Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday's Jive 01-12-18

Good evening, it's Friday, January 12th, 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.
Tonight at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, you can enjoy the folk duo, The Promise is Hope. The Aligned with Source Workshop and Meditation happens Saturday morning. The rhythm and voice trio, Indigo Soul, takes the Buttonwood Tree stage Saturday afternoon. On Sunday evening it’s the NEAR and Far Storytellers, and The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings.  All Month you can enjoy the art exhibit, Mystic Collages, by featured artist Flo Bartosiak. Details @

The Russell Library in Middletown is closed on Sunday and Monday for the Martin Luther King holiday. Details @

The 2nd Friday Swing and Blues Dance hosted by JC Noble takes place beginning at 7:30pm at Vinnie’s Jump & Jive, Main St., Middletown. Details @

The Mac 650 Gallery & Artist Co-Op in Middletown hosts Fat Randy on Saturday. Details @

New Haven’s Café Nine Friday 5pm Happy Hour performance features Lynn Malavolte, and the night’s main event features The Refectory, Hylda, Sullust, and Stone Titan. Saturday’s weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends, and the late show headlines Will Dailey, appearing with Ayrhill. The Sunday Buzz Matinee is a Songwriter Series with Chris Berardo and more, and the evening show is Sex Beat with DJ Kid Congo Powers.Details @

In Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight they have singer/songwriter Pat O’Shea and his band. It’s blues and more on Saturday with Kosher Kid & The Incredible Amplifires. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, it’s Riders On The Storm, The Electric Lady Band, Little Us, and more. And on the Lilly’s Pad stage you can catch the Too Far Promo Show. They’ve got Opus’ Blizzard B-Day Bash on Saturday featuring Fatal Portrait, Earth, and Jasta, along with Metal Karaoke and Soldiers of Solace in Lilly’s Pad. Details @

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

Infinity Hall brings you Americana, country and more with Neko Case tonight, appearing with Mt. Joy. On Saturday, they’ve got Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones Tribute Band. Details @

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford hosts Brandon Mabry’s Birthday Bash on Saturday with Slip & Fall, Matt and the Marauders, Honch, and more. Details @

Manic Presents is at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven this weekend. Tonight, it’s Guster, Mates of State, and The Zambonis, and on Saturday you can catch Rebelution, Raging Fyah, and DJ Mackle. Details @

At the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown, the NAACP Youth Committee presents a workshop for high school students, Writing the College Essay, Saturday at 9 am. They’re hosting a CT Writing Groups Meetup on Sunday at noon, for writers looking for critique partners, writing groups, and beta readers. Details @

The Middlesex Music Academy in Middletown offers ukulele classes for both beginners and intermediates on Saturdays, led by Karen Hogg. Details @

Artists for World Peace brings their 6X6 PEACE Wall to Bethany this Saturday from 1 to 4 pm at the Clark Memorial Library. Artists are invited to create a canvas, or come to purchase one. Proceeds support the Native Eyes Project. Details @

It’s Second Saturdays for Families this week at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, offering free admission, music, and more. Details @

Congregation Adath Israel in Middletown hosts “A Jewish A Cappella Concert – Elephants & Towels” featuring the groups Magevet and Shir Appeal on Sunday at 1pm at the synagogue at 8 Broad St. The event is free and open to the public. Details @ 860.346.4709

The Connecticut Historical Society invites you to their ongoing exhibit of strange objects connected to our state’s material culture, That’s Weird, happening every Saturday. Details @

And, here's our rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues The Florida Project, about a family in a budget motel near Disney World and Loving Vincent is the weekend matinee. The other matinee feature is Battle of the Sexes, the tennis battle between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. Opening today at 5:15 is In the Fade (Aus Dem Nichts), a German film about a mother who loses her child in a neo-Nazi bomb attack. Details & screening times @

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is screening “Murder on the Orient Express” tonight and Saturday, with an all-star cast including Penelope Cruz and Dame Judi Dench. On Sunday they reprise “Loving Vincent,” an animated feature about the iconic artist. Details & screening times @ 

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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