Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday's Jive 10-06-17

Good afternoon, it's Friday, October 6th, 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.
It’s an evening of storytelling tonight at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown with Story City Troupe. On Saturday morning they host the Aligned With Source Workshop, and in the evening it’s a double bill with guitarists/composers Hiroya Tsukamoto and Dana Merritt, who bring along story-telling and poetry too. On Sunday afternoon it’s more stories from NEAR and Far Storytellers with Jim Harriman and Carolyn Stearns, including an Open Mic session. The month-long Art Show features the work of Bonnie Byrne LeMay Details @

At the Russell Library in Middletown, you can hear poetry beginning at 5:30 today as they present Laureates of Connecticut featuring Middletown’s laureate, Susan Allison and CT state laureate Rennie McQuilken. Also, the library is again offering Sunday hours from 1-4 pm. Details @

New Haven’s Café Nine Friday Happy Hour brings you Snake Hill Blues, followed later by an Opening Reception for Katro Storm’s new exhibition, “Commissions,” and music with the George Baker Band. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola and Friends, and the late show has The Real Kids, Daddy Long Legs, and Jacques Le Coque. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features Wild Ponies and Anne Marie Menta, followed by a late show with Grace: Tribute to Jeff Buckley. Details @

Manic Presents brings Metz and Slow Death on Saturday to The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. At the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, they have Broken Social Scene and Frightened Rabbit tonight.  Details @

In Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight
it’s guitarist/singer Nick Schnebelen. On Saturday, its roots and more with Chris Bad News Barnes. Details @

Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight it’s another Bright Night Glow Party. Sunday’s show brings you RDX, Yardyyy Cashflow, and more. Details @

The Hartford Jazz Society offers details on many events, including a comprehensive list, chock full of weekly events featuring jazz. Details @   

Tonight at Infinity Hartford it’s The Spirit of Johnny Cash featuring Harold Ford and Saturday, it’s country rock with The Firefalls. At Infinity Norfolk tonight, it’s the David Bromberg Quintet and Saturday they’ve got Leo Kottke on stage. Details @

Wesleyan University’s Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life presents Light of the Blind, a series of workshops, colloquia, and concert performances through Saturday at various campus locations. The series highlights the healing power of music in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, and offers a forum for conversations between the American and Vietnamese-American communities. The series highlight is a concert of Xam Street Music on Saturday in Crowell Concert Hall. The Center for the Arts sponsors Abraham.In.Motion, returning to campus to premier their new dance work, Dearest Home, on Saturday at CFA Theater. Details @

At the Mac650 Gallery & Artist Co-Op in Middletown, you can catch a Jared Knapik Release Show on Saturday with NYR, In Response, and more. Details @

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford features Bathhouse Betty, Goat Herder, and more tonight. On Saturday it’s the return of Damn Broads! featuring The Deacons, Productive Member, and more all-female bands. On Sunday they bring you Kill Your Idols, Reason To Fight, and more. Details @

Middletown's Westfield Community Carnival runs through Sunday.  Located behind the Westfield Fire Department on Smith St, the free carnival offers family fun and musical entertainment with rides and games, craft and food vendors, and musical entertainment by CJ West and The Downtown Train, Prelude, and the Middletown Symphonic band. Details @

Middletown’s Recreation Division invites you to an outdoor hike at Higby Mountain this Saturday from 10 am to 1:30 pm. Due to the difficulty of the terrain, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. E-mail for details and registration.

The annual Night Fall celebration takes place this Saturday from 2 to 9 pm at Bushnell Park in Hartford. It features artists, performers, and more providing enjoyment and fun for the entire family. Details @

The WESU Fall Community Record Fair happens this Sunday from 11am - 4pm at Wesleyan’s Fayerweather-Beckham Hall, 55 Wyllys Ave Middletown. Featuring dozens of record dealers from across the northeast, selling tens of thousands of new & used records, CDs, cassettes, music memorabilia & more. Plus there will be WESU gear for sale and as always.... WESU DJs will be spinning vinyl sets, all day long! It is free to attend but for $5, early birds can gain admission between 10-11am and beat the crowd. WESU Community Record Fairs are biennial fundraising events that WESU depends on to help pay the bills.  We hope to see you there! You can also donate your old records to WESU to support the station. Details @

This weekend is the Portland Agricultural Fair, running Friday through Sunday on the Exchange Club Grounds just over the river from Middletown on Rt.17A. Highlights include truck and tractor pulls with a mud ditch run as well as animal husbandry and other agricultural exhibits and a music stage and a fireworks display Sat. night! Music highlights include Eight to the Bar, Old School Revue, Mixed Signals, and the Great Hill Mountain Band. Details@

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets are still active. Enjoy home-grown goods and support local growers. Middletown’s long running market on the South Green is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am to 1 pm and Middletown’s North End Farmers Market is on Friday’s from 10 am to 2 pm. Cromwell’s market is on Fridays 4-7 pm; and Glastonbury’s market happens Wednesdays 4-7 pm, details and full listings @

And, here's our rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Hartford’s Real Art Ways today at 5p opens a run of The Nile Hilton Incident, an Egyptian movie about a murder in Cairo, and, later at 7:10p Walk With Me, a peek inside the Zen Buddhist monastery of Thich Naht Hahn. The afternoon film is Wind River, a chilling thriller. All films run through next Thursday. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues the run of Dunkirk, about Allied forces trapped by the Germans in WWII, through the week. On Sunday they open a restored version of the 1979 Russian science fiction classic, Stalker. 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 Babe and Beth expounding on that Wesleyan music scene.

And from 6:30-7pm catch the Middletown Youth Radio Project, a weekly radio program 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 Sista Queen T - offering 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.

Bridging the night to the morning hours, from 11:30pm to 12:30am you’ll have An A and a B with DJ N following the premise that every band has its hits - and a multitude of unknown, hidden gems. Songs played per band (70s-2000s rock) seek to highlight this dichotomy.

From 12:30pm until 3am Saturday we go into serious OVERDRIVE w/Clarence & Shantay Scott - offering the best urban contemporary, hip hop, and traditional gospel music on the planet!

From 3 until 5am 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.

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.

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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