Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday the 13th Jive

Good afternoon. It's the month of July and it's Friday the 13th, 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 at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown there will be a performance of African Rhythms, Jazz and Tone Poems by InnerAttainment called "Music is the Healing Force of the Universe." Show starts at 8:00 pm.

Also here in Middletown tonight, Vinnie's Jump 'n' Jive presents its All Blues All Night Dance. Saturday night Vinnie's hosts a Break Dance Cypher.   More can be found online at

Saturday night, The Buttonwood Tree welcomes classically trained pianist and vocalist Brianne Chasanoff as well as Bella Voce, a talented, young acapella group. Show begins at 8:00 pm. Food Not Bombs shares food at about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday. All are welcome to the meal and are also invited to help prepare the food at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. Later, at 4 pm on Sunday, the Buttonwood's monthly Poetry Potluck gathering offers an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. It isn’t an open mike. More information about all Buttonwood events can be found at their website: or by calling 860.347.4957.

Tonight, Wesleyan's Center For the Arts Theater presents:  Brian Brooks Moving Company, with two of its intelligent and risky recent works: "Descent," an exploration of the paradoxical tendency of bodies to exhibit both dependency and detachment, and the New England premiere of "Big City."  More can be found online at

Saturday is Indie fest at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford. This free all-day music fest kicks off at noon and runs through midnight, featuring music from The Radical Dads, Ovlov, Farewood, The Suicide Dolls, Kevin MF King, Brett the One-Man Band, Rum Glass Serenade, plus more local and regional acts. There will also be opportunities to indulge in music, food, and a really, really free market. More can be found online at

Sunday morning from 10:00 - 11:00 am there will be "The Centennial and Legacy of Woody Guthrie," presented by singer/songwriter Bill Collins at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden.  Mr. Collins will lead songs of Woody Guthrie, the musician who inspired thousands of musicians and activists to stand up, sing, and protest injustice during the years of the Great Depression through the 1960s.  For info contact: Harry Mangle, 203.980.4661

Connecticut Ballet returns to Middletown for its 2nd annual Summer Dance Caravan performance on Sunday at 5:00 pm at Middlesex Community College's Chapman Hall. The performance is free and open to the public and will feature four different ballets with styles ranging from classical to Broadway. Doors open at 4:30pm. For info, visit

Soulful tenor-sax player Greg Piccolo returns to Blackeyed Sally's tonight. American bluegrass singer Janiva Magness will be taking the stage at Sally's on Saturday Night. More can be found at

Now, here’s a quick rundown of some cinema in central CT this week.

In Hartford at Trinity College, Cinestudio is showing now into next week BonJour Tristesse, directed by Otto Preminger. Visit for details.

Tonight Real Art Ways in Hartford will continue viewings of Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, a feature-length documentary of one of the most compelling artists of our time. The film will start at 7:00 pm. Tonight through next Thursday, Real Art Ways in Hartford will be showing "I Wish", a Japanese film displaying the journey of two young brothers separated by divorce, as well as Keyhole, which is described as a "surreal fusion of family melodrama, film noir, gangster movie, ghost story, and Homer's Odyssey." There are more films over the weekend at Real Art Ways. Visit for all the listings.

Finally, it's the season for farmers’ markets and here are a few in our area: The Durham Farmers' Market is open every Thursday on the Town Green on Main St, from 3 to 6:30 p.m., through September. The longstanding Middletown Farmers’ market at the South Green is now open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. The Middletown North End Farmers' Market is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday and is located at the corner of Liberty and Main Streets in Middletown.

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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