Friday, May 11, 2012

05-11-12 Jive

Good afternoon. It's Friday, May 11th, 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:

Singer/songwriter Sean Ashby plays Guitar on Friday night on The Buttonwood Tree stage here in Middletown, with opener Derek Knott. Saturday night at 8, Karen Frisk & All-Star Trio play a jazz set called “Springtime groovin" and on Sunday, "Food Not Bombs" shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome. If you'd like you can help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am for the 1 pm sharing. Later on Sunday at 7:30, “Coming to the mic” is an open mic that will be filmed in its entirety and later aired on Comcast TV. Only those who agree to be viewed on TV should perform. All are welcome to participate as a performer or as an audience. "Coming to the mic" is produced and hosted by Ty Mapp. More information about all Buttonwood events can be found at or by calling 860.347.4957.

A new sound installation by Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen called “work divided by time” reflects on how the scientific definition of energy resonates and clashes with cultural and historical concepts. "Work divided by time" will be on display through Sunday at the Van Vleck Observatory on the Wesleyan campus.

More information about all Wesleyan Arts events can be found at

Live Opera tonight! Otello (Othello) by Giuseppe Verdi at the Performing Arts Center at MHS, 200 LaRosa Lane, Middletown at 7:30 pm. Even the strongest man can be destroyed by jealousy and rumor. What happens when a man listens to his worst fears? Find out in Verdi's re-telling of Shakespeare's play, often considered his greatest opera. Presented with English supertitles. Visit or call 860.347.4887 or 860.346.3369

Oddfellows Playhouse on Washington Street in Middletown presents "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder this weekend and next. A Pulitzer Prize-winning play set in the early twentieth century, "Our Town" is famed for daring both the actors and audience to interact in order to weave the themes of family, marriage, death, and eternity into the story of what was daily life. Tickets are available online at

The Greater Middletown Chorale returns this season for another performance in the Bethany Covenant Church in Berlin this Saturday. Choral works will include works by these three ‘B's’: Bernstein, Britten, and Brahms. For more information or to purchase tickets call 860 316 4854.

Phoolan Devi, a new raw untouchable opera, will have its world premier on Saturday at 8pm in South Church in Middletown, CT. The composer is Gayathri Khemadasa, from Sri Lanka, currently a Fulbright scholar at Wesleyan University. For more information, please visit the Opera website at

In New Haven, SOUND HALL will present a rare discussion and performance by celebrated jazz collective the Chicago Underground Duo tonight at 8PM at INTERCAMBIO, located at 756 Chapel Street. More can be found at

Nineteen Athletes from the Greater Middletown Special Olympics are gearing up for the Special Olympics Connecticut-Eastern Regional Games on Saturday, May 12, 2012 hosted by the University of Hartford & Hartford Public High School in Hartford.  The GMSO Athletes will be competing in Track & Field events. For more information, please call SOCT at 1-800-443-6105 or visit

Now how about we take a look at some of the cinema offered in the area:

Tonight through Saturday at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, catch "SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN", the tale of a Yemeni sheikh who’s fallen under the spell of fly-fishing in Scotland and dreams up a crazy plan: to stock his own (very dry) country with 10,000 North Atlantic salmon. Tickets and more can be found at

Opening tonight at Real Art Ways in Hartford, "We Have A Pope" tells the story of Melville, a cardinal who suddenly finds himself elected as the next Pope. Saturday, Real Art ways hosts a special late-night showing of "The ROOM", the best terrible movie ever, chock-full of communal rituals.  Also, catch one of only three showings of "How to Grow a Band" tonight, a documentary that follows Nickel Creek’s Chris Thile’s attempt to start a new band. Tickets, times, and more can be found 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 

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