Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday's Jive 05-05-17

Good afternoon, it's Friday, May 5th, 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 Story City Troupe, with a night of storytelling. Saturday morning at 10:30 is the weekly Aligned with Source workshop. Saturday evening, it’s DenMar Jamz! with Carol Hahn. Sunday the theater troupe, Concrete Tomato, appears with History of the Future and Cloud 9. There is a new Gallery show, "Seeing the Unseen: Connecting to Creation" a display of Magic Realism by Phoebe Legere on display. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features Lynn Malavolte and Solin at 5pm. Later, there’s a CD release party for Kindred Queer. Dr. Caterwaul's Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps shares that bill. Saturday's weekly Jazz Jam is with Mike Coppola And Friends. Saturday night Jacques Le Coque, Dust Hat, and The Right Offs offer a night of rough, raw, fuzzy rock n' roll. "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee from Cygnus Radio features March & Beauty and Jellyshirts. The Stray Birds and Five in the Chamber play later on. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, the Spring Heeled Jack USA Record Release Party features The Doped Up Dollies and The Snails. Sunday night, AB-Soul’s YMF Tour makes a stop. Details @

In Hartford tonight at Black-Eyed Sally’s it’s Mixed Signals- Cinco De Mayo Party. On Saturday, Shaka & The Soul Shakers play with the Scissormen for some rockin' slide guitar. Details @

Tonight Manic Productions presents Twiddle and Sinkane at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Saturday, Manic Presents Mayday Parade: A Lesson In Romantics 10th Anniversary Tour with musical guests Knuckle Puck, and Milestones at the College Street Music Hall. Additionally on Saturday, Manic presents Preoccupations and Furnsss at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Sunday, The Cult and VOWWS take the stage at the College Street Music Hall. Details @

Sunday at 4:30p at the Ballroom at The Outer Space, Randy Burns and Jake Jacobs, two Greenwich Village folk rock singer/songwriter/storytellers from the NYC Village Music & Art Scene perform solo sets. Details @

At Wesleyan University in Middletown Heinrich Isaac performs “Hofkomponist to Emperor Maximilian I” tonight, followed by Wesleyan Korean Drumming and Taiko Ensembles in the Crowell Concert Hall. The Spring Faculty Dance Concert: Shake takes tonight and Saturday in the CFA Theater. You can see the Wesleyan University Orchestra Concert on Saturday in the Crowell Concert Hall. Details @

This Saturday, Cross Street AME Zion Church, Middlesex Chapter of NAACP, and Wesleyan University present a  College Fair And Admissions Workshop from 11 am – 3 pm at Cross Street AME Zion Church on West Street in Middletown.  Details @  860-344-9527 or 

State Representative Matt Lesser will host ARTFARM’s 7th Shakespeare Slam on Saturday at the Community Health Center in Middletown. This year’s theme is “Speak Truth To Power” and will feature over twenty performers raising funds to benefit ARTFARM's 2017 Shakespeare in the Grove production of Hamlet, which will run July 12 -23. Details about performing, sponsoring a performer, or attending Shakespeare Slam VII @, or email

This Sunday, brings The Cromwell Record Riot! to the Radisson Hotel from 9:30 AM until 3:30  PM. The event features over 45 dealer tables selling LP's. 45's, CD's, DVD's, collectibles, much more. Details @

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

Through next Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways is showing A Quiet Passion, starring Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson in this biopic. Tonight opens a run of Citizen Jane: Battle For The City, about the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Sunday RAW is also showing Buster Keaton’s silent classic The General - with live musical accompaniment. Details & screening times at

Tonight and Saturday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford presents The Oscar Nominated Short Films of 2017. Saturday evening, the Trinity Film Festival returns for the 6th year. Beginning Sunday and continuing through Wednesday, Cinestudio is showing Land of Mine, a story exploring the moment when war ends and the road to rediscovering one’s humanity begins. Details and screening times at 

Back here in Middletown, at Russell Library’s Hubbard Room on Saturday at 1 p.m., they are screening Ava DuVernay's film '13th', which links the 13th amendment to mass incarceration. Details @

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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