Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday's Jive 07-25-13

Good afternoon, it's Friday, July 26thand 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.

This is the final weekend of ArtFarm’s  “Much Ado About Nothing,” in the Grove at Middlesex Community College in Middletown. Performances are tonight through Sunday, with live musical headliners each night at 6:00p and the Shakespeare at 7. Tonight you'll hear the piano jazz of Noah Baerman. Saturday, Stacy Phillips and Paul Howard open the show.  And for the last evening, Sunday’s musical guest is Rani Arbo.  Visit for details.

Through July and August, from 10 am–2 pm, the Buttonwood Tree here in Middletown offers Arts and Crafts activities for kids & adults. Tonight's performance by the Shannon Whitworth Jazz Quintet has been cancelled. Saturday afternoon at 1:30p there’s a "Creative Painting With Pastels" Workshop with artist Jason Alster who is the author of the book “Creative Painting for the Young Artist.” Also, Saturday evening, a new local bluegrass band, Hesitant Squirrel, plays a mix of traditional bluegrass music and fiddle tunes, songs from other genres played in the bluegrass style, as well as some original tunes at The Buttonwood. On Sundays beginning at 1p, explore your own music with Rumpus while 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. for details about all events.

The Mattabessett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown has live entertainment most nights.  On Fridays it's live Blues, Saturdays it's classic rock and Sunday evenings it's the vocalist Nekita Waller.  More details can be found  at .

Down in New Haven tonight at Café Nine presents The Mike Weed Benefit featuring M.T., Bearington,  Ponybird, and Violent Mae. Saturday’s "Afternoon Jazz Jam' will be hosted by George Baker this week. Saturday night, Elison Jackson, Lake Superior,and Kindred Queer share the bill at Café Nine. Sunday afternoon at 4pm, there’s a Bluegrass Jam w/ Stacy Phillips and Sunday night at 7, Chris Hicks of the Marshall Tucker Band takes the Café Nine stage. Chris Berardo and the DesBerardos open the show.  More can be found at

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, The Matt Zeiner Band takes over the stage tonight. Saturday night brings the "X Y Eli" CD Release Party to Sally’s. Go to for details.

Saturday at 9pm in Collinsville at Bridge St. Live! hear
Steve Jones & The Garden City Hot ClubThe Garden City Hot Club is a trio of two jazz guitars and bass, built around the lead guitar and vocals of Steve Jones and based on the "Gypsy Swing" of Django Reinhardt. Bridge St. Live! is located at 41 Bridge St. in Collinsville, call 860.693.9762 or visit

The Rusted Keys, an acoustic duet, play on the last Sunday morning of every month- beginning at 9:00 a.m.- at BrewBakers, on Main Street, in Middletown.  Call 860-852-0034

Farmers' markets abound in our area. Learn about farmers' markets in our area and all over the state by going to

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

Real Art Ways in Hartford, has extended their run of “Hannah Arendt,” a biopic documentary  about the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist who’s known for her controversial reporting on the 1961 trial of the Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker and her now-famous concept of the "Banality of Evil".  This weekend brings "Sundance Film Festival Shorts" and the continuation of The New York International Children's Film Festival: Kidflix Mix. Visit for details.

Tonight and continuing through Tuesday of next week, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, presents the film "What Maisie Knew" starring Julianne Moore. 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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