Friday, November 4, 2016

Friday's Jive 11-04-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, November 4th, 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 at 8 pm, classical pianist Carolyn Halsted performs works by Barber and Chopin in addition to two original works, Nocturne in E flat, and Labyrinth. Saturday at 10:30am, Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source Workshop is “Attracting the Best in Life.” At 1 pm, the International Beat Poetry Festival holds a Free Poets Collective with music and readings. The Jovan Alexandre Trio performs hard-bob and post-bop at 8 pm. On Sunday, Steinway Artist Robin Speilberg commands the Buttonwood piano at 3 pm, followed at 7 by comedy with the Make Believe Society Improv Show. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine has Wolf Harbor, On the Fritz, Gravity Senses, Strawberry Cheesesteak, and Stalemate tonight. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 showcases Mike Coppola and Friends, followed later by Dangerous Animals, Baka Fana, and more. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 is a CD Release Show with Bronson Rock, and at 8 Café Nine brings you The Helium Brothers and Phil Rosenthal. Details @

At New Haven's Toad’s Place tonight it’s another Bright Night Glow Party and EDM College Dance Party with loads of performers. Details @

At Hartford's Black-Eyed Sally’s tonight The Mighty Soul Drivers bring you classic Soul. On Saturday night the blues guitar virtuoso Jay Jesse Johnson takes Sally’s stage. Details @

Tonight Manic Productions presents Patton Oswalt and Myq Kaplan. On Saturday, it’s Foals, Bear Hands, and Kiev. On Sunday, it's The Beach Boys. All shows are at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Details @

At the Russell Library in Middletown, Saturday at 10:30 there’s a workshop on Revolutionary War Genealogy presented by the Wadsworth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; pre-registration is suggested. At 1:30 the FaReLa piano/cello Duo presents an Exotic Romanticism Concert. On Sunday at 2 pm there’s an Opening Reception in collaboration with the Art Guild of Middletown for the art, prose, and poetry exhibition that runs through the month. Details at

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents the Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert tonight & Saturday at 8 pm at the Patricelli ’92 Theater. Tonight, South African musician Derek Gripper performs at Crowell Concert Hall. They’re sponsoring a tour of the NYC Grolier Club Exhibit and Print Fair on Saturday. On Sunday, jazz guitarist Tony Lombardozzi performs at The Russell House at 3 pm. Details at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tonight you can enjoy folk and rock with Aztec Two-Step and Brewer & Shipley. Its blues and rock on Saturday with Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, appearing with The Gary Douglas Band. The Olate Dogs, winners of “America’s Got Talent,” come in on Sunday at 1 pm, followed by a late show with award-winning jazz artist Madeleine Peyroux. Details at

The 17th annual Connecticut Veterans’ Day Parade happens this Sunday in Hartford, starting at 12:30 pm at the Capitol Building and making its way through Bushnell Park. Details at

Also on Sunday at the MAC650 Artspace in Middletown, there’s acoustic soul music by Elizabeth Dellinger, Paul Bryant Hudson, Orice Jenkins and more at 8:30 pm, along with a local artisan market. Details on

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “A Man Called Ove,” (ooh-veh), a Swedish film about an isolated retiree whose life is changed by new neighbors. And tonight they open “Aquarius,” a Portuguese film about a widow fighting developers who try to evict her from her home. Both films run through Nov. 10.  Also continuing, through Sunday, is “Harry & Snowman,” a true Cinderella story about the transformative relationship between a Dutch immigrant and an Amish plow horse. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio tonight and Saturday is showing “Southside With You,” the story of the well-known first date in Chicago of a community organizer and his law firm supervisor who became the first black couple to occupy the White House. Sunday’s matinee offering is the Bolshoi Ballet production of Shostakovich’s “The Bright Stream.” They also open “The Battle of Algiers,” a 4K restoration celebrating the 50th anniversary of this Italian classic about Algeria’s war of independence. 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 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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