Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday's Jive 05-03-13

Good afternoon, it's Friday, May 3rd 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.

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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

Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.

Beginning at 5pm and going until 8 there is a Middletown North End Gallery Walk featuring new art and artists in the galleries along the north side of Washington St and along the north end of Main St. Stop in at one of the galleries to learn more about this 1st Friday event. The participating galleries are Ursel's Web, Middletown Framing, The Buttonwood Tree, Green St. Arts Center and MAC650 Gallery along with artisanal shops and restaurants in the neighborhood.

Then, beginning at 8 and at The Buttonwood Tree, students from the guitar dept. of the Hartt School of Music will perform solo and chamber works for classical guitar, including a guitar quartet arrangement of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3; trios for flute, viola, and guitar by Sergio Assad and Astor Piazzola; and solo works by Villa-Lobos and other major guitar composers. Saturday morning at 7:30, come to the Buttonwood for Qigong (Chi Kung) and Tai Chi, followed by community yoga for beginners and intermediates, starting at 8:45 a.m.  At 1 p.m., the Free Poets Collective Presents Faith Vicinanza and Mar Walker reading poetry from their collections. That's followed at 8 by Alon Nechushtan's Words Beyond jazz Trio. Then, on Sunday, Food Not Bombs serves food outside The Buttonwood Tree. You're invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church on Court Street. Sunday evening at 7 brings The Great Make Believe Society to the Buttonwood, with different styles of improv comedy based on your suggestions. Details about all Buttonwood events can be found at

Oddfellows Playhouse’s Teen Repertory Company Presents Nightmares & Streetscapes: An Evening Of One Act Plays tonight and Saturday at 7:30 pm. The plays feature comedies and dramas appropriate for high school age and older. Call 860.347.6143 or visit

The Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents:
Tonight at 7 p.m. Japanese Taiko drumming at Crowell Concert Hall.
Also tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m., student choreographers will present works created during a year of dance composition studies at the Patricelli '92 Theater, 213 High Street.
The Friends of the Wesleyan LIbrary host their Special Spring Book Sale starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Olin Library on Church Street.
And on Saturday, at 7 p.m., Wesleyan's Chinese Music Ensemble, directed by Huan Li, will perform a variety of Chinese instrumental music—traditional, modern and hybrid. That's at Crowell Concert Hall.
At 9 p.m. on Saturday, there will be a senior music recital by Madeline Holland at World Music Hall.
Sunday at 2 p.m., it's Wesleyan's World of Dance Concert, with dance students performing various styles, including Bharata Natyam (South Indian classical dance) and Javanese dance.
Also on Sunday, at 4 p.m., the Shaped Note Singers meet at Downey House, at the corner of High and Court Streets.
Information about most Wesleyan events can be found at

On Sunday at 2 p.m., take a musical journey to the roots of Israeli music. Presented by Congregation Adath Israel in its large social hall at 8 Broad Street here in Middletown.

Down in New Haven at Toad's Place tonight catch Move, Electro / Dubstep / House / Hardstyle / Trap / Dnb, with DJ's spinning in three rooms. Saturday, it's the Original Saturday Night Dance Party. And Sunday, Manic Productions presents, Restorations, with Call It Arson and Dagwood. Go to for details.

Also in New Haven, at Cafe Nine, tonight's happy hour features Shellye Valauskas and Dean Falcone. The Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by Mike Coppola, followed at 9 by blues with Debbie Davies. Sunday, Drink Deeply presents the Summer Surf Series with Commercial Interruption. Sunday's After Supper Jam is hosted by the Legendary Cafe Nine All Stars, w/master of ceremonies Dom Zullo. Go to for details.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally's tonight, the Allegra Levy Band featuring Sean Clapis plays Sally's stage and Saturday, it's Johnny Rawls. Go to for more.

Now let's look at cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Lore continues its run. Opening tonight is The Angels Share, a comic fable and winner of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize. Go to for more.

CineStudio, Trinity College's cinema, will show the Academy Award Nominated short films of 2012, live action tonight, the animated films will be shown Saturday afternoon. And Sunday, War Witch begins a short run. Details 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 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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