Friday, November 25, 2016

11-25-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Friday November 25th. 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 for joining us!

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

Down in New Haven at Café Nine, their Black Friday Affair offers performances by Mr. Seuss, Left Field Rhythms, and IAmVarcity. Saturday’s weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band.  The Saturday night late show features Ultrabunny, Headroom, Healthy Snacks, and Spectral Fangs. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 brings you Ian Fitzgerald and Brian Dolzani.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight you can catch the beehive queen of Rock and Soul,  Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez. Tomorrow/Saturday, they headline Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood, with R&B, rock, soul, and Texas blues.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight, you can catch Chris Webby, Anoyd, Danny Evans, and Spark Kent. Saturday’s featured headliner is Zach Deputy.
At Infinity Hall in Hartford, Judy Collins performs tonight at 8:30 pm. Eaglemania is at Infinity on Saturday.

Holiday Light Fantasia in Goodwin Park in Hartford kicked off last night. Proceeds benefit Channel 3 Kids Camp. Details at

Wesleyan Potters' 61st Annual Exhibit & Sale of fine crafts, opened today and featuries pottery, jewelry, sculpture, fiber arts, wood, paper crafts, photography, printmaking, toys and more. This year's Exhibit is themed "Star Light Winter Bright" and highlights a fund-raising raffles and more 860-347-5925, 

The City of Hartford sponsors its seventh annual Winterfest again this year starting on today, you can enjoy free ice skating at Bushnell Park. Visit their Facebook page at Winterfest Hartford.

The Artists Collective hosts the first in their Music in the Atrium series today, at their Hartford location. The featured performer is Ed Fast & Conga-bop, a high-energy percussion ensemble. Details at

The Charter Oak Cultural Center presents “Legends of the Forgotten Borough,” about the legendary R&B group “Force MDs” of Staten Island, tomorrow/ Saturday at 2 pm at their Hartford location. Details at

Saturday, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown presents Fill the Robot featuring Phil Bullaro performing experimental electronic compositions. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30. Details at

Sunday night brings the return of “Wax”, a monthly party at Firehouse 12 in New Haven celebrating 45 rpm records and vintage fashion and dance culture. The event happens from 9- midnight with a retro outfit contest and Wax Resident DJ's NEB, Dooley-o plus special guest DJ Prime on the wheels of steel. 

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

Tonight, Hartford’s Real Art Ways opens a run of “Tampopo,” a 4K restoration of the Japanese film about a band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner toward the perfect recipe. It runs through the weekend.  

Trinity College’s Cinestudio is now showing “The Girl on the Train,” about a divorced woman who becomes involved in the secrets of a disappeared neighborhood homeowner. It runs through Saturday. Sunday’s matinee is “Exhibition on Screen: The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch,” a film celebrating the work of that visionary painter. They also open “Arthropoid,” a film about the attempt to assassinate an SS Holocaust architect in WWII Czechoslovakia.   

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford hosts a free screening of the 1987 John Hughes comedy “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” this Sunday at 2 pm in Hartford.

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

Right after the Jive stay tuned for a 2 hour eclectic mix of Louisiana music on back down the bayou.

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  love songs others Reggae Dancehall, R&B, and new artists from right here inour regions
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.

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