Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday's Jive 11-30-12

Good evening, it's Friday, November 30th, 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 the forest city of Middletown, it’s the Hartt School of Music: Classical Guitar Showcase. The Guitar Department at The Hartt School University of Hartford is the oldest performance-based guitar program in the country. The concert will feature ensemble and solo guitar music including guitar quartets, flute and guitar, as well as solos. Saturday night, the Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet, which played last year at the White House, performs favorite jazz tunes and originals. Sunday, and every Sunday, at about 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood Tree, Food Not Bombs serves vegetarian food. You’re invited to help prepare the meal at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church on Court. Learn about all Buttonwood events at

Tonight, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts brings Music from East Asia to Wesleyan’s World Music Hall, featuring Wesleyan's East Asian Ensembles presenting a variety of musical styles and repertories from East Asian cultures. Also, at Crowell Concert Hall, there will be a West African dance concert, in which choreographer and Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka will be joined by students and guest artists for an invigorating performance showcasing the vibrancy of West African cultures through music and dance forms. Saturday evening, in the World Music Hall, it’s the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble and Javanese dance performance, an orchestra of bronze gongs, xylophones, drums. There is a candlelight concert at 7p Saturday in the Memorial Chapel featuring the Wesleyan Singers' performance of selections from Handel's oratorio Israel in Egypt Sunday brings the Worlds of Dance performance to Crowell Concert Hall. For more information, go to

Tonight through Saturday, the Oddfellows Junior Reporatory Company will present Huck Finn at the Oddfellow Playhouse on Washington Street.

Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" at the Performing Arts Center @MHS, 200 LaRosa Lane tonight and Saturday at 7pm is being presented by the MHS Drama Club. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Violinist Emil Altschuler and pianist Artem Belogurov will perform Danzas Españolas on Saturday at 2pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad St.

The Greater Middletown Chorale will perform Britten's A Ceremony of Carols with harp and Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols for baritone soloist and cello Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm in Zion Lutheran Church in Portland. Call 860-316-4854.

Tonight, down in New Haven at Toad’s Place The Machine performs Pink Floyd. And Saturday it’s the Original Saturday Night Dance Party. More information about all Toad’s shows can be found at

At Café Nine in New Haven tonight happy hour brings Malcolm Marsden, followed by a Tribute to the Anthology of American Folk Music, to benefit the CT Food Bank. Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by the Mike Coppola Trio. That will be followed by Oddball Events’ and Café Nine’s presentation of Andre Williams; w/ Barrence Whitfield & the Savages; and Bronson Rock. Sunday, Manic Productions Simone Felice; w/ Smoke Signals will be performing. More can be found at

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight it’s Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang. It was the original backup band for Howlin’ Wolf until his death in 1975. Saturday brings Bad Rooster to Sallys. More can be found at

Now let's take a look at cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford opening today is The Loneliest Planet, in which a momentary misstep threatens to undo everything a young engaged couple believes about each other and themselves. Also opening tonight is Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters. Crewdson’s riveting photographs are elaborately staged, elegant narratives compressed into a single large-scale image. The film is a profile of the acclaimed artist, featuring fellow artists commenting on the motivation behind their friend's haunting images. Sunday brings Improvisations, the artist-curated performance series, to Real Art Ways. Then on Sunday, the Story of Film: An Odyssey, concludes with Part 8: “Cinema Today and the Future” (2000s). This and more can be found at

Tonight over at Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema, "The Intouchables", a comedy in which a caretaker to a quadriplegic Parisian aristocrat tries to break through his patient’s wall of loneliness is having a run. Sunday begins a double-feature run: Searching for Sugarman and Neil Young’s Journeys. For music and movie fans: one ticket, two unforgettable documentaries! Searching for Sugarman is about two South African fans’ search for Sixto Rodriguez, a ‘70s superstar who disappeared after rumors of an onstage suicide. Neil Young Journeys is directed by Jonathan Demme who gets the rock legend to share tales about his childhood and career, punctuated by classic songs as well as new ones. Learn more about what's happening 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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