Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday's Jive 04-07-17

Good afternoon, it's Friday, April 7th, 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, The Buttonwood Tree tonight Story City Troupe takes the stage for a night of stories about love, loss, joy and redemption. Saturday, Brian Friedland & Catherine Bent perform renditions of classic American and Brazilian folk tunes. Sunday the NEAR and Far Storytellers feature an open mic opportunity for anyone in the audience, as well as headliners later on. Details @

At MAC650 Gallery, 650 Main St. in Middletown, Rob Lundberg & Dave Scanlon are live at noon in a site-inspired music performance. Details @

Also in Middletown tonight, Art Farm presents Where Are We Now?: Race, Pride, Class and Inequity, a work in progress followed by a community conversation moderated by the Middlesex County Chapter of the NAACP. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour hosts Solin, performing covers and original work. Later Cory Branan, Daphne Lee Martin, and Christian Marrone, showcase their folk rock and country punk. Saturday's jazz jam is with Gary Grippo and friends, and later Drinkdeeply Presents Wess Meets West and The Traveler, Con Etiquette and City Streets Country Roads. "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee from Cygnus Radio, features Summer Edeen and Auguste & Alden. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, they headline Kung Fu: The Fez Tour offering one set of original Kung Fu music, as well as a Steely Dan set. Strange Machines also performs. Sunday features the funky sounds of Andrew Mcmahon In The Wilderness on his Zombies In America Tour, also featuring Atlas Genius and Night Riots. Details @

In Hartford tonight at Black-Eyed Sally’s get down with Wobblesauce, serving up a unique concoction of electronica, rock, and instrumental dance music. Saturday night Roberto Morbioli, a bluesman from Italy, performs on guitar. Details @

Saturday Manic Productions presents, in Hamden at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, Vieux Farka  Touré from Mali (often referred to as "The Hendrix of the Sahara"), Last Good Tooth, and José Oyola & The Astronauts. Meanwhile, moe appears at the College Street Music Hall. Details @

Sunday brings WESU’s Annual Spring Community record fair to Wesleyan’s Beckham Hall featuring dozens of vendors selling new and used music in all formats. Plus WESU DJ’s spinning vinyl live all day as well as WESU gear for sale and more!  Details @  

Here in town at Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, senior fine arts theses open this week in the Zilkha gallery, changing weekly for one month. Capstone theater productions as well as Senior Thesis Dance Concerts and Senior Music Recitals happen from through the weekend. Details @

At Infinity Hall in Hartford tonight, it’s the rock arena sounds of Foreigners Journey, classic rock featuring the works of thee bands Foreigner and Journey. Details @

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways ends the run of Kedi. a cat documentary filmed in Istanbul, with matinee shows Saturday & Sunday. Also, You’re Killing Me Susana is onscreen early evenings through next Thursday. Opening tonight is Frantz, set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War. This film recalls the mourning period that follows great national tragedies and tells the stories of those who are left to cope. The animated feature film, My Life as a Zucchini is the other weekend matinee. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford wraps up their April in Paris Film Festival 2017 tonight and tomorrow with the films Tip Top, School Of Babel, and Montreal La Blanche. Sunday early afternoon features the Bolshoi Ballet: A Hero Of Our Time. Later on Sunday they open a run of Toni Erdmann, a 2017 Oscar nominated film for Best Foreign Picture. 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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