Friday, May 24, 2013

Friday's Jive 05-24-13

Good afternoon, it's Friday, May 24th 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.

Down in New Haven at Toad's Place tonight you'll find Talib Kweli, Cory Mo, and Jus & Company with special guest Sotorios of Political Animals; plus, The Shift. Saturday brings the Reggae Springfest to Toad’s, with I Anbassa, B-plus, Gnostic Roots, All Good Feel Good Collective, I Am Natty Congo and the Kronic Band, and BruckHeart. Sunday, Styles P performs. Go to for more details.

Also in New Haven, at Cafe Nine, tonight’s happy hour is with Sal Paradise, followed by Broken; w/ Tomb & Thirst; and Anu. The Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by George Baker. Then Saturday night, it’s The Morning on Fire; w/ Milksop: Unsung; and Kindred Queer. Sunday’s Bluegrass jam 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. Go to for more information.

Back in Middletown at The Buttonwood Tree tonight at 8, Karl Rausch and the Moments Notice Ensemble play contemporary and original jazz compositions. Saturday morning at 7:30 brings weekly Quigong (Chee Kung), followed by community yoga. Saturday night at 8, the South Carolina Broadcasters bring their harmonies and acoustic music to the Buttonwood. 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 all Buttonwood events can be found at

Today at 6 p.m., Middlesex Community College hosts an opening reception for its annual Arts and Media Festival, showcasing the most accomplished projects produced by the school’s humanities division students. In addition to the student film and multimedia projects screening, student art works will be displayed throughout the Jean Burr Smith Library, Pegasus Gallery and the Niche.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally's, Latanya Farrell & Bookman Styles Band will be playing tonight. Saturday, it’s Mixed Signals. For more information, go to

At Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon at 2, there will be an opening reception at the Zilkha Gallery for the graduating seniors’ thesis artworks in this showcase of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media and architecture. For more information, visit the CFA website at

On Saturday evening at 7, the Middletown Symphonic Band will perform an outdoor concert at Riverfront Recapture in East Hartford. You can get more information on this event at

Sunday morning at 9  – and every last Sunday morning of the Month – have breakfast while enjoying the music of The Rusted Keys, an acoustic duet. They play at BrewBakers, 169 Main Street, Middletown.

On Sunday afternoon, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Shaped Note Singers Meet at the MAC650 gallery on Main Street. Shaped notes are a music notation designed to facilitate congregational and community singing. The notation, introduced in 1801, became a popular teaching device in American singing schools. Potluck follows the singing. Bring a dish to share. Contact Neely Bruce at for further information or directions.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” a post 9/11 story in which conflicting ideologies have the power to determine life or death, ends a run with showings at 2:30 pm Saturday and Sunday; while tonight at 7:30 begins a run of “Molly's Theory of Relativity,” a sexy, funny, surreal, and devastating portrait of a beautiful twenty-eight-year-old astronomer who, having unexpectedly lost her job, is poised to make perhaps the first reckless decision of her life. Also opening tonight in the earlier 5:20 pm timeslot, is “Gimme the Loot,” in which Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teenage graffiti writers from the Bronx, hatch a plan to get revenge on their rivals by tagging an iconic NYC landmark, but they need to raise $500 to pull off their spectacular scheme. Go to for details.

Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, ends a run of “Quartet” with showings tonight and Saturday, Dustin Hoffman’s first film as a director, set in a home for retired singers and musicians, as they prepare for their annual benefit operatic concert. Then, Sunday, Cinestudio will begin a run of "Safety Last", the Harold Lloyd classic where he hangs perilously from a large skyscraper clock. This is the 90th anniversary of the silent film. You can find show times 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
 Chocolate Cake with DJ Rob. An hour long musical sugar high. Power-pop plus Brit-pop and singer/songwriters from the 60's to today.

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.

At 6:30 until 8pm 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 - 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 – 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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