Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday's Jive 04-26-13

Good afternoon, it's Friday, April 26th 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.

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight at 8 p.m. Turkish-born jazz guitarist Sinan Bakir and his trio perform. Saturday morning at 7:30, wake up with tai chi and quigong at The Buttonwood, followed from 8:45 to 10 a.m. by free Community Yoga. Saturday night at 8, the Celtic duo Lilt - playing the flute, Irish tin whistle, bouzouki and banjo, performs. On Sundays at 1pm Food not Bombs shares food in front of The Buttonwood Tree. Are all are welcome to share a meal and you may consider helping prepare the vegetarian fare at the First Church on Court Street in Middletown at 11:30 a.m. More information about all Buttonwood Tree events can be found at

The Middletown Public School All-City Music Festival takes place in the hockey arena at Welseyan University's Freeman Athletic Center on Cross St. beginning at 6 pm Saturday.

On the campus of Wesleyan University in Middletown this weekend you can hear the Wesleyan University Orchestra Spring Concert in Crowell Concert Hall on Saturday at 7pm. At 8pm see Sundanese and Javanese Puppet Plays in the World Music Hall. Check out Wesleyan University events on the Center for the Arts webpage at

Down in New Haven at Cafe Nine tonight Friday's happy hour brings Lonesome Billy and Friends, followed at 9 by The Proud Flesh, celebrating the release of a new album; along w/ Hanging Hills and Johnny Mainstream. The Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by George Baker this week, followed at 9 by Deni Bonet, who has recorded & performed with Cyndi Lauper, REM, Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls, Richard Thompson, Robyn Hitchcock and many others. Sunday's Bluegrass Jam from 4 to 7 is hosted by Stacy Phillips, and the Sunday After Supper jam is hosted by the Legendary Cafe Nine All Stars, w/ master of ceremonies Dom Zullo. You can go to their website at for more information.

Tonight over at Toad's Place in New Haven they have Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond. Also playing is Weird Beards, and Washboard Slim & The Blue Lights. Saturday, the Brave Enough Tour comes to Toad's and this show is sold out. Sunday at Toad's Place, it's the Dillinger Escape Plan, with The Faceless, Royal Thunder, and Xenosis. You can access for more details about these events and more.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally's, tonight at 9, troubadour Peter Karp and blues-and-roots artist Sue Foley provide the music. Then Saturday at 9, it's blues artist Roxy Perry's All Star Revue. More details can be found at

The Meriden Daffodil fest celebrates 35 years this Saturday and Sunday. The free annual music festival in Meriden's Hubbard Park celebrates a return of Spring with "food, flowers, fireworks and fun." Amidst the 650,000 blooming daffodils in Hubbard Park, visitors can enjoy an arts and crafts sale; the crowning of Little Miss Daffodil; a carnival with Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, giant slide, pony rides, miniature train; and "Meriden's Silver Fork," the food tent that houses 50 food vendors all from community non-profit agencies, each selling at least one unique food item. Saturday night is capped by a spectacular fireworks display. The event attracts over
100,000 spectators annually. Rob DeRosa, host of WESU's Home grown local music show on Thursday afternoons, has put together another diverse line up of entertainment for this year's festival featuring over 30 bands on three stages. Some of the acts you can find are Frank Critelli, the return of Mark Mulcahy, The Alternate Routes, The Ivory Bills, Poor Old Shine, Orquesta Afinke, River City Slim, Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, Dan Stevens, and PBS kids songs Steve Songs plus much more. Details online at

It's the last Sunday of the month and in Middletown that brings The Rusted Keys in to belt out their "nouveau croon" at Brew Bakers on Main St. beginning at 9 a.m.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford tonight begins a run of the film "Lore": Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, a staunch Nazi believer, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions. The late show on Friday and Saturday is "Upstream Color." Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. is React/Interact, an interdisciplinary brainstorming experience in which participants from all backgrounds -- tech savvy, artistic, science-minded, or simply curious – become part of the creative process. Registration is limited to just 20 participants; you can register for free by email or phone. Details about that and the rest of the schedule are available at

At Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema, tonight through Saturday, it's "Spring Breakers," featuring a wannabe rapper played by James Franco. Then Sunday begins a run of the Israeli documentary "The Gatekeepers," radically honest conversations with six retired members of Israel's top secret security force. Visit


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 CafĂ©
 with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy CaffĂ© 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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