Good evening, it's Friday, January 25th 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 arts2GO.org – the City’s website for what’s going on and what’s to do with a highlight on the arts in Middletown. That's arts2GO.org
Here’s a brief rundown of some of the cultural and entertaining events happening in our area this week:
At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight Acoustic Ladyhips will be performing rock, pop and jazz. Saturday brings a double bill of balladeers to the Buttonwood, starting at 8 p.m.: Jeremiah Birnbaum and Ben Rabb. Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food in front of the Buttonwood at 1pm. Everyone is welcome. Prior to that, consider helping to prepare the vegetarian food at First Church, 190 Court Street at 11:30am for the meal. Visit www.buttonwood.org for more of their offerings.
On Saturday and Sunday, there will be performances of Circophony’s Vaudeville Circus, the latest youth circus under the directorial eye of ARTFARM's Dic Wheeler. Circophony is a co-production of ARTFARM and Oddfellows Playhouse. It combines the dazzling artistry of circus with the style and format of classic vaudeville. This hour-long performance, featuring 11 young performers between the ages of 13 and 18, will transport you back to the 1920s with fabulous flapper costumes, acrobatics, juggling, unicycling, magic, dance, melodrama and comic sketches. A fast-paced series of acts, all to a soundtrack of live and recorded classic jazz. Performances will be at 7:30 pm at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown.
On Sunday morning at Brew Bakers at 169 Main St. in Middletown you can hear the acoustic duet The Rusted Keys beginning at 9:00 a.m. The Keys (Diane Kozikowski & Dave Downs) perform a style of music they call "Nouveau Croon," blending early jazz/pop influences with modern acoustic sensibilities. Their repertoire spans several decades of American popular music. Call Brew Bakers at 860.852.0034 for info.
Tonight there is a closing reception for the Art For Haiti Exhibition at the Artspace Gallery in Hartford at 6pm. All proceeds benefit “Movin' With The Spirit,” a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the people of the poorest part of Haiti. Exhibiting Artists include : Andria Alex; Andres Chaparro; WESU’s own host of the Bauer Hour, David Bauer; Joyce Senesac; Paul Baldassini; Phil Ouelette; Pierre Sylvain; and Robert Charles Hudson. For information call Pierre at 860-808-9128.
Down in New Haven at Café Nine from 5 p.m. to closing, it’s Lonesome Billy's Birthday Rockathon: featuring Torque; The Gene Gnomes; The Benders; Gary Heriot; Al Raebuck; Knot A Band; Taylor Joyner; Tommy Lourdes; and more. Saturday from 4:30-7:30 pm, it’s the weekly Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam, followed at 8 by Day 2 of the 9th Annual Berfest - Featuring Dead Wives; Home Movies; Native Mode; and No Program. Sunday, from 4 to 7 p.m., it’s the Bluegrass Jam At Cafe Nine, hosted by Stacy Phillips. Then, starting at 8 sharp, it’s the Sunday-After-Supper Jam: w/ host Dom Zullo and the Cafe Nine All Stars. More can be found online at cafenine.com.
In New Haven at Toads Place tonightthey've got Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond, along with Full Spectrum and String Band. Saturday, it’s the original Saturday Night Dance Party. More can be found at toadsplace.com.
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight Popa Chubby is onstage. Saturday, it’s Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts, voted Connecticut’s "Best Blues Band" by the readers of the Hartford Advocate in 2005, 2007 2008 and 2011. Sunday brings Downtown Rocks For Newtown to Sally’s, with Spark Plug; Forward Motion; Carnival of Thieves; Addison Station; and Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project. Find out the entire schedule online at www.blackeyedsallys.com
Now here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in Central Connecticut beginning at Real Art Ways in Hartford. “Chasing Ice” continues in matinees on Saturday and Sunday. 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. Tonight begins a run of “56 Up.” Starting in 1964 with “Seven Up,” the original concept of the UP series was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, renowned director Michael Apted, a researcher for Seven Up, has been back to talk to them, examining the progression of their lives. An extraordinary look at the structure of life in the 20th century. More information can be found at www.realartways.org.
Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, “tonight through Saturday is the film “Flight,” with Denzel Washington playing a conflicted man who runs into trouble and isn’t sure how to get out. The cast includes John Goodman, Don Cheadle and Melissa Leo. Sunday begins “Wake in Fright,” called “The best and most terrifying film about Australia in existence.” Gary Bond stars as a sensitive schoolteacher who ventures into the Outback, finding himself lured into a rural nightmare of debauchery and dread that exists far from any dreams of civilization. Visit cinestudio.org 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 wesufm.org/jive
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 wesufm.org anytime. Thanks for listening!