Friday, April 27, 2012

04-27-12 The Weekend Jive

Good afternoon.It's Friday, April 27th, 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 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:

All this week The Buttonwood Tree on Main Street, displays Art by animals at the Beardsley Zoo. Tonight the Buttonwood hosts Joe Fonda’s band “Step in Trio” with Thomas Heberer and George Schuller, and Sunday afternoon, John Basinger will perform Book 3 from Paradise Lost. John Milton’s epic poem comes to life when John offers his perspective and unique understanding. Go to to find out more about John and for more about all Buttonwood events.

Through Saturday, Wesleyan University Center For The Arts presents Gertrude Stein's "Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights" from1938, which redirects the legend of the scholar who sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for infinite knowledge to an exchange for electric light. The show starts at 8pm each night in the CFA Theater.

The Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, directed by Adjunct Professor of Music Jay Hoggard, and the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jazz Ensemble Coach Noah Baerman, perform an exciting program of classic jazz compositions free of charge tonight at 8pm in Crowell Concert Hall.

Saturday afternoon, the Amstel Quartet Concert plays everything from Bach to Michael Nyman’s theme for the film The Piano, with four saxophones at the Russell Library. More details can be found at

Vibraphonist Jay Hoggard's quartet performs on Saturday at 8pm at the Crowell Concert Hall with the world premiere of Mr. Hoggard's multi-part suite "Sonic Hieroglyphs from Wood, Metal, and Skin", dedicated to the inspiration of Wangari Mathai, the late Nobel Peace Prize recipient from Kenya.

David Barach performs a piano recital for his senior thesis, Saturday at 7 in the Wesleyan Memorical Chapel. For tickets and more about these events at Wesleyan University, visit

Oddfellows Playhouse on Washington Street is presenting Snow Angel, which tells how fifteen teenagers must brave stormy weather to help a mysterious girl in her puzzling search for a mystery that unites, divides, and perplexes the group of teens. Performances are held tonight and Saturday at 7:30. More details can be found at

There's a Lindy Hop Bash at Vinnie's Jump And Jive on Main Street tonight with a special focus on Lindy-hop swing. There is a beginner Lindy lesson at 8, where you'll learn the swing in just one hour! Then dancing of any and all swing styles till 11. We'll end with a late-night blues from 11 to midnight.

Morten Lauridsen’s transcendent Lux Aeterna is an introspective, serene work sung by the Greater Middletown Chorale, in their debut concert on the Sacred Sounds Concert Series. This will be performed at 8pm at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph 140 Farmington Avenue Hartford, CT. Admission is free and open to the public.

Diane & Dave perform popular American music from the 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and into the 21st Century on the last Sunday of each month at BrewBakers, 169 Main St, in Middletown beginning at 10am. The acoustic duet covers everyone from Fats Waller, The Ink Spots and Bing Crosby, to Patsy Cline, Cat Stevens, Natalie Merchant and Adele Adkins.

Professor of Music Neely Bruce begins a ten-concert cycle of his complete piano works. Each of the concerts in the cycle will feature seventy minutes of music. Part one takes place Sunday at 3pm in Crowell Concert Hall.

The 2012 Meriden Daffodil Festival is being held Saturday & Sunday, in Hubbard Park in Meriden. WESU's Homegrown DJ Rob DeRosa will be on hand for this 34th annual event which features local bands, 61 different varieties of daffodils, and a parade. There will also be crafts, amusement rides, food, and a fireworks display. For general information call 203-630-4259

Now here's what showing in some of the theaters in Central Connecticut.

"Eyes of Stone", the final film in a free South Asian film series exploring issues surrounding Phoolan Devi (the Bandit Queen) is showing Saturday at 2pm at the Wesleyan Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace. Eyes Of Stone is a documentary about demonic possession and goddess temples. The film will be introduced by the film's director.

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College Cinema in Hartford, catch the Secret World of Arietty, an Anime retelling of the classic story The Borrowers this Friday and Saturday. Visit for complete listings.

Also in Hartford this weekend, Real Art Ways shows the documentary Gerhard Richter, about one of the world's greatest living painters. Visit for their complete listings.

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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