Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday's Jive 03-24-16

Good evening, it's Friday, March 24th, 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 storyteller, troubadour and songwriter Don White takes the stage. Saturday morning’s Aligned with Source workshop is followed later that night by folk artists Lisa Bastoni and Naomi Sommers. Sunday afternoon, John Basinger presents Book III of Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour hosts Lynn Malavolte & DW Ditty. The late show features Ian Fitzgerald & Something Else, Lys Guillorn, and James Maple. Saturday's weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Billy Cofrances. The night’s main event features Cash’d Out and Slim Francis. "The Sunday Buzz" hosts a book signing with Chip McCabe, along with Canyon and Frank Critelli. The Sunday Blues Jam brings you the George Lewis Band. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, they headline The Knocks, appearing with Bipolar Sunshine and Gilligan Moss. Saturday brings you another Original Saturday Night College Dance Party. Details @

In Hartford tonight at Black-Eyed Sally’s catch some dirty punk reggae with Danny Pease and the Regulators. Duppy Conquerors, a Bob Marley tribute band, perform  Saturday night. Details @

Multi-genre dance performances take place this weekend at HarttWorks, the Hartt School Community Division’s annual celebration of local student talent. It’s happening at the Millard Auditorium at the University of Hartford campus. Details @

The Middletown Art Academy and WESU’s own J Cherry celebrate World Water Day this Sunday at 1:30 at the Academy’s Main St. location. Enjoy an exhibit and presentations, performance art, and a water blessing ceremony. Details @

This is the final weekend of the Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition hosted by Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts’ Ezra & Cecile Zilkha Gallery on Washington Terrace. The exhibit features hundreds of pieces of art created by city art students K-12. Open tonight until 7 and from 1 to 4 on Saturday & Sunday. Details @

At the Russell Library in Middletown, yoga in the Hubbard Room happens Saturday, and on Sunday enjoy music and clogging by the Atwater-Donnelly Trio. Details @

At Infinity Hall in Hartford tonight, Pink Talking Fish bring you the Dark Side of Gamehendge.  On Saturday it’s Moondance: The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Show. Meanwhile at infinity Hall Norfolk, tonight hear Vance Gilbert w/ Kerri Powers. Saturday Jeff Pevar takes that stage. Sunday at the Norfolk location they feature the Southern New England High School Jazz Festival. At 1pm you can catch Berlin and Simsbury High Schools followed by Middletown and Farmington High Schools at 4pm.
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. Also continuing a run through next Thursday is Kedi, a cat documentary filmed in Istanbul. This Sunday, for their ongoing Cinema 101 series, they’re offering the 1970’s classic M*A*S*H, directed by Robert Altman. The film is followed by a discussion. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues showing, through Saturday, Martin Scorsese’s Silence about missionaries trying to keep Christianity alive in 17th-century Japan. The Midnight Movie tonight is the animated Japanese film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. There’s a hint of spring in the Sunday screening of The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism, and they open a run of Julieta, a Spanish film about motherhood, passion, and loss. 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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