Friday, February 10, 2012

02-10-12 Jive

Good evening. It's Friday, February 10th, 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. ___________________________________________________________________________________ For the latest in local arts and entertainment beyond the Jive At Five, go to – the City’s new website that features the arts/entertainment options available on any given day along with much more for anyone interested in what’s going on and what’s to do in Middletown.

Here's a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area:

Tonight Oddfellows Playhouse & Hygienic Theater Works present “The King," starring John Bassinger, with an additional showing Saturday at 7:30. "The King", conceived and adapted by Basinger, is the story of King Lear, from one man’s perspective – Lear’s. The performances will benefit Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at (860) 347-6143 and there may be more online at

Tonight at Cafe Nine in New Haven they have The Great New Haven CD Mix-Up! The Cavemen Go; w/Dialogue from a Silent Film; Farewood • Bring a homemade mix CD, get a homemade mix CD! Saturday at Cafe Nine, Manic Productions Presents: Howlin Rain (members of Comets On Fire); w/D. Charles Speer & The Helix; The Voodoo Fix. Sunday, Roxy Perry's Traveling Roadhouse Jam anchors the Cafe Nine stage. National recording artist Roxy Perry, a/k/a New York Blues Queen, will be joined in hosting the high-energy jam by different players every week. Roxy's band welcomes and serves blues and R&B players primarily, but will also back classic rock, jazz players and others. For more information visit

Tonight, The Modern Riffs bring an evening of jazz, classic rock and swing to The Buttonwood Tree. The high-energy nine-piece group of experienced musicians and talented high school performers takes the stage at 8. Saturday night The Buttonwood presents Songwriters Showcase with Diane Solomon, Paul Lombardo and Jim Paradis. Every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food around 1 pm in front of The Buttonwood & all are welcome. Sunday evening from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm The Buttonwood kicks off a new event, Coming to the Mic, hosted by Ty Mapp and Chandra Williams that will be filmed in its entirety to be aired on Comcast TV. All are welcome to participate as performer or audience member. All month you can enjoy “A Woman’s Work” A collection of art quilts and photographs by Lynn C Fisher on display in The Buttonwood gallery. More online at or call (860) 347-4957

Tonight, at 7 and at 10, the Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents "Risk!" at the Crowell Concert Hall. Creator Kevin Allison will host two performances of "RISK" featuring a special guest headliner to be announced, as well as members of the Wesleyan community, dropping their "act" and telling their amazing true tales, showing sides of themselves that they never thought they'd dare to share in public.

Friday kicks off Wesleyan’s February organ fete: a mini-festival of organ music featuring some of the top players at Wesleyan. Performances are tonight at 8pm and Saturday at 4pm in Memorial Chapel. Admission is free.

Friday night in East Hampton at Higher Grounds Coffee House at 70 Main Street it's their weekly open mic - all are welcome. For more information visit Higher Grounds Coffee House on Facebook.

Sunday in Wesleyan's Crowell Concert Hall, flutists Helene Rosenblatt and Peter Standaart, and pianist Neely Bruce, Wesleyan Univ. Professor of Music, will perform a program that includes premieres by Mr. Bruce and composer Martin Bresnick. This concert, at 3pm, is free and open to the public. More can be found online at

The Alturos Duo was originally scheduled to perform South American chamber music featuring the unusual combination of the viola, charango and guitar in the Russell Library's Hubbard Room at 2 on Saturday. That performance has now been scheduled for Saturday, February 25 at 2pm. More information can be found at

This evening at 7:30 you can experience the devotional call and response chanting of Kirtan Yoga at Yoga in Middletown on Main Street with a live ensemble, including Shubalananda, Joesph Getter, and Ashley Flagg. For info call 860.347.YOGA (9642), or email

Center Church, in Hartford, invites you to an evening of Bossa Nova and Poetry, tonight at 7:00 p.m., in the second floor parlor of the Center Church House on Gold Street. This free performance features singer Anna Borges, guitarist Bill Ward, and poets Gretchen Skelley and Van Parker. You can access more information at

The 16-piece New England Jazz Ensemble will appear on the stage of the Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School on Sunday afternoon at 3. The Concert will feature two guest artists, Giacomo Gates - a Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist, and Ali Ryerson - internationally recognized for her jazz flute. In addition, many of the Middletown jazz greats - historically and presently - will be honored. More can be found online at, or by calling 860 347-4887. ___________________________________________________________________________________ And, if you're looking for something a little different in film, here’s a glimpse of what you can find in central CT this week.

Tonight and Saturday at Cinestudio, Trinity College's theater in Hartford, it's Jason Reitman's new film Young Adult, featuring Charlize Theron. On Sunday a run of Notorious, directed & produced by Alfred Hitchcock begins.You can get more information at

And at Real Art Ways in Hartford they are showcasing this year's Academy Award-nominated short films this weekend and beyond. Also opening the Crime on Screen Series on Sunday at 2pm is: Diabolique w/a post-film discussion with Mitchell Glidden. ___________________________________________________________________________________ And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s
 The Brittle Diameter
 w/Josh Sharp - 
A varied blend of brand new and time honored independent music, presented in a mixtape aesthetic. Continuity and cohesion are the watchwords here.

From 6:00 to 6:30pm 
it’s Free Speech Radio News from The Pacifica Network - An independently produced half hour daily national and international radio news program focusing on peace and social justice issues in the US and around the world. FSRN is collectively run by its workers and reporters.

At 6:30 until 7pm, listen in to The Middletown Youth Radio Project - A weekly radio program featuring the thoughts, voices, creativity and talent of the kids in the WESU neighborhood.

From 7pm to 8:30pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - Informing listeners about local and global issues with health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips, featuring a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.

Next up until 10pm, we take it
 From the Otherside with 
Rok-A-Dee - The Voice of Hartford, featuring local artists from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Spotlighting Caribbean R & B, Soca and international music.

From 10 until 11:30pm, take in
 the sounds of Rumba en el Patio 
with Michael
- Classic Salsa for the dancers, Afro-Latin Big Band for the discerning ear. Join us as we adventure through the history of Musica Latina!

At 11:30pm until 1am Saturday it’s 
N.E. Tempo with 
DJ Berk
- Serious turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

At 1am we go 
In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with 
Dope Dave 
until 3am - Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.

At 3, to 4am, it's the Hour of Slack from The Church of the SubGenius Radio Ministry with Bob - The compendium of the best and newest from all SubGenius radio & stage shows, bands, ranters, media barrage collage artists, plus the weirdest of the indie audio underground.

Then, we bring you
 Sing Out! 
from 4 to 5am, on a mission to preserve and support the cultural diversity and heritage of all traditional and contemporary folk musics, and to encourage making folk music a part of our everyday lives.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the 
BBC World News 
- a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation.

And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6:00 to 7:00am it’s
 the Celtic CafĂ©
 - Traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffe Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am 
with Francesco Fiumara
 - A weekly roundup of news, music and memories from Italy.

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 from Kevin Norton’s Metaphor Quartet, a CD entitled Not Only In That Golden Tree . . . featuring (the late) Wilber Morris, Masahiko Kono, Hitomi Tono’Oka and Kevin Norton, the selection “not drunk, but stunned” and it’s out on clean feed records.

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