Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday's Jive - the Ides of March

Good evening, and beware, this is the Ides of March - 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 rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.

Here in Middletown at The Buttonwood Tree tonight it’s Cotton Hollow Rising bringing songs of love, songs of war & peace, of hearth & home, and of the people from the American West to the Celtic Isles. Saturday mornings starting at 7: 30 the Buttonwood offers, Qigong (Chi Kung), yoga, and self-empowerment workshops.   This Saturday, at 2:00pm there’s a Stop Smoking through Hypnosis workshop.  Saturday night Award-Winning Composer Joshua Kwassman brings his mini jazz orchestra to The Buttonwood Tree to release Songs of the Brother Spirit in an evening of contemporary jazz. Every 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 at on Court Street at 11:30 am. Later on Sunday, there's a Poetry Potluck at 4pm, a gathering for discussion and literary conversation using poetry as the focal point. For more information about all Buttonwood events, visit for information.

Also on Sunday, Shaped Note Singers meet from 4p to 6p at MAC650 Gallery at the North End Artist Cooperative, 648 Main Street. Bring a dish to share! Potluck follows the singing.

In Middletown, The Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park opens for the season tonight, featuring live music with Danny Quinn at 5:30 and on Sunday at 4pm The Canoe Club features fiddle  player Jeanne Freeman alongside accordion player Loretta Egan Murphy. At 7pm there’s also an Irish music session. Visit for more information.

Saturday at 11am in Meeting Room 3 of the Russell Library, The Russell Knitters invite you to bring your knitting projects and join an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise. 

Tonight at Cafe Nine in New Haven it's Jeffrey Thunder's Birthday Bash featuring: The Vultures, Fatal Film, The Lost Riots and The Hempsteadys with DJ Live Mike spinning between sets. Saturday, from 4:30 to 7:30 at Café Nine, it’s Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam w/this week’s host, Tony Dioguardi and friends.  Later Saturday night Steve Broderick , best known for playing with Trans Siberian Orchestra for the past 10 years, takes the stage. Sunday night at Cafe Nine, its the Sunday-After-Supper Jam open mic with host The Cafe Nine all Stars.  More can be found at

This Saturday, The Michael Cleary Band will be at the Red House in Deep River. They are inviting you to come on out and get your groove on! And that's all the information we have.

Over at Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight at 7pm, The Cosmic Dust Bunnies take the main stage with Viral and Brass Tax opening.  Saturday night at Toads Upcrown Neon & True Crew Present: Dank including Trap, Dubstep, Electro, House, and EDM. For more information, you can go to

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight at 9pm The Lance Lopez Band w/Sal Iacobucci and Dreaming the Blues perform. Saturday at 9pm Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood perform their  mix of Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Soul and funky Texas Blues. More can be found at

The acoustic duet, Rusted Keys, play on the third Sunday morning of every month- beginning at 10:00 a.m.- at Higher Grounds, 70 Main Street, East Hampton. Ph. no. (860-467-6643). The Keys (Diane Kozikowski & Dave Downs) perform a style of music they call "Nouveau Croon".

Now, here’s a quick glimpse at cinema offerings off the main line here in central Connecticut.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight you can catch "The House I Live In" a documentary examining the real effects of the War on Drugs.  Details about all events can be found at

Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, tonight and tomorrow they are featuring Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. Then beginning Sunday at 2:30pm, Happy People: A Year In The Taiga, directed by Werner Herzog and Dmitry Vasyukov is showing in a special week-long premiere. More can be found online 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 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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