Friday, November 8, 2019

Friday 11-8-19 Jive

Good evening, it's Friday, November 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 Leith Johnson, host of The Light Fandango, heard every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday of the month at 4 pm, where you'll hear uncommon songs of the 1960s and 70s from across the musical genres. I’ll be on again a week from Sunday, and I hope you'll tune in.

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown has blues and bluegrass tonight Rebecca Roudman and her band, Dirty Cello. The Aligned with Source Workshop is on deck Saturday morning, and in the evening you can catch the Frank Varela Jazz Trio. Celebrate the late Roy Lisker on Sunday afternoon in a special event with music, refreshments, and more featuring Neely Bruce and John Basinger.

At Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts performances of Inaction occur at the Zilkha Gallery tonght and tomorrow, they offer tours of the exhibition. Details at 

In New Haven, at Café Nine, today’s Live Happy Hour set going on right now features Lynn Malavolti, followed tonight by The Lucky 5 and Alexa Rose. Café nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam session is at 4pm with Gary Grippo. Tomorrow night, you can catch Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys and Soapbox Saints. The Sunday Buzz Matinée brings you Year of the Fist and Warbats, and they finish out the weekend with the Freddy Deboe Band.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, The Michael Cleary Band takes the stage tonight, and tomorrow, singer/songwriter Grayson Hugh and his band, The Moon Hawks, return with soul, roots rock, blues, and more.

Manic Presents brings Death Threat and their Last Dayz 20th Anniversary show, along with Billy Club Sandwich, World Demise, and more, to the Space Ballroom in Hamden tonight. They headline Intercourse on Saturday, appearing with Chained to the Bottom of the Ocean, and Gorge. Ani Defranco, along with Gracie and Rachel, comes to the College Street Music Hall tonight, and there’s Morning Show Saturday with Laurie Berkner and her Greatest Hits Solo Tour tomorrow.

Infinity Hall Norfolk has bagpipes and more with Celtica and their Pipes Rock tour tomorrow. At Infinity Hartford, has blues and rock tonight with Dana Fuchs and tomorrow with Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. You can catch more blues and Southern rock on Sunday with the North Mississippi Allstars and their Up and Rolling tour.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, The Friends of the Library Book Sale is going on today and tonorrow. The library is closed Sunday and Monday for the holiday. Consult the website calendar for more events, including sessions for those who are home-insecure, all geared to patrons of all ages.

The State House in New Haven has a night of Positive Vibes for the Culture tonight. Lift returns tomorrow, appearing with Fixation, Spellrunner, and more. It’s Surf Rock Night on Sunday with Serf Blasters, 9th Wave, and The Clams.

Toad’s Place presents Legion of Jerry, appearing with the Kazoo Crew Family Band, The Core, and more tonight. On Sunday, Ghostemane takes the stage with their Hiadica Tour, along with 2Teeth, Horus the Astroneer, and ParvO.

Cherry Street Station in Wallingford brings you Fleurs, Ditch Boys, Dangerous Animals, and The New Neighbors tonight. They present The Defilement of the Northeast Metal Scene tomorrow with The Missing Inc., Disparager, Glass Divide, and more. On Sunday you can catch The Problem Addicts, Rushmore, and Scooped Up.

The Middletown Arts & Culture Office invites you to a premier performance of “New Every Morning” by the Greater Middletown Chorale Sunday at 4 pm at the Middletown High School Performing Arts Center. This work is by Connecticut composer Peter Niedmann, and there’s a pre-concert discussion at 3:15 pm.

Up in Hartford, the Sea Tea Comedy Theater has improv tonight and tomorrow night, with a family-friendly show on Sunday. The Hartford Fringe Festival continues with events through the weekend. Sensual Salsa Saturdays takes place at the Red Rock Tavern tomorrow. Full details at

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways has “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice,” a celebration of the iconic vocal artist; the documentary “Fantastic Fungi”; “Where’s My Roy Cohn,” about the political power broker who influenced Trump; and “The Cave,” a look at an underground hospital in Syria. Details and screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing “Mr. Klein,” an ultra-HD restoration of this French psychological thriller set during the Nazi occupation of Paris, and, tomorrow night, a one-time screening of “Reel Rock 14,” a collection of short films on rock climbing. On Sunday, they present the National Theatre Live performance of “Hansard,” a devastating portrait of the governing class. Details at

Here's the rundown of tonight’s lineup here on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown:

From 5:05-6:30pm stay tuned for Wild Wild Live! with DJ Celiac and DJ Opal. That Wesleyan music scene.

At 6:30 Middletown Youth Radio Project is a 30 minute weekly radio program featuring the thoughts, voices, creativity and talent of the kids in the WESU neighborhood.

Next, from 7-8:30pm Universal Sound Wave with Sista Queen T offers a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues. In addition, she features health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips.

At 8:30 Grand Central Station with DJ Jenny Doll invites you to travel back in time to the 1940's and 1950's with a swinging upbeat show filled with big band, jazz, swing and rockabilly, and some new releases.

From 10-11pm Loxion Music Mix Show with M-Point brings listeners a showcase of the newest and best of Southern African Electronica dance music.

At 11pm stay tuned for Mentaltown with The Ultimate Emcee El Vee for a dose of unsigned Local Hip Hop.

At Midnight, Permanent Collection with Chris offers an hour of non-toxic creative radio.

From 1:30-3am, OVERDRIVE with Clarence and Shantay Scott bring a mix of contemporary and traditional urban gospel music.

From 3-5am, Back Down the Bayou with Bill Boelens presents an eclectic Louisiana and roots music show from the Banana Plantation in Baton Rouge.

And finally, from 5-6am the BBC World Report offers International news coverage.

For a complete schedule of all our free-form and public affairs programming, visit our website

That's all for today's Jive at Five. Join us weekdays at 4:55 for a daily rundown of area happenings and rundown of evening programming on WESU Middletown!

Thanks for listening. Now, stay tuned for Wild Wild Live, up next!

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