Friday, April 20, 2012

4-20-12 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, graduate and undergraduate students from The Hartt School of music will be performing works for guitar and other instruments. For more information about Buttonwood events, go to

Tonight, The Wesleyan Cello Ensemble and Private Lessons Teacher Julie Ribchinsky present music for solo and multiple cellos, at 7pm in the Russell House.

View the talents of the seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan's Department of Art and Art History: Alexandra Malouta, Anna Mckinsey, Kamar Thomas, Don Christian Jones, and Timothy Lee today through Sunday, in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery on the Wesleyan University campus.

Tonight, Wesleyan presents a Javanese shadow play accompanied by the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble under the direction of Artist-in-Residence I.M. Harjito and guest musicians at 8pm in the World Music Hall.

Saturday, The Wesleyan University Orchestra under Music Director Angel Gil-Ordonez presents symphonic repertoire from the 19th and 20th centuries at 8pm in Crowell Concert Hall.

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Friends of the Davison Art Center present "The Big Draw: Middletown", a community celebration of drawing with workshops for people of all skill levels. The event will be held on Sunday from 1 to 5 on the Wesleyan campus, and is free and open to the public. Visit for updates.

All this weekend at the 92 Theater on High Street, catch Lila Becker's Senior Thesis, The Ash And The Elder, a theatrical presentation of 5 creation myths from around the world. For more information about all art happenings at Wesleyan, visit

Tonight at Higher Grounds Coffee House on 70 Main Street in East Hampton it's their weekly open mic. All are welcome and the show starts at 8PM. Saturday night at Higher Grounds, is a night of Acoustics with singer guitarist Rhiannon Elliot. The show starts at 8PM.

On Saturday, the first-ever “Jazzin’ with the Stars” concert will unite The Heartbeat Dixieland Jazz Band, with special guest stars Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame artist, Ronnie Spector; and the 50s/60s hit-maker Jimmie Rodgers. Held at The First Church of Christ, 190 Court Street in Middletown from 2pm to 5pm. Contact Nancy Loader with questions,

Body & Sold by Deborah Lake Fortson is a documentary account of true stories from the world of child and youth sex trafficking/slavery. This live theater performance, presented by Soroptimist International of the CT River Valley in cooperation with CT Heritage Productions takes place on Saturday at 7 PM and Sunday at 3 PM, at the Woodrow Wilson Middle School Auditorium, Hunting Hill Ave. Contact

Here's some of what's showing in film around the area:

Saturday, the South Asia Film Series at the Wesleyan Center For Film Studies, on 301 Washington Terrace continues. This week, it's Pather Panchali, an acclaimed drama about a young girl, Durga, and her family's village life. Free of charge at 2 pm.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, this Friday are showings of the movie "This is Not A Film" and the cult classic, "The Room". Tickets, times, and more can be found at

Cinestudio, the Trinity College Cinema in Hartford, is hosting the "April in Paris Film Festival" all this week, featuring "Gainsbourg: a Heroic Life", and "Persepolis". And beginning Sunday for a 4-day run is "Goethe in Love", described as a charming romantic comedy. 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 

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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