Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday's Jive 03-17-16

Good evening, it's Friday, March 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.

Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in the community this weekend.

In Middletown, at The Buttonwood Tree tonight, the duet of Joe Fonda & Satoko Fujii bring you experimental and thoughtful jazz. Saturday morning Annaita Ghandi’s Aligned with Source guided meditation takes place. Later, songwriters Eric Taylor and Dana Cooper perform. Sunday afternoon, the folk group Cricket Tell The Weather appears. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour hosts Stephanie Harris Austin, Te ri Lynn, and more with a full lineup of artists later on, featuring Glambat, Tuxis Giant, Teen Spaceship, and Underwear. Saturday's Jazz Jam Session features Tony DioGuardi & Friends. Saturday night’s line up features Little Lesley & The Bloodshots sharing a bill with Bopthrills.  "The Sunday Buzz" matinee headlines the Zoo Front 25th Anniversary Tour. Later Sunday night Café Nine presents a triple bill featuring True Will, Zombii, and Sunday Morning. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, it’s DJ Bucks Birthday Bash with reggae pop star, Shaggy. Saturday’s DMZ and 1 Shot Dealz perform at Toad’s. Details @

In Hartford tonight at Black-Eyed Sally’s it's the Chris O’Leary Band. Saturday’s headliner is blues singer Regina Bonelli, appearing with Michael Hill. Details @

Tonight, Manic Productions presents Tonight Manic Productions presents Movements, Firestarter, From States Away, and In Response at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. Saturday, they’ve got The Pietasters, The  Hempsteadys, and Dagwood there. Details @

At MAC650 Gallery in Middletown tonight at 7pm, it’s an evening with Jeremy Bass, guitarist from Berryville, Virginia. Tomorrow beginning at 6pm is the Pretty Lush Release Show featuring Nyr Mineva and others. Details @

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts’ Ezra & Cecile Zilkha Gallery hosts the Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition with an opening reception this Saturday from 5 to 6:30pm at the gallery on Washington Terrace. The exhibit runs through the end of the month and features hundreds of pieces of art created by city art students K-12. Details @

Tonight at Infinity Hall in Hartford, catch blues and rock with the Matt Zeiner Band featuring Baby Dynamite. On Saturday, its funk and world music with Red Baraat Festival of Colors. Details @

At the Russell Library in Middletown, there’s Tai Chi and Qigong on Saturday morning. Details @

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

On screen at Hartford’s Real Art Ways through next Thursday is the 2017 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature, I Am Not Your Negro, a film about James Baldwin. Opening tonight is a run of Kedi, a cat documentary filmed in Istanbul. This Sunday, they’re offering the 1959 classic Some Like It Hot, with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. There’s a post-film discussion. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing tonight and Saturday Woody Allen’s 1979 classic, Manhattan. The Sunday matinée is the Bolshoi Ballet’s performance of Stravinsky’s A Contemporary Evening. In the evening they open a run of Paterson, directed by Jim Jarmusch and starring Adam Driver as a New Jersey busman with a repetitive life. 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 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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