Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday's Jive 12-16-16

Good evening, it's Friday, December 16th, 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 a double bill with R&B artist Jim Shepley, and Brian May. Saturday morning it’s Annaita Gandhy’s Aligned With Source workshop at 10:30 am, with the theme of “Your Gifts.” At 1 pm there’s a Holiday Ornament Decorating event sponsored by Middletown’s Recreation Office. At 8 pm it’s An Allen Family Christmas with jazz renditions of your holiday favorites. There are two performances Sunday, at 3 and 7 pm, of Dylan Thomas’ classic “A Christmas in Wales,” brought to you by Connecticut Heritage Productions and featuring Peter Loffredo. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine features Tommy Doomsday for the 5pm early set. Later, it’s a Xmas Extravaganza featuring Shellye Valauskas, Experience, The Linemen, and Abbie Barrett. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, and the late show headlines Space Cadets, appearing with Todd Lewis Kramer. On Sunday at noon they’ve got A Country Christmas featuring The Hickups, followed by the Sunday Buzz Matinee at 4, Café Nine’s holiday party with The Cobalt Rhythm Kings and their 20th Anniversary Jam. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight it's the Marion Meadows Holiday Show, benefitting Project Music. On Saturday they headline Deadphish Orchestra, and Talking Dreads. Details @

In Hartford tonight Black-Eyed Sally’s it's the Ras Spectiv Band, celebrating the music of Bob Marley and more. On Saturday, there’s reggae funk with The Spiritual Rez. Details @

On Sunday at the Russell Library in Middletown there’s an Historic Sewing Circle at 1 pm for sewers, tailors, costumers, and designers. Details @

At Infinity Hall in Hartford tonight hear the jazz and rock offerings of Blood Sweat and Tears. On Saturday, it’s Kashmir, the Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute Band. Details @

There’s a Jazz Brunch with the Gwenath Douglas Trio this Sunday at 10:30 am at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. Details @

The Hartt School Community Division’s annual production of The Nutcracker happens this Friday through Sunday at the Millard Auditorium at the University of Hartford. Details @

The Artists Collective in Hartford presents its annual pre-Kwanzaa and Christmas celebration on Saturday from 2-5 pm with ensemble performances, vendors, and presentations. Details @

Connecticut Landmarks presents Victorian Christmas tours this Saturday and Sunday at the Butler-McCook House in Hartford. 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's seventh annual Winterfest continues. Enjoy free ice skating at Bushnell Park. Visit Santa’s workshop and get your photo taken on Saturday from noon to 3 pm. Details @

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

Today, Hartford’s Real Art Ways begins a run of “The Brand New Testament” a surreal comedy that begins with the conceit that God exists and he's a jerk. It runs through Dec. 22. And, in what has the makings of becoming the Harold and Maude of the early 21st century, they have held over once again, the Swedish film, "A Man Called Ove" for matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio presents “Baraka,” an exploration of spiritual expression from 24 countries. On Saturday at 1p there is an encore performance of National Theatre Live: No Man's Land in a live broadcast of the Harold Pinter masterwork. They’re screening the Bolshoi Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker” for a Sunday matinee, and continue with a traditional holiday offering of Frank Capra's “It’s a Wonderful Life” Sunday through Christmas Eve. Details and screening times at 

If you are looking for more information on the arts in Middletown, please visit the City's Facebook page 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 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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