Friday, October 21, 2016

10-21-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Friday, October 21st.  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 talk radio from NPR and Pacifica, as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.

I’m Ben Michael. Thanks so much for joining us!

WESU is listener supported community radio and we need your help to get our Fall community pledge drive going. While most of our broadcasters are volunteers, it still takes real money to keep the station up and running.  Whether you tune in to WESU for daytime talk radio and free form music programming, or perhaps even the Jive at Five, don’t expect someone else to make a donation on behalf of your listening. Show your support for WESU and help us pay the bills with a donation, today. You can make that donation online at where you can also see our thank you gifts.  Thanks!

Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:

Down in New Haven at Café Nine, weekly 5 pm early Friday show features Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lodge taking the stage, right about now. Later tonight, Manic Productions presents Kingsley Flood and Goodnight Moonshine on stage at Café Nine. The Weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam is with the George Baker Band, tomorrow.  Ports of Spain, Lost Boy?, Holy Tunics, and The Gabba Ghouls take the Café Nine stage for a  9 pm show tomorrow night and the Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3pm show headlines The Bongos, and Café Nine rounds out the weekend Sunday night with Ada Pasternak and Todd Lewis Kramer.

Music in the Atrium, a new series at Artists’ Collective in Hartford, happens this evening at 6 pm featuring the percussion ensemble Ed Fast & Conga-Bop. 

This evening The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown presents: singer/songwriter Jann Klose, appearing with guitarist Jaclyn Jones. At 10: 30 tomorrow/Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop focuses on the theme of “Manifesting Your Desires”, this week. Tomorrow/Saturday evening there’s a double bill of singer/songwriters, Connor Wallowitz and Dan Merritt at The Buttonwood. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30. Details at

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight (Friday), they’ve got the Chris Smith Band, & the Over Easy Band. Tomorrow/Saturday night you can hear Connecticut-based Avenue Groove, bringing you R&B, funk, and dance music at Sally’s.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight (Friday) the Lupe Fiasco Tour takes the stage.

Tonight/Friday Manic Productions presents comedian Mike Birbiglia’s: Thank God for Jokes tour at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, appearing with Jon Fisch.  Sunday Manic presents Touché Amoré, Tiny Moving Parts, and Culture Abuse at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents loud rock tonight with Over The Line, Insano Vision, and Continuum. Tomorrow night Cherry Street is a night of punk and Metal with Left Hand Backwards, Goat Herder, and Soul Conversion. You can find Cherry Street Station on facebook or by calling 203-265-2902.

Cris Jacobs and Wise Old Moon take the stage at the Arch Street Tavern in Hartford, tonight. DJ Logic performs at Arch Street tomorrow/Saturday night.
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers take the stage at Infinity Hall Hartford, tonight. Brett Dennen w/ Lily and Madeleine make an appearance tomorrow and the ZOLLA BOYS Take the Infinity Hall Hartford stage on Sunday.  At infinity Hall Norfolk tonight, you can catch  Delbert McClinton with Special Guest Brian Dunne. Tomorrow, Spyro Gyra take the stage and The Imagination Movers play a 2pm show at Infinity Hall Norfolk on Sunday.  At 7pm Allysen Callery plays in the Bistro.

The Art Guild of Middletown presents a Chinese brush painting demonstration on Saturday at 9 am at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell with artist Amy Fang Zie. Details at

The MAC650 Gallery on Main St. in Middletown hosts “Beat the Devil Out of It” tomorrow/Saturday at 7 pm, featuring Connecticut artists and musicians in an intimate Fall showcase.

The Middletown Concert Series presents the celebrated three Sicilian Tenors this Saturday at 7:30 at the Middletown High School Performing Arts Center on LaRosa Lane. More information

Trinity College in Hartford presents a fall dance performance sponsored by the Department of Theater and Dance this Saturday at 7:30 at the Austin Arts Center.

NBC Connecticut hosts a free Health & Wellness Festival this Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm at the XL Center in Hartford. There are free health screenings, flu shots, giveaways, and

Here in Middletown you can you can support 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 8 am-1 pm.  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 other markets in our area you can visit

WESU’s Dr. Helen Evrard, host of “Your Mind Matters,” will be at the Milford Artisan Market on the Milford Green this Saturday and Sunday with her book, “Positive Matters: Words, Quotations, and Stories to Heal and Inspire,” and Positive Pulls, decorated wooden sticks that accompany the book. Stop by from 11 am to 4 pm. Sales of Positive Pulls benefit Vista Life Innovations in Madison, supporting individuals with disabilities through various stages of life.

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways has extended their run of “A Man Called Ove,” (ooh-veh), a Swedish film about an isolated retiree whose life is changed by new neighbors . Tonight (Friday) they open “Harry & Snowman,” a true Cinderella story about the transformative relationship between a Dutch immigrant and an Amish plow horse. It runs through the weekend.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio is now showing Woody Allen’s “Café Society,” starring Kristen Stewart as a 1930’s ingénue who gives up acting to work for a successful producer. On Sunday they open a run of a 4K restoration of Akira’s Kurosawa’s 1985 masterpiece epic of family betrayal, “Ran,”  

Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on WESU Middletown:

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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That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. If you missed anything, you can find the script online at And tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 p.m. to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at WESU 88.1 FM, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939. Thanks for listening! Now stay tuned for Wild Wild Live!

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