Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday's Jive 06-14-13 (Flag Day)

Good afternoon, it's Friday, June 14th 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.

Thanks to all of the WESU supporters who contributed to our Spring Pledge Drive. With your help we are able to keep our unique brand of community radio going strong.

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 exhibitions on display through Sunday: Art for Haiti and the annual Middletown Art Guild Show.

Also tonight, the Middletown Gallery Walk features art galleries in the north end of the city and their latest exhibitions with open receptions. The Gallery Walks usually take place on the First Fridays of the month so you can mark your calendars. Search Middletown Gallery Walk on Facebook for details and a map.

Tonight The Buttonwood Tree presents a singer/songwriter Double Bill featuring An Evening with Joy Ike & Hannah Christianson. Joy Ike has been compared to the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae, Norah Jones, and Regina Spektor. On Saturday mornings The Buttonwood offers a series of wellness activities from Qigong (sounds like Chee Kung) and yoga, to self-empowerment workshops. Saturday night the Buttonwood Tree presents George Cole and his band for an Evening of Gypsy Jazz & Uptown Swing.
Sunday, is a busy day at The Buttonwood. Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the venue. All are welcome to enjoy a meal and also help prepare them beforehand at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.
Sunday afternoon at 1pm brings Rumpus, a platform for others to explore their own music. At 4pm the monthly Poetry Potluck is an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. It isn’t an open mike though. Sunday evening, this being Bloomsday, June 16 (for those of you who are familiar with his classic, Ulysses) you are invited to Celebrate James Joyce by sharing his works with others.  There will be music and Irish breads provided by O’Rourke’s Diner. The event is hosted by Abby Reynolds. Costumes are optional. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found at

The Russell Knitters will meet on Saturday, 11:00am-1pm, in Meeting Room 3. Mustard’s Retreat, the classic folk duo with David Tamulevich and Michael Hough, will perform on Saturday, June 15 at 2pm in the Hubbard Room. More can be found online at

Tonight at Cafe Nine in New haven, listen to The Joiner Inners, Fiesta Brava, and Back From Earth. The weekly Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by Tony Dioguardi and Friends this week. Then, Saturday night Elison Jackson, Ports of Spain, and Head with Wings take the stage. Sunday night Manic Productions Presents: Ivan & Alyosha; w/Neulore  at the Nine. Details about these and other events can be found at

Down in New Haven at Toad's Place, tonight it's Shakedown returning to play music of the Grateful Dead & Beyond with Off The Dome and The Big Takeover opening.  Saturday night Less Than Jake, Hostage Calm, Pentimento, and Wolves at Bay play the Toad’s main stage while Afton presents 8 bands upstairs on the Lily pad Stage.  More can be found at

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, tonight Atlanta singer/songwriter Chris Massey and his Band take the stage. Saturday, it’s the blues stylings of Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood. More can be found at

This Saturday in East Hampton is the Strawberry Festival! Celebrating local music and Main Street. There will be vendors and local music all day. WESU's own J-Cherry and Tim Sparks are playing at Higher Grounds from 8-10PM.  J-Cherry and the Strawberries play original music with a flare for poetry and americana roots rock, with percussive backup from Gigglejuice. Gigglejuice is playing at 4:30 at Higher Grounds. Also the acoustic duet, Rusted Keys,  plays this Sunday morning beginning at 10:00 a.m.- at Higher Grounds, 70 Main Street, East Hampton, (860-467-6643).

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, throughout the weekend you can catch Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay, documenting the world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor who regularly provokes astonishment from even the most jaded audiences.  You can get more information at for details.

Cinestudio reopens with The new Italian Film, "Reality" which runs through next Tuesday. HBO and Cox invite you to a special screening of the first episode of Season 6 of True Blood on the big screen at Cinestudio tonight at 7 pm.   You can find show times and more info 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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