Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday's Jive 12-02-16

Good evening, it's Friday, December 2nd, 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 it's Indigo Soul, a rhythm and voice trio with R & B, soul, and light pop. The Eric Mintel Quartet comes your way on Saturday at 8, performing A Charlie Brown Christmas in celebration of its fiftieth anniversary. On Sunday at 2 pm John Basinger performs a live reading of Book 2 from John Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” a continuation of the Paradise Lost Performance Project. Later at 7 pm, it’s the Great Make Believe Improv Show. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine features Frank Critelli for the 5pm early set. Later, it’s a Hip Hop for the Homeless event featuring Joey Batts and Them, Hose Oyola, and more. The Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola and Friends. Later it’s a records release show for Landing, appearing with Procedure Club, Rivener, and Solilians. Manic Productions finishes out the weekend for the Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3, featuring The Helium Brothers and Eddie Seville. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight it's Felly, Gyyps, Yonas, and The Mermaid Gang tour. Saturday it's the Original Saturday Night College Dance Party. On Sunday, in conjunction with the Yale Music Department, they host Jazz Into Africa/Africa Into Jazz with a variety of artists. Details at

In Hartford tonight Black-Eyed Sally’s it's blues with The Delta Generators. On Saturday, it’s more blues with Poppa Chubby. Details @

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts tonight at 7pm presents the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble performing a Javanese wayang puppet play in World Music Hall. There’s an African Drumming and Dance Concert at 8 pm in Crowell Concert Hall featuring Emmanual Attah Poku and the Kinewe African Dance ensemble from Tufts University. On Saturday at 8 pm the Wesleyan University Orchestra performs at Crowell Concert Hall. On Sunday at 2 pm they present the Worlds of Dance Concert at Crowell Concert Hall. At 3 pm on Sunday the Concert Choir performs a variety of selections at Memorial Chapel. Details @

This evening, Manic Productions presents Pete Yorn at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. On Saturday, it’s Turkuaz & The New Mastersounds at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Sunday at College Street is the Reverend Horton Heat, Unknown Hinson, Nashville P*ssy, and Lucky Tubb. Details @

At Infinity Hall in Hartford tonight hear Americana and roots rock performed by Rusted Root. On Saturday at 1:30 they bring you the University of Hartford’s Jazz Stars of Tomorrow. Later, at 8 pm, it’s pop and soul with Javier Colon, appearing with Laura Clapp. Sunday at 1 pm it’s the a capella Whiffenpoofs, with The Duke’s Men of Yale. Sunday night, it’s classic pop with Al Stewart. Details @

In Hartford, the Wadsworth Atheneum's Festivals of Trees and Traditions continues through the weekend. Details @

The Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Concert happens this weekend at the Aetna Theater at the Wadsworth Athenaeum. Details @

The Mark Twain House in Hartford hosts its annual free tour of the home and museum this Saturday and Sunday. Details @  

Artists for World Peace holds its third annual Open House this Saturday from 1-6pm at the deKoven House in Middletown. There will be live music, food, a holiday marketplace, and an interfaith dialogue on peace. Details @

The Middletown Recreation Division hosts a nature hike this Sunday at 10 am at Highland Forest, led by Beth Lapin. Call 860-262-2788 for details.

WESU's own Bill Denert will be at 95 Main Street, right next to Po's Rice and Spice Restaurant in East Hampton this Sunday for a book signing for his children's book, “Tales From the Little Valley.” Bill will be discussing his current book, along with news about his second book of the series to be published soon.

The Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown hosts its annual Holiday Market this Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm. Shop for holiday gifts including pottery, organic candles, clothing, and more. Details @

You can enjoy the Holiday Light Fantasia in Goodwin Park in Hartford throughout the season. Proceeds benefit Channel 3 Kids Camp. Details @

The City of Hartford sponsors its seventh annual Winterfest again this year starting today. Enjoy free ice skating at Bushnell Park. Visit Santa’s workshop and get your photo taken on Saturday from noon to 3 pm. Visit their Facebook page at Winterfest Hartford.

Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Hartford’s Real Art Ways has held over "A Man Called Ove" for Saturday and Sunday afternoon showings. Opening tonight and continuing through next Thursday are the films "Deconstructing the Beatles: The White Album"; and "Seasons", the tale of the long, tumultuous shared history of humankind with the natural world. Details & screening times at

Tonight and Saturday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio features “Denial,” starring Rachel Weisz as a historian sued for libel by a Holocaust denier. On Saturday there’s a free matinee showing of “Knucklehead,” about a mentally disabled man in Brooklyn’s housing projects, left unprotected after his brother is shot. There’s a Q & A session following. On Sunday they open “The Handmaiden,” a Korean film about a common pickpocket who meets a Japanese heiress. Details and screening times 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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