Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday's Jive 12-14-12

Good evening, it's Friday, December 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:

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, throughout the month of December, photos by WESU's own dj Bill Revill are exhibited. Tonight Marci Geller's Open Book Tour comes in to The Buttonwood, with a musical trio led by singer-songwriter Geller on piano and vocals. Saturday afternoon, in association with Holiday on Main Street, the Middletown Parks and Recreation Department sponsors an ornament decorating activity. Supplies will be provided. Saturday evening brings the Electroacoustic Improvisation to The Buttonwood.  Among the performers is a percussionist/laptopist and an effects-addicted guitarist. The music has been called ambient, spacious and cinematic.
Sunday, and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food at about 1 pm in front of The Buttonwood Tree welcome to all.  Prior to the feasting, you're invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.
Later on Sunday, at 4pm Suzy Lamson hosts a Poetry Potluck, not an open mic and not a salon, the afternoon falls safely in between and is meant for poets and poem lovers. Find out more about Buttonwood events at

ARTFARM's Circus for a Fragile Planet presents SUBMERGED! at Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street in Middletown tonight. SUBMERGED!  is a sixty minute, five person circus about water-related environmental issues. The show starts on the beaches, lawns and bathrooms of central Connecticut and journeys around the globe, exploring human impacts on the hydrosphere through the artistry, imagination and spectacle of circus. Contact: Dic Wheeler or 860.346.4390 for information.

There's blues dancing at Vinnie's Jump and Jive tonight, things get started at 7 pm with dance classes and continue until midnight with dancing. Find out more about the classes and open dance at

On Saturday beginning at 8pm, listen to classic rock with lively dance music by Out of the Basement at the Canoe Club at Harbor Park, 80 Harbor Drive in Middletown. Call 860-347-9999 for more details. On Sunday at 5pm the Canoe Club features the jazz trio, The Three of Us, for dancing and listening and then at 6pm the Eric Kuhn Group takes the stage at the Club.

The Rusted Keys play Sunday morning, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Higher Grounds, 70 Main Street, East Hampton. The Keys (Diane Kozikowski & Dave Downs) perform a style of music they call "Nouveau Croon," blending early jazz/pop influences with modern acoustic sensibilities. Call Higher Grounds at 860.467.6643

Down in New Haven at Toad's Place tonight you'll find Riders on the Storm, a Tribute to the Doors, in a celebration of Jim Morrison's birthday, as well as Electric Lady Band, INK, Silvergun, Terra Firma, and Action Potential. Saturday, it's Marion Meadows' Annual Jazz Christmas Show. Find more online at

At Café Nine in New Haven, the Friday happy hour brings in Sal Paradise, followed by Bill Kirchen's Honky Tonk Christmas, with The Forgotten Ones, described as "the twangiest holiday show in town" with the Titan of the Telecaster Bill Kirchen. Then Saturday, it's the  Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Tony Dioguardi and Friends, followed by the North Shore Troubadours; w/ the Clams; MC "Thick Beef" and DJ Dave Coon. Sunday, it's the Sunday After Supper Jam with host Kevin St. James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More can be found at

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally's tonight the Bob Margolis Blues Band & Friends will be in. Saturday at Sally's it's Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood. More can found at

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford tonight and continuing through the weekend into next week catch "The Flat", "a film that begins as a family quest but evolves into a gripping study of know-don't-tell reticence and the umbilical tie of a lost homeland." The Waiting Room, a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients is a weekend choice as well. And on Saturday, it's the Best of the New York International Children's Film Festival Kid Flix Mix 2012, a family favorite, suited for Real Art Ways' youngest audiences, ages 4 to 8. This and lots more can be found at

At Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema through the weekend, also in 4-K, are screenings of Samsara. Shot over four years in 100 locations in 25 countries, it offers images of our planet that few of us will have the opportunity to see in person. The mesmerizing scenes of unprecedented clarity were created by shooting large format 65mm film, then transferring the film through the highest resolution scanning process available to the new 4K format. Tonight also brings a 10:30 p.m. showing of Back to the Future, with Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, to Cinestudio. More 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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