Friday, December 23, 2016

Friday's Jive 12-23-16

Good evening, it's Friday, December 23rd, 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.

Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.
In Middletown, The Buttonwood Tree, along with many other venues, is closed for the holiday weekend. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine features Snake Hill Blues for the 5pm early set. Later, they are featuring a Holiday Hip-Hop showcase with Deuce Bug and more. They’re closed for the holiday weekend. Details @

Manic Productions tonight brings The Slackers, The Screw-Ups, and Rebuilder to The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight it's the John Valby XXX-Mas Show. Details @

In Hartford tonight Black-Eyed Sally’s it's Jake Kulak & The Lowdown. 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. Details @

And, here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues a run of “The Brand New Testament,” a French comedy about a contemporary God and his family who live in a high-rise apartment in Brussels, with matinee showings Saturday and again New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Beginning today, they’re screening “The Eagle Huntress,” a documentary about a thirteen-year-old girl who becomes the first female in her family to train for an eagle hunting festival in Mongolia. It continues through January 5th. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues the holiday tradition of screening “It’s a Wonderful Life” tonight, ending with a Saturday matinee at 2:30. They will be on hiatus until January 4. 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 to 7pm, it'll be Al Robinson & Deni Young with Free Talk Radio.

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 Cocomotion the Music Mixologist provides a live mixshow done on the fly or freestyle, with no pre-planned mixes or blends - R&B, old school, hip hop, rap and house.

From 11:30pm until 3am Saturday we go into serious 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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