Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday's Jive 02-17-17

Good evening, it's Friday, February 17th, 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 going on in the community this weekend.
In Middletown, The Buttonwood Tree
tonight at 8 presents Derek Knott performing original Americana music. Opening the evening is Lamont Stevens. Saturday morning Annaita Ghandi’s Aligned with Source meditation is at 10am. Saturday afternoon there’s a reception for Rick Silberberg’s gallery show, The Re-Visible Man, which is on display through February 26th. Saturday night, The Uri Shaham Trio makes for a night of Jazz. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine features Solin for this evening's 5pm early set. Later it's Xenia Rubinos with Olive Tiger. Saturday's weekly Jazz Jam Session features Tony Dioguardi & Friends, this week. Saturday night, Go Kat Go! Presents a night of Surf and Garage rock with a triple Bill featuring La Tunda, 9th Wave, & The Clams. This Sunday, Audrey Campbell performs the Cygnus Radio afternoon Buzz session while The George Lewis Trio is slated to perform in this week’s Original Sunday evening Blues Jam. Details @

Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight welcomes the The17th Yale Black Solidarity Conference presenting: IAMSU. Details @

In Hartford tonight at Black-Eyed Sally’s, John Nemeth brings his take on classic soul and R&B. Saturday night New York State Blues Hall of Famer, Murali Coryell performs. Details @

Saturday Manic Productions presents Lake Street Dive and Joey Dosik at the College Street Music Hall, with another Manic show featuring Switchfoot & Relient K playing there on Sunday. Meanwhile, Moon Hooch and Honeycomb are on stage at The Ballroom at Outer Space this Sunday as well. Details @

Cherry Street Station in Wallingford offers music this weekend. Details @ or find them on Facebook.

At Wesleyan University, The Center for the Arts presents the New England premiere of texts&beheadings/ElizabethR by Karen Coonrod, a production of A Compagnia de’ Colombari. This theatrical production offers a fractured portrait of Elizabeth I of England inspired by James Joyce and Gertrude Stein. The performance is tonight at 8 in the CFA Theater. This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part XI will be performed by Mr. Bruce at Crowell Concert Hall this Sunday. Details @

On Saturday afternoon at 2p, ArtFarm will be presenting the public premiere of its newest touring performance – Isaac Newton’s Little Apple Circus at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington St., in Middletown. Details @

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

On screen at Hartford’s Real Art Ways this weekend are all the Oscar Nominated Shorts of 2017. Also showing on Saturday & Sunday is The Eagle Huntress. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford ends their run of Denzel Washington’s Fences on Saturday evening. On Sunday there is an encore showing of National Theatre’s live Saint Joan. Opening later Sunday and continuing through February 22nd, is the classic Japanese food film, Tampopo, restored in 4K from the original 1987 camera negative. 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 6:30pm, it'll be Wild Wild Live! with Michelle & Alex and that Wesleyan music scene.

6:30 to 7 is the Middletown Youth Radio Project, 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 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 2am Saturday we go into serious OVERDRIVE w/Clarence & Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

From 2 until 4am 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.

The Hour of Slack from The Church of the SubGenius Radio Ministry covers the hour from 4 to 5am with a compendium of the best and newest from all SubGenius radio & stage shows, bands, ranters, media barrage collage artists, plus the weirdest of the indie audio underground.

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.

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