Friday, March 2, 2012

03-02-12 Jive

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 in Middletown the Canoe Club at Harbor Park presents the Sycamore Trio. Call (860) 347-9999 for more info.

Beginning at 6 pm this evening, MAC650 Art Gallery at 650 Main St in Middletown, there is an opening reception for the exhibition "The Art of Speed II". The show hosts 80+ pieces from more than 40 custom culture artists from the US and as far away as Germany and Japan. Visit for more info.

And across the street at 8 o'clock The Buttonwood Tree hosts a night of poetry, music and improvisation with the words of poet John L. Stanizzi, paired with blues and jazz from Jim Mercik and percussionist Abu Alvin Carter Sr. Saturday, jazz pianist and composer Laszlo Gardony performs with his trio at 8 pm. And Sundays Food Not Bombs shares food beginning around 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood and of course, all are welcome. More online at or by calling 860.347.4957

Tonight at 7pm in Wesleyan’s Crowell Concert Hall, Spencer Hattendorf presents his senior thesis music recital entitled "Language Barrier".  Tonight and Saturday, Wesleyan Artist in Residence Hari Krishnan brings a night of South Indian dance and music to the CFA Hall, as performed by his students at Wesleyan and dancers from Mr. Krishnan's dance company. A graduate music recital by Stephanie Choi entitled "Masil with Kayagum." takes place in the World Music Hall On Saturday at 7 pm. And at 9 pm Saturday in the Memorial Chapel there is a senior music recital by Nathaniel Leich entitled "The Mixtape Orchestra." For tickets and details for all Wesleyan University arts events, visit

Tonight in New Haven at Cafe Nine ASTERISK CONCERTS and MANIC PRODUCTIONS Present: Scott Kelly (of Neurosis) w/ Eugene Robinson (of Oxbow) • Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by the Mike Coppola Trio. Saturday Night SAFETY MEETING records presents a cd release party for  Ferocious F’ing Teeth  w/ The Naked Heroes and Space Orphans.  More about these events at

Tyga’s Careless World Tour stops at Toads Place in New Haven tonight with guests YG and Lil Twist.  Sunday at Toads Place in New Haven, Start Making Sense plays Talking Heads covers in the LIlly's Pad room. Get details about this concert and more at

Tonight The Michael Cleary Band plays "Amy Jones Day" at The Main Pub in Hartford. This evening will benefit Amy Jones, a young girl fighting stage 4 cancer.  15% of the whole days sales will go to the “Love You Mean It” Fund.  More online at

From 11am to 1 on Saturday, the Russell LIbrary Knitting group meets in Meeting Room 3 at the Library. No registration is required. Bring your knitting projects! More online at

Now Here's what happening in the world of cinema in central Connecticut:

Tonight and Saturday, Cinestudio, the Trinity College Cinema in Hartford, presents The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Sunday afternoon and continuing nightly through Wednesday, Cinestudio offers a run of Pina, written and directed by Wim Wenders. More information at

Real Art Ways in Hartford continues a run of Crazy Horse, a documentary that peeks inside Paris’ Crazy Horse cabaret – the most famous nude dance show in the world. Also, showing tonight and Saturday night, The Innkeepers, from director Ti West – Nick Pinkerton of the Village Voice says of this ghost story, "In a genre lately given to gluttonous effects, West is the rare minimalist." Tickets, trailers and more at

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 

And if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can make that donation online at anytime. Thanks for listening!

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