Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday's Jive 11-2-12

Good afternoon, it's Friday, November 2nd, 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:

There's a co-bill tonight at The Buttonwood Tree, with Kyle Carey & Sean Earnest and Liz Simmons & Flynn Cohen, an evening of roots-steeped Celtic Americana. Experience the camaraderie of traditional folk music– and inspired new compositions. Saturday, it’s an evening with IYQ: The Isaac Young Quartet Jazz Band. Every Sunday around 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. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on their website at

Friday at Green St. Arts Center in Middletown, the series Music & Public Life presents Noah Baerman. While Wesleyan University Jazz Ensemble Coach Noah Baerman is a pianist and composer whose primary medium is instrumental jazz, he has increasingly gravitated towards "message music" in the spirit of artists such as Nina Simone, Charles Mingus and John Coltrane. He will be joined by his longtime trio partners bassist Henry Lugo and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza. 
With the Music & Public Life series, Wesleyan University is celebrating and studying the sounds, words, and spirit of music in public at the local, national, and transnational levels through concerts, workshops, gatherings, and courses, all designed to cross disciplines and engage the campus and Greater Middletown communities. Phone: 860-685-3355

Also tonight, at 8 p.m., the University’s Navaratri Festival continues with vocal music of south India with vocalist and artist in residence B. Balasubrahmaniyan in concert at the Crowell Concert Hall. The concert will open with a performance by Wesleyan students and there will be a pre-concert talk at 7:15pm by Wesleyan Ph.D. Candidate Joseph Getter.

Continuing Friday’s abundance of riches, over at the First Church of Christ Parish Hall, 190 Court Street, the Diversion will present a comedy night at 7:30 p.m., featuring these four acts: Tick Tick… BOOM!; The Sticks Improv;  Wesleyan University's own Gag Reflex; and Desperate Measures. Reservations are recommended. Call 860-325-2386 or visit for more info.

Brenda Bufalino, master tap performer and teacher from New York City, will perform on Saturday at 2pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. “All That’s Jazz” will include tap dancing and singing from swing to bop with live music of Ellington, Coltrane, Mingus and others. She will be accompanied by internationally acclaimed bassist/composer Joe Fonda and Italian pianist/composer Carlo Morena.

Sunday at 3pm at Wesleyan University's Russell House you can hear the music of Dead Cat Bounce with selections from their 2011 album Chance Episodes. The band invokes Charles Mingus and the World Saxophone Quartet, featuring four saxophonists--Mr. Steckler, Jared Sims, Charlie Kohlhase, and Terry Goss--plus bassist Dave Ambrosio and drummer Bill Carbone. For more information, call 860.685.3448.

Now here’s a look at what’s going on in downtown New Haven.
At Toad’s Place tonight,  it’s Max Creek and the McLovins. Sunday, it’s Matisyahu and The Constellations. More can be found at

And at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight it’s The Manchurians; w/ Anne Castellano & the Smoke; and Forgotten By Friday. Saturday, it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host The Mike Coppola Trio, followed The Heritage Blues Quartet; w/ The George Baker Trio. Then  Sunday at 8, it’s the Sunday After Supper Jam with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More can be found at

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight from 5 to 8 p.m., it’s the 5h annual Feed the People fundraiser, with music by Kumar Ramanan. Donations of non-perishable foods, cash and checks made payable to Feed the People are welcome. The fundraiser is followed at 9 by Forward Motion. Saturday brings Joe Louis Walker to Sally’s for a 9 o’clock performance of electric blues. More can be found at

Now let’s look at cinema off the beaten path in Central Connecticut

At Real Art Ways in Hartford they begin a run of “Stars in Shorts” and “Wake in Fright (Outback).” Tonight is also the every-first-Friday Gaze event, featuring music by My Gay Banjo. Then Sunday, The Story of Film: An Odyssey continues at 1 p.m. with Part 4: “European New Wave” and  “New Directors, New Forms” (the 1960s). More can be found at

Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College's movie theater, tonight and Saturday, it’s The Dark Knight Rises, which the theater calls your last chance to see the film on a screen bigger than your laptop. Sunday, National Theatre Live presents Timon of Athens, followed by Sleepwalk with Me. More 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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