Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday's Jive 07-28-17

Good afternoon, it's Friday, July 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 hosts West-African jazz fusion with singer/dancer Lorens Chuno. On Saturday morning it’s the Aligned With Source Workshop, and the evening brings you jazz with the Rosemary Minkler Trio. Details @

In New Haven at Café Nine, tonights Happy Hour is with The Buttondowns, followed by the night show headlining The Hymans. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Billy Cofrances. The late show’s got The Zambonis, The Stents, and Dust Hat. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Sez Zion, and they round out the weekend with the George Lesiw Band on Sunday night. Details @

Tonight in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s it’s Brooklyn swamp music with the Michael Louis Band from New York City. Saturday’s headliner is the Liza Colby Sound with good old rock ‘n’ roll. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight it’s
another Bright Night Glow Party. Details @

At the Russell Library in Middletown on Saturday morning there’s Yoga in the Courtyard, and they continue the hands-on fiddling tutorial sponsored by the Connecticut Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club. Details @

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford tonight presents Half Dragon, Pinto Graham, Holding On To Nothing, and ThunderPhunk. On Saturday it’s Part 2 of their 20th Anniversary Celebration, with a fundraiser for a new roof. Details @

Infinity Hall in Hartford brings folk rock tonight as part of their Backyard Music Series, with The Penniless Wild, The Girls from Ruby Falls, and Belle of the Fall. Enter the Haggis comes your way on Saturday with folk and world music. Details @
It’s the last weekend of the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival tonight through Sunday on the grounds of the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford. Enjoy the Capital Classics’ production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”  Details @

The Middletown Commission on the Arts Kids Arts program & Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater present “Another Circus History of Middletown” today at 5 pm at Spencer Elementary School on Westfield St. Raindate is Saturday at 5. Enjoy circus acts, clowning, puppets and more. Details @

There’s free Music Among the Memorials today at 6 pm at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Enjoy the bluegrass band Five in the Chamber. Rain date is Saturday, same time. Details @

The Middletown Commission on the Arts and Price Chopper sponsor a free Summer Dance Performance by the Connecticut Ballet this Saturday in Chapman Hall at Middlesex Community College at 7:30 pm. Stay for a talk-back with performers afterward. Details @

The Connecticut Historical Society hosts an all-day hands-on history workshop for teens this Saturday, Introduction to Photography with professional photographer Marc-Yves Regis, at their Hartford location. Details @

Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford brings you the Hartford Steel Symphony, a steel drum/West Indies music group, as part of their free Summer Courtyard Series this Saturday at 1:30 pm. Details @

Toivo is sponsoring an intimate evening with actress Jessica Pimentel from the hit show “Orange Is The New Black” on Saturday at 7 pm at the Lyceum Resource and Conference Center in Hartford. RSVP is required. Call 860-296-2338 X 113.

Artists for World Peace presents their 5th Annual Dance for Peace this Sunday at 5 pm at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook.  World-class local and regional dancers will perform. Details @

Also Sunday, Manic Presents brings Moose Blood, Choir Vandals, and McCafferty to The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Details @

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets are open. Enjoy home-grown goods and support local growers. Open now are: Middletown’s North End Farmers Market on Friday’s from 10am to 2pm, as well as Middletown’s long running market on the South Green on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 1pm. Cromwell’s market is on Fridays 4-7 pm; Durham, Thursdays 3-6 pm; and Glastonbury, Wednesdays 4-7pm, Plainville Fridays 3-6 pm, and Berlin Saturdays, 9-1 pm. Details @

And, here's our rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of "Lost in Paris" through Aug. 2nd. Today they open “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography,” a movie celebrating her thirty-five year career. Their Afternoon Movie through Aug. 1st is Sofia Copolla’s remake of “The Beguiled,” starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell. Details & screening times at

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford opens “Maurice,” a 4K restoration of the 1987 classic about British aristocracy. It runs through the weekend. Their National Theatre Live screening Sunday is “Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika.” Details and screening times at 
The Hartford Free Movies in the Parks series brings you “Beauty and the Beast” this evening at Bushnell Park at 8 pm. 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 7pm, it'll be Free Talk Radio with Deni and Al Robinson addressing news, politics, entertainment & weather and featuring listeners’ call-ins.

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 Commotion 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 theBBC World News - a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation, and Pacifica

And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6 to 7am it’sthe 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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