Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday's Jive 10-19-12

Good afternoon, it's Friday, October 19th, 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, enjoy the “Talking to Walls’ Acoustic Rock Concert,” in which British arena rock meets American garage & indie - opening the evening is singer/songwriter Alma. Saturday night, guitarist Gale Wade performs an evocative mélange of Americana, bluegrass and blues, accompanied by Steve Wade, also on guitar. Every Sunday at about 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood, Food Not Bombs shares vegetarian food. All are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. Also, there will be a Poetry Potluck from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Buttonwood. It’s an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on their website at

It's Homecoming Weekend at Wesleyan. The 36th annual Navaratri Festival is now in full swing.  The festival concerts will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in either Crowell Concert Hall or World Music Hall. Details at

This evening at 7 “An Eye for an Eye: an Open Reading” will bring to Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel a play by 2012 Graduate Liberal Studies Program alumna Linda Napoletano. The play tells the story of Bangladeshi immigrant Rais Bhuiyan [RACE BOO-yawn], who was shot in the face in the wake of the September 11th World Trade Center attacks. After recovering from his injuries, the victim fought to save the shooter from execution. Mr. Bhuiyan, founder of World Without Hate, will lead a discussion after the reading. This is the second of five events celebrating Graduate Liberal Studies' 60th year. For more information call 860.685.2900 or go to

On Saturday afternoon at 2 in the Zilkha Gallery, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents Wesleyan Alums in Performance Art, a free talk by practitioners of that art form.

Also on Saturday afternoon, as part of the university’s Music & Public Life series, a free discussion titled “Pop Music Producers & The Real World -- A Dysfunctional Marriage” will bring award-winning songwriter and record producer Carl Sturken, class of ’78, to campus. Mr. Sturken’s career has included making music for such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, and Rod Stewart, as well as discovering and signing pop superstar Rihanna. The event will be at 3 p.m. in CFA Hall.

This Saturday, from 10am-4pm, friends of the Wesleyan Library will be having a book sale at Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street. There will be over 5,000 academic and popular books, priced from $1-$5. if you would like to volunteer to help with the sale, please email

Saturday at the Canoe Club, at Harbor Park, the Graham's Quakers, a quasi-unplugged group with 2 guitars, bass,  vocals, and no drums, will be playing.
Then on Sunday from 5-8pm its Joey Pass and the Three of Us featuring songs from Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, and Ramsey Lewis.

Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond is down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight. Also performing: Poor Old Shine and Full Spectrum. Also on Friday, it’s Afton Presents with Stealhead, Cloud Zenna, E.M.J., and Lauren G & Guests. More information can be found online at

Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight, the early show will feature Matt Jaffee, followed by The New Dirty; w/ Party Horse. Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Tony Dioguardi and Friends, followed by Paper Hill Casket Company; w/ Eurisko and Bella's Bartok. Then Sunday evening, it’s the Sunday-After-Supper Jam, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More can be found online at

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, the Greg Sherrod Blues Band plays, and then Saturday, it’s Grayson Hugh, a singer/songwriter and master of the piano and Hammond B3 organ. More can be found at

Now here's what going on in cinema off the beaten path in central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways, the film “Detropia", a dreamlike collage of a documentary about Detroit, is showing. Also, Real Art Ways presents Don Hertzfeldt's “It's Such A Beautiful Day Trilogy,” combining the cult animator’s recent “Bill” trilogy of short films into one darkly comedic feature. Then Saturday night, it’s music with Burnt Sugar Does Steely Dan, a rendition of the Steely Dan songbook, taken apart and put back together in two sets live. Then on Sunday afternoon, the Story of Film: An Odyssey continues with part 2, “Expressionism, Impressionism and Surrealism: Golden Age of World Cinema” (1920s); and “The Arrival of Sound” (1930s). More can be found online at

Tonight and Saturday at Cinestudio, Trinity College's movie theater, it’s “The Avengers,” directed by Wesleyan alum Joss Whedon. Then Sunday begins screenings of “Keep the Lights On,” Ira Sachs’s semi-autobiographical film about his decade-long, loving, erotic, destructive love affair in New York City. Details 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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