Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday's Jive 05-31-13

Good afternoon, it's Friday, May 31st 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.

Tonight at Cafe Nine in New Haven, it's the anticipated Duece Bug Mantis album release show. The weekly Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam is by Mike Coppola this week. Saturday night Nightbitch, Gasoline Therapy, Thrillhouse, and Feed the Pigs make for an all Heavy Metal lineup. Drinkdeeply Presents a Summer Surf Series with Ninth Wave and SPF-4 at 3pm Sunday afternoon. More can be found at

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford tonight The Mighty Soul Drivers bring the classic Soul sounds of Memphis, Muscle Shoals and points South to the stage. Saturday, it’s the blues styling of the Roberto Morbioli Band. If you want more information, go to

Down in New Haven at Toad's Place tonight Cosmic Dust Bunnies, The Manhattan Project, Full Spectrum, and Blessed & Gifted with ConnetiCON DJing set breaks.  Saturday is the annual Toad’s Place Memorial Day Funkfest featuring Rearview & Sister Funk, Mr. Council, Soul Circus, and  Funkinachea.  Go to for details.

Here in Middletown at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street tonight you can catch a singer songwriter Double Bill featuring Marci Geller and Kristen Graves. On Saturday mornings The Buttonwood offers a series of wellness activities from Chi kung and yoga to self-empowerment workshops. This Saturday night The Buttonwood Tree presents another double bill, this time with singer/songwriter Frank Critelli and the banjo, trumpet, cello, violin, and upright bass wielding ensemble, Goodnight Blue Moon. Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood each Sunday. All are welcome to enjoy a meal and help prepare it before hand at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. Sunday afternoon at 3pm The Buttonwood Tree and ArtFarm present Clowning For Change - Canadian performance artist Jonathon Ellison will share his experiences of clowning for sustainable living. Sunday night at 7pm, The Great Make Believe Society performs different kinds of improv comedy at The Buttonwood offering an opportunity to experience improvised scenes created right before your eyes, based on your suggestions!
During June there will be a new mixed media exhibit on display in The Buttonwood gallery by Carole Dubiell. Her show Forest, Form and Fantasy features works on brown paper, copper, paint and more on canvas. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found at

On Sunday afternoon, here in Middletown, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Shaped Note Singers meet at MAC650 gallery on Main Street. Contact Neely Bruce at  for further information or directions.

Bushy Hill Nature Center 253 Bushy Hill Rd, Deep River is hosting its 2nd Annual Farm Fest, a benefit concert for the farm at Bushy Hill! On Sunday from noon-5pm at the Activity Center field, there will be performances from 4 local bands and musicians, including Amalgamated Muck with WESU's own Lauren Agnelli. There will also be a Primitive Studies Expo where kids and families can learn about primitive fire making, tools, and much more! Come take a hay ride and tour the farm and meet the animals! There will be food vendors, and many local artists selling their crafts. Call (860)767-0848 or visit for more information.

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

Tonight Real Art Ways in Hartford begins a screening of Room 237, a subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining plus a screening of the original thriller itself. Visit for details.
Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, and Real Art Ways are presenting the  26th Gay & Lesbian Film Festival with films showing at both venues. You can find the details at and

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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