Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday's Jive 01-18-13

Good evening, it's Friday, January 18th 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 brief rundown of some of the cultural and entertaining events happening in our area this week:

Here in Middletown at The Buttonwood Tree tonight The Kenn Morr Band returns for a night of authentic Americana rock and roll. Saturday morning’s at 8:30 Terri Johnson instructs Free community Yoga at The Buttonwood Tree followed by Annaita Ghandi’s “Aligned with Source” Workshop for Empowerment at 10:30am. Saturday afternoon at 2pm the Larry Gareau Trio comes in for afternoon jazz. At 8pm Saturday night, Charter Oak Bluegrass takes the stage. You're invited to help Food Not Bombs prepare their vegetarian meal at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30am on Sunday prior to the meal being served in front of The Buttonwood Tree at 1pm. Visit for more of their offerings.

Sunday afternoon at 2pm Free Poets Collective Presents an Artist Gala to Benefit Newtown, CT Tragedy Victims at 
The Buttonwood Tree.   Artists from all over the world have contributed original artwork to be sold to benefit victims of the Newtown, CT tragedy. This event features visual arts, music, poetry, sculpture, and more. 10% of all proceeds and all ticket sales will be donated to a charity representative on hand.  This is followed by the Monthly Poetry potluck event at The Buttonwood Tree.

Saturday morning the Russell Knitters meet in the Russell Library of Middletown and invite you to join them for knitting tips and tricks. All levels of experience are welcome.

Café Nine in New Haven tonight hosts Sugar Ray & the Bluetones; w/ Paul Gabriel for a night of traditional and contemporary blues . Saturday's Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by Tony Dioguardi and Friends.  Saturday night Manic Productions presents Nashville Rock 'n' rollers Denney and The Jets; w/ Derek Hoke and  Elison Jackson.  Sunday afternoon Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School's "50 Shades Of Sketchy" is where art, alcohol and traditional figure drawing collide.  Sunday evening Café Nine presents Gringo Starr and the Mountain Movers.  More can be found online at

In Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight the eight piece Soul of a Man band (complete with booming horn section) takes the stage for an evening of soul music. Saturday night Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers play their retro early electric blues sound at Sally’s. More online at

In New Haven at Toads Place tonight the annual Opus Birthday Bash comes in for a night of loud rock and roll.  Saturday brings another night of loud music in Big Jim’s “Screw Winter” Bash. Sunday the annual MLK Jr Funk Fest features Rearview, Greg Sherwood, Terryl Lee and Funkinachea on the Toads Place main stage while The New Haven Battle of the Bands takes over the Lily Pad Stage. More can be found at

Tonight at 7:30pm you are invited to an evening of improvised comedy here in Middletown. Hartford's Sea Tea Improv, Middletown's Great Make-Believe Society and East Hampton's The Sticks Improv take to the stage without a script and create scenes based on audience suggestions at Oddfellows Playhouse on Washington St. For info email

Higher Grounds, on Main Street, East Hampton host their weekly open mic night tonight. Show starts at 8pm. Every Saturday night is live local music, and The Rusted Keys, an acoustic duet, play on the third Sunday morning of every month- beginning at 10:00 a.m.- at Higher Grounds, on Main Street, East Hampton (860-467-6643).

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford through Sunday you can catch “Central Park Five,” for 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. In Chasing Ice, running through the weekend, National Geographic photographer James Balog discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. More weekend films and information are at

Tonight, Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, presents: The Sessions, which tells the story of childhood polio survivor Mark O’Brian who wrote an article about hiring a sex therapist to help him lose his virginity. And Sunday, Holy Motors begins a short run at Cinestudio. Where to begin in describing the plot of Leos Carax’s new film? Better let Cinestudio answer that. Visit to find out more.

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 

And if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can make that donation online at anytime. Thanks for listening!

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