Friday, November 11, 2016

Friday's Jive 11-11-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, November 11th - Veterans Day, 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, Sinan Bakir Trio performs new compositions and jazz standards. Saturday at 10:30am, Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source Workshop is “Choosing Your Legacy.” At 8pm singer/songwriter Patti Rothberg performs, appearing along with multi-instrumentalist Kristin Hoffman. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine features Victor Roland for the 5pm early set. Later, Manic Productions presents Honus Honus, and Lea. The Weekly Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Gary Grippo & Friends and in the evening, The Long Ryders take the stage with Elison Jackson. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 headlines Max Loignon, and Sunday night Café Nine concludes the weekend with Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, along with Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones. Details @

In Hartford tonight Black-Eyed Sally’s hosts a CD Release Party with Mambo Sons. On Saturday, Grammy-winning guitarist Paul Nelson and his band take Sally’s stage. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight they bring you Atmosphere and the Freshwater Fly Fishermen Tour. Details @

This evening, Manic Productions presents Paper Route, Halfnoise, and Bonsai Trees at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. Saturday Manic presents the Soil & the Sun, OWEL, Clouty And The Imagine Nation, and Audio Jane, at the Ballroom. Sunday they headline the Reel Big Fish ‘Turn the Radio Off’ 20th Anniversary Tour, with Masked Intruder and Stacked Like Pancakes, at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Details @

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Wadsworth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is accepting applications and will help you locate a patriot ancestor on Saturday at 10:30am. On Sunday at 2 they present Tellabration! with storyteller and master puppeteer Marilyn O’Connor Miller's program, “Just Desserts.” Details @

At Infinity Hall in Hartford tonight the Average White Band offers Funk, R&B, and Soul. On Saturday, singer/songwriter Jonathan Edwards takes the stage. On Sunday you can catch Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy presenting the Remember Keith Emerson Tour with the music of Emerson Lake & Palmer. Details @

The Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford opens its Read It And Sleep series today at 7pm with a reading of “Chicken in Space.” The event is free, and the first 25 kids admitted will receive a free copy of the book. On Saturday at 2 they’re screening Suzanne Bachner’s “The Good Adoptee,” followed by a post-show talkback with the creators. They host the yearly commemoration of Kristallnacht this Sunday at 5 pm. Details @

The Wadsworth Atheneum holds its Second Saturdays for Families tomorrow featuring free admission, music, storytelling and more. Details @ 

Artists in Real Time present Open Studio Hartford this Saturday and Sunday. It’s a self-guided tour of the artistic neighborhoods of the city. There’s free parking, shuttle buses, and more. Details @

Music For Giving, a concert to benefit local social services, is happening this Sunday at 4 pm at First Church Middletown. This family event features the music of Harry Chapin performed by Grammy Award-winner Bill Pere, Kay Pere, and the LUNCH Ensemble. Details at

This Sunday at 4pm, three inspirational artists Peter Yarrow, Kristen Graves and Frank Waln with The Sampson Brothers will perform at Simply Smiles’ “There is an AlterNative” benefit Concert at The Quick Center For The Arts in Fairfield to raise support for a Lakota community on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. Simply Smiles is a not-for-profit organization that provides bright futures for impoverished children, their families, and their communities. From the prairies of an Indian reservation in South Dakota to the remote mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico, Simply Smiles and its volunteers provide food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education, infrastructure, jobs, hope, and solutions. Details @

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,”. Tonight they open “Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary,” with Robert Redford narrating the life stories of these 2 Harvard physchology professors renowned for their experiments with mind-expanding psychedelics. It runs through Nov. 17. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues their annual Eros Film Festival tonight with “The Watermelon Woman”, Saturday at 2pm with “Arianna” and Saturday at 7:30pm with “Being 17”. Sunday they begin a run of The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years". 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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