Friday, January 11, 2013

Friday's Jive 01-11-13

Good evening, it's Friday, January 11th 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.

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

Tonight in Middletown The Buttonwood Tree is bringing in the George Schuller Trio with George Schuller on drums, Frank Kimbrough on piano, and Matt Pavolka on bass.

On Sunday, and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone and everyone is welcome. You’re also invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church, 190 Court St., at 11:30 a.m. For more information about all Buttonwood Tree events, go to

Sunday afternoon at 2:30, Russell Library director Arthur S. Meyers will discuss his new book "Democracy in the Making: The Open Forum Lecture Movement" at the Russell Library. In 1908 a remarkable direction in community learning began in Boston and spread across the country, becoming the Open Forum Lecture Movement. Meyers book explains how this initiative broadens our awareness of personal and community courage and democratic planning. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Tonight, down in New Haven at Toad’s Place is Johnny Winter with the Johnny I Band and Murray the Wheel.  Also, in Lilly’s Pad, Afton Presents CityState, Four Barrel Billy and Madison Red. Saturday brings Unforgettable Fire, a U2 tribute, along with The Bonesmen, Circadian Rhythm, INK and The Modern Tribe. More at

Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight, the Happy Hour brings Sal Paradise in, followed by Atrina; w/ Old Man Lady Luck; and Lasher. Saturday, it’s the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Gary Grippo and Friends, followed at 9 p.m. by The Iguanas; w/Joe Flood. Sunday brings the Sunday After Supper Jam to Café Nine, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More at

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sallys tonight, hear the Jackleg Preachers, a diverse and dynamic group, in both age and musicianship, running the gamut of musical genres. Saturday, it’s Delta Generators at Sally’s, finalists (out of 55 entries worldwide) in the best self-produced CD competition at last year’s International Blues Challenge. More at

Saturday night at 8pm, The Connecticut Guitar Society presents Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church at 814 Asylum Avenue in Hartford.

Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten track in central Connecticut.
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight begins screenings of “Central Park Five,” a look at the events leading to the wrongful arrest and conviction of five black and Latino teenagers, accused in 1989 of brutally attacking and raping a Central Park jogger in what became a notorious case. Saturday’s monthly late show is “The Room,” about a happy-go-lucky banker who sees his world fall apart when his friends begin to betray him one by one. the film is described as so amazingly bad it’s great. More information can be found at

Over at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema presents “A Late Quartet,” which takes place inside the lives of a New York City quartet as they rehearse Beethoven’s ravishing Quartet in C sharp minor. Hidden allegiances, ambitions and passions are revealed when the cellist (Christopher Walken) announces his plans to leave. Sunday’s matinee and evening show is “Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel.”
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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