Friday, February 17, 2012

02-17-12 Jive

Good evening. It's Friday, February 17th, 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 at Toads Place in New Haven Afton Presents musical artists In Lilly’s Pad, while the Yale Black Solidarity Conference Presents Travis Porter on the main stage. Saturday night is The Original Saturday Night Dance Party Mardi Gras Dance Party. Sunday night George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic take over at Toads. For more information visit

Down in New Haven at Cafe Nine tonight it's Woollen Kits; w/ Medication; and the Mountain Movers. Saturday Afternoon it's the Jazz Jam w/ host Tony Dioguardi and Friends, featuring bassist Chris Deangelis and John Rispoli on drums. Bring your ax and play, or sing. PA, amps, drums provided. Saturday at 9 pm INDEPENDISC Presents: Hannah Cranna (CD release party for "A Real Nice Parade"); w/ The Manchurians; and Age of Reason. Sunday is the open music jam with Roxy Perry - signup starts at 7pm. For more information about these events visit

Every Friday night at Higher Grounds Coffee House on 70 Main Street in East Hampton is a weekly open mic. Show starts at 8PM.

This evening Maxwell Tfirn presents his graduate recital, "Pieces from Nature", in Crowell Concert Hall on the campus of Wesleyan University at 7. Music will include works for the piano, cello, computer and video.

Also, currently on display at Wesleyan's Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery is the exhibit Passing Time, through March 4th. The multiple and converging meanings of the phrase "passing time"--spending time, time to die--are explored in the evocative imagery of recent art by fourteen international artists working in video, photography, sculpture and works on paper. This exhibition explores the relationship between the time of our life and the time of the eons. Visit for gallery hours and more.

And tonight in Middletown, Shinbone Alley plays Irish-american folk at The Buttonwood Tree at 8. Saturday night at The Buttonwood at 8p, nationally recognized bassist Avery Sharp & saxophonist Charles Neville of the Neville Bros. come in with a musical performance they call “From New Orleans to New England”. And Sunday Food Not Bombs shares food beginning around 1 pm in front of The Buttonwood. Anyone and everyone is welcome. You are invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. Check out for more. Sunday at 4:30, The Buttonwood hosts their Poetry Potluck Series. Poetry Potluck is almost like a salon, it’s a gathering for discussion and literary conversation using poetry as the focal point. Visit for all the details.

Aces High, a local high school robotics team consisting of students from Windsor Locks and Suffield high schools, is hosting their annual FIRST robotics scrimmage for over thirty local robotics teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and New Hampshire.  The Suffield Shakedown will be held on Saturday at Suffield High School, 1060 Sheldon Street in Suffield, CT beginning at 9 AM with qualification rounds.  Opening ceremonies and elimination rounds will begin about 12:00 PM.  This event is free to the public.
Now, here's what's showing in the world of central Connecticut cinema:

At Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, tonight and Saturday they are showing My Week With Marilyn. For those expecting The Descendants, that has been moved to March 14. Sunday, Cinestudio presents a run of the 40th Anniversary screening of the newly restored director’s cut of Peter Bogdanovitch's The Last Picture Show. For more information visit

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, this weekend you can catch "Sing Your Song", a documentary telling of the multifaceted Harry Belafonte that goes well beyond his musical talents. And, on Sunday at 2pm, Martin Scorcese's Taxi Driver with Robert DeNiro is being shown. For more information visit

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.

If you didn’t get a chance to write down some information for an event mentioned in our jive at five –we’ve published the script for today’s jive online at 

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