Friday, June 1, 2012

Friday 6-1-12 Jive

Good afternoon. It's Friday, June 1st, 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:

Tonight here in Middletown, The Buttonwood Tree presents Cece & Ruth and the Birch Creek Band for a night of harmony, history & humor: in a program featuring  Celtic & American ballads. Saturday night Katie Pearlman and Cathy Kreger will perform music from their new CDs at The Buttonwood.  Katie Pearlman's new “Girls Like Us” is a concept album of songs about women, based on true stories from the book Note to Self, by Andrea Buchanan. On Sundays Food not Bombs shares food in front of The Buttonwood Tree at 1 pm. All are welcome and invited to partake, and help prepare the food at 11:30 am at First Church on Court Street in Middletown. Learn more about Buttonwood Tree events at

Tonight down in New Haven Café Nine WNHU's "T in the Afternoon" presents The Inaugural Underground Music Experience", featuring performances by Fifth Nation, Gabriel Brunot, Political Animals, Joey Ruckus, Denise Artista Conquistadora, and WhiteCheddar. Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam at Café Nine will be hosted by the Mike Coppola Trio this week. Saturday Night Manic Productions presents Marissa Nadler; Faces on Film; and Lys Guillorn. Sunday brings Roxy Perry’s Roadhouse Jam to The Nine. More can be found online at

Tonight in Hartford, Dub Apocalypse takes the Sully’s Pub stage. Saturday Night Sully’s presents Hearts and Thieves w/All in Blind. More can be found online at

Tonight, at Toads Place in New Haven Victor Wooten performs.  The B. Willie Smith Band and The Cobalt Rhythm Kings perform at Toads on Saturday night. Sunday there is a fundraising event called “Friends of Freddy B”. More can be found online at

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band plays a free show at Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den tonight at 8pm. For more information, go to

The Russell Knitters are an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise.  They invite you to join them this Saturday at 11am at the Russell Library. No registration is required. Check out for all the details.

The Middletown Symphonic Band presents their Annual Spring Concert at South Congregational Church on Pleasant St in Middletown Saturday afternoon at 2pm.

Saturday evening at 7pm, Artists for World Peace present their third International Celebration of Peace, “Dance for Peace” at The Charter Oak Cultural Center, in Hartford.  Dance for Peace will feature dancers and musicians from seven New York, Canadian, and Connecticut dance companies, plus an artisan marketplace and hors d'oeuvres.  Proceeds will buy a corn grinding machine for a community group in Tanzania to feed hundreds of people and provide income to an orphanage center. Tickets and info online at

Here in Middletown Saturday evening at 8pm, The Mattabasset Canoe club presents an evening of traditional and contemporary Irish folk music featuring Mick O’Brien &  Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (Shamen O'Reilly) at 8pm.

Livingston Taylor performs Saturday at First Congregational Church of Madison. Tickets and info can be found at

The Higher Ground Coffee House at 70 Main Street, East Hampton has their weekly open mic starting at 8PM. Saturday evening at Higher Grounds it's local live music.

Now, here’s what’s happening in the world of Cinema off the beaten path here in Central CT. 

“Small, Beautifully Moving Parts" opens this evening at Real Art Ways in Hartford as their early show. This film follows a pregnant technophile who’s uncertainties about motherhood trigger an impulsive road trip to the source of her anxiety: her long-estranged mother living far away and off-the-grid. Real Art Ways is also showing the new documentary film "Marley" from Academy Award winning director Kevin Macdonald. “Marley” celebrates the life and work of visionary performer and world icon Bob Marley. It's the later of the two shows. More can be found online at

Cinestudio, The Trinity College Cinema in Hartford presents the 9 day 25th Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival beginning this evening and running through Saturday, June 9. Check the web at for the complete schedule.

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 Café
 - 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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