and combination blues, adult contemporary, folk, and more. Sunday at 7 the Great Make Believe Society Improv Show provides improvised comedy theater. Details at

On Saturday, the American Studies Department at Wesleyan University and and the Russell Library present Anarchist Histories and Activism at Russell Library, offering an opportunity to hear Wesleyan students publicly present their research on a range of subjects "From Haymarket to Occupy Wall Street", taught by Professor of American Studies J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, who will moderate the following two panels. At 10 a.m. - Historial Genealogies And Radical Analysis and at noon - Community Resistance And Diverse Forms Of Direct Action. Details at

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday early set at 5 features Gary Heriot & Mike Damico, followed later by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, and The Right Offs. Saturday’s 4:30 Jazz Jam is with Mike Coppola and Friends, with Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, and Big Fat Combo coming your way later that night. Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 pm with Mr. Airplane Man and La Tunda, and later at 7 it's The Helium Brothers and The Birdmen. Details at

At New Haven's Toad’s Place tonight its Rock This Wild World, a local showcase celebration with a variety of performers. Details at

At Hartford's Black-Eyed Sally’s tonight it’s the Dave Keller Band with blues and soul. On Saturday night it’s Bad News Barnes, featuring “Blue Lou” Marini of Blues Brothers and James Taylor fame. Details at

Tonight Manic Productions presents Woods, John Andrews & the Yawns, and Elison Jackson at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. Details at

This Saturday, Company G of the 14th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry stages a Preservation March starting at 1:00 at the General Mansfield House, 151 Main St. in Middletown. The public is invited to follow along and visit designated sites to hear brief talks about the city’s rich Civil War history. Also, the Middlesex County Historical Society’s 31st annual Car Show and Flea Market happens this Sunday at Palmer Field in Middletown starting at 7 am. Car registration opens at 8:30. Rain date is next Sunday, October 9. Details at, or call the Historical Society at 860-346-0746.

This Saturday, Gee’s Records presents a master of the DJ mix showcase at Club Lucent in Wallingford from 2-7pm.  It's an all age event with no dress code. DJs include DP-One, DJ Ragoza, DJ Precision, DJ E.L. DJ G.L.I. and DJ K.G. (who once, called WESU home). For information call 203-449-8912

Here in Middletown you can support local farmers and get nutritious home-grown goods at two farmers markets through October. Tuesdays and Thursdays, the long running market at the South Green on Old Church Street is open from 8 am-1 pm.  On Fridays, The Middletown North End farmers market is on Main Street outside Its Only Natural Market. For times, dates, and more information on the many more farmers' markets in our area you can visit

The 68th annual Berlin Fair happens this weekend, starting off with juggling and marching bands on Friday, and headlining Kick Band on the main concert stage, as well as the On the Serious Side Band. On Saturday there’s spinning and weaving and more, with musical entertainment by the Colin Axxxwell Band, the “Kick It Out” Heart Tribute Band, the Coyote River Band, and 1974 Band. They close it out on Sunday offering food and fun for all, along with country music by Presley and Taylor, and LANco Band. Details at

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – the Touring Years,” directed by Ron Howard, that follows the band during their sixties touring years. Also, beginning tonight and running through the weekend is “Mia Madre,” the Cannes Film Festival-winning Italian drama about a film director dealing with the imminent death of her mother. Details and screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues through Saturday, “Florence Foster Jenkins,” starring Meryl Streep as a deluded diva who believes she’s a talented singer. On Sunday they open “The Fits,” a film about a Cincinnati all-girl dance troupe with mysterious convulsive attacks. Details and screening times at 

The Manhattan Short Film Festival happens this Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, offering you the chance to vote on this year’s finalist entries. 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 5:05-6:30 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 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!

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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