Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday 9-8-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Friday September 8th. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers talk radio from NPR and Pacifica, as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.

I'm Ben Michael, Thanks so much for joining us.
Here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this weekend.
At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown this evening, It’s folk, roots, and blues on Friday night with Davey O. and Stan Sullivan. On Saturday morning it’s the Aligned With Source Workshop. It’s a full bill the rest of the day as the Buttonwood celebrates the Main Street Stroll in Middletown. They host Jess Best with a songwriting workshop at 12:30 pm, and there’s a Drum Circle with Andrew Prue at 2 pm. Noah Baerman leads a Jazz Jam session at 2:30 pm, and from 4 pm on it’s Frank Varela with his 2ManJazzTrio concert, and art show. On Sunday, the NEAR and Far Storytellers is on deck at 2 pm. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday at 10:30 am.

At Middletown’s Russell Library The Friends (of the Library) Book Sale continues tomorrow/Saturday. Also tomorrow/Saturday, Russell Library opens the 7th annual Prison Arts Program exhibit in collaboration with Community Partners in Action. This year’s theme is Out Of Prison Making Art. September is no-fee month and you can bring in all your overdue items without penalty.
In New Haven at Café Nine tonight, there’s a Record Release Show on Friday for Rivener, appearing with Human Flourishing, Tick Hive, and Headroom. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Later Saturday night, it’s Dada, and The Trews. The Café Nine Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you The Live Ones, and The Begotten.
Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight/Friday, you can enjoy blues with Kosher Kid & The Incredible Amplifires. Tomorrow/Saturday, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez return to Sally’s. There’s a special early show on Sunday with Rockin’ Johnny Burgin performing traditional Chicago blues.

Manic Presents has Four Year Strong, Seaway, Like Pacific, and more at the Ball Room at The Outer space in Hamden, this Sunday.

On Sunday, The Mac 650 Gallery in Middletown invites you to enjoy live music by Remo Drive, Small Circle, and Cheem at 7 pm. Details at

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight/Friday, it’s Badfish, paying tribute to Sublime, appearing with Ian Biggs & the Ruckus, On the Fritz, and Chaser Eight.
 There are two nights of free salsa dancing in hartfrod tonight and tomorrow from 5 to 7 pm, brought to you in conjunction with the Arthur Murray Dance Centers.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, 10,000 Maniacs take the stage tonight/Friday at 8:30 pm. On Saturday, they host a Glow Pridefest Afterparty.

Wesleyan Center for the Arts sponsors the annual Bach to School concert tonight/Friday at 8 pm at Memorial Chapel.

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford brings you Glass Divide, One Part Human, and more tonight/Friday for the Dark Arts & Draughts celebration. On Saturday it’s the annual Warcockapalooza with 11 bands on 2 stages. It’s heavy rock on Sunday with The Midnight Ghost Train, appearing with Insano Vision and Subutai.

Oddfellows Playhouse in Middleton hosts an annual Open House this Saturday at 10 am as part of the Main Street Stroll. Meet the fall teaching team and explore all the opportunities the Playhouse offers for you and your family.

The Middlesex County Historical Society hosts its Company G Volunteer Infantry Preservation March this Saturday starting at 10 am at the General Joseph Mansfield House on Main St. Donations benefit the Mansfield House and Civil War battlefield preservation. Details at

The City of Middletown and Wesleyan University cosponsor the Main Street Stroll this Saturday starting at 10 am. There’s music, street performers, specialty workshops, free admission to the Kidcity Children’s Museum, and more, including an open house at WESU (from 11am-1pm). Inspired by Fete de la Musique, “The Mash”, highlights Wesleyan’s student music scene with multiple stages on campus this Saturday starting at 2 pm in conjunction with Stroll festivities.  A full schedule of the day’s events, including demos, open houses, and exhibits, is available at

It’s Second Saturdays for Families this week at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford with free admission, story-telling, music, and more.

The Middletown Recreation Division sponsors a morning hike at the Spiderweed Preserve this Saturday at 10 am. The E-mail address for information, or to register for the walk, is:

The North Haven Fair celebrates its 75th year this week with a full schedule of events Thursday through Sunday. Entertainment this year includes the Randy Kemp Trio on Thursday, Bad Mannerz and Grooveside on Friday, Pocket Full of Soul on Saturday, and the Cole Morson Band on Sunday. Full details at

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets are still going strong and offer an opportunity to pick up home-grown goods and support local growers. Middletown’s long running market on the South Green is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 1pm and Middletown’s North End Farmers Market is on Friday’s from 10am to 2pm. Cromwell’s market is on Fridays 4-7 pm; Durham is Thursdays 3-6 pm; and Glastonbury’s market happens Wednesdays 4-7pm,find more at

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Tonight, Hartford’s Real Art  open “Marjorie Prime,” about an aged widow using artificial intelligence to revisit her deceased husband. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues a run of “Wonder Woman,” which runs through Saturday. On Sunday it’s “Maudie,” a film about the Canadian outsider artist Maud Lewis. Check the website for full schedule and screening times.

The Hartford Free Movies in the Parks series is screening “Sing” at Dunkin Donuts Park this Saturday at 8 pm.

Now here's what's on the air tonight, on WESU:
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 Al Robinson and Deni 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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