Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday Jive 06-15-12

Good afternoon. It's Friday, June 15th, 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, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown welcomes Amandla, an original roots reggae ensemble featuring five internationally renowned reggae artists. Saturday is June 16 and that is “Bloomsday”, the day in the life that is "Ulysses". The Buttonwood Tree has a long-standing tradition of celebrating James Joyce’s literary legacy. This year’s event is again hosted by Abigail Reynolds and features live music by Full Gael followed by an Open Mic.

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

Later at 4pm on Sunday, the monthly Poetry Potluck gathering offers an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. This isn’t an open mike. More information about all Buttonwood events can be found at or by calling 860.347.4957
Down in New Haven tonight at Café Nine, Sarah Lou Richards and Mike Clifford are in for an early set of Nashville twang at 6:30. Later at 9:30 Christina Harris returns to New Haven and co-headlines a night of piano driven pop.  Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Tony Dioguardi and Friends. Saturday Night Babement, an all girl Pavement cover band; Dead Wives; and Two Inch Astronaut make for a Garage post punk showcase. More online at

Tonight, Infinity Hall in Norfolk presents an evening of music with Robert Randolph and The Family Band. Saturday Night Mathew Sweet brings his “Girlfriend” tour to Infinity Hall. Sunday night Donna The Buffalo take the stage. More can be found at

Tonight is comedy night with  Sex and the City's Dr. Bram Walker - Kevin Flynn at Bridge Street Live!, in Collinsville. Saturday night Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez take the stage. Visit for more information.
In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood are back on the stage tonight. Saturday night, Philly Blues singer Gina Sicilia returns to Black-eyed Sally’s. More information can be found at

Here in Middletown tonight, Vinnies Jump and Jive present their Salsa Social dance Night. On Saturday night Vinnies hosts a Break Dance Cypher.   More can be found online at

Tonight in East Hampton at the Higher Grounds Coffee House at 70 Main Street, it’s the weekly open mic. Show starts at 8PM. Every Saturday it’s a live local music at Higher Grounds.

Tonight The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook presents Ollabelle, a New York based folk-roots-rock band that began playing gospel tunes in Manhattan’s Lower East Side following 9/11. More information can be found at or by calling 860-388-3286.

Saturday night at the Outer Space in Hamden you can catch Jug band revivalists Washboard Slim and the Blue Lights in a double bill with Americana sweethearts, Amalgamated Muck (including the Grammy-nominated Lauren Agnelli), for a night of local roots music.

Saturday morning at 11am you are invited to join the Russell Library Knitters,
an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise. No registration is required.  The group meets in Meeting Room 3 at the Russell Library in Middletown on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays each month.  You can get more information at or by calling 860.347.2528

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

Tonight Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford presents an incredible restoration of Marcel Carné’s film Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise) which has been called by some, the greatest of all French movies. Show schedules and descriptions can be found online at

Real Art Ways in Hartford is showing “Pink Ribbons, Inc.” a feature documentary that shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a "dream cause," becomes obfuscated by a shiny, pink story of success.
Tonight Real Art Ways begins a run of "Peace, Love and Misunderstanding" starring Jane Fonda. And Real Art Ways has extended its run of Marley, capturing the life of reggae great Bob Marley, continuing through Saturday. 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 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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