Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday's Jive 09-14-12

Good afternoon, it's Friday, September 14th, 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:

On Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., the Center for the Arts presents the Connecticut premier of the interactive piece “Zoom,” harnessing the lively democratized energy of social networking and shattering the wall between the audience and performers.  The dance company integrates audience cell-phone photos and texts into real-time video collages projected into the theater for an engaging and surprising evening of dance. Part of the Breaking Ground Dance Series presented by the Wesleyan Dance Department and the Center for the Arts. Made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Also, running through December, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents "Performance Now,” explaining how performance came to be essential to the latest developments in contemporary art and culture.

On Sunday at the Russell House, 350 High St., flutist Peter Standaart presents "legends of the flute" – the Music At The Russell House Series opening concert at 3pm. For more information on these events, you can contact the Center for the Arts at

Down at Café Nine in New Haven tonight, you'll hear Shellye Valauskas and Dean Falcone followed by the Manic Productions presentation of the Modern Merchant Tour kick off, w/Ports of Spain and Jesse Stanford (of Heirlooms). Saturday, Café Nine’s Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by Tony Dioguardi and Friends, followed by Manic Productions Presents: Perhaps; w/Wess Meets West and Breakthrough Frequencies, an Indie/post rock showcase. Sunday, it’s the Sunday-After-Supper Jam, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More information at

Back in Middletown, the Russell Knitters meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Russell Library on Saturdays. The Russell Knitters are an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise. No registration is required. Bring your knitting projects! All through September drawings, paintings and sculpture by inmates of Connecticut prisons will be displayed at the Russell Library. The exhibit is sponsored by Community Partners in Action, which operates on the belief that the arts are an important tool for inmates to develop life skills while also providing  the general public a window into an often-unseen part of our community. For more information, please call 860-347-2528.

Tonight at The Buttonwood Tree beginning at 8p, Anitra Brooks and Eric Kuhn will do songs from Eric’s recent album Eden @ the Coffeehouse and from Anitra’s EP called Flood. Influences on display will include blues, island, folk and a little jazz. On Saturday, folk singer Tom Neilson and Lynn Marie from Greenfield, Massachusetts, join The Buttonwood Tree for a night of music for social change kicking off at 8. 
Food Not Bombs shares food beginning about 1 pm Sundays in front of The Buttonwood Tree. Anyone is welcome. Consider yourself invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on their website at

Tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at MHS, 200 LaRosa Lane in Middletown, The Connecticut Gilbert & Sullivan Society is presenting "H.M.S. Pinafore" and "Trial By Jury". For more information, tickets call 1.800.866.1606

Vintage Vox Quartet, playing light jazz, swing and music from the Great American Songbook and comprised of band members Kathy Bonaccorsi (vocals), Kenny Palmieri (drums), Darryl Patterson (piano), Jerry Fanfarelli (guitar) will be appearing at the Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park tonight from 7 to 11 p.m. Call the Canoe Club for information: 860.347.9999

Saturday at Real Art Ways in Hartford, the Improvisations concert series features improvised music by Mark Dresser on contrabass violin, Stephen Haynes on cornet and Joe Morris on guitar. The aim of this artist-curated series is to create a listening environment that will allow the audience intimate and deep contact with the music and those who make it. Come early and stay late, listen to and speak with the performing artists.

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

Tonight, Real Art Ways is showing “Sleepwalk With Me,” the story of a burgeoning stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship threatening to race out of his control, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore. Also playing tonight is Elena, winner of a special jury prize at Canne. The film is described as a subtly stylish exploration of crime, punishment and human nature. Also, starting tonight at Real Art Ways and running through next Thursday, it’s "You've Been Trumped". In this David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on celebrity tycoon Donald Trump. At stake is one of Britain's very last stretches of wilderness. Tickets, info and times can be found online at

The Trinity College cinema, Cinestudio, begins screenings of Savages, directed by Oliver Stone. Blissed-out marijuana growers in Southern California meet their brutally professional Mexican drug dealers. Described as “Oliver Stone’s strongest work in years . . . a stylish, violent, hallucinatory thriller with both a mean streak and a devilish sense of humor.”  The film runs through Saturday.
Sunday through next Tuesday begins a run of the film Damsels in Distress. Written and directed by Whit Stillman, it’s about well-spoken co-eds who are bored to distraction by their classmates and so go on a mission to improve the music, clothes, dance – and especially the fraternity men – on campus. Tickets and times can be found at

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU in this, the 1st week of the radio station's Fall Season.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s
 Wild Wild Live with MC Apper - A sneak peek into the magical live music scene of Wes. Tune in for in-station sets from campus bands and recordings of up-and-coming artists' campus shows.

From 6:00 to 6:30pm 
it’s Free Speech Radio News - Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

For the next half hour, until 7pm you have the Middletown Youth Radio Project - A weekly radio program featuring the thoughts, voices, creativity and talent of the kids in the WESU neighborhood.

At 7, until 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, including local artists from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He also features upcoming artists performing 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 – 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
 with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am 
with Francesco Fiumara, the former host of WESU's own WESParla 
 - 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.

The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at

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