Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday's Jive 10-28-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, October 28th, 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
Orice Jenkins and Chad Browne-Springer come your way tonight with unique genre-bending sounds. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop is at 10:30 am, with the theme of “Channeling Higher Frequencies.” In the evening it’s the Steve Band Halloween Show with one of a kind original music. There’s an Artist Reception Sunday at 8 with Nicole Kelly, celebrating her current exhibition “The Beauty of Age.” Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday early set at 5 features Snake Hill Blues, followed by the Lipgloss Crisis Halloween Burlesque Party.  Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 showcases Billy Cofrances, followed later by The Proletariat, M-13, and Chem-Trails. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 headlines the Palaminos in a Pre-Party for The Blasters, appearing later Sunday night along with The Delta Bombers. Details @

At New Haven's Toad’s Place tonight they’ve got the Shakedown Halloween Costume Ball featuring Creamery Station and the Terry Rand Band. The Team Roland Tour is on the roster for Sunday at 4 pm. Details @

At Hartford's Black-Eyed Sally’s tonight they’ve got Bella’s Bartok, melding Klezmer pop with a circus vibe. On Saturday night it’s the return of the New England Blues Harmonica Showcase, with Brian Templeton, Diane Blue, and much more. Details @

Tonight Manic Productions presents Gov’t Mule. On Saturday you can catch Railroad Earth and The Ghost of Paul Revere. They round out the weekend on Sunday, bringing you the Rocky Horror Picture Show 40th Anniversary Screen Party with Barry Bostwick at 7 pm. All shows are at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Details @

At the Russell Library in Middletown, Saturday at 1pm, Theatrical Productions presents an adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ “It Can’t Happen Here, celebrating the 80th anniversary of the work. Details at

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts continues its 40th annual Navaratri Festival tonight at 8 in Crowell Concert Hall, presenting “Vocal Music of South India.”  On Saturday at 8 pm, violinist and composer L. Shankar performs at Crowell Concert Hall. Sunday morning at 11 am, a Hindu religious service, Sarawati Puja, will be held at World Music Hall. The Festival concludes Sunday at 3 pm with a performance by the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble at Crowell Concert Hall. Details at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, Grammy Award-winner Marc Cohn returns with an all new show tonight.  They also bring back the Slambovian Circus of Dreams’ Halloween Costume Ball on Saturday. On Sunday, the Legacy Foundation holds their annual “My Little Black Dress” fundraiser, featuring music by Black Violin. Details at

Trinity College’s Music Department presents Stephen Sondheim’s musical, “Company,” tonight through Saturday at the Austin Arts Center in Hartford. Details at There you'll find info on how to obtain free tickets.

Artists for World Peace presents a screening of the original 1924 silent film, “Phantom of the Opera,” with live musical accompaniment by The Flying Particles, tonight at 7:30 at the deKoven House in Middletown. Proceeds benefit the Children of Peace Project and the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. Details at

In Middletown at the Wadsworth Mansion Haunted Halloween Bash beckons all ghosts and ghouls tonight from 7 to midnight. Expect music, food, and prizes for best costumes. Details at

This Sunday at 9 pm, Firehouse 12 in New Haven continues their monthly All-45 Record Party, “WAX: curated by and featuring DJs N-E-B and Dooley-O on turntables. There’s also a Retro Outfit contest. Details at

Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues a run of “A Man Called Ove,” (ooh-veh), a Swedish film about an isolated retiree whose life is changed by new neighbors. Also continuing is “Harry & Snowman,” a true Cinderella story about the transformative relationship between a Dutch immigrant and an Amish plow horse. Opening tonight is “Aquarius,” a Portuguese film about a widow fighting developers who try to evict her from her home. It runs through the weekend. Details & screening times at

Cinestudio at Trinity College in Hartford is screening “Kubo and the Two Strings,” a 3-D stop animation film based on the Japanese legend of a boy and a vengeful spirit, tonight & Saturday. Saturday and Sunday, you can catch matinees of National Theatre Live’s “Frankenstein,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch. On Sunday, they open “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” starring Natalie Portman as the mother of celebrated Israeli author Amos Ox 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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