Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday's Jive 11-18-16

Good evening, it's Friday, November 18th, 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 7:30 pm, Story City Troupe has the floor. Saturday at 10:30am, Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source Workshop is “Channeling Higher Frequencies.” At 8 pm the Sue Lopes Quartet performs favorites from the Great American Songbook. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine features Lynn Malavolte & Friends for the 5pm early set. Later, Manic Productions presents Mount Moriah and Jake Xerxes Fussell. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, and later they headline Sammus, Ceschi, Laundry Day, and Siul Hughes. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 features Seth Adam and Frank Critelli, and on Sunday night they have Cheetah Chrome, The Lost Riots, and Zombii. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight it's Dave East, YFN Lucci, and Jus BeatZ. Saturday brings their annual Toys For Tots Benefit Concert, featuring Kung Fu, The Alpaca Gnomes, and the Funky Dawgz Brass Band. Details at

In Hartford tonight Black-Eyed Sally’s hosts the Michael Cleary Band with groove, funk, and rock. On Saturday, they headline the Alexis P. Suter Band with blues, soul, and rock. Details @

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents “Hoo-Ha,” with choreographer Darrell Jones, also in World Music Hall tonight and Saturday. Details at

This evening, Manic Productions presents Jonathan Richman, along with Tommy Larkins at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. On Saturday it’s the In Flames & Hellyeah: Forged in Fire Tour 2016 at The College Street Music Hall in New Haven, featuring Ashes to New, and Source. Details @

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Friends of the Library Book Sale happens this weekend through Sunday, and there’s Yoga in the Courtyard on Saturday at 11. Details @

At Infinity Hall in Hartford tonight it’s Jeff Pitchell, Charles Neville, and The Sheila Raye Charles Band. Saturday, you can catch Satisfaction, the world’s #1 Rolling Stones Tribute Band. On Sunday they host the Connecticut Humane Society Benefit featuring Charmagne Tripp’s Tribute to Whitney Houston. Details @

The Charter Oak Cultural Center presents on Sunday at 7, the Hartford Opera Theater's 7th annual New In November Festival, featuring original ten-minute operas. Details @

The Circophony Showcase happens tonight at 7 pm at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown. Enjoy the teen talent of this partnership between Oddfellows and ARTFARM. Details at

The 6th annual Hartford Harvest Market happens this Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm at the Knox Greenhouse in Hartford. Get fresh veggies and food from local vendors and enjoy music, arts & crafts for the kids, and more. Details at

And tune in to WESU tonight between 10 and 11:30 when Strickly Off the Head with DJ Commotion the Music Mixologist will be giving away tickets to see the Nov. 23 performance of Dizzy Wright at College Street Music Hall – listen for your chance to win.

Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Hartford’s Real Art Ways holds over its run of “A Man Called Ove,” (ooh-veh. Also continuing is “Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary,” a documentary about the two Harvard psychology professors and their renowned experiments with mind-expanding psychedelics. Tonight they open “Christine,” based on true events surrounding a news anchor whose life spirals out of control in 1970’s Florida. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio tonight and Saturday features “The Light Between Oceans,” the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who rescue an infant girl adrift at sea. Sunday’s National Theatre Live matinee is “Hamlet.” On Sunday night they open a run of “The Wanderers,” a 1979 drama about teenage rival gangs in 1963 Bronx. Details and screening times at 

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford screens a double feature this Saturday at 2 pm, including “Dreams,” a 1955 film about a Stockholm photographer who is the ‘other woman,’ and the 1966 film “Blow-Up,” starring Vanessa Redgrave as a London photographer who finds suspicious happenings in her work. The films complement their photo exhibition, “The Thrill of the Chase.” On Sunday at 2 pm you can see “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” a 1951 classic about an alien and his robot who land on earth after WWII to bring an important message to all nations. Details at

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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