Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday's Jive 06-28-13

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Good afternoon, it's Friday, June 28th 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.

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.

Here in Middletown tonight, The Buttonwood Tree presents an evening of jazz with The Sean Clapis Trio featuring Noah Baerman and Henry Lugo. On Saturday mornings, The Buttonwood offers a series of wellness activities from Qigong (Chee Kung) and yoga, to self-empowerment workshops. Saturday night, The Buttonwood Tree "Songwriter Sessions" features Lara Herscovitch, Phil Henry & Gary Moon.
Sunday out in front of The Buttonwood Food Not Bombs shares food beginning at 1 pm. All are welcome to enjoy a meal and help prepare them beforehand at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. Also beginning at 1pm it's Rumpus, a platform for others to explore their own music. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found at

Saturday at the Mattabessett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown listen to the Michael Cleary Band beginning at 7:30pm. Call 860.347.9999 for info.

Tonight at Cafe Nine in New Haven, Johnny Nicholas & Hell Bent come in for a night of solid blues. The weekly Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by The Nick DiMaria Quartet this week. Then, The Defibulators, Rusty Things, and Proud Flesh take the stage for a night of roots music at The Nine. Sunday afternoon at 4pm, Drinkdeeply Presents: Saxtet, an 8-piece jazz ensemble under the direction of pianist/composer Darren Litzie & featuring saxophonist Andrew Beals.  Sunday night, Manic Productions Presents: Cory Chisel and Brian Dolzani. has details.

At Toad's Place in New Haven, tonight the electronic artists Vaski performs at Toads with Mantis plus additional performances over 2 stages by Gnostic, Scatz, Highlife, Big, I.C., Splitlip and more. Blake Schwarzenbach (of Jawbreaker & Jets To Brazil) performs tonight on the Toad’s Lilly’s Pad stage with Wolves At Bay and New Year's Revolution opening the show. Saturday night The White Panda and Yonas stop at Toads.  Go to for details.

Tonight in East Hampton at Higher Grounds Coffeehouse on Main Street it's the weekly open mic night. Show starts at 8PM, and Saturday nights are local music night with a live band. For more, follow Higher Grounds Coffeehouse on Facebook.

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford Saturday, it’s the blues stylings of Mike Law & the Playboys. Go to for more.

Artists for World Peace presents the 2nd Annual Dance for Peace at The Kate, in Old Saybrook, on Saturday beginning at 6:30pm. Showcasing a wide range of dance styles, including contemporary, Haitian, Bollywood, and belly dance, Dance for Peace promises an uplifting and inspiring celebration of dance and community.

The acoustic duet, Rusted Keys, performs on this, and the last Sunday morning of every month- beginning at 9:00 a.m.- at BrewBakers, on Main Street, Middletown,  (860-852-0034)

New Haven’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas concludes with an action-packed agenda tonight and throughout Saturday, ending with a free concert of Ethiopian Dance Music featuring Debo Band and Fendika, Saturday evening on the New Haven Green. More online at

'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 at 575 Main Street, on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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, Saturday and Sunday Violeta Went to Heaven, a portrait of  the influential figure in world music and a complex icon of Chilean history, is showing. Tonight begins a run of Hannah Arendt, a new biopic of the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist. Visit for details.

Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, presents "Becoming Traviata" -witness the efforts of opera director Jean-François Sivadier and coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay to communicate the raw emotion of Verdi’s La Traviata to a modern audience. You can find show times and 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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