Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday's Jive 07-19-13

Good afternoon, it's Friday, July 19thand 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.

ArtFarm's performance of “Much Ado About Nothing,” is at the Grove at Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Rd. in Middletown. Performances are Thursday through Sunday, this week and next. Each performance starts with live music at 6pm. Tonight's music headliner is  Kate Callahan,  Phil Rosenthal takes the stage Saturday, and Sunday you can catch the South Indian music of Balu Balasubrahmaniyan and David Nelson. Lawn chairs, blankets and snacks, are welcome. Much Ado is directed by ARTFARM Executive Director Dic Wheeler and will be accompanied live by the Irregular Orchestra. For information please contact or call (860) 346-4390.

The Buttonwood Tree tonight features Rabbit in the Rye, a progressive folk rock trio, at 8 p.m. Saturday night at 8, Jann Klose and Jeffrey Gaines present a songwriters-in-the-round evening of pop. On Sunday from 1 to 2pm, you can express your rhythmic self with Rumpus. At the same time, 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. Later on Sunday, at 4, there will be a Poetry Potluck, an opportunity to share and discuss your favorite authors. Visit

Tonight, the Mattabessett Canoe Club at Harbor Park presents the Burt Teague Trio. Saturday, All Good performs. And Sunday, it’s Nekita Waller. Go to for more.

For the third year in a row, Middlesex Community College will host the Connecticut Ballet’s Summer Dance Caravan on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Narrated by CT Ballet Artistic Director Brett Raphael, this year’s program is entitled ‘Fabulous Duets for a Summer Day’ featuring exciting classical and contemporary works performed by the company’s stellar professional dancers. It is for all ages, it's free and it takes place in Chapman Hall of the College. Visit

Down in New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine, The Tragically Said performs. The Saturday Jazz Jam Session is hosted by Tony Dioguardi and Friends beginning at 4:30. The Sunday-After-Supper Jam begins at 8. Go to for details.

Also in New Haven, at Toad's Place tonight is another night of Shakedown, playing The Dead and Beyond, with Relative Souls and Full Spectrum. Upstairs at Lilly's Pad, at 8, it's Blake Schwarzenbach, (of Jawbreakers and Jets to Brazil) along with Wolves at Bay and New Year’s Resolution. Saturday, the B. Willie Smith Band w/Bobby T plays Toad’s, along with Washboard Slim & the Blue Lights. Go to 

B. Willie Smith plays Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford tonight. And Saturday night brings Doug Deming and Dennis Gruenling w/the Jewel Tones. Go to for details.

This weekend is the annual Giant Tag Sale benefiting Tabor House in Hartford, which serves formerly homeless men with HIV and AIDS. The sale takes place at the Sisters of St. Joseph convent on Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will feature a large silent auction of autographed sports items and tickets for many attractions, performances and services. For information or to volunteer, contact David at or call Loretta at 860-563-9217.

This Saturday join MCB at the Red House in Deep River, show starts at 9.158 Main St Deep River (860) 526-2600

The acoustic duet, Rusted Keys, play this Sunday and on the third Sunday morning of every month- beginning at 10:00 a.m.- at Higher Grounds, 70 Main Street, East Hampton, CT 06424, call (860-467-6643).

The 22nd annual Greater Hartford Festival Jazz happens in Bushnell Park this weekend and features top notch regional and International Performers for 3 more nights of free jazz in Bushnell Park - next to the State Capitol. Tonight's headliners are Ed Byrne’s Latin Jazz Evolution and living legend Arturo Sandoval. The festival will go on Rain or Shine! You can find all of the details online and make a donation to support at

'Tis the season for farmers' markets and several in our area are in full swing. 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, “Byzantium", in which two mysterious vampire women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort, opens tonight.  The Friday and Saturday late show is V/H/S/2:  On the weekend, you can catch the New York International Children's Film Festival’s Kidflix Mix, the best short films and animation from around the world, for ages 3 to 6. Go to for details about all events.

At Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, is a run of director Roberto Rossellini’s rediscovered and restored 1955 film “A Voyage to Italy,” starring Ingrid Bergman. 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 

And if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can make that donation online at anytime. Thanks for listening!

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