Friday, September 28, 2012

Jive for Friday 09-28-12

Good afternoon, it's Friday, September 28th, 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:

Over at the Wesleyan Potters gallery shop, now through Nov. 2, “Fibers,” a show of baskets and weavings, will be on display. The opening reception is from 5 to 7 today.

Tonight at Crowell Concert Hall on the campus of Wesleyan University, the Center for the Arts Music In Public Life series presents the Voices of Afghanistan at 8pm with a pre-performance talk by Wesleyan Professor of Music, Mark Slobin at 7:15pm. See for details.

Tonight at The Buttonwood Tree here in Middletown, check out The Lost Acres String Band, serving up a rich stew of songs and instrumentals from a wide variety of musical traditions with the added spice of some exotic originals. Saturday morning brings the last of three installments of the “Aligned with Source” Workshop for Empowerment, helping us to deal with life’s challenges through understanding. Saturday night at The Buttonwood, check out the Michael Coppola, Barry Ries Jazz Duo. Barry Ries plays both trumpet and drums and has performed in every major jazz club in the US, with many jazz legends. Michael Coppola invented the 9 string guitar on which he exclusively performs. He has recently played at The Blue Note and the Montreal Jazz Festival. On Sunday, in front of The Buttonwood Tree, Food Not Bombs shares food beginning about 1 p.m. Any and all are welcome. You are also 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 its website at

On Saturday at the Russell Library, the Russell Knitters meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. And through the rest of 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.

The Greater Middletown Concert Association presents "Songs And Sounds Of The Swing Era" with Linda Ipanema and Her Band w/feature guest baritone, Stan Edwards on Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at MHS, 200 LaRosa Lane. A sentimental journey in a tribute to the great songs, singers and bands of the Swing Era. Contact or 860.346.3369.

At Toad's Place in New Haven tonight it’s Snoop Dogg! More details can be found at

Over at Café Nine in New Haven  tonight, it’s the George Lesiw CD Release Show; with special guests M.O.B., the Matt Oestreicher Band. Saturday, the Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by the George Baker Experience, followed by Taco Hut Music Presents: Elison Jackson, a  CD release party featuring special guests. Sunday, Manic Productions Presents: Bob Log III; w/ Cheap Time; and Milksop:Unsung. More information can be found online at

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight it’s Royal Sons, and Saturday it’s Entrain. More can be found at

The Eric Kuhn Group performs at the Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown this Sunday. The lineup includes an eight piece band featuring a full horn section, plus Anitra Brooks on vocals alongside Eric Kuhn. Festivities begin somewhat promptly at 3 in the afternoon. For info call 860-347-9999

With the arrival of fall, farmers’ markets have given way to country fairs, including these: running through Sunday in West Springfield, Mass., it’s the Eastern States Exhibition, or the Big E.  Go to for the full schedule. The Durham Fair runs through Sunday. Coming up in October are the Berlin Fair and the Portland Fair.

Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten paths of central CT:

Continuing through the weekend at Real Art Ways in Hartford, the films “Mahler on the Couch” and “Beauty is Embarassing” are being screened. Information, screening times, and more can be found at

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema, begins screenings of “Samsara,” a long-anticipated follow-up to “Baraka,” one of the Cinestudio audience’s most loved films! Samsara - a Sanskrit word meaning the ever turning wheel of life - is a nonverbal movie. Tickets and times can be found 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
 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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