Thursday, April 5, 2012

04-06-12 Jive

For the latest in local arts and entertainment beyond the Jive At Five, go to – the City’s new website 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 THE BUTTONWOOD TREE on Main Street here in Middletown, it's Joe Flood and the Lost Wandering Blues & Jazz Band at 8pm, and Saturday the Sinan Bakir Jazz Trio takes the Buttonwood stage at 7:30pm. Sunday night, it's a new Open Mic at the Buttonwood that will be filmed in its entirety to be aired on Comcast TV. Only those who agree to be viewed on TV should perform, and all are welcome. For more information about all Buttonwood Tree events, call 860.347.4957 or go to

On the campus of Wesleyan University this weekend there are a number of recitals offered. A senior music recital by Nate Mondschein entitled "An Experiment in Poetry and Sound" takes place tonight at 9pm in the World Music Hall. On Saturday a senior music recital by Lana Lana entitled "Piano Sketches of Indonesia" will be performed at 2pm in the Memorial Chapel while later, at 7pm there is a senior music recital by Andrew Chung in Crowell Concert Hall. For more information, please visit the CFA website:

Tonight at Cafe 9 in New Haven, you can enjoy an evening of original guitar rock featuring three local luminaries. Shellye Valauskas, The Streams, and Spike Priggen. Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by the Mike Coppola Trio. Saturday Night 
Circus Delecti hosts their own 10th Anniversary Bash at the nine featuring music by “They Hate Us” and “DJ Znuh”. Sunday afternoon Cafe 9 hosts Roxy Perry's Traveling Roadhouse Jam. Find out more at

Tonight Toads Place in New Haven hosts Badfish, A Tribute To Sublime, and Saturday brings Beyond The Wall: The Ultimate Pink Floyd Experience. Tickets and more at

Tonight at 7:30pm here in Middletown, Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater on Washington Street presents "Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and Other Rarely Used Expressions" info online at

The Middletown House Concert Series presents: Matt Mancuso & Patsy O’Brien at 8pm tonight at The Mattabesett Canoe Club, in Middletown. For Reservations please call Jody Cormack 860-983-7963 or email

And right here on WESU, Psychedelic Rick will be playing Jesus Christ Superstar in it's entirety on Easter Sunday on The Psychedelicatessen 9p-1030p.

Now here's a rundown of what's going on in the world of cinema off the beaten path here in central Connecticut this week.

Tonight, Real Art Ways in Hartford continues a run of “Salt of Life” about an aging  guy  who questions why all of the passion seems to have disappeared from his life. This weekend, Real Art Ways in Hartford is also showing “The Forgiveness of Blood”, telling the story of an Albanian teen whose life is suddenly turned upside-down when his father and uncle become entangled in a land dispute that starts a blood feud. More can be found online at

Tonight at 7:30 at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, there will be a showing of Free Willy and  Friday and Saturday, Cinestudio presents The Artist, a silent film shot in luminous black and white, which follows the seismic changes of late 1920s’ Hollywood, as a silent film star falls from grace with the arrival of the talkies. And on Sunday, Cinestudio presents We Need To Talk About Kevin, a disturbing tale told with uncompromising emotionality and great skill. More can be found online at

This month The South Asian Film Series:” Phoolan Devi  and the Roots of Indian Rage”  at Wesleyan’s Center for Film Studies presents films exploring issues around Phoolan Devi, aka the Bandit Queen, a radical activist turned politician who rose to fame in India in the 1970s and was ultimately assassinated in 2001. Saturday at 2pm you can catch “Sholay” one of Bollywood’s greatest action/adventure films on the subject.  A panel discussion will follow the film. All screenings are free and open to the public at Wesleyan’s Cinema.


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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