Friday, June 7, 2013

Friday's Jive 06-07-13

Good afternoon, it's Friday, June 7th 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.

If you find time, visit the Ezra & Cecile Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University. There are 2 worthwhile exhibitiions on display: Art for Haiti and the annual Middletown Art Guild Show.

Here in Middletown, tonight at The Buttonwood Tree at 8, the Eight Mile River Band plays bluegrass. Saturday morning at 7:30 brings weekly Quigong (Chee Gung) to the Buttonwood, followed by community yoga. Saturday night at 8 brings a co-bill of country-soul and folk pop with Emily Hurd and Stephanie Lynn. And, of course, on Sunday, Food Not Bombs serves food outside The Buttonwood Tree at 1 pm. You're invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church on Court Street. Also, all month, the Buttonwood will be exhibiting “Forest, Form and Fantasy,” a show of mixed-media works. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found at

Next Monday night from 6:30 to 8:00 there will be a meeting of the Middletown Medical Reserve Corps at the Cromwell West Street firehouse. Anyone, both medical and nonmedical personnel, is welcome to attend.

Down in New Haven at Toad's Place Saturday you can catch the bands Austin Diogo, DJ Blink, A-Ron & Kapsoul, Greddy, Diatonic, Jimmy Fingaz, Tango, Psylar, Larry Luck, CarmyFresh, and e|roc. Also on Saturday in Lilly’s Pad, Gorilla Music presents New Haven’s Battle of the Bands, with Chaser Eight, Friends Without Benefits, The Ultra Violets, Grinning Dog, Victory Am I, Kamikaze Fighter Pilots, Set In Motion, Great Blue, Funk You Up, and This Was A Tragedy. Go to for all the details.

Also in New Haven, at Cafe Nine, tonight’s happy hour features Monster Eats Pilot, with Bowen Arrow Three and The New Dirty. On exhibit will be musically-inspired art by Dan Greene of the Mountain Movers. Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Gary Grippo. Saturday night, Oddball Events presents Bluegrass Hoedown #5, featuring 10 String Symphony; w/the Rosenthals; and Cricket Tells the Weather. 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 on all of these events.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally's, today at 5 p.m. begins the Black-eyed and Bluesfest, the 14th annual blues festival in the park, with four bands: the Rich Badowski Blues Band; Barrence Whitfield & the Savages; Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez; and Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood. The Rich Badowski Blues Band will also play at 9 at Sally’s. Saturday at 9, it’s blues chanteuse Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers, channeling the sound of Delta guys who got electric in that transitional period in the '40s and '50s on their way north. Go to for details.

On Saturday, it’s Much Ado About Something: The Shakespeare Series, part 1. Middlesex Community College and the Middletown-based theater company ARTFARM are collaborating to offer a three class series focusing on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on Saturday mornings in June. The classes are offered in preparation for ARTFARM’s Shakespeare in the Grove production of Much Ado About Nothing, which will be presented on the College campus July 18 – 21 and 25 – 28.

Also on Saturday in Middletown, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Middlesex County Historical Society participates in Connecticut Open House Day by partnering with dozens of other museums around the state and offering free admission. The museum is at the Society’s headquarters, the General Joseph Mansfield House, 151 Main St. Current exhibits are award winning Hard & Stirring Times: Middletown and the Civil War and Within These Walls: One House, One Family, Two Centuries, the story of the Mansfield house and the family who occupied it. Of particular interest is a display of items owned by General Mansfield who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Antietam, and personal equipment used at the First Battle of Bull Run by Charles Pelton, the founder of Pelton’s Drug Store.

At 7 p.m. on Sunday, as well as at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, the Connecticut Gilbert & Sullivan Society will hold auditions for The Yeomen of the Guard at Congregation Adath Israel, 8 Broad Street, Middletown. For more details, call 1.800.866.1606 or visit the Connecticut Gilbert & Sullivan Society online.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut.
Continuing this weekend through Saturday, courtesy of Real Art Ways and Cinestudio, the Trinity College Cinema, both in Hartford - is the 26th CT Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Cinestudio will then be closed for maintenance until Wednesday. Opening tonight at Real Art Ways is Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay, the world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor, a performer who regularly provokes astonishment from even the most jaded audiences. Saturday marks the return of The Room; the best terrible movie ever is booked for monthly late shows at Real Art Ways. Visit and for details and links to trailers.


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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