Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday's Jive 10-14-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, October 14th, 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.

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Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.
In Middletown, at The Buttonwood Tree tonight
Swiss acoustic guitar virtuoso Attila Vural is appearing along with singer/songwriter Julie Last. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop is at 10:30 am, and this week’s theme is “Balance.” In the evening, it’s Story City Troupe, bringing you true stories using the formula from NPR’s “The Moth.” Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday early set at 5 features Diddymack, followed later by a Record Release show with The End of America, Death Black Birds, and The Proud Flesh. Saturday’s 4:30 Jazz Jam is with Tony Dioguardi& Friends, with SixFoxWhiskey and Keepers of the Vibe later that night. On Sunday at 3 pm there’s a Songwriter Series with Rex Fowler, Marc Douglas Berardo, and Richard Neal, and Sunday night it's The Hickoids, appearing with The Palomino Brothers. Details @

At New Haven's Toad’s Place tonight its Dirty Heads, New Beat Fund, and RDGLDGRN. Details @

At Hartford's Black-Eyed Sally’s tonight it’s roots and more with Plywood Cowboy. On Saturday night you can hear Regina Bonelli, appearing with featured bluesman Michael Hill. Details @

Tonight Manic Productions presents Andrew Bird, appearing with Sinkane, at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Saturday, they’ve got mewithoutYou, Into It. Over it, and Needle Points at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Saturday night Manic presents Regina Spektor at the College Street Music Hall. Sunday, it's White Lung and Perennial on stage at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. Details @

CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents "The Pirates of Penzance" at the Performing Arts Center at Valley Regional High School in Deep River Saturday and Sunday. Details at

Hartford Fashion Week presents its second season of runway shows, a trade show, and more this Thursday through Sunday in Hartford. Details @

St. George Armenian Church in Hartford holds its annual Armenian Food Fest today and Saturday with food, gifts, crafts, and more. Details @

Hartford Blooms presents its annual Foliage & Fall Garden Tours this Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 am in Elizabeth Park. Dozens of fall gardens in the West End and Asylum Hill neighborhoods of Hartford will be viewed. Details @

This Saturday the Mark Twain House in Hartford brings you “Ralph Nader: Breaking Through Power,” as part of their Mark My Words ongoing series. The event begins at 7; he’ll be discussing his latest book, “Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think,” followed by a book sale and signing. Details @

The Light Source Center, a non-profit meditation school in West Hartford, holds its 9th annual fundraising auction this Sunday at the Simsbury Inn starting at 1:30 pm. They'll have live and silent auctions, music, and food. Details @

Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are still active. 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 more markets in our area, find details @

Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Tonight Hartford’s Real Art Ways opens “A Man Called Ove,” (ooh-veh), a Swedish film about an isolated retiree whose life is changed by new neighbors. The film runs through next Thursday. Also showing Saturday and Sunday is "Author: The JT LeRoy Story", the story of Laura Albert and her fictionalized "it boy" JT LeRoy. Details & screening times at

Also tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio opens “Equity,” a corporate thriller starring Anna Gunn as a high-flying investment banker fighting back after she’s turned down for a promotion. It runs through Saturday. Sunday’s matinee is the Boishoi Ballet’s performance of Shostakovich’s “The Golden Age,” with a new libretto by Yuri Grigorovich. They also open “Our Little Sister,” a Japanese film about three sisters who meet an unknown relative when they travel to their father’s funeral. 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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