Friday, February 8, 2013

Friday's Jive 02-08-13

Good evening, it's Friday, February 8th 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:

Because the Jive is pre-recorded, there may be some cancellations this weekend that aren't noted here - so it is best to double-check with the venue before deciding on any particular event to attend.

This evening's performance at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown featuring the Alon Nechushtan ‘Words Beyond’ Jazz Trio, a hard-swinging and inventive piano trio has been cancelled due to the weather. Saturday night at the Buttonwood, it’s the Grass Routes Bluegrass Band. Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food at about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome to enjoy a free vegetarian meal and, to help prepare it beforehand at First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. For more information about all Buttonwood events, visit

Saturday evening at 8, (the Friday performance has been cancelled) Gallim Dance comes to the CFA Theater to perform the New England premiere of "Mama Call", a contemporary tale of border-crossing, and "Pupil Suite", set to the contagious music of Israeli band Balkan Beat Box with a pre-performance talk at 7:30 on Friday by Debra Cash.  For more information about the events, go to
Tonight at 7 p.m., the Greater Middletown Chorale sponsors McKay Jenkins, author of “The Last Ridge,” in a free illustrated talk about the 10th Mountain Division, its beginnings in World War II, its epic assault on Hitler's troops in Italy, its impact on America's ski industry and its service today in the Near East. The presentation will be in Middlesex Community College’s Chapman Hall, and a discussion will follow. The Greater Middletown Chorale presents the talk in connection with the world premiere of its newly commissioned work, Letter from Italy, 1944, scheduled for April 28.

Also tonight, at 8 p.m., at MAC650 Gallery, 650 Main St., in Middletown there will be a fundraiser dance party to raise money for an animation/video project entitled “Projected”,  a pilot project to serve as an example for an after-school program and  equipment to be used for movie and video game night at MAC 650. The event features music from 8 until 10 p.m. followed by dance music until midnight.

This Sunday in the Hubbard Room of the Russell Library in Middletown, "They Called Me Lizzie . . .  from Slavery to the White House" – the story of Elizabeth Keckly, Mary Todd Lincoln's dressmaker and confidante will be presented by Stephanie Jackson in a dramatic performance. The performance begins at 2 p.m.

Also this Sunday at 3pm in the Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School, The Greater Middletown Concert Association presents the high-energy chamber ensemble, “Fireworks” in a program that moves from bluegrass to Sacred Harp, Zydeco to Chicago Blues, plus rock and hip hop.  For info call (860) 347-4887 or visit

At Café Nine in New Haven tonight happy hour features Dan Green, followed by Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos. Saturday, it’s the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Gary Grippo and Friends, followed by Broken. Sunday’s Sunday-After-Supper Jam will be hosted by Dom Zullo and the Cafe Nine All Stars. More can be found at

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight it's Soul Tsunami. Saturday brings singer/songwriter/guitarist Debbie Davies to Sally’s. More can be found online at

Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways, 56 Up, the documentary chronicling the lives of a group of British subjects is showing Saturday and Sunday in matinee. Oscar-nominated short films, both animated and live-action, make up the bulk of the weekend schedule. Go to for all the details.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, tonight and Saturday you can see “ARGO”, and Sunday through Tuesday, it’s “Chasing Ice,” chronicling the startling effects of global warming. 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 2am Saturday 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 2, to 3am it's the Bassment Beats with DJ Lokash – the Real Hip-Hop is over here.

The next hour 'til 4am it's Maximum Rock & Roll Radio - A weekly radio show featuring the best international DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rock n roll radio record collection.

+Sing Out! Radio Magazine with Tom Druckenmiller comes on at 4 until 5am with a weekly, hour-long “magazine format” program, featuring interviews in addition to “live” and recorded traditional folk musics.

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 "Irish Step Dancing" 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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