Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday's Jive 02-09-18

Good evening, it's Friday, February 9th, 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, Windborne presents Song of the Times, songs of people’s rights from the past 400 years. Saturday evening The Rosemary Minkler Trio returns to the stage with pop and jazz. The NEAR and Far Storytellers featuring Joe Flood perform on Sunday. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday morning. Details @

At 6 pm today, the Russell Library in Middletown presents an opening reception for the art exhibition by Pierre Sylvain, “Fantastical Journey: Voodoo, Slavery, Jazz.” The exhibit runs through March. On Saturday morning you can explore French and Spanish language classes for kids.  They also are running an online auction fundraiser. Details @

New Haven’s Café Nine Friday 5pm Women in Music Happy Hour features Stephanie Brown, Sara Witham, Denise Ortiz, and Vangie Durst. The late show features James Mauri and the Black River Stones, Fiction, and Black River Union. Saturday’s weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Later, there’s a Record Release Show for The Shellye Valauskas Experience and special guest Jon Auer. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features The Furors, The Sawtelles, and Jellyshirts, followed by a Sex Beat Dance Party with DJ Kid Congo Powers in the evening Details @

In Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight it’s a Blues Hall of Fame Showcase. Saturday’s headliner is Avenue Groove. Details @

On Sunday, Toad’s Place in New Haven presents Papadosio and Aqueous. Details @

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

Infinity Hall Hartford tonight presents Big Eyed Phish, a Dave Matthews Band Tribute band. It’s Americana on Saturday with Shelby Lynne Allison & Allison Moorer and there’s bluegrass and more on Sunday with The Ghost of Paul Revere and The Penniless Wild. Tonight at Infintiy Norfolk you can catch The Zolla Boys, Gracie Day & The Knights, and Auguste & Alden. Saturday, it’s Mary Lambert’s Everybody is a Babe Tour performing. Details @

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford presents Outside My Head, Imbroglio, Disease Party, and Destination Dimension tonight. On Saturday, it’s Values, and Fateless, appearing with To Fear The Fall and The Devil Inside. Details @

Vinnie’s Jump and Jive in Middletown hosts a swing lesson tonight at 7:30 along with music by Java Groove, a big sound trio playing swing, jazz, and ballads. Details @
Sol Y Canto, a national Latin Ensemble featuring Rosie Amador, performs Saturday at 3 pm at the Middletown Performing Arts Center at the Middletown High School, sponsored by the Greater Middletown Concert Association. Details @

Trinity College brings Concora, an ensemble of Connecticut choral artists, back this Sunday at 4 pm to perform Masses: Ancient and Modern in the College Chapel. Details @

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents tonight at 8 in the CFA Theater, the Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group premiering the new dance work, Citizen. On Sunday, the West End String Quartet performs at Crowell Concert Hall at 3 pm. Details @

Tonight Manic Presents brings José González and Bedouine to the College Street Music Hall . At the Space Ballroom on Sunday it’s Tiny Moving Parts, Mom Jeans, and Oso Oso. Details @

The 6th annual Hartford Art Sled Derby is schedule for this Saturday at 11 am at Elizabeth Park. Details @

The Connecticut Science Center in Hartford hosts a Science Straight Up cocktail hour today at 5:30 with the theme, Your Brain in Love. Enjoy dance lessons, comedy, and the new butterfly exhibit, or examine a real brain. Details @

The MAC650 Gallery & Artist Co-Op in Middletown presents live music tonight with Mandala, Hit Like a Girl, Spit-take, and Liv Lombardi & Queer Choir. Details @

Baby Grand Jazz at the Hartford Public Library presents the John Kordalewski Trio this Sunday at 2 pm. Details @

And, here's our rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues their extended run of Loving Vincent. Tonight they open their annual Oscar Nominated Short Films series over the weekend with all three categories showing: Live Action and Animation and Documentary. Details & screening times @

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing Wonder tonight and Saturday. On Sunday they open a run of the 1942 classic love story, Casablanca. Details & screening times @ 

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford is screening Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, throughout the weekend. Also screening is No Date, No Time, about a coroner who examines the corpse of a young accident victim. 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 DJ Balsamic & DJ Pig in the City 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 12:30am 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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