Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday's Jive 02-01-13

Good evening, it's Friday, February 1st 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:

This evening at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown
The Modern Riffs present an evening of jazz, classic rock and swing beginning at 8p. On Saturday afternoon at 1pm, The Buttonwood Tree hosts the Free Poets Collective, featuring The Meeting House Poets, with the Piano-Bass Duo of David Sergio and Walter Mayo augmenting the poetry with jazz and American Songbook standards. At 8pm Saturday evening, Jazz Trumpeter Nick DiMaria and his ensemble will be playing original compositions from their upcoming studio release that was recorded at New Haven’s Firehouse 12 Studio. Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood each Sunday. All are welcome to enjoy a meal and help prepare it beforehand at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. For more information go online at

CHUSA- The Connecticut Highly Unsuccessful Songwriters Association- presents the first annual Sandy Song Contest, to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy, and to benefit climate change research. Interested parties are invited to attend the first official meeting of CHUSA, on Saturday evening, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Contact CHUSA founder Dave Downs at, or 860-344-8297 for the details.

At Café Nine in New Haven tonight, Rizzo's Dilemma makes for a night of hard-hitting improvisational rock. Saturday's Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by the Mike Coppola Trio this week. Saturday night The Spampinato Brothers take the stage w/ the Ivory Bills. Sunday there’s a special show to gather together to celebrate the life of the late, great Sam Velecca with an afternoon of Grateful Dead music. More can be found online at

Up in Hartford Rhett Tyler & Early Warning make for an evening of Modern Blues at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight. Saturday night The Alexis P. Suter Band brings their roots, blues and soul to Sally’s. More can be found online at

Saturday morning at the Russell Library in Middletown, the Russell knitters meet and invite you to join them for knitting tips and tricks. All levels of experience are welcome. More can be found at

This evening at 8pm Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents: “Music at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello” in Crowell Concert Hall: featuring what might have been heard after-hours in the Charlottesville, Virginia home of Thomas Jefferson, as well as in the slaves' quarters. Featuring performances by singer, guitarist and banjo player Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, Dennis James on glass harmonica (a creation of Jefferson friend, Benjamin Franklin), singer Jennifer Hope Wills, violinists Robert Mealy and Mazz Swift, cellist Katie Rietman, Christopher Layer on bagpipes and flutes, and Wesleyan Professor of Music Neely Bruce on harpsichord.

This Sunday Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents: “Violin & Piano: Dramatic Partners” Featuring Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Erika Schroth alongside Violinist Netta Hadari at the Russell House on High Street. Admission: FREE! Sunday also brings the Monthly Shaped Note Singing gathering to Wesleyan’s Downey House at the corner of High and Court Sts. from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. More online at

At 8:00 pm tonight in Hartford, Canadian Brass trombonist, Achilles Liarmakopoulos and Maestro Edward Cumming with Hartt Sinfonia join Ezequiel Menéndez for a Concert to Benefit Jubilee House at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. More information can be found at

Saturday Night in Hartford at 7:30pm at Real Art Ways, The Taylor Ho Bynum Ensemble presents: The Prince Project World Premiere which pays tribute to the work of Pop icon and songwriter, Prince. More can be found at

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford they're showing 2013 Oscar Nominated Short Films opening tonight for at least 3 weeks with 3 feature length programs - Animated Shorts, 100% kid-friendly and Live Action Shorts open tonight running through Thursday followed by Documentary Shorts opening 2/15. More information can be found at

At Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, tonight and Saturday Wreck It Ralph, an amusing animated movie about 80s-era video game characters who come to life is onscreen. There's a special late showing tonight of Groundhog Day. Sunday begins a run of The Central Park Five, the documentary directed and written by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon. More at 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 sound bed for Today's Jive at Five features the sound "Carol of Bells Rush Hour" from the MiddletownRemix project, a collaborative, place-based sound project that enables participants to develop and express the acoustic identity of Greater Middletown, and to explore and experience the soundscapes of the city. you can learn more online at

The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at 

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