Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday 05-25-12 Jive

Good afternoon. It's Friday, May 25th, 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 anytime you're not hearing it on our Jive, go to – the City’s website for what’s going on and what’s to do with a highlight on the arts in Middletown. That's

Here's a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area:

Friday night, 
Amalgamated Muck returns to The Buttonwood Tree on Main St, Middletown in celebration of their new CD. Since playing shows together in Small Town Concert Series and joining musical forces, the melodic amalgamation of Lauren Agnelli with Matthew Male, Brian Wolfe, Rose Bengston and Rodney Maxwell has become more than just some pretty mucking about. Amalgamated Muck enjoys performing a mix of traditional and original Americana – roots, country, and folk music with rock & blues influences. 

Saturday Night the Riverwood Poetry series returns to The Buttonwood Tree with a Memorial Day Commemoration by Lisa Siedlarz and Michael Lepore.  An open mic follows the main event and poets are invited to  honor the memory of those who gave their lives in our nation’s service.  Admission is free though donations are gratefully accepted. Donations of non-perishable foods will also be accepted for Amazing Grace Food Pantry, Middletown. To learn more about Riverwood Poetry Series visit

Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of The Buttonwood Tree every Sunday. All are welcome and invited to help prepare the food at the First Church of Christ on Court Street in Middletown at 11:30 am.

Later on Sunday, “Coming to the mic” is an open mic that will be filmed in its entirety to be aired on Comcast TV. More information about all Buttonwood events are at or 860.347.4957

Tonight down in New Haven,  Chris Webby’s "There Goes The Neighborhood Tour" Featuring M.A.R., and AREA stops at Toads Place. Saturday Night Toad’s presents Reggae Springfest 2012 on the Main Stage featuring, All Good Feel Good Collective, Balcony, The Green Line, Mitigue, I Anbassa, and King Charlton. Also on Saturday on the Toads Lily Pad stage, Afton Presents 7 local bands and artists. Sunday  Night is The Toad’s Place Annual Memorial Day Funk Fest featuring the Terryl Lee Band, Mystic Force, Soul Squad, Mr. Council, and Funkinachea. More online at

Friday night in Hartford, Real Art Ways presents an evening of live music at 8pm by Eric Ross, who will perform on piano, guitar, synthesizer and Theremin. Compositions include elements of jazz, classic, serial, and avant garde. Mary Ross's videos, projected in performance, are organized, arranged and edited to his music. More online at 

Now here’s a brief rundown of cinema off the beaten path in central CT.

Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, is in a run of the new Iranian film, “A Separation”, winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. The film offers a fascinating look at a middle class couple in Iran who are contemplating divorce. Sunday Cinestudio will begin showing a new 35 mm print of Terence Davies’ “The Long Day Closes”.  Tickets and more at

Tonight Real Art Ways in Hartford opens a run of the new documentary on the late king of reggae music, Bob Marley.  From Academy Award winning director Kevin Macdonald, “Marley” celebrates the life and work of visionary performer and icon Bob Marley.  Tickets, times, 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 8pm 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 Midnight, 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 Midnight until 1:30am Saturday it’s 
N.E. Tempo with 
DJ Berk
- Serious turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

At 1:30am 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 Bassment Beats with DJ Lokash – the Real Hip-Hop is over here.

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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