Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday's Jive 06-21-13

Good afternoon, it's Friday, June 21st and this is the beginning of Summer, 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.

Appearing at The Buttonwood Tree tonight at 8, it’s Warren Byrd with the Afro-Semitic Experience, in a workshop performance of their new project, “Jazz Souls On Fire,” a benefit for The Buttonwood Tree Piano Fund. Warren Byrd is a Hartford native with an international reputation. Saturday mornings start off your day at 7:30 with Quigong (Chee Kung) followed by community yoga. Saturday at 8pm, it’s the Gail Wade Trio.  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. 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

Down in New Haven at Toad's Place tonight brings the Jadakiss birthday bash and single-release celebration, hosted by DJ Phenom, CirocBoyMitch, and DJ G King. Saturday, it’s Opuspalooza 2013, with Dead by Wednesday, JennCity, Bonded Through Hate, Split Shift, Children of the Korn, Maniac, The Curse of Her Flesh, Priapism and Everybody Hates Me. You can go to for details about all these events.

Also in New Haven, at Cafe Nine, Friday’s happy hour is followed at 9 by "The Paul Collins Beat;" w/ The 509ers; and Thee Radiation. Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by George Baker. Saturday night, Manic Productions presents "The Handsome Family" with Sean Rowe. Sunday’s Bluegrass Jam is hosted by Stacy Phillips. The Sunday After-Supper Jam is hosted by "The George Baker Experience." You can access their website at for details about these and other events.

You'll want to check out the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven on-going through Sunday, June 29th.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally's, tonight at 9, Diane Blue and the Lisa Mann Band play.  Saturday at 9, it’s Sugar Ray & the Bluetones. Go to for details.

Riverwood Poetry, presents it's annual Social Justice Poetry Reading at The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, this coming Sunday, June 23rd, from 2-4-pm. "None But Ourselves Can Free Our Minds," will feature performance poet and Haiti activist, Prof. Gina Athena Ulysse of Wesleyan University and CT poet/educator John Stanizzi.  They will be joined by Richard McGhee III on reeds and vocalist, Margaux Hayes. for details.

On Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m., children ages 6 to 12, accompanied by an adult, are invited to the Children’s Peace Festival as it celebrates its 10th anniversary with storytelling, dance, face-painting, games, crafts and more. The festival, at the Holy Family Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford, is free and will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact Cindy at 860-487-3827.

'Tis the season for  farmers' markets and several in our area are in full swing. Here are some:
In Middletown, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. there's a market on the South Green, and another in Middletown's north end, on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; that's at 575 Main Street. Go to
In Durham, the farmers' market is on Thursdays, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on the town green on Rte. 17. Go to
In Cromwell, on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m., the farmers' market is at Covenant Village of Cromwell, 52 Missionary Road.
In Higganum Village, on Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., the market is on the town green, at the intersection of Rtes. 81 & 154. Go to
In East Haddam, there's a farmers' market from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at the town grange on Town Street.
Learn about farmers' markets all over the state by going to

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight  begins a run of The Source Family, about a secretive and outlandish commune in 1971 Los Angeles. Also starting tonight, Violeta Went to Heaven, a portrait of Violeta Parra, the influential figure in world music and a complex icon of Chilean history. Saturday at 7 p.m., there will be a free outdoor concert by the quartet Wicked Knee. Check out for details about all films and events.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, the film Augustine, examines the real-life story of Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot, a renowned 19th-century neurologist and a teacher of Freud, and Charcot’s patient Augustine, an illiterate 19-year-old kitchen maid. Saturday brings a screening of Hugo, director Martin Scorcese’s only film based on a children’s book. 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 Café
 with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé 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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