Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday's Jive 4-12-13

Good afternoon, it's Friday, April 12th 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.

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree on Main St in Middletown, catch a double: Frank Varela & Upstream / Avi Wisnia following Frank’s gallery show opening reception. Saturday mornings you can catch Chi kung (Chee Gung), yoga and empowerment workshops at the Buttonwood. Saturday evening its Ladies Night at The Buttonwood Tree featuring Julie and Jan. Sundays at 1pm Food Not Bombs shares food in front of the Buttonwood Tree. All are welcome to share a meal and help prepare a vegetarian meal at the First Church on Court Street in Middletown at 11:30am. Find out more at

We are in the midst of Thesis season for Wesleyan’s graduating seniors. This means lots of opportunities to catch free visual art openings, music recital, and stage productions. For a full rundown, you can check out the Wesleyan Center for the Arts website

Tonight The WESU Spring Concert series presents a free outdoor hip hop show featuring Boldy James and Gifted Higgs. This is free and open to the public and will happen outside in Wesleyan’s Westco Café Courtyard near “Foss Hill”. The concert will move inside if the weather is not good. To access this and other events, please check the station website at

On Saturday from 2 to 3pm there is a screenprinting demonstration by Lee Berman, Gallery Supervisor of the Davison Art Center, at the Wesleyan University Center for the Arts Drawing Studio, Art Workshop 105. 283 Washington Terrace, in Middletown. This is free and open to the public, although registration is recommended. Call the Wesleyan University Box Office at 860-685-3355. The demonstration has been organized in conjunction with the Davison Art Center exhibition, "Artists Take Action: Protest Posters Today," on display April 5 thru May 26.

Connecticut Heritage Productions (CHP) announces the winning plays in the third annual "Connecticut Stories on Stage" playwriting competition. The new works will receive a public staged reading on Saturday at Oddfellows Playhouse, on Washington Street in Middletown at 7:00 P.M. There will be a reception following the readings. For reservations or more information contact Peter Loffredo, CHP Artistic Director  @ 860-347-7771 or email

The Wesleyan Humanity Festival will take place on April 13th, 2013 on the bottom of Foss Hill and intends to bring all members of the Wesleyan and greater Middletown community together through music, art, and spoken word. The festival will encourage dialogue about—and action against—the existing class, racial, and social rifts that exist within the community. The Wesleyan Humanity Festival seeks to bring passionate, politically aware, and socially conscious artists who have united audiences in the face of difference. The hope is to inspire an open attitude and to continue the growing movement towards understanding how to create an inclusive community.

The Friends of Long Hill Estate and the Long Hill Estate Authority will host their annual spring event: Daffodil Day-A Kids Fest on Sunday from 1pm to 4pm at the Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate, 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown. This family event will be held rain or shine and there is no charge for admission.

In New Haven tonight at Café Nine, at 9pm 
Manic Productions Presents: Metz; w/Odonis OdonisEternal Summers. On Saturday at 4:30pm, its "Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam," w/ host the Mike Coppola Group, followed at 9pm by "Oddball Events Presents: Bella Morte; w/ Inertia". And then Sunday at Cafe Nine, starting at 8pm, Manic Productions Presents: David Wax Museum; w/ Kingsley FloodPlume Giant. Learn more all events at

Also in New Haven at Toads Place, tonight starting at 8:30pm, it’s “Wybc Presents: Boolapalooza.”  Saturday at 9:30pm at Toad's is "The Original Saturday Night Dance Party." Check out

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight at 9pm it’s the blues of Anthony Gomes and on Saturday night it’s the drum-driven group, Entrain. More information about these events can be found at

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

 At Real Art Ways in Hartford opening Friday is “Beyond The Hills”. The film was inspired by the non-fiction novels of Tatiana Niculescu Bran, and unfolds in and around a remote monastery. Also, "On The Road", based on the Kerouac novel of the same name, continues its run at RAW. If you want to know more, you can go to

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford is presenting their annual “April in Paris Film Festival” this week. Tonight Cinestudio presents the French film "Cache” (Hidden). The festival wraps up on Saturday, the matinee is "A Cat in Paris", the evening show is "A Montreal Girl". Sunday begins a short run of "Life of Pi". For more information please go to

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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