Friday, January 4, 2013

Friday's Jive 01-04-13

Good evening, it's Friday, January 4th 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

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Here then is a brief rundown of some of the cultural and entertaining events happening in our area this week:

Friday night, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown welcomes the Two Virgins’ band back to the stage for an evening of live  rock and roll, with Americana and beat-era roots.  Saturday brings The Russ Nolan Jazz Organ Trio’s “Tell Me” CD Release Party to the Buttonwood for an evening of high-energy modern jazz. Each Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food in front of The Buttonwood Tree at 1pm.  All are welcome to enjoy a meal and help prepare the vegetarian feast at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am.  More about Buttonwood Tree events at 

At Café Nine in New Haven tonight you can catch Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons, Grave Robbers, and Paper Hill Casket Company play americana and rootin’ tootin’ country. Saturday's Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by Mike Coppola this week.  Saturday night Oddball Entertainment Presents: The Suzan w/the Mendition of the Quay at Café Nine. The Suzan are a pop-rock band from Tokyo, More online found at

The Russell Knitters will meet on Saturdays, January 5 and 19, from 11:00am-1pm in Meeting Room 3 at Russell Library. Participants are encouraged to bring knitting projects and join an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise. No registration is required.

In honor of Jack Paton, his family and the Russell Library will present an annual writing contest for people who have lived or worked in Middletown. You must be over 25 years of age to enter. This year, the suggested theme is “Food for Thought.” What is your favorite story involving food? All ideas are welcome. Entry forms for this year's John W. Paton Storytelling Contest are available in the lobby of Russell Library, 123 Broad St., Middletown and on their website. The entry deadline is Thursday, February 28, and the awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at 7pm. Entry forms are available in regular and large print.

Toads’s Place in New Haven tonight brings Reggae Winterfest featuring I Anbassa, The Green Line, All Good Feel Good Collective, 27 Prophets, Shots Fired, and Mitigue. More online at

In Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s Jen Lowe & the Sensative Dudes take the stage tonight and you can catch the Mighty Soul Drivers Saturday night. More at

This Saturday brings the opening reception for the Art For Haiti Exhibition at the Artspace Gallery in Hartford from 6pm - 10pm. All proceeds to benefit “Movin' With The Spirit” a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the people of the poorest part of Haiti. Exhibiting artists are Andria Alex, Andres Chaparro, David Bauer, Joyce Senesac, Paul Baldassini, Phil Ouellette, Pierre Sylvain, and Robert Charles Hudson. DJ Big Bent will be spinning international grooves throughout the opening reception. For information call Pierre at 860-808-9128

This Sunday brings the Monthly Shaped Note Singing gathering to the Bruce home, here in Middletown CT from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. you are invited to attend and bring a dish to share for the Potluck that follows the singing. All are welcome! Email for further information and/or directions.

Now here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford tonight you can catch Price Check -  a smart and honest comedy that examines who we think we are and what we’re willing to do for the life we think we deserve. Real Art Ways begins a run of Chasing Ice from acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog who, once a skeptic about climate change, through his Extreme Ice Survey discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet.  More information at 

Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema begins a run of A Royale Affair in which Johann Friedrich Struensee, a national hero in Denmark, is an 18th century man of reason up against the superstitions and despotism of the royal court. More 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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