Friday, March 9, 2018

Friday's Jive 03-09-18

Good evening, it's Friday, March 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 in Middletown at The Buttonwood Tree it’s gypsy reggae music with HannaH’s Field. The Aligned with Source Workshop & Meditation is Saturday morning, and the evening show they have world music from HEARD. The NEAR and Far Storytellers are in on Sunday afternoon. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday morning. Details @

At the Russell Library in Middletown Saturday morning, authors Frances Moulder and Juan Goglio will be there as part of the ongoing Authors 06457 series. The Friends Book Sale happens through Sunday. The exhibit by Pierre Sylvain, “Fantastical Journey: Voodoo, Slavery, Jazz,” runs through the month. Check the website for more activities and offerings for patrons of all ages. Details @

New Haven’s Café Nine Friday’s Happy Hour features DW Ditty at 5pm. The late show at features JJ Thames & The Violet Revolt, along with Slim Francis.  Saturday’s weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. That evening its Grant-Lee Phillips, Phillip B Price, and Frank Critelli. There’s a St. Patrick’s Day Parade Party on Sunday with Jovial Crew. Details @

In Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight it’s The Blues Project, with a mix of older styles. On Saturday it’s the Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase. Details @ 

The Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown hosts Colleen Kelly Alexander Saturday to discuss her memoir, “Gratitude in Motion”. Details @

The Wadsworth Atheneum hosts its monthly Second Saturdays for Families this weekend with free admission, storytelling, music, and more. Details @

Infinity Hall Hartford presents Runa with Celtic roots music. On Saturday, they have comedian Colin Quinn’s show: One in Every Crowd. On Sunday, it’s gospel and R & B with Avery Sunshine. Meanwhile Infinity Hall Norfolk presents Americana icon John Sebastian tonight. Saturday they feature guitar man Eric Johnson with Original Band Members Tommy Taylor & Kyle Brock plus special guest Arielle. Details @

On Saturday, Manic Presents comedian Demetri Martin at College St. in New Haven. Meanwhile at The Space Ballroom in Hamden Manic Presents Cro-Mags, Slavestate, Restraining Order and Wolfhead for a loud rock show on Saturday. Details @

Tonight and Saturday Artfarm and Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown present Circophony’s production of “As You Wish,” a combination play/circus comedy performance, at the Playhouse. They also continue auditions for upcoming programs Wednesday. Details @ 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight it’s J Boog, Jesse Royal, and Etana on stage. On Sunday, they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Dicey Riley, Zoe Darrow performing Celtic rock.. Details @

The MAC650 Gallery & Artist Co-Op in Middletown has Dr. Martino, Dog Lagoon, Waveform, Snowpiler & Cherry St. Station in Wallingford brings you Hiss the Villian, Record Affair, 20th of Feb, and more tonight. On Saturday, it’s the Prozacs, Easy Killer, Crimespree, and more. Sunday it’s the annual St. Paddy’s Parade After-Party. Details @

Baby Grand Jazz continues at the Hartford Public Library Sunday at 2 pm with a performance by The Jan Jungden Trio. Details @

The Middletown Recreation Division hosts a guided nature walk Saturday at 10 am at Long Hill Estate. Call 860-262-2788 for details.

The 47th Annual Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade happens this Saturday starting at 11 am. Details @

The Greater Middletown Concert Association presents The Modernistics: Song and Dance Songbook, Saturday at 7:30 at the High School Performing Arts Center. Details @

Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the Greater Middletownin Chorale, presents a concert, We Shall Begin to Shine, Sunday at 4 pm at Orange Congregational Church. Details @

And, here's our rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues The Shape of Water, a Cold War fable by Guillermo Del Toro, as well as The Young Karl Marx, a film about the birth of the early labor movement. Loving Vincent is also enjoying an extended run. Tonight Oh Lucy opens, in which a quiet Japanese student is transformed through her perusal of American language and culture. Details & screening times @

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues Call Me By Your Name, a coming-of-age gay love story set in Italy. The National Theatre Live Sunday matinée is a performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. They open a run of The Insult on Sunday. Details & screening times @ 

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour visits the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford Saturday at 7 pm, featuring films that explore the mountain world. You can also view a sensory-friendly screening of Disney’s Finding Dory at the Center on Sunday at 2 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 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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