Friday, May 10, 2013

Friday's Jive 05-10-13

Good afternoon, it's Friday, May 10th 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.

At 7:30p tonight and tomorrow, Oddfellows Playhouse’s Teen Repertory Company presents Nightmares & Streetscapes: An Evening of One Act Plays. The evening features comedies and dramas by Edward Albee, Christopher Durang, Eric Lane and others. Tickets are available online at or by calling 860-347-6143.

Tonight at The Buttonwood Tree at 8 is folk musician Arlon Bennett’s CD release concert, celebrating “World of Possibility.” Saturday evening, there will be a double bill of folk music with Terry Kitchen and Mara Levine & The Levins. And, of course, 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. Information about Buttonwood events can be found at

Tonight, the Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents at 8, the Toneburst laptop & electronic arts ensemble, directed by Assistant Professsor of Music Paula Matthusen, a series of works for live electronics, including premieres of new works written for the group by Professor of Music Ronald Kuivila and Carl Testa '06. That’s at World Music Hall.

On Saturday afternoon, at 2pm downtown in the North End of Middletown, the Center for the Arts presents Middletown Remix, a festival of art and sound.  After a year of exploring, sharing, and remixing the sounds of Middletown on the Wesleyan University's MiddletownRemix website, celebrate the city's acoustic identity at a festival featuring four world premieres of works commissioned for the festival, three live DJ sets, two art/sound installations, a laptop orchestra, food trucks, graffiti art, improv sketches, and a gallery walk. Master of ceremonies is DJ Arun Ranganathan and there will be a flash mob dance at 2:30 p.m. MiddletownRemix is a collaborative, place-based sound project that enables people to develop and express the acoustic identity of greater Middletown. details online at

Photographic scenes of Middletown by experienced and up-and-coming local artists are featured in the "Hear More, See More" exhibition, which accompanies Wesleyan University's Middletown Remix "Hear More, See More" festival. The free opening reception is tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at MAC 650 Gallery, 650 Main St. The show, originally called "Angles of Middletown," is curated by Carolyn Reeves, president of the MAC 650 Artist Co-op, as part of the North End Gallery Walk. The photographic tribute to Middletown features images from novices to professionals, and shows a variety of shots of the city.

Saturday evening, at 7, it’s ARTFARM’s Shakespeare Slam and Masked Bash, featuring interesting and unorthodox performances of Shakespeare, live music, costumed characters, celebrity host Chion Wolf of WNPR, food and drink - all in a festive Elizabethan atmosphere where masked adults have fun in a children's museum. Perform! Imbibe! Enjoy! It all happens at Kidcity in Middletown. Contact ARTFARM at (860) 346-4390 or email

Also, Saturday evening at 7:30, the Greater Middletown Concert Association presents Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” at the new MHS Performing Arts Auditorium at Middletown High School. The center is at 200 La Rosa Lane. E-mail for info or call (860) 347-4887 or (860) 346-3369

Friday and Saturday, The Friends of Russell Library hosts its Book Sale. Learn the times at Also on Saturday, at 2 at Russell Library, is Roger Ceresi’s All Starz Concert, featuring an eight-piece horn band.

The Friends of the Godfrey Memorial Library will sponsor a program by Connecticut Gravestone Network founder Ruth Shapleigh-Brown on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Godfrey Memorial Library, 134 Newfield Street, in Middletown. The mission of the Connecticut Gravestone Network is “to educate the public on the importance of old graveyards and cemeteries in our history.” Shapleigh-Brown will give a talk on how to preserve and study our cemeteries as a way of connecting with the past. For more information, please call Ray L’Heureux at 203-237-3614.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut.

Tonight, Real Art Ways in Hartford opens a run of the new film from renowned filmmaker Terrence Malick, "To the Wonder." They also begin a run of "Hava Nagila," a documentary that makes the case that the film's namesake song is much more than Jewish kitsch. More can be found at

CineStudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, continues a run of Pablo Berger's distinctive BlancaNieves, a new silent film version of Snow White that pays tribute to the original Gothic dark romanticism of the Brothers' Grimm. 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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