Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday's Jive 04-21-17

Good afternoon, it's Friday, April 21st, 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.

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight they offer the contemporary jazz musical group, The Painters w/special guest Warren Byrd. Saturday at 10:30am is an Aligned with Source workshop hosted by Annaita Gandhy. In the evening, the jazz saxophone quartet Tetraptych (Tetra Pitch) performs. Sunday, from 3 to 5 pm, you can visit Pieces of the Moment, the abstract collage art exhibit by Bruce Blackman, which continues through the month. Details @

At the Russell Library in Middletown, The Survivors Swing Band brings you classic swing melodies on Saturday at 1:30. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour hosts Bronson Rock, followed later by Sean Rowe and That Virginia, courtesy of Manic Presents. The Saturday Jazz Jam session starts early at 4, and features the Nick DiMaria Quartet. Saturday evening’s headliner is Juliana Hatfield, appearing with Ports of Spain. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you The Dusk Whales, Brawlix, and Oberon Rose, followed by a Dance Party with Sex Beat and Kid Congo Powers. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, Yale’s African Arts and Culture Festival brings you Cosmic Homies and Oshun. There’s another Original Saturday Night College Dance Party on Saturday. The African Culture series continues on Sunday with Africa Into Jazz/Jazz Into Africa, featuring The Richard Bona Trio and The Randy Weston Sextet. Details @

In Hartford tonight at Black-Eyed Sally’s get down with Tom Guerra &The Mambo Sons. Saturday night The Healing Blues Band brings you music based on stories from the homeless. Details @

Tonight Manic Productions presents in Hamden at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, Kishi Bashi, Tall Tall Trees, and Olive Tiger. Legendary CT rock’n’rollers, Miracle Legion appear Saturday night. The Backyard Committee opens that show. Details @

Saturday brings The WESU Spring Record Fair to Wesleyan's Beckham Hall located at 55 Wyllys Ave. There will be vendors selling music in all formats, plus WESU gear for sale and WESU DJs spinning vinyl all day long. The record fair is free and open to the public from 11am to 4pm. with an opportunity for $5, for early bird crate diggers from 10-11am.  Details @  

At Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, presents the world premiere of “Islands: The Lost History of the Treaty that Changed the World,” tonight and Saturday at CFA Theater. The play explores colonialism and the US/Indonesia relationship. On Sunday at 7pm in World Music Hall is a senior music recital: William King’s Polymodal Inventions. Details @

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, an educational journey into the Beatles' creative process. Tonight they open Tomorrow, a documentary about concrete solutions to preserve humankind. It runs through April 27. Details & screening times at

Tonight and Saturday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing Lion, the true story of a search for a birth mother. National Theatre Live’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guilderstern Are Dead will be screened Sunday. Meanwhile, Raul Peck’s film on author, black activist and gay icon James Baldwin, I Am Not Your Negro, opens on Sunday. 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.

The written form for what you've heard on today’s Jive is online at

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