Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday's Jive 04-28-17

Good afternoon, it's Friday, April 28th, 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.

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight features folk artists Kristen Graves and Natalie Gelman. Saturday at 10:30am is an Aligned with Source workshop hosted by Annaita Gandhy. In the evening, 71 Strings, Three Men, and a Concertina featuring Larry Kaplan, Dave Paton, and Tom White return with a special mix of contemporary songs and traditional music from around the world. Sunday, John Basinger continues his performance of Milton’s Paradise Lost, performing the epic poem from memory! Details @

The Russell Library in Middletown on Saturday at 10:30am, in Meeting Room 3, offers How to find a grant – where you can learn about Grants Databases available through the Russell Library. Saturday evening there's Yoga in the Hubbard Room. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features DW Ditty. Later, Go Kat Go! Presents The'S and Sasquatch, as well as Bloodshot Bill. Saturday's Jazz Jam Session is with Billy Cofrances. The Elm City Folk Festival brings in Michael Hunton, Oh Cassius, Rusty Things, The Can Kickers, and The Goddamn River to Café for the evening’s performances.  "The Sunday Buzz" matinee from Cygnus Radio presents Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles, with The Backyard Committee. Sunday night is music from The Wild Reeds and Blank Range Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, Badfish pays tribute to Sublime on The Herb & Legends Tour, playing alongside Roots of Creation, Ian Biggs & the Ruckus, and Tales of Joy. Details @

In Hartford tonight at Black-Eyed Sally’s Eliza Neals & The Narcotics bring their award-winning, blues-rock-soul sounds. Saturday night features Robert Frahm. Details @

Saturday Manic Productions presents in Hamden at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, Tokyo shoegaze rockers, Mono alongside Holy Sons. Sunday, you can see The Wild Reeds, an LA based band, with Blank Range at Cafe Nine. Details @

Tonight at 8 and again on Sunday at 4, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents the Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble in Crowell Concert Hall and through the weekend there are workshops and performances for the gathering of the CT Day of Percussion including Eli Fountain’s Percussion Discussion group. It’s all part of the 16th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend The Spring Dance Concert also is tonight at 8pm in the Patricelli '92 Theater. Details @

Circophony's Circus Indivisible opens tonight at 7 at the Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown for a 2 day run. This production is about communication, acceptance and working through differences and combines circus, dance, acrobatics and comedy to build connections across the communication gaps in our contemporary culture. Details @

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways opens a run of A Quiet Passion starring Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson, personifying the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Details & screening times at

Tonight and Saturday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford screens T2 - Trainspotting, depicting Edinburgh’s underworld and how it has changed as director Danny Boyle and the original cast drop in 20 years after Trainspotting’s original glory. Sunday, they screen Personal Shopper, the tale of a young American working as the personal shopper to an obnoxiously wealthy socialite in Paris, and trying to connect with her dead twin at the same time. It continues through Thursday. 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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